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.
On the inside, there are three numbered bags and a 76 page booklet with 62 steps.
There's a sticker sheet with just four stickers, all the same.
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.
Similar detailing adorns the rear.
He is equipped with a pair of black katanas...
...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.
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.
The rear sees a backprint, not so elaborate, and a shaven head up top.
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.
Weapon of choice is a spear.
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.
Still in bag one, next up is the fuselage of the plane itself.
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.
Finally bag 3 completes the other wing and arms the weapons.
It might be a low end set, but as a whole I really rather like it.
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.
The cockpit hood opens very wide and shows the brick built pilot's seat complete with cushioned back and headrest.
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.
Weapons are obligatory stud shooters mounted on the tops of the wings and spring loaded shooters slung underneath.
Here's some other angles.
It looks a bit stubby on a side profile.
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.
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.
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.
Many thanks to the LEGO Group for providing Brickset with a copy of the set. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.