Month: September 2017

The LEGO Ninjago Movie 2nd wave sets – official images

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is finally hitting the cinemas this week, and LEGO is giving it a promotional boost by releasing images for the second wave of sets. This release includes only fours sets, but we do know more are coming. These will become available this December, and will be included in the 2018 winter catalogue.

70628 – Spinjitzu Masters Lloyd – €9.99

The set looks like a mix of spinners and flyers. It will be interesting to see how LEGO intended us to use these. Of course, other ninja will get their spinners as well. These will, most likely, be revealed closer to December. I like the fact that they’re bringing back the spinners, but dislike the fact that they’re not using exclusive figures in these.
70628 - Spinjitzu Masters Lloyd - box
70628 - Spinjitzu Masters Lloyd

70629 – Piranha Attack – €19.99

70629 - Piranha Attack - box
70629 - Piranha Attack
In this set Kai and Iron Dragon Lady (Misako/Koko) are defending an innocent rickshaw driver from a fish army thug. This is one of two sets to get the Iron Dragon Lady variant of Misako and will, most likely be the cheapest way to get her. I like this set, especially the Piranha mech. However I feel like the rickshaw is to big and could’ve been made smaller.

70631 – Garmadon’s Volcano – €49.99

The set looks nice – I love the fact that we’re getting a villain lair. Ninjago hasn’t had a proper villain lair ever since Garmadon’s Dark Fortress was released. One of the action features will be the ability to catapult minifigs from the volcano. I do feel like the set could’ve been bigger, it is a volcano after all, but beggars can’t be choosers.
70631 - Garmadon’s Volcano - box
70631 - Garmadon’s Volcano

70632 – Quake Mech – €79.99

The set we’ve all been waiting for – Quake Mech! The set is quite impressive, and gives a nice conclusion to the ninja’s mechs. Although great looking, the set, in my opinion, is quite pricey but I will get it nonetheless. It also includes Lady Iron Dragon variant of Misako for some reason (I’ve yet to see the Movie, so they might be truly related in a meaningful way).
70632 - Quake Mech - box
70632 - Quake Mech

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New trailers for the LEGO Ninjago Movie

The Secret Ninja Force
As the Ninjago Movie is coming closer and closer so is the promotional effort increasing in pace. In the last few days we’ve received several new trailers. However, there are two that stand out, since they offer either new scenes or entirely original content. First of these was the ‘Special Powers’ trailer:

In the trailer the crew and cast reveal the main plot of the story and how it differs from the previous LEGO movies. Besides that, all of the character’s elemental powers are ‘revealed’ and each Ninja gets tho show of their power.

The second trailer is called ‘Gag Reel – Bloopers & Outtakes’ and it shows Ninjago characters talking about their ‘roles’ in the movie:

Apparently, the Movie was supposed to be centered around Garmadon, but it was recut so that it focuses on Lloyd! Basically, the Movie is no longer about an evil overlord conquering the world. Instead, we get to see a regular movie about a regular kid from Ninjago. Who’s also in the secret Ninja Force.

Both trailers are fun to watch, and you won’t be making a mistake if you give them both a go.

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Zane’s homecoming

I have to admit, I have a special place in my heart for all MOC with snowy landscapes. I don’t build them often myself, but I do feel like they’re more mysterious than those without it. The moment I saw Kai NRG/Geneva‘s MOC I was so lost in the landscape that I just barely realized it was a Ninjago based MOC! It’s based on the scene where Zane fights the robot that’s protecting his father’s hideout. Do you remember that one?

Tree Basement

Snow on top of the rocks is done excellently and with some great part usage the snow really seems like it will overtake all any moment. On top of that (some pun intended) the birch trees are executed elegantly using black pins and white hoses, a part which I’ve never actually held in my hand. Pins I’ve got. In addition to great techniques the build offers a surprise. Just like in the show, there is a hidden room beneath the snow – the room where Zane was created.

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30609 Lloyd polybag – review

Lloyd is the central character of the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie so it makes sense that he gets more minifigure variants than other characters. One such variant is available in the form of a polybag. Strictly speaking 30609 is not out yet, but we at BrickSamurai have managed to get our hands on one!

The packaging

30609 Lloyd polybag - packaging

The packaging is pretty standard for a polybag. The front shows Lloyd in an action pose, holding his sword. The back side simply displays various trademarks, manufacturing information and warnings.

The content

30609 Lloyd polybag - parts

The content of the polybag is pretty much what you would expect. You get the minifigure itself, the accessories (hoodie, sword) and the instructions. As with other minifigure polybags, no extra parts are included. One thing about the polybag did strike me as being weird. When I opened the polybag I immediately smelled the standard chinese-new plastic stink – this has never happened with LEGO for me before.

The instructions

30609 Lloyd polybag - instructions

The instructions are short (but sweet!) and to the point – they only contain one step. However, they are of the standard size. The remaining space is filled with promotional images for the Ninjago Movie. On one side the picture shows all of the ninja in front of Ninjago city while Garmadon is presented like a ever present threat. Other side shows Lloyd in a bamboo forest in addition to the instruction(s?) itself.

The build

30609 Lloyd polybag - assembly

Once the Lloyd minifigure is assembled you can immediately tell that something is wrong. Lloyd’s hair is gray here instead of blond! I’ve heard that this can happen to the CMF variant as well, which is highly disappointing, considering the pricepoint. Hopefully, some of them will be actually blond.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system I have to say that I love the superhero feel of the minifigure and think it’s a great addition to the existing ones.

The torso has a really nice printing showing a transition from a casual outfit to the Green Ninja gi. This particular printing is exclusive to this polybag. What the torso, in my opinion, does lack is back-printing. There is definitely room for it and it could’ve been included.

The legs have the same printing on them as the minifigure available in 70607 – Ninjago City Chase and 70620 – Ninjago City sets. The printing shows Lloyds shirt being partially tucked into his pants.

As far as I can tell the head is also exclusive to this polybag, but I could be wrong about that. It shows Lloyd in an angry/annoyed mood. This print, in addition to other available ones, allows for Lloyd to show a nice spectrum of emotion. Unfortunately, no printing on the back side.

Accessories include the aforementioned, wrongly colored, hood, as well as a sword. The sword is not unique to this polybag and Lloyd is carrying it in several other sets.

General information

This is the second Lloyd minifigure polybag revealed. The first one is 30608 – Kendo Lloyd, which is a The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame preorder gift.

The polybag is scheduled to become available on September 22nd (in the US), when it will be given away for free with purchases over €50.

No word yet whether it will be available for purchasing directly, but I suspect that it will.

Overview

All in all the minifigure looks great and is quite unique as far as Ninjago minifigures go. The transition from highschooler to superhero is done quite nicely and I hope we get the rest of the ninja is a similar get up.

Pros

  • Superhero vibe
  • We finally know the Green Ninja’s secret identity
  • Great addition to the existing minifigures

Cons

  • Intense new plastic stink
  • Wrong color of Lloyd’s hair
  • Only one print on head

This has been our second review and we hope you liked it. As before, please don’t hesitate to share your comments, opinions, criticisms and/or advice. If you liked this review, you can read our review of 30379 – Quake Mech polybag as well.

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Purple Ninja spotted in new The LEGO Ninjago Movie clips

Social networks are going crazy right now, sharing pictures of the Purple Ninja appearing in one of the new the LEGO Ninjago Movie clips.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie - Purple Ninja

Whether this is an actual ninja in the Movie or just a homage to the TV shows Purple Ninja only time will tell. I hope that we actually get a Purple (adult) Ninja in the second CMF series. Who knows, maybe we even get a Brown Ninja somewhere down the line?

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Ninjago Movie Video Game trailer offers an interesting glimpse into the Movie?

Ninjago Movie Video Game trailer offers an interesting glimpse into the Movie?

A new trailer for the LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game has been revealed by WB Games on their official YouTube channel. It features the newly revealed Challenge Dojos, where players will be able hone their skills.

The trailer is called ‘Become the Ninja: Lesson 3’ and like the previous trailer shows enemies from the TV show. It seems every major evil army/villain will be included. I’ve recognized the Serpentine, nindroids, Sky Pirates, the Stone Army, the Hands of Time and the Vermillion, Master Chen, Morro and others. Nice to have further confirmation for TV show tie-ins! What really caught my eye however is the inclusion of TV show locations and the fact they look nothing like their show/set counterparts. Perhaps this means they’ll make an appearance in the Movie as well?

The video’s description gives further details about the game and the Challenge Dojos. The game will feature eight large open areas based on locations from both the LEGO Ninjago Movie and the Ninjago TV show. Each location will feature its own unique Challenge Dojo in which players will battle enemies in waves with increasing difficulty.

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LEGO Ninjago WU-CRU renamed to ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie app’

In what has to be the weakest promotional stunt for the upcoming Ninjago Movie LEGO renames their popular mobile game ‘LEGO Ninjago WU-CRU’ to ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie app’. The description and screenshots, however, still remain the same, so it’s not immediately clear what has changed.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie app

The game now includes additional locations, based on the Movie, as well as new items you are able to unlock and use to outfit your in-game avatar(s). You’ll need to update your app in order to access the new additions.

If you’ve never tried the game, I suggest you do, it’s fun, if a bit repetitive. The game is out for Android and iOS, so you can take your pick.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie McDonald’s toys

As reported by Fast Food Toys the LEGO Ninjago Movie will be coming to McDonald’s in the form of Happy Meal toys. There will be six toys in total and each Happy Meal with one, as usual. As with most other Happy Meal toys these will most likely be sold separately as well, so you don’t have to actually buy the meals to collect these.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie McDonald's Happy Meal toys

The six reported toys are:

Dragon Periscope – A standard periscope shaped like the Mech Dragon
Master Wu Secret Message Kit – a scroll holder that holds several red-white noise papers that hides messages/games written in blue. The messages become visible once looked at through a red glass.
Ninjago Movie Camera Viewer – A camera that allows you to see different Ninjago Movie pictures in a cycle.
Ninjago Movie Selfie Phone – I guess it’s Jay’s phone since it has his selfie on it. The screen’s print is actually lenticular and contains two images. Additionally it contains some stickers in a hidden compartment.
Ninjago Movie Journal – More or less looks like a regular journal, with Ninjago Movie pictures used for the cover. It comes with a pencil.
Ninjago Movie Cup – Like the selfie phone the cup also has lenticular printing and shows the ninja in both casual and battle outfits.

All the toys come with tokens that are used for unlocking games in the McPlay Happy Studio App.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie vignette – Shark Army Angler

It’s always fun to see what talented builders can make when they limit themselves to certain dimensions. This is also the case with the beautiful the LEGO Ninjago Movie vignettes Jme Wheeler created. The builder focused on creating interesting environments for some of the minifigures available in the LEGO Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures series. The vignettes themselves look incredible, however, the one pictured here really stands out:

Shark Army Angler

It’s amazing how the builder made the Shark Army thug look powerful by simply adding bricks (albeit thoughtfully placed) to the background. The angler fish itself is masterfully built, especially the lower jaw, which uses a flexible hose part for the curved effect. If you wish to see more of the vignettes you can check them out Jme Wheeler’s dedicated album on Flickr.

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New LEGO Ninjago Movie character posters

A few days ago, Simon Lucas, a Senior Creative Director at LEGO, tweeted new character posters for the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie. The posters show the actors behind the characters, their names as well as the nicknames.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie - character posters

The movie is less than two weeks away, so it is clear why we’re getting more and more promotional materials for the movie. Not that I’m complaining. If you wish to see the posters in higher detail, head on over to a dedicated album on our Flickr gallery.

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