MOCs

Ninjago creations from builders from all around the world.

Thunderbird has Many Storms to Bring

Some time ago we wrote about Milan‘s brilliant work, making an alternative build for 70641 – Ninja Nightcrawler. Now he’s at it again, making an even more impressive (regardless of how impossible it may seem) alternative build for 70652 – Stormbringer. I guess he moonlights as a master alchemist-transmuter.

Jay's Thunderbird - LEGO Ninjago Stormbringer 70652 Alternate MOC

Wow, is it just me or does this setup work much better than the Stormbringer? To me, the head/eyes combination definitely looks more natural this way. The Thunderbird is quite poseable, as evidenced by this video, quite a bit more than what you’d expect in a LEGO set. There is articulation in almost every part and the wings are even retractable! Beyond that, the build looks quite good and there is only one thing I would change: I’d add the lightning pieces – I love those! Daddy No Legs gets his own mech in this alternative build, so he can’t complain.

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You Meet the Sawerman Only Once

I remember seeing this piece a long time ago, on ArtifexCreation’s Youtube channel. They used to commission Ninjago builds and then make review videos of them – naturally I frequented them a lot. I, once more, came across this MOC while I was looking for images of the stone army. It was created by the very talented Jerac, whose builds, I’m sure, you saw before.

Stone Army "Sawerman"

Right of the bat you can tell that this is no mech to mess with. It looks so menacing. The torso and shoulders are built quite interestingly with marts going in many directions. I wouldn’t call the techniques use them quite LEGO approved, but the end effect is quite striking. Their combination looks a lot like a scorpion as well, bringing the whole build to a completely new level. The builder did a wonderful job and deserves our praise. If you’re wondering how this MOC was build, you can find out by watching this video.

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Bus Fit for a Serpentine King

As you, I’m certain, all recall one of the main powers of the antagonists of the first season of Ninjago is the ability to animate all kinds of vehicles. It was even one of the main “gimmicks” of the theme’s second wave. In the wave we got a lot of serpentine-ified vehicles, like a car, a motorcycle, a walker, a helicopter and even a crane with a wrecking ball! There was even a prototype of a train at some point. Of course, the TV show had one more vehicle, so if you wanted to complete the collection, you’d have to make it yourself. That’s exactly what JCNM did.

Lego Ninjago Serpentine Snake Bus MOC

The source of inspiration is quite obvious – it’s the serpentine bus that Lloyd snuck onto. It’s not a perfect likeness, but an artist is always allowed a little bit of leeway. It, however, is a pretty good representation and even, in some ways, better than the original. The scales (horns?) on top of the build are excellent and much more interesting than in the cartoon. What I miss is the serpent eyes. If you wish, you can visit JCNM’s album dedicated to this MOC in order to see progress pictures.

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It’s Ramen Time All the Time

I’m very grateful for Ninjago City and its Docks expansion. As I’ve said on many occasions, they great sets. But not only that, they’ve inspired so many builders. Perhaps more than any other Ninjago sets before. One such inspiration led to this wonderful piece by the talented SpaceBrick, an upcoming, in my opinion, LEGO MOC-ing star.

Ramen&Sushi Bar

This build, just like its inspiration is full of interesting techniques and uses of bricks. The use of the ladders in the bar is phenomenal and I will most certainly use it. Although, to me, it looks like it needs to be half a stud smaller. The use of different types of modified plates with holes for pins in the roof gives it a nice and unique look and feel. And I feel like I have to mention that leaving the studs in the windows visible really adds texture to them. All in all it’s a great build that seems to fit perfectly into that Ninjago City collaboration we wrote about a few weeks ago.

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Bailong the Heavenly Snake

Some builders make their builds so well, so organic that you cannot help but imagine them being alive, moving. Yet, no matter how vividly we see them moving in our mind they never will. Unless they’re made by J Bonn. Then it’s definitely not only in your mind.

old ninjago -26

I know what you must be thinking: Sure, it’s an awesome build – but it’s not moving. Guess again. This modern wonder not only moves, but it perfectly emulates a (low) flying dragon! I’m in love. It’s even built so well that it’s hard to tell it’s actually a train. In my opinion, only the tracks give it away. The dragon itself is a part of a larger Ninjago-themed display so make sure you give it a look.

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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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