By now, you may be in that panic mode, wondering what the heck to buy for kids who seemingly have everything: video games, action figures, cool sneakers. What the heck do you get a 9 year-old who has a better phone than you do? Relax. I’m here to help.
Kids love building stuff. I’m a librarian to a population that may guffaw when I try to get them to read, but when I bust out the Lego for STEM/STEAM time, it’s an entirely different story. So when I started adding Lego graphic novels to my collection, I knew these books were going to move, and I was right. I put the latest Lego Legends of Chima graphic novel, Chi Quest, on the shelf a couple of weeks ago, and it hasn’t been back yet.
What’s not to love? It’s a Lego adventure with cool armor and weaponry, animal warriors, an intelligently written backstory, and a huge line of merchandising, encompassing books, video games, keychains, and play armor and weapons that make your holiday shopping just a bit easier.
First, the book. Chima was once paradise, but eight warring animal tribes turned it into a battleground. They’re all fighting for a natural resource called Chi – yoga people, where are you? – that is a source of life, but also of destruction. Volume 3, Chi Quest, tells the stories of four animal warriors – Laval, Sykor, Cragger, and Fluminox, who seek either to save or destroy one another as they search for Chi. The stories are perfect for kids who want some fun reading when they take a break from those homework packets they’ll get over the vacation. The art is great – cartoony, kid-friendly, and it maintains the Lego aspect of the entire story without ever making it cheesy. It’s a fun, all-ages fantasy, and I loved it. Take a look at some of the art:
Lego Legends of Chima Vol. 3: Chi Quest! is already out in stores, and at $7.99, a great gift idea. (Why not pick up Volumes 1 and 2, while you’re at it?)
You can combo Chi Quest with some toys, to make a well-rounded gift. You can find some nicely priced Chima pieces online, at your favorite toy store, or at Lego’s website. Check out the Lion Legend Beast Kit, complete with Laval (who’s featured in Chi Quest), for only $9.99:
Lion Legend Beast, copyright 2014, Lego Shop
If you’re like me, and the gorillas whose magic word is “Dude” amuse you to no end, you can pick up a Banana Bash set for only $12.99.
Banana Bash, copyright 2014, Lego Shop
Or, you could go for the very cool Eagle Legend Beast, only $9.99.
Eagle Legend Beast, copyright 2014, Lego Shop
Maybe you’re worried about younger family members putting Lego pieces in their mouths or up their noses? (I’ve got three kids, it’s been done.) Then maybe you need a good shield and sword set, like the Scorpion Sword and Shield, for $14.48.
Scorpion Sword and Shield, copyright 2014, Lego Shop
The bottom line: there are great ways to shop creatively and pair a good comic book or graphic novel with something else to create a great gift. And online sending is heaven-sent, so you don’t have to deal with the crowds. Go forth and shop, my friends, and May the Force Be With You.
LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA VOL. 3: CHI QUEST!
Writer: Yannick Grotholt
On-Sale: October 22, 2014