New themes for 2013: Speedorz and Legends of Chima

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Two trademarks recently registered by LEGO (1 | 2) reveal what might be the names of forthcoming LEGO themes. We can but speculate what they are but if I had to guess I'd say that Speedorz is some sort of futuristic racing theme and Legends of Chima is a fictional historical theme, perhaps to replace Ninjago in 2014.

A quick Google of 'Legends of Chima' has revealed that there are legends about Chima indians in Trinidadian folklore but whether that's relevant, we'll just have to wait and see...

What do you think?

(Thanks to nori for the news)

66 comments on this article

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By in United States,

An Amerindian theme would be cool beyond belief - to me, at least.

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By in United States,

I bet Speedorz will just be a quick cash grab, but Chima sounds interesting.

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By in United States,

Speedorz could be the Racers replacement, seeing as there were only 4 racers sets for 2012, and no 2nd wave.

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By in United States,

@Legolover: I can agree, Speedorz sounds like Speed Racer meets... actually, it just sounds like Speed Racer. :P I can imagine we'll see a lot car-mounted FFMs. Legends of Chima does sound rather interesting (maybe an island-based theme?), but I'll reserve judgement until we actually see the sets.

Still, both could make good themes. They've at least got cool enough names. :P

EDIT: It just kinda hit me, could Legends of Chima be something like Heroica? A board game series, but in a different setting? The name just sorta reminds me of "The Settlers of Catan", which currently has a Cuusoo project devoted to it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Intriguing... Chima sounds the more interesting of the two to me.

Also, I translate a lot of trademark stuff at work, I would love it if I got to translate anything to do with these :-)

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By in United States,

I'm sorry, but those both sound just ridiculous. I guess we'll have to see.

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By in United States,

Legends of Chima sounds good. Speedorz sounds lame. Need more licensed cars though :)

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By in Germany,

Speedorz: Cheesy. :P
Legends of Chima: I thought I read "China" there. :P

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By in United States,

I wonder if Legends of Chima is the theme that Lego was talking about when they referenced a new theme that would make us want Ninjago to have been gone sooner.

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By in United States,

@Skywalker: You're probably right. It makes the most sense that the Legends of Chima would be some kind of Lego game rather than a new theme. I hope to be pleasantly surprised and proved wrong.

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By in United States,

Not to judge a book...but Speedorz? Lame
Chima? A little too close to China imho. Will the bricks for these sets be somewhat translucent and crack easily?

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By in Sweden,

These aren't necessarily themes though. Legends of Chima sounds like a Heroica board game a la Caverns of Nathuz, and one can only hope that Speedorz (ugh!) is a follow-up to the Race 3000 board game or something like that.

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By in United States,

I feel with some of the better themes out now, like MF, they should focus more time and money on some better and bigger sets for them instead of making another dinky theme that flunks out IMHO.

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By in United States,

Speedorz sounds like the way a little kid would pronounce speeders.

"So there's these people who drive fast on the roads, they are called 'speedorz'."

Legends of Chima sounds kinda interesting. If it were to replace Ninjago I honestly wouldn't care- I lost interest in the theme. I honestly thought it was a typo at first, thinking it read "China"

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By in Greece,

Legends of Chima sounds catchy name but I dont know about Speedorz sounds like a racing theme that apperantly wont be so popular.Well still my bets go to the Legends of Chima and l hope it's not going to be a crazy theme like ninjago with skeletons driving monster trucks,ninjas riding bikes and snakes driving hellicopters.Something more realistic.

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By in Germany,

Awsome! Can't wait for more details! :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

If the real legends of Chima were sort of Central American, will we be seeing the CMF Aztec warrior's headress etc re-used? We all know about how Lego like economising on molds...
However, board games somehow sound more likely.

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By in United Kingdom,

Speedorz is an appalling name in my opinion, but I will not pass judgement on the theme until we have seen the sets.

Legends of Chima seems intriguing to me, the word Chima sounds oriental so could suggest another theme similar to Ninjago, perhaps something like the older Ninja sets. As mentioned by Huw, UtarEmpire and Plasmodium however, it could also be native American related, which would be absolutely fantastic! A return to the Western theme would be welcome in my opinion.

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By in Canada,

"Speedorz", being everyone's guess as a racing theme, might not be bad. Of course if it's anything like what Lego is currently offering in their build-racer department then us adults won't like it. I know World Racers was a bit of a swing-and-a-miss for collectors, but if I recall, the Speed Racer and Ferrari sets were never far off the mark when it came to car designs. All we really have to work with is the name... which at our age sounds a bit childish and reminiscent of something hotwheels might call one of their products. If we're looking for something to replace NinjaGo, it'll probably be something like this. Who hasn't been read or shown picture books of cool racing cars when they were young?! I could picture Speedorz being some Cartoon network (lego) show with a bunch of Exo-Force hooligans riding something that looks to the same style of Kai's Blade Cycle (NinjaGo set).

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By in United States,

@tensor: that made me laugh, thanks.

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By in United States,

@Sharky: Personally, I hope it is something of an "Oriental" theme as opposed to just a board game. NinjaGo was alright in that respect, but I'd love to see a real LEGO dojo... that isn't just a wall. :P I'm kinda thinking something like Orient Expedition, except without Johnny Thunder. Like native people exploring their world or something.

@Ypres: Man, I'm trying to visualize that and, well, all I can say is it looks like something which would be extremely popular with kids. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be a Hot Wheels knock-off. (Like, LEGO doing some "Wheel of Power" thing...)

Well, we've got well over a year until we see anything, so I'll try and reserve judgement. However, I'll say one last thing. Legends of Chima is a cool name, but "Speedorz" is just plain weird. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Speedorz is destined to be another World Racers. Legends of Chima sounds better, but very similar to Ninjago. I hope they'll be proper sets rather than games.
I wish Lego would release some new themes with the intention of them staying in production for more than just one or two waves.

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By in Russian Federation,

I don't think this possible Legends of Chima theme is related to that Trinidadian legend. Maybe it will be a theme about conquistadors hunting for the Indian gold?

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By in United States,

At this point, I really hope these are new "in-house" themes. Although I do appreciate some of the licensed themes, I honestly have always preferred the original stuff; Castle, Pirates, Space Police, Agents etc..

Here's hoping for a Knights/Castle revival as well. *crosses fingers*

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By in United Kingdom,

^Agents was a great series! Here's hoping for another theme like that one in the next couple of years.

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By in United States,

It's interesting to speculate on just a few words. I can't decide if I'm interested until I see the sets.
Don't they do any testing on names? Kids will call them "Speedorkz".
Legends of Chima could be the next Bionicle or Hero Factory.
If it were Legends of Chimay (Belgian pub theme), then I'm in...

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By in United States,

Maybe legends of chima is supposed to be legends of china and it might be another ninja theme since it is replacing ninjago. :P

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By in Greece,

^plz no.....no more ninja themes for christ's sake,cmon lego give us something new!!!

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By in United States,

Hm. Not sure what to think at this moment. Both have potential. Speedorz has my attention. Reminds me a bit of Roboriders for some reason. Plus, if it's space, then that means space cars, and I love space cars.
Legends of Chima... Hm. I think I'm in the minority. I'm having more interest in Speedorz than Chima. Chima has great potential, don't get me wrong, but its name sounding like "China" just makes me think Ninjago. And if it is Ninjago's replacement, why would they have gotten rid of Ninjago if they were going to replace it with another Oriental based theme?
I'll need to wait until more info surfaces.

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By in United States,

'Speedorz' is cringe worthy, but otherwise, there is nothing to think about.

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By in United States,

Is Lego actually ending the Ninjago theme or is that just speculation? I don't understand why they wouldn't continue on with one of their most popular themes.

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By in United States,

I'd love to see a revival of the Adventurers theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very interested to find out more about the 'Legends of Chima' one. I hope it is actually some new Historical/Adventurers theme, and not a boardgame or something. I don't know what Chima is, but I think I heard it's something to do with Indians; could it possibly be a new Western theme? Or if it's a spelling error for China, a re-do of Orient Expedition would be superb (although we have just had the Oriental-inspired NinjaGo).

'Speedorz' sounds to me like either a sub theme of Racers, or a replacement for it. I hope I'm wrong, though, and that it's something a lot more interesting! Perhaps something along the lines of Tron, with a futuristic world and all sorts of great Space-y things.

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By in United States,

FINALLY! A Lego theme based around the Colorado Health Information Management Association.

Why has Lego taken so long to realize the potential of this?!?!

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By in United States,

@max villano: I remember back in 2010 or so Lego fans were begging for ninjas again. :P

I don't really care what Chima turns out to be, as long as it's not weird. Speedorz already sounds weird, though.

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By in Australia,

Wow, so much negativity based on nothing more than a name. At least LEGO tries to bring something new to the market every year, even if it is just a one shot release to fill a gap in between major theme releases. Let's wait and see what they have in store for us before we write off a theme or release because its name is "weird".

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By in El Salvador,

Nothing will ever be so good as Ninjago.... nothing can replace it NOTHING!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmm.... I really hope Speedorz is a space racing theme, without 'collect all the treasure keys/ancient artefacts/moonstones/golden weapons' gimmicks Lego have been doing recently. Even the new city vehicles have 'Collect them all!' written on the back of the box.
On a side note, perhaps Legends of Chima will have mythological creatures, which I would buy in a heartbeat! :)

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By in United States,

@Sharpy: I'm sorry if that came out wrong, I didn't quite say it right. I meant that the name "Speedorz" sounds kind of weird, not making assumptions about the theme itself. I'm actually looking forward to seeing what the sets are like, but I dislike the name.

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By in United States,

replace Ninjago?! You will ruin my 8yr old sons world!

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By in United States,

Speedorz!!!

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By in Canada,

Legends of Chima will probably replace Ninjago while Speedorz will most likely replace World Racers or whatever it is that theme is called that no one buys.

I'm excited for the 2013 modular set. I just hope it isn't as large as the 2012 modular because the size of the Town Hall put it out of my price range. I've been waiting for LEGO to come out with these two buildings.

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By in Australia,

"Speedorz"

Er, I suspect the Hero Factory/Ninjago naming department has sprung a leak and is spraying all over the rest of LEGO...

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By in Malaysia,

@Skywalker1966

You're not alone.

Don't get your hopes high fellas. The speedorz might as well turn out to be LEGO company's diversification into boys swimwear industry.

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By in United States,

I really hope Legends of Chima is some kind of nature oriented theme. I always wished I could of gotten those old Native American and South American Lego Villages, those were so cool! I love that tree house set with the pirates. I'd like one Lego theme that isn't populated with monster trucks, high speed pursuits, explosions and bad guys :/ We have video games for that ;P
P.S. Regarding the name, I'm confused. Chima? Do you pronounce it Chee-muh? Or Chime-Uh? And while the sets may be great, Speedorz sounds really...lame? The only way I know how to pronounce it is Speed-orwz. I wouldn't be surprised if we got a wabbit themed car ;P
^ Lol :P

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By in United States,

@Erinlyn80 and other Ninjago-don't-go-ers
It's been discussed several times that 2013 is Ninjago's last planned, let me say that again, planned year.

Other than that...
The thoughts of what these series can be that I've heard here are excellent. Orient Expedition/adventurer return would make me cry (I'm not kidding). Now a collectable Space car series would be just plain awesome as well. It will be official that my wallet will never feel the feeling of "full" ever again if this comes to pass :P.

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By in Hong Kong,

Speedorz means "Speed! orz" So it is going to be a "trendy" theme targeted at kids...

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By in United States,

Well we can always use more historical themes, if that's what it really is.

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By in Switzerland,

This is becoming Apple-style-fandom. I'd rather wait and be surprised. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I read Speedorz as Speedorks! It does sound dorky to me. But, Legends of Chima sounds intriguing! I'm hoping it has to do with Conquistadors or ancient Mayan/Aztec civilization. Please do not be a board game.

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By in Australia,

Speedorz sounds no worse to me than Ninjago sounded and they turned out pretty great, even moreso after I watched those TV episodes that explained all the weirder stuff that was going on. Story makes the theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

'Speedorz' sounds to me like a bit of dumb internet-speak so my guess would be some sort of catapult-launched Racers theme with kooky characters (I dread the thought of some other attempt to be non-minifig based) and heavy tie-ins with a web-based game and promotional websites.

'Legends of Chima' doesn't really tell us anything. As has been suggested, it could just be another branch of 'Heroica'. Or it could be a Central American historical minifig thing to replace Ninjago. The connection between Chima Indians and La Brea (the earlier discovered pitch pit in Trinidad & Tobago, not the more famous tar pits in Los Angeles) might imply a host of Pleistocene creatures such as Mammoths and Sabre-Toothed Cats. Even if the history would be completely skewed... We can wonder.

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By in United Kingdom,

Speedorz = Steve Redgrave minifig?

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By in United States,

Now I like Ninjago, i don't want it to be replaced.

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By in United States,

hmmmm..... sounds weird

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By in United States,

Anyone think "Speedorz" sounds somewhat similar to "Slizer"
Personally I think Slizer was a cool theme. So who knows with Speedorz! besides, the name is only a tad dumber then "Ninjago"
Legends of Chima, sounds, different than what LEGO normally does.

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By in United States,

WHAT! they cant replace Ninjago with some silly Indian thingy.

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By in United States,

Why would they end Ninjago when it's hugely popular?

The TV show was called...

Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Lego Ninjago: Rise of the Snacks

Maybe next year it will be called Ninjago Legends of Chima.

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By in United Kingdom,

Mmmm rise of the snacks....

But seriously, the ninjago thing might not be a bad call. Certainly makes a lot more sense than amerindian tar pits of hell (read the legend).

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By in Sweden,

^^It wouldnt be the first time Lego canned a popular theme. They did it to both Power Miners and Atlantis. It seems as only bad sales can affect the planned lifespan of a theme, cutting it short.

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By in United Kingdom,

@The Green Brick Giant

Apparently the next Ninjago subtheme is about pirates. Probably to make everyone hate it so much so we love the next theme more.

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By in United States,

@ The Green Brick Giant: Ninjago is Pirates next year. I don't think it'll last through 2014, so Legends of Chima is most likely a different theme. Plus, Ninjago is running out of stories for subthemes.

@ BrickSorcerer: I think that the pirates will be the best part of Ninjago. The Snakes and Skellies were OK, but the Pirates are awesome. :P

~DX ninja
"More pajama men! Get them!" -Captain Soto

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By in Canada,

The comment made by @TheGreenBrickGiant is the most plausible use for "Lengends of Chima" one could think of given how little information we have. We know Lego has something in the works for another batch of NinjaGo and a third Cartoon network season... that's not at all suggesting declining sales. If memory serves, I believe the NinjaGo forecast wasn't predicted past 2013 because Lego wanted an exit strategy before supply outweighed demand. NinjaGo, while I know it's not the case for us adult fans, is a fad among children. One day it will die, but in my opinion that won't be for a long time. Didn't Lego claim NinjaGo was one of their most succesful "in-house" themes ever!?

I don't know why so many "Rumour" sites are claiming NinjaGo will end in 2013 like it's set in stone. Secondly, why is one theme supposedly being released in 2013 to replace NinjaGo? If Lego wanted material for something worthy of potentially replacing NinjaGo, chances are they wouldn't opt for something like the Orient or Samurais because the similarities between the two themes wouldn't be worth scraping the brand "NinjaGo" over. I don't watch the TV show, but the mere fact that it's having a third season is a good sign of its lasting popularity. The wonderful thing about fiction is that you can breathe new life into it with the stroke of a pen.

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By in United States,

Ypres I agree. Lego comes out and says NinjaGo is this huge theme, a hit TV show so why end it? It wouldn't make sense.

However Lego ended Bionicle and replaced it with Hero Factory. So anything is possible.

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By in Ireland,

The minifigures series often hints at new themes (eg: Monster Fighters). Maybe the Conquistador in Series 8 is hinting at this?

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