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LEGO Nexo Knights summer sets review

by admin on August 7, 2017

in Other LEGO Themes

The LEGO Nexo Knights adventures are still going strong, with ongoing new episodes to continue the story, and new sets to play out all the action. At the beginning of the month, six new LEGO Nexo Knights sets were added to the selection, including the much anticipated Knighton Castle. Today we will look at each of the sets in more detail. 🙂

LEGO Nexo Knights is an interesting mix of the fantasy elements of LEGO Castle, the technology of LEGO Space, with some LEGO Bionicle and Hero Factory bits mixed in for good measure. LEGO Nexo Knights is also somewhat similar to LEGO Ninjago, especially when it comes to vehicles. We have talked about the story of LEGO Nexo Knights already (see links at the end of this post), so I won’t repeat that here, but in general, the good guys are technology-enhanced knights, with vehicles and buildings that sport a handsome dark-blue/blue/translucent-orange color scheme. And the badguys in this season are mostly gray/purple/light-blue dragons, monsters, and storm clouds.

LEGO Nexo Knights is mostly aimed at young boys, however the theme also has quite a bit of appeal to older LEGO fans because of the interesting color-scheme and great variety of unique elements, minifigs, and minifig accessories. In addition, you can often find some of the older sets on sale, so it’s relatively easy to build up your stock with these unusual and useful pieces. Below, I have included some of my thoughts on each of the new sets, as well as video-reviews by JANGBRiCKS, so you can see them in more detail.

#70361 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS MACY’S BOT DROP DRAGON: This is the smallest set in the latest LEGO Nexo Knights release, with an interesting dragon, that incorporates quite a bit of LEGO Technic and other unusual pieces. This is a simple set compared to the other ones, but it might still be worth getting it just for the parts. Also note that it can be combined with one of the previously released LEGO Nexo Knights Battle Suits to create an ultimate battle suit. Here is the official description: Pit the flying Stone Stomper against Macy and the buildable Bot Drop Dragon, featuring two wings with mounted stud shooters, minifigure cockpit, movable tail and Macy Bot release function. The Stone Stomper’s shield can be used as a hoverboard to role-play an aerial dog fight scene. Includes one scannable shield and three minifigures: Macy, a Macy Bot and a Stone Stomper. 153 pieces. Price: $14.99 – BUY HERE

#70353 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS THE HELIGOYLE: Probably one of the best features of the LEGO Nexo Knights sets are the monsters. While some people say that the gray and purple color-scheme is too plain, I personally like it, because this plainness allows the monsters to be incorporated into many other fantasy stories. Take a look at all those wings (they spin like propellers!), sharp claws, and thunderbolts! Also, notice the unique headgear on the harpy! Here is the official description: Take to the skies for an awesome LEGO Nexo Knights aerial battle, featuring the highly posable Heligoyle beast with spinning wings, opening jaw with monster teeth, stud-shooting claws and Bouldron air-drop attack function. Includes two scannable shields and three minifigures: Clay, a harpy and a Stone Stomper. 318 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

#70354 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS AXL’S RUMBLE MAKER: Some of the most interesting sets in the LEGO Nexo Knights collection are the good guy vehicles, known for their fun transforming features, and for resembling traditional weapons like a sword, bow, crossbow, mace, etc. This particular vehicle is no exception, and it is jam-packed with action features, and surprising transformations, so make sure you check the video-review below to see who it works. One thing I will point out right away is that the small, detachable tank can be combined with the previously released LEGO Nexo Knights Battle Suits to create with an ultimate battle suit. Combinations like this are another unique feature of the LEGO Nexo Knights sets. Here is the official description: Drive the Rogul out of Knighton with the 3-in-1 Rumble Maker, featuring dual rotating drill weapons, flip-out wings, detachable tank with caterpillar tracks, axe holder, two minifigure cockpits and two stud shooters. Includes three scannable shields, and three minifigures: Axl, an Axl Bot and a Rogul, plus a Brickster figure. 393 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY HERE

#70355 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS AARON’S ROCK CLIMBER: The vehicle in this set is an interesting mix of the aesthetics of older LEGO Space crafts and the functions of LEGO Technic cars. The monster also looks very good. Here is the official description: Summon your courage for a beastly LEGO Nexo Knights encounter and drive the futuristic 3-in-1 Rock Climber with detachable crossbow and mini-flyer after Lord Krakenskull on the buildable Krakenbeast monster with posable limbs and tail weapon. Includes three scannable shields, and three minifigures: Aaron, an Aaron Bot and Lord Krakenskull, plus buildable Krakenbeast and a Bouldron and Brickster figure. 598 pieces. Price: $59.99 – BUY HERE

#70356 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS THE STONE COLOSSUS OF ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION: This is my favorite LEGO Nexo Knights set amongst the new releases, because of the awesome Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction (coolest name ever!). I agree with JANG in his video-review (see below) that the completely straight legs and the attachment of the arms to the shoulders are a bit weird, but overall this monster can play a proper fearsome foe in any LEGO story. Here is the official description: Gather all your courage and team up with LEGO Nexo Knights heroes Macy and Stone Clay to take on Jestro, General Garg and the Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction. This huge buildable figure features a rapid-fire 6-stud shooter, two legs with built-in opening prison cells, chomping jaw, large movable wings, ‘punching’ arms and Forbidden Powers crown. Attach Stone Clay to the shield glider with movable wings and insert his sword to use as a flying weapon. Includes four scannable shields and four minifigures: Jestro, General Garg, Stone Clay and Macy, plus a buildable Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction figure. 785 pieces. Price: $69.99 – BUY HERE

#70357 LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS KNIGHTON CASTLE: The Knighton Castle has been a very important setting for the LEGO Nexo Knights story, and it’s great to see that it was finally included in a LEGO set. The castle comes with many surprising features, and overall looks very good. If you are into the LEGO Nexo Knights theme, or futuristic LEGO castles in general, I think you will be very pleased with it. Make sure you check out the video-review below to see all the interesting play-features and details. Here is the official description: Explore the awesome 2-in-1 Knighton Castle and defend the king! Unclasp the main gates and fold out the walls to roll out Robin’s vehicle with two stud shooters and Merlok 2.0 in his Mechlok robotic suit with wizard’s hat. Engage the enemy and avoid capture in the rolling stone prison. This feature-packed LEGO Nexo Knights play set also features a tower formed by the detachable Rumble Rocket transporter, living quarters with two bedrooms, dining room, armory and a command center for endless hours of siege role-play fun. Includes 6 scannable shields and 8 minifigures: King Halbert, Fancy Pants, King’s Guard, Robin, Aaron, Lance and 2 Stone Stompers, plus a Hamletta pig figure, 2 Brickster figures and the White stone statue figure. 1,426 pieces. Price: $129.99 – BUY HERE

While we don’t know how much longer LEGO Nexo Knights is going to continue, I find it pretty impressive that it has been able to survive this long amongst all the hype for The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets, LEGO Star Wars sets, LEGO Super Heroes, and other popular themes. While the combination of LEGO Castle and LEGO Space may be strange to some, it clearly captured the imagination of young LEGO fans. If you prefer LEGO’s own themes over licensed properties, LEGO Nexo Knights can provide some great options, especially in the form of spaceships, land vehicles, mechs, and monsters. You can find all the new sets, along with some of the previous releases, under the LEGO Nexo Knights section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the latest LEGO Nexo Knights releases? Are you planning to get any of them? Or do you have some of them already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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Legostuff71 August 7, 2017 at 12:06 PM

All the sets are very interesting but , I like the earlier sets better. For some reason the colors are hard take in. I don’t think it’s ugly just very different. I guess I can say kudos to LEGO for the different approach on a unique color scheme. The monsters are a lot better.

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admin August 7, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Hm… yeah, the colors are very unique. Sort of like a mix between the old Ice Planet sets and the Power Miners sets, mixed with dark-blue. Some people really like them because of the trans-orange pieces, but yeah, it’s an acquired taste. As you said, the monsters are more traditional. Gray is always very useful. I mostly look at the sets for the interesting parts. 🙂

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Håkan August 7, 2017 at 4:39 PM

And that Gray-Purplish color scheme appears to have been inspired by Skeletor from Masters of the Universe …

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admin August 7, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Hm… that’s interesting…

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Hayato August 7, 2017 at 1:10 PM

I agree with admin above about the colors being an acquired taste, but if you can look past that, the sets are really fun. I think the problem is that Ninjago and Nexo Knights are both targeting the same audience with fairly similar sets, and in general Ninjago is more popular (based on my sample of three boys). Also, Ninjago has more natural color combinations, which makes it appealing to a wider audience.

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admin August 7, 2017 at 3:11 PM

From the two themes (Ninjago and Nexo) I would also pick Ninjago, but I’m not part of the target audience. Ninjago definitely has much more conservative and natural color-scheme. However, as you said, it’s worth checking out the Nexo Knights sets because they are definitely fun. I often see them discounted at various retailers both locally and online (including the Online LEGO Shop), so there is that too. 🙂

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Legostuff71 August 7, 2017 at 2:09 PM

I have this crazy thought of combining Nexo knights and The legends of Chima. In the beginning , I wasn’t even going to try out this theme . However, after looking at the fortrek and Jestro’s layer I got hooked . But, after awhile I had to scale back a little and drop a theme for another. ( NINJAGO ) you never know , I might just break down get back into NEXO Knights again. It may take the place of the STAR WARS sets that are coming out soon. ( not impressed by the selection this year).

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admin August 7, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Ninjago, Legends of Chima, and Nexo Knights can definitely be combined. They have quite similar aesthetics, especially when it comes to vehicles. If you like Star Wars too, I would suggest you wait a little until the fall/winter Star Wars sets get revealed. In the meantime, look out for discounted Nexo sets. I read that Wal-Mart sotes have a pretty good clearance going on right now. 😉

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brickmaster August 7, 2017 at 2:18 PM

The Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction must be the best name Lego ever gave to a set! 😀 It doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be one of the best looking ones! The only thing I don’t like about it is the legs. But I suppose they could be fixed with some modification.

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admin August 7, 2017 at 3:14 PM

That’s my favorite set too! That name is just too good! THE STONE COLOSSUS OF ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION… I mean, how cool is that? 😈 😀 🙄

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Håkan August 7, 2017 at 4:41 PM

SCUD for short…

I wonder whether that’s intentional…

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admin August 7, 2017 at 6:23 PM

What’s a SCUD? This is what I get from Wikipedia: “Scud is a series of tactical ballistic missiles developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Scud or SCUD may also refer to: Scud (crustacean), a shrimplike aquatic animal, Scud (dog), a character in the animation Toy Story, Scud FM, nickname of BBC Radio 4’s continuous 1991 Gulf War news service, Scud Mountain Boys, an American country music band, Septicemic cutaneous ulcerative disease, a disease found in turtles, and Socle pour le changement, l’unité et la démocratie, a Chadian rebel group.” 😀

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Håkan August 7, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Yeah, Scud missiles was what I was thinking of. Seems to be a Nato codename, to begin with.

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admin August 7, 2017 at 9:36 PM

And that’s how conspiracy theories begin… 😈

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Håkan August 7, 2017 at 9:45 PM

The theme’s been taking some flack from old-time Castle fans for being quite different.

And now it’s been some time since there’s been any production of either any traditional Castle sets, or licensed Fantasy themes, so they might be extra grumpy about it.

(I kinda like the Elves theme, though, although it tends to follow another aesthetic.)

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admin August 8, 2017 at 11:30 PM

I also like Elves, although I hope that one day there will be an awesome, super large, and exclusive LEGO Elves set that will take our breath away. 😀

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