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Who drank all the Chi!?
I have not been much of a fan of the Legends of Chima Lego line, until yesterday. I guess the Chi finally woke me up. My boy had a parent teacher conference scheduled for after school. I arrived to pick him up about 45 minutes before the appointment when he got out.
Elementary schools are marketing geniuses! They conveniently created their book fair around the conferences week. They know lots of parents will be at the school with their children – and parents have money and care about reading.
Children are very good at manipulating their parents to buy them things. Mine are no exception. Especially when there are “educational” Lego books, and it’s buy one get one free… So, yes, I ended up getting my boy a Ninjago book that came with a black ninja. I picked out the Chima book just for the bird figure that looked like it would be great for winter shots.
I gave the book to my boy and was helping him read it later. That’s how I was introduced to the storyline of Lego Chima. I think it is pulling a lot of its rhetoric from eastern cultures that believe in a spiritual power called Chi which the animals in Chima battle for.
From what I understand of Chi, it is not necessarily something you can handle physically, but more of an inner spiritualness and mindfulness. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormon, I feel there are many similarities to the idea of Chi. Chi is sometimes referred to as the breath of life that God gave to Adam in the garden of Eden. I look at chi as our soul. Mormons believe in an afterlife, but they also believe in a pre-existence. We believe that we existed before this life as a spiritual being. When we are born into this life our spirit takes on a physical body that is sort of like a hand in glove analogy. Our spiritual body combined with our physical body makes up a persons soul.
Things that damage the soul include sin (spiritual) and other physical aspects (sickness). It really is interesting to see how many of the religions of the world correlate so well to each other.
Now I like the Chima line, or at least, I am aware of it. Unfortunately, Lego has replaced the line with Nexo Knights, so I guess I’ll have to check that out sooner! The only other Lego Chima figure I have is the fox, Furty. I thought it made a great motor cross figure (fox racing) pun!
So what are your thoughts on the Chima line? I’d love to hear your comments.