Legends of Chima
|Legends of Chima|
Legends of Chima is a theme introduced in 2013. It was later rumoured to be discontinued in 2015, but was then later disproved. The theme features the world of anthropomorphic creatures, called the Land of Chima, which is populated by at least 13 tribes and the war which threatens it.
Nine regular sets were featured in the first wave of 2013, in addition to six "Speedorz" sets with more sets released in the summer.
Speedorz is a game introduced with the theme which includes one-wheeled bikes, called Speedorz, powered by a rip-cord. The game involves completing challenges and surpassing obstacles to earn Chi crystals, the mineral the animals are fighting over in the story. It was discontiuned in 2013
On January 16, 2013 Legends of Chima: The Animated Series premiered with two pilot episodes. The cartoon continued again half-way through 2013, when the second wave of sets were released. A second series was released in early 2014, revolving around the new Outland sets
Three video games for the theme were released in 2013. One, known as Legends of Chima: Speedorz, was released on iOS devices on January 1, 2013 and shortly after as an online game using the Unity web player. A second one is for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, and is called LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey. The last one, an online game, that was released in Autumn 2013 is a massive multi-player online (MMO) game called LEGO Legends of Chima Online.
On January 4, 2014 the Legends of Chima website was slightly updated with an Outland color scheme and background. The Legends of Chima website got updated again in June with a Fire vs. Ice color scheme, summer 2014 products, building instructions and characters.
Legends of Chima's final wave was released in the second half of 2015.
One defining trait of the Legends of Chima theme is the animal-motif used by nearly every set in the line. Vehicles and structures will feature the head-shape, outline, or both, of their respective tribe's patron animal. Several vehicles also include blue tubing and/or lights to represent Chi powering it and/or a weapon. To date, six different factions have been released through several sets. Each faction has its own colourscheme and unique characteristics.
Vehicles and structures used by the lion tribe use flame yellowish orange as a primary colour, brown for their manes, and different shades of lighter brown for accents and differentiation. White teeth, fangs, and claws are also a recurring attribute. The larger lion vehicles also feature red tongues inside jaws which can open and close. When the lion figureheads are given coloured eyes, blue is generally chosen.
Olive green is the colour chosen as the dominant one in the Crocodile Tribe's scheme while red is used secondarily for highlights. Different shades of green, such as bright yellowish, dark, and earth are used sparsely. Like the lions, the croc vehicles generally have claws and teeth, though in at least one set the claws are black and not white.
The eagle tribe's vehicles generally feature white bird-heads with yellow beaks. The body behind will generally be different shades of blue, including earth, bright, and dark azur, though white also appears for accents. Talons are a common feature, either coloured gold or black. Like the lions, the eagles' Chi weapons are mostly blue. Eagle architecture, which does not always include characteristics of real word eagles, generally feature stone structures with arches and smoothed, sloping tops, so long as a minifigure is not meant to be placed on it.
The Wakz Pack Tracker features a full wolf-head build into a truck coloured medium and dark stone grey with dark red highlights. Aside from in the head's jaw, white teeth and fangs can be found around the vehicle at various locations. No Chi powered weapons appear, but according to the storyline it is rare that the wolves do use Chi weapons, and when they do, they consider it high-tech. Other notable features of the vehicle are the large wheels and flaming exhaust. The only other wolf vehicle released so far features a large truck with a brick-built wolf head at the front and detachable paws that transform into speedors. It also features a helicopter, and a prison/cage.
Two of the three raven vehicles are gliders with feather-like wings, Raven beaks, and Chi powered weapons represented with transparent red, as with the Crocodiles. Black is used as a primary colour, dark grey for differentiation and a sheet-metal look, and dark red, medium lilac, and earth green are used for highlights, the latter for very subtle ones on one occasion.
Speedorz sets include a motorbike-like vehicle with one, blue wheel. A fairing, mould depending on the tribe which will feature attributes both printed and moulded such as beaks, teeth, and eyes, is placed on the chassis and a minifigure will sit inbetween. On the back, add-ons called power upz can be placed to extend the width or length. Power upz include claws, rotors, and flaming exhaust pipes.
Sets featuring speedorz will often include one or more obstacles and a ramp, in addition to cards, minifigure(s), accessories, and Chi crystals. The challenge will generally consist of an obstacle which needs to be cleared or targets which need to be disturbed in some way or another.
Another component of the theme are constraction (constructable action) figures. Six figures have been announced, one from each of the six tribes most featured in 2013, but clear pictures of only two have surfaced. They include a set consisting wholly of the figure featuring an exclusive moulded head and weapons. They are built using a system first introduced in 2011 with Hero Factory's Ordeal of Fire story-arc. Late December 2013 or early 2014, New sets will be released, according to Eurobricks, Legend Beast sets, Bats, Spiders, Scorpions, Rhinos and the mysterious, ShadoWind.
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Main Articles: Legends of Chima: The Animated Series, Land of Chima
Chima was originally a land inhabited by primitive tribes of two-legged anamorphic animals including vultures, mammoths, tigers, lions, bears and leopards. They lived in peace and harmony and were satisfied with their simple existence. Then one day, the Phoenix descended from the sun to act as Chima's guardians and teachers. They constructed their city on top of Mount Cavora, the tallest mountain and opened academies there in an effort to elevate the primitive tribes.
Yet their teaching worked only too well, for one of their best students, the saber-tooth Fangar, had soon accumulated so much knowledge that he felt the only other worthwhile thing to do in life would be to conquer all of Chima. He rallied the other saber tooth tigers, mammoths, vultures, and polar bears to his causing and calling themselves the "Hunters", they marched across Chima. None of the other tribes were able to stop them and soon the lush jungles became a lifeless wasteland.
The Phoenix protected those they could and then used their ultimate weapon, the "Great Illumination" to stop the hunters and renew the land. The Hunters fought back, but the Illumination countered by pulling the Hunters and their fortress down into the ground which created the Gorge of Eternal Depth and The Fangs. Deep below the surface, the hunters were frozen in ice and fell into a dreamless sleep. The Illumination also pulled the peak of Mount Cavora from the ground and created an energy field that left the floating mountain skyward. Cavora's Illumination energy caused the mountain to absorb the moisture in the air from the nearby clouds and combined it with Illumination energy to create the Chi Falls. Lions, crocodiles, eagles, wolves, ravens, gorillas, bears, and rhinocerose below drank the Chi water and evolved into wiser, complex, and civilized beings. To honor these new tribes, the Phoenix carved the heads of the animals onto Cavora. However, there were some who chose not to embrace the Chi and departed into the Outlands to live in peace.
The animals were able to live mostly peacefully for years. The Lion Tribe, who first drank from the river, distributed the Chi fairly, even to their enemies, to keep nature in balance. Squabbles were kept from turning into all out war by Speedorz tournaments.
This all changed when a young crocodile prince named Cragger plugged a Chi orb before he became of age and was overwhelmed with the power that surged through him and became addicted. After convincing Worriz, the leader of the wolves, to accompany him, they sneaked into the Lion's Chi Temple to get more, but were caught by the Lion King, Lagravis, his son, Laval, and their guards, Leonidas and Longtooth.
This led to a battle between the Lion and Crocodile tribes when Cragger escaped (Worriz fled as soon as they were caught). In the battle, Cragger's parents, Crominus and Crunket, were caught in the Gorge of Eternal Depth and fell below. They survived, but were thought to be dead to the world.
Cragger was named king of the Crocodiles, and through a flower with mind-altering pheromones, his evil sister, Crooler, was able to convince him to start a rebellion against the lions.
Making alliances with the Wolf and Raven tribes, Cragger attacked the Lions. The Eagles and Gorillas came to their defense and a battle over the Chi temple ensued between the six tribes.
The crocodiles and their allies were defeated during this battle when Laval arrived riding a Lion Legend Beast. All present (which now included Bears and Rhinos, though their parts are unknown), aside from Cragger who Laval defeated, paused their fight to bow to the beast.
For the next year, a civil war rage throughout Chima with Crooler using Cragger for various evil schemes. In one event, Laval was tricked into withholding the crocodiles Chi and throwing it into the Gorge of Eternal Depth or building a dam to divert the Chi water to the crocodile swamp. Speedor races were especually competetive as Cragger tried all methods of claiming the Golden Chi, such as hiring the ravens to steal it or hiring the famous race Dom de la Woosh to serve as a distraction.
While all this was going on in Chima, bats, scorpions and spiders had evolved in the Gorge of Eternal Depth from the Chi Laval threw into it. They captured Crominus and Crunket and moved to the Outlands where they captured the Legend Beasts as well. Lavertus who was living in the Outlands at the time, took on the persona of ShadoWind in order to return to Chima to win Golden Chi.
Eventually, after the crocodiles were defeated by the Gorillas in their own swamp, Crooler gave up on her brother and instead vowed to destroy the pledge of the pack in exchange for the wolves help in stealing the Chi. This lead to an era of Chima where the wolves attempted to steal all the Chi in Chima, which was eventually brought to an end using Reegull's fake Chi.
This is a description taken from LEGO.com. Please do not modify it. The LEGO Group has announced LEGO® Legends of Chima™, an original LEGO property set in a mythical land of magical animal tribes who compete for CHI, a valuable energy source which gives them extraordinary powers over one another. The story comes to life through a universe of products across the company’s entire play system including classic building sets, collectible social competition kits, buildable figures and board games, and will be fueled by digital gaming.
“Building upon our success with developing rich and immersive original storylines, most notable the recent Ninjago phenomenon, we’re excited to launch a whole new world in LEGO Legends of Chima to spark any child’s imagination and invite them to the world of LEGO building,” said Søren Torp Laursen, president of LEGO Systems, Inc. “Based on the reactions we saw through our research, there is no doubt that our immersive approach to original properties will once again inspire, engage and thrill children who love to build and play with great stories.”
Story Chima is a magical land that is ruled by tribes of highly-advanced animals who walk, talk, drive vehicles and live in castles and forts. Two of the characters were best friends, but misunderstandings challenged their friendship and they now compete for CHI, a valuable natural resource that is a powerful element and source of life. Only a few brave heroes in Chima understand the true nature of CHI and their stories, and the stories of those who seek to destroy them, are known as The Legends of Chima.
Building Sets Seven richly detailed building sets inspired by the property are available now and range in price from $14.99 to $79.99. In August, the company will introduce six constructible LEGO Chima action figures for $14.99 each and four additional building sets, ranging in price from $24.99 to $119.99.
Speedorz™: Social Competitive Play Children can challenge friends, earn CHI and increase strength and power as they go from one obstacle to the next with the new line of Chima Speedorz. Build the Chima Speedorz and various obstacle courses, then pull the new ripcord to launch them. Players earn CHI crystals from their opponents by using the enclosed game cards. Six collectible Speedorz construction sets are available now, with more slated to launch in March, June and September. Each includes a new LEGO flywheel base with ripcord, minifigure, CHI crystals, assorted LEGO pieces and a set of trump cards at a suggested price of $14.99.
Gaming To extend the story and action play to fun for the whole family, a LEGO Chima constructible board game will be available in August for $19.99.
In a related announcement, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced three LEGO Legends of Chima videogame titles. Available now on LEGO.com and iOS devices is LEGO Legends of Chima™: Speedorz™,, a free-to-play racing minigame. A LEGO Legends of Chima™: Laval’s Journey will be available for the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system, the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and for the PS®Vita system this summer. Additionally, LEGO Legends of Chima™ Online, a free-to-play, online immersive world game, is scheduled to launch later in the year.
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Saber-Tooth Tiger Tribe
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Tribes at war as depicted on a LEGO Magazine poster
A teaser image with Laval's silhouette
Early concept art of Fire vs Ice
Early concept art of Fire vs Ice
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