I have a history of bad titles. My favorite is Renee the Tree Hugger and the Rockstoner Sugar Cartel. That one was a keeper. Faces only Lovers could Love is pitiful too though....
Blogging: When someone creates a webpage sharing their thoughts/activities under the false pretension that someone might actually care.
So, I'm going to share my thoughts on LEGO news. That way when I write reviews, I don't digress and ramble on and on....
As most of you know, K-Mart kindly messed up again, so we have some nice pictures of three of seven (three of seven) Ninjago sets for release next year. My first impressions were that the sets themselves were pretty good, but that the minifigures weren't.
Now that they've sunk in...the sets aren't even that great.
I didn't like Ninjago's first year too much. Nya and Wu were cool figures, and the other regular minifigures weren't bad, but I hated the skeletons (except for Krazi c: ) and their vehicles weren't my favorite. The fire temple though, that was marvelous. The dragons I liked too.
The next year of Ninjago was better. The minifigures (both the ninja and villains) I liked very much (at least most of them). The sets could have done with more architecture, but the snake vehicles I liked.
This entire year reeked of being rushed. The ninjas' costumes (the exception being Lloyd) are my favorites, and the stone army still beats skeletons. The sets though were just a huge letdown, especially the light temple which is mostly a facade.
Small hiatus. Everyone assumes the worst, even though they didn't care for 2012/13 Ninjago and aren't willing to try something new. What? Talking animal warriors? That is so ridiculous. I'm not going to spend any money on that. Ninjago is much more realistic....
Anyway, back to this year. Still not as good as 2012. Again, it reeks of being rushed. It probably was, since it was supposed to be cancelled, but LEGO is good. (See the ramble below the Ninjago one. ^_^) The ninja vehicles we have seen thus far are just retooled versions of older ones (Kai's is Jay's plane, Cole's is Kai's mech, Lloyd's is something from a building book, and Jay's is the ultra-sonic raider). I the nindroid figures are good, and Cyrus Borg's (get it, Cy Borg?) vehicle I actually kind of like. Hopefully we'll see more in other sets, because some of these have parts that'll make for a pretty good Cyborg from DC Comics' Teen Titans (Teen Titans, not Justice League). The ninjas' costumes are good too, but the bandanas look too small with some of their large hairpieces. It looks okay on Lloyd, and Nya might look okay with it too, but I just don't like it.
So, the sets we've seen don't get a pass from me other than the OverBorg Attack, which does just barely. I'd give that one a 3.5/5, judging just from images.
Also leaked today was the most bestest thing ever, and....
Is she a chick that fell from outer space?
Or is she real, with a tender-warm embrace?
(Robin is depressed because even Batgirl has her own theme song. Heck, I'm pretty sure even Poison Ivy has one....)
It's no secret how much I love Batgirl/Oracle/Barbara Gordon and it looks like we're finally getting her. She's not perfect (lilac hips?), but I am sure that she'll look even more amazing with a purple cape. I hope they aren't cheap and use black. Two-toned would be cool, like Elrond was recently. I'm not sure the last time I was excited for just a single minifigure...usually it takes a stack of images of a bunch of figures or sets.
The DC line might finally be getting on track. Next year we'll be getting Batgirl and Flash, Nightwing and Green Lantern are rumored, and I am seeing easy ways to make Cyborg and Green Arrow. (Those last two don't count, but it's hard to make convincing purist customs sometimes, so opportunities are good.) Now, if we could at least get Martian Manhunter....
...on the other hand, we are still getting slightly retooled variants. CGI Batman, racing Riddler, and crime lord Joker.
I only say crime lord because of the hat, the only notable change. I do like this minifigure, maybe even more than the recent one, but it's unnecessary. A more welcome variation than Riddler, but it's a waste of a spot. They should have done something more exotic (like what we know as "tropical" Joker) or used a different character, like Mad Hatter. There are other characters who need a new variation more direly than Joker too. Two-Face probably makes the top of that list. Riddler would be too, but they already messed that up.
Feel free to upload that image. I just haven't because of the ugly watermarks some people feel they need. Actually, don't. All rights are reserved according to Flickr. Even Wikia wont' let me deeplink it because of that. This is fair because they own the news after all. I get wanting to be credited as the original source, but it's isn't reporting to get the news out. It's reporting to get your name out.
Oh, and there is some Star Wars guy there too who has been changed even less than Joker, but just enough that a bunch of diehard AFOLs are going to need a couple dozen to replace the "outdated" ones. This is why I don't follow Star Wars.
The uploader also says that he has Ninjago, Chima, and implied more DC figures (at least Batman and Batgirl).
Anyway, those are my opinions which [I don't think] people care about. Just wanted to rant about Ninjago...and love Batgirl more. :D