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The Fun Continues with The Freemaker Adventures. Will There Be A Season Three?

30 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The team behind making LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has not only kept to the true spirit of but also added to the mythos of both franchises. The writing is exceptional because it includes jocular nods to the dialogue from the original films and how can anyone not like this construction set? I would not be surprised if Rowan, the lead character, starts appearing in the LEGO Universe video game (if he has not already). Like the new films by Disney/Lucasfilm, this troubled part of a galaxy far, far away shows how other people is affected by an Empire intent on ruling through tyranny.

The video release is coming and my hopes is to see it appear on shelves before the next film in December. The timing will also be right because this month was when season one became available for purchase.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie vs Masters of Spinjitzu

26 Sep

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

LEGO’s Chima and Ninjago series on network television set the bar for quality entertainment which is not only funny but also engaging. These protagonists often dealt with inadequacies and skeletons in the closet. To resolve these issues took several episodes and for them to unlock their hidden potential meant achieving balance with the Force. In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Sensei Wu achieved this harmony many years ago and this new movie does little to align inner peace (the virtues of patience and spirituality) inside an action comedy.

After watching the LEGO Ninjago Movie, I’m wondering what in blue blazes happened? Comparisons by people who know the small screen counterpart will no doubt be made. These viewers (especially me) who kept up with this version for the past seven years will be picking favourites. Even though I knew the film would not be a continuation by any means after watching the trailer, I had hoped it can still be good. Like LEGO, new builds can be cobbled together from various kits, but this one is unbalanced. The only nod to the show is in the music the lead protagonist, Lloyd Garmadon (voiced by Dave Franco), has as a ringtone.

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Everybody can be Kung-Fu Fighting with the LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

22 Sep

Arriving at the same time as the movie, The LEGO® Ninjago Movie Video Game is now available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Steam. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, this product allows players to extend the non-stop action and humour of the new big-screen animated adventure. Players can battle their way through waves of enemies with honour and skill as their favourite Ninjago heroes – Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu – to defend Ninjago Island from Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army.

With new, powerful combat moves, players can jump into the action with adrenaline pumping fighting sequences that let them jump higher, kick harder, swing further and defy gravity to conquer their enemies. Players can master the art of Ninja-gility by running on walls, high-jumping and battling foes of NINJAGO to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills, and traverse across Ninjago Island fluidly with parkour-like moves. The new combat moves include Rushing Boar, a dash attack to bridge the gap between characters, Floating Butterfly, a jump lunge attack that allows the ninja to leap and attack from above, Swooping Hawk, a jump slam attack, and Stinging Bee, a flurry of very fast strikes.

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LEGO Ninjago Video Game Movie Shows off the “Stinging Bee!”

26 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Video game week continues with a quick look at the latest video released by Warner Bros. Interactive and Travellers Tale’s Games of the upcoming LEGO Ninjago movie. This newest trailer shows off some new moves of Lloyd and gang in the game due to arrive in shelves the same week as the movie, September 22.

This new teaser looks fantastic and has me excited to play TT Games’ products again. While I found past products repetitive, the same game engine with different franchise wrappings, this game feels different. I’m hoping I am right. This latest video features this team performing epic combat moves, such as the “Stinging Bee,” “Swooping Hawk,” and “Skyward Dragon” and upgrading their weapons to defend Ninjago City from Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army.

This game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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