Review: 70674 Fire Fang

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Serpentine characters frequently challenge the ninja and larger snakes sometimes accompany these villains. 70674 Fire Fang is an impressive example, including 463 pieces. Its construction methods appear fairly unusual though, relying upon several pliable plastic components which form the creature's hood.

Such assembly techniques are not consistently effective but this example looks brilliant. Furthermore, an excellent collection of minifigures are found here, including Aspheera who only otherwise appears in 70677 Land Bounty. The exclusive Kai FS minifigure is similarly appealing, hence my considerable interest in this set.

Minifigures

Numerous versions of each ninja have been produced and Kai FS looks marvellous. This minifigure has harnessed the Forbidden Spinjitzu so features a dual-moulded head wrap which combines trans-red plastic with the standard opaque material. I definitely appreciate the resultant effect, although the contrast between these two colours is relatively subtle.

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Kai's double-sided head was introduced during 2017 and I would accordingly appreciate an updated design. Nevertheless, this head looks reasonable while the torso and legs are perfectly detailed. The reddish brown straps and dark tan pouches are particularly pleasing. Furthermore, I love the dark red border across his attire and the elemental symbol on his back is a delightful detail as well.

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This minifigure lacks weapons but comes with an enjoyable tornado spinner. Its trans-orange and red colour scheme looks great and I appreciate the decorative glitter which is mixed with this trans-orange plastic. The spinner rests upon a trans-clear 2x2 slider, not shown below, so functions nicely and there is room for the minifigure to slot inside.

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Aspheera commands the Pyro Vipers and this minifigure looks absolutely spectacular. Her pearl gold colour scheme stands out within NINJAGO sets and separates this character from other Serpentine. The head looks superb and fits perfectly beside the chest armour which features decorative serpent sculptures over each shoulder. The torso is similarly detailed and I am particularly impressed with the intricate pharaonic collar.

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However, I find the golden design to be slightly overwhelming, especially when combined with the dual-moulded piece that replaces standard legs. Its orange and trans-orange colour scheme is undoubtedly attractive, although there is little contrast between this component and the golden torso. Nevertheless, this villain appears suitably majestic in relation to her subordinates.

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Collectable items appear prominently across the NINJAGO theme and the latest wave contains three Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu. This example features an excellent flame design along its edge and the lettering reads 'The Forbidden Art' which is a fun detail. The naginata is new and looks fantastic, due in particular to a trace of trans-orange on the blade.

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Pyro Viper soldiers appear in numerous new sets and two such characters are included here. The first is a Pyro Slayer, whose reddish brown head features some brilliant trans-orange highlights. They look wonderful but I believe the eyes could be improved as these only become visible when lit from the side. The torso and legs, on the other hand, are both perfectly decorated with dirty bandages.

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Similar components are found on the Pyro Destroyer, although this minifigure wears copper shoulder armour which fits neatly around its neck. An exposed stud on the reverse may be used to connect this soldier to the Fire Fang and the accompanying Pyro Slayer includes a reddish brown neck bracket for the same purpose. Both characters are heavily armed with bladed weapons and shields.

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The Completed Model

Collectable accessories have appeared in numerous NINJAGO sets and three Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu currently occupy that role. However, a golden sceptre with a red crystal is included too and rests on a decorative plinth which looks quite nice. This item certainly provides some additional play value, despite its reasonably simple design.

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Gigantic snakes are remarkably abundant across the NINJAGO theme. This example measures 21cm in height and 29cm long so its size is comparable to the Great Devourer from 9450 Epic Dragon Battle. The tail offers extensive articulation but there is little movement in the upper body, thereby maintaining balance. Unfortunately, that also precludes certain options for displaying the model.

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Four black spoiler components form scales which form an elegant curve across the belly of this lethal creature. The surrounding trans-orange elements look superb and I love the golden letters found here. Some loosely resemble the existing NINJAGO alphabet which is fun, potentially suggesting that these letters are its ancient equivalent. Two minifigures guide the Fire Fang from chains on either flank.

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Cobras have undoubtedly influenced the Pyro Vipers and two substantial plastic sheets form the Fire Fang's distinctive hood. These are partially translucent which is exceptionally effective and I love how its orange, red and black colours correspond with those across the body. Sand blue elements provide assistance in shaping the hood and partially conceal the ball joints which keep it in position.

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Opening the mouth reveals another flexible sheet, representing the tongue. This enables the mouth to close completely which is pleasing, although its appearance could probably be improved. Furthermore, the red eyes seem excessively large when compared with the remainder of the head and I am inclined to remove a 1x1 quarter circle tile from each side, creating more proportional eyes.

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Aspheera commands both her armies and the Fire Fang from an elaborate throne on its back. This tan structure is decorated with four pearl gold swords and Pyro Viper banners are mounted on either flank. It has been cleverly positioned at an angle, although Aspheera cannot sit down and therefore appears rather awkward when standing on her throne.

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However, I am satisfied with the Fire Fang's tail which includes three points of articulation. Turning the black gear beneath its hood will cause the tail to swing back and forth, thereby rattling white 1x1 round tiles which are concealed inside the final section! Auditory functions are quite unusual but this example works perfectly and was a pleasant surprise.

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Moreover, the trans-orange rock elements situated along its tail look tremendous and I appreciate the segmented shape of the rattle. Two stud shooters are located alongside the rattle while small dark tan spikes deter attackers approaching from the side. Ideally, these would continue for the whole length of the tail but the black curved slopes are a reasonable alternative.

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Overall

NINJAGO sets have become increasingly impressive in my opinion and 70674 Fire Fang is definitely an enjoyable addition to the range. The model features numerous trans-orange pieces which seems appropriate given its association with the Pyro Vipers. Furthermore, I like how flexible plastic sheets have been integrated with standard elements, surpassing earlier sets in that regard.

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Unfortunately, this set costs £39.99 or $39.99 which seems quite expensive. It contains 463 pieces so offers reasonable value from that perspective but the model is smaller than I was anticipating and four minifigures does not necessarily justify that price either. However, those figures are appealing and the serpent offers considerable play value, despite its upper body being relatively static.

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23 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review. the rattling is good surprise. Aspheera needs these legs 6268107

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By in United States,

Gives off some 2012 Great Devourer vibes ;)

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By in United States,

Considering the last giant snake in the Ninjago story to appear in a set was way back in 2012, this one is quite a step forward. While its articulation is similarly restricted (compared to a real snake) to allow it to hold its head up, the introduction of parts like the 4x4 "macaroni tiles" and various curved slopes make the shaping on this one much better. I particularly like the use of repeated "spoiler" pieces for its curved, scaled underbelly.

The color scheme of this set is quite unique—when I first saw this set I assumed it used Dark Stone Grey more heavily, but in fact some of what I thought was Dark Stone Grey was Sand Blue instead. It's an interesting look, which sort of gives the impression of a stone snake that's been brought to life by flame, rather than a purely molten being.

It's a shame that very little in the way of Pyro Snake architecture is included in this or other sets. The TV series shows the snakes originating from a pyramid, which would've made for a very unique architectural set (a Lego pyramid playset hasn't been seen since Pharaoh's Quest (the same year as the Ninjago theme STARTED). That's not to say I dislike the ninja vehicles, and I understand the appeal, but it's always a shame when so much work goes into developing a setting for the TV series only for it to go unrepresented in the sets themselves..

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review my little brother wants to get this set .

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By in United States,

@Profbrick489 and @Lyichir I agree with both your points. It’s always kind of sad when the show team is inspired by the sets to make something better that you know we probably won’t get in set form.

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By in United States,

Great job by the designer and an excellent review! Reminds me also of 70626 but organic instead of mech. I will be getting this but I’ll wait for the inevitable Amazon sale.

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By in United Kingdom,

I managed to pick one up for 30% discount in Sainsbury’s, and really couldn’t fault it at that price. I love the vinyl pieces.

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By in Germany,

Will you review the Titan Mech?

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By in United States,

You know it’s a good “villain” set when you read the review, and you suddenly hear boss fight music. Or is that just me?

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By in Hungary,

Yeah, that's a buy.

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By in Australia,

I really loved the Great Devourer, and I think this one looks really cool too (but I'll be waiting for a sale).

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By in Netherlands,

Wow,i havent seen those articulating pieces for the tail in a while!

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By in Germany,

@eMJee83 quite a few ninjago sets use this technique: 70612, 70725, 2509 , 9445, 9450

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By in United States,

@Phathead: it's a set review. What are people going to put in the comments other than their thoughts on the set?

I think my favorite update from the Great Devourer is the color scheme. I'm so glad Ninjago changed the flat, bright colors for a more nuanced, earthy palette. Also, the rattle rattles?!

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By in Australia,

For some reason this set (and especially the use of flexible plastic for the hood) makes me thing of that Cobra from Pharaoh's Quest.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was thinking the same thing jonwil, though admittedly when your model is "giant cobra" there's never going to be too much difference

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By in United States,

This new set and the new villain faction it belongs to have a really neat aesthetic! The Egyptian theming might seem like an odd fit for Ninjago but by blending it with the well-established Serpentine aesthetic and an elemental motif, the pieces come together surprisingly seamlessly!

As far as builds go, the Fire Fang is definitely the best brick-built snake I've seen in any official set to date, and learning that its tail actually rattles is just the icing on the cake! I'm not sure I agree about the eyes being out of proportion… I kind of think it actually adds to the look, especially how the seam between the two tiles suggests a slit-like pupil.

I wish there'd been more Pyro Viper architecture in this wave, but the hieroglyphic stickers, banners, throne construction, and shrine in this set definitely help establish a really compelling design language that will be a great starting point if I decide to MOC some bigger architectural structures for them.

I'm also glad this wave is making continued use of the Copper Metallic color we first saw in the 2017 "Hands of Time" sets. It's a great color and I can't wait until the variety of parts increases enough to offer some really varied possibilities to easily put it to use as a major part of a model's color scheme, rather than just as minifigure parts and accessories.

I love how this faction's concept calls back to a Season 1 scene that didn't otherwise seem to have much lasting significance, with Lloyd hunting for a Fang Blade in a Serpentine pyramid only to find it had already been retrieved by renowned adventurer Clutch Powers. Who'd have guessed that either the pyramid or that casual name drop would become relevant to the Ninjago storyline again seven years later?

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By in Poland,

My favorite set from this wave, but it's horrible that Aspheera don't come with her tail.
Char looks WAY better and more menacing because of that...

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By in United States,

@lordofdragonss: She couldn't fit on the throne with a longer tail, though, could she? Maybe if anything this set should have been the same but the one with the Land Bounty should have included her tail...

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By in Australia,

To be honest, I think these snakes are over-shadowed by (a) they're the fourth bunch of snake-themed villains, and (b) the Japanese franchise of the Army of the Dead, in the other 2019 sets. I saw a picture of the Ice Emperor, on Bricklink yesterday ... someone tell me how that isn't the Night King, with a samurai suit of armour?

I love Lego for doing it, though.

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By in Poland,

Lyichir The throne look different in animation as well as it HAD place for sticking out tail.

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By in United States,

This set reminds me a lot of the Mad Adder snake that Cloaker and Domino use from Super Mario RPG, which is thematically appropriate for Ninjago, which cohabitates the "white American gamers pretending to be ninjas" Twitch streamer aesthetic exemplified by personalities like Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Caleb Hart. Lego is no longer just competing with Hasbro and Mattel for toy revenue, but also with non-traditional entities like Twitch subscriptions and Fortnite skins, so it's not surprising to see some of the same themes reflected in 2019 set design.

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By in United States,

great set. could use a few more snakes.

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