There’s two things wildly popular in this house…LEGOs and Netflix! We could fill a small pond with the boy’s collection of LEGO blocks, but I probably shouldn’t try it. Netflix is also pretty popular around here, especially since we joined the growing number of people who have cut the cord. We haven’t missed cable at all, especially with Netflix constantly adding new TV shows and movies all the time.
Netflix has been teaming up with top notch studios to deliver tons of original cartoon shows–most of which we’ve really enjoyed. (Sorry, the new Mr. Peabody makes me cringe. Mitch’s tastes are not so refined, so he thought it was awesome.) Any who…the latest cartoon to hit our big screen is a blast from the not-so-past: Bionicles!
When my teen was a little kid Bionicles were a big thing, and he had several of them–plus direct to video cartoons. We probably had them on VCR tapes! But sadly, Bionicles faded away before Mitch was old enough to play with them. So, you can guess my surprise when my friends at Netflix sent Mitch a brand new Bionicle and an invite to re-visit the mystical island home of the Bionicles.
Bionicles are pretty cool toys, sort of a build your own action hero, based on the more advanced LEGO Technic line. To this day, I’m still not sure if they’re animal, vegetable or mineral. To further confuse matters, my oldest son’s Bioncles had squishy rubber brain-creatures inside them. Anyway, little boys really don’t care if they’re aliens or robots, they just want to build the coolest warrior they can! And the movies that LEGO produced helped to set the scene.
The new Bionicle cartoon doesn’t disappoint. Ok, the first episode is a little hairy, since it’s trying to get you caught up in the lore. But once you get past that, its a good adventure romp. Basically, we have six good guys representing different elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Stone, & Ice) fighting bad guys. They all have different personalities–the jokester, the stubborn dude, the peacemaker…you get the drill. The cartoon isn’t terribly violent–no blood–and it’s rated TV-7. The reboot on Netflix does a great job of showing teamwork and good vs evil without getting too messy. If you have a kid who into hero movies and LEGOs, I would definitely give this a watch!
If you’ve got a kid who’s hip deep in LEGO Friends, you’re in luck! The girl power LEGOs are given equal time by Netflix–they’ve got a series too! The series features five teen BFFs, who oddly don’t look anything at all like a LEGO, who have adventures in friendship. It’s not exactly Little Women, but if when you’re a kid it’s always cool to see your favorite toy come to life in a movie.
Just so you know, I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. This post was sponsored by Netflix, but my opinion is my own.