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Own LEGO® NEXO Knights TODAY – From Edward and Friends to NEXO Knights: LEGO® Series Through the Years

13 February 2017

Back in 1932, The LEGO® Group began life in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891 – 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who created wooden toys and in 1934 his company became known as LEGO which is derived from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well”. Fast forward to 1947 where The LEGO® Group expanded into plastic toys and the all important LEGO® Brick was created.

Now that we know some of the history of LEGO®, it brings us to the subject of our feature “LEGO® Series Through the Years”, most would think that 2014's The LEGO® Movie kick started the whole thing on Film and TV, but in actual fact, LEGO® has been on our screens since the 80’s with the 5 minute children's TV series in claymation from FilmFair called Edward and Friends based on the Fabuland series of LEGO®.

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With LEGO® being ever popular and to celebrate the release of LEGO© NEXO Knights, The Fan Carpet take a trip down memory lane with our feature on some of our favourite LEGO® based series...




Edward and Friends (1987)
Edward and Friends was a children's TV series in claymation from FilmFair that aired on British and Canadian television in 1987. Each episode was 5-minutes in length and was based on LEGO's successful Fabuland toy series that lasted for 10 years from 1979 to 1989.

Edward Elephant was the main character in the show and the episodes were centred on him and his many friends including Bonnie Bunny and Max Mouse.

It was the first foray for LEGO® into animation and television, and had the legendary Bernard Cribbins providing the voice-over for the show.

Written by Michael Cole with music by Mike Batt. A FilmFair London Production.

Ran for 20 episodes.




LEGO® Hero Factory (2010 - 2014)
Hero Factory was a long running series based on the Lego toy series of the same name and produced by Threshold Animation Studios for Nickelodeon.

It originally started out as a four-part mini-series on September 20, the series centred around the Hero Factory, a crime-fighting organisation that manufacture robotic heroes to take on and apprehend criminals across the galaxy while aiming to protect a similarly-robotic populace. The main characters are a group of heroes that make up Team Alpha 1, the Hero Factory's most successful and highly praised team.

Ran for 11 episodes.




LEGO® Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011)
Based on the LEGO® toy series Ninjago, Masters of Spinjitzu is inaction comedy family animated TV series that centers on the adventures of six ninja: Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd (as of Season 2), and Nya (as of Season 5).

It’s ongoing, and has a LEGO® Ninjago Movie coming to Cinemas this October featuring the voices of the Dave Franco and the legendary Jackie Chan.




LEGO® Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 - 2014)
A Web and TV special series based on the LEGO® Star Wars toy line.
The show centres on Yoda’s stories that take place before the main series' first movie, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. Yoda begins by training Padawans at the Jedi Temple Academy, but then he feels a disturbance in the Force and rushes off to fight the Dark Side.

Ran for 7 episodes over two seasons, original Star Wars actors Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Tom Kane and Matt Sloan reprised their roles for the series.




Legends of Chima (2013 - 2014)
A CGI animated television series based on the LEGO® Legends of Chima series.
The Land of Chima is a pristine land filled with tribes consisting of various anthropomorphic animals ranging from the Lions, Crocodiles, Eagles, Gorillas, Wolves, Ravens, Rhinos, Bears, Beavers, Scorpions, Spiders, Bats, Saber-Tooth Tigers, Mammoths, Vultures, Phoenixes, Tigers, Leopards, Ice Bears, and other animals.

Ran for 41 episodes over 3 seasons.




Mixels (2014 - 2016)
A short form comedy animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network, co-produced by The Lego Group and Cartoon Network Studios.

The series revolves around the Mixels, small creatures that can mix and combine with one another in creative and unpredictable storylines.

Ran for 31 episodes over 2 seasons.




LEGO® Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)
A five-part Lego Star Wars television mini-series that premiered on Disney XD, it was an animated comedy series depicting the stories and characters from the Star Wars saga.

In the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, the rebels celebrate their victory against the Galactic Empire by having C-3PO and R2-D2 share their previous adventures about the Clone Wars, their work with the Ghost crew from Star Wars Rebels, and their involvement against the Galactic Empire. During this time, C-3PO pursues a mysterious person who has abducted R2-D2 which is later revealed to be Lando Calrissian. However, 3PO, R2 and Chewbacca (who was enlisted by 3PO to help find R2) are captured by General Veers and a few surviving Stormtroopers but the trio manage to escape with the help of Admiral Ackbar and return to Endor to celebrate with their friends.

Ran for 5 episodes.




LEGO® Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016)
CGI animated action comedy based on the LEGO® Star Wars series of toys.

Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Freemaker Adventures centers on a family of three young siblings—young boy Rowan, his sister Kordi, and their brother Zander—known as the Freemakers, who salvage parts from destroyed or damaged ships which they use to build new ones, which they sell in order to make their living. They are accompanied by their salvaged battle droid Roger. However, the family become enmeshed in the battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance when Rowan discovers part of an ancient artifact known as the Kyber Saber. He then becomes aware of his own connection to the Force and meets a mysterious Force-wielder named Naare before embarking on a journey with his siblings that leads them to meet with new and old Lego faces from the Star Wars universe.

Ran for 13 episodes.




LEGO® Bionicle: The Journey to One (2016)
An animated web television series created for Netflix based on the LEGO® toy line Bionicle, chronicling events from its 2016 storyline. The series follows the Toa, part-organic, part-machine beings with power over the elements in their quest of safeguarding their island home of Okoto and protecting its inhabitants from the evils of Makuta, the main antagonist.

Ran for 4 episodes with 1 prologue.




LEGO® Nexo Knights (2015 - present)
An animated television series that debuted in 2015. It is based on the LEGO® Nexo Knights toy line.

In a medieval yet futuristic world, Clay, Aaron, Lance, Princess Macy, and Axl are five young knights who protect the kingdom of Knighton from Jestro, the Book of Monsters, and their army of Lava Monsters. They also help the Knighton Royal Family, the digital wizard Merlok 2.0, Robin Underwood, and Ava Prentiss.

Currently running for 21 episodes over 3 seasons.



There are a plethora of LEGO® themed direct-to-video offerings like Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003), Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (2004), Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005) and Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009) as well as their superhero offerings like LEGO® Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite (2013), LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015), LEGO® Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood (2016) and LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout (2016), we have chosen to look at the TV series’ this time.




And with Warner Bros. Pictures producing the films like the aforementioned The LEGO® Movie (2014), the recently released LEGO® Batman Movie and LEGO® Ninjago Movie coming to Cinemas this October, it is clear that LEGO® is here to stay, we hope to see a LEGO® Gremlins Movie coming in the not too distant future based on the LEGO® Dimensions series.




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