I decided to take advantage of the Black Friday sales out here in the USA and picked this set up along with 9441 Kai's Blade Cycle 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: 9442 Jay's Storm Fighter
Released: January 2012
Place of Purchase: Toys R Us
First off, the box:
The box appears to be the same format as all the other Ninjago 2012 boxes. I like the little electricity flare-ups on the box.
Parts, Instruction Booklet, and DSS
Bags full of parts, a dreaded sticker sheet, and a horribly bent instruction booklet. The key elements of a Lego set!
A very nice selection of parts.
New and Interesting Parts
Bricks, giant golden blades, a shapely cockpit...
The Instruction Booklet
It's hard to differentiate between black and dark grey sometimes.
Perhaps people were just skipping past the ads at the end, so Lego put them in the middle as well...
I love the lightning for the wings of the storm fighter.
Jay ZX has no armor or sheath, a major downside to the set. At least give him some sort of unique weapon to compensate!
Nice back detailing.
The stand that holds the staff.
The base of the storm fighter is constructed. There were 10+ blue hinged plates to put on.
A mechanism in the making...
Not much to say here.
Ready for the wings!
The green and red translucent stud tiles sort of detract from the overall look of the set in my opinion.
The stickers are added and the fighter looks much nicer. Finished!
The wings use a rubber band which pulls them back from their "locked" position. It works well in the air, but not so well when on the ground.
Extra gold stud tiles!
Playability: 5/5 The conversion bit works nicely and is a welcome addition to an already playable set.
Design: 4/5 A little slow on the wing pop out when the fighter is on the ground.
Build: 4/5 Fun, but tedious at times (blue hinges )
Parts: 5/5 Lots of nice new parts in nice new colors. Would have liked armor for Jay ZX though.
Price: 5/5 The price-to-parts ratio is 7 pieces short of perfection. Great in my book.
Overall: 5/5 The storm fighter looks good and works nicely. A good parts pack as well.
The Finished Set
Click here to check out my other Ninjago 2012 review of 9441 Kai's Blade Cycle
Edited by Rufus, 11 February 2012 - 04:24 PM.