To be honest, I’m not too broken up about it? I didn’t think it was gonna be Constraction in the first place, and while it would have been nice if it had been, it’s not a huge priority for me, at least personally. (Besides, any Constraction we do get is probably gonna be based on Mixel joints, just calling it now.)
What I am interested in is how the story turns out. If this being based on Sun Wukong is true, I’m of two minds on it. On one hand, while Chinese inspiration is very different from Japanese ninjas and samurai, I also don’t know that most kids would make a distinction; so as another Asian-inspired story theme, this would have to make a point to set itself apart from Ninjago and present a different play pattern or build style or do something unique, to avoid getting trampled by the sheer momentum of the far better-established theme. On the other hand, I do think that Journey To The West is a very fascinating source material to work from, that could give us some interesting Lego sets no matter how loosely or faithfully they interpret or remix it here.
On the third hand, if we’re off-base and this isn’t Wukong-related, I do feel like it could maybe stand up next to Ninjago better, but it would still have to avoid the other pitfalls that undermined China and Nexo Knights anyway; like their subpar storytelling, and an emphasis on vehicles that made them essentially Ninjago with a slightly different aesthetic. Again, I think this will need to offer a different sort of play pattern in order to succeed.
I’m quite interested to see what comes of this, no matter the case. I know a lot of people were hoping for this to be Constraction, and I won’t tell you you’re wrong to be disappointed, but personally I don’t want to write this off already just because of the format, when there’s still a lot of potential to have a fun and interesting new unlicensed theme.