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  1. makoy

    [REVIEW] 41404 - Emma's Play Cube

    Agree to this. And I will likely get more of these cubes than the older pods.
  2. makoy

    "Condensed" button not working?

    Oh, I thought it is just me... but I can confirm this in both my Mac and PC, as well as Android & iOS phones. Condense is not working.
  3. Yeah, I can see that as well, but he could be an amalgamation of reference to several 80s cartoons as well. A lot of these Prime Empire references got to do with nostalgia, in some ways. I believe the current wave of NINJAGO will not be able to perform this "stop-gap" for castle fans. Being a castle & space (sci-fi) fan, I enjoy this a lot, and I do hope that the next wave will feature something more useful for castle fans next time around. Yes, that's right. That sticker is not numbered, so it is considered an extra. Remember, Cole has always been the foodie in the group, and this wave is all about games, so throwing this reference makes sense and gives us a great easter egg -- whatever that means. I won't overthink if it has something to do with the next season. :) Thank you! I am with you here. I could always wish LEGO to be cheaper. However, where I am coming from, those who collects a lot of minifigures and has been used to buying parted-out minifigures, once you remove the non-minifigure parts and deduct their value-- the minifigures suddenly become unreasonably cheaper than average. And that's why I said it is "fair".
  4. makoy

    [REVIEW] 41404 - Emma's Play Cube

    Sorry if you feel that way. On the other hand, my kids like it very much.
  5. Remember the round pods? Now we have cubes! This is my 29th Eurobricks RA Review, 41404 - Emma's Play Cube. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 20 seconds. Overview Name: 41404 - Emma's Play Cube Theme: Friends Year: 2020 (1H) Pieces: 43 Minifigures: 1 (+ 1 mystery animal) Price: GBP 7.99 / USD 9.99 / EUR 9.99 / SGD 14.99 / MYR 49.90 Introduction It's been awhile since I reviewed a Friends set. What grabbed my attention is the introduction of the new impulse buy line up, which oddly reminds me so much of Polly Pocket, I want to check what is special about them. True story: while I was browsing the new LEGO sets in a LEGO store few weeks ago, a stranger next to me blurted out, "Oh! LEGO makes Polly Pockets now." I awkwardly nodded in agreement. First, let's examine this semi-open packaging. The intent is very clear--the designer of these cubes want you to be captivated by the glittery finish of the product. At the top corner, it is also written "1 surprise pet inside" and we'll go into more detail about that shortly. Packaging Emma has always been my favourite Friends minidoll because her colour motif is primarily purple, and this translates to the packaging as well. Unboxing I was surprised that there is no sub-packaging protecting the building instruction and sticker. Once the box is crushed, there is a big chance that any of the thin sheets could slip outside. Regardless, I guess this is the way to be more eco-friendly, with less paper and less plastic packaging. Sticker sheet Zooming into the stickers-- anything that has no number next to it is entirely optional and is considered extra. They can be used to personalise your own play cube. Inside the play cube Inside the play cube, you will find a carton packaging for the mystery pet and another transparent plastic containing small LEGO elements. Mystery Pet Revealed I got a pearl gold cat! There are other variants - magenta, lavender and dark azure. From here onwards, just take note that your cat could be any of these colours. Contents Unpacked Below are all the contents of the 2 clear plastic bags. Some parts that caught my attention are the scissors, laptop and the 1x1 tile with cat portrait. It's also notable that the part # 64570 (Bracket 2 x 6 - 1 x 6 Inverted) is new and it appears the first time in these play cube set series. Build Once you complete the build, the end result is this enclosed clam shell case.. The hinge are complete detachable and looks sturdy enough to last heavy play wear and tear. A tiny room Inside the cube is like a room for these characters where they can do their favourite activities. For Emma, it is grooming pets and then taking their photograph. Notice that the walls of the compartment has 2 studs near the corners to hold several pieces on the wall. I didn't apply the stickers in this photo but later on I decided to put the fake mirror sticker on the Trans-Clear Panel piece because the interior looks so plain. I feel that the cube could have used 1 or 2 more printed elements so that even if I do not put the stickers, the design looks fully furnished. Stackable What's really good about this new play cube is that you can stack them together like how you would do in any LEGO piece. There are 4 anti-studs at the bottom of each clamshell piece, as well as 4 studs on top for each. if you have several of these, they look good snugly stacked on top of each other. Extra pieces You also get these extra pieces. You either hide this away or else you will have trouble keep them inside the cube because there is no cabinet or treasure box where you can hide these spares. Minidolls I am not the biggest minidolls fan but I appreciate them for what they are. Also, I know the pet is not a minidoll and neither a minifigure, but I want to show it next to the minidoll as it an integral part of the randomised mystery item feature in this set. Emma & her cat - front view Emma has a one-side off-shoulder dress with coral flamingo birds forming a heart shape silhouette in the middle. She appears to be using a new skirt and shoe colour combination, too. Emma & her cat - back view Plain and simple. Conclusion In summary: Pros: Practical pocketable storage solution Exciting mystery pet collection Cubes has studs and anti-studs so they are stackable Cons: Rely on stickers to furnish the interior which could be rather plain without them. No storage for spares, unless you want to store them loose inside the cube. Review summary Playability: 8/10 - The cube is slightly bigger than the round pod but the slight increase in size means more real estate in adding pieces and parts to the interior, which makes it more playable. Design / Building Experience: 8/10 - This is a great case of form following function because the cube shape is intended to function as mini-rooms that are now stackable as well. Minidolls: 8/10 - Nothing is extra-ordinary with Emma but it appears to be exclusive to the set because her skirt and shoe colour combination is different. Price / Value for money: 8/10 - While you get less in terms of weight and overall mass compared to the Arcade Pods, the value is offset by the unique mystery pet which is also exciting to collect. Overall: 8/10 - The play cube addresses the short-comings of the round pods -- it's slightly roomier, has more practical shape, and now stackable with studs. Hope to see them used in other themes.
  6. Welcome to the Prime Empire arcade game. Here is my 28th Eurobricks RA Review, 71714 Kai Avatar - Arcade Pod. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 20 seconds. Overview Name: 71714 Kai Avatar - Arcade Pod Theme: NINJAGO Year: 2020 (1H) Pieces: 43 Minifigures: 2 Price: GBP 8.99 / USD 9.99 / EUR 9.99 / SGD 14.99 / MYR 49.90 Introduction As we enter into NINJAGO Season 12, TLG had already released several webisodes in Youtube. It's all about the new game in town, Prime Empire, that will be central to the new season plot. So far we only have Jay, Kai and Lloyd arcade pod sets but I hope that we will see the rest of these arcade pods for Cole, Zane, Nya and even Sensei Wu. Let's start with the packaging because I kid you not, the LEGO packaging is getting more and more creative. Now, we have an arcade pod set with packaging that looks like an arcade cabinet too. Front & Back view of the packaging Kai always had the unfair advantage on grabbing your attention because of his fiery red colour. In this strikingly new box design, it showcases what you can do with the 2 Kai minifigures, such as swapping around parts and accessories. Side views of the packaging "Prime Empire" is written at the side, in NINJAGO language. Open the packaging, then you will see there 2 loose big pieces -- one arcade cabinet and a new door for it, 2 plastic bags with LEGO elements (the one with tiny holes contain the sets of weapons in trans-neon green), 1 instruction paper (folded), 1 promotional leaflet (folded) and 1 sticker sheet. Unboxing Sticker sheet The aesthetics of the arcade pod is helped by these stickers to give them that typical gaming machine design. Here are the translations for the NINJAGO scripts: #1, #2, #3 - Prime Empire #2 & #3 in circle - New! #4 - A B (game controller buttons) Contents Unpacked Below are the contents of the clear plastic bag. It includes the 2 minifigures and some notable accessories like the gold game controller. Trans-neon green 10 weapons pack This 10-piece weapon is just awesome. They are included in a separate plastic bags, with tiny little holes (which reminds me a lot of vintage sets) I can't wait for TLG to release them in more colours. Build The construction is fairly straight-forward. Anybody above 7 years old can do this without difficulty. From this view, it looks like a normal clothes cabinet, or a wardrobe. Inside, the minfigure parts and accessories are organised but only 1 minifigure stands on the slope pedestal. In order to get the torso and leg parts, you need to remove the plate at the bottom. This is not a big issue even if you think it's inconvenient However, to appreciate the the shape and the design of the arcade more, you need to view it from these viewing angles: The shape of the arcade pod is reminiscent of Atari Monte Carlo arcade cabinet. Just look at its service manual. I can't find any other arcade cabinet that is closer to the shape of this arcade pod piece. I know that the arcade looks vanilla without the side stickers, but I like it this way. Here are additional view of the completed arcade cabinet - front and back view: Completed build If there is a single sticker that needs to be applied, I think that should be the arcade game pads. That's because without these game pad stickers, it does not look like a proper arcade machine at all. Minifigures Usually, the impulse buy sets like this contain 1 minifigure only. However, the NINJAGO arcade pod changes everything. If we can get 2 unique minifigures for this price point, I expect no less in the next waves. The argument is that if we go back to 1 minifigure next wave, it will be a step backwards unless the next gimmick is incredibly strong and convincing. So let's check out the minifigures. Digi Kai and Avatar Kai with weapons - front view If you have not read my review on the Gamer's Market, read that swiftly and come back here. You will find that the design of Digi Jay is very close to Digi Kai.. As for Avatar Kai, I seriously have no clue what is going on here. He has a blonde hair like a Super Saiyan and a red war paint on upper face area like Harumi. Digi Kai and Avatar Kai with weapons - back view At the back, the sleeveless top Avatar Kai has a cobra print, ergo Cobra Kai. This is another pop-culture reference that has something to do with martial arts. However, unlike the Kill Bill inspired Avatar Harumi in the Gamer's Market set, Cobra Kai reference on Kai is definitely more mainstream and kid-friendly. if you are not familiar with Cobra Kai, it is a continuation of the story of Karate Kid which is a Youtube Premium series. The Cobra Kai motto is: “Strike first. Strike hard. No mercy." Digi Kai and Avatar Kai - 3/4 side profile view Just like Jay, Kai has a white arm which is different colour from his left arm. I have never seen this design choice applied to Kai's gi up until now. Only Digi Kai has 2nd face print. You can see the 2nd face print of Digi Kai here. Let's appreciate the new armour a bit more because I didn't have a chance to showcase it in my previous review. To make up for that, I have taken a new photo of this new armour from this angle: (black monochrome minifigure used for illustrative purpose only) It is such a bulky piece, and almost look like a back pack if there are no swords or accessories inserted. Personally, I would have liked it more if it was in metallic or grey colour. Conclusion In summary: Pros: Interesting new arcade piece Great accessories included, such as gold game controllers and trans-neon green 10 weapons pack 2 minifigures, 1 exclusive Cons: Not as portable as the regular pods Large stickers Review summary Playability: 7/10 - While it is still limited with the small size of the build, this set will entertain kids of appropriate age. Design / Building Experience: 7/10 - While the portability suffered a bit compared to the older round pods, building experience is slightly more enjoyable now that there are more pieces to build and play with. Not a fan of stickers but it's entirely optional so no point(s) taken. Minifigures: 10/10 - It is refreshing to find 2 minifigures with great selection of accessories in these NINJAGO impulse buy sets. Price / Value for money: 9/10 - I could not say this to a lot of small sets but it's likely the first time I feel that I am getting a fair price for this kind of package. Overall: 8.25/10 - Well-rounded tiny set -- a solid impulse buy for collectors and fans of all ages. No chair... How to play now?
  7. Welcome back to 2017, time traveller. This is my 27th review, 50004916 Kai's Dojo Pod. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Overview Name: 5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod Theme: NINJAGO Year: 2017 (2H) Pieces: 35 Minifigures: 1 Price: N/A (Promotional item) Introduction I don't think we need any sort of introduction for small polybags but this is not an ordinary polybag because this is the 2nd pod to be released as promotional item, next to Nexo Knights. I remember seeing this and my initial reaction was very neutral. The next thing I know, my local marketplace is already flooded with all these pod sellers and collectors trying to get their hands on one. Front of the polybag Exactly what you see in front is what you get. Back of the polybag Like most polybags, there is a thin transparent strip in the middle so that you can peek what's inside. However, because the pod acts as a storage, you don't see what's inside at all except the pod and the instruction manual. Once you open the polybag, right immediately, you will see the circular lenticular image that is attached in front of the pod. Just in case you don't know how a lenticular image words, when you change the viewing angle of the image, it changes from one image to another. This makes an illusion that the image is animated. From Kai's face, the image changes to the creature emblem of Kai. The instruction included is just a piece of folded paper, typical for polybags. Content of the pod Inside the pod, the small parts and minifigure elements are inserted in a clear plastic bag. The 6x6 round plate attached to the pod is not designed to be removed. I tried prying it but I think it will damage the pod or the plate before I could even remove it. Dare if you want. Build Out of the plastic bag, below are the parts needed for the build. You can complete this in less than 5 minutes because the pieces are so few. Below you can see the 2 small assemblies of the weapon racks. Voila! We are done. Minifigures There is only 1 minifigure in the pod and there is no shame in that because it is a descent minifiture. Kai has a Wu Crew training gi which is generic enough to be used if you want to make a large group of dojo students. The Ninjago script written on the left leg is "ninja". At the back you can see the Wu crew emblem repeated. Kai also has dual face print which is always welcome. Conclusion In summary: Pros: Free, if you got it from a promotion Portable Novelty has staying power Highly collectible Cons: No external stud or anti-stud connections Review summary Playability: 5/10 - Kids can put this in their pocket but the playability is very limited to what you can do with a single minifigure and a small compartment. Design / Building Experience: 7/10 - The appeal of these pods is its portability. It has very high marks in form & function but very low in building experience. Minifigures: 8/10 - Above average. The torso and legs can be repurposed easily to make an army or large group of dojo students. Price / Value for money: 10/10 - I got it free so I have no problem giving this a perfect score in this criteria. Overall: 7.5/10 - For such a tiny set, these pods offer pocketable toys that kids can bring outdoors to enjoy and play. They are also highly collectible for adults.
  8. I see your point. This is not meant for castle fans. Apart from swords and that single helmet with fixed face grille, most of the pieces are really sci-fi oriented. I suppose that's why TLG maintains other themes such as Harry Potter to satisfy those castle needs and to appease fans who still look for castle. Personally, I think there will be many opportunities for NINJAGO to rotate back to more castle-compatible sub-themes to make other folks happier.
  9. makoy

    LEGO Ninjago 2020

    Here's my opinion about the Gamer's Market -- take a look and share your opinion too.
  10. Here's what I can think of at the moment -- Light aqua surgical cap Faun Legs and also the faun headpiece with horns. :)
  11. Thanks WhiteFang. The minifigures alone makes this set worthwhile, at least for a NINJAGO fan like me.
  12. The latest NINJAGO wave appears to be a callback to the Digiverse from the Rebooted season, sprinkled with some cyberpunk vibe. What’s the big deal about that pink ninja suit? Find out in my 26th EB Review, set #71708 - Gamer’s Market. Overview Name: 71708 - Gamer’s Market Theme: NINJAGO Year: 2020 (1H) Pieces: 218 Minifigures: 9 Price: GBP 29.99 / USD 29.99 / EUR 34.99 / SGD 59.99 / MYR 169.90 (That is probably the longest description copy for a set with about 200 pieces) Introduction Unpopular opinion - I think that Digiverse is one of the more interesting world from Ninjago as it is inspired by Tron and The Matrix. For the upcoming season, our favourite team of ninjas are entering a familiar territory, and yet it feels different. We don't know much about the Prime Empire yet, but as far as I know, it is the game that will be important to the plot of the next TV season. We should find out how and why the ninjas will enter this dimension in season 12. In the meantime, let's talk about the packaging. Front box panel There are 3 Digi Jays in this box. Go find them! If the redundancy of the minifigures confuse you, it's fine. You're not alone. There are so many things happening in the box art that it is hard to figure out if it is a playset or just minifigure pack. It could be both. Back box panel As for the back panel, It shows pretty much about the same thing. Side box panel If the redundancy isn't enough in the front panel, this side panel shows you even the named characters that comes inside the box. Now, once you open the box, you are greeted with 3 plastic bags with numbers 1 to 3, an instruction booklet and a sticker sheet. Did I say sticker sheet? Yes. Unfortunately. Typically, I don't apply stickers . However, if you decide not to apply #1 and #2, the set looks incomplete or bland. Stickers #3, #4 and #5 are almost essential to make the Gamer Market vibe complete and they are small enough to be somewhat inconsequential if you choose to apply them. The translation of the script in the sticker: #4 - Hats! Additional stickers "+" from top to bottom, left to right: The individual letters - Z, N and C. Cole, the cake is a lie A B - probably referencing game control buttons. Minifigures Since this is essentially a People Pack for NINJAGO, what better way to start the review than by beginning with the minifigures. First, here are the official names of the minifigures. In order from left to right: Avatar Harumi, Red Visor, Richie, Okino, Scott, Digi Jay, Avatar Cole, Avatar Nya, Avatar Pink Zane. As we have 9 minifigures to cover here, I will showcase each minifigure one by one to thoroughly cover each one of them. Avatar Harumi Avatar Harumi wields a katana and is undeniably a homage to Kill Bill, an R-18 movie. This is not a coincidence because the new yellow tracksuit has the bluish emblem on the torso. This is present in tracksuit of The Bride. The designers even added a tiny black dot at the hips, which is also new, to denote the button which is also present in the original. Ultimately, this mimics the iconic yellow outfit of Bruce Lee which makes this minifigure even more awesome. The headpiece and hairpiece aren't new. They are exactly the same from 70651 Throne Room Showdown and 70658 Oni Titan. Unfortunately, there is no side printing for the legs or arms. To get around this, the legs has black strip running from the top edge of the hips down to the knee section of the minifigure. Frankly, I think the black lines should end just before the minifigure "feet" because as it is now, it appears that Harumi is wearing a yellow high-cut boots despite the original shoe reference being an Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Sneakers. I don’t know about you but I like how NINJAGO can adopt some adult-oriented pop culture references easily and make them look innocent. To a large extent, I think that this is an appropriate reference because Kill Bill is a quest for vengeance, which is very similar to the story arc of Harumi. However, I don’t really like the idea of my kids searching about Kill Bill due to *cough* blood bath *cough*. Red Visor I am not colour blind. The visor used in this minifigure is definitely not red, but calling this character Neon-orange Visor does not roll off the tongue quite easily, so it makes sense to just call it Red Visor. At least it uses a blaster with red scope. As for the visor itself, it is the same element used in Tron Legacy but in transparent neon-orange. The headpiece has dual face prints which are equally weird. The other one looks like it's about to puke (like those monsters from Hidden Side), and the other one appears to be a display screen of a robot on stand-by mode. Notice that the red symbol is the same as the one found in the shrine, which I will discuss in the build section later on. Moving on to the torso and legs, the major colour combination is red and black, with teal highlights. It has ‘404’ number printed which is a reference to one of the most loathed HTTP response code: 404 Not Found, which means the server could not find what was requested by the internet browser. This "404" number is then repeated at the back of the minifigure but is covered by the new shoulder armour and scabbards. At the back of this new armour, you can insert the frosted trans-neon orange 4L bar piece which is then attached to a gamer display board printed with skull icon, representing their antagonist group, next to 4 (full) health bars. The bad guys distinctly use black armours while the good guys use white. I don't know if it was intentional but the teal curly design at the back of the minifigure appears to be the same design motif for the NINJAGO box art that dates all the way back from 2011. This curly design motif is usually used at the borders of the box arts. See this image of the Fire Temple, and then spot where the right claw of the Fire Dragon touches, just beneath the "O" of NINJAGO logo. . Richie At first I don't know what to make out of this pink minifigure called Richie because it appears to be a rat with a visor and a pony tail. I heard people saying it has a goat face but if it is supposed to be a goat face, then it should have a goatee and a horn. So, it must be a rat. This moulded minifigure head is made of 2 different colour of ABS plastics so the detail is very crisps. The visor is not removable, unfortunately. However, you can remove the pony tail. This minifigure also uses the new shoulder armour and scabbards in black, with the same trans neon-orange gamer display board. In addition, Richie uses a twin-bladed weapon using a black game controller as the handle. Even if I am not the biggest fan of the pixel arts used on the torso and leg prints, the silvery details are excellent. Okino This civilian looking minifigure may look like just an ordinary minifigure but I doubt he is just a civilian because when you translate his Japanese name to English, you will find some parallelism with the other character, Unagami, who is positioned as villain for this season. Since season 12 has not come out yet, it is interesting to find out if there is any connection between the two. What I like about this minifigure is the new hairpiece with traditional topknot called chonmage (chon-ma-ge). It is also made of 2 different ABS plastic colour and the dark red part can be held by minifigure hand as it is the same size of a regular bar piece. Not sure why you would want to do that, but it's possible. The white torso has minimal details, just mere lines to show pleats and folds of a traditional Japanese clothing which is likely a yukata or a kimono. Scott Scott is the character that looks like Jack Davis from Hidden Side, but clearly not Davis at all. The character just happens to have a recoloured cap and hood combo piece, with a different print. On the cap, "S" is written in Ninjago script presumably meant for Scott's initial. There are shiny glimmer of face paint with triangular patterns on light aqua headpiece. This is the same skin-tone as General Vex and Blizzard soldiers from the previous wave but I don't know if this is just a coincidence as other characters use various skin colours in this wave. This could mean something very trivial or important to the season 12 storyline -- but we don't know that yet because season 12 has not came out yet. He also has red eyes and features an alternate face print with a mask. The torso has some crazy detail going on--from 2 dragon heads, reflective triangular patterns that goes all the way down the legs, "A" and "B" written in Ninjago script at the middle of the black inner wear, and "LJ" on his vest. At the back, a dragon circling an "S" is also printed. It almost looks like an ouroboros which is a serpent eating it's own tail. So to recap, the prominent letters printed on Scott are A, B and S --- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene? Digi Jay Frankly, I did not like the design of the Digi suits initially. However, I appreciated the design more as I held the minifigures. Similar to previous masks, the new Digi suit mask uses dual mouldings. However, while the older masks use more rounded curves to imitate the cloth textures, the new design features more aggressive lines which accentuate sharper details, similar to those found in motocross helmets. On the forehead, "J" is written in Ninjago script. The headpiece is new. The primary face print has a VR-like screen with vertical scan lines. The alternate face is just a smug face but looks better when used under the mask. As for the torso design, it is hard to ignore the inspiration from Tron with all those glowing circles all over the torso and legs. Another interesting design choice is the use of a different colour for Jay's right arm. The last time this design choice was used is back in 2012 with Jay ZX. Digi Jay also uses a new shoulder armour and scabbards in white. As mentioned earlier, all the bad guys use black version of this armour, while all the good guys use white. Connected onto the armour is a trans neon-green 4L bar attached to a gamer display board with ninja icon and 3 out of 4 health bars. Lastly, Digi Jay wields a trans-neon green kusarigama (chain-sickle) with a white game controller as a handle. Avatar Cole Nothing particularly exciting about this minifigure because all the pieces here were recycled from previous variants of Cole. The torso appeared in several City sets. Avatar Nya Like Cole, there is nothing much to say about this minifigure because all the pieces here were recycled from previous variants of Nya. The torso also appeared in several City sets. Avatar Pink Zane Finally, this is the last minifigure in the set and arguably the star of this set. This minifigure took 7 years in the making and it is likely the main reason why it is one of the most sought after minifigure in the set. It appeared in the TV Season 1, Episode 5 "Can of Worms". While the headpiece used is not new, everything else is new in this minifigure. The mask is the same mould as the first NINJAGO wave, and its first appearance in pink. If you think the torso is a direct recolour of the classic white Zane suit, you are wrong. To begin, the gold creature emblem on the chest is slightly different. It is slightly bigger, looks more jagged and splintered with ice shards, and for some unexplained reason, lost its mouth! In contrast, the original design looks less detailed, and simpler. The hip and legs print are also slightly different. I think some people will irrationally dislike this just because of these changes. Personally, I don't see much difference at arm's length distance so I am not so bothered about it. What's more important is that the designers decided to add back printing and legs/hips prints. They did not have to do this, but they did it anyway. Personally, I think it is an excellent decision. Build After the minifigures, let's not forget that this set is a playset with several small-sized builds to complete the Gamer's Market. Bag #1 Content Bag #1 contains Avatar Harumi, Red Visor and Richie, trans-dark pink key-tana. The red slope 45 2 x 1 with cutout without stud (part # 28192) is relatively new and 2 of them are included in this bag. Another notable part here is the trans-dark pink 2x2 round brick which appears in this colour for the very first time. Bag #1 Build In the typical NINJAGO fashion, shrines are made of black and red pieces. Likewise, the new collectible item in this wave, called key-tana, is at the middle of the shrine. One great feature of key-tana is that minifigures can hold it in 2 different orientations. If you notice the end of the hilt, it has a bar perpendicular to the hilt just fit for the minifigure hands. Bag #2 Bag #2 contains Okino, Scott and Digi Jay. Outstanding elements found in his bag is the large shuriken piece as well as the weapon pack in trans-neon green colour Bag #2 Build This build is essentially the weapon shop of the Gamer's Market. While majority of the items for sale are bladed weapons, the trans-neon green 1x1 round brick appears to be a potion. The use of the large shuriken piece is a bit flambouyant for my taste and I could imagine that if the designers used a more subtle approach, they could have avoided using such a large expensive piece. As an alternative, the set could have benefited on additional small pieces for auxiliary builds. Bag #3 Bag #3 contains the rest of the protagonists - Avatar Cole, Avatar Nya and Avatar Pink Zane. There are a lot of interesting minifigure accessories included in this bag. The most important being the blue classic space helmet and gold conical hat. Bag #3 build For such a simple build, I think I appreciate this the most. This is because out of the 3 builds, it has the most efficient use of parts to display all these headgears. No bells and whistles Completed Build with all the minifigures Looking at the overall build, I can't help but focus on the small details such as the accessories found in these minifigures. Just to reiterate, there are 2 game controllers in this set, 1 black/red and one white/black.The Arcade Pod impulse-buy sets, (sold separately) contains the gold game controllers. All of them look awesome and I hope we see more of this game controller piece in other sets. Then again, there are also not so beautiful side of the build. I think only the shrine build really suffers from a terribly bad angle due to that large teal piece as most of the teal anti-studs look terrible when viewed at the back. The other 2 builds looks just fine. Finally, here are the extra parts once everything is built. Conclusion This set has taken us to an uncharted territory. The positives are definitely praiseworthy and it offers many things I want to see repeated in future sets. Of course, it's not all good points. There are some bad ones too but they are tiny. Pros: People pack for NINJAGO! Pink Zane and Harumi in Kill Bill tracksuit Interesting minifigure accessories such as game controllers, key-tana, blue classic spaceman helmet, weapon pack in trans-neon green, etc. Cons: Stickers Limited play structures Could have featured more meaningful "avatar" characters Ultimately, this is something that you will buy primarily for the minifigures, and secondary only for the actual playset. So, to wrap things up -- Review summary Playability: 9/10 - There are no gimmicks, just pure small builds that is fit for purpose. If large pieces were not used, additional small structures could have been added for more variety. Design / Building Experience: 7/10 - Nothing revolutionary in 3 small builds but it's interesting enough for younger builders. Minifigures: 9/10 - Considering that Avatar Pink Zane is a deep reference to early TV season, it feels that Avatar Cole and Avatar Nya were just fluffs or an after thought. Still, 9 minifigures are awesome. Price / Value for money: 10/10 - TLG, keep this up! Overall: 8.75/10 - This is a great set with 9 unique minifigures and satisfactory builds for role-playing that will make avid NINJAGO fans happy and entertained for hours. Hey! That's mine!
  13. makoy

    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    Re: Chip n' Dale torso -- I don't think it is a mistake. It has been found in all LCS (LEGO Certified Stores) that I visited. Not an isolated case.
  14. makoy

    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    This was already available back in 2019 Q4, the same time we got the blue top/yellow bottom and white top/ yellow bottom.
  15. makoy

    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    From left to right -- The bicycle helmet is a recolour. I think it's exclusive to BAM at the moment? Then the white torso with white stripes is also available, which first appeared in People Pack - Fun Fair (3626cpb2380). Pink legs assembly is also a welcome addition. Hair Bowl Cut Parted in Centre, in Medium Nougat also appears to be BAM exclusive at the moment. The face is also from People Pack - Fun Fair (3626cpb2381) The torso is from Chip/Dale in Disney Train & Station. They did not even bother changing the reddish brown hands. LOL Legs assembly is from sushi chef as already mentioned. I still see some DBG cats and black dogs... so I added here.