LEGO Malaysia is currently having their LEGO NEXO Knights Academy Event Showcase at the Centre Court of Midvalley Megamall which started 12th March to 20th March 2016. I had the privilege to attend the launch event, and it is awesome! The latest from LEGO, NEXO Knights depicts a medieval kingdom set in a futuristic world. Futuristic knights!
|LEGO NEXO Knights Academy Event Showcase @ Midvalley Megamall|
What's special about the event is the fact that Malaysia is the first country to host this in the whole of South East Asia. Pretty cool, where there's a huge space with activities ranging from virtual reality goggles, an interactive playstation, as well as showcase and play spots for kids to try out the LEGO NEXO Knights : Merlok 2.0 app as well as the actual LEGO sets.
|Introducing the all-new LEGO NEXO Knights|
A brief introduction to the all-new LEGO NEXO Knights is in order.
Five young brave knights based in the Kingdom of Knighton take it upon themselves to unlock exclusive power ups and build new shield in order to battle the royal court's evil jester - Jestro and a cast of monsters to restore peace.
This particularly interesting background story comes to life through LEGO building sets, a 20-episode animated television series and a digital gaming app ( LEGO NEXO Knights : Merlok 2.0 app) that fuels story-driven game play.
|Huge sized NEXO Knights on display at the event space|
Royal court's evil jester - Jestro
At the event space at Midvalley Megamall, kids get to undergo the Knight training process under the NEXO Academy. Compared to other LEGO series, these LEGO NEXO Knights are really unique, in the sense that it actually combines technology with the usual set building, creating a multi dimensional play. Check out the activities held at the showcase, shown below.
|Interactive machines for kids to enjoy|
Download the NEXO Knights Merlok 2.0 app, and play to your hearts content, powering up the badges
There's even a Virtual Reality playstation
Speaking at the event, Dick Yoong, Country Manager of LEGO Malaysia said, " Technology is constantly evolving and has inevitably impacted the way the younger generation plays today. We have introduced LEGO NEXO Knights to enable children and LEGO fans of all ages to relish an augmented play experience in both online and offline realms as they immerse themselves in the world of Knighton to be the best knights.
|Dick Yoong, Country Manager of LEGO Malaysia|
Kevin Hagino, Senior Regional Brand Manager explaining the products
On to the online LEGO NEXO Knights game, Merlok 2.0 app
The Fantastical Realm of Knighton
Set in the futuristic, high-tech world of the kingdom of Knighton, LEGO NEXO Knights follows five young knights in their quest to battle the royal court's evil jester Jestro, his sidekick, the book of Monsters and their Lava Monster Army.
Heroic knight, Clay Moorington leads the band of knights including alpha superstar Lance Richmond, hipster Aaron Fox, Macy Halbert, a princess who would rather be a knight and Axl, the giant. Together under the tutelage of Knight's Academy mentor and Great Digital Wizard, Merlok 2.0, they join forces to defeat the enemy.
|Kids at the launch event|
Blending Reality and Virtual Reality
I love how LEGO managed to blend real life play with virtual reality, in the form of the Merlok 2.0 mobile application. The app is available as a free download via App Store and Google Play. So how does it work? I've played it for a couple of days straight now, and I must say, I am addicted to leveling up my characters and the best thing is I could scan in various badges from the real world to "power up" my characters.
|My current power badges which I've managed to collect in the game|
Fight your way to victory! NEXO Knights, march forth!
Budding squires can choose from an arsenal of futuristic battle gear and activate the NEXO Powers needed to battle the Lava monsters and grow into full fledged knights. Newly appointed knights have the ability to "download" as many as 170 unique NEXO Knights power (in the form of knight shields) scattered across the kingdom of Knighton.
These badges can be found existing in both physical and digital forms, including building sets, print ads, books, comics and even the new LEGO NEXO Knights animated television series. Watch the video below on how the Merlok 2.0 app can be fully utilized and played.
Once added to a digital power collection, children can continue their journey to knighthood with the LEGO NEXO Knights Academy as they gain access to more exclusive shields not found elsewhere. Bravery and imagination triumph over adversity, in the world of Knighton!
|My LEGO NEXO Knights building sets|
|Love how vibrant the colours are, on my Clay's Rumble Blade|
My two kids (aged 2 and 3) are a tad too young to fully enjoy the building sets, but their father, aka me loves LEGO and did not hesitate to build the all-new LEGO NEXO Knights. 17 richly details building sets from the LEGO NEXO Knights collection is currently available at LEGO Certified Stores in Malaysia at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara, Bangsar Village, Empire Subang, IOI City Mall in Putrajaya, Setia City Mall and Queensbay Mall in Penang.
They are also available at Toys "R" Us, Hamleys, AEON, Isetan, Parkson, Box of Bricks and LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. The pricing for the products are in the range of RM39 to RM499.
|Collecte the LEGO collectibles, 3D holographic cards at the LEGO NEXO Knights Academy Event Showcase @ Midvalley Megamall this 12th to 20th March 2016|
It's now or never, go today to the Centre Court in MidValley Megamall from now until the 8th of March to physically experience the world of Knighton! You may want to check out the official site of LEGO NEXO Knights as well, linked at http://bit.ly/LEGO_NEXOKNIGHTSMY