Review: 853866 Oni Villains Battle Pack

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Several different villains have opposed the ninja during NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu, the latest of whom are the ruthless Oni. These characters take inspiration from evil creatures of Japanese folklore and I think they appear intimidating in minifigure form!

853866 Oni Villains Battle Pack contains three wonderful Oni Demons, exhibiting their varied manifestations in the animated television series. These menacing minifigures are exclusively available here and the pack is accordingly appealing, although its price of £11.99 in the UK or $12.99 in the US seems rather expensive given the relatively limited number of new elements.

Minifigures

Three frightening Oni Demons are included. The first presumably takes inspiration from the Omega, who commands the Oni, based upon his impressive horns and shoulder armour that correspond with the animated series. A black Oni mask with vivid purple eyes and elongated teeth forms the face and looks tremendous. However, an additional face is found underneath and you can also raise the mask.

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Both pieces are decorated with matching facial markings and light bluish grey designs adorn the torso too. Unfortunately, they do not continue on the legs and the Omega's cloak is not included but he does wear a scabbard carrying two swords instead. In addition, the white necklace features some NINJAGO letters which look superb, creating a sense of mysticism around these villains.

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The other Oni incorporate identical torso and head components, although their differing armour and height distinguishes them. The shorter character wears a bandana and dual sheaths while the taller minifigure shares its shoulder armour with Mr. E from the Sons of Garmadon subtheme, drawing an interesting connection between these villains and those who sought the Oni Masks.

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Lower ranking Oni Demons seemingly feature shorter horns which are represented by black ears. This element was originally created for Black Panther from Marvel Super Heroes but it looks wonderful here as well. An army of Oni appears during the animated series so greater differentiation would have been welcome but swapping parts should create a reasonable selection of unique figures.

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Furthermore, each villains is equipped with a different weapon, compromising a staff, a standard battle axe and an unusual bladed implement that might represent a bearded axe. They include black tassels and some trans-purple pieces which loosely resemble the glowing orbs shown in the television series.

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Overall

853866 Oni Villains Battle Pack is currently the only available set based upon season ten of NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu so it seems likely to prove popular. I like the Oni Demons but their design does not match the impressive standard of other recent villains such as the Dragon Hunters in my opinion. Even so, they do appear rather intimidating and stand out within the pantheon of adversaries for the ninja.

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Unfortunately, the price of £11.99 or $12.99 feels expensive for a pack that only includes three unique minifigure elements, particularly when compared with previous minifigure sets. However, these packs are often discounted and it may be worth purchasing multiple copies to build an army at that juncture, depending upon the price!

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21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'm not really into Ninjago but these are pretty dang cool looking..

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By in Hungary,

Shame these packs cut back on the figure count, having four minis was ideal.

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By in United States,

@Kinto I'm with you, never bought a Ninjago set, but these are just really badass looking bad guys. I think they could find a place in my collection somewhere.

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By in United States,

Thanks, I will wait for the discount but this goes great in a Lego City museum exhibit.

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By in United States,

These have cool parts

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By in United States,

I didn’t know Lego made Satan battle packs.

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope they do a pack like this for the skrulls when captain marvel is released & i know it, s abit far fetched but maybe the marvel A. I. M soldiers too..

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By in United Kingdom,

£11.99 for three figs alone is extortionate, even with the accessories.

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By in United States,

I'll get them when they are onside for $10.XX like always but LEGO is insane to think that people will pay $13 for three figures. They have had the Nexo Knights Stone Monsters pack on clearance for $3.25 for weeks now and still not sold out.

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By in United States,

When/Where do these normally go on discount?? I've only seen them at the Lego brand stores and our local one rarely discounts anything (worth mentioning).

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By in United States,

@Thunbear: Yeah, only three unique elements is definitely sort of a bummer compared to packs like 853544-1 and 853687-1 which had 10 or more unique elements. At the same time, I greatly prefer it to some of the older packs like 850632-1 and 851342-1 in which some or all of the figures were made entirely out of common parts that could be found in other sets with a better price per piece. Also, for us buyers in the United States, this switch to three figures corresponded with a drop in price from $14.99 to $12.99 (the last of the four-figure packs, the LEGO Minecraft skin packs, had their price bumped up to €14.99 in some other countries like Germany as well, so I suspect that higher price would have become the new norm if LEGO had stuck with four figures per pack).

I also think LEGO did a really nice job differentiating these figures from each other (despite their similarities) and from figures in other sets, whereas some of the differences between the figures in the 20`13 and 2015 Ninjago battle packs and the ones in "normal" sets were easy to completely overlook without close analysis.

This is also sort of an interesting reversal of what we've come to expect in many of these packs. Previous Ninjago battle packs/accessory sets often featured characters or costumes that, compared to the corresponding wave of sets, were not specifically relevant to the current season of the show or the conflicts presented in it. But here, these figures are a lot more closely tied to the current season of the show (season 10: March of the Oni), whereas the other current sets are "Legacy" sets re-imagining past seasons of the show. I certainly expect season 10 to include stuff from the Legacy sets, but they don't appear to have been designed with the conflict of ninja vs. Oni in mind, whereas this obviously was.

BTW, I've been compiling a BrickList of these sorts of sets for a while now, just to compare them and look at how the prices, packaging, number of pieces/minifigs, amount of unique elements, etc. have changed over time: https://brickset.com/sets/list-15498 Let me know if there's any I missed!

Good review!

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By in United States,

Does anyone know when season 10 is released?

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By in United States,

I’m curious if anyone knows why this is the only season 10 set. It seems like between the show and now the “Legacy” theme everything is a little disjointed. Maybe there’s an obvious schedule I’m not aware of though.

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By in United States,

@B_Space_Man There aren't any truly new vehicles or locations in Season 10, which instead has re-introduced older Ninjago locations like the Monastery of Spinjitzu, existing vehicles like the Earth Driller, Destiny's Bounty, and Samurai Mech, and artifacts from past seasons like the Golden Armor, Realm Crystal, and Sword of Sanctuary. As such, Lego decided to release the Legacy sets to provide fans with newer and arguably better versions of older sets, since there isn't much new to fill an S10 wave with. The idea is presumably that the Legacy sets which also play a role in Season 10 can be used effectively as S10 sets for play.

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By in United States,

@Bhahouighf the show is based on what sets come out, not the other way around.

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By in Australia,

Leftover CHIMA.

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By in United Kingdom,

i wonder if these are good enough to count as being demon soldiers from Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 game (the henchmen of Mr Negative

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By in Netherlands,

The Legacy sets are based on the six short episodes about painting a mural in the Monastery of Spinjitsu that depicts the history of the ninjas. Season 10 has four episodes and is called March of the Oni. It started airing a few weeks ago. This is the only set so far from Season 10.

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By in United States,

@thehornedrat: How so? Chima's characters were based on real-world animals. These are... decidedly not.

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By in United States,

I wish we would've gotten that new horn piece Mistake had in Season 10. That would've perfected these.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! you made me want it more!

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