|Meet Clay (left), Ultimate Clay (middle) and normal Clay (right)|
(Please note that images of the LEGO shield pieces have been altered, they don't look that scruffy in real life)
We have to make a big fuss about this because Clay now has a LEGO buddy who is also named Clay!
We were all very amused at the idea of having a LEGO minifigure that has the same name as Clay (and he's pretty awesome too), so when we were given the opportunity to review the new LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS range, we asked if we could review something that has Clay in it. The lovely PR has kindly agreed for us to review the following playsets:
LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Clay's Rumble Blade
LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Ultimate Clay
We couldn't stop Ooo- and Aaah-ing when we received the parcel. The Rumble Blade looked really really cool, but we were a bit more confused with Ultimate Clay's accessories, until we've played the game.
Which brings us to this new LEGO range's special feature. The shield pieces that comes with each set aren't just decorative pieces like in other range. They are actually functional and works with the free role-playing adventure game app LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: Merlok 2.0, where players can scan the actual LEGO NEXO Power shield pieces to upgrade the correspondent skill inside the game, like this:
Cool right? And that's not just it, you can scan the same LEGO piece more than once to upgrade the skill inside the game further (I counted 6 upgrades per skill).
Apart from this new feature, the playsets themselves are brilliant as well, so even if you/ your child isn't playing the game, I'm sure they'll love the playsets too.
Minifigure wise, we are impressed with the armor designs, especially the pieces used for the Claybots. The shoulders are made from a different material (same as the one used for horns pieces), which gives them a different look, and the feet looked like they were built from new LEGO pieces as well, but we could be wrong.
As for Clay, his armor is just like the one in the game:
We noticed that the higher level gears look different, so perhaps when he's fully upgraded, he'll become Ultimate Clay, which is something to look forward to because we like his Ultimate gear.
|Detailed features of Clay's Rumble Blade|
Left: Clay's Rumble Blade can be divided 3 smaller vehicles
Right: A different mechanism to attach the Sword Speeder vehicle to the main body of the Rumble Blade
|A clever mechanism to detach the 2 Sword Break Bike vehicles|
Right: Top arrow points at the little piece that, when slid forward, will push the bike off the Rumble Blade's body
When hubby was building it, he commented on how the LEGO Technic pieces made the frame of the vehicle much stronger. It reminded us of the LEGO Ninjago X-1 Ninja Charger, which has also used LEGO Technic pieces to build the frame inside, and classic bricks around it, so it looked much better too.
We were very curious with the simple mechanisms that splits the Rumble Blade into 3 smaller vehicles. The one that attached the Sword Speeder to the Rumble Blade's body is especially interesting, because we would have never thought that hooking 2 hook pieces together will actually hold. It did and did very well.
The 2 Sword Break Bike are attached to the main body by one hook only (normally it would be something like a little tube piece sticking out from the bike that slots into a LEGO Technic piece that has holes), which holds on well enough to make the bikes act as the Rumble Blade's front and middle wheels, but pops out easily as well when the mechanism slid forward, pushing the bikes aside (see pictures above).
I think we are most impressed with the fact that each parts hold on to another so well. None has fallen off yet during Clay's play, but then he is looking after his Rumble Blade very well.
Clay's Rumble Blade is in the game too, and looks like it require construction as well, but we haven't reached that far yet:
We are certainly looking forward to meet the Claybots in game.
LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Ultimate Clay (RRP £6.99; targetted age 7 to 14; contains 72 building pieces) is one of the 6 current Ultimate character sets, featuring Clay with what I assume a fully upgraded gear, and 3 NEXO Power skills - Force Shield (left), Sword Tornado (middle) and Lava Dragon (right). The LEGO pieces that represent each skill can be swapped onto Clay to play out the scene in the game, where he uses the skill.
I think this is a pretty cool range to collect, as it takes quite a bit of effort to upgrade the gears in the game, and having an Ultimate character playset is like a reward for those who has achieved it in the game, or an inspiration for some to work harder in the game to get the ultimate gear.
The only thing I wasn't sure about is the Force Shield's LEGO version, as at the moment the skill in the game is actually whitish blue:
Perhaps the look of the skill will change in the game (skills can be upgraded by scanning the corespondent NEXO Power shield again), or it simply looks better for the playset as it gives a good balance of orange and blue.
Either way, we love to have Ultimate Clay, and maybe he can inspire our Clay to become ultimate (maybe not in the fighting area hehe) Clay as well?
Overall, we really like the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS range. True that we are a bit biased because of Clay, and the game started out with him as the lead as well (the players can choose who their main character is of course), but the new feature, special LEGO pieces and the playsets' design are truly eye opening. We also love the colour combination used, and not just for the 2 sets we have reviewed. I guess when you have a game like LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, you will have a sharper combination of colours and futuristic design. Here are some screenshots from the game to show you what I mean:
|Right: Map showing mission locations|
|Left: NEXO Power collection. There is currently 108 to collect, each can be upgraded to level 5|
Right: NEXO Power selection before entering a mission
|Left: Character selection before mission Right: Fighting off monsters|