MOCs

Ninjago creations from builders from all around the world.

A Blast from the Past

Today I have a special treat for everybody: one the very first Ninjago MOCs posted online. Probably the oldest one that is still available (if you can, do prove me wrong!). It was created by Cade Roster even before the pilot episodes aired in the US. It imagines an action packed skeleton-ninja-bike chase.

NINJAGO 2: SECRET OF THE ICE

The scene, understandably, does not look much like modern Ninjago. The figs, the colors and the shapes are all “wrong”. Nonetheless, it’s instantly recognizable. And, perhaps more importantly, it screams anime! (there are literally some screaming anime faces in the scene). I’m not going to lie, it’s totally tubular! Yep, it’s that old.

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What if Yang Discovered a Shrinking Ray

I’m currently researching different micro builds for a display that I am making with a colleague from my RLUG and that’s why I turned to minimalbrick whose minification work I’ve known beforehand. I knew that his usual scale was a bit bigger than I’m currently working with, but I was sure I could find some interesting techniques in his gallery. I’m glad I did, because I was able to see this beauty:

mini Temple of Airjitzu

This is one of the best, if not the best, minification of Temple of Airjitzu I’ve ever seen and one of the better minifications in general, especially in microfig scale. It preserves the look, and the spirit of the original beautifully. I especially like how the stairs are handled, it’s not easy curving parts in such limited space. Huge kudos to the author. My favorite detail of the build is definitely the fishing rods, they’re so cute! The only thing missing is the red arches from the bridge, but otherwise this build is perfect. The author actually added these in his brickbuilt model!

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A Glimpse into the Future

If you’ve been reading BrickSamurai for a while, you’ve noticed I like to say that Ninjago City is my favorite set every once in a while (once or twice a month). Keeping that in mind you won’t find it strange that this piece, created by the brilliant Bob De Quatre, brought me kid-like joy. Seems like my collection of Ninjago-City-expanding ideas is slowly expanding. That’s puntastic.

Trouble near Tanaka-san fish store

My favorite part of this build is definitely the fact that it’s an (even more) futuristic take on Ninjago. Furthermore, it keeps all the futuristic additions anime-like, which definitely is one source of inspiration for Ninjago and one which I love. Obviously, this piece was also inspired by Star Wars aesthetics, which I will let slide – just this one time! There’s lots of stuff going on in the build, starting from the streets, over the older buildings, all the way to the high rises – making it obvious that the buildings are just a background (although beautiful) for all the action. The build is filled with amazing details and techniques, but, somehow, I am most impressed with the small things like the billboard and the sliding doors – I’ll have to figure out how those were made!

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If Ninjago and Star Wars Had a Baby

Star Wars is definitely one of LEGO’s biggest themes, if not the biggest. Certainly, it has most fans among the AFOL community, rivaled, perhaps, only by lovers of Castle/History themes. Knowing that, it’s no surprise that you can often see sets from other theme remade with Star Wars in mind. However, it is rare to see a Ninjago set be remade in this way. I do believe, that this one, made by the very talented Diego Corredera is the very first I’ve ever saw.

SkyScrap (2016)

The author has done such a good job of replicating 70605 – Misfortune’s Keep that it’s instantly recognizable which set this creation was based off, even though it’s more streamlined and all the colors different. It seems that author has even built in most of the play features, like the runway, although used as cargo space, and the rotating motors (notice the gear on top). However, the pirate jet was replaced by a speeder, which does not appear to attach to the rest of the build. After all, it does make may more sense to make it a speeder in the world of Star Wars.

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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.

Lloyd

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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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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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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Tiny Temple for Tiny Worshipers

Our favorite brick turns 60 this year. To honor this momentous occasion BrickSet is holding a competition in which the goal is to make a micro version of your favorite set. Naturally, all of the sets are Ninjago related – they all represent something that Ninjago’s owning company has made. Genecyst, a talented builder from Japan, went even a step further and made a micro version of an actual Ninjago set!

70505 Ninjago Temple of Light

I have to say that the set this build is based on is instantly recognizable – it’s 70505 – Temple of Light. All the important parts of the build are there and some clever tricks were used by the builder in order to save space. The central column is of the same thickens as the other ones, yet in center thanks to smart offsetting via a jumper plate. Window frames were used to represent columns to a wonderful effect. The only gripe I have with this build is that the roof pillars are black instead of dark red. But that’s just me being picky. In any case, this build is magnificent and I can honestly recommend that you check out rest of genecyst’s LEGO creations – if for nothing else then just to see One Piece themed ones!

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Sometimes, a Ninja Needs to Get There Yesterday

Speeders – one of the most elegant building genres that LEGO has to offer. One of the first builds I did, when I got out of the dark ages, was in fact a speeder! I also love checking out speeder-themed challenges and competitions, of which there is plenty about. And that’s actually how I noticed this great build by Marcin Grabowski. Although, in the picture that was submitted for the contest it can be clearly seen that Emmet has stolen the sweet sweet ride.

LSB 2018 - Motorway Maintenance

This speeder does indeed look very sweet. I love how irregular and bulky it looks like. So many parts at so many angles, I love it! The builder obviously intended this to be a utility speeder, but I cannot help but imagine it as a jungle explorer – it reminds me of 70755 – Jungle Raider, one of my favorite Ninjago vehicles. It’s obviously based on Lloyd’s glider from Misfortune’s Keep however – which is not a bad thing to be based of.

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