Review: 70650 Destiny's Wing

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70618 Destiny's Bounty from The Lego Ninjago Movie has to be one of the stand out sets of recent times so any further sets that start with “Destiny's...” in the title should be a super awesome must buy – right?

“Free The Dragons” is the latest sub-theme of Ninjago and a set called “Destiny's Wing” might indicate that it's an epic sized flying machine – yes?

No. In fact, 70650 Destiny's Wing is one of the smallest and cheapest sets in the new wave, and despite me poking a little fun at the grand title versus actual size, I rather like the look of this little thing. I've set aside the afternoon to do some building and this is first on my list. Is it worth you picking up? Find out after the break.

At time of writing, the data I have at hand reckons on 181 pieces for £17.99 / $19.99. I can't find an EU price at the moment. The box measures 26 x 19 x 6cm, shown here with a minifig for scale, and the front and back shots display the features concisely.

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On the inside, there are three numbered bags and a 76 page booklet with 62 steps.

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There's a sticker sheet with just four stickers, all the same.

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Minifigs

First up is Kai. He has a detailed print and the added mystery of a missing sleeve. The underlying print looks the same as his Sons Of Garmadon attire, but then there is chain armour and belts overlaying it. To complement the missing arm material there is a slither of yellow and a little tear printed around the shoulder area – a nice touch. There are highlights of metallic silver for the over-chest belt buckles and he has a dual printed head to finish.

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Similar detailing adorns the rear.

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He is equipped with a pair of black katanas...

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...but the real prize and one of the play goals is to obtain this, the Dragonbone Blade. The hilt is a fantastic gold dragon's head, and when I first saw the blade I thought it had a manufacturing error. It's a marbling/fade effect going from tan to silver and it looks brilliant. There is a spare blade (but no handle) included and it's interesting to see that the fade isn't identical on them. They're extremely close yes, but not quite 100%. At this point, I had to look at my life in general and query why a grown man was getting so excited about a mere slip of plastic, but after that brief lapse of concentration I moved on.

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Villain time now, and we have Jet Jack, who I immediately thought was a male but researching and referring to wikia, it seems that the figure is a female. Either way, it's another great minifig with super printing on the torso and a lot of metallic silver featuring on the hips and legs. The belt for instance is accurately placed on the thin orange band available. There is more metallic printing on the head and I love the cracked goggles.

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The rear sees a backprint, not so elaborate, and a shaven head up top.

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The figure comes with a jetpack or wing assembly that covers the rear back-print anyway. The wings can be moved up or down, though as the figure will topple over with the weight of it all the sensible place is to keep them down at floor level to act as a prop.

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Weapon of choice is a spear.

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The Build

Into bag 1, the first build is a stone pedestal that holds the Dragonbone Blade. It's a simple platform with good stone effect, and interestingly makes use of a pair of Bat Wings in Dark Tan that have only been in the 75192 Millennium Falcon before.

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Still in bag one, next up is the fuselage of the plane itself.

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Bag 2 finishes the cockpit, detailing, and builds one of the wings. The four stickers, whilst easy to apply in principal need a little care in doing so. As there is no fixed point on the rear fins to place them, once your first is laid you need to use that as a reference for the other three.

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Finally bag 3 completes the other wing and arms the weapons.

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It might be a low end set, but as a whole I really rather like it.

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We've covered the minifigs and there's not a lot that can be said about the pedestal, so let's examine the flying machine itself.

I think it has a neat design overall and I'm detecting some cyberpunk influences. I love the gold detailing and rounded tiles placed on the wings – they add a little flow and make things a bit more “organic”. The engine is interesting as it has turbine in place of a propeller with corresponding jets on the back, yet it has conventional cylinder/exhausts either side of the hood. It's a clever mix.

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The cockpit hood opens very wide and shows the brick built pilot's seat complete with cushioned back and headrest.

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A touch I really like is doing away with studs to seat the pilot on. Instead a 1x2 panel with centre divider has been used. This slots in between Kai's leg's to keep him in place nicely and makes it extremely easy to pop him in and out. There are 1x1 clips on the wings to hold his katanas.

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Weapons are obligatory stud shooters mounted on the tops of the wings and spring loaded shooters slung underneath.

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Here's some other angles.

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It looks a bit stubby on a side profile.

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But what it lacks in length, and makes up for in width. The wings attach to the fuselage by just a couple of technic pins, so they have a slight natural droop.

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So for functions, we have the shooters and an opening cockpit. At a push we can say that the turbine spins and the fins move a little as they are on hinges. But let's not discount the main thing a set like this has – the swooshability factor – and it really does have it. Here's me swooshing! If you hold it just behind the wings it is all to easy to set the spring shooters off so I found that the mudguards at the rear serve as the perfect place to pick it up.

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Overall

It must be hard to constantly reinvent this theme and you can see influences here from earlier vehicles for sure – but that's no bad thing. When I started my review, I was blind. I had no facts or figures, and I thought I was reviewing a set that would cost £15. Researching for this text yesterday, I found it on two big name UK sites for £18, so I guess it's in the right ballpark.

I enjoyed the build too – it has a good variety of pieces and techniques. The resulting model is cool and swooshable. It is a set for younger builders and play, and on that level it doesn't disappoint. It certainly brought out the 9 year old in me anyway.

Whilst I may debate the grand title, I can't deny it packs a lot of fun into a little box – and on that basis it does what any good LEGO set should.

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Many thanks to the LEGO Group for providing Brickset with a copy of the set. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

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21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

The fact that the dragonbone blades are all slightly different brought out the 9-year-old in me as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

At least it will be easier to make additional mynocks now.

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By in United States,

The intro got me a little confused. Yeah the title starts with "Destiny" but it wasn't called "Destiny's Bounty." Throughout the entirety of Ninjago's run anything called "Destiny's Bounty" was a massive and impressive ship, while anything else such as "Destiny's Shadow" was an accent craft used as a scout. It's a grouping method, not a class.

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By in United States,

That's a cool jet. Well written review, too. I appreciate your photography.

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By in United States,

I like it but Thorne Room Confrontation is better and makes this forgotten

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By in Netherlands,

Excellent review as allways Iso.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review as always.
Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to get excited about this wave of Ninjago sets.
To be fair, under normal circumstances they would go down as well as previous years sets have done but after being spoiled with some stunning and very inventive sets from the Ninjago Movie (regardless of what you thought of the film) these just seem a bit too 'normal'.

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By in Netherlands,

Good review, thanks. I almost picked up the set today.

The Dragon Bone Blade also seems to be included in the Stormbringer set, being wielded by Jay.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^^Yes, more pieces and more minifigures for the same money in 70651 Throne Room. I don't think I'll ever understand how they price these things up. Can't swoosh that one though ;-)

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By in United States,

The backstory to the Destiny's Wing is that it is built from the wreckage of the Destiny's Bounty. It definitely echoes some of the Bounty's design language, if not its color scheme. Compare it particularly with the fins on the stern that have been present in some form on every version of the Bounty.

Overall, I don't feel particularly drawn to this set, since the dragons are the most appealing part of the upcoming wave to me, and both the figures from this set are duplicates of ones that come with Firstbourne. That said… what would definitely help sell me on this set would be if somehow it could function as an upgrade kit for last year's Destiny's Bounty. Sadly, though, even with detachable wings, I don't really have any idea what on the Bounty you could attach them to that would help make it look more flightworthy. So it just winds up feeling like yet another vehicle for Kai after the Katana V11 from earlier this year, which already fills that niche as far as I'm concerned.

I do have to say, the ninja's costumes for the summer look pretty rad with their battle damaged aesthetic, and really exemplify the versatility of the new masks from the movie wave. Having the color of the lower part of the mask as an extra variable on top of the dual-molded hood and headband lets LEGO — as well as fans — vary up the mask patterns without needing to rely entirely on new recolors. This upcoming wave seems to introduce even more customization potential with some of the baddie masks which have two-part designs interchangeable with these parts. What would Kai's hood from this set look like with Muzzle's muzzle, I wonder, or with the Golden Dragon Master's golden ninja mask?

Jet Jack's a cool baddie herself, even if she uses entirely existing molds. It amuses me a bit that this is the second review in a week where the reviewer mentions confusing a female character for a male one. I'll grant that compared to the blonde woman from the Roller Coaster, Jet Jack's hairstyle isn't very traditionally feminine, but it's not exactly breaking new ground for female character designs — Storm from the X-Men was rocking a mohawk as far back as the 80s! And of course Jet Jack also has some traditional LEGO gender signifiers like a narrow waist and painted lips. As much as I like her design, it is a bit of a bummer that she's the only female dragon hunter appearing in the new sets.

The dragonbone blade is nicely designed, blade and hilt alike. The variability of the blade pattern does not surprise me as that's the norm with co-injected parts as far back as the Bohrok or Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes in 2002. But I'm honestly more intrigued by the hilt. Looking at it I can't help but be reminded of how as far back as the original Ninjago TV special, the dragon motif from Kai's Dragon Sword of Fire (https://brickset.com/parts/4626501/dragon-sword) was also present on the other ninja's golden weapons: the Scythe of Quakes, Shurikens of Ice, and Nunchucks of Lightning. Now with the nunchucks, at least, you could actually achieve a similar effect, which to me is pretty cool!

Thanks for the review!

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By in United Kingdom,

iso3200 I found Stormbringer on your set collection. Will we see a review of that soon?

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By in United Kingdom,

^Yep. It's on my "to do" list.

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By in France,

Those vilain minifigs are awesome in this new season. I like the skin tone, and printings go better and better, detailed and so accurate (the belt right on the orange strip is a good example of Lego technical mastership). Nice little ship also, and the dragon sword is made of really good parts. Both hilt and blade will be successful. Nice review and pics again thank you.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir I think the name may have had something to do with it as well, and the CGI promotional image for her doesn’t show the lipstick very well.

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By in United States,

I like anything Dragon but I haven't bough a Ninjago set since Ninjago City, may get one of the dragons.

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By in United States,

Dang I kind of like that. The $20 sets have been surprisingly attractive to our house in the last year or so. This looks like another one we’ll have to pick up.

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By in United States,

Since sons of garmadon both the TV show and Sets have been really good. except the pricing :(. im so glad to see that the creator of ninjago want to make the show like, and actual dark storyline, and more emotional TV show.

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By in Germany,

"At this point, I had to look at my life in general and query why a grown man was getting so excited about a mere slip of plastic, but after that brief lapse of concentration I moved on." This made me laugh out loud inside my head. Thanks for that -- and the review, of course.

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By in Belgium,

European price is €21.99, Atleast where i live. You can get European prices for sets at Bartsmit.com

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By in Belgium,

^^ I was laughing not just in my head, almost spurted out my sparkling water but managed to recover.

I just wish I was able to to get the DVDs of the episodes quicker, we're running behind on the storyline (on Belgian dvd they are showing season 5 again).

Thanks for the review.

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By in United States,

I didn't know ninjago still existed,
Jk but I didn't know that a new wave was coming out. ;)

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