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Episode 14 · 1 year ago

LEGO Avatar The Last Airbender

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On the latest installment of Brickology, LegoLee329 journeys deep in the universe of the beloved cartoon Avatar The Last Airbender and explores its short-lived LEGO theme. 

Good morning, good afternoon and goodevening, whenever wherever it is for you. Thank you so much making me apart of your day. My name is leeparmy. Might know me asLego Lee or Lego Lee three to nine from facebook, instagram, twitter,Youtube, Patreon, your name it, I am all over the Internet andthis is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. Howare you doing today? I really hope you are doing well and this isgoing to be an interesting episode of Brick Ology for many reasons. It's episodeeighteen, or more than halfway done with season two already of brick ology,which is crazy, and today, the day that I'm recording this episode,I just hit threezero streams on spotify. Thank you all so so much forthe on waivering support of this podcast. It has been an awesome experience andI've only been doing this for like less than half a year, but Ireally feel like this podcast is just catching on and I'm really happy with theresults so far. Now, if you've been falling break alogy recently, youknow that I alternate each week between you and being a license lego theme andan unlicensed theme. So last week's episode about Ninjagos sets from the year twothousand and twelve was an unlicensed original lego theme, which means this week isa licensed theme. But before we talk about this week's theme, just acouple of random little tidbits here. This is going to be a very busyweek for me. I am traveling and I will not be in my normallocations when I normally would record brick ology. So, one, this episode isprobably going to be a bit shorter than most episodes of brick ology.One because the theme I'm talking about is a lot smaller than your typical legotheme, but also I just don't have as much time, so I pickeda theme that is smaller. So this episode won't be Super Long. Infact, I anticipate this probably to be the shortest episode of Brick Ology ever. Also, I'm recording this episode away in advance. Currently, today,where I'm at, it is Sunday. I normally post brick ology on Friday, so I just post them on Ninjagga episode for what I'm recording right now, just two days ago. And hopefully I will be posting this episode stillon Friday. Even though I'm traveling, I should have good enough Internet accessto still be able and actually post this episode of brick oology at the normaltime, or am I just had to schedule it on sound or or whateverto post it at the normal time. But if for some reason this episodegoes up on like Wednesday or Thursday or late or something, know that becauseI'm traveling, that's the reason why I might not get posted at the righttime. But fingers crossed everything goes according to plan. So a couple ofsmall announcements out of the way. Let's talk about the theme of this weekfor brick oology. And since this episode is planning to be shorter, Iwant to discuss a shorter live theme. Like I already said, and withthe release of this show on Netflix very recently, just a few weeks ago, I figured it was the perfect time to discuss lego sets based off theNickelodeon show Avatar the last airbender. Now, especially if you're a younger Lego Fan, you might be scratching your head a little bit mean, like waita second lead let who made set spaced off Avatar the last airbender? Andyes, they did make sets, and it is plural sets, but theyonly made two just to Avatar the last airbiter sets were ever made and wewill discuss those in pretty lengthy detail throughout this episode of Brick Ology. But, like I normally to do on this podcasts, kind of explain some ofthe history of the show and then the history of the Lego theme. Soavatar the last airbender. What is the show? I think you know ifyou've seen this show. You know the quote unquote theme song. It's notearly a theme song, of like a theme narration, where Katar is likewater, Earth, fire air. These are the four elements and only oneperson can bend all four elements and bring peace to the world. That wasa horribly abridged version of the Intro, but I think you guys know whatI'm talking about if you have seen the...

...program so Avatar last airbender is acartoon. It's very anime. Ask actually used to think it was an animewhen I was younger, but it's made by Americans. It's on Nickelodeon butheavily inspired by Anime, and it premiered on Nickelodeon two thousand and five itran three seasons, not because it was canceled short or anything. They literallyjust planned the show to have a three season run. Each season was adifferent book, so book one was water, Book Two was Earth, book threewas fire, and they had twenty episodes each. It tells one cohesivestory of the Avatar. The avatar is a little kid named ag who isthe last airbender, obviously because that's in the name of the title. Andessentially a story is that he's an airbender, he's the aatar. He learns he'sthe Avatar when he's like twelve years old. He runs away from hisresponsibilities and gets caught in a storm and freezes himself and ice to protect himand his flying Bison, OPA, and he's frozen and ice for one hundredyears. And during that one hundred year span, were Ang was frozen,the fire nation attacked and everything in the world just went the chaos because theAvatar wasn't there. But then Katara and Saka, are other main leads theshow, Find Ang in the ice and they believe that a even though he'sjust a twelve year old kid and has a lot to learn, can bringbalance to the world. Yet again, a very abridge version summarizing the plotof this show, but it's an absolutely fantastic show. Will talk more aboutthat throughout today's episode, but let's kind of focus in on the really strangehistory of Lego Avatar, the last airben during kind of how this theme cameto be. The year is two thousand and six. I am nine yearsold at this time and I was very obsessed with Nickelodeon. We'll talk aboutthat throughout today's episode. And then in two thousand and six, Lego inNickelodeon made a deal to make some sets based off their shows. Now nickelodeonhas a ton of ridiculously popular cartoons. Obviously in the s you had cartoonslike rug rats which were Hu mongous. They weren't going to make sets basedoff those because those shows at that point were no longer being produced. Butthere are so many shows at the time in two thousand and six that couldhave lenned themselves very well to Lego sets. A few that come to mine areJimmy, neutron, boy genius, the fairly oddparents and then Danny Phantom. The latter Danny Phantom, I think, really could have made some cool Legosets. There's just a few that I think could have made good legosets, but they decide to only make sets based off two different nick cartoons. Now. The first one is ridiculously obvious. Even if you're completely obliviousto any of this, I think we can all just assume what cartoon theywould make into Lego sets. Say It with me in three two, one. Spongebob Square Pants, I mean spongebob, is pretty much the biggest cartoon evermade. It's still running today. It's ridiculously popular. It's become evenmore popular online now just simply because of memes and such. Spongebob is hugeand I think anybody in the world could have guessed that Lego and spongebob wouldpair up at some point in time, and I was stoked to get spongebobsets when they first came out. Two Thousand and six specifically, is likethe peak of my spongebob obsession, my ninth birthday party. I was goingthrough some old family photos a couple weeks ago and saw some photos of myninth birthday party. My freaking birthday cake was shaped like spongebob. I waswearing a Tshirt with Patrick Star getting his butt caught on a fishing hook.kind of a funny tshirt like. I was head over heels obsessed. WithSpongebob at this point in time. I own, I think, the firstfour or five seasons on DVD. I've seen all of the episodes up toa certain point. I haven't kept up with the newer runs of the show, but all the classic old sponge episodes I have seen. Spongebob was ahumongous part of my childhood at the time and I will definitely be talking aboutLego Spongebob at some point in the future, probably when the new spongebob movie comesout, but that did get delayed...

...due to the pandemic. So Iwas obsessed with spongebob. I absolutely love Spongebob and I remember going to toysArruss and I you know, at this point in time, like I said, I was nine years old. The Youtube wasn't nearly as big. Ididn't follow Lego leaks or anything, so I had no clue lego spongebob waseven going to come out and remember going to toys or my dad and beingabsolutely blown away that they had lego spongebob sets and I bought the adventures inBikini bottom set the first time I ever saw it, and stores now thesecond show the other nick cartoon they decide to make sets based off is,of course, Avatar, the last airbender, and at the time I was kindof confused why they chose this one to make this theme over things like, I said, Danny Phantom, fairly oddparents, or Jimmy Neushron. Nowthe source material, I think actually, of all nick cartoons probably lends itselfthe best to toys because the show, you know, is very action oriented. There's lots of cool vehicles and temple designs and things of that sort.It definitely lends itself well to playability and to Lego models and other toys ingeneral. But to me at the time I just wasn't quite as obsessed withAvatar. I also didn't think it was nearly as popular among kids my ageat the time. People would always talk about spongebob. You always saw peoplewith spongebob shirts and maybe even Jimmy Neutron or something, but Avatar at thetime I didn't think was super popular and when I watched the show during itsoriginal run, first off, Avatar is a very story driven show. Prettymuch every episode has some significance to an overarching plot, and that really wasn'tmy thing because I would you know randomly turn on episode of Spongebob and Spongebobis super episodic, so you can watch any episode of Spongebob whenever you want. But with Avatar it was so story driven that if I miss an episodeI just like didn't know what was going on and got completely lost with theshow. So I kind of gave up on Avatar a little sadly when Iwas this age. So my interest in this theme, especially compared to Spongebob, was pretty minimal. And, like I said, they only made twoAvatar sets. They made three spongebob sets. The original three spongebob sets were theKrusty Krab and ventures a bikini bottom that I both got and then aside called build a Bob that was like a brick built spongebob, which Idid not get. But I initially skipped the Avatar set when they came outat the time and I solved Mynt toys R us. I remember looking atthese sets and just being like not not going to get these, I don'tcare enough about this show. And I'm going to talk about later on howI have come around on Avatar, thankfully, but at the time of release Iskipped on this, and all of this is ultimately leading to me explainingan experiment that Lego did at this time. Lego essentially made two waves, thesetwo waves of these sets. It's one way that each theme to testthe waters of nicktoon based themes, and they monitored how the sets sold.They were of pretty limited release, I think, maybe only at toys rus or something. It was like fairly difficult to get these sets and whicheveryone sold better, they would make into a longer lived lego theme. Andthen the other one, the one that didn't sell as well, was onthe cutting room floor and, you know, just died after a very small shortwave. And of course, spongebob one. No disrespect to Avatar whatsoever. You could even debate Avatar is a much better show than spongebob, butit was never going to beat spongebob. Avatar has never been as popular spongebob, because nothing pretty much in the world of cartoons is as popular as spongebob. And the spongebob theme it had some kind of weird ups and downs,but ultimately it lasted five years and produced fourteen sets, and I will talkabout that theme in the future. Of Brick Ology. But the Avatar thelast airbender theme is discontinued after only one wave in two total sets. And, like I said, these sets were made in a very limited run andthey have become riticulously expensive online. I...

...mean getting them even built as hundredof dollars. If you want these sets new sealed, be prepared to spendthree to five hundred dollars because, wow, these sets are ridiculously expensive online.And we'll talk about the sets in a minute, but I do kindof want to talk about my experience with Avatar the last airbender here. LikeI've mentioned, I didn't love the show then it's initial run. I wasabout eight to ten years old. Wasn't my favorite show. Kind of gaveup on it. I you know, I'd watch the episode that they premieredlike before spongebob or something, but ultimately wasn't a huge fan. However,I rediscovered the show when I got a bit older. The reason I rediscoveredthe shows because in Nickelodeon announced the legend of Cora, which is a sequelshow, and that starked my interest in the Avatar world. So I revisitedAvatar the last airbender. I re watched the entire thing. We watch theepisodes I've already seen and then watch the entire series all at once. WhenI was the age fifteen and I absolutely lutely fell in love with it.My little kid mindset was gone and now I was obsessed. I fell inlove with this world. It's an absolutely beautiful piece of storytelling and shows that, like kids, cartoons can be way more than just cartoons and actually tellpretty awesome story. So I became a huge fan all the last airbender andI definitely start to reminisce in those Lego sets and got pretty upset that Legodidn't continue the theme and I wish they had made more and I wish thatI had gotten those sets, which I do have one set will talk aboutin just a minute. So that's my experience of the Avatar. I begunto Rewatch it on Netflix now. I own the first season on DVD,but nickelodeon removed all the episodes. They used to be on NICKELODEON's website.You could watch them for free, but they have since removed all the episodesfrom there. There so I haven't had any way of streaming it for freefor like five or six years now, but now it's on Netflix. I'mwell into season two. I'll probably bings the rest of the season and finishit within the next couple of weeks. And now it's finally time to talkabout the Avatar, the last airbender Lego sets. Okay, Y'all, let'stalk about the Lego Avatar, the last airbender sets. Like I've already mentionednumber of times, only two sets were ever made, making it one ofthe shortest lived lego themes of all time. And that's just a fact. Andlet's jump into the sets and since I have, you know, alittle bit more time, we will talk about these sets in pretty extensive detail. The first of the two sets, the smaller of the two, isthe Air Temple. It retailed for thirty dollars the United States at its timeof release, in two thousand and six and it had exactly four hundred pieces. That's a fantastic price per piece. And the mini figures included with thisset. Here one, of course, is Ang with his glider. Nowthe Ang figure, I mean, not surprisingly, the Ang figure the avatarhimself comes and both of the Lego Avatar sets. So Ang wasn't exclusive,but the glider piece was used a vinyl element similar to things you might seefor like a sale or something. It use a vinyl element for his glider, but for some reason the staff piece they use, which I believe wasthe jousting piece from like kingdom sets, was black instead of Brown. It'svery clearly brown in the TV show and the printing on the vinyl piece Ffor the wing parts as also Brown. So not really sure why the staffpiece was black. It's just kind of a weird and accuracy. And alsoincluded a clear dish piece to represent him air bending, which was, youknow, I pretty cool and fun little idea other mini figures on this set. Here, of course, we got SOCCA, who was completely exclusive tothis set. Will talk about his sister, Katara and the next set. Nowall of his details were prints instead of pieces. So what I meanby this is that his hair. SOCCA has a very interesting hair piece thatdoesn't really lend itself super well to Lego, so they printed his hair on abald minifigure head. So when you look at his face, stead ofhaving a double side of face like a lot of Lego minifigures do, hejust has his like weird hair ponytail kind...

...of thing printed on the back ofhis head. It looks kind of weird. Admittedly, it doesn't look great andover all these figures look a little strange. They went for a cartoonystyle, obviously because they're based off a cartoon. Now I think the eyeslook pretty good and it actually it works out fairly well, but it's notnearly as bad as something like the, you know, cartoony style figures theymade for the clone wars. But they still do look a little bit offand I kind of wish, you know, we could see what Avatar figures wouldlook like with a more normal style of lego detail. Additionally, forSaka, his iconic boomerang weapon was printed on the back of his torso andthere was no actual piece for it. That is definitely a disappointment. Therest of the figures in this set, you got the fire natured soldiers,which use some nights kingdom helmet and armor pieces. These figures came in bothsets. They had some cool prints. They are very threatening out like thewhold design at the fire nation in the show. So very cool figures.And also with this set you got momo, the flying lemur. Momo was justone little rubbery piece with some printing, completely exclusive to this set. However, very sadly lego never made an OPA figure. Obviously APO need tobe some kind of big FIG or brick built contraption, but it's kind ofsaid that Lego never made off of that is pretty depressing. I which wegotten the iconic flying Bison from the show. Now let's talk about the builds ofthis set. So we'll talk about the side builds first, just kindof get them out of the way. You got a catapult for Saka thatcan shoot sludge, which are just transparent green cylinders at the fire nation,and the fire nation was equipped with their quote unquote, tank. Now thetank was a small wheel build that had a disc launcher in the middle.You couldn't really like fit mini figures inside. It didn't have an interior or anything, which is why I threw up the air quotes. It's not reallya tank. It's not accurate to the tank scene in the show whatsoever,although those fire nation tanks from the show would litten themselves very well to acool Lego said, I'd love to see a mock of that at some point. But moving on to the main build the set, which is the AirTemple. This is kind of a weird build. It's a strange build that'snot entirely accurate to the show. It admittedly kind of looks like hoggarts castle. It use a very similar color scheme where the walls and everything were Tanand then the roof is kind of a sandy green. The roof had anice kind of like tilely printed piece on it, which was very cool,but it kind of looked like hogwarts castle. But ultimately it's very unclear what aretemple this is now the scene of this set is clearly based off seasonone, episode seventeen, which occurs at the Northern Air Temple. That's whenthe fire nation attacks northern air temple with their tanks and they throw sludge onthem. That use big weapons. And then the door for the Air Templein this set is clearly based off the northern Air Temple as well, whereit had a play feature where you could open up by pretending to blow onit like in the show and opens the door using air bending and they hadkind of a feature with some surely looking stickers to represent that. In thisset, however, the builds color scheme that I've already mentioned in the designfrom the exterior more so resembles that of the southern Air Temple. So it'sclearly based off the scene of the northern Air Temple, but it looks alittle bit more like the Southern Air Temple. But ultimately it doesn't really look likeany specific air temple. It's more so an amalgamation of the to airtemples. Really Weird. I can't really think of any Lego set quite likethis one. Now I am lucky enough to say that I do own thisset. It's the only one of the two that I got. I actuallygot this set a couple years after it was released. It was available ata hobby store at a mall that's completely it's been closed for like over adecade now, and I remember just sing...

...at that hobby store and it wason a really good sale. I think I paid like fifteen dollars to getthis set at the time and it's a cool set and I definitely have themini figures lying somewhere in my collection. But of Horse, like I mentionedall the time with M bricology with old Lego sets, it's destroyed. It'sjust troyd in my collection I really wish I had this set still built,because this thing is worth a lot of money these days. And this setwas also voted on by my fans on Instagram as the best set from LegoAvatar, the last airbender. I did a poll this one one with aboutsixty percent of the votes and honestly, I was pretty shocked because I thinkthe next set is a much more accurate representation of what we see in theshow and it's just bigger. I kind of thought the next set would win, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this set was voted on asthe best set from Lego Avatar. Definitely a surprising outcome to that pole.For sure, it's a good set. Honestly, I think the bigger setmight be a little bit better, even though I don't own it, butlet's talk about that set now and you guys can make your own decisions foryourself. So the one other Avatar the last airbender Lego set and kind ofthe flagship set of the way Pun intended, is the fire nation ship. Thisset was fifty dollars with seven hundred and twenty two pieces. That isan amazing price for peace and the mini figures included with this set were,of course, Ang exact same figure as the last one, but no gliderwas included for him. Here you also got Quatara, who was completely exclusiveto this set. She had her like little like hair, I don't evenknow what to call it. Like she has like two strands of hair thatkind of go over her eyes. Those were printed onto her face. However, they use the very basic ponytail hair piece that isn't seen in Lego setstoo much anymore as her hair piece. The hair piece was definitely not thebest choice. Does Not really look like guitars hair from the show. Andspeaking of hair, we have another weird example of printed hair with the nextminifigure, which is Prince Zuko. Now this figure is also exclusive to theset and Prince Zuko in the show, at least in the first season,kind of iconically has this ponytail type design with the rest of his head shaved. Now lego does have a piece that I think would really work for thisfigure in the future that they made for a less Secura from the star warsset. That kind of goes into the Stud on top of a minifigures head, but that was a few later, years later down the line, thatpiece of not exists at the time of this figure coming out. So we'restuck with this prince zuco figure where his front face print looks really good.The SCAR, his iconic scar, looks really cool, but from the backwe just have his very odd looking hair. It's his ponytail. It's printed onthe back. It's, you know, very two dimensional and I really don'tthink it looks all that great at honestly, might even look worse thanSakas because Prince Zuko's ponytail is so iconic for the character at this time inthe show. Just seeing it like this is a bit strange to me.You also got a few fired action soldiers included with this set as well.Now we can talk about the build of this set. You get a biggray fire nation ship. You see these things throughout Avatar pretty much the entirerun of the show, but explicitly in the first book about water, yousee a lot of fire nation ships and it's a big gray ship using alot of gray pieces. Lot of people don't love big gray things like themost recent superstar destroyer or, just sorry, most recent start destroyer. Ucstar destroyerset everyone's like it's ugly and gray. I don't know what people always hateon big gray things. It's very militaristic looking and a smaller ship coulddeploy from the back of this one, which is a very accurate detail ofthe show. Not Everything, of course, is very scaled down. The smallship is really, really small, but it is cool that they wereable to incorporate that play feature into this...

...set. And speaking of play features, sections of this ship could be removed to access the interior that it wasa prison cell. There's a various amounts of little rooms of like shrines andthings for Zooko to sit in front of, and you also got a coal engineroom, which is also pretty cool. And the top deck had a catapultthat could launch two by two dark Red Lego bricks, and I thinkit's very interesting that this catapult just literally launches like a classic Lego Brick.That's kind of a funny thing to launch from a catapult. And finally,for play features, the front ramp, which uses one of those big piecesthat we see a lot of star wars sets for Legedi starfighters and such.The front rap could fold down to deploy the financial soldiers, which is avery accurate detail to the show. It was actually held in place by astring piece and it's a very loose attachment, so if you remove this string itjust simply falls down. Really interesting. You think they'd use like ratchety jointsor something, but this is a completely different method of accomplishing at thatplay feature. So very, very cool and I really wish I had thisset one just to say I had both the Avatar sets. I think thebuild actually holds up fairly well today. It's definitely a bit blocky, butit's big and gray and it really resembles the build from or the vehicle fromthe show. It's a very good design. However, this set is sanely expensive. It goes for over four hundred dollars sealed on after markets and evenout of box it's still a hundred of dollars that I'm just never going tospend on this Lego set. So I'll probably never get this set in mylifetime. But it's a very, very cool set. And that's it.That's all she wrote for Lego Avatar, the last airbender, just those twosets and man Oh man, I really wish they would make more. Butthere are possibilities for Lego to make more in the future. There is aLego ideas project up right now based off this show, a brick built OPAwith some figures. It looks really good and I think because of the newfoundpopular larity of Aurutar now being on Netflix and kids, you know my generationhave grown up who grew up with the show or now old enough to,you know, want to shell out the big bugs on Avatar products to kindof have a nostalgic feeling. I do think out o the last airbender couldbe a viable property for Lego to bring back and go support that Lego ideasproject. My buddy just too good, who has like five hundredzero subscribers now, he shared it on his account. Hopefully that gets tenzero supporters and givesus a chance, just a little glimmer of hope, of getting more LegoAvatar to last airbender stuff. Thank you all so much for listening to thiskind of short episode of Brick Ology today. I hope you really enjoyed it andtell me your thoughts if you're on Youtube, comment on Instagram, shootme a DM or something. Email me at like a Leathr Jeni and gmailcomI love to hear your thoughts. Any constructed criticism is also very welcome forthis podcast. Thank you so much for listening. Also find me online.Subscribe to my Youtube Channel, follow me on Instagram. F I'm on twitter, like my facebook page and, if you really love the podcast, considerbecoming a patreon supporter. Any donation like one dollar a month goes a longlong way for me making awesome content just like the podcast you listen to.Thank you all so much for listening. Peace Out by.

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