Hi there, I haven't posted here for a bit. I'm still officially in a dark age. I'm not that interested in the NinjaGo theme at any rate. The Spaceport theme didn't turn out as interesting as I'd hoped, and it doesn't look like Pharoah's Quest will be released in Ireland, but I'd nothing else to spend my spare Christmas money on so I let curiosity win out. Apologies for the occasional rough photo. I've taken apart my usual setup and there's a lot of Christmas junk around the place. So, with the life story out of the way, let's get going!
Fly to the underworld on the Ice Dragon and reclaim the shurikens of ice!
Zane flies into the perilous realm of the underworld to recapture the stolen shurikens of ice from the skeleton army. Suddenly, Krazi appears out of the darkness and he has a different plan! Blast him with the Ice Dragon’s frozen breath before he gets away with the treasure! Set includes Ice Dragon, 2 minifigures and 2 weapons.
Set Name: Ice Dragon Attack
Set Number: 2260
Year Released: 2011
Number of Pieces: 158
Price: €24.99 on release
The whole NinjaGo line makes a big, warm impression on the shelf and this set is no different. I like the background art. It'd be nice by itself. I dunno why the Dojo set makes such a big deal of its single golden shuriken, this Krazi dude seems to be fully armed with them has has no trouble flinging them around the place.
This is obviously the European box. I've always been jealous of the American boxes, which list the set name and piece count. I have to look all this stuff up online.
The back isn't much different. I'm pretty sure Golden Weapon #1 isn't available yet. That's an interesting way of doing things. Atlantis let you have all five Rings from day 1.
The manual has the same cover art as the box and the inside is clear and unremarkable, so I'll skip to the end. Here we have a character list. I don't recall seeing that lady ninja or some of the skellies in the store, so they're presumably in future sets. This is really weird of TLG.
Also nestled among the ads is this weapons list, including the set numbers they come in. A very nice touch for the collectors out there.
As well as the manual, the box also contained these three bags of what appears to be small plastic bricks. Odd, but nice. Note the absence of any sticker sheet. Only the head parts and one tile is printed; the rest is going commando! This set also includes no cards. It's purely a model kit.
The set is white-heavy so I laid the parts out on this sheet of brown cardboard. The minifigs weren't pre-built, I did that. Most of the grey will be hidden, while maximum use is made of the blue and trans-blue; there seems to be hardly any here, but the model uses it well. Colour-wise, I'd have preferred if the dragon's tongue was blue instead of orange. Firing an ice ball from it would've looked better that way. In fact, most of the orange in this set looks out of place. Purple, now, that would have been awesome.
Some of the cooler pieces, I think. I'm a bit out of the Lego scene so there may be something interesting in the big square that I missed. Those three-way bar things are inspired. They should have been made a long time ago. My only qualm is that they have a little triangular ridge along the side, separating the studs from the bars. The blue wedge things are the same shape as the crystal/rock elements from Power Miner's Crystal King set, so there's MOC possibilities to build a blue wife for him. She'd have no head, but progress is progress. The printed tile says "dragon god" (thanks, lisqr!) and looks lovely.
Surprise of the day: The dragon's head and jaw are made from flexible plastic. I think it's new stuff, it doesn't feel the same as the normal soft weapon plastic. A little more rigid, but maybe more prone to wrinkling. DON'T BEND IT TOO MUCH. I think I damaged the front bit of the orange beard by bending it sideways, just to see if it was made of the same stuff. It looks and works fine if you leave it alone.
This fuzzy shot is supposed to be displaying the sword hilt. It's the newer square type. That's an older sword in the background, with its octagonal hilt. Otherwise, aside from number coding, they're identical.
I'll start with the minifigs, since I've obviously already built them. This version of Zane is Zane DX, which apparently means he gets a flashier, more ceremonial-looking outfit. Quite gnarly it is, too, though the knot of his belt is partially printed on the torse, making the torso difficult to use separately. His cowl is the same as the Collectible guy's as far as I can tell. The skeleton is Krazi, which is just an excuse to wear make-up. I wanted to compare him to a regular skeleton but my other minifigs are packed away too deeply to reach, so I'll just have to assume that everything about him is brand new. I like those new feet, I've named them "skellie wellies." They're better in other contexts than the old ones, though the old ones look nicer on actual skeletons. Dunno what he has to hide under that loincloth. Or she, perhaps. Maybe a guy would spell it "Krazy."
Both of them are made from normal, non-Chinese plastic.
Zane has rather nice back printing. It's a dragon head and "ZANE." Hmm. Funny how they matched a guy named "Krazi" with a guy named "Zane."
Our final blurry close-up of the day compares the new skeleton arm with an older droid-style one. The new one is slightly shorter, and the elbow angle is a few degrees more acute. All in all, I prefer the new arm, even for non-cartoony Castle skeletons.
Getting into the main build, Step 13 attaches the legs to the torso. After this point, the wings and head obscure the body so this is the last clear shot of it. The blue 2x2 plates under the ice wedges bring out the colour nicely.
The wings are very nicely made, and look good in either folded or unfolded positions.
The head doesn't take much to construct so here's the final model. There are a lot of articulation points so it has a wide variety of potential poses. It's also well balanced so most will actually work.
Five spares, including a shuriken.
Looks cool. It has a nice mix of fantastic and sci-fi influences that can work in a variety of settings. It looks good as a display piece, which was my main reason for choosing it over the other sets in the store. However, I don't think it particularly fits the NinjaGo theme very well. It's a bit out-of-place with the martial arts ethos, like they felt that an oriental theme needed a dragon so they tossed one in.
Design: 7/10: Like I said above, the model is highly swooshable while being very well balanced for display. The main problem is that the dragon is a bit stumpy; nice head, great wings, huge feet, but the torso is small and the tail is pathetic. That said, any bigger and the price would have been affected.
Parts: 8/10 A bit heavier on the Bionicle elements than I prefer, but those new three-way bar bits are both excellent for everything, and probably replace even more Bionicle elements. Fewer weapons than the apparent NinjaGo average but the three stars are still cool. Everything else seems nice to have. Aside from the dragon head, nothing is ridiculously specialised, and even that could be either biological or mechanical. I like the printed tile especially, it's nice and simple, very elegant.
Build: 9/10 Speedy and efficient with no tricky areas. Simpler than it looks.
Playability: 8/10 This looks like it'd be amazing fun if I were twelve years old. The fact that Krazi has absolutely nothing but the shurikens means that any battles are going to be a little one-sided.
Price: 9/10 After the slew of expensive licensed themes in 2010, it was very refreshing to see the prices on the NinjaGo line (at least, the non-card sets). A definite clincher in my decision to buy one at all.
Total: 85% I could easily see myself going for this entire line if I had the time and funds.
Thanks for reading!
Edited by Dunjohn, 12 January 2011 - 06:45 PM.