Month: March 2018

Home is Where the Bowl Is

On my private Flickr account I try to follow as many builders that use original and interesting techniques as possible. You could say they’re people I look up to (and am most definitely not low-key stalking them). In any case, it brings me great joy when I see any of them adding a Ninjago-themed build to their gallery. So, when I saw Jme Wheeler, some time ago, adding a few of such builds, I jumped at the opportunity of sharing one with you guys. Back then I really struggled deciding which vignette to cover first. In the end I decided to go with the one that had the most pizzazz (which is not a made up word!). Now is the time I share do one I consider to have the best techniques.


First and foremost, let me get something out of my chest – I love how this build oozes the style of a traditional Asian house. It really takes me back to the time I visited Japan (and can’t wait to visit again!). How is this achieved then? Three parts – the decoration, the floor and the windows. The lanterns are done especially well, but the technique is not immediately obvious. Luckily for us – the author has taken the time to explain it: they’re made with two “flower pot” pieces, two 2×2 dishes and one 4L bar running through them. While the technique behind the windows is much more obvious, it is no less impressive! It uses tap parts to evoke the look and feel of a window screen. Simply marvelous.

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An Expansion Worthy of Our Awe

Ninjago City is definitely my favorite set that I own. In fact, I consider it to be the best LEGO set ever released. I cannot wait for the Ninjago Docks expansion to be released. Apparently, neither can Keith Fisher. Unable to control his urges, he made an expansion of his own. One that adds 3 more baseplates!

Ninjago City harbour

What a hodgepodge of different styles and ideas! I love it! From the amusement park-like store on the top to the small shops at the bottom. Lots and lots of original part usage and ideas are incorporated from top to bottom. The clown’s hair is made from two bushes and the eyebrows are two bamboo sprouts! Ingenious! The author has made me aware that this part actually comes from a set. I don’t follow other themes that much so I wasn’t aware. Sorry about that! The burger joint and the laundromat really add additional flare to the whole MOC with all the details that have been put into them. Another big, big plus for me is the fact that the builder incorporated other Ninjago Movie sets really well (try to find them all!), but also minifigures from the TV show. I think that this expansion really captures the “feel” of the original set. The best part is that, according to the author, it was built with Ninjago Docks in mind. Massive kudos to the author – can’t wait for the pictures with the “official” docks.

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Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 83 – semi-review

The penultimate (yep, been waiting all this time to use this word!) episode of Sons of Garmadon, episode 83, ‘True Potential’ has aired. It was quite good, yet somehow bland. I have to admit, after the Hageman brothers talked the episode up, I expected it to be really dark, but it really wasn’t that much. In any case, not to spoil too much – the juicy bits come after the break.

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 83

Considering that this was the episode where the Ninja found out that Garmadon was resurrected – it was surprisingly unremarkable. I expected much more drama and “end of the world” type of scenarios. I guess those will be in the finale. It’s not that it wasn’t good, just that I expected more. In any case, the episode started quite merrily – the Ninja are celebrating their victory over the Sons of Garmadon, in Dareth’s Mojo Cafe. Most of the Ninja are singing (pictured above) and generally having a good time. Things turn somber quickly when a report comes in that Garmadon has broken out Harumi out of the police precinct. Harumi and Garmadon go to Kryptarium Prison and the Ninja chase after them.

Lloyd decides that he alone is enough to handle Garmadon, since he believes that he can turn his dad good again. He locks the rest of the Ninja and P.I.X.A.L. in a cabin and then rushes of by himself. Why he didn’t just sneak out though is anyone’s guess. He confronts Garmadon, but ultimately loses. The fight is televised across Ninjago and everyone watches in horror as their savior loses to the Dark Lord. Sons of Garmadon leave the unconscious Lloyd, believing that it would be much more painful for him to see what is about to unfold and leave for the city. The fight itself wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. The last time Lloyd fought Garmadon (who was possessed by Overlord) was much more epic. In my opinion at least.

What I really liked in this episode was all of the fan service they included. First and foremost, there’s ‘True Potential’, which is referred to several times. This is a nudge to how Elemental Powers used to work. But also, I guess, how they work again? That little back and forth aside, the rest of these are excellent. Ninjago City (or at least a version of it) was shown and is actually owned by Dareth. The Ninja sang ‘The Weekend Whip’, which used to be the intro of Ninjago for all the seasons, except this one. And, of course, it’s always nice seeing familiar locations – like Kryptarium Prison.

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This Nightcrawler Was Actually a Caterpillar

If you’ve been following BrickSamurai, you know by now that I’m a sucker for alt builds! And why wouldn’t I be? That’s exactly (more or less) what LEGO is all about. Letting you imagination go wild. Milan, a veteran alt model builder from Czechia, must have the same opinion as he is never satisfied with building a set just once. Or following instructions. Let’s see how he reimagined 70641 – Ninja Nightcrawler.

Geckopter & X-Trike LEGO Ninjago 70641 Alternate MOC

This alt model was so well done that I didn’t notice it that it was in fact an alt at first glance. It wasn’t until I saw the dragon stickers that I started adding two and two together. The model is incredibly well build and very sleek. It reminds me of 9443 – Rattlecopter, which is why, for me at least, this was a blast from the past – it was one of my first Ninjago sets in general. Just like an actual LEGO model, this alt comes with many play features. The cockpit’s windshield is mobile, so minifigures can be added or removed easily. The Ninja can stash their weapons in the rear section of the fuselage. Both rotors move when you turn the gear on the side. And that’s not all! There’s actually an instruction video, should you choose to build it by yourself. Brilliant, just brilliant.

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Four New LEGO Ninjago Books Revealed

As you probably know – the Ninjago universe has given birth to quite a few books. Now that number is to rise yet again, because four new books have been revealed (and a couple of sticker albums). That quite a few to be revealed at the same time. Not to mention that three! of these have minifigures with them! Unfortunately, no release dates have been included. Official descriptions and images are as follows (comments in bold):

LEGO Ninjago Activity Book

Filled with factoids about the LEGO Ninjago world as well as comics, activities and a buildable minifigure! (which, to me, looks a lot like Ronin, nice!)

Book contains:

  • Fresh content from the brand-new 8th season of the LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu TV series
  • Engaging activities
  • Comics and story
  • Buildable LEGO Ninjago minifigure

LEGO Ninjago Activity Book

The LEGO Ninjago Multi Activity Book

A large, bumper book of LEGO Ninjago activities, comics, and stories. (and a minifigure, which, based on the artwork, I guess is Lloyd)

Book contains:

  • Mazes
  • Activities
  • Comics
  • Buildable LEGO Ninjago minifigure

The LEGO Ninjago Multi Activity Book

LEGO Ninjago Handbook

Discover the secrets behind Garmadon’s past and his rise to power as a super-villain! The world of Ninjago expands with exclusive stories and deluxe artwork that tie in with the latest LEGO Ninjago TV series. (this books shares artwork with the Multi Activity Book, that’s why the image is almost the same)

Book contains:

  • Exclusive world of Ninjago backstories
  • Deluxe artwork
  • World of Ninjago secrets revealed for the first time! (how mysterious)

LEGO Ninjago Handbook

LEGO Ninjago

(I’m assuming it will actually have a better name) It does, it’s called something in the line of ‘Garmadon’s Motorcycle Gang‘, but most likely just ‘Sons of Garmadon’. Thank you Jared for the reminder!
Filled with factoids about the LEGO Ninjago world as well as comics, activities and a buildable minifigure! (which seems to be exactly the same version of Samurai X that comes in 70642 – Killow vs. Samurai X)

Book contains:

  • Fresh content from the brand-new 8th season of the LEGO Ninjago Master of Spinjitzu TV series
  • Engaging activities
  • Comics and story
  • Buildable LEGO Ninjago minifigure

LEGO Ninjago

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Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 82 – semi-review

Episode 82, ‘Dread on Arrival’, starts comically, gets somber fast, gets a bit lighter and then takes you on a trip that’ll make you wish you had a time travel machine (so you can watch the future episodes sooner). And to go and visit dinosaurs, obviously. In any case – the episode was quite good. The reason, so you do not get spoiled, comes, as usually, after the picture.

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 82

The episode truly start in an imaginative way – the Ninja (sans Lloyd) ride into the city on the creature they all fought the episode before. Instead of chasing directly after Lloyd they go to the Commissioner to request aid. An unexpected, but very smart move. Together with the entire police force they storm the Royal Palace, which is where the Temple of Resurrection is located. It pains me to say, the actual Temple and the set, other than their general shape, have very little in common. I’m glad that they didn’t add the proper minifigures though – maybe they’re not related to the location but they’re quite good! However, since Hutchins wasn’t in this episode I fear that he, and the Royal Family, are, indeed, dead.

Naturally, during the siege the Ninja battle with the top brass of Sons of Garmadon. Interestingly enough, the Ninja were able to over power them quite easily. Even though just a few episodes ago Mr. E alone could take on all of them at the same time. I guess they did some serious training during the time it took them to get back to the city. That little inconsistency aside, the actual encounter and battle was done quite well. While Harumi (who had a total makeover and now looks more like her evil self) is busy opening a portal to the Departed Realm the rest of the Sons of Garmadon are protecting her, with very little success, even though they had hostages – Lloyd and Misako. It’s not revealed how and where she was captured, but it is revealed that she was the one that found Wu. By defeating the Sons of Garmadon, the Ninja seemingly stop the ritual intended to resurrect Garmadon.

At the end of the episode, most of the Sons of Garmadon are arrested, including Harumi. I do believe this is the somebody good arrested directly due to the Ninja’s actions, but I might be wrong. The last scene indicates that the Ninja actually failed to prevent Lord Garmadon’s revival and that he once again has a mortal body.

All in all, the episode was quite enjoyable. Some funny scenes, some serious ones, mixed with great action scenes. What are your thoughts?

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LEGO Ninjago Goodies at shop@home

Easter is closing in, which means that we will be getting more and more promotions and discounts in both online and physical stores. So if you don’t know yet what to get during these holidays, here is a small guide, full of Ninjago goodies. And just to spice things up, if you end up getting any of these you’ll also get 5005249 – Easter Bunny Hut for free! Just remember to save some money for those delicious chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs.

LEGO NINJAGO Easter Bundle

If you’ve been waiting for the price of spinners and accompanying gear to go down in order to get them – now’s your chance. This bundle includes the spinners of Lloyd, Kai, Jay and Nya as well as a Spinjitzu Stunt Ramp. By buying the bundle you’ll save €10.

LEGO Ninjago Easter Bundle

Free Zane Training Pod

5005230 – Zane’s Training Pod is finally available outside of US. Although, for now, only in the UK, but I expect it to appear in other regions soon. You get it for free once you add Ninjago and/or Ninjago Movie sets whose value is €35 or more. The promotion runs until May 3rd or while stock last.

5005230 - Zane Training Pod

Double VIP points on select sets

Double VIP point sets for this month include two Ninjago sets – 70642 – Killow vs. Samurai X and 70640 – S.O.G. Headquarters. It’s too bad I already have both of these – these are also eligible for Zane’s pod (and the Easter Bunny Hut).

Double VIP points

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Even Villains Fall for Puppy Eyes

Ever since I saw this MOC I’ve been itching to share it with you guys. It’s so damn cute. Also, quite different than usual Ninjago mechs. Actually, quite different that most mechs I’ve seen. In any case, this wonderful MOC was built by the very talented aido k, a builder from Australia.

Fire Mech (70615) Alternate Build

What an amazing idea! Taking a badass mech like 70615 – Fire Mech and turning it into an adorable (but deadly) puppy. I bet it takes incredible skill imagining something and then building it with limited tools and medium. And yet, this creation looks perfect. And the legs bend in the knee! Huge improvement over the original. For those interested, instructions are available on Brixtar, a social network for LEGO fans.

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Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 81 – semi-review

It’s Saturday, which means it’s time to continue our weekly ritual of reviewing the latest episode! The title of episode 81 is ‘Game of Masks’ which I guess is a pun on ‘Game of Thrones’. The episode was quite good, expanding on the mythos of Ninjago, as well as adding a backstory to Harumi – which is something all of us have been waiting for. It did have some inconsistencies, but more on that in the spoiler-full review below. Expect some heavy ranting.

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 81

The episode was very good and, for me, definitely one of the better ones this season, all strange stuff included. It starts with a flashback that shows how Harumi lost her parent in her youth. It all happened the day the Great Devourer was released thanks to the actions of Lloyd. As you recall, all of this happened all the way back in season 1, episode 13. At some point later a nurse is shown treating and comforting young Harumi, who is unable to speak from shock. Jokingly, the nurse says to her “well aren’t you the quiet one” and the rest is, well, the current season. There was a small blooper(?) is the flashback – Harumi was playing with a green ninja doll, which couldn’t have existed at the time since there was no green ninja then.

And now for the strange part… In the flashback Harumi looks like 7 to 10 years old. In the current season she looks to be somewhere between 14 and 18. This, of course, hints at the timeline of Ninjago and shows that quite some time has passed since season 1. At that time the ninja were at least 16, with some being possibly older. Does this then mean that the ninja are in their 20s now? Or has Harumi aged incredibly quickly? Let’s just hope Lloyd is not a 20 year old guy who actively pursues a 14 year old girl.

The rest of the episode shows interaction between Lloyd and Harumi, while they search for the mask of hatred. Once they do manage to find it, Harumi makes a slip-up and reveals to Lloyd that she is the Quiet one by telling him that he has to pick up the Oni Mask since he has Oni blood, which she couldn’t have possibly known, since Lloyd didn’t tell her. They fight for the mask, which Harumi eventually wins. She escapes with the mask and leaves Lloyd to drown.

In parallel the rest of the ninja are tied up on Destiny’s Bounty, but manage to escape thanks to Wu when most of the Sons of Garmadon leave to meet up with Harumi. Harumi and the rest of Sons of Garmadon meet up, but the ninja quickly get to them and Lloyd joins the fray as well, by being catapulted out of the Oni temple and the situation gets tense. However, their impending fight is interrupted by the beast that chased Harumi and Lloyd in the river. For a while they all fight it, but Sons of Garmadon take advantage of the situation and run away on the Bounty. Just before they do Lloyd jumps on board but is ultimately captured.

And now for the ‘don’t break my heart’ part… When I saw the Sons of Garmadon escaping on the Bounty I was very excited, I even said “Here they come!” – but they didn’t. I’m talking about the elemental dragons of course… I mean, they’re definitely the best way to handle a flying enemy. Did the ninja forget they had them? Did the writers forget they existed? I’m quite confused here. In any case I know they won’t be making an appearance in this season but it would be nice to know why. Hopefully it’s not because “it’s a kid’s show and the kids don’t care”.

As I’ve said, all these things aside, the episode was quite good. It made me wonder what’s next in store, which is exactly what all episodes should do (well, except the finale!). What did you think of the episode?

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Another Sons of Garmadon thug revealed

LEGO Ninjago Magazine no 35 has revealed another Sons of Garmadon member. His name is Scooter and [joke] is definitely based on Lily’s ex-boyfriend [/joke]. He gets to where he needs to be with his red skates, so it seems that you don’t actually have to have a motorcycle to be in the Sons of Garmadon after all! The minifigure will come with the next installment of Ninjago Magazine.

LEGO Ninjago Magazine 35 - Scooter teaser

Credit for the picture goes to TopTradingCards.

This is the second Sons of Garmadon that is exclusive to the Ninjago Magazine. Although, this one seems a bit less exclusive than Sawyer. The minifigure seems to be identical to the one coming in the 30531 polybag. The only differences are the roller-skates and the holder for katanas.

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