2258 Ninja Ambush
Posted 28 December 2010 - 04:53 AM
I'm really not too keen on these Ninjago sets. They really do seem to be not meant for AFOLS. I mean that because of the cards and the tops. But, there are some features that are appealing. Ninjas, of course, and some newish parts. When I saw this at TRU yesterday, I decided the price was low enough to give it a shot.
Name: Ninja Ambush
Minifigs: 2; Kai and Bonezai
Price: 799 yen
Bricklink - not yet
The box graphics are nice enough, highlighting the minifigs and set actions. I like the eyes in the mist in the upper right. It's a nice, Asian pastiche.
The backside attempts to give the Ninja character; his name is Kai. The thing with the 1-2-3-4 in the lower left, I don't understand, but I imagine we're supposed to get all four.
The cover is the same as the box.
The build is pretty simplistic, very much aimed at little kids. Almost no chance a person could make a mistake building it.
Again, it's not okay to hit someone with a projectile. So don't even try it.
This image is the reason I don't like the series. It is simply too kid oriented for me. I can't get down with tops and collectible cards. Potentially, this could be a really big series for Lego, and I'm not complaining, it's just not something with a lot of crossover to the AFOL community, in my opinion.
This is for the Academy teachers, because time and again, their favorite part of Lego reviews is seeing this picture. I'm tempted to post it twice, to double their pleasure, but that wouldn't be professional.
The ninja is named Kai, definitely a Japanese sounding name. It has a lot of possible meanings, but I prefer the simple one: seashell (貝). The skeleton is named Bonezai, a play on the old Japanese battle cry, banzai! The ninja has a flame motif. I'm guessing there is an elemental quality to the ninja factions (fire, wind, etc.) or something along those lines. Bonezai isn't all that intimidating, but I respect his loin cloth. I'm still confused about their blocky feet. His arms are a new mold though, and his bone axe handle is a welcome new piece.
Kai's hood is 100% the same mold as the Collectible minifigure ninja, which is fair enough, but makes that ninja a little less rare. The sword is the same too.
I like his battle scarred face.
The left overs are a few odds and ends.
The Finished Product
I completely don't understand what this is supposed to be.
Nor do I still.
Now, this is actually pretty cool. You have a bamboo style grove. I wish they had made the color a bit different to differentiate it from other previous trees. But, it looks good.
Press the lever, and the woods separate.
Kai has a perfect launch pad. He firmly fits in the back, but isn't locked in.
The Final Verdict
Design: 8/10 Kai's launch area is quite interesting for a set of this price. Certainly, it's better than a lot of other little sets I've gotten, for example, the little Knight's Kingdoms sets I got seem more like clutter than something I want to integrate into my Castle display. I like the look of this. The smaller piece is going to become clutter, I think.
Build: 7/10 Again, based on the price, the build is interesting. The tree dividing mechanism is clever.
Playability: 9/10 You have a good guy and a bad guy, with an action feature. That's good!
Minifigures: 8/10 Kai is good, the skeleton is not much better than the old ones. The face is a little friendlier looking, making the set more kiddie.
Price: 10/10 Perfectly priced for the contents.
Overall: 9/10 If you're not sure about Ninjago, and I'm still not, this (or 2516) might be the set to try out. There are no cards or tops, you get a red ninja, and some useful pieces. I always like the three leaf grass pieces. A great little sampler set.
I don't understand why ninjas fight skeletons though.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:06 AM
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:12 AM
Also, it would have been nice if it didn't ... didn't have so many colors on the launch pad. Why won't lego give us the push-down piece or the tan plates in matching colors with the environment?
As for the red piece, that's part of the kiddie aspect. The red thing is clearly the button. It's easily replaceable though. The tan seems fine to me though.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:09 AM
Well, I guess that is the placeholder of the Weapon #3 illustrated at the back of the box that the ninja is supposed to get.
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:09 AM
As for the gold weapon, it's a scythe. And the numbers correspond to collectibles I guess(like PQ). 1 is Kai's (fire) katana, 2 is Jay's (lightning) nunchucks, 3 is Cole's (Earth) scythe, and 4 is Zane's (ice) shurikens.
So Kai is ambushing the skeleton in this set for Cole's weapon.
Edited by Iysk, 28 December 2010 - 06:48 AM.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 09:31 AM
Apart from that, thanks for the review. I do now think I won't need this set, even for the gold scythe included.
Be well all!
Posted 28 December 2010 - 09:50 AM
Nice to see one of Lego's latest WTF range up close, and so well reviewed
I can see it's a fun set for kids; otherwise, some interesting parts and an opportunity to acquire some Ninjas probably won't be enough to tempt me. I do like the long bone though.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 02:59 PM
At first I thought that already the spinner sets were awesome, but after the initial enthusiasm had gone, I saw them as what they are: expensive yet cheap plastic.
I now realize how very much better the regular sets are! The prices seem really good, too - and alas, this small set even complies with the 10 cents per part ratio!
I'll either buy one, or two, of this set.
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:45 PM
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 11:28 PM
Again, Thanks for the review
Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:16 PM
Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:46 AM
I have been restraining myself from commenting on the Ninjago reviews, mainly because I am not sure if I am ready to embark on this new hi-define beyblade action theme. I am a fan of Ninja but I am not someone who like those unnecessary add-ons.
For myself, I am glad that you have reviewed this small set. Without seeing your review at first, I will never thought that the ambush could be carried out in this fun manner. It invokes creative playability and plus with this set being small, the price ought to be affordable for me to gather those red delicious ninja.
(It is better for me to buy this set than buy the bey-blade single minifig pack)
As in what you think, the Ninja are fighting those Undead? I just got a feeling that it is like those RPG (role-playing games) like Onimusha for example that defines such fantasy content.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:05 AM
I do recommend title images for reviews though, it makes it more like reading an article.
And I do recommend the set. I bought the Weapon's Rack (2516) yesterday, and it's good, a decent value, but for 30% more (¥600 vs ¥800), with the Ambush set you get the silly skeleton, plus a lot better variety of pieces.
I want all the ninjas from this series, but I'll probably Bricklink them, since the pieces aren't that special.
Posted 30 December 2010 - 02:28 PM
The launch feature is very nice - I sense Jedi's or Clones popping up on these as well !
Anyway, on shopping list now.....so Spin On !
Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:40 PM
The Ninjago line as a whole is lost on me unfortunately... I'm not hugely impressed by the theme or the sets and feel that LEGO could have made a far better return for a ninja styled theme. Shame really...
That said the Ninjas themselves and the accessories are great for MOC'ers and customisers alike and this set is the best of a bad lot - we get a Ninja, a better looking skellie and some of the new accessories included and you don't have to break the bank to get 'em. I'd consider this set as a purchase but certainly not the rest of the line. Any of the other ninja or accessories can surely be bought from trusty Bricklink.
Thanks again def.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:28 PM
The ninja is a good fig but the skeleton is just plain strange! The arms are awful looking, they look clumsy & ungainly & really don't get the weird concrete boots
The skeleton is a bit shorter than the ninja in the set too.
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