"I purchased the Lego Ninjago "Misfortunes Keep" set in an exchange and for twenty dollars cheaper than the standard retail price. Although pleased to finally add this set to my collection-mainly because of its importance throughout the series-I was disappointed with the end product and found that the airship was clunky and lacked space to reenact the TV show. Starting with the minifigures: Nadakhan is a great figure (although his hair piece has a tendency to come out) and carries the Sensei Wu version of the Jinn Blade (which is way to large and unwieldy when you take his four arms into consideration). A handful of assorted sky pirates are also included (Bucko, Flintlocke, and Monkey-Wrench), Bucko being the least interesting. The ninja included in this set are Lloyd, and Jay (who features an eyepatch). Two small flyers are included for each side. Lloyd receives a large and (in my opinion) unattractive, green glider which has a crane style mechanism with a hook on the end. I found the winch system to be a hassle to build because you're dealing with thin string and a bad representation in the instruction manual. Lloyd is attached awkwardly to the flyer and wears a bulky piece of armor. I wish the designer(s) of this set were able to come up with a better design for the flyer-maybe one where Lloyd is actually in a cockpit? The sky pirate's flyer isn't too bad and I appreciate the new style it has with the small propeller on the back however I don't like the neon green studs that were used throughout the build. Moving on to the main aircraft itself, Misfortune's Keep is certainly large and has plenty of weight but I feel like there are some things that lower the play value. Starting at the bridge, the bridge is very simple and I do like how they made the roll cage but I also wish (like Lloyd's flyer) that this was a cockpit because minifigures look out of proportion with the craft and the look just doesn't settle with me in general. The wing section is well done. I appreciate how easy it is to adjust the rotors' positions and how the lever adjusts both simultaneously. I also like how they used the swords (which first appeared in that color in the Tournament of Elements) for the propellers. The sky pirates flag is a nice touch to that section but I find the way it was incorporated displeasing and wish that Lego could have put it in a place where it doesn't look like an add-on. I like the traditional boat in the back which has a turret and how easy it is to detach. However, I don't like the two small containers in the back because they have a tendency to fall out of their position with the slightest of pressure. The landing bay is fairly spacious with enough room for the flyer included and a handful of others from various skybound sets if you put them in right. Unfortunately though, I was hoping to reenact "Scrap and Tap" but it's incredibly difficult to get your hand inside and there's not much width/room in general because of the fold-away cannons. I do wish that the airship had more posable projectiles since the cannons and the two disc launchers are stationary. In conclusion, Misfortune's Keep is an OK set that certainly doesn't soar above the rest of the Skybound sets, nor does it crash and burn. I'd say the starting price is outrageous for what you get and that little kids will probably get discouraged with it because of its lack of places to pose minifigures and its inability to reenact their favorite scenes from the cartoon. Younger kids would also find it to be heavy and unwieldy. My final verdict on the set is that if you really want it, go for it, but if you're uneasy about it, save up for a different set. There are plenty of better ones for a lesser price (like "Lighthouse Siege")!"
"I purchased the lego ninjago Lloyd's NRG Dragon not long ago and found the set to be one of the greatest ninjago dragons since I began collecting the series! Some notable features about the dragon include its large size, formidable height, and dazzling wings. Using chrome gold on the underside and being florescent from all angles, lego outdid themselves with the printed wings! The build of the beast overall was fun and new. I especially liked the use of the big-fig arms for some chest strength detail and the V tail with stud shooters on the tips. I also enjoyed adding the new lantern element to my collection of unique pieces. The head of the dragon uses smart design techniques including the chima hunter paw weapon piece for the nose and steer horns in the green and white color. I also appreciated the use of two jade blades from early 2015 on the bottom of the head. Moving on to the neck, there is a lot of articulation with multiple sized ball joints. The saddle Lloyd gets in this set is quite nice using a dark red shade (virtually crimson) for the parts used and golden elements surrounding where he sits. I also like the use of two connected small gold chains for the reins and the simplicity of making Lloyd look like he's holding on to the chains when he's barely touching them. I also liked the can of soda included in a pouch near the tail of the dragon. Finally, I appreciated how lego has been varying the four and two legged versions of the ninja's dragons. The sky pirates in this set get two small builds including a large catapult with a lot of ammo. This flings round two by two black elements quite nicely with a good arch. The pirates also get a little terrain with a campfire, some weapon storage, and a hidden barrel of pirate booty. The minifigures in this set include Lloyd, Cole (in his ghost variation), Doubloon, Cyren, and Bucko. I was especially pleased to receive ghost Cole and Doubloon since both were previous exclusives. In conclusion, Lloyds NRG Dragon was a fantastic ninjago dragon and lego continues to improve the line! The minifigures, dragon, and sky pirates' builds were all excellent. The only things I can find to complain about would be all the small tooth pieces you have to insert into the wings and how the dragons large size makes it dwarf its foes. I would recommend this set!"
"Jestro's Volcano Lair is an awesome set (hence my praising review title) that I couldn't wait to purchase since I saw images of it from the toy fairs! The build centers around a lava-fall which meets an unpleasant end in a spiky doom. As far as I know, the volcanic lair has not appeared in the TV yet (maybe it never will) therefore I don't know if it's supposed to be the mouth of a monster or a mechanical menace built by Jestro's army or magic itself. The set certainly captures Jestro's wanna-be-evil lifestyle and has a similar look to a medieval castle-without the lava of course :). The build features a jail cell which the knights can escape from, a throne for Jestro, a suspended seat for Lavaria (unfortunately it's lifted and secured by an exposed technic liftarm), a bed for Jestro, loot, and a trapdoor which drops you straight into the lava. There's even a bathtub in the back which is somewhat odd but I suppose you would sweat a lot if you spent your time in the volcanic lair. The knights are given Axl's hover-horse and a flyer (the flyer does have a ball shooter) that belongs to Macy. Both can stow the character's weapon and shield! The minifigures in this set are excellent with us receiving Jestro, The Book of Monsters, the new/exclusive Bookkeeper, Lavaria, a scurrier, and a cool black scurrier to top it off. Overall, Jestro's Volcanic Lair is an incredibly good set that is well done from most aspects and is great for those who want to play, display, or make stopmotions with it!!! I would recommend this set!"
"Sparratus’ Spider Stalker is a cheap set from Chima that takes on a large arachnid look-and seems to be receiving a little too much hate from lego fans. Starting this review off on a less cheery note, I've seen many videos ranting about this set, saying it's ugly, not worth the value, etc, however I strongly disagree with these comments. The spider stalker is actually a great set! Sure it's not the most attractive vehicle from the line but it sure suits its operator well! The set has 8 legs that are posable and the front two are attached to a gear system that make then "stomp" when you turn the knob. In the back (abdomen section), two flick fire missiles can be shot off remotely. You can adjust the angle and the tip of the missiles do have printed web detailing. Underneath the action feature, you'll find storage for two weapons. The two minifigures in this set are Sparratus and Gorzan. Both of these characters appear in speedorz packs (reducing the value of them in this set) however they're still nice figures to get. (I do have to mention that I'm not a big fan of the spider head molds but I don't know how they could have been done in a more realistic way). The final build in this set is just a small chunk of the outlands with a spider web (along with a spider) behind a chi crystal-nothing much but I am always happy to get more web pieces. In conclusion, Sparratus' Spider Stalker is a great set that I feel many will enjoy. Sure it has a few flaws like how much space it takes up, or the fairly unexciting minifigures, but otherwise, this set is a success (that needs to be given a chance)."
"Tiger Widow Island is a great playset that plays a very important role in the fate of ninjago. Yes, "a single drop of venom can kill a man or slow a djinn long enough so he doesn't go poofing around." The set is somewhat layered with water detail at the base, rocks and a cave in the middle, and a temple on top. I like the use of the drill piece underneath the small platform assembly and how the small balljoint pieces are used to secure the wooden-walkway. This allows you to easily change the angle. The palm tree has a neat design and also has an action feature. The archway to the temple uses very basic pieces but I like the jagged rock detail, even using a typical minifig sword to get the look. Now that we're over to the main structure, let's look at the tiger widow's cave first. The cave has a nice design using the Chima wings in the gold color and the mouth of the cave (literally) is able to move slightly with the help of ball joints. The inside of the cave is fairly plain but there is is a little detail. Going up to the next level, there appears to be some pirate things along with the lantern that led the ninja here. The lantern is able to swing around which I appreciate. A pirate hat and a mustache are on a table and some information regarding the tiger widow can be found on the wall. The final level of the temple uses great pieces and techniques to achieve the oriental look. I especially like the use of a frying pan at the very top. Coconuts can be deployed from the rooftop and the foliage for the set is well arranged and plentiful. Minifig time! The minifigures in this set are Sensei Wu, Nya, Cole, Sqiffy, and Dogshank. Wu has the same printing as in the possession wave however he does get a helmet and goggles to wear (his signature hat is also included). He does get a small hot-air balloon which has a nice design and I like how the propeller is attached to a ball joint. Nya has her exclusive airjitzu robes which are in the dark red and black color. Nya was often confused with Kai because of the close shades. As our final "good guy", Cole is included. Unlike in his elemental dragon set, Cole is a ghost in this version. I think it's strange that Jay was not included in this set because he was actually the one to extract the venom from the tiger widow in the first place but both the ninja are exclusive so...I guess that's ok? Sqiffy is one of the two sky pirates in the set. He is a very generic pirate with decent printing and a nice glider but he does appear in a cheap set. I think it's strange that Sqiffy is even in the set because he and his friend Bucko don't even join Nadakhan until after the ninja had come and gone from the island. The final minifgure is Dogshank who is a big fig and...a lady? Yeah, probably one of the most surprising things in the skybound wave. Anyhow, Dogshank proves to be a worthy and fair adversary for Nya over the course of the episodes. Although she may be a large, tough pirate, she plays by the rules and isn't as barbaric as some as her peers. Although I don't tend to like the larger scale figures, I think this one makes sense and is well done. The final thing included in the set is of course the tiger widow. I must say that although the overall look doesn't interest me much, the way it was put together was very cool and original. I like the use of the stone army piece for the pinschers and the use of the minifig head and helmet for the stinger. I was very pleased with this set! So much was included and the price is great! Of course there were some things that didn't quite make sense-mostly with the minifigures-but the set was well detailed, had a great selection of minifigs including numerous exclusive ones, and the design of the tiger widow is outstanding! I would recommend this set!"
"Cole's Elemental Dragon was a huge disappointment for me. I must quickly say that when I heard that Cole was getting a dragon, I was very excited because I'm fond of the character and thought the set would look like an even better Earth Dragon Defense. Unfortunately for me, this set turned out to be a tiny set that is super unfair to the earth ninja when you compare it to another set in this wave called Jay's Elemental Dragon. Anyhow, I'll try to give you an objective review. Starting with the dragon, the build is very small in scale and uses a lot of the mixels ball joints. The head is decent using a 2014 piece to good use but the mouth does not open or close and often swings off to the side. The minifigures in this set are Bucko and Cole. Bucko is a basic pirate minifigure that also comes in a polybag but still has some nice printing. Cole comes with his new airjitzu robes and well...you may notice something about him is off. That's right! He's not a ghost! Lego decided to make his ghost form exclusive to Tiger Widow Island! Urg...this does bug me a bit. My final rating for this set is a 1 out of 5 because of the extreme unfairness between Jay and Cole's elemental dragons, the mouth's possibility, and the fact that Cole is not a ghost. I really hope that this set is like the microfighters and Lego makes a larger version."
"The Ninja Bike Chase is on the smaller end of the lego ninjago 2016 sets and I suppose is a good set for those on a tight budget. The set comes with two bikes for the ninja and a glider for the sky pirates. Let's start with Kai's bike. Kai's bike is a very basic build that has many technic pieces and pins exposed. Large wheels are used for stability and an off-road look however looks a little ridiculous from my point of view. Some smaller wheels and a kickstand would have been my preference. Thankfully though, the wheels are rubber. Two golden blades are positioned at the end of the vehicle as well. Nya's bike takes a more sleek, low to the ground look whereas her brother's takes a more bulky approach. I like the look of the water ninja's bike a great deal more as it has a new design and a good use of parts. I also appreciate the use of smaller wheels. Unfortunately, the front wheel isn't as secure and rattles around a bit. Now let's move on to Sqiffy's glider. The glider is centered around a trash can piece and is simply attached to the sky pirate's back but still has a nice overall look to it. I appreciate the wing pieces in a new color and I like the action of deploying bombs. Moving on to the minifigs, we have Nya, Kai, and Sqiffy. Kai has a brand new print with his airjitzu robes but Nya still has her deepstone attire. This could be viewed as both a good or a bad thing for ninjago fans. Good because this version of Nya is only in the Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty and the Temple of Airjitzu. Bad because the collectors who already have this version want the update. Sqiffy is just a regular pirate who wasn't even an original member of the misfortune's crew but is still a good figure to have. Overall, I gave this set a 2 out of 5. The Ninja Bike Chase is aimed towards the younger crowd who enjoy ninjago which is all fine and good but doesn't interest me as much as some of the other skybound sets. The ninja's bikes are ok-Nya's is decent but Kai's isn't the greatest. In my opinion, Kai's blade cycle from 2012 was a lot better. Sqiffy's flyer is a pretty cool little thing and certainly has a crafty design and the minifigures are pretty good. I would recommend this set to younger folks!"
"King Crominus' Rescue is a large set that primarly highlights the fire side of the battle. The build is mostly Cragger's fire-upgraded helicrocter which, ironically, originally appeared in the first wave of Chima and now concludes the series. The copter uses the same rotor design (for the most part) as Lavertus' Twin Blade from 2014 but the rotating feature is a lot harder to use as the helicrocter has a lot of bulk to it and you have to push forward. Lavertus' Twin Blade was a lot lighter and you pushed down to operate the rotors making this smaller set a bit more of a success in this department. I was surprised to find that the feet were very loosely held in place and how massive the aircraft turned out to be. The head of the model is quite impressive using nice textures and detailing and Cragger can sit inside without removing his firewings. Aside from the propulsion feature, there is only one more. Laval gets a small lion vehicle which has a ball joint piece angled up at the rear. The ball joint fits perfectly into Cragger's copter turning it into a crane as well. When you want to deploy the little lion car, simply pull back a piece. Laval's vehicle greatly resembles the thunder raider from ninjago however this one uses mixed colors and has two disc shooters. The seating for Laval is a little cramped though.The ice tribes in this set get so much stuff. No, that was sarcasm-the ice tribes get a few representative minifigures and a white tile with an ice piece on it. That's it. Yeah, not exactly pleased with how that turned out, and I find it strange that the set is called King Crominus' Rescue because the set has is so focused on other things. We have a great selection of minifigures with both Laval and Cragger with their firewings, we get King Crominus (of course), and we get a handful of ice tribe minifigs all with nice prints and good weapons. Overall, I like this set. It's not my favorite because I feel like the set should have had more features for the price and I think that this will be harder for a young kid to play with because of the bulk. The rotors are hard to operate (large hands or not) and they never manage to go that fast. I also noticed the rotors have a tendency to catch if you're not careful. I like the detailing of the helicrocter and all the minifigures. The small fire lion vehicle is kinda forgettable but I quite like the new crane style feature. If you bought this set at its full price I don't think it's worth that much. I happened to purchase this set later on and got it at a tremendous discount therefore I was a lot more pleased with what I got for what I payed. I think this set will have mixed opinions so if you like what you see/hear, by all means purchase it! If you're not as sure, save up for something else!"
"Rey's speeder is a pretty cool little set that has the look and feel that just compels you to grab it. For this review, I'll be grading the speeder based on its resemblance to the movie but also as a Lego toy. Let's start with accuracy. In the movie, Rey's speeder is only on screen for a mere few minutes and of all TFA sets, it's probably the least important. Some notable differences between the two would be Rey's position (TFA=standing like she's riding a motorcycle; Lego=sits), and the netting on the side of the vehicle (TFA=a large net secures Rey's belongings/findings; Lego=a few clips hold a few possessions). I would have liked the set a great deal more if Lego included a net on the side (like in the movie) and gave us some random pieces to put inside. Of course there are a few more things that aren't quite right but I'll leave those unsaid. Now lets turn to the speeder as a Lego toy. I like the overall design of the set and its hidden away play feature. I like the build and the sleekness of the model along with the use of R5 droid heads in the light gray color. I think the blockiness of the set isn't the greatest but unavoidable (it's Lego after all) and I think Rey sits somewhat awkwardly. As a final note, if you're not a fan of stickers, this set has a crazy amount! I personally don't like stickers and decided to leave all of them off. My final rating for the set would be a 3.5 out of 5 but I had to do a 4 in terms of the yellow bricks because partial bricks/decimals don't work on this site. I think as a play set this set is a success. Young kids probably wouldn't mind the parts of the set that are off (from the movie) and would be excited to get the Rey minifig. Star Wars collectors such as myself (I feel) would be quite bothered by the noticeable and minor details. For me, I'm trying to collect all TFA sets and I wish this one was more accurate."
"Merlok's Library 2.0 is a Nexo Knights set that I found disappointing. The walls are very low and the library has virtually no depth whatsoever. The whole structure is centered on the main tower. This tower is three stories tall and, ironically, only has one book. The bottom floor is mainly just a spot to fire a disc shooter. The second level has one book and a feature where you can pop out part of the assembly. The final level is more like a roof and you can place a minifig or two up there. Two symmetrical technic pieces are used to hold together all these levels but are completely exposed. I feel like these holes should have been patched with a large 1 by 15 blue tile piece on each. The minifigures in this set are good with Ava (exclusive), Lance, and one of Jestro's monsters. Crust Smasher (the monster) isn't all that exciting but I love the vehicle he's given. As a final note, this set can be connected with the fortrex. My overall opinion towards the set is that it's poor. The set has no depth (barely enough space for one minifig on each level) and the walls are ridiculously low. The exposed technic pieces on the back are unattractive and this "library" only contains one book. I think it's strange that this set is even called a "library" because the definition of library on google search is "a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to." I think this set could have been a lot better and it would have been perfectly fine if the price was raised slightly if it improved the "library." I think the reason the design came out this way was because the design was made to accommodate its connection to the fortrex. Don't purchase this set, it is not worth the money!"