Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Look At Lego's Ninjago Minifigure Series

The Lego Ninjago movie just hit the screens a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, the fambam and I were unable to catch it due to conflicts in our schedules. Despite not seeing the movie, I made it a point to get myself a complete set of Lego's Ninjago Minifigure Series. Honestly, I'm not really a fan of the Ninjago line and I don't really follow the animated series. I do think it has plenty of neat sets and elements useful for MOCcing, army building and mixing and matching, which is probably the main reason why I got hold of this special minifigure series. 

Disclaimer: This is not a serious review! Just a quick look at all the minifigures from the series, with a little commentary here and there. Enjoy! 

I really think this Garmadon fig is a badass. He's like a mix between Raiden and Goro from the Mortal Kombat series. This is the first four-armed fig in my collection and I have to say it's a marvel to look at. I've seen this guy equipped with katanas on each hand and its majestic!

Lloyd Garmadon
Lloyd sporting a casual outfit. The hoodie headgear really compliments the torso print. I just wish it didn't have the bangs so it could be re-used for other figs.

Sushi Chef
This fig reminds me of Sonny Chiba's Hattori Hanzo role from the Kill Bill movie franchise. It really makes me wonder if the designers at Lego are a bunch of movie fans like the rest of us. 

The best thing about this fig is the new hairpiece on Cole. It kinda gives the minifig that JRPG/anime feel. 

Zane gets a new hairpiece. He also comes with a recolored Hiker's backpack in red.

Jay Walker
Jay looks like a preppy K-POP idol in this get-up. Lots of cool details in this fig: new hairpiece, neat prints on the torso and legs, and new accessories in the form of the orange scarf and smartphone on a selfie stick. 

Misako a.k.a. Lloyd's mom comes with an interesting hairpiece that has a pair chopsticks stuck into it. 

Volcano Garmadon
Another Garmadon fig but this time, he's wearing PJ's. Looks like he just got out of bed to get some breakfast. Cool headgear, by the way.

Shark Army Octopus
This is probably one of the villains in the movie. It's funny how most of the bad guys use fish pieces as their weapons. They also have these head gears made of rubbery creatures as part of their get-up.

Master Wu
The old master's outfit seems to be inspired by costumes from wuxia flicks. Really cool if you ask me. Master Wu surprisingly comes with a box of cereals. I haven't seen the movie so I'm terribly curious with this one.  

N-POP Girl
I think it's safe to say this one's the chaser in this series. A lot of people had their eyes on this fig when the series was first revealed online. My wife included. hehe I handed Ava this one as soon as we got the set.

GPL Tech
Since I haven't seen the movie, I'm guessing this girl's a random character in the movie. I could be wrong! Love the Batman reference on the fig's torso.

Flashback Garmadon
A third Garmadon fig this time wearing casual clothes. I wonder why he's dressed like some sort of tourist or reporter here?

Kai Kendo
I love this fig! I actually got a number of these because I wanted to add a samurai faction to my fantasy figs. I think Kai's new hairpiece is better compared to what he had in the animated series. He kinda looks like a Saiyan from Dragonball Z, don't you think? I actually dream of Lego Dragonball figs. I hope Lego makes that dream come true someday. That would be sweet!

Gong & Guitar Rocker
I've been collecting Lego guitars ever since I started putting together the Bricktones. When I saw Gong and his guitar, I just knew I had to get that axe! A red ML is truly a nice addition to my Lego minifig guitar collection. 

Shark Army General # 1
This one's a timid looking general, if you ask me. We finally get a black version of the Zombie Businessman's brown hairpiece from Lego Minifigures Series 14.

Shark Army Angler
Another Shark Army henchmen with a fish weapon. This time, the fig comes with a green anglerfish head gear. It's interesting to note how nicely done prints are on the torso and legs of the Shark Army's wet suits. I think these are supposed to compensate for the comical look these guys sport.

Spinjitzu Training Nya
I've seen a lot of collectors online build an army out of this fig and it's pretty obvious why since the prints on both the torso and legs are nicely done. Makes you want to put together a class of random figs to take up Spinjitzu lessons under Master Wu's tutelage.

Shark Army Great White
The last of the Shark Army henchmen in this series. 

Last but definitely not the least, I present to you, The Green Ninja. Love the prints on the torso and legs. Also, I was surprised to know the head gear comes in two pieces. The additional hairpiece is also a nice touch. Like Cole's 'do', this one also has a JRPG/anime feel to it.

Once again, Lego has done a great job with this series. There are a lot of new pieces which can be re-used for MOCs and army building. I particularly find the new hairpieces useful for mixing and matching figs. You should definitely add this series to your collection regardless if you're a long-time Ninjago fan or not.

There you have it, folks. Thanks for reading my thoughts on these latest set of minifigures from Lego. It really sucks I missed the movie and having these figs compels me to catch it as soon as it's released on Blu-ray or DVD. Stay tuned for more Lego stuff here at Nothing But Brick. Till next entry!

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