"Even though I am not familiar with the Ninjago TV series, I still had to get this set. I am a big fan of building sets and even though this one specifically is aimed at younger audiences (as can be seen per the action elements of the set), folks looking for simply a better display set will be satisfied. The monastery is not perfect, let us get that clear right now, but I do not regret my purchase one bit.
Let us start with the highlights Overall build – the combination of red-white walls together with the black rooftops and golden decorations go together very well and create a rather harmonic sight. The combination is also reminiscent of various traditional building in the far east. I also appreciate the variation and number of details the designers were able to put into the set – the lamps, sakura tree, complex gate… Bricks used – the set includes not only a variety of traditional smaller bricks and decorative elements, but a surprisingly high amount of larger bricks, such as brick number 6074910 (10 times) and brick number 245401 (17 times!!!). A bit off topic, but I always appreciate when a set is made up not only from solely small or solely large bricks, but is a combination of both. Especially for LEGO fans, that with to use the bricks to build something else from the set. Minifigs – Detailed printing not only on the torso, but the legs as well, two faces, I can not complain. What I really like is the fact, that apparently the set contains all the main Ninjas. Action elements – personally, I use the set solely for display purposes, but the set does include plenty of playability – to play with your kids, nieces and nephews… from a rotating wall to a flying chicken.
What I do not like at all Stickers – I am not a big fan of stickers, and even though this particular set does not contain many, I always prefer bricks with printing. And I am saying this even though the stickers LEGO delivers with their sets are of very high quality.
Some food for thought As mentioned earlier, stickers. Also, additional walls between the front part and back part would have been great, to create a nice circular arena. Now when I want to connect the front and back parts, the monastery looks like an oval with just a small yard from above. Last, but not least, some additional foliage would have been nice. The sakura tree may is a great addition to the set and the set could have included more of that.
Overall impression The LEGO set 70670 Monastery of Spinjitzu is a great set for not only Ninjago fans. It includes many elements interesting not only to younger LEGO fans, but older ones as well. It is very nice as a display set and personally, I may just get the 80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair set, just because of this one, even though they are of different sub-themes."