Review: 70672 Cole's Dirt Bike

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Motorcycles are a consistent feature across the excellent NINJAGO range and have appeared in nearly every wave since 2011. 70672 Cole's Dirt Bike is the newest such vehicle and this striking model definitely elicited my attention when the official images of these sets arrived a couple of months ago.

Its impressive half-track design seems suitable for Cole and I love the rocky textured elements. In addition, three interesting minifigures are included, the most notable of whom is probably the new Pyro Destroyer which continues the enduring trend of serpent-themed villains emerging across the NINJAGO theme.

Minifigures

Many different versions of each ninja have been created and the latest examples seem comparatively bland in my opinion. Cole sports black robes so matches previous versions of this character and each element looks good, although they lack the tiny details that appeared on the ninja last year. However, I like the orange bands and the design on the back of Cole's torso is great, including a pouch for holding cutlery!

Kai incorporates numerous similar features but still appears distinctive, featuring his own colours and different straps. I appreciate consistency between these ninja and the dark red highlights look brilliant, although I think the bright red overwhelms smaller areas of colour. Nevertheless, the minifigures are often updated and I am sure many people will like these versions of the ninja.

Cole wields his traditional hammer while Kai comes with a pearl gold sword. Both accessories feature sculpted hilts which appear remarkably intricate and they also wear pearl dark grey scabbards to hold katana, as exhibited below.

The ninja have encountered many serpent-themed villains and this Pyro Destroyer is the latest such character. These creatures appear quite intimidating and I love the combination of reddish brown and trans-orange plastic on their head, forming glowing eyes and flames that resemble the hood found on certain snake species. The copper shoulder armour looks wonderful as well, including two decorative snakes!

70672 Cole's Dirt Bike

Ancient Egypt has evidently inspired the Desert of Doom, hence the Pyro Vipers are wrapped in linen strips like an Egyptian mummy. The sandy residue looks superb and flames continue across the torso and legs, conveying the intense heat of this arid desert. This minifigure features a copper shield and a curved sword that was initially designed for Pharaoh's Quest. Both accessories are new in this colour.

70672 Cole's Dirt Bike

The Completed Model

Cole's motorcycle appears extremely robust, including numerous rocky pieces that feature some light bluish grey printing. I like the orange and pearl gold highlights while the half-track configuration seems especially appropriate for Cole, the Elemental Master of Earth, given his association with rough terrain and considerable focus upon strength.

The vehicle looks impressive from any angle but I am particularly satisfied with its angular side profile. The contrast between the forward track and the enormous back wheel is striking and the entire model appears nicely balanced. Furthermore, the shape of the track is reflected in the surrounding bodywork so the motorcycle feels absolutely cohesive, thereby improving upon earlier NINJAGO half-tracks such as 70501 Warrior Bike.

Technic elements provide support to the tracked section and these are hidden quite well beneath dark bluish grey panels, although a couple of blue pins remain visible. The track rolls with notable ease and its substantial width removes any need for a kickstand, leaving enough room for two stud shooters that are located beneath the central superstructure.

Handlebars are included for Cole and there is adequate space to seat him, even with a sheath across his back. A decorative banner is suspended behind the driver, featuring a distinctive shuriken icon that appears on several ninja vehicles across the Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu subtheme. This design is black so corresponds with Cole's dark attire.

The rear wheel is very interesting, lacking a conventional hub but instead featuring two golden pieces which connect through the centre of the tyre and protect its rubber sidewalls. This unusual component has been designed for the latest wave and its attractive blade design matches an orange sticker which is applied on the front wheel.

Overall

NINJAGO motorcycles have become somewhat repetitive throughout the duration of this theme. They are evidently extremely popular with children but many seem fairly similar. 70672 Cole's Dirt Bike is an exception. Half-track motorcycles have appeared previously but this model is exceptional, conveying a sense of speed alongside the strength that one would expect to see in any of Cole's vehicles.

The minifigures are also excellent but none are exclusive which is slightly disappointing. This set costs £17.99 or $19.99 and seems reasonable to offer reasonable, although other sets of a similar size have contained two models so a small structure for the Pyro Destroyer to protect would have been welcome. Nevertheless, I would recommend this set, especially following a discount.

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21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

A half track motorcycle, it's like a reverse Kettenkrad...

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By in United Kingdom,

good review. The rubber wheel that The two golden pieces go in, is it new or old?

PS i forgot to ask in the last review - is the Dilophosaurus from set 75934 hard plastic or rubber plastic? Thanks

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By in Hungary,

Love the firesnake minifigs this wave, very massable.

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By in Bahamas,

The villains in this season are so cool, I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Thanks for the great review!

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By in Netherlands,

It's not a proper Ninjago wave without a bike the size of a van.

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By in United States,

Good review! This is quite a neat set so it's a bit of a shame that it's the most "skippable" set in the new wave. With no unique figures or spinners like the other sets have, the main selling point is the bike itself, and while the bike is great (and shares some neat motifs with the other vehicles in the wave like the Shuricopter and Katana 4x4), it's got some steep competition among the larger and more expensive sets.

I'm a little curious about the new tire here—does it fit on any pre-existing wheels like 56904 (the thin 4x4 tractor wheel from City sets) or is it limited to use with these rims? None of the sets use it on different wheels (though the rims themselves are used as hubcaps on the larger Land Bounty), so it'd be interesting to know if these tires were designed with any other compatibility in mind.

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By in United States,

Gotta say, I love this bike! Even though it's one of the easier sets to skip in terms of not having any exclusive minifigs or accessories and being a little less groundbreaking in terms of features than sets like Lloyd's mech or the Land Bounty, it's nice for Cole to get a brand-new vehicle after not getting any vehicles of his own in seasons 6–10.

While Cole has had a bike previously in #70733-1, I feel like this one appeals to me a lot more. In that case, not only did the proportions and structure feel really unlike a bike, but the Earth element motifs felt more tacked on and less integrated with the shape and structure. That said, this set is pretty light on play features compared to that and most other Ninjago bike sets this size over the years.

I love the redesigned ninja weapons this wave, which echo the ninja's weapons from the movie and Seasons 8–9 but with a more ornate golden makeover. The new ninja suits are nice as well, even if a little bit generic. And the Pyro Snake baddies are really neat designs that manage to avoid feeling like a rehash of previous snake factions. I certainly appreciate the number of new Copper Metallic elements we're seeing this wave!

As far as new parts go, the new two-part wheel construction is WILD, and I love that it's engineered for compatibility with existing tires, without being specific to one tire size/shape! While perhaps the shape and texture are more specialized than the spinner crowns we've seen repurposed as wheel rims in past Ninjago sets, it will still be exciting to see how this wheel rim is used in future sets/MOCs.

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By in United States,

Looks decent, seems LEGO is teasing something Ancient Egypt related with those mummy snakes.

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By in Brazil,

The Snake torso looks great for a Makoto Shishio from Rurouni Kenshin MOC.

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By in United States,

Comes with Kai and Pyro Destroyer, two of the most common figures in the entire wave. Would rather have seen another Wu and Pyro Whipper, which each appear in only one set-though the Whipper and Destroyer are identical except for the Whipper’s unique head. Still, a pretty good set.

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By in Canada,

Snake dude looks like those cobra helmet guys from Stargate. Love and respect for Ninjago.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Profbrick489 - The tyre is an existing piece but the surrounding pearl gold elements are entirely new.

The new Dilophosaurus consists primarily of hard plastic but its tail is made from rubber.

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By in Australia,

The antagonist characters continue to be the highlight of Ninjago. One half of this line-up features the Japanese franchise of the Army of the Dead, and the other half? Mummy snake monsters.

But on the other hand ... snakes, again?

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By in United States,

@Zordboy I think it’s obligatory at this point. 2012, 2015, 2017, and now 2019; the snakes just keep coming back.

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By in Poland,

I'm loving Ninja suits get less tied to named characters. That red suit looks amazing!

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By in Poland,

I'm glad I was able to buy it for 15$.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ CapnRex101 Thanks very much!

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By in United Kingdom,

You'd think Kai would have seen a doctor about that cut by now...

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By in Germany,

I have to admit this looks pretty cool and the minifigs are all well done. The Ninja could have some foot print but they are still good figures. Thank you for the review - I didn't have this on my list but it just looks so good..
It gets more and more complicated not to get some Ninjago sets. After the (at least to me) little disappointing January wave this is a return to form. I'm particularly interested in the Shuricopter and Mech review, as I think these really stand out, but I guess there are also some surprises in this wave, perhaps even the Sand Bounty?

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By in Latvia,

I'm most excited about Land Bounty and The Castle of the Emperor

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By in Poland,

should i buy it now or wait for magazines with kai, cole and pyrosnake i care only for figures

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