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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.

Posted by Robert in Ninjago, Reviews, 0 comments

The Quake Mech polybag – review

The Quake Mech hasn’t been officially announced yet, but we did get a sneak peek in the Ninjago Movie ‘Making of’ book. What we do have is a scaled down polybag version of the mech:

The Quake Mech polybag - review

The build itself is of the expected polybag-size and is very nicely built. The only thing I dislike is that the wheel itself is brickbuilt, but it would’ve been impossible to stand on its own otherwise. I do hope that the actual set will have an actual wheel, even if it has to have additional support in order to stand.

The arms have a lot of articulation, although the shoulders are a bit flimsy, but brilliantly built. They’re bigger than the rest of the body and give the mech that ‘hulky’ look.

As I’ve mentioned the wheel is brickbuilt and flat on the base. The droid arms are not attached to it and are only there for aesthetics. The wheel is actually attached to the rest of the body via a 1×1 round trans piece that. It has a black bar running through it.

The mech looks quite good from the back side as well, if a bit bland. However, there is room for attaching additional pieces there, so it can be improved upon with clever tinkering.

I have to admit that I was quite impressed with this build. So much, in fact, that I bought two – one for my collection and one to use as a decoration on my desk (on which I usually keep souvenirs from my trips).

This was my first ever review and I hope you liked it. Is there anything you would’ve liked to be included, or anything I missed? If you have any other comments, criticism and/or advice I hope that you will share them. I will allow me to improve and you can enjoy better reviews.

Posted by Robert in Ninjago, Reviews, 4 comments