A Weekday’s Limerick

A Weekday’s Limerick
(An original LEGO inspired poem from True North Bricks)

When the week is hard to get through,
And the man is out to get you,
Don’t begin to fume and stew,
Sit and sip your morning brew,
And take a moment just for you.

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This poem was inspired by the GIT Technician and Garmadon from the LEGO Ninjago Movie Minifigures series.

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LEGO Colouring Page – GIT Technician

Continuing with my LEGO Ninjago Movie theme of the last few weeks, here is the GIT Technician from Garmadon’s evil volcano lair. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a Minifigure Monday featuring this character! Click here to download your free PDF (it will open as a print quality file in a new window).

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Use the link above to download a free PDF copy of this colouring page. This image is not print quality.

Canadian LEGO Deals [Oct. 20-26, 2017]

Hudson’s Bay
All City, Friends, and Ninjago (including Ninjago Movie sets) are 15%-20% off. The following sets are also on sale:

  • Batman Movie – The Scuttler for $84.99
  • Batman Movie – Killer Croc Tail Gator for $76.49
  • Batman Movie – Clayface Splat Attack for $38.24
  • Creator – Park Street Townhouse for $55.24
  • Creator – Island Adventures for $38.24
  • Creator – Beachside Vacation for $33.99
  • DC – Killer Croc Sewer Smash for $74.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Bumblebee’s Helicopter for $15.29
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lashina Tank for $15.29
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl’s Batjet Chase for $29.74
  • Disney Princess – Anna’s Snow Adventure for $21.24
  • Marvel – Doc Ock’s Tentacle Trap for $42.49
  • Marvel – Spider-Man Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle for $97.49
  • Nexo Knights – The Fortrex for $110.49
  • Star Wars – Battle on Scarif for $55.24
  • Star Wars – Trooper Battle Pack for $14.44
  • Star Wars – TIE Striker for $76.49
  • Star Wars – ATST for $42.49
  • Star Wars – Imperial Assault Hover Tank for $33.99
  • Star Wars – Captain Rex’s ATTE for $112.49
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Star Scavenger for $44.99
  • Star Wars – Eclipse Fighter for $29.99
  • Star Wars – Battle on Takodana for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Carbon Freezing Chamber for $22.49
  • Star Wars – First Order Battle Pack for $13.59
  • Star Wars – Resistance Troop Battle Pack for $13.59
  • Star Wars – Rey’s Speeder for $18.74

The LEGO Store

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Double VIP Points are on until October 25. You also get the free set pictured above when you spend over $125.

  • Batman – Two Face Double Demolition for $59.99
  • DC Comics – Classic TV Series Batcave for $244.99
  • DC Comics – Batman: Escape from Ra’s Al Ghul for $31.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $87.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl Batjet Chase for $27.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Eclipso Dark Palace for $103.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl Secret Bunker for $43.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lashina Tank for $14.39
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $59.99
  • Friends – Mini-dolls campsite for $14.39
  • Ideas – Adventure time for $51.99
  • Marvel – Tanker Truck Take Down for $31.99
  • Minifigures – Series 17 for $3.19 each
  • Wedding Favour set for $5.99
  • What Am I? (game) for $31.99

Mastermind Toys

  • Batman Movie – Minifigures for $2.99
  • Minecraft – The Nether Fortress for $69.99
  • Minifigures – Series 17 buy 4 get 1 free

Toys R Us

The final week of Bricktober is upon us. Spending over $75 will get you a free classic Minifigure collection, while spending over $30 will get you a free Ninjago Dragon polybag. The following are also on sale:

  • 20% off on select DC Super Heroes sets
  • 20% off on all Technic sets under $99.99
  • 20% off on select Classic building sets
  • 40% off on select Nexo Knights

Walmart

  • City – Ambulance Plane for $20.00
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $82.40
  • Friends – Heartlake Sports Centre for $30.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Super Market for $30.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Cupcake Cafe for $35.00
  • Star Wars – Imperial Assault Hover Tank for $31.86

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

Though it has been out since September 22, I have only just seen the LEGO Ninjago Movie. Shameful, I know, for a self-proclaimed LEGO fan to wait almost a month to see the latest LEGO Movie. But, we all know how life and work tend to get in the way of the fun stuff. I am sure many of you have already seen and read reviews of the film, but I thought I would throw in my two cents anyway.

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The official LEGO Ninjago Movie poster

I have been eagerly waiting for this movie. Much like with the LEGO Batman Movie, this film had phenomenal trailers. That is not always a good thing. There are times when a really good trailer builds up too much hype for a not so good movie. The Ninjago Movie Trailers had set my hopes and expectations pretty high. Not to mention that I really enjoyed the LEGO Movie and the LEGO Batman Movie. All in all, I would say that the Ninjago Movie did not disappoint me, but it didn’t blow me away either.

Much like the trailers suggest, the central story in this movie is that of Lloyd Garmadon coming to grips with the fact that his father is a megalomaniac bent on conquering Ninjago City, and who abandoned Lloyd as an infant. Another theme Lloyd has to contend with is social acceptance, since he is a pariah on account of his father’s repeated attempts to take over the city.

I won’t tell you how it all plays out, in case you have not seen it yet. But, what I will say is that the story comes off a little shallow. What you see is really what you get. It is not a bad story, but it is a very thin one. There is nothing outside of what the trailers suggest. I would have liked to see a more intricate story in which the themes of family and acceptance played out a little more in the background.

Lloyd’s fellow ninjas also get zero character development. This could have been a choice under the assumption that people seeing this movie would be familiar with the Ninjago TV series. But, I have never watched that show, having heard that it is geared towards a much younger audience and is generally not that appealing to adults.

One thing that really stood out for me was that the world of Ninjago was significantly less brick-built than in previous LEGO Movies. Much of the film takes place in a jungle that doesn’t have a LEGO plant in sight. It was visually appealing, and I don’t think it bothers me that much that it wasn’t LEGO pieces (I do, after all, take Minifigure photos in real world surroundings regularly for my Minifigure Monday posts). But, it is a significant step away from the LEGO Movie and the LEGO Batman Movie.

Overall, I liked the movie. I found myself chuckling more than once during the film, even though many of the funny points were seen in the trailers. I was also happy that there was not nearly as much blatant product placement in this movie as in its predecessors. Sure, pretty much every Ninjago Movie set appeared in the film (except for an obvious version of the Ninjago City set), but there wasn’t a whole bunch of other needless stuff. One thing that really bothered me about the LEGO Batman Movie was all of the non-Batman stuff in it. It pushed LEGO Dimensions way too hard. I really appreciated that the Ninjago Movie stuck to the Ninjago world and characters.

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My favorite out of the Official LEGO Ninjago Movie posters.

So far, it seems as though the LEGO Ninjago Movie will not reach the success of the previous LEGO film installments, but I liked it. The story was thin, but it was entertaining, and I left the movie feeling good about it. I will probably even buy it when it comes out on Blu-ray. A little more substance would have made this movie great, but I will go ahead and count it as another LEGO movie success

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the LEGO Ninjago Movie in the comments below.

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

Minifigure Monday – The Highwayman

The Highwayman
(An original LEGO inspired poem from True North Bricks)

Be wary as you take the road,
And travel far from your abode.
The highwayman you might just meet,
As you venture along that street.
He prowls the way from dusk ’til dawn,
On a black steed, with pistol drawn.
Dressed finely, face behind a mask,
For your goods, he’ll politely ask.
It would be best to not refuse,
Mind your manners, and do amuse.
Lest you cause his mood to sour,
And find your situation dour.

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This poem was inspired by the LEGO Highwayman from Minifigures Series 17.

LEGO Colouring Page – Sushi Chef

A while back, I posted a photo and LEGO inspired poem based on the Ninjago Sushi Chef as part of my Minifigure Monday series (click here to read it). At the time, I didn’t have time to produce a colouring page to go with the post. So, this week, for your colouring pleasure, I have finally drawn one. Better late than never, right? Happy colouring! Click here to download your free PDF (the link will open in a new window).

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Sample of LEGO Ninjago Sushi Chef colouring page. Use the link above to download a free copy.

Canadian LEGO Deals [Oct. 13-19, 2017]

Best Buy
The following are on sale until October 20:

  • City – Deep Sea Exploration Helicopter for $47.99
  • Star Wars – Battle on Scarif for $49.99

Hudson’s Bay
At long last, the sales list online at Hudson’s Bay has changed. All City, Friends, and Ninjago (including Ninjago Movie sets) are 15%-20% off. The deal also includes the Scutler and Killer Croc’s Tail Gator from the LEGO Batman Movie.

The LEGO Store

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Double VIP Points are on until October 25. You also get the free set pictured above when you spend over $125.

  • Batman Movie – Batwing for $87.99
  • Batman – Two Face Double Demolition for $59.99
  • DC Comics – Classic TV Series Batcave for $244.99
  • DC Comics – Batman: Escape from Ra’s Al Ghul for $31.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $87.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl Batjet Chase for $27.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Eclipso Dark Palace for $103.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lena Luthor Kryptomite Factory for $59.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl Secret Bunker for $43.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn Dorm for $19.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lashina Tank for $14.39
  • Dimensions – Select story and adventure packs are half price
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $59.99
  • Friends – Mini-dolls campsite for $14.39
  • Ideas – Adventure time for $51.99
  • Marvel – Tanker Truck Take Down for $31.99
  • Minifigures – Series 17 for $3.19 each
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Stone Destroyer for $23.99
  • Wedding Favour set for $5.99
  • What Am I? (game) for $31.99

Mastermind Toys
When you buy four Series 17 Minifigure packs, you get one free.

Toys R Us

Bricktober continues with 20% off on all City sets under $49.99, and all Star Wars sets under $64.99. Spending over $30.00 gets you a free Star Wars Scarif Stormtrooper Minifigure, and spending over $75.00 will get you a set of four City Jungle Exploration Minifigures.

Walmart

  • Friends – Heartlake Supermarket for $30.00
  • Star Wars – Imperial Assault Hover Tank for $31.86