Despite being an original LEGO theme, there is not enough space for every character and their respective variants within the brilliant NINJAGO range. 5005257 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection is therefore an appealing prospect as this pack includes a variety of minifigures from previous seasons of the animated series.
Furthermore, these minifigures are exceptionally detailed, following the impressive standard set by the Bricktober collection that was released during 2017. Their limited distribution is disappointing but this NINJAGO pack is comparatively inexpensive on the secondary market.
The revelation that Harumi is aligned with the Sons of Garmadon in resurrecting Lord Garmadon was probably among the most interesting twists from NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu so I am delighted that her villainous form is now available here. She sports the Oni Mask of Hatred, granting invincibility to its wearer and turning Harumi's body into magma stone. The textured design looks superb and covers the entire figure.
Characters empowered by the Oni crackle with purple destructive energy which is present on the front of the torso. However, some evidence of Harumi's original appearance does remain as the black fabric visible beneath her rocky exterior features the same floral pattern as the minifigure from 70643 Temple of Resurrection! I appreciate this consistency between different versions of the same villainess.
Raising the mask reveals a unique double-sided head that features a smile and an angry expression. The white band across her face looks great and a NINJAGO letter H is stenciled beside her right eye. Moreover, this minifigure includes a textured shoulder armour element which originated in the NEXO Knights theme along with two red katana.
Jay and his friends journey through an ice maze during season five and discover that its frozen walls reflect their future selves. This minifigure did not particularly stand out when the pack was announced but it has exceeded my expectations, due primarily to the metallic silver dots which are printed across the torso. This design is incredibly intricate and continues on both arms beside metallic silver bands.
A unique alphabet was developed for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie in 2017 but this character appeared in an earlier episode during 2015. The letters on his clothing cannot therefore be deciphered, although their style does resemble the written NINJAGO language. Perhaps the alphabet changes between the present day and the future inhabited by this minifigure!
The back of the torso is decorated with Jay's elemental symbol and two silver shuriken. Unfortunately, there is no alternative face but I do like his eye patch and ginger beard, matching the ninja's hair piece. Jay carries a wooden staff which is represented by a reddish brown 6L bar, like that wielded by Master Wu.
Season eight introduced the Sons of Garmadon, a biker gang that sought to resurrect Lord Garmadon. Several members of the group appeared at the beginning of 2018 but Mohawk is exclusively available here, wearing a sleeveless leather jacket and trousers. These parts are new but correspond with other Sons of Garmadon. For instance, the shirt underneath his jacket includes a skull which is a consistent feature of the gang.
Moreover, the striking Sons of Garmadon emblem is printed on the back of Mohawk's torso, combining Lord Garmadon's distinctive helmet with a pair of motorcycle handlebars. This looks wonderful and the same design is tattooed on the minifigure's arm, along with some chains that appear on the side of his legs as well.
Skull face paint is worn by numerous Sons of Garmadon minifigures but this example is new, including two stars above the eyes. Naturally, the character features a mohawk hair component but my favourite aspect of this minifigure is certainly his weapon. Baseball bats have been available since 2011 but this version is metallic silver and it looks magnificent.
Master Chen appeared during the fourth season of NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu and enjoys kabuki theatre, enabling Nya to infiltrate his palace by disguising herself as one of the actors. This minifigure looks absolutely marvellous! Her dark red attire is adorned with two white dragons and these begin at the front before continuing onto the back of the torso, as demonstrated in the images below.
There is similar continuity between the dark green band and metallic gold pattern on the sash around Nya's waist. This design looks perfect in relation to the animated series, as one would expect, but may also be used for characters beyond NINJAGO if you wish. The head is decorated with red stripes which are known as kumadori and two characterful facial expressions are included.
Nya wears golden bands around her wrists and comes with a medium nougat fan. This new accessory features some floral designs and looks wonderful, although the fan is only actually printed on one side which is slightly disappointing. Nevertheless, I am delighted with this minifigure.
There are numerous characters from the NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu series who have yet to appear as physical minifigures and this is an impressive selection. Both characters from the Sons of Garmadon season are very welcome and I love Future Jay and Kabuki Nya, although I would not necessarily have chosen those figures before seeing how detailed they actually are!
This minifigure pack is currently available for approximately £17 or $22 on the secondary market which is reasonable in my opinion. On that basis, I would certainly recommend 5005257 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection to fans of the animated series, especially if you have enjoyed the recent Sons of Garmadon narrative.
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