Review: 5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod

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LEGO has produced an impressive array of promotional items in 2017, among which are four brand new pod polybags. 5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod is the only one based upon The LEGO NINJAGO Movie and includes a Kai minifigure as well as a plastic case containing some weapons.

The pod is quite familiar as the same element appeared in 5004929 Batman Battle Pod which was released in the UK earlier this year. However, this example features an unusual lenticular design on the front which contrasts with the embossed sticker found on The LEGO Batman Movie pod.

Minifigure

Several variants of the six ninja have appeared among the products released so far, including a few characters sporting their Spinjitzu training attire which are distributed throughout the range. This polybag includes Kai who comes complete with a dual-scabbard on his back and two pearl silver katana. Unfortunately, an identical figure appears in 853702 Movie Maker Set, thereby reducing the appeal of this example to some degree.

5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod

Nevertheless, the brand new hair piece looks splendid in dark brown and the head features matching eyebrows as well as some scarring and two different expressions. The white training attire is nicely detailed and I like the black and metallic gold accent colours. However, seeing the same outfit on the ninja is disappointing and I would have liked to see their unique elements reflected in the text on the left leg. Instead it simply reads 'NINJA' so is totally generic, as is the Wu Cru insignia on the reverse of the torso.

5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod

The Completed Model

The pod is made from a slightly flexible plastic and comes packaged as a single piece, although you could lever the two halves apart around the hinge is you wish. It is moulded in red to match Kai's elemental power of fire and an appropriate lenticular sticker is placed on the front, the design of which changes as you view the pod from different positions.

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Initially the pod features the eyes of a ninja wearing a red robe so matches the branding of early NINJAGO sets. This has not appeared on any other items associated with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie but it still looks good to me, as does Kai's fire symbol which becomes visible from other angles. It is worth mentioning that eliminating the alternative image entirely was almost impossible when taking these photographs, although the lenticular printing seems to be of a reasonable quality and certainly compares favourably with many similar toys.

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Opening the pod reveals an ornate weapons rack for storing a golden katana and a sai along with a jungle background for the minifigure. The rack is very colourful and the weapons certainly stand out, as they should, but the light bluish grey 6x6 round plate on which it is built looks odd to me. However, the other side is great, displaying the minifigure nicely against a green background. Even the white copyright text is mostly obscured by the figure so improves upon 5004929 Batman Battle Pod.

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Overall

I like these pod polybags on the whole but 5004916 Kai's Dojo Pod is a bit disappointing when compared with 5004929 Batman Battle Pod. The absence of an exclusive minifigure considerably lessens its appeal and I think the vivid contrast between black and yellow on the exterior of the pod is more effective than this entirely red design.

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That being said, this is still a good little set and is fairly readily available with purchases of any The LEGO NINJAGO Movie products from LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com, at least where stock is available. It certainly seems more appealing than 853702 Movie Maker Set which contains an identical minifigure but costs £15.99 or $19.99. I would recommend adding this polybag to your collection but it would undoubtedly be much more interesting with a unique character or an exclusive outfit for Kai.

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By in United States,

Good review! I don't entirely mind the ninja having the same training outfits in the movie sets. For one thing, it's kind of understandable that training outfits might not be too personalized. I wouldn't be surprised if Wu had a whole closet full of these gis!

Also, as a collector, the scatteredness of how the training versions of the ninja are being released (and the number of other Ninjago Movie minifigures out there to collect) would make it a real chore to collect all six training outfits if they were individualized. But this way I could conceivably just get Ninjago City and four Spinjitzu Training Nya figs and I'd be able to swap the ninja's heads onto the training outfits myself.

Still feel like the lack of a belt clip on these pods is a bit of a missed opportunity. The pods are cool in terms of presentation, but from a practical standpoint they just multiply the amount of space a single figure takes up. If they had a belt clip, they'd suddenly be a really useful and compact way to carry your favorite minifigures around with you, along with a suite of accessories.

The lenticular effect on this pod is very cool, although it's strange that this uses the ninja's classic symbols as well as a 2011 Ninjago eyes graphic. It's not the only movie merchandise that uses the ninja's previous symbols, though — the foam sword (https://brickset.com/sets/853701-1/Sword-Sheath) also has both Lloyd's dragon emblem and his character icon.

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By in Germany,

I understand that the minifig is not as appealing as the exclusive Tiger Suit Batman minifig, but considering how tough it was at first to get the batman rather than buying just a Ninjago collectable minifig in a brand store and get this dojo for free, it is definetly fine for me.
Great review, thanks! Has anyone spotted a Zane in training outfit, yet?

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By in United Kingdom,

I have no interest in the movie maker set so I think this is a much more appealing way of getting the minifigure. Now I'm just waiting for a Spinjitzu Training Zane and the lineup will be complete.

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By in United States,

I think I will get it to complete my collection of the pods,they sort of remind me of x-pods, it’s too bad lego couldn’t start that theme again.

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By in United States,

For the record, the distribution of the Spinjitsu Training figures is very, very odd:

- Kai: Battle Pod and the Movie-Maker Kit
- Cole: In a Scholastic activity book
- Jay: In the currently-unreleased mini Movie-Maker Kit
- Nya: In the CMFs
- Lloyd: In a Juniors set.

Who knows where Zane will turn up--maybe as an exclusive figure with the DVD?

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By in Germany,

@ResIpsaLoquitor:
Jay is also featured in a magazine and Lloyd in a foil pack.

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By in United States,

Is the Dojo Pod being given out with Ninjago purchases in the U.S. also? In-store only? I don't see it online and didn't get it trying the UK online store either.

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By in Australia,

I was happy to get one of these as a freebie from Lego's online store. There is nothing wrong with the pod as a novelty display piece. What is disappointing is that there is no way to connect the pod to other Lego. The H shape on the underside means you can sit it on Lego studs but it's not a connection. There are probably good reasons for this (engineering, safety, etc) but it's a missing feature for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

I mentioned this in the forum thread about gifts with purchase, I'd love them to do more of these, over all themes. My kids love being able to take a few parts and a minifig if they are going somewhere. Even better would be if the pods themselves were system compatible (studs one face, holes on the other), so you could build on the outsides and also stack them together.

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By in United States,

CapnRex101, when are you going to finish you MF review. You did the minifigs, but said you would do a final roundup review. I have been waiting weeks....

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