Each ninja pilots their own unique vehicle in The LEGO NINJAGO Movie and three such machines have been recreated in miniature and released as polybags. 30379 Quake Mech depicts Cole's vehicle which is the only one yet to appear as a larger model, although that will be available in a future wave.
I love the design of Cole's mech so am very much looking forward to a large version but this polybag looks excellent as well, incorporating many of the details seen in the film as well as plenty of rare pieces. In addition, the articulation is excellent given the limitations of this scale which allows you to create some remarkably dynamic displays.
The Completed Model
The mech rolls on a single large wheel in the movie but here a pair of 3x3 dishes are used to form a static tyre shape and the side supports are represented by black droid arms. These serve no structural purpose as a trans-clear 1x1 cylinder fixes the body on top but they look great, as does the wheel itself. Naturally, I would certainly have liked to see a rolling wheel, although that would be almost impossible using currently available elements, at least not without detracting from the appearance of the model.
This set contains just 63 pieces but a considerable number of those are hinges which ensure an impressive range of articulation. The shoulders are mounted on ball joints while the elbows and wrists are hinged so you can place the arms in almost any position. Furthermore, the upper body rotates in relation to the wheel so it is very easy to display the mech. In fact, I wonder whether the larger model will be able to match the articulation of this one as its greater weight and unusual configuration seem sure to pose problems regarding stability.
Not only does the model look superb but it also includes some rare pieces such as black ingots and dark bluish grey 1x2 plates with ball cups which are only available in two other sets at the moment. 1x1 round plates with hollow studs are no longer particularly uncommon but they are very useful and this set contains six in light bluish grey and twelve in pearl gold. Those light bluish grey round plates have been used to form speakers on each shoulder which look excellent in relation to the movie, although they tend to separate when articulating the shoulders which is somewhat irritating.
Mechs often present an excellent front profile but tend to lack detail on the back. Fortunately, the back of this model looks pretty good as many of the golden highlights are still visible. I love the golden bucket handle which is used to represent horns over the cockpit and the armour on the forearms appears very bulky so is perfect for Cole's vehicle. The most notable issue is that the clips holding the ball joints in place sometimes disconnect from the body. However, gripping the body while moving the shoulders will rectify this.
This is a tremendous little model. The level of detail is brilliant and I love the black and pearl gold colour scheme which is nicely accented by the light bluish grey speakers. Furthermore, the combination of hinges and ball joints permits extensive articulation, quite unusually for a model of this size. A rolling wheel would have been marvellous but I simply cannot envisage how that could be implemented at such a small scale.
The Quake Mech was given away at San Diego Comic-Con and is currently available at certain LEGOLAND Discovery Centres. Hopefully it will be distributed more widely within the next few months as this is an excellent model and it is certainly worth adding to your collection.
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