Lego is attempting a new franchise, along the lines of their popular Ninjago. Legends of Chima begins airing on Cartoon Network on July 10.
Cragger the crocodile and Laval the lion in Lego’s Legends of Chima
It’s the story of “opposing animal tribes battling for control of the powerful energy source, chi, the source of life and also the potential for unimaginable destruction.” The Chima Kingdom is the setting, full of animal tribes that “walk and talk like humans. They drive vehicles, use machinery, and live in amazing castles and fortresses, but still have claws, teeth, tails and wings.” (That’s so they look like Lego people, but with animal heads. And very detailed ones, too. Isn’t it odd that “Lego” now means a visual style as much as a building system?)
Laval the lion and Cragger the crocodile used to be friends, but when their tribes start competing over chi, they’re on different sides. Laval’s a bit dense, young but well-meaning. During the first battle, he spends his time chasing after his runaway ball of chi in somewhat goofy fashion. There’s lots of fighting in this jungle kingdom setting.
Eris, Bladvic, and Gorzan in Lego’s Legends of Chima
Of course, there’s only one heroic girl character, Eris the eagle. She’s described as quick-witted and strategic, smarter than her other tribe members, which is something. The other female is Crooler, Cragger’s twin sister, who’s “ambitious and conniving”, “the most evil and cruel of all the crocodiles.” She manipulates her brother to take his rewards or “mock him relentlessly when he fails.”
Worriz the wolf, Bladvic the bear, Razar the raven, Laval the lion, Gorzan the gorilla, Rogon the rhino, and Eris the eagle all have their own vehicles in Lego’s Legends of Chima. Not shown: Skinnet the skunk.
There’s also a tie-in game, “Laval Unleashed”, available July 1. You play the lion “running through a 2-D jungle environment taking out crocodiles, ravens, and more while attempting to reach tribe enemies at the end of each level. Players will be able to attack by jumping on the heads of enemies as well as collecting chi orbs to build up their chi meters that allows Laval to unleash a projectile attack with his sword.” Here’s the Cartoon Network trailer for the show: