Lego Monkie Kid
SubjectMonkey King and Journey to the West
Licensed fromThe Lego Group
AvailabilityMay 2020–Present
Total sets47(including promotional sets)[1]
CharactersMonkie Kid, Mei, Tang, Pigsy, Sandy, Mo and Monkey King
Official website

Lego Monkie Kid (Chinese: 悟空小侠 and stylized as LEGO Monkie Kid 悟空小侠) is a Lego theme inspired by Monkey King and Journey to the West.[2] It is licensed from The Lego Group.[3][4] The theme was first introduced in May 2020. The toy line is also accompanied by an animated television series that premiered in China on May 29, 2020, with the special Lego Monkie Kid: A Hero Is Born.[5]

Overview

Lego Monkie Kid is inspired by Monkey King and Journey to the West, which focuses on Monkie Kid and his friends, battling against a variety of demons who are trying to take over Megapolis.[6][7][8]

Development

Lego Monkie Kid is The Lego Group's first product line based on Chinese culture. Although The Lego Group had previously released Lego Chinese New Year sets, it was the first time that the company had released an entire product line based on a Chinese theme. Following research in China, The Lego Group discovered that the classic Chinese story of the Monkey King and Journey to the West is widely known within Chinese culture. As a result, the story was chosen as the main inspiration for Lego Monkie Kid. Simon Lucas, senior creative director commented, "It feels like it was in the DNA of everybody there. So we thought it was a great starting point to tell a new story that's rooted in Chinese culture". The Lego theme was developed over the course of two years and interpreted the story in a different way to the original. Lucas explained, "The people we spoke to have grown up with these stories, and we wanted to find out what's important to them, and how to interpret that in a new way...So, being 100% accurate to the original was not necessary, really, because we were picking up the key ingredients". The product line does, however, include recognizable characters from Journey to the West.[9]

The designers behind Lego Monkie Kid had revealed that researching Chinese stories and testing with children were important in the development of the brand new theme. Lego Senior Design Manager Dennis Fong explained, “We felt that we hit something really big when we had this concept of the Monkey King,” and continued, “Seeing all the energy from the kids, the parents, how they could instantly recognize it because we had a lot of key iconic elements in there. And, you know, we didn't need to tell a new story. We had the old story as a foundation for us to build upon."[10][11]

Lego Senior Design Manager Dennis Fong also explained how he turns Lego Monkie Kid theme from concept to products: "For us it was a “Journey to the East” because right after we were given the Design brief, from the very beginning we made trips to China and involved our Shanghai colleagues in brainstorming workshops to create several concept directions. Subsequently, we made more trips to various cities in China to test and validate our concepts with Chinese kids and parents. This provided us with valuable insights which pointed to the huge potential Monkie Kid has as a promising new playtheme. It ticked all the boxes of having the right play ingredients which resonated really well with our Chinese consumers as they find it super interesting. At some point we also tested the models in US and Germany as well, where the theme also received really positive feedback. Over time, we shaped the assortment lineup of Monkie Kid and developed model designs based on consumer insights and inputs from our Chinese colleagues. Back in Billund, we regularly conduct play sessions with kids to test model handling and stability, among other quality tests like heat tests, model design build through with LEGO model coach experts to identify areas for design simplification and improvements. Thereby undergoing several rounds of design iterations until we arrive at the final model design. In parallel, many other Creatives were also hard at work with designing and developing new element prototypes needed for Monkie Kid, stickers and graphic prints that go onto the model, principle design identity, packaging and last but not least the building experience itself. It was truly a collective team effort to pull it off and excellent collaboration on all fronts. All in all, it was a fun and exciting journey to be involved in the creation and development of LEGO Monkie Kid."[12]

The initial concept for the theme originated in a rough sketch created by Ned Rogers in December 2021. The sketch depicted several construction sets are transformed into animated vehicles and which parts of the design remain. Featured the concept art are Monkie Kid's Cloud Jet, Pigsy's Food Truck and the Tuk Tuk from Iron Bull Tank. With Lego Monkie Kid theme from The Lego Group was developed as an animated television series, the images showcase how the early set designs were taken and turned into animated models on screens.[13]

Launch

The Lego Monkie Kid theme was launched on 16 May 2020. As part of the marketing campaign, The Lego Group released the eight sets inspired by Monkey King and Journey to the West.[6][3] Each set featured different giant mecha, buildings and vehicles. Minifigures including Monkie Kid, Mei, Monkey King, Mo the cat, Sandy, Mr. Tang and Pigsy were released as well.[14][15] The sets were designed primarily for children 6+.

Characters

Further information: List of Journey to the West characters

Monkie Kids

Demons

Allies and Celestial Beings

Others

This series also reference other characters from Journey to the West and the Investiture of the Gods such as the Buddha (如來佛), Guanyin (觀音), Ao Ji (敖吉), the Rhino King (犀牛王), the Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王), and Ao Bing (敖丙).

Toy line

Construction sets

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group has released 47 playsets and promotional packs based on the Lego Monkie Kid theme.[1]

A Hero is Born sets

In 2020, eight sets were released on 16 May 2020 and were based on the TV special titled A Hero is Born. A total of eight sets including the Monkey King Warrior Mech, Demon Bull King and Monkie Kid's Team Secret HQ were released.[41] Senior Design Director of Lego Simon Lucas discussed about the Demon Bull King set and explained, “The Demon Bull is such an iconic demon and kept coming up in our conversation. So we wanted to include him as the main demon in this season,” and continued, “Then we wanted to reinvent him in a brand new way, because LEGO is the perfect way to do that. So now we heard from the kids, ‘That's definitely the Bull Demon, but I’ve never seen him like that before.” ’ He's now half cyborg and half bull, and that's really cool.”[10] In addition, two promotional polybags namely the Monkie Kid's Delivery Bike and Build Your Own Monkey King were released.[42][43] On December 31, 2021, A Hero is Born sets got retired in the Lego stores at the end of 2021[44][45]

Season 1 sets

In 2020, three sets were released on 1 August 2020 and were based on the first season. A total of three sets including the Monkie Kid's Cloud Roadster were released.[46][47] On December 31, 2021, the first season sets got retired in the Lego stores at the end of 2021.[44]

Season 2 sets

In 2021, six sets were released on 1 March 2021 and were based on the second season. A total of six sets including the Monkie Kid's Team Dronecopter and The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain were released.[48][49][50] In addition, Monkie Kid's RC Race and Mini Monkey King Warrior Mech were released as an exclusive set and a promotional polybag respectively.[51][52] On December 31, 2021, the second season sets got retired in the Lego stores at the end of 2021.[44]

Later, three sets were released on 1 July 2021. A total of three sets including The Bone Demon were released.[53][54] Senior Creative Director Simon Lucas revealed how the design team took cues from a video game to put together The Bone Demon set and explained, “Lego designer Justin Ramsden and I really tried to make the building journey part of the play,” and continued, “Like a video game, there's a battle at each level, and in the end you face the big boss.”[55] In addition, a two key chains with a key chain attached to the minifigures of Monkie Kid and Red Son.[56] On December 31, 2021, the second season sets got retired in the Lego stores at the end of 2021.[44]

Season 3 sets

In 2022, seven sets were released on 1 January 2022 and were based on the third season. A total of seven sets including Monkie Kid's Staff Creations, Monkie Kid's Galactic Explorer and The City of Lanterns were released as well.[57][58][59][60][61][62] The Lego Group revealed at the China International Import Expo a brand new set titled the "Monkie Kid's Galactic Explorer" where MK and his team have built a rocket to launch into space, but Macaque's shadow clones try to stop them. The Minifigures are Monkie Kid, Mei, Mr. Tang, Sandy (minifig), a Mo space robot, and two of Macaque's shadow clones named Rumble and Savage.[63] In addition, a promotional polybag set namely Monkie Kid's Underwater Journey was released as well.[64] The Lego Group designer Justin Ramsden discussed about The City of Lanterns set and explained, "What's this extra part of track that's included at the back of the Lego model?! If you're lucky enough to get your hands on multiple copies of this set, then with a very small amount of rebuilding, you can actually combine them to make a much larger City!" and explained, "Finally… to some, this may be the luxurious Lotus Hotel however, don't be fooled! This is actually a candle to celebrate my seventh anniversary of working at The Lego Group. Cheers and hope you enjoy the set!"[65]

Later, three sets were released on 1 June 2022. A total of three new sets named the Dragon of the East, Monkie Kid's Team Van and The Heavenly Realms were released.[66][67][68][69][70][71][72][73]

Season 4 sets

In November 2022, The Lego Group revealed at the China International Import Expo a brand new set titled the "Monkey King Ultra Mech", which was based on fourth season. The set was released on January 1, 2023.[74] The set consists of 1705 pieces with 6 minifigures. The set included Lego minifigures of Monkey King, Monkie Kid, Mr Tang, Golden-Winged Eagle, Azure Lion and Yellow Tusk Elephant.[75][76][77] In addition, five new sets including Monkie Kid's Combi Mech, Mei's Dragon Jet, Yellow Tusk Elephant and Monkie Kid's Team Hideout were revealed in December and were set to release on that date as well. A promotional polybag set titled Monkey King Marketplace was also released on that date.[78][79] Monkie Kid's Combi Mech and Mei's Dragon Jet can combine together,[80][81] and Monkie Kid's Team Hideout and The City of Lanterns can also combine into the largest set.[82]

In May 2023, four additional sets were revealed and will be released on 1 June 2023. The sets included are Monkie Kid's Cloud Airship, Mei's Guardian Dragon, The Mighty Azure Lion and Dragon of the East Palace.[83][84][85]

Lego BrickHeadz sets

A Monkey King set was released as part of Lego BrickHeadz theme on 1 August 2020. The set consists of 175 pieces and a baseplate. The set included a Golden Staff.[86] On December 31, 2021, the set got retired in the Lego stores at the end of 2021.[87]

Television series

Lego Monkie Kid
Also known asMonkie Kid
Genre
Created bySimon Lucas
Written byJeremy Adams (2020–2022)
David Breen (2022–present)
Sarah Harper (2022–present)
Directed bySarah Harper (2020–2022)
Christian Barkel (2023–present)
Voices of
Country of origin
  • Australia
  • China
  • Denmark
  • United States
Original languages
  • English
  • Mandarin
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes44 (+ 3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Robert Fewkes
  • Alexia Gates-Foale
  • Keith Malone
  • Thomas Sørensen (2022–present)
  • Villads Spangsberg (2020–2022)
  • Barbara Stephen
  • Phabey Wang (2020)
  • Jill Wilfert
  • Asa Tait (2021–present)
Producers
  • Vicky Kjaer Jensen
  • Simon Lucas
  • Debbie Steer
  • Xiaodong Wen
  • Jeremy Adams (co-producer)
  • Sarah Harper (co-producer)
  • Anne-Flore Aussant (line producer)
  • David Breen (story producer)
Running time11 minutes
Production companyFlying Bark Productions
Original release
NetworkChina:
Tencent Video
Youku
iQIYI
Malaysia:
TV3
Cartoon Network
Singapore:
Channel 5
Cartoon Network
Thailand:
Cartoon Network
Australia:
9Go!
Cartoon Network
United Kingdom:
CITV[88]
Boomerang
United States:
Kabillion[89]
HappyKids
Worldwide:
Amazon Kids+/Prime Video
(seasons 1-2 only)[90][91]
ReleaseMay 30, 2020 (2020-05-30) –
present

Lego Monkie Kid is an animated television series series inspired by Monkey King and Journey to the West and produced by Flying Bark Productions to coincide with the release of the theme's Lego sets. The series premiered on TV3 in Malaysia on 13 September 2020, debuted on Channel 9 in Australia on 13 March 2021 and debuted on CITV on 9 May 2022 and Boomerang on 4 February 2023 in the United Kingdom[92][88][93][94]

Episodes

Series overview

Monkie Kid series overview
Season Episodes Original airdate United States airdate
Pilot May 30, 2020 (2020-05-30) September 9, 2021 (2021-09-09)[90]
1 10 September 12, 2020 (2020-09-12)
Special February 9, 2021 (2021-02-09) October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)
2 10 5 June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) October 28, 2021 (2021-10-28)[95]
5 November 18, 2021 (2021-11-18)
3 10 January 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) January 27, 2023 (2023-01-27)
Special 4 June 12, 2022 (2022-06-12) March 3, 2023 (2023-03-03)
4 10 January 20, 2023 (2023-01-20)
Special June 1, 2023 (2023-06-01) June 19, 2023 (2023-06-19)


Monkie Kid: A Hero is Born (2020)

Monkie Kid: A Hero is Born is a 45-minute television special that premiered on RTM TV2 and TV3 in Malaysia on 13 June 2020,[96] debuted on Mediacorp in Singapore on 27 June 2020,[97][98][99][100] premiered on 9Go! in Australia on 13 March 2021,[101] and premiered internationally on Amazon Kids+ on September 9, 2021.[90] It also debuted on CITV in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2022.[88]

TitleWritten byOriginal air dateAmazon air dateProd.
code
"Monkie Kid: A Hero is Born"Jeremy AdamsMay 30, 2020 (2020-05-30) (China)
June 13, 2020 (2020-06-13) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)[90]
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)[90]
100
Monkey King comes to life as a young boy named MK, obsessed with the legends of old, discovers Monkey King's magical staff. After witnessing Red Son and Princess Iron Fan release the Demon Bull King from his prison under the mountain, MK accidentally grabs Monkey King's magical staff and escapes, sending him on a journey to Flower Fruit Mountain to return the staff to Monkey King. After the staff gets taken away from him, MK meets the Monkey King and is motivated to go back and take the staff back. Using his powers, he was able to defeat the Demon Bull King and save the day.

Season 1 (2020)

No.
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No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateAmazon air dateProd.
code
11"Bad Weather"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 13, 2020 (2020-09-13) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
101
Red Son takes over the 'Weather Station', a prestigious club that allows its members to control the weather in different parts of the city, in order to restore his father the Demon Bull King back to power. MK attempts to defeat Red Son, but has a hard time controlling his power. Monkey King limits MK's powers so that he can use them effectively until he has time to train and learn to fully control them. He comes back to defeat Red Son and clear up the weather, saving the city.
22"Duplicatnation"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 13, 2020 (2020-09-13) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
102
After Tang mentions the famed power of the Monkey King to duplicate himself, MK decides to create clones so he can stay home and play video games after he has to do so much work for his friends. He doesn't know how to use his powers so the clones wreak havoc, but eventually he saves his friends from the clones by attempting to vanish them.
33"Coming Home"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 19, 2020 (2020-09-19) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
103
Mei is a member of the Dragon Family and a descendant of the Dragon of the West. When Mei is asked to house-sit for her parents, MK begs to come along. Of course, General Ironclad, one of the Demon Bull King's minions, hears that the family will be gone and realizes there's an opening to infiltrate the famed Dragon Temple House and steal the legendary Dragon Blade. But Mei defends her home and claims her birthright as the wielder of the fabled sword.
44"Noodles or Death"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 19, 2020 (2020-09-19) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
104
Pigsy and Tang are taken hostage by the Spider Queen when they were looking for ingredients. Sandy, MK, Mei, and Mo take their new boat down into the sewers and free their friends.
55"Calabash"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 26, 2020 (2020-09-26) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
105
MK wakes up to a perfect life… too perfect. Evidently, he's defeated the entire Demon Bull King family, Pigsy tells him to take a break, and everyone treats him like a hero. He soon realizes everything is not as it seems, but that he's living in an illusion. He's trapped in the nefarious Calabash, an ancient magical device wielded by Jin and Yin, the Gold and Silver Demons. MK shakes off the illusion and breaks out of the Calabash.
66"The Great Wall Race"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 26, 2020 (2020-09-26) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
106
Everyone in the city is abuzz with the talk of an upcoming street race that will grant the winner “immortality”. Mei and MK decide to enter the race, but a disagreement has them competing against each other. Their frustration boils over, causing them both to wreck with the Demon Bull Family taking the lead. They both work together in order to create a new race car and win, but MK finds out they weren't racing for a Peach of Immortality but for a normal trophy.
77"Impossible Delivery"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 27, 2020 (2020-09-27) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
107
Pigsy challenges MK to deliver an order in an allotted time. MK goes through obstacles that challenge his focus in order to accomplish his goal. Eventually, he succeeds and arrives at his destination, delivering the order to the Monkey King.
88"Skeleton Key"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
September 27, 2020 (2020-09-27) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
108
Demon Bull King's family has found a mysterious power source that will allow them to reclaim their former glory. However, it's locked behind an ancient gate. The key to it, which can open any door, was given to MK as a "Thank You" for saving the city over and over. After messing around with the key, Red Son finds them. It's a game of cat and mouse as DBK's family tries to get the key, and MK and Mei attempt to keep it out of their hands. Unfortunately, MK fails and the DBK family runs away with the key. The gate is open to the surprise of a bone spirit possessing the Demon Bull King and his minions.
99"Macaque"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
October 3, 2020 (2020-10-03) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
109
MK, tired of Monkey King's teachings, meets a mysterious and powerful figure, titled the Six-Eared Macaque. He offers to train MK and he accepts, hoping to learn more so he can defend the city. The new teacher is actually an old enemy of the Monkey King and is trying to siphon his powers from MK in order to defeat his fabled arch-nemesis. MK finally understands what Monkey King's teachings mean and uses it to defeat Macaque.
1010"The End is Here!"Jeremy AdamsSeptember 12, 2020 (2020-09-12) (China)
October 3, 2020 (2020-10-03) (Malaysia)
September 9, 2021 (Kids+)
September 30, 2021 (Prime Video)
110
When MK discovers DBK has taken over the city, he must use everything he's learned to defeat him. MK teams up with Red Son and Princess Iron Fan to kick DBK back to reality as he tries hurting them as well. MK succeeds, but the bone spirit fades away and possesses a little girl.

Revenge of the Spider Queen (2021)

Revenge of the Spider Queen is a 43-minute television special that premiered on TV3 in Malaysia on 27 March 2021, premiered on 9Go! in Australia on 24 April 2021, and premiered internationally on Amazon Kids+ on October 1, 2021.[90] It also debuted on CITV in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2022.[88]

TitleWritten byOriginal air dateAmazon air dateProd.
code
"Revenge of the Spider Queen[102]"Jeremy AdamsFebruary 9, 2021 (2021-02-09) (China)
March 27, 2021 (2021-03-27) (Malaysia)
October 1, 2021 (Kids+)
October 1, 2022 (Prime Video)
200
The ancient and evil Spider Queen emerges from her lair. With the help of a "shadowy" figure, the Spider Queen is supercharged, using her power to capture Monkey King and Demon Bull King. MK and his friends team up with Red Son to track down ingredients from the Celestial Realm for an antidote to cure the citizens and free the city from her destruction.

Season 2 (2021)

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TitleWritten byOriginal air dateAmazon air dateProd.
code
111"Sleep Bug"Jeremy AdamsMay 1, 2021 (2021-05-01) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
October 28, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
201
After the defeat of the Spider Queen, the mysterious shadowy girl orders one of Spider Queen's henchmen to track down one of six ingredients to fulfill the Spider Queen's "destiny". He creates a new game that suddenly sweeps across the city, but instead of fun and frivolity, the game is a virus that knocks out everyone who plays it. MK, having to deal with Monkey King going on vacation, realizes he is the only one who's awake in the city. He heads over to the Cloud to get rid of the virus and wake up everybody.
122"Dumpling Destruction"Eugene SonMay 1, 2021 (2021-05-01) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
October 28, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
202
MK gets a call from Monkey King, who has accidentally knocked over a "Celestial Dumpling". It's streaking toward Earth and everything will be destroyed. MK teams up with Tang to get a legendary vase from Monkey King's closet that captures the giant dumpling. Meanwhile, one of Spider Queen's henchmen sneaks over and grabs one of the ingredients, a demon-revealing mirror.
133"Pig Pong Panic"Callie C. MillerMay 8, 2021 (2021-05-08) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
October 28, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
203
Pigsy accidentally replaces the Monkey Mech game at his restaurant with Ping Pong and gets wildly addicted. MK breaks Pigsy from his addiction whilst in Monkey King's training blindfold that only comes off when he listens to others. Meanwhile, MK lets out a cage filled with fruit babies who run amok and cause havoc, and Mo has to find a way to stop them.
144"Sweet'n'Sour"Greg HahnMay 8, 2021 (2021-05-08) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
October 28, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
204
Speedy Panda stores have appeared everywhere along with their biker gang delivery boys, messing MK's deliveries up and sabotaging Pigsy's restaurant. Things boil over until a "FOOD WAR" is declared between them. MK and Pigsy go in hand-to-hand combat in food preparation against the Speedy Panda owners, who happen to be Jin and Yin.
155"Minor Scale"Joelle SellnerMay 15, 2021 (2021-05-15) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
October 28, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
205
MK wants to learn new powers. By "thinking little", he accidentally shrinks himself and falls down the drain, into the sewers, and finds himself back in the lair of the Spider Queen. While there, he meets the mysterious girl who reveals herself to be the Lady Bone Demon and almost tricks him into giving up his staff.
166"Game On"Shaene SidersMay 15, 2021 (2021-05-15) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
November 18, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
206
MK, pressured by the Lady Bone Demon and afraid of admitting it to anyone, wants to become so powerful it'd be "certain defeat". He then finds a VR video game that emulates the Monkey King's battles. MK jumps in, hoping to "live" Monkey King's life in order to be a better hero. He learns new tricks along the way, including how to counter-attack or defend himself.
177"Shadow Play"Meghan FitzmartinMay 22, 2021 (2021-05-22) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
November 18, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
207
MK and his friends attend a shadow play, secretly run by Macaque. Using a magical lantern, he imprisons his friends to toy with MK. MK suspects that the shadow play, which tells the story about a Hero and a Warrior, was actually a backstory about Monkey King and Macaque's close friendship. After the play, the Lady Bone Demon's minion the Mayor steals the lantern from him.
188"To Catch a Leaf"T.K. O'BrianMay 22, 2021 (2021-05-22) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
November 18, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
208
After eating in a cursed meatball eating contest, MK has got a bad case of the hiccups that cause giant earthquakes. The only cure is a tea made from the rare Crimson Jimson weed that only Sandy can procure from a dangerous location. One of Spider Queen's henchmen, Huntsman, also joins in and tries to steal the flower back. After a rigorous battle, he managed to get a leaf of the flower.
199"72 Transformations"Alan DentonMay 29, 2021 (2021-05-29) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
November 18, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
209
Spider Queen and her henchmen suspect that the Lady Bone Demon has other plans, so they attempt to rebuild the Spider mech that destroyed the city to battle against her. Meanwhile, MK has learned the power of transformation! Kind of... When Spider-Bots steal Pigsy's sign, MK needs to use his new powers of transformation to get it back. MK manages to succeed after the Lady Bone Demon captures the Spider Queen and her henchmen. MK asks his friends if he wants to do more training.
2010"This is the End!"Jeremy AdamsMay 29, 2021 (2021-05-29) (Australia)
June 5, 2021 (2021-06-05) (China)
November 18, 2021 (Kids+)
January 1, 2023 (Prime Video)
210
After gathering all the secret ingredients, Lady Bone Demon creates a powerful bone mech which she uses to attack MK while he is out training with his friends. MK tells them the truth about the Lady Bone Demon. Before she could succeed and take all of MK's powers, the Monkey King returns from "vacation" and saves MK. It turns out he actually lied and left to get a map to rebuild a weapon that will defeat the Lady Bone Demon. MK and his friends team up with Monkey King on his adventure to find the weapon.

Season 3 (2022)

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TitleWritten byOriginal air dateUnited States air dateProd.
code
211"On the Run"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 25, 2022 (2022-05-25) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023301
MK and his friends are on the run after escaping from the Lady Bone Demon. Monkey King explains the plan with the map, stating that they need to track down three rings to rebuild a powerful weapon-The Samadhi Fire-to defeat her. However, Macaque shows up and has plans to bring them back to her.
222"Great Grand Dragon of the East"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 25, 2022 (2022-05-25) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023302
MK and his friends sink in the ocean to the Dragon Palace of the East Sea and are imprisoned by the Dragon of the East, Mei's distant uncle. It's up to her to get the map and save her friends before Macaque catches up.
233"Smartie Kid"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 26, 2022 (2022-05-26) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023303
The heroes drive across a vast desert and head for the first location on the map, but when their van breaks down, the team is stranded until they find an oasis owned by the crafty Goldfish Demon, who offers to let them try and win a new engine in his game show. MK regains gold vision powers and finds out after multiple attempts that the Goldfish Demon rigged the game.
244"The Winning Side"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 26, 2022 (2022-05-26) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023304
After MK and friends take a pit stop to train, they get back on the road. However, MK notices that he, Mei, and Sandy are heading in the wrong direction. It turns out that Macaque has tricked them and is bringing MK back to Lady Bone Demon. Meanwhile, Pigsy and Tang realize that they've been separated from the others, but before they can go looking for them, they are attacked by a horrifying demon.
255"Amnesia Rules"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 27, 2022 (2022-05-27) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023305
When a demon attacks, Tang and Pigsy know their only choice is to wake the Monkey King from his mystic meditation. He scares off the demon, but now he thinks that he's his younger self. When the demon kidnaps Tang, it's up to Pigsy and Young Monkey King to rescue their friend. Meanwhile, Tang wakes up in the castle of a beautiful queen who 'rescued him from the demon', but he isn't buying it.
266"The First Ring"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 27, 2022 (2022-05-27) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023306
MK, Mei, and Sandy find themselves stranded in the desert, but Red Son comes to save them. Bringing the trio to his family's fortress, the heroes overstay their welcome with the villainous trio as they try to find out everything they can about the creation of the Samadhi Fire. The three discover that the Samadhi Fire was created by Red Son and was separated to control his power. They also find out that the first ring is in Demon Bull King's nose, so they plan to snatch it and escape.
277"Cooking with Chang'e"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 30, 2022 (2022-05-30) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023307
While Pigsy and the others watch his favorite cooking show, "Cooking with Chang'e", MK realizes the second ring is there in her kitchen-on the moon. Monkey King converts the vehicle into a rocket ship to get to the moon, and he, MK and Pigsy must avoid the Bunny security mechs to get the ring.
288"Benched"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 30, 2022 (2022-05-30) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023308
Arriving at a lantern-themed city, the heroes need to win a talent show to claim the final ring. But Tang, who has been stuck with the role of band manager, isn't going to just sit around and wait for this to happen. Meanwhile, Macaque confronts Tang inside the giant lantern and has a word-to-word about his usefulness.
299"The King, the Prince, and the Shadow"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 31, 2022 (2022-05-31) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023309
Now holding all three rings, the heroes ask the Monkey King what is next. Before he can answer, Nezha arrives. While the Monkey King holds Nezha off, MK and the heroes must get the rings to a mystic mountain where they can rekindle its fire. However, Macaque arrives supercharged with Bone Demon power and forces the team to start the ritual and take the Samadhi Fire.
3010"The Samadhi Fire"Jeremy Adams & Yin KaiJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) (China)
May 31, 2022 (2022-05-31) (United Kingdom)
January 27, 2023310
The ritual has been started, and Mei has now absorbed the Samadhi Fire. Monkey King finally tells the heroes that there is a fourth ring that was kept inside the White Dragon Horse, passing the fourth ring's power onto Mei. The team is pushed to breaking point-Macaque escapes and MK breaks Mei out of her rage, controlling the Samadhi Fire. After she flies away, Monkey King leaves the team to fight the Lady Bone Demon alone. MK and Nezha look for Monkey King while the others find Mei. However, Red Son finds her and offers her to do some training.

Embrace Your Destiny (2022)

Embrace Your Destiny is a four-part television special/mini-series that premiered on CITV in the United Kingdom on 1 June 2022.[94]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateUnited States air dateProd.
code
311"This Imperfect World"Jeremy Adams, David Breen,
Sarah Harper & Yin Kai
June 1, 2022 (2022-06-01) (United Kingdom)
June 12, 2022 (2022-06-12) (China)
March 3, 2023311
Red Son teaches Mei on how to control the Samadhi Fire and use it. MK and Nezha try to stop the Monkey King from confronting the Lady Bone Demon on his own. It looks as if he might actually stand a chance of defeating her, until she takes the Mayor's power and possesses the Monkey King with it.
322"The Corrupted King"Jeremy Adams, David Breen,
Sarah Harper & Yin Kai
June 1, 2022 (2022-06-01) (United Kingdom)
June 12, 2022 (2022-06-12) (China)
March 3, 2023312
After being teleported away, MK reunites with Mei and Red Son in their training spot. But before they can come up with a plan, the possessed Monkey King arrives to take Mei and the Samadhi Fire. MK and Red Son find Sandy, Tang and Pigsy, who end up in an underground library and try to formulate the plan. Macaque arrives with the weakened and depowered Mayor.
333"Time to Be Warriors"Jeremy Adams, David Breen,
Sarah Harper & Yin Kai
June 2, 2022 (2022-06-02) (United Kingdom)
June 12, 2022 (2022-06-12) (China)
March 3, 2023313
MK and other heroes formulate a plan to rescue Mei and save the world. The mayor provides new information about the Lady Bone Demon and her backstory, with all of them realizing her powers are stretching thin. Macaque tries to hold off Monkey King, while MK gets the staff and the others try to save Mei from her crystalized dome.
344"Destiny Fulfilled"Jeremy Adams, David Breen,
Sarah Harper & Yin Kai
June 2, 2022 (2022-06-02) (United Kingdom)
June 12, 2022 (2022-06-12) (China)
March 3, 2023314
MK snaps Monkey King out of the Lady Bone Demon's control and gets the staff back. She rebels by removing her hostess and trying to rip the Samadhi Fire off of Mei. Mei snaps back to reality with the help of Red Son, and all of the heroes finally finish the Lady Bone Demon using a giant mech.

Season 4 (2023)

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TitleWritten byOriginal air dateUnited States air dateProd.
code
351"Familiar Tales"Sarah HarperJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023401
After bringing back stolen items from Jin and Yin into Monkey King's closet, MK finds a cursed ancient scroll which takes Monkey King away after he accidentally opens it.
362"New Adventures"David BreenJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023402

MK alerts his friends about the cursed scroll that he found in Monkey King's closet. Sandy finds the scroll and accidentally opens it, which leads them to be captured as well. MK and Mei are then saved by Azure Lion, one of Monkey King's sworn brothers. He explains the scroll is a prison that forces its captives to relive their memories and past misdeeds, and offers to help them save their friends.

Note: This episode was dedicated to the memory of Billy Kametz, who voiced Macaque in the series.
373"The Great Tang Man"Deirdre DevlinJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023403
MK and Mei are brought inside the scroll with the help of Azure Lion, back to seventh century Chang'an. They find Mr. Tang with the body and memory of Tang Sanzang, and plan to kick him back to reality by tagging him along his journey.
384"Pig-Napped!"Akira "Mark" FujitaJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023404
Tang gets captured by Pigsy, who is trapped in the body of his ancestor Zhu Ganglie and plans to serve him as dinner for other demons. While MK and Mei try to find where he got captured, Tang tries to get Pigsy to remember who he is.
395"Court of the Yellow Robed Demon"Deirdre DevlinJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023405
The gang gets split up and scattered into different memories after the curse finds them. Mei ends up in the castle of Kui Mulang and gets captured along with her ancestor Ao Lie, and Tang goes searching around memories to find his friends again.
406"Show Me The Monster"Akira "Mark" FujitaJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023406
Pigsy fights against Sandy, who is trapped in the body of his ancestor Sha Wujing. Meanwhile, MK ends up in Master Subodhi's training temple where Monkey King learned his powers and asks for his help in finding Monkey King.
417"Pitiful Creatures"Deirdre DevlinJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023407
MK fights back against the scroll's curse after it finds him and forms into a monkey version of him. All of MK's friends, including Monkey King, find him and fight back against the curse. They succeed, only to be interrupted by Azure Lion who pulls them except for Monkey King back to reality at the Camel Ridge.
428"The Brotherhood"David BreenJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023408
Azure Lion, along with his other sworn brothers Peng and Yellowtusk, explain to MK and his friends their plan to overthrow the Jade Emperor. However, MK fights back, and Azure accidentally breaks the scroll piece that Monkey King was trapped in. The brotherhood warn them not to fight back, and MK leaves his friends after he feels he makes everything worse.
439"Roast of the Monkie Kids"Sarah HarperJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023409
Master Subodhi teleports MK's friends to his temple and trains them to fight back as the Brotherhood prepare for their raid at the Celestial Realm.
4410"The Jade Emperor"Sarah HarperJanuary 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (China)March 3, 2023410
Macaque teaches MK with a video game he created to teach him to make his own decisions. MK's friends join Ne Zha in fighting back against the Brotherhood, but are transported back to Flower Fruit Mountain by MK, who took back the broken scroll piece from Azure in order to find Monkey King. Azure Lion successfully slays the Jade Emperor and steals his powers.

The Emperor's Wrath (2023)

The Emperor's Wrath is a 43-minute television special that premiered in China on 1 June 2023, and on the HappyKids app on 19 June 2023.

TitleWritten byOriginal air dateUnited States air dateProd.
code
"The Emperor's Wrath"David Breen
Akira "Mark" Fujita
Sarah Harper
June 1, 2023 (2023-06-01) (China)June 19, 2023411
MK, Monkey King and other heroes form a plan to fight back against the Brotherhood, before the universe tears itself apart from Azure Lion's uncontrolled Jade Emperor power.

Theme park attractions

In November 2021, a Lego Monkie Kid themed land was announced for the upcoming launch of Legoland Shanghai Resort in 2024.[103][104]

Publications

A quarterly Lego Monkie Kid limited edition magazine published by CoroCoro was launched from 2021 to accompany the toy line only available in Japan.[105]

Video game

Lego Brawls

Main article: Lego Brawls

A crossover fighting game named Lego Brawls was developed by RED Games. Lego Brawls was released exclusively for Apple Arcade on September 19, 2019, for iOS devices, and will be available for PC and Consoles in June 2022.[106][107][108][109] It includes Monkie Kid, Mei, Pigsy, Mr. Tang, Monkey King, Princess Iron Fan, Red Son, a Bull Clone, Gold and Silver Horn Demons, and the Spider Queen as playable characters.[110][111]

Other media

Main article: Lego Masters

Lego Masters China has started its first season of the regional show, with a trailer showcasing an upcoming episode based on Lego Monkie Kid.[112]

Reception

Stephanie Morgan for Common Sense Media gave the series a three out of five star rating and commented, "This animated Lego series is fast-moving, suspenseful, and frenetic, all things that will draw young, hero-loving viewers to it. The Lego Monkie Kid episodes are short, usually around 10 minutes, but each manages a satisfying story arc and a few laughs. Unfortunately, some of those laughs come from mild violence, name-calling, or yelling. Underlying lessons are also delivered as mixed messages. For example, MK breaks something and says "part of being a hero is owning up to your mistakes," but later fails to admit what he's done. Overall, there's not a lot of bang for your parental buck here, but your child will likely be enthralled with the high-quality animation and likable cast of characters."[91]

Awards and nominations

In October 2021, Lego Monkie Kid was nominated for "Animated Series Production of the Year" by the 20th Screen Producers Australia Awards.[113][114] It was also nominated for the Animation Ages 11–17 category in the 2022 Banff Rockie Awards.[115]

In December 2022, Lego Monkie Kid Director Sarah Harper was awarded for "Best Direction in Animation" by the 2022 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards.[116]

See also

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