The first tweets in the thread explain that the January 2022 wave of builds is not connected to a larger season of content, though will appear in the previously announced shorts, and that the team was asked to design sets with the ‘classic NINJAGO identity. That could mean only four things – mechs, temples, dragons and cars.
When it came to the first two, Niek wanted to integrate upgrade mechanics into the sets and revealed some of the initial pitch designs that he drafted in the design process. This included combining mechs and dragons into one build.
To help with this goal, the LEGO NINJAGO designer pitched SCCBS (System Character and Creature Building System), to go alongside the CCBS (Character and Creature Building System) that was featured in BIONICLE, Hero Factory and more. This new method of building uses fresh pieces to create sturdier models with integrated studs, making customisation and decoration easier.
This new system features in 71762 Kai’s Fire Dragon EVO, 71761 Zane’s Power Up Mech EVO, 71760 Jay’s Thunder Dragon EVO and 71757 Lloyd’s Ninja Mech. You’ll be able to find these and the other five NINJAGO 2022 builds on shelves from January 1, 2022.