So, it didn't take long for the Brickset.com article to get "retracted". The author (who also happens to be the founder/creator of Brickset) updated his article to say the cancellation rumor is false.
Nexo Knights is an enjoyable theme and my minimal research suggests that it's popularity at launch is on par with the Lego Friends launch. Ninjago and Legends of Chima appear to have been more popular during their launch, but that's how it goes with product launches: you win some, you lose some. The fact that searches on Google for Nexo Knights didn't have much of a spike for Christmas 2016, is a bit discouraging, though.
This is a Google Trends comparison of a few recent Lego themes. This is NOT actual sales data from Lego, just a simplified representation of search engine popularity according to Google.
The summer 2017 Nexo Knights sets were initially revealed at Toy Fair 2017 in New York City bck in April. There were quite a few pictures from various bloggers, but these are Lego's official images. There aren't any sub-$20 sets, so I'm pretty sure that this is not the complete lineup. Also missing are Ultimate Minifigs/Battlesuits.
This is more of a rant than a real update. My LG phone died recently, a casualty of the dreaded LG Bootloop Issue. Luckily, I had about 10 days left on the manufacturer's 1-year warranty.
My cellphone carrier replaced the phone for me, but I'm still trying to re-install apps and re-configure my replacement phone. Naturally, while I was busy messing with my phone, a whole bunch of Nexo Powers appeared. I lost a bunch of shields in the game and I'm working on scanning them again.
There are about 4-5 new Nexo Powers for each Knight. Between today and Saturday, each knight's new Nexo Powers will be added, one knight per day...does that make sense?
Stop by every day and scan the new powers.
BTW, if you own an LG phone: G5, V10, or V20, you should look into the bootloop issue. Just so that you know what's going. Figure out you bought your phone, and when the 1-year warranty runs out, and find your receipt. I've heard reports that LG has repaired phones that have the bootloop issue even though they are beyond the 1-year warranty (your experience may vary).
The official release date for the Winter 2017 Nexo Knights sets in UK and other parts of Europe was 2 days ago, on December 20, 2016. The Lego website updated today with images of some of the new sets along with US and Canadian release dates.
The US and Canadian Lego sites were updated. Here is a list of sets that appeared. All are scheduled for January 1 release.
That still leaves Lance vs Lightning and Aaron's Stone Destroyer without an official release date.
The Battle Suits are looking to be very economical sets. 5 Nexo Powers with each set (3 brand new powers for each set) and the ability to combine with some of the small sets makes the Battle Suits and the cheaper sets attractive and gives a lot of playability.
Less than 1 week before the UK release of the new Nexo Knights Lego sets and a Merlok 2.0 update has finally arrived for Android devices. It appears that Apple users don't have the update yet, but Lego will have to release the update before December 20, when the new sets are officially scheduled to be on shelves. I have heard a couple of reports that the new sets are already on sale in a few areas.