I decided to take advantage of the Black Friday sales out here in the USA and picked this set up along with 9442 Jay's Storm Fighter at a discount. These new sets appear to have a "convert" ability which grabbed my interest. The last time I saw that was back with Alpha Team!
Set Name: 9441 Kai's Blade Cycle
Released: January 2012
Place of Purchase: Toys R Us
Let's start with the box:
The new box has a mysterious green ninja as a background. Who is it I wonder...
Parts, Instruction Booklet, and DSS
I spy some nice new pieces!
Pieces of Interest
Look at all those cool bits! A new ninja mask, golden bits, gold sheath, and a new tile stud piece!
The Instruction Booklet
Bent as usual...
Also, I found this insert in the middle of the building directions:
A 4 page insert in the middle of the instructions! Why?
This was a pain to apply, but at least they don't overlap pieces.
Very detailed minifigures.
I love the new mask and snake head.
Some back printing.
A comparison with Kai ZX's old ninja mask (and the one used for most ninjas up until this point) and the new ninja mask.
The shorter back allows for armor to be added to ninjas.
The new double sword sheath looks nice and is attached to the shoulder pads.
How the swords fit in.
A nice small stand for the snake staff. The staff actually has a transparent blue tile stud with a "hypnosis symbol" attached to it.
The bike starts off with some technic bits for stability (and not for the "convert" function as I had thought before building it).
The bike is beefed up with some blades and a wheel.
More blades and wheels are added.
The sides that supposedly pop out are added.
I found this feature nice, but overall kind of uninteresting. It barely pops out at all and it doesn't convert into anything more than a seemingly larger bike. Still, it's nice to have some sort of play feature for kids to use in a smaller set like this one.
Playability: 4/5 It's nice that LEGO decided to add a transforming option into a smaller set like this. It doesn't work very well though.
Design: 5/5 The set is very stable and looks very "sharp"
Build: 3/5 Interesting, but it didn't stick out like some other sets do.
Parts: 6/5 Lots of nice new parts in nice new colors.
Price: 4/5 The price-to-parts ratio is pretty good. Not spot on though and this is not a Licensed theme
Overall: 4/5 I would get it for the parts and minifigures alone. A nice set to add to your parts collection.
The Finished Set
Click here to view my review of 9442 Jay's Storm Fighter.
Edited by Rufus, 11 February 2012 - 04:24 PM.