Brickmaster: Legends of Chima The Quest for Chi

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Brickmaster: The Quest for ChiAnother day, another LEGO book lands on my doormat... Today it's the latest Dorling Kindersley Brickmaster book: Legends of Chima The Quest for Chi.

Like previously published Brickmasters, it's a very fat book that has a thick front cover with a box containing LEGO parts inside. The actual book part of this one is longer than recent ones, at 96 pages, compared to the usual 40 or 50.

Inside the book is the usual mix of instructions to build models from the parts -- six pairs in this case -- and stories around the models which take the form of photo-strips. The minifigs it contains are two of Chima's main characters, Crawley and Lennox.

There's something interesting about it for polybag collectors...

The parts (photo of the BoM here) are packaged in a 'proper' LEGO bag...

Brickmaster: The Quest for Chi

...that has a set number, which will make it a must-but for polybag obsessives :-)

Brickmaster: The Quest for Chi

This is a typical page from the book, which illustrates the quality of the photo-strips and models.

Brickmaster: The Quest for Chi

The models are built in pairs, one for the lion and one for the croc, and once built enable the associated story to be re-enacted. They tend to be a vehicle for one and a temple or hideout for the other.

It's a very polished production and one that Chima fans will love and get a lot of play value from.

As usual, you can order it from Amazon and in doing so help keep Brickset online.

11 comments on this article

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By in United States,

"The minifigs it contains are Chima's main protagonists Crawley and Lennox." No, it's Laval and Cragger. Crawley and Lennox and secondary, or even thirdindary. Just thought I'd point it out. ;)

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By in United States,

@lego613master: The word is tertiary, not thirdindary.

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By in United Kingdom,

I claim thirdindary comment :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

Strange that they are numbering this like any other set / polybag. So that way does it become a set, or is it gear? A dilemma for Bricklink.

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By in United States,

@bsv103-

Actually, I made up the "thirdindary" thing a long time ago, have been using it ever since because I had no clue what the real word was. Thanks!

P.S. I would call this comment "fifthindary" :P

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By in United States,

Plus they aren't both protagonists. One's an antagonist :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah yes, good point :-)

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By in Canada,

How are the models? Anything interesting? I wonder if DK will re-release all the other books with polybag numbers I feel sorry for you polybag collectors Lego is getting out of hand the number of them.

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By in United States,

Eighthindary comment.
Sneaky of TLG to basically make it a polybag. xD

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By in United States,

Flipped through this at a book store recently. The models are decent considering the parts they're working with, and the figs and parts are nice even if they're hardly rare in this year's lineup. I was iffy about the choice to bind the models together with a story. I liked the technique when it was used for the LEGO Friends Brickmaster last year, but here, it takes the already cheesy style of storytelling used in the Chima TV show and reduces it perhaps even further, with Crawley uttering silly phrases like "I sure do love being mean!" Then again, here it feels silly rather than just dumb, so there's some redeeming value to it in that regard.

I guess the silliness of the story doesn't matter too much in the grand scheme of things. Even kids won't be picking this one up for a funny or thrilling adventure story-- they'll pick it up because it's a LEGO set full of cool pieces. If they want a better story, the chapter books by Greg Farshtey manage to maintain the theme's silliness without dumbing down the dialogue too much, and those are far cheaper than this for obvious reasons.

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By in United States,

The Friends BM book also has a proper polybag of the parts, i got it from DK at NYCC last fall.

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