The end of NEXO Knights

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NEXO Knights was launched in 2016 and there has been considerable speculation surrounding its future in recent months, particularly given the relative lack of promotion for the latest wave.

Zusammengebaut has now confirmed that the theme will not be continuing beyond its current wave and that no summer sets will be released. This was revealed at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and indicates that the theme has not been performing to LEGO's expectations as it was presumably planned for a three year run, following the example of Legends of Chima.

Will you be disappointed to see NEXO Knights come to an end and what are you hoping will replace it? Let us know in the comments.

 

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By in Germany,

Nexo Knights was deemed to this fate from the start. It was too much of a mashup for most kids (and parents alike). In my opinion most kids didn't understand what it was all about in the first place. A space-castles-evil-jester-demon-gargoyles-war is not appealing, because it's too much of everything. They had some good pieces, that's all. And I loved the red demons. Sadly Lego goes the same route with Elves. Too many different foes and creatures, instead of exploring the wonderful world of elvendale they had created in season one.

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By in United States,

I've said it a million times and I'll say it again, "Nexo knights is taking away classic castle-like themes." It makes some AFOLs cringe because although the sets are beautifully designed...it makes absolutely no sense to wear knight costumes in space so they refuse to buy knights. Angry birds makes more sense than Nexo knights. It also wastes all those fabulous trans-orange space elements. We should have a space theme and a castle theme. Leave the theme bashing to Ninjago as it fills that niche already and is hugely popular everywhere. It goes down in flames similarly to the way I thought Superhero girls would go down in flames - a theme that literally attracts neither gender. They fall in dead space where they're neither cool to collect or make much sense. I feel bad mostly for the designers because they did an awesome job on a theme not well liked. If their talents were placed on other themes, it would be wonderful.

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By in Germany,

Thank god imho.

Let's return to a real Castle theme instead. And a classic Space theme wouldn't hurt either.

By the way, did anyone notice the irony in the current giveaway set, celebrating 60 years of the LEGO brick?
It showcases the best Lego had to offer:
A classic castle
A classic pirate ship
A classic space ship
A classic train/monorail set

None of these have any current equivalent.
Classic space themes have been abandoned in lieu of Star Wars, which also shows signs of slowing performance and an increasing number of lacklustre sets.
A classic pirate theme has been missing for ages, with nothing new in sight. Don't start about the announced pirate themed rollercoaster, as that is not a pirate set but just a faiground set, and not much more exciting than the Friends "rollercoaster", judging by the pictures.
As for classic castle themes: Nexo Knights tried to blend castle with space. Might have been an interesting mashup idea, but never worked, and kids realized, hence the mediocre sales and constant heavy discounts. "Fun" fact: no kid I know has any Nexo Knights set, even though many would be the perfect target audience.
Finally a classic train theme: at least there is a new train on the horizon. Let's hope it's good and sells well, so that LEGO will be willing to expand it. Perhaps even to an extent like in the olden days. After all, there's a lot of craving for an updated train theme and it would surely be a bestseller, if done right.

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By in Switzerland,

Unfortunately Lego seems to be incapable to create its own ip beside ninjago (that they contemplated closing down at one moment). Without disney and dc they could close their business as we know it. Even for technics they started playing on third party ip's. Maybe that is the way to go but if disney find better bricks partner lego will be in serious trouble.

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By in Poland,

Finally! ;-)

It would be great to see Castle or Pirates related series’ return in exchange for the NEXO theme.

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By in Norway,

Nexo knights kinda took over for legends of chima, so i guess it will be replaced by something equally uninteresting.

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By in Germany,

RIP nexos which was never appealing to me anyway! I'm an AFOL spending lots of deutschmarks every year but never purchased a single set. In brief and fully in line with legobear, back to the roots and reinvigorate castle, space and pirates classics.

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By in United States,

Not disappointed at this news at all; it was an odd theme that didn’t seem to draw the crowds as anticipated or expected. Personally I did not like it. It seems Lego has spread itself pretty thin with all the different themes: the variety of licensed sets (Disney Princesses, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Jurrassic Park, Marvel and Super Heroes, etc), on top of the Friends series, Lego Batman, Ninjago, and City. (I’m sure I missed a couple.) Nexo Knights in my opinion was just fluff that was destined to end up where it is. True that nothing ventured, nothing gained, so in that regard, kudos to TLG for trying. But Nexo Knights flopped, so I’m glad they’re cutting losses and moving on!

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By in Netherlands,

The first wave of Next Knights was great in my opinion. Cool looking sets. Even the tv series first season was a lot of fun to watch. When they published the book of monsters I thought a lot of cool looking evil creatures would be released in future waves but Lego did not. And, in my opinion, the next waves were just....well... not cool anymore. Even for kids they made no sense. As mentioned above....with the Elves Lego is making the same mistake.

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By in Poland,

I had hope but it didn't work. It just didn't work for most pepole :(

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By in United Kingdom,

I've enjoyed the theme. There have been some great sets and models, with good parts selection. I haven't really seen the animation, not my thing.
Slight disappointment at the early finish as there are a couple of good possibilities for sets we might have seen in a final wave.
The end will bring something new and maybe different.

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By in United States,

NEXO Knights always felt like a hodge-podge with no direction. Granted I know only what I see in the sets and none of the lore, but they seem like too much castle for the space fans and too much space for the castle fans.

Personally, I'd love to see it replaced with a legitimate Space theme again. How cool would a modernized Blacktron be?

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By in Denmark,

This last wave of Nexo Knights sets doesn’t even show up in this year’s danish BR catalog! I think that says a lot....
I really hope TLG has plans for a new space theme, a proper one...

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By in Belgium,

Pirates up next. Nailed on. Won't be space because Star Wars and Nexo Knights was a pseudo Castle theme.

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By in Australia,

It was good to see them try something different, but people were clamoring for classic space and/or classic castle and not a kit-bash of both combined. The writing was on the wall after the first year.

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By in Sweden,

Nexo knights does not show up in the Swedish catalog.
Nexo knights was a pretty Good idea but the story was too confusing.

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By in United States,

At least it brought us some great parts. Some of the sets were pretty good, but they were far too repetitive. The second year in particular had a crazy number of sets, most of which were carbon copies of each other or of first year sets.

I really hope this means we get a proper castle or space line next year. Something non-gimmicky and without a stupid TV show.

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By in Sweden,

The small lava monsters and the bots are amazing imo, will continue to collect these, but more sets are not needed after I buy Axl's Rolling Arsenal. The purple sets were not good and too few of the great monsters from the book (as stated above) materialized.
Knighton Castle is a great set if you find it for cheap!

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By in Australia,

Finally! Nexo Knights is no more! I personally had nothing against the theme, the builds were usually pretty good and it was a way better idea then Chima or Ninjago. It was also a creative take on the idea of steampunk, making it space knights instead.

But, as many others have pointed out, it prevented the Classic historic themes and classic space from returning. I personally would prefer a new Wild West theme. Castle would be fine, as would Pirates, hopefully there would be proper ships for under $100 and a naval ship for once.

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By in Australia,

I have enjoyed rebuilding classic space sets out of NEXO Knight sets. The parts were great for that. However, the game didn't hold a lot of appeal for me. I suspect it did for many kids, but if you just need the scan, sharing the images was too easy. I agree with @Lamarider - Knighton castle was an awesome set and parts pack. Hopefully an appealing space and castle theme will both arrive in time for the 40th anniversaries.

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By in United States,

I was a big fan of Nexo from the beginning, as it combined the favorite themes of my youth, so sure, I'll definitely miss it. It had a great run though, and there's still so much for me to collect!

Now bring on the classic Space and Castle revivals!

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By in Australia,

I don't think anybody's all that surprised, right?

I quite liked parts of the theme. I liked the little weapons/figure packs, and the mecha-suits that came out last year? Those were nifty as all get-out, I really liked them. And like Ninjago, I thought some of the minifigs (particularly the different styles of villains) were really interesting.

But overall, I feel like the theme was more miss than hit. In most of my local toy stores, the Nexo Knights sets were there just gathering dust. It was a confusing and strange theme, and I don't think it really knew what it wanted to be. I liked some parts of it, sure, but I'm not gonna miss it. And I think there's some interesting irony there. Of course, Lego's commitment is to making new toys to sell, not exploring an established setting. But if they did that, they might find that a wider setting would just naturally give them more toys to sell anyway.

I'm sure the next thing will come along soon enough. And in a few years time, new Lego fans will look back on "Nexo Knights" and just be like, "... say what now?"

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By in Ireland,

I'm obviously not the target audience but I'm surprised it's performing worse than Chima.
No doubt it will be replaced by another strange mash-up theme...

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By in United States,

Wow, lots of negativity. I'm also a Classic Castle fan, but I don't think this theme deserves such treatment.

Nexo Knights introduced great parts, and majority of the figs can be repurposed for use in a Fantasy Era Castle setting. Some of the ideas were head-scratchers, don't get me wrong, but the theme wasn't a total failure, either. It did what it was supposed to and is now being retired, as expected.

I enjoyed its run and can't wait to see what they can whip up next!

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By in Australia,

The funny thing is, even though it didn't perform to their expectations, it still massively outsold the castle theme's recent sets, particularly the first wave with the Fortrex and Jestro's Lair.

I got them for my kids and they were fantastic sets, with really good builds and playability. Its highly unlikely Lego will go back to a standard castle at this point given how poorly that normally sells.

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By in United Kingdom,

As someone who has 3 girls, myself and children won't miss that theme, It looked OK for parts especially all the dark purple and transparent orange used but other than that never been a big fan, the popular themes in our house are friends, elves Disney and both comic themes oh and star wars,
So no love loss with Nexo what so ever,
I, d love to ve to see pirates or a space theme re-introduced one day.

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By in Germany,

I bought a lot of Nexo Knight sets. The "bad guy" ones where a lot better than the "good guy" ones. And I bought many because they had great parts and pretty much always were heavily discounted. While the orange/blue color scheme worked, the tech-castle theme did not work in my view. The 2017 wave had too many weird villains and not a single set that I or my kids were able to relate too from a play perspective. I absolutely would love to see a classic castle theme again. And apparently I am not alone, the sets from the last classic castle wave are super expensive by now.

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By in United States,

I thought the first year was a very respectable start, and the third year sets were looking good also. Year 2 though had a terribly bland color scheme for the entire bad guy side that was impossible to look past. In spite of some good builds and high play value, shelf appeal was just awful. The gray on gray on gray plus a splattering of purple & sand blue I feel is the primary reason the product line lost all momentum & fizzled short of the intended finish line.

Having followed the products, show, and game with interest since the beginning I have always felt it was a good kids' toy theme on the whole. I wholeheartedly disagree with the prevailing AFOL notion that it was a mistake for LEGO to invest in this fanciful concept for kids instead of something targeted towards the company's smallest group of fans.

Oh, well, at least we did get some nice new parts out of the deal!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the theme could have been handled far better from inception. Contrary and in agreeance with what @legobear says above, I believe you can have knights in space - you just don’t have to be so literal. Warriors, mechs and vehicles inspired by knights and chivalry but not defined by it, with a colour palette that doesn’t shout neon - much like the palettes in Castle, Classic Space and more recently TNM and SW themes (first wave Chima got this right I believe, then slid off the rails into the same territory). This theme just had the wrong balance of everything and felt very confused, which is a shame because there are some genuinely inspired ideas and techniques within the theme.

Palette choice plays a massive part for me - each LEGO originated theme tends to have a primary, secondary and tertiary colour in it’s palette, be it across the line or into each set. When a neon shade dominates just one these it has a massive impact on the look and appeal on the theme or set. I tend to turn away from sets with lots of neon as it makes them look a lot more toy-like and in some cases cheapens the visual aesthetic. More than this, I simply have no use for these many neon elements in my MOCs. I’d imagine it’s the same for many AFoLs and as such has played a significant part in the downfall of this theme.

@AustinPowers makes a great point about the themes LEGO has chosen as part of their celebration - it really wouldn’t hurt for them to look to the past to inspire the future... just leave out the overuse of neon elements.

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By in Spain,

So good news to start the day!! Happy to listen to that!! It was absolutely ridiculous a combination of castles and modern weapons!! The first time I saw them I get disappointed

As many people have said in this forum, classic sets as Castle or Pirates would have a better acceptation between kids...and also for AFOLs!!!

I will be happy for the rest of the day!!

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By in Hungary,

Disappointed but not surprised. Hopefully this'll stop comments anguishing over the lack of a new gray fence with gate set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have to say I really loved the concept and started getting the smaller sets and magazines, but the largest ones were beyond what I was willing to pay and the mid-sized sets in Wave 1 just didn't do it for me. The designs of things like the mecha-horse and thunder mace were too odd for my taste and I gave up on it then.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd welcome a simple (perennial) fantasy land, that would appeal to collectors of a number of existing and non-existent themes.
A plethora of medieval dwellings, fortresses, castles, palaces and temples. An Evil wizard in a ramshackle tower commands a zombie army perhaps. Dragons of both the sentient and savage varieties hinder and help the heroes.
Siege engines, Trojan horses, trebuchets, battle packs of elves or "Visigoths", damsels in distress in burning forests.
The heroes might be a group of children, or a barbarian girl or an ogre or cyclops from the CMF range even. There was a great idea here that would fit too: http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/562900#Comment_562900
If the sets all came with a little yellow diagonal sash with the word 'LEGOLAND' written in blue across it, I'd be even happier!

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By in United Kingdom,

RIP future space castle theme, long live classic castle theme, one hopes.

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By in Serbia,

Waiting for the usual TLG direction aapologist to explain how Nexo performed just great :)

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By in Poland,

Well, Nexo Knights is gone, time for Nexo Pirates then? JK.

In all seriousness though, NK brought many cool parts to Lego Inventory, and was an... Interesting theme, to say the least. But I hope, that now we'll get some regular historical theme, I'm sick and tired of gimmicky action themes, I need some good old regular Castle, Pirates, or even Space theme, Please TLG, Hear my Pleas, bring back the classic, generic themes we all love...

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By in Finland,

I'm not surprised. I think they should have focused more on castle-like sets, like small watchtowers or siege engines, especially for the knights, instead of third different vehicle for a main character. I really liked the bad guys though, they could have easily passed as Fantasy Era-style villains. Like many, I now hope we get a more classic castle theme.
I wonder what's going to be next, since we now have had technological ninjas and knights. Techno-pirates maybe?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm a fan of classic / historical castles (at least grey ones, not the yellow things) but I'm glad they tried NK. I also think the idea works, knights in space is a good idea. I also thought the first offerings were pretty good, but it was a shame about the colour scheme. I would have preferred greys to make them more accessible for classic castle fans (and space fans, but not classic space fans).

I really hope they don't go down the route of the old classic castles, the yellow ones are awful. Make them up to date, natural colours and updated figures and they'll be OK. But onlyif there is a market for them. AFOLs always think the market for classics is huge, but of course that may not necessarily be the case.

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By in United States,

Let's have more System BIONICLE!

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By in United States,

I always had mixed feelings about Nexo Knights. On the one hand it replaced my favorite evergreen series - castle (and in particular, Kingdoms - I know it didn't immediately replace it). On the other hand, it was an interesting mashup.

Castles has had an interesting, convoluted history since kingdoms. As an "Evergreen" theme, it was supposed to always be there 'in some form' along with space and city. Kingdoms was immediately replaced by the more neon-y, simpler Castle line, which had to compete directly against what was left of LotR and the Hobbit. Compared to those two, most people went the latter route. Meanwhile Space was incresingly becoming more and more "Star Wars". Whether intentional or not, Nexo Knights seemed like a mashup of both space and kingdoms - almost as if to say "see, we have both evergreen sets still going strong! We've just mooshed them together." Needless to say, it was a controversial and unpopular decision.

I can see, with the 60th anniversary upon us and LEGO looking back at classic sets to see both a classic space and a classic castle line trying to re-establish themselves. Fingers crossed they both do.

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By in United States,

Anybody remember Masters of The Universe? Castle-borne medieval warriors with jets & futuristic tech can work exceptionally well. Warhammer 40k and numerous other gaming franchises also prove this out.

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By in Sweden,

I just really, really want classic Castle to return. Maybe it never will, maybe kids these days just don't care about traditional knights, swords and castles, I don't know.. But I'd love to see some new Castle stuff now that it's been like 4-5 years since the last one.

As for Nexo Knights, it lasted longer than I thought it would given the general reaction to it. I thought it was a quite interesting idea, and I liked the first year's sets. It went downhill quite quickly though, the second year's villains looked terrible. It's a bit of a shame if it ends half-assed though, this year's villains looked a lot more interesting but I guess we won't get to see their full potential.

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By in United States,

Like many have said, I want the classic castle series to return

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By in United States,

It's so silly that LEGO thought a theme like this could work! I mean, two and a half years, right? And just 56 sets! That just screams "abysmal failure". LEGO should have stuck with the classics, by which I mean "themes that usually only eke out enough demand for five to fifteen sets over a stretch of half a year to one and a half years". Why won't they just listen to us AFOLs and our brilliant strategic mantra of "80s stuff good, new stuff bad"? You'd almost think they stopped taking our valuable input seriously after our interminable whining about major hits like Bionicle, Ninjago, and Friends.

But anyway, as most people anticipated, Castle will probably be back in 2019, and in the meantime we can start looking forward to the next creative new theme that AFOLs will complain about from beginning to end.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just hope they keep Elves going. There are some good builds, great parts and a super colour scheme. My daughter loves it. I never liked NK as I thought it a bit too contrived and there were no elegant or tasteful looking sets, but I can see why they did it and some boys would like it.

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By in Canada,

Wow, the glee this news is receiving is really off-putting.

I’m pretty sure if LEGO were to do Classic Castle the way some AFOLs clamour for, they would have already done it by now, and that Nexo Knights has as much to do with its absence as Galaxy Squad or Monster Fighters did.

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By in Canada,

I enjoyed it for the fact that we had (evil) factions that were non human. This was the appeal and success I think for Fantasy Era...bring it (or something similar) back.

Nexo Knights definitely gave us some nice looking bad guys even in non standard minifig form. I'll admit there were some sets that appealed to me and are actually quite good.

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By in Sweden,

As an 'old school space and castle' AFOL I am happy to see the end of it and look forward to new 'return to basics' classic lines for space and castle. LEGO (from what I have read) is trying to streamline its business in the wake of less than expected profits. So ditching Nexo and bringing back one of the Classic themes would make a safer choice.

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By in United Kingdom,

@pirro - I'm worried about Elves' longevity. BricksFans recently reported that the upcoming sets will only be sold by Argos and Lego online/brand stores in the UK, similar to how the current/final Nexo Knights wave is only available from Lego and John Lewis. There appear to be two summer sets for Elves, but after that... There's still so much they could do with the theme, but maybe it's reached the end of its planned life cycle.

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By in United States,

I'm hoping we can finally get a more traditional castle build style with more fantasy races (elves, centaurs, kobold, etc.) The one thing I did like about Nexo Knight villains is they did help to fill this niche (even if it was mostly just rock monsters and lava monsters).

Hopefully we might even get non-humans as more than just the bad guys or just a token minority good guy.

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By in United Kingdom,

"...the theme has not been performing to LEGO's expectations as it was presumably planned for a three year run, following the examples of both NINJAGO and Legends of Chima"

I mean, both of those two themes ALSO only had a single Jan wave in their third year, so I wouldn't exactly call this a major example of Nexo "SELLING VERY BADLY INDEEDY" or whatever ya wanna say innit - if ya really wanna accuse a theme of selling poorly it's the Bionicle reboot y'all should be pointing fingers at, and even then that's more down to the poorly-targeted marketing than anything else (but anyways, that's a lengthy conversation for another day).

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As for this 'cancellation' in particular, I can't say I'm utterly surprised by it - the recent wave definitely felt like a 'winding down' of the theme like the last wave of Chima, so it's not exactly a shock or anything. I'm definitely gonna miss all the new sci-fi pieces and vehicles we were getting from it though, since the vehicles were hella useful as starting points/inspiration for MOCs and the cool new parts were, y'know, cool new parts innit. I definitely gotta agree with Jang's remarks on last year's sets though - they really were a bit of a bland mess when it came to the colour schemes and, small mechs aside, I don't think I ended up grabbing any of 'em.

That's not to say Nexo was completely an amazing theme though - the app-game integration with the scannable shields was a neat idea on paper but the execution was very mixed (particularly how incredibly grindy the game actually was and the fact that the scan upgrade system got broken incredibly quickly), and the TV show was, in my opinion at least, a bit of a bland mess with single-characteristic characters and a very same-y world, especially when compared with other TLG shows (Netflix!Elves and Ninjago immediately come to mind) - it's not the very worst they've put out (it's definitely an improvement over Chima's show), but realistically I'd expect quite a bit more from 'em innit. All that said though, I don't think I've ever thought on the whole that the whole theme needed to 'die quick' or whatever - every theme has it's benefits and drawbacks, and whilst Nexo had drawbacks in the form of it's media, the sets and parts were *definitely* a major plus on most fronts and I'm relatively happy with the good stuff we got outta it.

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And as for all the comments about how Nexo was "THE WORST THEME EVAR NOBODY LIKED IT ANYWAYS" and that it's "GREAT NEWS" the theme is ending so that your "20 classic castles and 12 new knight factions a year just like the good ol' days" wet dream can come true... Lego is primarily a children's toy for children. As a children's toy for children, it makes sense that they would look into what would sell specifically to children as that's, y'know, their main target audience. It's incredibly silly to fool yourself into thinking that TLG's gonna bend over backwards to make sure every single one of their themes specifically adheres to what you personally enjoyed back in the 80s - times have changed and so have the tastes of kiddies and what they look for in a theme. Of course, that doesn't completely absolve a theme from constructive criticism, by far - it's an important tool and allows 'em to improve beyond what they're currently doing - but it *does* mean that you've gotta take that fact into consideration as context and it *definitely* means that unconstructive arguments like "OH IT'S NOT WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN I WAS YOUNG SO IT'S AUTOMATICALLY BAD" can go die in a hole. Look closer at what's there and analyse it thoroughly to identify the possible positives/negatives instead of just seeing things at a surface value and judging solely via that innit.

And anyways, if you don't like what themes TLG's doing... instead of having a lil' moan about how it's not the stuff you yourself specifically want, why not use your own unique imagination and build the stuff you DO wanna see? Y'know, the main selling point of lego? Yeah, that.

tl;dr, this: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DU32YAEWsAAqJvK.jpg

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By in Canada,

The only unfortunate thing is that Nexo Knights concludes on a very uninspiring wave. They started with the bang and ends in the muck of shelf warmers.

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By in United States,

@Roborider I mean, Axl is a giant and Macy is female. An elf or dwarf (even though I hate the short legs) would be cool though. I wasn't about this line at first but then I got a couple sets and they were a lot of fun to put together so now I have one more set plus the current wave to complete the line. The phone game was also well done, though obviously not for adults. While the theme may not have been for everyone I think the designers on this line did a fantastic job (despite some color choices that weren't my favorite). The sets play well, have some unique combining play value, offer storage for accessories and have uniquely identifiable characters. I wish there were a second half of the current line but I'll take what I can get.

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By in United States,

Woot! Maybe we will finally have fewer sets released this year!

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By in Canada,

Was never a fan but each to their own. I am sure some like the theme as as mentioned some liked it simply for new parts and or colours.

Look forward to seeing what other creative ideas Lego comes up with.

Of course as an AFOL I would love some of the pirate/castle theme themes be revisited in a more traditional sense.

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By in United States,

A shame, I loved Axl Mech and it makes for a lovely construction mech.

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By in United States,

I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks the all-too-brief Dark Forest subtheme from 1996 deserves a robust reattack... But maybe I am! Come on, TLG.

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By in United States,

I want another wave of Agents (or Ultra Agents, or Super Ultra Agents, or whatever they will call it).

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By in United States,

I don’t know if Nexo Knights was cancelled, this might have been the planned end for the series.

In any case, I don’t think Nexo Knights is a terrible theme. Although I have never appreciated the grey, blue, and trans-orange color scheme for the Knights, I loved the villain color scheme for the year 1 lava monsters. In fact, I found it so inspiring that I bought a couple of sets and do not regret doing so. Year 2 was kind of garbage with the stone army color scheme, but we we get of year 3 villains doesn’t look too bad.

I don’t know if Lego will ever do a pure Castle or Space theme again, that might not go over well with their primary audience of kids. It just might not be quite exciting enough as those original themes (Space especially) had no conflict until later.

What I think would be nice is a return to the 2007-2009 Castle theme, with all sorts of fantasy races, maybe this time including elves in addition to Knights, dwarves, and goblins.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not surprised... these were always the sets I saw massively discounted on the shelves as they just weren't selling.

Its a shame though, the series had some good designs and fun play features... the overall theme though was just badly implemented and had limited appeal to the masses.

Personally, I'd like to see the Castle theme go to a 'small band of hero knights fighting an evil Overlord' type theme.... IE, medieval star wars.

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By in United States,

@ Ayliffe, it's ok to admit that Nexo Knights wasn't that great, lol. You don't have to defend it to the death.

But like others have said, the mash-up just didn't work here. Ninjago has done tremendously well for them, but it also made Lego think that similar ideas would work. They don't. Ninjago is that rare theme that worked, for whatever reasons. Some of the Nexo sets were interesting, and Lego is probably the one format where you can get away with mixing themes like this. But the interest just wasn't here. I really do think they should go back to the classic sets like they've done in the past; Castle, Space, etc. That's not just the AFOL in me speaking. When I was a kid, I wanted those classic sets. It was then up to me to mix and match the themes and make a cool pirate spaceship.

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By in United States,

I want more themes like Space Police, Power Miners and Atlantis. Themes where there is a story framework, but no show to go along with it so that there is more creativity involved. Nexo Knights was ok. The Battle Suits were amazing but the rest was mostly just ok. Not too sorry to see it go. Maybe we could see a Power Miners reboot soon?? Actually, a Fantasy Era reboot would be a dream come true! Dwarves, Trolls, Knights and Skeletons! But no show! That's what I want.

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By in United States,

Some fun pieces available. But usually I’d see these on the shelf with 50% off and they continued to sit.

But Chima was the same way. Always discounted.

Maybe Lego should do what it does best, licensed IP...(I kid, I kid)

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By in United States,

A great idea by Lego, but lacking execution. As a kid growing up in the late 80's making space knights was something I did constantly.

While these sets certainly have the pieces and the figures to do it okay, I felt that the villains were lacking to a certain degree, especially in the show itself. The bigger buildable figures were pretty good and did offer my 5 and 3 year old several hours of playtime. However, I knew the show was lacking in depth year old starting enjoying it more more than my 5 year old who got it over it rather quickly.

All that being said, I'm glad TLG gave it a go for this theme and I'm sure the power suit/mech sets will be played with by my boys in their rotation for years to come.

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By in United States,

In other news today, water is wet.

What is sad is the theme had so much promise, but what we got instead was awful colored weird sets. LEGO finally got the bad guy sets to be perfect, and we only get two sets of them.

Space knights is actually a pretty neat idea, but Nexo was too Earth based and needed to be more space based.

In 2009 we had several in house themes, Space Police, Power Miners, Castle, Pirates, some Im forgetting. Yet in 2019 we will most likely only have NinjaGo.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was never a huge fan of the series, although I have bought the 3 mech sets Black Knight, Kings Mech and the new Techno Mage and was happy with those as a fan of Lego Mechs (would love to see an updated Exo Force style line introduced as opposed to the Mechs in Nexo Knights, Ninjago etc) But overall it was a lacklustre line that didn't really appeal to sci fi or fantasy Lego fans imo.

I'd like to see a realistic future space exploration line introduced rather than rebooting classic space with exploration rovers and shuttle style ship's etc etc and yes a more classic castle line would be of interest as well but maybe a little more fantasy based than historical, again just not a reboot of old sets. And like mentioned before a modern Exo Force line of Mechs would be great as some of the recent mech sets have been great, One thing though ... Knees that bend!!!!

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By in United States,

@Ayliffe: Chima did get a small wave of 3 new sets in May 2015, so the main article is correct that it lasted a bit longer than Nexo Knights.

@FowlerBricks: I wouldn't say there is "more creativity involved" in a theme with no show. Just as more detailed sets let kids add new building techniques to their repertoire, more detailed stories teach kids new storytelling tools and techniques they can use to tell their own stories. The more story-driven themes also seem to inspire a lot more forms of creativity outside of building and play — I've seen way more Bionicle, Ninjago, and Elves fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, etc. than I've ever seen for any of the more classic, open-ended themes.

Also, for what it's worth, Atlantis DID have a show… or at least, a TV special that told pretty much the entire year one story. Themes like Ninjago and Nexo Knights have just taken that idea and expanded it.

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By in United States,

I think the show was good (nexo knights) but not as well as Ninjago. While I will be disappointed because the villains were good and the unique pieces, It seems like it probably would've been gone a long time ago.

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By in United States,

I really hope they do a new Space theme in the spirit of exploration, rather than conflict and warfare/weaponry. That was what was great about the original Space theme. Yes, there were gun-like elements, but their usage as weaponry was never overt. It was up to the builder’s imagination.

Like many of you, I think it’s high time we had a legitimate castle, and a legitimate, non-licensed Space theme. And bring back that classic space rocket-around-the-moon logo. Make the moon Mars if you have to, to keep things current, but let’s explore space again!

Oh man! Crater plates! Am I right!?

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By in United States,

Commandervideo that would amazing. It would probably sell super well too.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lots of people are asking for a return to Classic Space, but didn't Galaxy Squad and Alien Conquest perform badly? #7066 is about as Classic-Space looking as you can get, but I'm sure this hung about on shelves at discount for a long time.

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By in United States,

@theJANG that's an excellent point about comparing MOTU to NK. The basic theme that LEGO was going after has sold in the past.

@Ayliffe you are spot-on. TLG, while giving increased attention to the AFOL, is still a children's toy system. They are looking to see what appeals to kids (As they should). Us adults, whether AFOL or an NPL, are important but not to the same level as the kids.

The video game tie-in was fun initially but after a while the repetitiveness of the game/missions was tedious and it proved to be glitchy early on. Fewer shields and more unique items to find/use would have made a positive difference I believe.

As for the NK series I really thought it was, by and large, a good series. It started off strong in the 1st year with only a couple of 'head scratchers' IMHO. The idea and characters were solid with Jestro, in particular, a fine character that could help teach a positive lesson about how you can choose to be led by the nose or stand up for yourself. My oldest son and I talked quite a bit about the choices Jestro would make and what influenced him to do so. The 2nd year was very soft in both colors and bad guys. The basic color pallet wasn't bad but I think it strayed too far from what was familiar. The lack of memorable bad guys hurt as did the dearth of good sets (especially in the mid-size and large range) hurt it. My son lost total interest in the 2nd year...would not even play with the 1st year stuff so now it's become mine. This final year again does the same thing. There is no consistency to the very basics of the theme other than the techno-medieval inspiration.

Overall I believe it was a good series. I gave us some very cool pieces, nifty mech-based builds,
some inspired characters. I applaud TLG for thinking outside the box on NK. I am keeping the sets we got and will incorporate them into other builds.

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By in United States,

Crater plates! YES, PLEASE!

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By in Canada,

About time! Just the idea was so lame and it didn't work at all. I mean, futuristic knights? Won't be sorry to see this theme go.

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By in United States,

@David1985: What about City, Friends, Unikitty, and possibly Elves (it's a little up in the air whether that one will continue past this year)? Not to mention that after Nexo Knights and/or Elves ends there will likely be new themes to replace them. It's not as though after Legends of Chima and Ultra Agents ended LEGO dilly-dallied very long before launching Nexo Knights, so I don't know why we'd expect a substantial delay in a theme to replace Nexo Knights except the vague possibility of it conflicting with The LEGO Movie Sequel (we still don't have much idea what that will be about).

In general, the 3-year refresh cycle on Castle themes has been almost astonishingly routine, so even if Nexo Knights had ended more quickly as the previous two Castle themes did, I imagine 2019 would still have been the year to anticipate a new take on Castle.

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By in United States,

Aanchir, I guess I should say action System themes with minifigures. Next year will be NinjaGo and that's it. I don't count movie themes, like Unikitty as an in house action theme. It's a theme based on a TV show spun off of a movie.

And we do have an idea what The LEGO Movie Sequel will be, it's not castle based, it's supposed to be a space based musical. Which I think is the closest we will get to a real Space theme for the next decade.

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By in France,

Wow. Don’t think I've ever seen such a negative set of comments on a brickset article!!

All i can say is as an AFOL i did not buy any sets for myself but my KIDS LOVED it.

The theme also introduced some cool parts that have been integrated into other lines so got to be thankful for that.

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By in Serbia,

Let's not kid ourselves, the end of Nexo doesn't guarantee (or even mean) the resurrection of castle. The data I got from TLG designers (all huge castle fans) is that castle doesn't sell to kids anymore. Period.

On the other hand, I've never seen any themes as deeply discounted as Chima and Nexo. I usually buy LEGO as gifts for my friends' kids and not a single kid requested Nexo in the 2 and a half years it's been out. Boys want SW, City, and Ninjago, girls want Elves, Creator and Friends.

Nexo gave us lots of great parts (almost too many new molds, IMO) and awesome bad guys. I'll remember it for that.

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By in United States,

@David1985: It's a theme and TV show based on characters created by LEGO designers. Treating it as a licensed theme seems like it gets causality completely backwards. I feel the same way about The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Mixels… in all those cases, the companies making the media portion of the themes are licensing the characters FROM The LEGO Group, not the other way around.

And anyway, throwing that many criteria in you could make any point you like. I could argue that LEGO has more in-house themes than they did in 2009 by only counting System themes with named protagonists (Friends, Elves, Nexo Knights, Ninjago, and Unikitty in 2018 versus only Agents and Power Miners in 2009). But ultimately, the originality and "in-house" nature of LEGO themes doesn't rest on some hierarchy of which themes are most relevant to any given individual.

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By in United States,

I know it probably won't happen, but I'm still crossing my fingers for an Exo-Force reboot. Lego Mechs have come so far since the theme's original run, and if TLG can work out an interesting story, I can definitely see it being successful with AFOLs, TFOLS, and kids alike

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By in United States,

Nexo grew on me. I'm neither happy nor sad it's going. The villian sets were really a lot of fun and I think jestros volcano lair is one of the best villian locations in recent memory. That and the fortrex were lots of fun. I picked up much, but not all of the theme at 50% off or more, so I can't complain too much. I think my son will enjoy it when he gets a little bigger.

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By in Netherlands,

Never a fan of this theme. Most of the builds look like sparse technic frames with a few details pasted on them. I really hope that whatever replaces the theme changes drastically in design philosophy.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was super excited about Nexo Knights when I first saw it announced on here. I loved the idea of a futuristic castle theme and thought, with good execution, it could be a great theme. Then the first set pics came in.

I haven't picked up a single set for that theme, so maybe I'm not one to be judging, but the biggest turn-off for me was the mishmash of colours. There's nothing wrong with a colourful set, but when it's mixing the fabled trans orange with lime green, that's when you should be reconsidering things.

I also wasn't a fan of how un-Lego some parts of it felt - Axl's body looked like something from the Accursed Mega Blocks, the sword parts are good but a tad complex for me, and while I really believe it got better at the end, producing some fantastic pieces and minifigures that were the biggest temptation for me to finally cave in, I never did because of the Knights themselves.

It's a great shame - some of the set reviews for Nexo Knights I saw on here showcased some genuine top-quality stuff, and TheBrickPals' review of Jestro's Volcano Lair highlighted a set that had playability and complexity that I never would've taken a look at otherwise. The minifig-scale robotic horses and other creatures were also super cool.

Nexo Knights may not have been the new Blockbuster theme, and while I do believe I've missed some great sets and parts, I have no overall regrets. Looking forward to what comes next, and here's hoping it does better and gets back to the brick.

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By in United States,

Aanchir, people like you are the reason I avoid the LEGO community normally.

I'm comparing 2019 to 2009. Right now we will get LEGO Movie, NinjaGo and City be the sets that have yellow minifigures in it. In 2009 we didn't just get Agents and Power Miners, there was also Castle, Pirates and Space. All of them were different; with different ideas, building techniques, figures, designs. We had the four main LEGO groups in 2009. Now all we get is license things. There is no space, no castle, no pirates and there haven't been for years. If we get a new theme it will most likely be Ninjago 3.0 with different color characters and one being a child who grows up over the course of the TV show.

It's the 40th anniversary of the modern minifigure, we don't even get a castle figure, or a non Star Wars space figure, or a pirate or an aqua theme or rock theme figure.

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By in United States,

Hip-hip-Hooray! I have never been a fan of Nexu Knights. I really hope Lego will bring back Classic Castle sets.

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By in United States,

Now can they bring back exo force?

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego are basically boxed in by all the licensed themes they have. Ninjago already covers the fusion of sword era adventure + sci-fi so Nexo Knights felt like a bit of a knock-off theme from the start. Difficult to know what direction to take next... something a bit steampunky perhaps?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not really surprised. I enjoyed the first year a lot and got several of the sets, the Magitech vibe appealed greatly as did the mechs and such, I hope to see more such hybrid takes on classic themes in the future.
The second year only a handful of sets appealed though (the purple and grey colour scheme really didn't appeal to me) and I probably won't pick up many of the third year sets either.

That said, I remember when Ninjago was cancelled and then uncancelled someone posted information about how LEGO classifies themes and mentioned how they have Evergreen ranges (such as City) which are planned to continue indefinitely and then Big Bang ranges such as Ninjago was originally or Nexo Knights or Chima which will generally run for up to three years - a mark Nexo Knights has clearly reached.

I do find it kind of funny though how judging by previews of the sets there are some parallels with the final year of Chima, most notably how the good guys have Gold Armour with Trans Orange and it seems like at least one villain has switched sides :D

I'm looking forward to whatever LEGO comes up with nexo ^^ (I couldn't resist :P)

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By in Canada,

hated nexo knights and would love for classic castle to return but you have to wonder if Lego might be a bit skiddish to try and come up with its own themes because soooo much is licensed now. I dont know when Lego is going to understand its the original ideas/themes that sell! the Lego ideas line is a HUGE example of that.

Lego better have a damn good back up plan because licensing partners could decide to pull out at anytime. I think Lego needs to do some serious soul searching to figure out their brand identity and more importantly sustainability for the brands future.

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By in Netherlands,

Maybe Lego is testing the waters (pun very intended) for a new Pirates theme with the new Ideas set??

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By in Netherlands,

I own all the sets of the first year, after that, i went downhill for me; in part because of the sets, in part because of budget cuts by my wife lol. Anyway..... i think it's a pitty to see it go.

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By in United States,

I was going to go on an angry rant about the AFOL community in general, but i won't. Been there, done that, learned my lesson. And besides, a lot of the things i would have to say have already been said, by theJANG, Aanchir, Ayliffe, and others.
All of whom said it better than this admittedly crude soul ever could.

So instead, i'm just going to say one thing, then retreat to my underground fallout shelter to ride out the inevitable Salt-Storm...

R.I.P. NEXO Knights, we hardly knew ye... (or gave you any respect)

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By in United States,

terribly sad, quite enjoyed nexo knights, i did. limited and unimaginative, too many AFOLS are.

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By in United States,

RIP all I want is the battle pod.

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By in United Kingdom,

@LostInTranslation Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like I will have to keep a careful eye out for the new Elves sets so I catch them before they disappear. It's a shame as you say, I think they could have enough ideas to carry on for a few years. We will miss the colours, and the minidolls are actually quite detailed and well done. They do seem to have more advanced building techniques than Friends also, which my daughter prefers and of course it is great to hear her say that. I hope they replace it with a another darker theme with a more advanced build standard than Friends.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't say I'm disappointed. Nexo Knights did have a few good bits, but as a whole, it was handled rather poorly in my opinion.

I'm hoping that Lego will create a Fantasy Era-esque Castle theme now that Nexo Knights is gone. They never released the sets featuring Elves (which would have been my personal favourites) due to Lord of the Rings sets resulting in the cancellation of the theme. I'd also like to see more Dwarves, Trolls/Goblins, dragons, et cetera, as it's been a while since Lego released the Fantasy Era sets.

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By in United States,

I’m not sure if disliking a theme makes one limited in imagination.

Did I like the Nexo Knights? No, and as the market shows many people didn’t. Do I respect and enjoy Lego themes and the effort they put into them? Yes, and I hope for many new concepts in the future.

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By in United States,

I have inside information that LEGO's next Big Bang Theme will be: Nexo Super Secret Space Knights Vs. the Evil Pirate Agents Clandestine Force For Mining Space. The heroes will match their wits and skills against the villains to mine asteroids to build up the biggest Comet Castle, from which to launch and defend their fleet of space slugs!

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By in United States,

Color and design are HUGE aesthetics for selling a toy. The first wave of Nexo Knights looked great-- the neon orange and blue for the heroes and the fiery-demonic design for the baddies. Wave 2 on the other hand... despite the violet color that popped with the new baddies, the dark gray left the sets looking very bland (plus the super large wheel pieces). The heroes continued the neon-orange and blue color scheme, which felt tiresome by that point.

If the heroes had switched up the colors more, and perhaps if the baddies weren't always ugly monsters (space elves or dwarves would have been cool!) maybe the line would have lasted longer. Hopefully we return to classic castle soon-- although with the return of Harry Potter, we may still have to wait a little bit longer.

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By in United Kingdom,

Such mixed feelings about this. This theme is a real mixed bag. What made it good was what also made it bad.

Let me first say that I don't have any truck with AFOLs complaining that this is taking shelf space from a "real" Space/Castle theme. That's just nostalgic wishful thinking. Ninjago and Star Wars are sitting pretty in those spaces.

Nexo Knight was never about Space anyway. It was about digital and multimedia content. The theme was centred around the Merlok 2.0 mobile app. I'm not much of an expert when it comes to kids toys but this cross-over between mobile games and physical toys was a big thing when this theme started. That trend seems to be on the wane (Dimensions), so it makes sense that this should follow.

The problem is that there is only a very small segment of customers where play with physical toys and mobile games overlaps. Even Lego admitted they didn't get the digital element right.

The second big problem is the one I see across the board. Sets are being built to fit a price point, not to fulfill a play "need".

For some reason this is leading to a lack of innovation. On the City side we have basically had Arctic Explorers/Deep Sea Explorers/Volcano Explorers/Jungle Explorers - basically churning out the same 7 sets with different colors. I had originally thought the fixed price points was very clever but now I suspect it is holding back imagination.

This was extremely obvious in the final wave of Nexo Knights, which were pretty much all rehashes of earlier sets. I seriously doubt that's because they planned to cancel and phoned them in. I'm sure these would have been decided years ago. They just didn't have any great ideas.

Having said that, some of the Nexo sets are fantastic. The second wave that synergised the vehicles with the battle suits was excellent. Aaron's Rock Climber is a personal favourite of mine. But again this was held back by the fixed price points, with the Battle Suit enhancements in some very pricey sets.

Plus, across the Theme, many of the higher price point sets were just lame. The Knighton Castle didn't appear to actually do anything. The Fortrex wasn't big enough to play in, so was just an oversized vehicle and the Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction was just rubbish. There were no real centre piece sets to play around.

Which brings me to my final point, which I'd like to call the MCU/Marvel problem: rubbish villains.

To start with, the backstory of a jester gone bad and evil book was just lame. You need cool baddies. Then, there were almost no sets for the villains that had real play appeal. The best of them were probably in the Lava monster first wave. The Heligoyle in the 2nd wave was pretty cool and the Krakenbeast that came IN one of the goodie sets was fun. Then look at Ruina's Lock & Roller and the ridiculous Jestro's Headquarters. There's two "enemy" sets in the final wave...

And, then, to make it worse, they enforce scarcity by putting the main antagonist minifigures in the most expensive sets. So, for many people, the actual bad guys were priced beyond their reach AND the sets were rubbish.

How much of this can be blamed on the TV series is another question. Which design was leading the other?

These things combined made it into a right dogs dinner. Unlike almost everyone I actually think the concept was pretty cool; combining medieval elements with digital/technology. They basically didn't get any of the execution right.

TL;DR - this is the right decision but the ambition of the cross-media concept deserved more credit and it was let down, bizzarely, by sets that lacked play appeal.

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By in United States,

Well, at least it got into a third year, unlike Bionicle G2.

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By in United States,

Maybe they will release some real castle sets now.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I kind of liked Jestro as a villain - was once liked but is very easily led down a dark path, (and seemingly redeemed by the third wave). Just saying.

I think people haven't quite separated the theme from the models - I really liked the idea of the theme (at least at first), but a lot of the colour schemes and villain vehicle ideas fell very flat, certainly by the 2nd gargoyle stone monster wave. I'd argue that Chima was more consistent in the sense that the models were of about the same calibre wall the way through.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir A little off topic, but I want to say that I personally feel the opposite of David1985, and feel your comments are always worth reading. @David1985 as Aanchir said, they are specifically looking at themes with multiple named characters. While I'm fine with themes that just call the villain "the Evil Wizard" and the good leader "The Good King" they are a far cry from "Jestro" and "King Halbert."

While I do feel a bit disappointed that there are fewer minifigure based in house themes, in terms of just general in house themes with hefty bit a bit more story than just "here are the good guys and bad guys and a guide on them" there are more. If that's a good thing or not is debatable though. Personally, though the stories of today's themes don't appeal to me. While some of it is because they seem to be aimed at a significantly younger audience than some of what I grew up with (such as Bionicle) I also realize that a good deal of it also had to do with the fact that I'm significantly older now, and long past being in the target demographic.

@willworkfortoys I hope you're not implying that Lego figure being female counts as being non-human :-)

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By in United States,

Lots of the usual posts from self-entitled, polarizing, privileged pricks who can't deal with the fact that some people don't like everything a mega corporation, who doesn't care about you, produces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Darn! :-( I loved Nexo Knights, they were always my first choice when buying sets. I know that a lot of AFOLs thought that they were preventing a 'classic castle' theme but a lot of AFOLs also moaned that the last couple of castle waves were 'too juniorized'. The Lego group are unlikely to do a whole wave of new classic theme style sets. Some AFOLs seem determined to hate any 'non classic' themes or designs. Apart from limited commemorative sets Lego aren't going to do carbon copies of old themes, they are always going to modernise them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anybody have any idea/news about season/series four of the Nexo Knights cartoon?

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By in United States,

Excellent news! Now give us a new standard Castle theme with some awesome builds!

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By in United Kingdom,

@fireflash I was looking at that today. You can buy it on DVD from Australia, or iTunes in the US. No idea what is happening in the UK. My son very keen to find out what happens!

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By in United States,

@David1985: Again, though, a) your primary interest in yellow minifigures and classic themes does not make them more original or "in-house" than themes that don't use them, and b) it's impossible to make an informed comparison between 2009 and a future lineup of sets that we know next to nothing about. Just for the sake of comparison, how much did you actually know about the lineup of 2009 themes in January of 2008? I imagine not a lot. If we were already into summer 2018 and leaks for 2019 were starting to show up, it might be a different story, but as it is, knowing about one theme ending (Nexo Knights) and one theme beginning (The LEGO Movie Sequel) doesn't really give us a stable foundation of knowledge about how many themes there will be when that year actually arrives. Not when there are probably still sets for THIS year that we don't yet know about.

Also, given the rude nature of your interactions with me here on Brickset, it's probably for the best that you have chosen to largely keep your distance from the community.

@Joemmo: Good question. Shortly after Nexo Knights was announced, designer Mark Stafford brought up some of the reasons designers have had a hard time getting a steampunk theme off the ground. Steampunk generally mashes up Victorian era and modern/futuristic culture and technology, and as such it's a genre that works better with adults, who have more background knowledge about Victorian era culture and technology, than with kids, who might only have a vague idea of what life was like back then. By comparison when you mash up something kids already have background knowledge and passion for like knights or ninjas with modern/futuristic elements, kids have a better foundation on which to get excited for the output of that equation. That said, LEGO has managed to work some steampunk-ish design styles into more story-driven themes like Ninjago and The LEGO Movie where the story's aspects can generate new context in lieu of that prior background knowledge.

As a (admittedly lapsed) fan of the webcomic Girl Genius, I would certainly be delighted if LEGO tried to make a girl-targeted steampunk theme that incorporates some of the era's elegant costumes and decorative styles along with the wacky, old-meets-new sci-fi contraptions most people associate with steampunk, but that said I haven't heard anything indicating that girls have related any better to the genre than boys have in testing, so if it did happen it would be as much as surprise to me as anyone.

@pirro: Elves has already sort of developed into a "darker theme with a more advanced build standard than Friends", I'd say. It certainly seems to make great use of the 7+ target age for some intensely complex creature builds, and while the first year and a half were really bright and cheery, the fourth wave onward had a very pronounced sense of conflict and danger. I imagine that if it ends this year, whatever replaces it will be aimed at a similar demographic, so will hopefully have a lot of those same traits.

@Lord de Brickputter: Fantasy-era Castle ended nearly three years before The Lord of the Rings sets came out, so I don't think those had any impact on it ending. From what I hear the "Elflands" icon on the map in LEGO Club Magazine was purely a creative touch by the artist to fill a bit of vacant space and not a hint at anything that was actually planned by LEGO at that time (even though LEGO did wind up referencing it in the description for the Elf in Minifigures Series 3).

@chuckschwa: Nexo Knights did update the hero color schemes in some ways. The first year used Trans. Fluor. Orange, Earth Blue, and Bright Blue with additional accent colors for the knights. The second year dropped the Bright Blue in favor of Bright Orange and also amplified the knight-specific accent colors (which had previously been very subtle and often most obvious on stickers). And finally the third year swapped the Bright Orange with Warm Gold.

Each of those color schemes seemed to be divisive in their own way, though, and the people who seemed to notice the change

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By in Poland,

I enjoyed this theme greatly and the show was great for Lego standards.
I am sure Fortrex will be called CLASSIC set in the future. It's VERY iconic.

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By in United Kingdom,

My six year old loved the sets we bought, he started these when he was 5 I think. He has used to play the app quite a lot, although he did find a video on-line with most of the powers as screen shots, so he had no problem getting the Broccoli Tornado or some other weird power.
I am confused by people saying it is Knights in Space. We havn't seen all the cartoons, but I didn't know they traveled through space, I only saw them on one world?
I will miss some of it, but also didn't expect it to last any longer than it has done.

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By in Australia,

I concur with those who say the 2016 sets are better than the 2017 sets. The good guy vehicles in the 2018 sets aren't very good either IMO but the bad guy stuff looks interesting with the black and green color scheme.

Wish I had been able to afford the Fortrex and the Library 2.0 though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Look back at "vintage" sets I had no idea how much NK had in common with the Kingdoms Theme(s).

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By in United States,

Oh my gosh, a ton of comments from AFOLs begging for CLASSIC, OLD, OUTDATED themes that DON'T APPEAL to children nowadays! Didn't see that coming! :[

It's unfortunate to see it go but I definitely didn't hate Nexo Knights. First year I tried getting as many sets as I could. A lot of new pieces and the Fortrex was cool. But I definitely have no desire for any of the old stuff back. It doesn't sell.

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By in United States,

Oh well, so much for hoping for Macy's hair as a piece.

@theJANG pretty much summed up my thoughts and I also appreciated @Aanchir's first comment, but let me be another to say that for all I liked Galaxy Squad, I'm not surprised Lego isn't putting out classic space (or castle, or pirates) sets every year- there just doesn't seem to be the demand from the core market, children (and their parents). In the meantime, I liked the parts, the slightly zany quality, and especially the return of angular bricks. I'll miss Nexo Knights even if most won't.

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By in United Kingdom,

I loved the first year of Nexo Knights: great set and particularly baddie designs, loads of interesting mechanisms and good colourschemes. Tons of great pieces, too! Second year wobbled a bit: as someone said above, a lot of the villain sets felt like they were made up of huge grey wheels, and while I liked the electricity motifs, the villain colourscheme overall was less exciting and probably didn't attract kids the same way. In the end I didn't buy any of the sets because there was just too much good stuff going on in other Lego themes. Third year stuff has just been a disappointment - they diluted the original look of the heroes both in terms of colourscheme and losing connection with the medieval inspiration for sets. The villain sets had some nice callbacks to stuff like Blacktron, but at that rate of going you might as well just do a new space theme of some kind.

I'll treasure my NK sets, but I'm happy for the theme to make way for something new at this point.

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By in Australia,

I'm actually kind of amazed that so many people are looking forward to the third year sets (due out soon?). Personally, I think they're the worst of all three years, they look pretty ghastly to my eyes. I wasn't even planning on Bricklinking any of the figures. Like Ninjago, the villain factions are the highlight to me, but these ones look totally uninteresting.

But then I quite liked the second year sets. The stone-themed villains, well, they worked for me (and I really enjoyed some of the sets, in how they combined with the mecha. Macy's Bot Drop Dragon was fantastic and looked wonderful when combined. Same with Lance and the set with the robot horse that combined with his mech to give it a centaur-mode).

But I also felt that NK was just too gimmicky. It was gimmick on top of gimmick on top of gimmick. Lego's pricey, and parents are wary of "you have to collect everything!" gimmicks these days. I work in a toy shop, I watch it happen. And Lego themselves admitted they approached it wrong with the NK sets, right? It all just seemed a bit too desperate.

I'm not overjoyed the theme is ending and I found enough of the sets interesting enough to actually buy (and I'm glad for those purchases, I quite liked most of them), but I understand why. Good lord, a lot of my local toy stores still have piles and piles of those Ultimate Figure packs, just sitting there with a layer of dust on them (and even a heavy discount isn't clearing them). I'm sure kids were really lovin' those...

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By in United States,

I Want a new Space themed LEGO set and cartoon series to match the spirit of NinjaGo!

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By in United Kingdom,

I have a bad feeling that TLG believes that future HP/Fantastic Beasts sets cover any demand that kids have for fantasy and therefore won't revisit Castle, Fantasy Era or related themes.

That's a shame as I reckon a theme centred around dragons would go down well with kids. Most cultures from English/Welsh to Chinese have some kind of draconic beast, so it would appeal pan-culturally while still speaking to kids' universal interest in big and scary but cool monsters.

I realise that Ninjago has done the 'dragon thing' already, but those dragons were all inspired by Chinese aesthetics and were brick-built, not moulded.

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By in United States,

Nexo Knights is/was such a daring concept that it was an experiment that posed a great challenge for marketing, one that ultimately fell short of the mark. Despite its lack of popularity, the line did produce some new and inventive parts that will translate well into later themes. The helmets alone work great for space explorers.

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By in New Zealand,

Thank goodness, what an absolutely useless line. Glad to see the back of it now bring back Classic Castle themes like Kingdoms and some more Pirate sets. Also another thing we are desperately missing is more Western themed sets. Is there some stupid politically correct reason Lego has abandoned Cowboy themes? I find it rich how they refuse to make any WW2 sets but will happily produce WW1 Aircraft.

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By in United States,

Not surprised to this in the slightest. I personally rather liked the sets... In the first wave. After that the sets went downhill and the theme lost a lot of traction. The theme as a whole was very imaginative and a lot of the set designs were really nice and unique. The only thing that stopped me from getting some of the sets was budget.

I think AFOLs really need to take a step back and realize that they are not LEGO's intended audience. What they may have loved to play with in their childhood is not necessarily what kids want nowadays. If you give a kid a choice between an classic castle and the Fortrex they will choose the Fortrex, as that's what will appeal to them. Not to mention if LEGO does make a classic Space theme, or a Castle theme, it still won't be exactly what you want. Nostalgia's a powerful thing.

I personally would love a new Pirates theme, specifically one more focused on ships rather than land-based things. However the last wave was only 3 years ago, so I fear it'll be a couple more years before another wave.

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By in United States,

NEXO stuck around longer than I expected, and beyond a couple of waves so it obviously had some success. What surprised me was how expensive it looked to produce - there seemed to be a lot of new pieces that had to be created for it and one of the things that got LEGO back on track after the early 2000s was "doing more with less" - finding creative solutions with existing elements. On closer examination some of the NEXO sets featured more existing elements than it seemed, a credit to their designers to find new aesthetics. Plus a lot of the new elements found extended life with other uses and themes. The line was never my taste but at a discount I picked up a couple for parts packs, and I can see how it had appeal for others.

There's been a lot of winks/nods to classic themes in recent years (one of them is available with qualifying purchases at LEGO.com right now) so I'm surprised at the controversy around NEXO. Hell, there was a classic Pirates wave released just a couple of years ago (it was excellent). I do expect a classic Castle theme again in the future - every generation goes through those interests at some point. And there will be new unexpected themes too to cater to new tastes. People need to relax.

The one caveat: I do think it's fair to say Space may not ever fully come back for a theme. There will now be a new Star Wars movie made annually til the end of time. If I recall the last couple of Space themes were during the Clone Wars years. Hard to imagine Space fitting in when every Star Wars movie has at least 2 waves. Could see more special releases here and there though - crossing fingers on the upcoming LEGO movie sequel, that first movie's sets brought back some memories!

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By in United States,

What TLG should replace Nexo Knights with is a brick built creatures line. Everything from dragons and dinosaurs to cats and dogs. All brick built.

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By in United States,

If I am being honest I am glad to see the theme gone. The first 1 or 2 waves were good but other than that it just felt repetitive. I know for one I just didn't like the theme. I am sorry for the people who did like this theme but I'm sticking to ninjago.

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By in United States,

I knew it.

I actually predicted about a year ago that NEXO Knights would end in 2019. I really, really hope it is replaced with a Space big bang theme to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of LEGO Space.

While NEXO Knights was fascinating, I did not collect any of the sets, though. I will, however, collect any LEGO Space big bang sets LEGO releases, if my prediction is correct.

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By in United States,

While I never bought any, due to funds and other sets coming before them, I did like them. Plus, we got those cool 1x1 pyramid pieces!

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By in Australia,

A lot of people are saying that old Classic sets don't appeal to kids anymore.

Firstly, majority of boys (probably not the majority of girls) love pirates. Not just Lego pirates but actual pirates. The reason Lego pirates don't sell as well is because kids can't have sea battles, which is the main part of the pirate era. Pirate ships for under $100 would sell instantly, especially when complemented with merchant ships to rob and navy ships to do some 'policing'.

Perhaps one should consider that these classic themes need to appeal to kids, that is, encourage an interest in history, instead of futuristic, technological based messes.

Star Wars is so popular because majority of parents watched the films as children, and thus their children become fans too. So why can't this happen with Classic themes?

One thing to note is that classic themes were sold from roughly the 80s to the early 2000s. In this time period the space race had ended and the days of a Jetsons future were over, but classic space sets still sold. John Wayne was no more but Western sets still sold;the last pirate movies were in the 1950s but pirates still sold.

Why can't they sell now?

Its not that AFOLs want a release of Yellow Castle or Carribean Clipper, but new sets with new pieces that still continue the old traditions. I like to think of themes like Nexo Knights, Star Wars and Chima as an Ipad and classic themes as a book. The Lego Company and Parents need to choose the right one.

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By in Japan,

I rather liked wave 1 and pretty much year 1 of Nexo. The reddish-orange windows and silver pieces were cool and the knights themselves at least their toy forms were cool in my eyes. But starting year 2 with the colors becoming more muted and the villains less interesting I lost interest altogether. I did not even realize there was a wave this year. But I still like the King's Mech and the other crazy vehicles from year 1.

Can't say I am sad though since we all knew from the get go this was not eternal and would never reach Ninjago levels of fan investment.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good for you it always did suck and all the shops did no sales on it like 70% off on the theme so really happy!

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By in Italy,

Actually, I sorta liked the theme (my son loved it!), and I think that the latest wave had something resembling the Blacktron of yore, so I'm the odd one being sad. Me too, I'd like a reboot of Space, or something spacy... but while there's the Star Wars cash machine going on I doubt we'll see Lego starship other than Star Wars'. :-(

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By in Germany,

@Ayliffe: the problem NK had is not that TLG doesn't listen to AFOLs.
The problem of NK is/was that in the majority neither kids nor AFOLs cared for it very much.
From personal experience, with the kids I know, even boys preferred stuff like City, and even Friends, over NK. And that I think is saying something about the theme.

And as for many of us AFOLs hoping for a return of "Classic" themes: no one expects TLG to simply re-release old sets or sets in the simple style of old. But look at themes like Kingdoms from 2012 with sets like 10223. Those offer tremendous play value, look great, have fun building techniques, so offer something for everyone, from kid to AFOL.
Or as for classic space: look at Peter Reid's modern interpretations of classic space sets. No one can tell me something like that wouldn't sell, even to today's kids.

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By in United Kingdom,

Even if NK sets had appealed to younger kids then for that age range it is mostly parents & family that are controlling the purse strings and the series failed to appeal enough to them. If a relative has the option of buying a kid a present choosing between Lego Police (where the educational, moral and play value & the social relevance is more obvious) and a NK set then I can see where the money is going.
Many of the NK sets have large specialised pieces built around a technic core. This made them difficult to cannibalise for other creations, especially for younger builders.

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By in United States,

Im for more of a classic style of knights/castle sets. Hopefully they return!

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By in United States,

I loved the lava villains from the first wave of sets, and the new tech villains looked kinda interesting in leaks but I haven't looked at them in full yet. Beyond that, the minifigures felt boring to me, and since I collect them I skipped out.

Interestingly enough, we know Ninjago is going to get a 9th season bringing it into the 2018 summer wave. That means Ninjago has outlived it's replacement AND it's replacement's replacement. That's impressive!

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By in United States,

I'm sad to see it go, this current wave of sets really looked good to me, but alas, it came to late to save it. though if Lego does replace this theme, I would want a brand new castle theme that goes back to the non fairy tale style of the original years, just Knights vs Knights, and more Knights and side factions to play with, this castle theme should also include more modular castle builds like the ones that Michael Kalkwarf designed for Lego Ideas, check out his video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRnDmmX8I_Y

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By in United States,

@Bricklunch: For what it's worth, Nexo was never aimed at young 5+ kids like City, Castle, Pirates, or Friends. Like Ninjago and Bionicle before it, it's aimed at older 7–14 kids (9–14 for the biggest sets) who are old enough to advocate for what they want to own/enjoy and often crave more novelty than they get from the kind of stuff their parents recommend.

Kids in this age range often even like a series MORE if their parents can't quite grasp the appeal of it, because it makes it feel like it's special and even slightly subversive for them and their similar-age peers, and ups the novelty factor since it won't be the type of series they've been surrounded with all their lives, even as "little" kids. When I was in the 7–14 age range, my parents certainly didn't "get" Animorphs or Pokémon or Bionicle or Beyblade, but they weren't the type of controlling parents who would tell me I couldn't enjoy age-appropriate series I was interested in, nor was I the type of kid who couldn't enjoy a series unless it had my parents' personal stamp of approval.

If 7+ LEGO themes needed to appeal as much to parents as they did to kids then non-traditional themes like Bionicle and Ninjago would have never gotten off the ground, let alone become some of LEGO's biggest hits of all time.

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By in United States,

I feel like a return to the classic castle theme would be good. Lord of the Rings is no longer on shelves so there is nothing to directly compete with it. They can use all their figure designs with the elves and such from Lord of the Rings and make some exciting new bad guys. I did really like the little goblin type enemies from the first wave along with the gobbling bombs and disks. More importantly is that the disks and goblins were not stickers which made them even better. Looking at the latest set there are some cool trans pieces (though I wish they were dark green instead of that light yellow green color) but some of the sets look very samey to season 1 (the mech set looks so much like the other ones already released). I am very disappointed that every other hero got a big vehicle and Macy was all relegated to some small gimmicky vehicle.

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By in Netherlands,

I wonder if they ended it abruptly, as I have not seen the Magazine in stores anymore either (localized Dutch version),

(of course it could still come next week as it seems to have released in the UK yesterday)

I have pretty much all sets of season 1-4, aside from some poly bags (which are subject to localized releases/promos), still waiting for some discounts for the 2018 wave.

It was the theme that got me back into Lego after like 15 years.

I wouldn't mind a return to a more building-heavy castle-theme, even if it's traditional.

While Elves has nice buildings, the colors and dragons and minidolls just never really got me into collecting it.

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By in United States,

They tried something new and different and it ran its course. Nothing wrong with that. I was never a huge fan of the theme as a whole; I've always thought they were aesthetically a hot mess, but my son loves them, and we agreed that some of the parts introduced with these sets were amazing. It's exactly the kind of stuff that some kids come up with when mashing up their parts and playing out, and it was fun to see a show built on that concept. I think it's time to move on, just as it was time to wrap up Chima. It will be good to make room for something new and I can't wait to see whatever concept comes next.

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By in United Kingdom,

My 5 year old will be pretty disappointed. He loves it. Built the fortrex this xmas...good build and toy. The digital element (shield scanning) was a real draw for him. My wallet is pretty pleased though. Think I’ll get him the new mech set though.

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By in United Kingdom,

To go against the grain of most people here, I did like it, and got most of the sets. Yes it did seem repetitive at times, but this is the same with all themes (how many police/fire stations??, and similar things), but it had its try at being something different. There was the tie in between the builds, the TV show and the digital game, which was not really tried before (download a shield from the episode for the game)... I know Chima had Speedors and Ninjago had the Spinjitsu physical toys, but the digital game and link to the show, and the shields of the builds was interesting... Especially with the collectable shields (which would have appealed to quite a few people due to the collectable nature of it)...

One thing I am wondering about is the battle pod with Clay in it. This was the first one announced, but as yet I haven't heard of it being released... Anyone know anything about this?? If the theme is being being canceled, then when is it likely to be out??

I also hope they will release the remaining shields for the game, as some of them were supposed to be available on posters in stores, which I think might have been for the summer releases (which now won't happen), which would make sense if this was going t be the last year of the theme... I know the magazine is the best place for releasing the shields now, but I think a battle-pod is a bit of a big for a cover gift for these...

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure I'm not saying anything that hasn't already been said but I'll say my bit anyways. I liked Nexo Knights. I picked up the majority of the sets I had on clearance, only paying full price for one set, but when I did get those sets I liked them. I feel AFOLs have a love/hate relationship with Action themes. Ninjago seems to be the only one that's really stuck in the Post-Bionicle system oriented story telling adventure themes. Lego has a bit of a problem with competing with itself. I like the variance and the different creative ideas that come out of themes like Chima, Nexo Knights and Ultra Agents, but when the Ninjago Brand recognition is now strong enough to have it's own movie, where do people think those dollars are gonna go? I liked how Nexo Knights filled the niche between a space theme and a castle theme by offering up a cyberpunk castle theme, but the two definitely have a fan base that can support both. I think they should really just bring back Neo-Classic Space as a theme and Classic Castle. Then when kids want a castle set they can get one, or a spaceship they can get one without it having to be tied into the Lego Movie(not that that was a bad thing) Action themes have to contend with Ninjago, and it now takes up a big footprint in Lego's Portfolio. They need to do more to offer up themes that are more widely varied from Ninjago than just aesthetics. At the end of the day the set structure and overall premise is the same. "There's the bad guys, we've got our cars and mechs and flying ships and fortresses, they've got theirs. Lets go beat them up" And the only real difference is color schemes. As an action theme fan I'm sad to say this, but between Ninjago, Super Heros, and Star Wars, the Action theme is pretty well saturated.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think @3rdeye88 hit the nail on the head. And it's worth noting that all three of those themes seem to have more fully realised and successful story worlds to build on (Superheroes and Star Wars of course had several decades' head start, and came from media other than Lego in the first place) than Nexo Knights. I have the impression from stuff I've read that TLG feel that building a story into original themes is the way to go now; it's what kids are looking for. If Castle or Pirates, in the classic sense, were to come back, maybe they'd need to build a cartoon/comic world into it with characters and storylines to hook today's kids; I don't know...

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By in Australia,

I think LEGO needs to remember that at the end of the day it is parents that open their wallets and pay for the toy for their children. I think parents and especially grand parents would be less inclined to fork over >100% for a crazy fleuro colour scheme Castle tied to a TV cartoon and video game than they would a traditional Castle in the vein of the Kingdoms King Castle set.
My wife, who does not follow LEGO set releases but still loves and appreciates it, was revolted when I pointed at the Nexo Knights sets whilst we were in a toy store and said "that's what the Castle theme is now." It is a huge mess, and whilst I may be worn down to buy a cheap set if my child loved it, the garish colour scheme screams "flash in the pan" to me and I would not waste my money on a large set (and I know my mother would never buy it for her grand-children, period).
Ninjago has some beautiful sets like the Movie Destiny's Bounty that honour the history of the culture it's set in whilst still packing in play features and adventure.
I understand a lot of people loved the theme, and I don't want to take anything away from you, but the strength of feeling for a historic Castle theme shouldn't be ignored. It is not all adult 1980s LEGO fans pining for their childhood, it is an evergreen fascination with the past that shouldn't be discounted as unimaginative and out of touch with what kids want today. I felt the Fantasy Era and Kingdoms iterations of the Castle theme were the pinnacle of what Lego can achieve in a historic theme, with the short-lived Vikings theme setting the standard and aesthetic years earlier.
I think everyone needs to calm down and not insult each other over differences in taste though. But for those arguing that Nexo Knights showed more imagination than those stuffy old Castle sets, to me it just looked like an elaborate way to fit an endless repetition of big wheeled vehicles and mechs into a theme (Castle) that it didn't belong. In the same Ninjago altered the historic Ninja theme to include vehicles and mechs, but it did it better and managed to still honour the past in the same way Japanese do in real life with their cities having old mixed with new and honouring their past whilst embracing the future with open arms.

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By in United States,

For what it's worth, the Amazon Best Seller Rankings in Toys and Games on some Nexo Knights castles vs. the last three King's Castles:

2017 Knighton Castle: #29,138
2016 Jestro's Volcano Lair: #20,568
2016 Fortrex: #21,473
2013 King's Castle: #105,991
2010 King's Castle: #405,788
2007 King's Castle Siege: #513,857

Some of these changes could be explained as larger numbers of people using Amazon for their LEGO shopping, but I have yet to see any meaningful evidence that fewer people bought Nexo Knights sets than their Castle and Kingdoms predecessors. Just wishful thinking from AFOLs who want to believe that after 2016 LEGO spent one and a half more years selling more sets at higher price points than past Castle themes fully expecting that fewer people would be willing to buy them.

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By in United States,

"Just keep giving us the same stuff you have been for 60 years, LEGO. Don't do anything new ever again."

I really enjoyed the idea of NEXO knights, I thought it was fun, fresh, and interesting. I do not think it could ever be a perpetual part of the brand, but I appreciate LEGO's attempts at creating their own storylines instead of churning out ip series one after another.

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By in United States,

It was a fun enough theme while it lasted, and I'm glad it's ending to make room for enough theme. Now if only Lego could kill the Ninjago theme, that has been around for far too long and I feel it's taking up valuable space for other more interesting themes like space, cowboys, pirates and castle.

Lego needs to get better about cycling through themes. I'd be ok with them putting Ninjago on hold much like they did with Bionicle.

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By in United States,

...but I like the NEXO Knights sets. I didn't watch the show, I just liked the colors and the combination of swords and technology. I'm a AFOL, too.

The worst part is, Macy won't be getting a proper full size set of her own. Thunder Mace and the Bot Drop Dragon were good, but compared to the sets Aaron or even Axl got, they just seemed like an afterthought, but not as much as Lance.

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By in United States,

@curtydc: I think Ninjago’s long lifespan owes itself to the fact that the other themes you mention are not, to the target audience, “more interesting”. I mean, cowboys? LEGO has never been able to keep a Western theme interesting enough to last more than two years. Not even themes that WERE once considered evergreen staples like Pirates, Castle, or Space have ever been able to generate either the level of first-year sales or the level of outcry over their impending retirement that Ninjago did.

That’s not to say that there’s no place for traditional themes or for shorter-lived themes in general, but if it takes retiring a theme as successful and reliable as Ninjago to make them happen I think you’d be hard-pressed to convince LEGO that they would benefit from that direction. There are probably many other themes (including licensed ones) they’d sooner retire.

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By in Australia,

I think it's great, I've watched all the shows and seen the set, and they're nowhere near as good as the NINJAGO ones. I much prefer NINJAGO to be the "big-bang" theme...

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By in Spain,

Screw 'em. Probably, things would have gone better if they'd continued with Chima instead of Nexo Knights.

As a theme, I don't like it, I'd prefer to have a Classic-like Castle theme.

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By in United States,

I agree with a lot of people who said that this was an intriguing theme with a strong start that nosedived in Year 2.

Our family (kids and adults) loved the first wave sets, first season of the show, and first few months of the video game.

So many bad and baffling design decisions were made for the Stone Monsters/Gargoyles wave that it would have sunk any theme. Colors, insufficient innovation of hero side design and generally unappealing villain side design. Terrible color palette. Meanwhile, the video game became too grind-y past a certain point of play. By the time the second season of the show came out we had lost interest and didn't watch it, so I don't have an opinion on that.

Maybe bad sales had already doomed it by wave 1, but to me it looks like a promising theme that was just mishandled. Our family speculated that TLG had moved the top-tier set designers responsible for the 1st wave sets on to other themes and that the "B team" was given charge of Year 2. No idea if it's true but I have trouble believing the same team that gave us all-time genius sets like Clay's Rumble Blade and the Black Knight Mech, produced all-time dogs like Macy's Bot Drop and the Colossus, which I would not even buy for parts at 50% off. Sometimes when you go to your bench, you lose the lead...

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By in United States,

nexo knights sucked

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By in United States,

they need to replace it with classic space.

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By in United States,

So adding my thoughts... definitely want an ever green theme though maybe more along the lines of a collectors modular theme. I would love to see an ever expanding village theme where you aren't reimagining the basic sets every cycle but adding to the theme. This would allow you to build sets beyond your standard good guy/bad guy castle and fill in a more complete world. They started doing this with the village sets, but without consistency.
Doesn't have to be big sets only, but imagine a modular castle (blacksmith, tavern, great hall, armory, throne room, dungeon etc). Or better still an adjacent village (cottages, farms markets, Fletcher, inn, etc)

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