Excitement for the Nexo Knights theme seems to be developing very quickly and 70317 The Fortrex is the largest set of the first wave, so has also proven to be one of the most anticipated. However, before we move on to larger sets like that one we are going to take a look at 30372 Robin's Mini Fortrex, a tiny version of the Nexo Knights' enormous headquarters.
The polybag also includes Robin who seems to take on a role similar to that of Lloyd in Ninjago as he joins the team late and trains with them to become a warrior. We don't know a great deal about the Nexo Knights storyline yet but Lloyd has become a fan-favourite and I expect Robin to receive a similar response, particularly with younger audiences.
The Nexo Knights minifigures seem to include a vast number of brand new elements but this unarmoured version of Robin is fairly bland in that regard. However, that does not detract from the figure in my opinion as the detailed torso printing looks superb and the tousled hair piece is brand new in this medium dark flesh shade. Robin only appears in this polybag and 70333 Ultimate Robin, so I expect this polybag will prove very popular when it is widely released next year.
The torso looks absolutely brilliant in my opinion. I love the combination of medieval and futuristic designs and the mixture of metallic and fabric garments is just right. Perhaps the best part of the entire figure though is the charming cockerel insignia which adorns Robin's chest. This is a great subversion of the typical heroic animalistic heraldry and I hope that similar humour appears in some of the larger sets as well as the television series.
The Completed Model
Although this is a simple little creation, it is immediately recognisable as a miniature version of the Fortrex and reminds me of the Microfighters range as well as a ride-on toy of some kind. Perhaps the Nexo Knights' Fortrex is well known in the Kingdom of Knighton and merchandise is sold relating to the vehicle in the universe, hence Robin has a mini Fortrex here. We will have to wait and see.
Whatever its purpose might be, this small model includes many features of the larger one such as a working drawbridge and rolling wheels, although the treads are absent from the polybag version. There is room for Robin to stand inside behind the steering wheel and a stud shooter is mounted in front of him for attack or defence. There is even a ladder included for the driver to get into position, although you might prefer to view it as a radiator.
The offset construction of the two turrets at the front is impressive and this section also includes the brand new pyramid piece (the 'minimid'). Five are included in trans-neon orange, one of which is a spare. I think this is one of the less useful colours for this element but I look forward to getting some in pearl silver and pearl gold, colours which appear in other sets.
The colour scheme of the model is my only area of criticism. I do not like the combination of blue and trans-neon orange at all, but the LEGO design team for the theme has selected it so it must have proven popular with focus groups during the design process. Presumably most buyers will like these bold colours in which case they will be pleased to see them on this model!
This is a neat little polybag. It provides a nice taste of the Nexo Knights theme as well as a named character, but has not altered my original opinion. The range undoubtedly contains some excellent sets and a brilliant selection of new parts, but the colour scheme and some aspects of the design do not appeal to me.
It waits to be seen whether or not this mini Fortrex will make an appearance in the Nexo Knights animated series but I certainly hope so.
Stay tuned for a review of 30371 Knight's Cycle and some larger 2016 sets over the coming days and weeks!