Review: 5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

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NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu has featured an eclectic range of characters over the course of seven seasons, some of whom have not been produced in physical minifigure form. I was therefore very pleased to see 5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection revealed as this Bricktober pack includes four exclusive figures based on past episodes of the animated series.

Furthermore, each character originates from a different season so the set feels to me like a celebration of the entire series which is very welcome, particularly in such a significant year for NINJAGO! Hopefully the minifigures themselves do not disappoint.

Minifigures

The Nindroids are among my favourite NINJAGO villains based on their design alone and I think this White Nindroid looks brilliant. These robots made their first appearance in the sixth season and were programmed to protect the Realm Crystal from those who might want to steal it. The minifigure bears a strong resemblance to General Cryptor and uses many of the same parts, including a head wrap with a bionic eye and a shoulder armour element.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

I like the combination of traditional ninja garb with mechanical details, especially where the figure's torn robes reveal its robotic interior. The purple highlights on the torso look superb and match similar details on the Nindroid's head and shoulder armour. It is worth noting that the dots on the eye are red in the animated series but I think purple is more appropriate to reflect their alignment with good rather than evil. A pair of pearl silver katana complete the figure, replacing the unique laser rifles wielded by White Nindroids on screen.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

The Tournament of Elements introduced a group of Elemental Masters, each of whom exerts control over a particular element. Neuro is the Elemental Master of Mind so is capable of telepathy and fulfills a fairly significant role during season four, allying himself with the ninja after realising that Master Chen planned to steal their powers. He may therefore prove to be one of the more popular figures in this pack given his prominence within the series.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

Neuro's hair piece from the animated series does not exist in physical form so a more softly textured element is used instead. In addition, the black stripe should be dark bluish grey based on its colour in the show but I think this dual-toned hairstyle looks good too. The rest of the minifigure looks perfect, featuring a bearded face with some wrinkles over the eyes as well as a grey robe. This is fastened using an intricately detailed belt and Neuro also wears a necklace which continues onto the back of the torso.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

As the Master of Mind it is unsurprising that Neuro does not come with any conventional weapons. Instead he uses his powers to control others and anticipate the combat style of those he faces. These powers are depicted using a printed trans-purple dish which was originally created for Antimatter from Ultra Agents, hence the swirling electricity, but has since appeared in Dimensions, Super Heroes and NEXO Knights sets.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

Krux is one of the major antagonists in the most recent Hands of Time storyline but was once the Elemental Master of Time, alongside his twin brother Acronix. This minifigure depicts Krux in his original form so contrasts with the villainous version from 70626 Dawn of Iron Doom, although they share some elements of their design. For instance, the armoured torso and legs are identical but for the partial removal of an hourglass strapped to the figure's waist. In fact, you can still see a sliver of the hourglass on his hips and part of the chain to which it was attached on the back of the torso.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

This is disappointing as I think a couple of new prints could have been created to replace the old but these details are hardly noticeable. The snakes fitted to Krux's helmet, on the other hand, are very prominent and are not present during flashbacks in the show. Faithfully recreating the helmet would have required a new piece which is perhaps an unrealistic expectation for a promotional set, although it certainly would have been nice! Krux's head looks great though and I do like the red glow of the snakes, even though they should not be there. He comes armed with a pearl dark grey sai.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

Golden Power Kai makes only a very brief appearance in the Digiverse during season three. Nevertheless, it is nice to see such an obscure version of the character as a physical minifigure and I like his golden robes which include a few red details to identify the ninja as Kai. Furthermore, his unique fire insignia is printed on the back of the torso and another icon adorns the centre of the figure's chest.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

Removing the pearl gold head wrap reveals Kai's scar and a smile. It is a shame that none of these minifigures include an alternative facial expression, just to increase their play value a little. Kai is armed with a pair of golden katana which slot into sheaths on the back of his bulky shoulder armour as well as a golden staff with a trans-blue gem at the end. I would have liked to see his spiky hair piece included too as the ninja do not wear their headgear while in the Digiverse but this is a very minor omission.

5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection

Overall

I often enjoy seeing obscure characters depicted in minifigure form, be that from NINJAGO, Star Wars or any other story-driven theme. 5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection certainly qualifies as such a set so really appeals to me. There is a little room for improvement to Krux and Neuro but on the whole I think the figures look superb and I appreciate the broad coverage of different seasons, stretching back to 2014's Rebooted subtheme.

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There are perhaps a few other characters which might have been more desirable than these but that is entirely subjective. The price of £14.99 or $19.99 is quite difficult to justify for just four minifigures but if you are a big fan of NINJAGO then I think it is a worthy purchase. Of course, it is even better if you are able to get it for free as the Bricktober sets are now available with purchases of over £55 in UK Toys R Us stores.

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16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This is my favorite of the four promotional packs I love any obscure ninjago figure appearing in minifig form,still it would be nice if the would produce another elemental master battle completing my collection of the elemental masters

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By in United States,

This is such a great pack! My personal favorites are Neuro and the Golden Kai! I'm especially glad that Kai keeps getting new face prints to give him other expressions.

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By in United States,

This is fantastic! It's a shame there are no Toys R Us's near where I live because I would buy this in a heartbeat. We finally got Neuro! Just Chamille, Gravis, Jacob, and Bolobo to go!

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By in Poland,

I got this pack just For Neuro Rest of minifigs are still top notch though!
I hope in next year we will get the Bolobo - the Shaman guy that used plants.

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By in Serbia,

Brilliant review! I really like how you've incorporated comparisons to the show, great job!

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By in Germany,

This was the one that I did not get as I do not normally collect the theme. After looking at the figs up close I wish I had.

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By in United States,

Thank you for a fine review! This set is pretty solid IMHO. My oldest son really liked it and was very excited to get these characters. The value at $20 is iffy but these tend to rise in value as time moves along so if you want one now's the time to get it.

Agree that it would be nice to see these sets get some entirely different facial expressions/heads.

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone else had a problem with Digiverse Kai's head print? This reviews shows some but mine is really bad! His chin print is almost on the neck for me.

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By in United States,

I personally think of it this way---It's basically 4 collectible minifigures but up-charged because you know what you're getting.

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By in United States,

Huh, I did not remember Digiverse Kai; I had assumed they just made him gold for kicks in this set. It's not necessarily my favorite Ninjago character pack ever, but it's still pretty good.

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By in United States,

They look great.

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By in Taiwan,

Great minifigs! You’ve still got the Resistance Bombardier to review :)

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By in United States,

Once again, a potentially great Ninjago minifigure set littered with inaccuracies.

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By in United States,

Good review! I imagine a big part of the price is the fancy packaging — https://brickset.com/sets/5004393-1/Cole was advertised as a $6.99 value, which for a single figure is even steeper. I don't particularly mind since in both cases, the products are mainly intended as gift-with-purchase items, though if this pack were a higher price like $25 I might be more reluctant to pay full price for it.

In general, the figs in this pack came as a pleasant surprise! There are probably other characters/costumes from the show I might have preferred over Digiverse Kai or the White Nindroid General, but their designs are certainly impressive. And Neuro and Flashback Krux are much appreciated.

Details that I'm really pleased with include Neuro's two-tone hair, the White Nindroid General's head printing wrapping around the side much like Tournament Zane's last year, the use of gold and copper printing to maintain the flame patterns on Digiverse Kai's costume, the addition of leg printing to Digiverse Kai which was absent in the show, and how they "de-aged" Krux's outfit by making it Bright Red instead of Dark Red and removing some of the wear and tear from the previous version. He really looks great next to Acronix.

Some minor disappointments are the somewhat sloppy removal of Krux's hourglass, which I had noticed myself the other day, his lack of a cape, and Digiverse Kai's use of a full ninja hood rather than the Rebooted-style face mask. The last of these wouldn't be such a big deal if the Rebooted-style face mask appeared in Warm Gold in any other sets.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this pack, and I hope we continue to get Ninjago promotional figs of characters and costumes from the sets that never appeared in the show. Based on how LEGO handled the stone armor costumes for the ninja, we can probably expect to see Digiverse Zane, Jay, and Cole minifigures in the future, but other figs I'd love to see include Nya's outfit from seasons three to five, as well as other Elemental Masters like Gravis, Bolobo, and Jacob Pevsner.

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By in United States,

Nice review! I still like the earlier tournament of elements gig pack though, with Ash and all those guys.

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By in Malaysia,

I like Neuro being included in this pack, triggering my desire to complete the Master of Elements

Hope Lego will produce all of them one day.

Special note: Paleman and Poison are in fact the same characters (even the minifigures produced) as Invizable and Toxikita respectively

I have bought the minifigures and they are 100% identical to their appearance in Ninjago animes

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