Hello, dear readers, and welcome to The LEGO NINJAGO Movie week on Brickset! As we wind down our coverage of the UCS Millennium Falcon, we shall aim to provide you with the latest news and reviews as TLNM gears up for its North American theatrical release on Friday - culminating in a review of the film itself! Now, on with this set review...
Many young kids have grown attached to NINJAGO, and LEGO has noticed enough to produce a single Juniors set for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie in 10739 Shark Attack. While the price-per-part ratio is fairly lackluster, as is common with the Juniors line, there seems to be a lot to like about this set. With three minifigures (one of which being exclusive) and multiple models for the low price point of $19.99 or 19.99€, it is hard to turn down at first glance.
Furthermore, the set appears to go together nicely with the rest of the normal product range - particularly, 70606 Spinjitzu Training (recently reviewed here). In that regard, I hope to be pleasantly surprised.
Lloyd began his role in NINJAGO in 2012 as a young, immature boy looking to follow in his evil father Garmadon's footsteps, before discovering his destiny as the Green Ninja a bit later on. In the movie universe, Lloyd appears to already start as a ninja and trains alongside his five high school friends with Master Wu in order defeat his father.
This minifigure depicts the training gi Lloyd practices his Spinjitzu skills in. It is all white, with some black and gold highlights. A part of me wishes he had something more unique like a green lining, rather than be identical to the other ninjas' training gis included throughout the other sets.
Lloyd's right leg includes the word 'ninja' in the NINJAGO script, which is logical. The iconic WU-CRU symbol exists as his back printing. He is complete with angry and determined expressions, and a blond hairpiece which is rather appealing and could potentially be used in brown for Anakin Skywalker. The Chosen One is armed with the new dao sword mold, tailed by a golden tassel.
This version of Kai, in full ninja garb, appears in a total of five sets based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie - therefore being the most common minifigure in the first wave. However way you decide to acquire him, he is an absolute treat. A mix of both red and black is present throughout the minifigure, which offers welcomed contrast. The mask consists of two pieces and is absolutely marvelous, as they slot together perfectly in construction of the minifig and look great.
The printing features Kai's new shinobi shozoku for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, featuring robe printing and the word 'fire' in NINJAGO script. This attention to detail is very pleasing to me, and it is quite fun to look for and translate all of the different phrases within the sets. The legs feature a little bit of red diamond printing against the black.
Kai's back printing is the symbol of Wu's team common amongst all six students. Around his neck is a sheath designed to hold two silver katanas. Kai has two expressions on his head - one side angry, and the other a perhaps overdone grin! I would have liked to see Kai's firey hairpiece included as well, to accompany Lloyd's, but what is here is sufficient enough and the hairpiece can still be acquired quite cheaply through his Kendo Collectable Minifigure.
Garmadon's evil army in the film consists entirely of sea creature warriors for some reason, and the Great White is one of the most common units fighting for the warlord's conquering goals.
As the name describes, the minifigure's outfit resembles a Great White Shark and in that regard it succeeds spectacularly, with dark and light grey on the shark head helmet. Unfortunately, the shoulder armor is molded into the helmet but it still looks superb, with a titanium metallic silver color and printed battery life bar which appears to be running out.
The rest of the body is grey in color but includes sand blue, dark grey and silver details - along with a splash of orange on the chest. The arms are also sand blue, and the black hands are equipped with a harpoon attached to the mouth of a light royal blue fish - exclusive to the LEGO NINJAGO Movie line.
The Completed Model
The first model built is an eleven-piece motorcycle for Kai. It is nice enough, but I would have preferred something brick-built rather than pre-molded. I'd imagine a similar size to Kai's cycle in 70600 Ninja Bike Chase could have replaced this, but have a feeling that the minimally-built cycle was favored for specific reasons related to the Juniors line.
Kai's motorcycle is opposed by the Great White riding a 'shark car'. This is the best model of the set in my opinion, as it offers considerable play value and is a perfect vehicle to complement other Shark Army transport, such as 70609 Manta Ray Bomber and 70610 Flying Jelly Sub. I should point out that the chassis is entirely pre-molded. I don't mind it, as it saves building for a set made for younger kids - however, it probably brought the price up at least a little bit more than it would have being brick-built.
The car's color scheme matches the rest of the army's - with grey, sand blue and yellow. Its general appearance happens to look both cute and ferocious at the same time, with simple eye printing and Mixels teeth sticking out from underneath the hood. What I assume is an identification number of sorts appears on the hood, labeled '04'. Hazard stripes run alongside both sides of the driver's seat, and it is complete with three fins and a dreaded pair of flick-fire missiles. A clip is situated at the very back to store away the fish harpoon. Additional features include a windscreen at the front and exhaust in the back.
Next comes the two dojo sections. The first is a small one on a 6x6 tan plate, with a crate of two sais and a training block adjacent. The idea is to slice the two 1x3 printed wood tiles in half with the sword. This is a simple feature and works well with the way the model is built. Two grey 1x2 masonry bricks are included here, which could be useful.
The final built section is a weapons rack with wall, fencing and a spinning dummy nearby. I like the color scheme of this area, and the dummy works simply by rotating it on a turntable. The brown 2x2 circular brick, with spikes around the diameter, is exclusive to this set, though the mold itself was introduced in NEXO Knights earlier this year in purple, medium blue and orange.
The wall features space to clip a black katana and another weapon of your choosing. Atop it is a brand-new, oriental 1x4 fence piece, which looks brilliant. Right now it is exclusive to this set and 70620 NINJAGO City.
This set is simply okay. While the models together look good, separate they lack detail and are too little involved to be worth the purchase. However, the parts selection is good and the price is low, though the 18.5 cents per piece is definitely off-putting. I guess larger, specialized parts are to blame, like the motorcycle and car chassis.
However, the minifigure selection is good - though two can be found in other (better) sets, and Lloyd can be recreated by combining his head and hair with Spinjitzu Training Nya. I also admire the variety of pieces included.
Therefore, I conclude that this set is perfect for young children who wish not to touch the main product line yet (as Juniors is intended for), but for older fans looking to expand their parts collection and minifigures easily, it is honestly a matter of preference. A slight discount is preferable either way, but even then it is not difficult at all to recommend equally-priced 70607 NINJAGO City Chase over 10739!
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Thanks to Huw for the photos.