(Written by fikko3107)
If you have read my previous articles (links at the end of this post) you can probably guess what this one is going to be about; more on collecting LEGO related materials! This time we will look at collecting LEGO comics, in this article specifically focusing on LEGO Heroica, LEGO Legends of Chima and LEGO Pirates. So let’s dive right in! 🙂
Someone has told me that a comic is a unique media; it has both pictures and text, but the part you should really enjoy is the artwork. Comics are popular worldwide, with the most famous ones coming out of Japan and America. These two countries however produce two very different styles of comics – and I don’t just mean in their picture-styles (like cartoon or anime), but also how they are published. As far as I know in America comics are colorful, thin and expensive, whereas Japanese manga are usually monochrome, much thicker and much cheaper. Being a Western company it goes without saying LEGO opted for the American-style. Just take a look at this cover of a LEGO Hero Factory comic:
Since there are way too many LEGO comics to fit in one article, I’ll split them into a few parts based on themes – sometimes covering more then one theme per post. Oh yes, and LEGO Bionicle comics will probably get no coverage, as there are far too many, and they are all available at BiomediaProject.com. Also, I’ll skip the LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics as those have been discussed previously. (See: LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics). Here is a screen-shot of my LEGO comics collection. Please note that it was taken just before a massive amount of new ones were uploaded. I have much, much more now. 😀
➡ LEGO HEROICA COMICS – Ah, Heroica! The first subtheme of LEGO games, and sadly, probably the last. If you haven’t heard, LEGO is planning to cancel this theme due to poor sales. That’s sad. I know Heroica games have many fans. I myself had always wanted to play these games, since they remind me of tabletop role-playing games – something I always wanted to try. Well I do have one LEGO Heroica set; the #30170 LEGO Heroica Ganrash. Anyway, back to the LEGO Heroica comics.
LEGO Heroica Comic 1 – Quest for the Secret Relics: This comic book was a Comic-con exclusive, I believe. Thankfully, the digital version can easily be found at the LEGO Heroica microsite. It chronicles the story of the first year of Heroica (2011), and is fairly linear. Oh, and there’s also a digital animated version of this comic at the Official LEGO YouTube Channel. You can download the PDF version of this LEGO comic here: DOWNLOAD
LEGO Heroica Comic 2 – Quest to Free the King: This second comic chronicles only one game (Ilrion) and has half as many pages as the first one. I suppose LEGO wanted to make Heroica continue in 2013, which is why that nasty cliffhanger is there, but I suppose poor sales had stopped that… (But then again, what do I know? Heroica sets aren’t even sold in my country.) You can download this LEGO comic here: DOWNLOAD
➡ LEGO PIRATES COMIC: THE GOLDEN MEDALLION – You didn’t read the title wrong; not LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, not even the 2009 LEGO Pirates, but let’s go back 20 years to the past to Classic LEGO Pirates! This LEGO comic comes from an era where comics aren’t that short, and aren’t crawling with advertisements. Well, okay, it’s only about 16 pages longer than comics these days, but still. It even came with two minifigs; Bo’Sun Will and Rummy with cutlasses! Oh, by the way, I got them from Peeron, so I suppose it’s okay for me to post them here. Ah, yes, those were good times… You can download this comic here: DOWNLOAD
➡ LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA COMIC: PURSUIT! – If you subscribe to the LEGO Club Magazine, you may have seen this LEGO comic before, as it was included in an issue earlier this year. Like the other LEGO Club exclusive comics, I got this one from the Hong Kong Toys’R’Us website, however I converted it myself. It’s a good, quick and friendly story. You can download this LEGO comic here: DOWNLOAD
Also, please note that the first picture in this article is from a LEGO CUUSOO project started by one of the LEGO comics artists mopeydecker. If you would like to support their project to start a LEGO monthly comics series you can do so here: SUPPORT LEGO COMICS PROJECT ON CUUSOO
So that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed these LEGO comics. Stay tuned for future parts featuring more! In the meantime you can share which is your favorite LEGO comic and why in the comment section below! 😉
Also, I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO) and this is my 6th article here at theBrickBlogger, please see the links below to my previous articles on collecting LEGO related materials. Thanks for reading!