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  1. Thanks to Ninjago City Gardens, we've gotten more and more Ninjago minifigures that have been requested, like young Lloyd and the Mechanic, plus loads of civlians. If Ninjago City keeps expanding with various sized modulars, hopefully some of these can make it in in physical form! Imposter Ninjas from the start of Sons of Garmadon Harumi (from her civilian time with Lloyd) Emperor and Empress Commisioner Dr. Julian Fuchsia Ninja Burnt Generals Cyrus Borg Cole's parents Young Garmadon Kid Wu Brown Ninja Jay's birth dad Jay's birth mom New Pixal with hair Gayle Gossip Blacksmith Kai from the end of season 10 Mods, there was an old thread for this from 2018 just as a heads up.
  2. Already have 1 and absolutely love the model. I'm wondering if it would be worth getting a 2nd one (at a discounted price) in order to enhance the original build? The challenge is that from looking at the original build, the Water Dragon doesn't look easy to improve compared to something like the Razorcrest which had a lot of room for improvements and customization. I guess I'm lacking the creativity to make the Water Dragon better lol.
  3. Hello, I'm just curious if anyone else is seeing a whole new level of interest in Ninjago lately? Between the Ninjago City Gardens driving prices way up on the original Ninjago City and Docks, to Bricklink prices through the roof on some minifigures, I'm just curious if others are seeing the same? With the episodes on Netflix, Legacy sets on shelves, it seems like this would have been a good time to release the movie!
  4. Here are the Ninjas from Ninjago reimagined in a Western setting: Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Llyod Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Kai Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Nya Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Jay Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Cole Western Ninjago by Jamin Star, on Flickr Zane
  5. NinjaJayNuva has brought the following up in the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu thread: http://www.movieinsi...production#plot I decided that now would be the proper time to begin a thread for the movie in particular. Discuss!
  6. Since Peppermint M said to make a thread about the series, and no one else had done it yet, I thought I would start one here. This thread is to discuss the series only. If your looking for the set discussion, head over to the action themes forum and click on Ninjago 2012. Please do not post any lies about the series or troll. You do have the right to share your opinion but not troll. This thread is used for disscussion od all the seasons of the series. So the latest episode was The Green Ninja. Probably one of the most anticipated episodes of Season 2. I've only seen it in Korean so far but it should be on Youtube any day now. Also some word for UK fans; My son just received his Lego Club Magazine and it said they were showing 26 new Ninjago Mini Movies at Showcase, Empire, and Apollo Cinemas I don't really see the point in this, and I don't see why TLG don't just stick it on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. Or they're showing them at cinemas first, and then on TV. As long as it gets a UK DVD release, I'm fine
  7. evancelt

    [MOC] A Tough Decision

    To go to the ball or stay in and stargaze?
  8. I just realized there's a subforum for comics, how cool is that? I'd like to post this thing I'm making. To be continued!
  9. Sigolf Brimabane

    Japanese Castle

    Hi there! Long time, no see. I've been inactive for a couple of years, not posting or anything. I haven't stopped building LEGO though, so I present to you my latest MOC! It's a Japanese castle, as you can see, inspired by a certain real life castle (can you guess which one?). Sorry for the shitty pictures. I don't really have the tools or know-how to take good pictures. I might try to take some better pictures eventually, but for now I just want to share my MOC with you guys. :) It's not completely finished since I want to expand it by adding more baseplates, but this section is done. You can remove a couple of the floors but it's kind of a hassle.
  10. After 10 hours spent across 5 days, I finally completed the build and here is my review on 71741 Ninjago City Gardens: THE GOOD: LOOKS STUNNING!!! Massive volume, for me the side temple feels like more of a bonus. Lots of new ways to create awesome details in various areas. The fully working arcade is just brilliant. The dragon skeleton display and the skylight are also great design. 18 minifigures!!! (20 if you include the 2 decorative ones) THE NOT SO GOOD: Some of the parts (e.g. the cover sewage pipe) doesn't connect well. The instruction booklet has some steps which make the build a bit more difficult than it should. Some components a bit flimsy to be removed while the 2nd level path way is a bit too tight for removal. Overall, this is another contender for set of the year. It looks absolutely stunning. And I love all the little details they put into each components, from the tree to outdoor air con but highlight for me is definitely the minifig scale working Arcade. I also love the minifigures selection, although I do think fans following the TV series will probably appreciate the minifigures more. Many of the shops can easily modified to a typical Lego City store. The temple also great even on its own, it's truly a bonus side build which I will be extremely happy already even without it. It is pricey but consider the volume (factor in it's also cheaper than the previous incarnation with more volumes), it's actually very competitive pricing too. Can't wait to see what's LEGO is cooking up next for similar set =). While this is not perfect (there are some flimsy parts and parts doesn't connect so well), I am extremely satisfied with the end results and totally recommend this set for everyone.
  11. vepsi

    Modified Ninjago City & Docks

    Well, this was an epic project. It took two years and several complete iterations get things the way I wanted to. Frustration at times was high but I learned much. Ninjago City and Docks are both great sets but I wanted to modify both by adding one more level below street level so that these sets would better fit next to my other modified modular buildings. Adding another level also works really well when there's a ship docked, picture of that comes later in the post. Another level also gave me a change to include one even more older level of ninjago city. I will add photos here from each layer. I'll start from the top and remove rooms one by one. Toilet/Tower was moved away from sushi restaurant to decrease the overall hight of the building. There is now more room for ninjas to enjoy lunch, under a cherry tree if they wish. Entrance to the restaurant is through the dragons mouth, and the dragon itself is an elevator connecting every level. (Ninjas - please leave your hidden weapons at the entrance.) The yellow room on the right and the turquoise tower on back are identical to original set. Small changes to crap restaurant and to the comic store so that they can be removed from main build without the street. The arcade is now slightly larger and I was able to to fit one more game inside. It is a Kill Bill themed sword game. When restaurant and other builds on the front are removed, you can see that there is an access to the toilet tower through ladders, not an easy path but accessible anyway. In the middle of this structure there is an opening that goes all the way down to the very bottom level. These rooms are quite similar to what they were originally in Ninjako City Docks. Behind the dojo there was small space unused, It has a shrine or golden armor inside now. Behind the toilet there is a young boy firing a rocket. The original city Dock clearly had two facades, front and back, both very well detailed. I only need one side to look good so I did try to get all possible details on the front side. It was sometimes incredibly difficult to get modified builds to fit together, it would have definitely been easier to just redo all rooms with new design :) The second street level is one single build and it connects everything together. This layer makes the whole building very rigid! The cash machine in front has a new mechanism for getting money out. You can see the green topped piece connected to a techic axle in the images above. This axle is connected to a lever in front of the street and by pulling the lever, money comes out. This mechanism works really well and is easy to use because lever is at front. Below the second street level are food stalls and small shops, several builds borrowed from Chinese New Year Temple Fair. Teehouse and the bedroom are very similar to the original build. The round window might be new, and the cherry tree behind it looks and feels nice. Cleaning robot is moved one level below. Builds from the Temple Fair added. It is really crowded in here and a lot of stuff from the Temple Fair. I like how the advertisements on the second floor wall look like. They are angled downwards and kept in place by ninjago swords. The second floor on back also has a minor play feature, the gray barrel can be dropped onto the street level to cause mayhem. I'm depating with my self if street levels should be covered with tiles or not. Here I kind of like the look but on the outside streets I would probably prefer tiled streets. The middle market part can be removed separately. This new room is for map maker. It includes some parts from the City Docks. Small storage inside the cabinet and below the bed. Below this build are more food stalls. And now the last level. It has full heigth and minifigures can easily fit in here. This level includes space for robots, fishery, mason's workshop and metal workshop. On the front there's a hidden compartment for posters. Fish processing has a small room at the back. It is connected to the elevator by a drawbridge and fishingboats can moor right next to it. On the front, next to mason's workshop is the room for maintenance robots. The walking robot is the same one from Ninjago City. The boat robot is new and it's responsibility is to keep the waters clean. The robot floats even if it falls overboard for some reason. The last room in this building is the metal workshop. Workshop has a sliding door, lathe, drill and several metal pieces. Friends photo poster doubles as a girl calendar :D On the front there are two smoking pipes and under the workshop table there is a secret hatch to a room underneath. These indicate that there is something even more older below this level. Here's a photo of the building when everything possible is removed. Yes, the dragon is tall, really tall in real life when other builds are not present. Elevator can be moved by a wheel which is on the other side of the dragons head. A string is connected to the elevator platform and unlike original elevator in the Ninjago City, this one is a single structure and elevator can easily move all the way from the bottom to the top. There are some ladders in this building but everything is mainly accessible by the elevator. There are a lot of different builds in this and the feeling when I put everything back together is really rewarding :) Here are some final photos of this building with Destiny's Bounty docked. All these photos and more in greater detail can be found from here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133282349@N03/albums/72157719033114520
  12. Here is my review on 71747 The Keeper's Village from Ninjago: THE GOOD: Great looking set. Interesting build techniques through out. Great design in the dragon head. Excellent printings on minifigures. Some nice new elements like the piece on top of the statue and the printed sheilds. THE NOT SO GOOD: The price. My own preference but I would want more tribe person instead of 3 ninjas. Overall, I like this set a lot. It reminds me of island people from the old pirate theme. This set does look really good although it's not really a village. I enjoyed the building experience a lot especially the dragon head and the throne chair. The printed shield does look like Godzilla and I wish they included more new elements like that. Although the minifigures are great I do wish they swap on ninja for one more village people as this theme does not have many sets, it's a mission to build an army of this tribe given B&P recently does not sell much Ninjago pieces. The price is on the higher end and I do wish it is $20NZD cheaper but in the end I'm very satisfied with the outcome and still recommend this set to everyone.
  13. Traykar the swift

    The Shogun Titan

    Once upon a time, around nine years ago, I was a burgeoning fan of Ninjago, an avid reader of Brickipedia, and hadn't yet made my way to Mocpages. I was in the store, probably Books a Million, where I was flipping through a Ninjago Brickmaster book when I laid my eyes on my first mech. Not exactly the most inspired build, but was an inspiration to me. I mean come on! It was a Giant Robot, what could be cooler than that! I didn't end up buying the book since I was a child at the time, but my interest in Giant Robots was Peaked. Fast forwarding a few years, after a couple of dodgy attempts to make one with parts from the Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck, I was looking through Youtube to find some cool lego reviews and mocs, I stumbled across this video by Artifex Creation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtAMGj74Br0 Now, this blew my tiny Ninja obsessed mind, I had no idea that Lego mechs could be that big. Keep in mind that most of my time on Mocpages at the time was concerned with bionicle, and at the only mechs released for the theme where the Samurai X mech, the Fangpyre mech, the first Fire mech, and the previously mentioned Skulkin Mech. Unfortunately I lacked any real parts to build something substantial, so I sat on my hands for a bit. But all that Changed once I got my filthy mits on Superman V. Power Armor Lex I wanna say that was late 2013/early 2014 since I was really looking forward to the upcoming rebooted season. I mean Come on, they were fighting Robots! So I tried my hand at building some sort of Nindroid Lighting Mech with the parts I had. The only problem? I didn't have any Nindroids, so I ended up making some amalgamation of Final Battle Jay and the Series 8 Evil Robot. He had stolen Jay's powers and color scheme. Cut me some slack guys. Fortunetly, I was about to get some of those sweet Ninja robots with my first Ninjago mech: The Destructoid This Thing had it all: Choping blades! A Disk Shooter! A Sawblade! Tank tracks! And a sword! This thing was awesome, and it was another in a long line of Ninjago Purchases. Fast Forwarding to 2017, I fully caught up with the show, and excited for the movie, and moreso the sets. We had gotten some pretty goods mech in the past, but it seemed that with the film came a renaissance of Ninjago set designs. Bigger, Bolder builds that sought to do more than what came before it, and that was where my problem began: The Garma Mecha Man. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with the set, it serves its purpose as an affordable imitation of the onscreen build at an smaller scale. It's well built and fun to mess around with, if a bit chunky. No, the problem came when you compared it to some of the other sets in the wave. (Picture taken from the Brickset Review) The Garma Mecha Man isn't exactly the most imposing build. In the film, it seemed like it could go toe to toe with all six ninja vehicles at once. The Set looks like it could hardly go up against one, so I set out to build one that could. Not my best work, I'll admit. This early design was plagued with poor shaping, weak knees, and a waste that was only held on by four studs, though it could fit a figure inside. It was a rough start, and disassembled soon after, but it was a stepping stone for bigger and better things: Garmagedon Constructed with the parts of The Nindroid Mechdragon, The Destructoid, The Garma Mecha Man, the Iron Doom, the Oni Titan, The Water Strider, and whatever odds and ends I had laying around, and with the Four Golden Weapons plugged into its chest, the mech was almost on the verge of perfection. The only Problems? My attempt at torso articulation left no room for a cockpit, made the build very unstable, and provided very little movement. A rework was in order before I could hope on showing it off, and to help celebrate the ten year anniversary of Ninjago, I got off my butt and decided to get to work. And that brings us to today. Countless reworks, and two extra arms, I'd like to show you guys the finished **Shogun Titan** I know I've talked a lot in this post, but I hope that my work speaks for itself. Oh, and sorry for any fuzzy pictures.
  14. Inspired by the legendary so-called "Kaneda Bike" i designed one for the red Ninja, Kai. This fire red bike has a sweet flame job that makes it look even hotter and faster. So badguys of Ninjago, watch out if you see a red blur coming up in the rear view mirror....because it´s getting hot! Hope you guys like this little build and the reference. 1 2 7 You can see a few more and bigger images here follow me, i´m a link
  15. Pirean_Grammaticul

    The Falcon

    seems like everyone forgot this bird --- entered into lego ideas' 10th anniversary contest: i fully expect to lose but w/e follow me on insta! https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSnXTqpdZH/ ... and that's it
  16. I’ve just been watching a bunch of YouTube video reviews of forthcoming Ninjago Season 14/spring 2021 sets. The main antagonist is called Chief Mammatus. All of the videos I have seen so far mispronounce his name. Mammatus is an existing word in English. It refers to a kind of pendulous, bulbous cloud formation. It’s pronounced mah-MAY-tus, not MAM-atus or mah-MAH-tus. It’s possible that the Ninjago cartoon will mispronounce it as well which would be unfortunate. Here is the minifigure as photographed by Brickset:
  17. The light house of Skull Rock was once kept lit by a order of monks, who believed the nearby skull-shaped cliff face (carved by the former native islander inhabitants) was a sign from "The Man Upstairs" that is was an evil place. The monks were later killed off in 1708 by scurvy and other diseases, leaving only one alive who went insane from the ordeal, claiming he saw ghosts of several past wrecked ships' captains. In 1710, the pirate Captain Henry Smithfield of the infamous "Yago" found skull island and skillfully managed to sail through the island coral reefs unaided except by the light and a keen sailor's intuition. He was inspired to take over operation of the light, but eventually had to maroon the mad monk on a nearby deserted island as he was too crazy even for pirates! The light is still lit only occasionally, mostly when trying to wreck merchant and pirate hunter ships onto the reefs to be plundered thereon. This island is known to the area's native islanders as Hazar-dues, or to it's pirate inhabitants and imperial captives as Skull Rock. NOTE: The name of the island is said like the word, "Hazardous" (which is quite apt for it's windswept rocky surface!) I'm taking @Faladrin lead with his similar model and one-upping it to include the entire skull rock, and a dock for pirate ships of all types! NOTES: The set conversion is mostly (98%) finished as of 1/28/21. The as-yet unbuilt lighthouse portion is on order from Bricklink as of yesterday. This new piece will replace the crane section of the dock. I've also realized that all the set 71722's features are tied together by gearing / rods, such as: - The rotating scythes on the walkway to the officer's quarters behind the eyes. - the moving "wave" walkway to the base of the waterfall. (which opens up!) - the lowering / raising of the wooden cage holding the (deceased) bluecoat Admiral. ..and all this is activated by cranking the large U-shaped handle on the left! The front clips of sets 71722 (Skull Sorcerer's Dungeons) connect to a wooden dock model (seen below). The two Ninjago set's (the other is 71717, Journey to the Skull Dungeons) will be modified to have blue parts instead of orange and trans-orange for the bases and "lava drip" parts. I plan on using these sets, plus this dock, in conjunction with my other pirate ships, seen below. Inside the lower portion of Skull rock is the pirates treasure room, with gold aplenty and a few jewels. The upper floor is for the Captain Smithfield when not at sea. Here is the lighthouse proper. The wooden crane is for offloading cargo / loot off the smaller boats after leaving the big pirate ship. The spinning lens idea is from 70431 (Lighthouse of Darkness) from the Hidden Side theme. The front clips of sets 71722 (Skull Sorcerer's Dungeons) connect to a wooden dock model. (seen farther down the page) The two Ninjago set's (the other is 71717, Journey to the Skull Dungeons) are currently being modified to have blue parts instead of orange and trans-orange for the bases and "lava drip" parts. I plan on using these sets, plus all the custom dock / lighthouse parts for my island. This building model comes apart into three modular sections: - lighthouse, lower level (this is sleeping / storage area for the crew when not at sea.) - light house, upper level (storage area for whale oil for keeping the light lit) - actual light - (rotates around, though it's usually lit for use in misguiding ships onto the nearby rocky coral reef surrounding Skull Island.) The docks model also comes apart into three modular sections: - The working wooden crane (left side, which will be implemented into the lighthouse) - The corner with cannon (behind the others) - The dock extension (right side) Here is that unlucky monk today, with his one-shot pistol on Twenty-paces Island. (I'm getting a palm tree for this island.... still have to order the parts!) The whole setup of Skull Rock so far. The Minecraft-based Seacow, as captained by Peg-Leg Stevie. Not sure what to call this type of ship, though it kinda reminds me of the Santa Maria from Columbus' first trip. The brig Yago, as seen here and captained by Henry Smithfield. The Golden Bounty pirate junk, as seen in this topic and led by Captain Soto. (picture of Joly Roger goes here) Captain Hook's Jolly Roger isn't done yet, so no picture or topic... waiting on a certain flying boy for that. The Silver Crab is not built yet, but is captained by Bob "The Sponge" Squarepants and can be found here. This is the Hell Bent, and is led by Captain Victor "Jawbone" Blucher. It can be found here.
  18. I thought this would be better suited in the Pirate sub-forum, because while although it's Ninjago based, it is supposed to fit in with Hook's ship and my other pirate vessels at my skull island. I also apologize for the lack of uniform background... my photography cloth is sadly not available at the moment. The following story is partially based of the Ninjago TV show and my own imagination, while the model has two cannons, nameplate, mini-figures and pirate flag added to the stock set 71705. The Golden Bounty was an identical sister pirate Junk of the Destiny's Bounty, and was the original flagship of Captain Soto for many years before it was accidentally beached on a reef near Tiger Widow Island and then purposely destroyed (blown up) to avoid the ship being refloated and used by the Imperial Navy of Ninjago. Soto then had an identical ship created by the Djinn Nadakhan, as one of his three wishes. He then double crossed the devious wish-granter, stuffing him into the Teapot of Tyran (the only thing capable of holding a djinn captive) during a pitched sea battle during a storm. He then threw the teapot into the sea inside a locked trunk. (how he did the actual catching of Nadakhan and stuffing him into the teapot remains unknown, as Soto never recorded how he did so, and professed not to remember once revived in the modern day) Once that was done, Nadakhan's crews hid their master's ship (The Misfortune's Keep) in a secret cove, and then turned themselves into authorities to be banished to other realms... all the while panning secret revenge on Soto and Ninjago itself for the imprisonment of Nadakhan. Sato and most of his crew died from exposure shortly thereafter, as they somehow moved his newer ship (the Destiny's Bounty) into a desert far from any water via magical means. Only one crewman remained alive, carrying with him the secrets of Soto's magic in a big thick book... his name was Clouse. some of the crew of Sato's ship (L to R): - Captain Soto, master of the pirate junk "Golden Bounty" - Snake Jaguar, known for his cold, calculating demeanor - Mutt the Mute or "green-eyes", It was later learned he was a non-mute spy for the Imperial Ninjago Navy. - Cyren, known as a very poor singer. Eventually joined Nadakhan's crew as a spy for Sato. - Rodney Dangerbuff, yes, that is really his name. Why do you ask? The ship's name is emblazoned on the stern of the vessel. The ship's indoor steering compartment, and a below decks hold for treasure. The top of the steering compartment come off in two ways: the roof is removable, as is the actual little building that houses the steering equipment. This model sub-section then opens up for easy access to the inside. You can also see Sato's pirate flag in this picture. Well, what do you think of my MOD / the storyline? Comments, questions, and complaints welcome!
  19. Hi, I wanted to share a small creation with you that I did to better connect the Ninjago City Gardens Set on the left. The temple build on the extra 16x32 plate interrupts the walkway on the second level. I created a bridge to close the gap: If you are interested, there are free instructions available on rebrickable.com Hope you like it...
  20. I know, a big beefy car sells well as a toy, but sometimes they just look ridiculous imho. That´s why i tried to design a smaller version of the Ninja Tuner Car. And because i had a creative block, i started using Jerry Builds Bricks Cyberpunk 2077 car as a base and modded it a little bit. I wanted to incorporate most of the stickered parts of the original set or at least wanted enough surface to put on the original stickers. I also tried to find a way to use a similar color palette and of course that crazy pink windshield. So, what do you guys think of it? Anything you would change?
  21. With the Ninjago City Dockyards expantion coming out in a few months, I figured, I would like to see what everyone else would like as the next Expansion to Ninjago City, I'll start: #1 Borg Tower #2 SoG HQ and Dareth's Bar #3 The Royal Castle #4 Ronin's Pawn shop and Sky tram station #5 Skylar's Noodle Shop
  22. Another minifig-fest from Ninjago! It's... 71735 Tournament of Elements | 283 pieces | 7 minifigures 2021 | 30 USD, 30 EUR, 28 GBP, 50 AUD Thanks to LEGO for sending me this set in my HYPE. box. All opinions are my own. INTRODUCTION Ninjago is continuing to re-imagine older sets under the Ninjago Legacy line, this time re-imagining 70756 Dojo Showdown from 2015. Unlike some of the other Legacy sets, which simply re-imagine older sets and minifigures, this particular set will be of note to Ninjago fans and collectors for finally covering three Elemental Masters from the show previously nonexistent in physical form. For that reason alone, this set is sure to be popular. I'm not a Ninjago die-hard, though, having never watched the show or followed the story. I pick up the odd Ninjago set here and there usually for what I deem to be unmissable parts and/or figures, like last year's incomparable Gamer's Market and Lloyd's Journey for the cool fox. This set had already caught my eye for those same reasons: cool exclusive figures and good parts in an affordably-priced set (not so much in Aus but there are sales eventually). BOX As I mentioned in my unboxing video, this box intrigued me because the gold parts as rendered look very much like the fairly new Warm Gold Drum Lacquered / Metallic Gold colour (which I called Gold Ink), used prominently in 80012 Monkie King Warrior Mech. New Elementary did a great article looking at the colour - scroll down to the picture of bananas to see how much snazzier it is than the Ninjago staple pearl gold. Could it be that they really used metallic gold in this set? SPOILER ALERT: no, it couldn't be. But it's really quite misleading just how shiny they've made all of the gold on the box, setting a false expectation. I as a long-time adult consumer wasn't particularly surprised, but if a regular person was excited by the picture and opened it up to find decidedly not-shiny pearl gold, they'd feel a bit cheated. PARTS & BUILD The build is split into three bags and involves just four stickers. Bag 1 contains the Ninjago Weapons pack in bright green, a new colour for it, which calls back to the Jade Blade in the original version of this set but is much more versatile. All built, it's just the lower part of the middle section of the dojo and the stand for Exclusive Golden 10th Anniversary Lloyd, and they oddly have you put a rounded plate on the bottom of the spinner which you're just going to take off later Bag 2 also feels quite light, with parts for just one more section and two minifigures. New-ish pieces get used like the 2x6 plate with rounded corners and brand new 2x6 tile, so you can see how things have changed since the original version in 2015. Each section gets firmly locked to the previous one as you go. The ball and socket feels like an overkill way to connect that side build with the spinning blades when a classic hinge plate would've done the trick and taken up less visual space. This bag also contains the parts for the actual spinning mechanism for the spinner despite the instructions having had you attach the rounded plate to it in the first bag. Bag 3 contains a higher volume of parts, as it completes another lower section and all of the details on the upper level. There's all of the non-metallic gold I'm covering the completed set below, so for now here are the leftover pieces - quite a nice selection for minifigure accessory lovers. MINIFIGURES First up let's look at Jay and Kai. Interestingly Brickset and Bricklink are classifying these outfits as new versions of thier "Rebooted" outfits, but to me the designs look a bit closer to their Tournament Robes from the original Tournament of Elements wave, which, uh... makes sense. Kai's certainly looks nothing like the Rebooted design. Also interesting is that Jay technically has a new torso though he appeared in this outfit in 2020, because in that version they used one incorrect Ninjago-alphabet character on his robe, spelling "manter" instead of "master". Oopsie! I find the back designs jarring the way the belts are done, so obviously cut off. There's no reason they couldn't have drawn a full belt above the bottom of the torso, as this looks pretty ugly. I forgot to take pictures of Eyezor, as I got distracted by the Elemental Masters. He looks pretty similar to the old version, though I personally prefer the purple legs on that version and the face also had a bit more distinct life to it. The torso has more depth and refined detail on this version, so is the one improvement. Here also are closeups of the stickered book. Someone who knows Ninjago can explain the significance! Now the real draw-card, three previously un-produced Elemental Masters! If you're thinking of only now collecting all of the masters from the show, be prepared to shell out. Two came in the original version of this set, two were Ultra Agents bad guys, two came in a minifigure blister pack, two came in an expensive set, one was only found in a very limited edition Toys R Us Bricktober pack, and then there are all the Ninja, Skylor and Morro. At least one has not yet been made: Chamille. Here we have Bolobo, Gravis and Jacob Pevsner. Standing on their own, these three all are very fun minifigs with distinct, bold and wacky designs. As compared to their show designs (linked to in their names), Gravis is the most similar, just missing leg printing and using the newer turban piece. Jacob is fairly similar though his torso design has been altered, as have his facial hair and glasses. Bolobo, though, has been redesigned to be shirtless, and has a totally different leg print. As these characters have never appeared in minifigure form before, I'm puzzled as to why LEGO didn't simply release them as they look in the show, which is clearly how Ninjago fans would've wanted them and they're all equally good designs to what we got. Gravis and Jacob have equally fun alternate faces, while Bolobo uses Jack's head from Hidden Side - hardly a good match for his in-show bushy eyebrows. All three have excellently detailed back torso prints, and I especially like everything going on on Bolobo's. Jacob's sunnies (sunglasses) seemed a good pairing with this face print, so I had to snap a pic! Finally, here's the exclusive golden version of Lloyd (hardly special that he's golden though, given that he became the golden ninja). Some of the prints have great shine to them, and overall it has a lot of depth and fine details. I also love the new hair piece with integrated bandana, and look forward to the others coming in the next wave. The stand is quite simple but elegantly constructed. Unlike the recent 20th Anniversary Star Wars line, which also had the "gimmick" of a special extra figure on a stand, the figures in this 10th Anniversary Ninjago series are actually useful in a modern context and their stands look much less clunky. The Star Wars ones were cute for nostalgia, but I personally like these Ninjago ones much more. Here they all are with their respective weapons. I love Bolobo's staff, which uses the Monkie Kid double-length hilt newly recoloured into tan. The white guitar originally from Steamboat Willie also reappears - very nice to get for those of us not interested in a super-expensive grayscale boat. THE SPINNER The only true action feature included is this "spinner", which combines the cyclone-like piece from the 2019 Spinjitzu Slam sets with an action handle also from 2019 introduced to simply spin minifigures themselves. Unlike many previous action features of this sort, this one is entirely built up from component parts, with only a couple of specific parts for the rolling mechanism. It works extremely well and is very satisfying to play around with. You simply roll it along at a slight angle and it spins like crazy. It's the most effective method yet of mimicking the ninjas performing Spinjitzu! THE COMPLETED MODEL The dojo has a lovely, pleasing design to it. The colours work well together and the bright green stands out as a great accent pop. Despite not being shiny, the pearl gold still looks nice for the railings. All in all, it's a great little display piece for a dojo. In case you were wondering, the back looks like nothing. That ball sticking out is just for ease of removing that particular weapon stand. In fact, all of the weapon racks and crates are attached with just a couple of studs, so they are easy to remove and free up more space to play with or display figures. I wanted to give special appreciation for the little tree build, which uses just a few parts extremely well. Of course, it kind of looks like that's the root of the tree, and it's not in the ground, so is the tree actually dead? The only other hidden detail is that the instructions have you put the second small dagger inside this white decorative thing. Bit odd since the other one is literally right there out in the open, but cool. I haven't seen instructions have you put something inside the bottom of a part like that before. FINAL THOUGHTS & RATINGS Besides for disliking the back prints on Kai and Jay and feeling (expectedly) mislead by the rendering of the pearl gold elements on the box, I haven't had anything negative to say about this set. It's got a pleasing design, an excellent number and variety of minifigures with five being exclusive, and three being exclusive characters, some good parts and a fine price for everything that I've just listed. The only thing this set lacks is more built-in playability for kids (or adults that play - that's cool too). The only true play features are the very excellent spinner, and the spinning scythes off to the side. So, while the design and aesthetic feel more mature than the original version of this set, that one far outstrips this one in the fun department as it contained all sorts of traps and a couple of functions as a springboard for imaginative play. I would've liked to see at least one of the platforms here be a trap door or a minifigure launching function, something to get the minifigures going. As an adult, I'm totally happy with this set, but for a set called Tournament of Elements all about minifigures battling each other, it could've had a little more action. Parts: 10/10 - some big and some small, some brand new and some old, great accessory parts and the fun spinner. Design: 9/10 - only docking one small point for the lack of features in the dojo Minifigures: 9/10 - Kai and Jay's back prints are jarring and Eyezor is a minor downgrade from his old version, but overall these are wonderful, unique figures and plenty of them. Price: 10/10 - For the amount of stuff included, this price is right on the money. The dojo itself is the size of something that could conceivably come in a $20 set, but it's well detailed and the excellent, exclusive figures make up the difference. Overall: 9.5/10 - 71735 Tournament of Elements is a terrific set, plain and simple. If you're at all into the style of build and funky, colourful figures, it's certainly one to pick up. Just don't think you're getting shiny gold parts!
  23. Here is my review on the latest Ninjago 71375 Tournament of Elements: THE GOOD: Excellent selection of minifigures. The printing of the Ninjago 10 yrs tile is great. Some nice touch in the battle platform build (e.g. I personally like the vase and the guard rails) The spinjitsu tool works exceptionally well. THE NOT SO GOOD: I'm totally ok with this but considering the main target audience probably I will say lack of action features in the battle platform build. Overall, this is a great minifigure pack and great for getting parts for oriental buildings. The minifigures are excellent. My favourites are Jacob and Gravis's heads. The so called Limited Edition Lloyd has excellent print quality too. There are also some nice touch the the vase in terms of the build but definitely lacking some action features compared to similar sets. I also prefer the gold colour pieces (ones utilised a lot in Monkie Kid themes) than the pearl gold colour. Wonder when Lego will consider swapping it out in future set. anyway, this set is still great and would recommend to people into unique minifigures and getting oriental style parts!
  24. i've been thinking about buying it ever since i saw the images. do you think i should?