Exploring how LEGO Monkie Kid adapts brick-built sets into animation

New LEGO Monkie Kid concept art is detailing how the brick-built sets are transformed into animated vehicles, and which parts of the design remain.

CDW Studios on Twitter have shared a previously unseen batch of Monkie Kid concept art from Illustrator and Instructor Ned Rogers. With Monkie Kid being an original theme from the LEGO Group that was also developed as a TV show, the images showcase how the early set designs were taken and turned into animated models ready for screens.

Featured in the trio of concept art are 80008 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Jet, 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck and the Tuk Tuk from 80007 Iron Bull Tank. Much of the familiar aspects of the designs have made their way into the show such as the pigs on the food truck and Tuk Tuk as well as various features and functions with the bike stored in 80008 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Jet.

When comparing the provided concept art to the final set designs, the similarities between them are clear and it shows the amount of work and communication between those who are developing the show and those who are creating the sets.


More LEGO Monkie Kid sets are on the way in 2022 with a range of models recreating other parts of Chinese culture and even offering a multi-storey city for less than any of the NINJAGO City builds.

There’s more concept art for original LEGO themes to discover too with recent showcases of early designs from the development of Legends of Chima.

Featured image: CDW Studios via Ned Rogers

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