NexoKnights[1]

So what’s NEXO Knights?

NexoKnights[1]

Official LEGO Nexo Knights site: http://www.lego.com/en-us/nexoknights/

 

Introducing new intellectual property that bridges physical and digital play with building sets, episodic content and digital gaming. New York Comic Con attendees get first-look at story, products and gaming app

The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS,™ a new, original LEGO property depicting a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world where five young, brave knights “download” special powers to their shields in order to battle the royal court’s evil Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace. The story comes to life through LEGO building sets, an episodic television and a digital gaming app that fuels story-driven gameplay. The property launches later this year, with products available starting January 1, 2016. LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS characters, story, app experience and two iconic building sets from the collection will be previewed to New York Comic Con attendees, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (Booth #1436).

“Inspired by insights to meet the emerging needs of today’s kids, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS juxtaposes a timeless world of medieval knights with a futuristic twist in a captivating story that invites children to explore LEGO play in a whole new way,” said Casper Thingholm of the LEGO Group. “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS offers children the rewarding building experiences they know and love, amplified by digital enhancements that merge what today’s kids love: self-expression, strong characters, deep content-driven story and digital gaming.” http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2015/october/lego-nexo-knights-announcement

Did you guys catch the details? In case you need help, here’s the Summery of the above Quote:

New LEGO theme called NEXO KNIGHTS (Sci-fi Medieval)

There will be Building Sets, ‘Episodic Television’ series, and a Digital gamming ‘app’ for Mobile.

Launches January 1, 2016

Also the rest of the Announcement gives a few More details:

Building Sets and Consumer Products
Fourteen richly detailed building sets will be available in January 2016, ranging in price from $9.99 to $99.99. Additional building sets will launch in August 2016. The first two sets are being revealed at New York Comic Con.

Consumer products partners across key categories are also engaged in creating a merchandise program dedicated to LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, such as publishing and soft goods.

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 App
To extend the story and increase playing fun, more than 150 unique LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS powers – represented as shields – have been scattered across the kingdom of Knighton. The powers can be found in building sets, online, in print and directly in the television content. Existing in both physical and digital form, children can discover, scan and collect varied powers using the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 app. Once added to a digital power collection, children can creatively and continuously find new ways to join the knights to defeat the enemy, in their gaming experience.

Available in late December 2015, the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: MERLOK 2.0 app will be available as a free download via App Store, Google Play, Samsung Apps and Amazon Appstore.

Television Series
LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, a 20-episode, animated adventure comedy series, will debut on select global broadcast television networks as soon as late December 2015 and air throughout 2016. The core means by which children follow the story and get to know the characters, the series follows the constant adventures of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS heroes and villains. Children will also be able to scan new LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS powers directly from their content viewing screen into their app games, further connecting their play experience. http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2015/october/lego-nexo-knights-announcement

Also See their Twitter page #UpgradeYourPower

Lego gets Toy of the Year in 3 categories!

Lego gets Toy of the Year in 3 categories!

(Source:http://www.toyassociation.org/TIA/Events/TOTY/Past_TOTY_Winners/Events2/TOTY_Awards/2015_TOTY_Winners.aspx#.VkpWlcuFPcs)

Those catagories are

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E-Connected TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® FUSIONThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: LEGO® FUSION by LEGO Systems, Inc.

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EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® TechnicThe best toy that through play help children develop special skills and/or knowledge.

WINNER: LEGO® Technic by LEGO Systems, Inc.

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PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR

LEGO® JuniorsFor toys created for children of any age that have a considerable electronic component involved. This includes “plug ‘n play” and interactive videos.

WINNER: LEGO® Juniors by LEGO Systems, Inc.

Other Nominees:

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GO LEGO! :P

May the Lord be with you!

NENEN

Lego Dimensions, Elves, Minifigures

Didn’t have the time to post this. . .
Nice news!

The Luprechaun

Big news of the day is the Lego Dimensions game. This is going to be similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity games where you purchase a kit and the figs ‘come to life’ in the game. It’s a pretty savy marketing gimmick and this one is backed by several franchises under the ABS umbrella including: LOTR, Wizard of Oz, BTTF, DC Comics and possibly Ghostbusters & Simpsons as well, with the inevitable assumption there will be many more characters included. The game will be put out by Traveller’s Tales and on many platforms but not PC by the looks of it so far.

http://www.lego.com/en-us/dimensions/

A couple of observations: animation style of this video is the more familiar flexible bodies as opposed to the Lego Movie’s stop animation. They are using the same voices for Wild Style ( Elizabeth Banks ) and Gandalf but I don’t think this is the TLM…

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Funcom releases financial update for LEGO Minifigures Online

As reported back in May, Funcom announced an update to their LEGO Minifigures Online game, changing it to a buy-to-play model in addition to other changes, including a “strong narrative” and an overall story.

Last Thursday, Funcom released a financial update on LMO.

Funcom N.V. (the “Company”) would like to provide an update regarding the launch of the LEGO Minifigures Online game and the financial situation of the Company.

LEGO Minifigures Online launched three weeks and three days ago and the Company has gathered enough information on the initial sales to provide an update. The game is currently not meeting internal revenue forecasts. This is mostly due to low sales on the PC platform.

Sales on the iOS platform have performed better, mainly due to the featuring in the Apple Store during the launch week, but as the price point of the game on this platform is lower, these additional sales are not enough to compensate for the low sales on PC for the time being.

The article went on to state that while traffic to the game’s website and app store listing increased after the game update earlier this month, the expected conversion rate has not been met, though the upcoming Halloween LEGO Minifigure series “may have an impact on the sales of the game.”

Funcom contributes the lower-than-expected sales to more limited exposure to “gaming press” and “in traditional gaming outlets” due to “among other possible factors, the fact that the game has been available since last year.”

The article also interestingly states that revenue from all of Funcom’s current games “are not expected to cover both operational expenses and the debt repayment obligations” and are working with their principle creditor “to resolve the situation in a timely manner.”


Personal observation and opinion here: it was only a matter of time before news like this came out. LMO has received much criticism and had large troubles since it’s launch in October 2014, from micro-transactions to boring gameplay and overall weak sales from the beginning. I, as well as many others, saw the buy-to-play transition as the nail-in-the-coffin for LMO, and with the undeniably massive success of LEGO® Worlds, I still feel it is only a matter of time before LMO, if not Funcom itself, is shutdown.

What is your reaction to this news? Surprised, excepted, indifferent? Let me know in the comments!

-le717

LEGO Minifigures Online Switching to Buy-to-Play

space_image_reduced_1Today, Funcom announced that LEGO Minifigures Online, the free-to-play LEGO MMOG based on the LEGO Minifigures collectables toy line, will be changing their playing and payment plan. This summer, LEGO Minifigures Online will no longer be a free-to-play game with microtransactions and membership levels, but will convert to a buy-to-play game where you must purchase the game up-front before playing. There has been no word on if players must purchase game-time to continue playing.

In addition to the buy-to-play change, Funcom mentioned that the structure of the game will be changing a bit:

…we are implementing a strong narrative, with a voiced storyteller guiding players through the game and the different worlds using cinematics and scripted events. We are also implementing unique gameplay events in the different locations that will make the worlds come even more alive, and much more.

Funcom’s CEO commented that the changes to the game should help the game be for LEGO fans of all ages.

No doubt free-to-play can be a great offering, but it is not necessarily the best option for any game. The model in itself can be challenging with a young audience, and we also saw that it had a detrimental effect on gameplay and the kids’ enjoyment of the game. As a result, we are taking the necessary steps needed to make sure we unlock the full potential of LEGO® Minifigures Online and make it an enjoyable experience for LEGO fans of all ages.

However, I am unsure if this can be believed, seeing as they have marketed LMO as a game for kids of all ages since the start:

LEGO Minifigures Online is a game for kids of all ages. Fun and easy to play for the younger ones, while still offering a deeper gameplay experience for the older ones with dungeons, boss battles, progression trees, and synergies between minifigures and their abilities.

See the link below for the FAQ.

http://www.playminifigures.com/en/news/important-information-all-players

See this link for more information:

http://www.funcom.com/news/legominifigures_online_launches_with_full_cross_platform_play_this_summer

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This major change in LEGO Minifigures online might be for the better. I see it as a move more toward how LEGO Universe operated (requiring game purchase to play, having a more cinematic story). Unfortunately, the lack of any trial of free-to-play will lose many members. Let us just hope that LEGO Minifigures Online does not suffer the same fate as LEGO Universe did 3 years ago.

Legends of Chima Online to close June 1st

As clearly stated on the LoCO homepage: and officially announced on the LEGO Message Boards:

We are sorry to tell you that the game will no longer be accessible starting June 1, 2015 at 9:00am EST both online and through our iOS app. On this date, you will no longer be able to play the game or spend any remaining Gold Bricks. Please be aware that if you have any remaining Gold Bricks, you must use them before the game goes offline on June 1, 2015 at 9:00am EST.

We hope you had a great time exploring the world of CHIMA Online.

Thank you,
The Game Team

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