I don't think anyone will actually expect or think that I will ever review the LEGO Ninjago Spinners! Even, I myself find it impossible initially, but when I first saw images of this new Samurai X, making it into the spinner series since it is only be made available in limited sets in the upcoming Summer release. I knew I had to get a few of these, to supplement my Samurai collection despite of my expressed disappointment for the Ninjago Spinners in 2011.
Name: 9566 Samurai X
Theme: LEGO System / Ninjago
Minifigs: 1 minifigure
Price: USD $9.99, GBP 7.49, EURO N.A, SGD $19.90
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink
An original box image of the 9566 Samurai X
Back view of the original box image of the 9566 Samurai X
The long awaited Samurai X has finally arrived!
Before the whole Ninjago TV series (2nd season) kicks in, I heard Nya was going to be the new Samurai X based on rumours. Guess the design of her samurai outfit turns out to be very well-designed and it is highly regarded as one of the most popular LEGO minifigure in the Ninjago Universe. To me, Samurai X had a very different meaning in my mind. Until now, I kept thinking it was meant to be Kenshin, when one mention the name of 'Samurai X', but this classic Japanese anime does not come under this purview.
The content of the sealed package
The content of the spinner package is very straight forward. It comes with a spinner, spinner crown, playing cards, instruction/game manual and building parts for the minifigures along with some of the cool accessories. After building, these are the remaining spare parts.
Instruction Manual (Front)
Instruction Manual (Back)
Building content of Samurai X
As you can see the bricks count is less than 20, and we will be focusing more on the minifigure's design of this brand new samurai outfit.
The new 2012 LEGO Ninjago Spinners
If you had seen or experienced playing with the 2011 LEGO Ninjago Spinners, you will realise that the quality of the spinners are not as sturdy and firm like the new 2012 LEGO Ninjago Spinners above. Indeed, I was surprised by the excellent quality of the spinner. It is hard and the base is significantly better than before. It enable the player to add on components on top of the spinner to allow better balancing and combating purposes. More importantly, when I spins it, it gives a very smooth and faster spin in this new design.
These are some of the images on the game manual (link 1) and (link 2). Too bad, I don't have a scanned copy of those and I am not an expert in the Ninjago game rules as well, so I won't touch on that but I hope you enjoyed the overall preview of the Spinjitzu Game Cards.
Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu Game Cards
Samurai X weapons choice
Samurai X is only available in here and the upcoming 9448 Samurai Mech. I will think this scarlet looking samurai outfit is the best that I had ever seen, especially the usage of the mask for the headgear. The new samurai armour and the new designed headgear are some cool elements for those who truly enjoyed the Japan Feudal era. Not only that, this spinner package provides 3 good choices of weapons such as the black scimitar which is my favourite, pearl gold katana and the long naginata.
Nya's dual expression
Nya is fighting calm and aggressive on both fronts and the detailed torso on her is just fantastic. It even comes with back printing.
The different type of LEGO Samurais
So, by putting the 3 different Samurai's design together, which one do you like best? I got no complains at all as I think all 3 of them complements one another based on their militaristic roles.
Do you like the new gunmetal samurai headgear?
After playing around with the new samurai headgear, it is extremely weird looking to place onto others when there is no mask covering the appearance.
Together with my loyal Samurais
On a mission to protect our hime
Time to integrate the new character into my collection and I had great fun doing so. To conclude, I will encourage you to get this Ninjago Spinner for Samurai X because it is definitely worth it. Most importantly, the quality of this minifigure is not sub-par and is equivalent to any high quality LEGO minifigure which is normally available in LEGO sets. Plus, with the decent array of weapons given in here, I think it is worthwhile to pick a few to add into my Samurai collection. To be honest, I don't have a lot yet and I only had 2 of these. I may need to grab a few more of those if the price is 'right'.
Playability: 10/10 (This is a 10/10 if you are into Ninjago game playing concept.)
Design: 10/10 (Design of Samurai X is excellent and the quality is superb.)
Price: 4/10 (Ninjago spinners are not that affordable, so that is my only downside.)
Overall: 8/10 (Get one pack and try it out yourself and you will be impressed with it.)
I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours?
I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are strongly welcomed.
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Edited by WhiteFang, 20 May 2012 - 04:28 PM.