Review: 71019 The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Collectable Minifigures (1)

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The latest series of Collectable Minifigures, 71019 The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, was revealed last month and I have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. The range of characters includes heroes, villains and citizens of NINJAGO City so covers all aspects of the film and each figure looks brilliant in their respective official images.

This series consists of twenty minifigures so we have decided to divide the review into two parts, the first of which concerns the six heroic ninja and their consistently faithful allies.

Minifigures

Kai appears in nine sets based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie but this Kai Kendo variant is currently exclusive to the Collectable Minifigures range. He wears a detailed helmet which features a golden face mask and red lining to match Kai's ninja garb. A corresponding chest armour component fits around Kai's neck and protects both sides of the torso which is printed with red robes and a black belt.

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The shiny insignia on the back looks great and I like the subtle lettering on the front which reads 'FIRE' in reference to Kai's element. A diamond pattern continues the red detail onto the legs but the figure lacks armour printing which is a bit disappointing. Removing Kai's helmet reveals an angry expression and his dark brown hair piece is also included. I was pleased to find that this is made from a hard plastic, as are all of the new hair components.

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Kai is armed with two shinai, represented by reddish brown 6L bars. Tan would probably have been more appropriate as a shinai is traditionally made from bamboo, although I think reddish brown looks alright. It is worth noting that kendoka rarely use a pair of shinai and one is always shorter than the other but Kai is evidently sufficiently skilled to wield two!

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Spinjitzu Training Nya is also equipped with wooden weapons and sports a brand new hair piece. Many of the updated hair designs have divided opinion but I like this one very much as it includes some nice texturing and a metallic silver hair band which looks splendid. This smiling face is only available here, although a very similar one appears on a couple of the other Nya minifigures in the range.

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The white training robes are highly detailed, with black and gold designs along the edges as well as some gold lettering and the symbol of Master Wu's dojo. Unfortunately, the same uniform is worn by the other training minifigures which are found in various polybags and sets, thereby reducing the appeal of this figure. Perhaps the legs could have been decorated to reflect Nya's element of water rather than simply reading 'NINJA'.

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Nevertheless, I think the minifigure looks pretty good on the whole and I like her wooden katana which are traditionally known as bokken. These have not appeared in reddish brown before and are intended for use as training weapons, although they could also serve as decorative elements if you prefer.

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Lloyd is the only one of the six ninja to appear in his standard combat fatigues. A unique version would have been preferable from my point of view but I am sure this figure will prove popular given Lloyd's status as the main character. His green and black attire looks brilliant and I love the new hood which consists of two pieces, one of which attaches around the neck while the other fits on top of the head. The green band continues all the way around the hood and is decorated with some more golden letters.

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The torso features some golden details and a green symbol on the reverse but I am more impressed by the subtle armour weave which is printed on the arms and both sides of the torso! This is only visible in certain light conditions but it looks very realistic and the arms also feature green wrist bands to match those on the knees.

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Lloyd wields a unique pearl silver dao with a golden tassel attached to the pommel. He also comes with a new tan hair piece which looks superb as well as a blueprint for the Green Ninja Mech Dragon. This 2x3 tile includes some more NINJAGO lettering but the symbols are indistinct, even when viewed under a magnifying glass. However, we can read the designation 'L910' in the corner which also appears on the dragon itself.

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The new Master Wu minifigure appears very similar to his original design from the LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu television series, sporting a traditional conical hat which includes some nice texture and a flowing beard. The torso, on the other hand, features a new printed design and I like the grey trim and white fastenings which run down the centre.

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This design continues onto the fabric element wrapped around Wu's legs and the wrists are similarly printed with some striped detail which is notably absent from the minifigure found in sets such as 70608 Master Falls. There is no printing underneath the robe but I like the reddish brown sandals on the feet. Wu's head includes a kindly expression, some white facial hair and a few wrinkles, although these are only partially visible due to the beard.

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Wu is without his wooden staff but does come with a box of cereal, formed using a printed 1x2x2 brick and a 1x2 tile. I like the generic design on the front and the inclusion of a chicken is particularly pleasing as a reference to The Master, an animated short which was released last year. I will certainly be purchasing a couple more of these printed cereal boxes as they will go very nicely beside that found in 10684 Supermarket Suitcase.

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Jay Walker is one of my favourite minifigures in this series. He features a delightfully unkempt hair piece as well as a brand new scarf element which is made from a hard plastic. It looks great in orange and is currently only available elsewhere in 70620 NINJAGO City so seems certain to make this a popular figure!

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The torso and legs are a little less interesting, although I like the bright triangular designs on Jay's shirt which recall bolts of lightning so hint at his ninja identity. Unfortunately, the back is without printing and this trend continues on most of the other minifigures. However, the head includes a broad smile and some freckles which look great and seem to reflect Jay's traditionally cheeky personality.

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The minifigure comes complete with a black selfie stick and printed mobile phone 1x2 tile. Selfie sticks have appeared in several 2017 sets but I think this is the best yet as the black colour is consistent throughout and you can alter the angle of the phone. The design on the screen limits its versatility to some degree but in this context it looks great.

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Lloyd Garmadon also appears in his everyday attire, sporting a dark green hooded jacket and black trousers. The new hood component is tremendous, fitting around the neck perfectly but not hindering the rotation of the head. It is only available here at the moment and includes a shock of dark tan hair which does not quite match his tan hair piece. Perhaps the darker colour is intended to represent the hood creating a shadow.

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The dark green jacket also appears in 70607 NINJAGO City Chase and appears identical from the front, with a silver zip in the centre and a white shirt underneath. However, the back of the torso is different as it does not include the folded hood seen on the other version. This makes sense but it seems a shame not to include some creases in the fabric.

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Excellent though the minifigure is, his accessories are definitely the highlight for me! Both the pearl silver spoon and the bowl are brand new, only appearing here and with Volcano Garmadon. However, this bowl includes a unique design with a blue rim and a stylised dragon on the side. The blue and white colour scheme looks marvellous and recalls traditional Chinese porcelain which is very satisfying.

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Cole sports yet another brand new hairstyle with detailed texturing which looks very untidy so contrasts with the neat topknot he is seen wearing in a few other sets. His thick eyebrows look great and closely resemble previous versions of the character while the mouth is open and shows a sliver of Cole's tongue, as though he is singing!

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He is certainly dressed for such a musical occasion, wearing a sleeveless AC/DC tour vest with the rock band's name, printed in NINJAGO lettering, on the front and the world tour schedule on the back. This is a terrific detail and the dark blue vest matches up perfectly with the continuing design on his hips and legs.

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Cole is appropriately equipped with a black boombox which includes some golden decoration on the front. This accessory first appeared with the Rapper from the third series of Collectable Minifigures in 2011 and appears unchanged at first glance but it now includes an iPod dock rather than a cassette player.

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Most characters have undergone some fairly significant alterations between the animated series and the movie but Misako is particularly distinct. The new design has proven controversial among fans but I think it looks splendid and have no issue with her comparatively young appearance as Lloyd, her son, is just a teenager in the film.

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Misako is only otherwise found in 70620 NINJAGO City so this minifigure should prove popular, especially since she wears a unique outfit consisting of a sand green jacket, a white blouse and reddish brown trousers. I like the shiny flowers towards the bottom of the jacket but the back is not printed which is a shame. However, the vivid orange hair piece looks tremendous and includes two red hair sticks to hold the bun in place.

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This handbag was introduced in the Friends range and has not appeared in dark red before. It includes some attractive moulded details such as zips and a handle but a printed design would have been a welcome addition, perhaps featuring a few golden flowers to match those seen on her jacket.

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The last of the ninja is Zane. He is dressed for hiking and wears a charming knitted jumper over a blue shirt along with a pair of white trousers. The jumper is decorated with two aliens on the front which resemble the Alien Clingers introduced in the Alien Conquest theme, although they might simply be generic aliens. Once again, the back of the torso is left plain but that is covered by a rucksack on this occasion.

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Zane's head is printed with straight eyebrows and bright blue eyes, presumably confirming that he is a Nindroid in the film, just as in the existing animated series. I like his manic grin and the hair printed on the back and sides of the head looks great, lining up with the separate hair component. Zane comes with a large rucksack which features a new dark bluish grey and red colour scheme but he has no handheld accessories.

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Overall

This is shaping up to be another excellent series of Collectable Minifigures. The presence of all six ninja will allow everyone to collect the main characters and I think the updated designs are excellent, incorporating many new parts and plenty of printed detail. On the other hand, some of the figures lack back printing which is disappointing and I would have liked to see a unique training outfit for Nya. The second part of this review is available here.


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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

41 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wonderful minifigs! Struggling to pick a favorite...

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By in Sweden,

They all look impressive, Lloyd (with spoon and cup), Wu and Jay is probably my favorites.
It seems like Misako and Aunt May both are getting some criticism because of their younger looks, but that doesn't bother me and is not that big of a deal.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review and pictures, CapnRex!

My favourites in this series are all baddies, so I'm particularly looking forwards to Part 2 of the review.

By the way, Lloyd's new sword is called a dao.

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By in Canada,

Would have been nice if all the Ninja had been in clothing other than the combat fatigue. Wonder why they chose to have just one in combat fatigue.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Zander - Thanks! I was looking for the sword type but had not been able to find it.

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By in United States,

@tallblocktoo: Probably because they wanted a series with "Ninja" in the name to be headlined with at least one traditional-looking "ninja". I'm sure retailers in particular would respond well to that sort of thinking.

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By in Canada,

@Lyichir True. I'm not a retailer or marketer so definitely don't think of all the angles they do.

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By in Belgium,

This looks like a great series, and I'm not a Ninjago fan.

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By in United States,

These look neat! I probably will only pick up Casual Lloyd and Jay though.

I would have liked to get Misako as well, but the inclusion of a name badge limits the jacket's versatility.

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By in United States,

Hmm, I'm torn between these figures. I think some are great, but others are lacking, like the Lloyd figures and Training Nya. However, I think the rest are pretty decent figures.

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By in United States,

Zzzzzz. With the exception of the two noodle bowls, which are a must have for me, the rest of these look really boring.

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By in France,

this looks inferior to recent CMFs Series, in particular TLBM one. casual Lloyd and Jay seem to have pretty poor printing in particular. my favourite so far is Nya, and even then, it's nothing special compared to what you get in sets...

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By in United States,

Is Nya's new hair piece the same one that is found on Barbara Gordon in the Lego Batman Movie sets?

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By in United States,

Are the hair pieces made from the same materials as normal Lego hair pieces? I noticed that some of the hair pieces from the blind bags for TLBM were made of materials that left a more satin-like finish when compared to the shiny finish of the same parts found in sets (for example, the hair pieces from the blind bag and set form of the Joker).

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By in United Kingdom,

i had earmarked a couple but i may actually try to get them all...

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By in United States,

They look great.

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By in United Kingdom,

I will definitely get them all they look awesome, thankyou for the great review looking forward to the next one

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By in United Kingdom,

Its a shame there isn't much variation to some of these, being the same as you can get in the sets with the addition of a few accessories. IE, Ninja Lloyd, Wu.

As mentioned by others, the Lego Batman Movie run was far superior series to this on IMO since pretty much every character in that was unique.

Still, looking forward to part 2 of this, as I'm far more interested in the other half of this CMF series.

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By in United States,

@FordianL: Surface finish is not necessarily related to the materials that were used. If the hair pieces are hard plastic then they're most likely just ABS regardless of what the surface looks like.

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By in United States,

Can't wait!! Zane and Kai are awesome!

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By in Canada,

The photos look great! Can't wait to get this series

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By in United States,

I'm not into Ninjago, but I love these figures. A lot of variety and some neat/useful accessories and prints.

I'd love to quit buying the CMF line since they aren't exactly cheap, but it seems it will never end. But thankfully this will be the first not full set I pick up for once.

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By in United States,

I have to get at least one of those rice bowls. If TLG had made chopsticks to go with it, I would be one very happy Asian.

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By in United States,

Good review!

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By in Australia,

Am i the only one suffering CMF fatigue?
It feels like i've only just collected the yellows, the batmans and the blues (16,17)

I really hope this means they are likely to do a star wars series... one can hope.

Really not sold on ninjago, always looked to busy for me.
History dictates i will get them all, i have every CMF bar mr Gold.

Not excited about it though

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By in United Kingdom,

The positive here is that although these are the 'more boring' minifigures over the total of 20 (in my opinion), they still aren't boring at all. Pretty much every one still has a strong element to them, even the ones that seem regurgitated from other sets. Who wouldn't want the Lloyd hood or the dragon tile. I definitely appreciate the detail

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By in Australia,

I want that casual Lloyd and definitely the casual Cole! A little cheeky of Lego to refer to AC/DC without getting a license, but it's not like anyone who cares is going to notice.
@Mucktard I feel like the R3-M2 and Scarif Stormtrooper are going to turn into a line not unlike CMF. The stand functions as a workaround to all of those licensing problems they had with their triple-packs early last decade. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I doubt they'll be blind bagged. At least we probably won't see any figures that already appear in sets, as is the trend currently.

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By in Australia,

As an AC/DC fan I need that shirt. My 1 favorite from the whole series though is the GPL Tech, I am a computer geek through and through and anything related to computers is a must-have.

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By in Japan,

That bowl of Lloyd's — even for a very small piece of rather simply molded plastic — is pure brilliance.

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By in United States,

B27
Pink Power Batgirl and Spinjitzu Training Nya do have the same hair piece

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By in Finland,

@B27 Nya and Barbara Gordon have different
hairpieces

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeah, The Pink Power Batgirl/Barbara Gordon hairpiece has a slight side parting, it more wavey and points straight down at the ends. Nya's points out at the ends, is straighter overall and seems more centrally parted.

They're two different hair pieces.

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By in Australia,

A couple of typical stupid looking Ninjago figs there but overall, quite good.

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By in United Kingdom,

Some great looking figures and accessories. Particularly love the china bowl, the spoon and the dragon blueprint.

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By in United States,

Note that Master Wu has sublte arm printing, while the WU in sets does NOT

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By in United States,

What is the price each individual minifigures?

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By in United States,

They look good but I really am bothered by the younger Misako. I've been a fan of Ninjago since the beginning so I do have bias. I'm mostly curious about the movie but I know I'll be a harsh critic if I watch it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked up my set yesterday, they're a great bunch but i'm running out of display space fast. Got all the sets bar No.1 - way too expensive now!

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By in United States,

I was lucky enough to get a set in store already. The N Pop Girl is the stand out favorite of everyone in my house.

I personally think she should be renamed to Uni-Kitty Fangirl.

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