Here it is! The pinnacle spinner of the Ninjago line. This is also to be the hardest spinner to find within the countries the show airs in. Should be quite common in the areas it doesn't.
As if you hadn't seen a Ninjago set that was so green to handle, you obviously have never seen this one. The set continues with the initial shape for spinners this size as they have throughout the year.
The innermost outcropping of the plastic contains the spinner and crown as it always has. The designs on the cardboard feature the Venomari, the fourth, and presumably final set of Serpentine to be featured on these spinners, specifically being Spitta (left) and General Acidicus (right).
The farthest outcropping of the plastic displays the image of the Green Ninja along with his weapons, appropriate ages, and piece count. This also features an image of the Lloyd ZX minifigure with a green aura swirling behind him.
Upon removing the plastic, you will see probably the clearest image we'll ever see of the coiled snake insignia that is displayed on Lloyd's back. Compared to the other symbols of tribes, skeletons, and elements throughout the past two years, I have to say, this is by far the best looking character symbol to date.
The back displays the spinner fighting against 9573 Slithraa at its center. Above it shows off the fact that the spinners are customizable with other spinners and booster packs. And to the top left of the backing, it shows the spinners and booster packs that oddly enough, are still (or about to be) widely available.
Upon opening the package, you find a spinner, a spinner crown, a deck of cards, a bag of pieces, and two instruction booklets.
One is for building the weapons and spinner (right), and the other is the game rules (left)
Upon opening the rules booklet you are explained the rules visually with Lloyd ZX and a silhouetted Spitta. This game can be very entertaining among family and friends as long as there is enough cards, spinners, and flat surfaces to go around. I would highly suggest trying it!
Although we must gaze upon the crazed child that is the Gagne-kid every, stinking time we close our instruction booklets, this one is confined to that small spot nullifying his powers of damaging our eyes.
On the back you are given the instructions of how to decipher the elemental code on the cards along with when and how, to a point, use them.
Here we have the instructions for the spinner. Unless this is for a four-year-old who just received his first Lego set, this is worthless besides for building the occasionally complex weapon. Along with advertising the website and sets from a portion of the toy line, this also displays how to display standing cards and how to spin. It is quite odd how it tells you not hit someone with it while spinning, unless, of course, they meant not to hit anyone with it in general. On a final note, this booklet is not tainted by the Gagne-kid.
The backing of the instructions show off the booster/spinner customization again, but this time they actually use a booster pack (9557 Lizaru) to show it off. On the right, we have an epic picture showing off Lloyd ZX and the NRG Ninja facing against the serpentine. At the forefront of the image you have the Serpentine Generals reaching for the Hypnobrai Fang-Blade, and in the background, you can see a silhouette of the Great Devourer.
(Note: please excuse the couple of images that may appear fuzzy from this point on.)
Here we have the golden Omni-element spinner featuring (clockwise)Ice, Earth, Lightning, and Fire. These are also direct copies of the art featured on the NRG Ninja Spinners. This spinner, ignoring the patterns, is just you usual 2012 Ninja spinner with the three pin holes on the pearl light gray bottom.
And here we have the spinner crown. This is also an omni-element spinner part with elemental designs that go around in the same order as the spinner, and are also the same designs as the NRG Ninja's crowns as well. This also comes in a luscious trans-green much in the same style as the many translucent crowns that have been released this summer. What sets this summer spinner crown apart from the other Ninja's, besides the obvious, is that unlike having the studs in a 1X2 style around it like the other Ninja, it has a 1X1 design like the serpentine, without the snake head design at the ends.
The Weapons and Minifigure
And here we have the parts bag.
Once open you can really see the lack in pieces for the astronomical price.
Once built you have the completed Green Ninja, his weapons, and the spinner blockade/lift/cardholder which is also trans-green in color (excluding the green 2X2 plate) The weapons you see here are basic and otherwise not a very big deal. One is a pearl light gray katana, and the other is a Kendo stick. When it comes to the golden weapon, the design is also not unique at all. This same design was used in the Kendo Jay booster pack promo available this past January, except both blades face the same direction, and were in Jay's colors. This weapon, is called the Super Bolt.
The minifigure, in all of his glory, is dressed in a green gi with dark green sleeves and a dark green belt. The shoulder pads are in gunmetal gray and the head wrap is dressed with a pale silver crest. Although not entirely noticeable, the crest is darker than that of Jay ZX and Cole ZX. The crest is also freckled with small dark spots which are very evident from an angle (see final review image).
Without the armor and head wrap, it is revealed that the head is still the same from little Lloyd...
...with the shocked expression and everything. Also from here you can see the coiled snake that represents Lloyd. With the armor on, this symbol is still completely visible.
Also, just for kicks I removed the green legs from my CMF Leprechaun and...
Although it has no printing it works quite well.
And here we have the cards. This is the only spinner to include 3 green cards, one of them being a powerful (in play )gold card.
The character card has a little something to be desired as his eyes are the eyes of the random Ninja in the corner of every box. They have no real resemblance to Lloyd's. This card does reveal that he has the omni-element symbol which is featured on every green card this year. He is also one of three balanced element characters in the series, the others being both of last year's variations of Sensei Wu and last year's Lord Garmadon.
This card, called Roundhouse Kick, is played placing cards standing up at least one card's distance between each other, and spinning them down. The one with the most nocked-down cards reclaims a lost weapon. This card features common art of Sensei Wu throughout this years cards. The only difference is what is displayed on the scroll.
This card, called Unique Power, is played only when you have a crown equipped. When played you are allowed to increase all elements of you player by 100 SP until the crown is discarded. The art on this card is not as good as many that I've seen but it portrays the idea pretty well.
This card, called Premonition, is played only when you have a crown equipped as well. When played, all of your opponents reveal their cards every time you win until the crown is discarded. The art on this one is much better than that of the one before. It portrays Kai in a tranquil scene where he is remembered of the Serpentine warring about through the reflection in the water, or that's how I made of it.
This card, called Opposition, is only played with a golden weapon equipped and when you have three cards that require you to face them up on the playing field. If all the above is in play then the opponent looses all their weapons, which translates as a "knock-out" card as the opponent can't play without a weapon. The art on this card is honestly one of the best pieces of card art overall. This is also the only card where Pythor's face is visible. The odd thing about this one is that Lloyd is actually incapable to play this card as it requires 400SP from any element, unless the card Unique Power is in play.
This set has a horrible price-per-piece ratio, and has no playability without an opposing spinner. When two spinners are purchased, one may simply spin them both out and watch as they battle for quite a while. The value of the set is worth the fact of how rare it is to find it (if your in the Show's area). The minifigure alone would go for massive prices from a resellers point of view. However if you are a Ninjago completest (like myself) then this is a an absolute must have for your collection. Also if you are just the minifig collector, this is the cheapest set with Lloyd ZX (the other being 9450 Epic Dragon battle $119.99USD). So to put it simply this set is a must have, or a "way to expensive" set according to your point of view.
Thanks for reading my first review! C&C is always appreciated!
Edited by Penkid11, 23 August 2012 - 11:19 PM.