I went to comic-con and saw this set, so I decided to pick it up as I was excited to see the new sword. This is my first review here on Eurobricks, so comments and criticism are helpful!
Set Name: 2254 Mountain Shrine
Released: Summer 2011
Place of Purchase: San Diego Comic-con
Let's start with the box:
This is pretty much your standard Ninjago box. One thing I noticed was that on the back of the box it shows an interesting way to display the sword on top of the shrine.
This shows a random page from the slightly bent instruction booklet.
Sorry if it's too far away to see.
Parts, DSS, Cards, and Instruction booklet
This has a very nice variety of parts, but I find the spinner to be somewhat useless.
Pieces of Interest
I haven't seen these pieces in these colors in sets before. I'm really liking the dragon sword. The flame coming out of it's mouth is a nice touch.
The Ninjago sets with the spinners tend to get cards as well. These fit into the game with the spinners I believe.
Metallic gold tiles!
We get Kai DX with his detailed golden dragon printing and a skeleton dummy figure in tan!
Kai, like the other DX figures, has his name printed on the back of his torso.
Unfortunately it is covered up when he has his mask on.
The base of the shrine is laid out. It's obvious that there will be some kind of opening/closing feature judging by the hinges.
The sides are built up with a nice green roof structure.
The central tower is built and looks as if it can store the chest.
The weapons and training materials are added to the sides.
An spinning axe machine of sorts is built ..
and added to the side of the shrine.
The set is complete!
Just your usual bits and pieces are left over.
The sides are open and the axe machine removed.
Ta-daa! They close to make the shrine look more compact.
I suppose the spinner is a feature as well.
Playability: 3/5 Having only 1 play feature (not including the spinner), which is opening and closing outcrops of rock, the set is lacking. Bonus points for including a treasure chest which gives Kai a purpose for going to the shrine.
Design: 5/5 The set is very stable and cleverly uses the red piston-like pieces to achieve height and a nice look.
Build: 4/5 For a $20 set the build is satisfying, but no outrageous building techniques are used and it is fairly symmetrical.
Parts: 5/5 A great selection of parts and a chance at the fire sword for those who don't wan't to spend the money on the Fire Temple.
Price: 3/5 This set would be better if it were $15; the price-to-parts ratio is a little off otherwise.
Overall: 4/5 A great set for any Lego fan.
What is the future of Ninjago? Only time will tell...
Edited by Peppermint_M, 24 July 2011 - 10:43 AM.