Ninja Tuner Car... How many times have I read Tina Turner already? My wife keeps thinking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Let's see what the new wave of Ninjago sets brings.
Ninjago, going for 9 years now. So, party next year?
The new season seems to revolve around some cyber-space kind of theme. The minifigures have a level bar above them, and sword with game controller pads. And a lot of bright (neon) colors. weirdly enough, I can't remember seeing Pixel in these sets. (Correct me when I'm wrong) You would think this is the perfect environment for her. There are some unknown minifigures though, maybe she's using an avatar?
I won't go to deep into the theme Ninjago. If you want to read more about this, you'll find it in my review of the 70677-1 - Land Bounty of last year. For now, I'll just focus on the set at hand.
With this build, I'm again assisted by my oldest daughter (9), the Ninjago uber-fan-girl.
This LEGO® NINJAGO® Ninja Tuner Car (71710) with 4 minifigures building set will be loved by fans of ninja cars, who also have the thrill of transforming it into a flying toy. Kids can role-play being their hero NINJAGO Digi Kai and learn about the ninjas' ethos of believing in yourself and helping others. The best toy cars for kids With 4 buildable figures of NINJAGO Digi Kai, Scott and two evil Red Visors, youngsters can immerse themselves in the video game world of Prime Empire and recreate battles for a Key-Tana. This combined ninja car and flying toy will really fire up their imagination and inspire independent play, or endless fun with friends. The perfect LEGO gift LEGO NINJAGO building sets allow kids to enter a mystical world of adventure where they can team up with their ninja heroes to take on the forces of evil. NINJAGO fans will be captivated as they role-play with these stunning action toys, which include speeders, NINJAGO® cars, dragons, temples and buildable figures.
The box measures 38 x 25.8 x 6.8 cm and weighs 660 grams. Inside are 3 numbered bags and a foil pack with the instructions and a sticker sheet. The sticker sheet has 2 sections: One with numbered stickers that are used in the instructions, and a section that you can use to decorate the model after your own liking.
The instructions measure 19.5 x 17.5 cm. The build is done in 114 steps on 107 pages.
The pdf can be downloaded here.
The set contains 424 parts and 13 spares, in 19 colors, and 30 part categories, with a total of 160 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- Black: 56 unique parts, 168 quantity.
- Dark Bluish Gray: 27 unique parts, 74 quantity.
- Light Bluish Gray: 24 unique parts, 67 quantity.
Main categories are:
- Minifig Accessories: 22 unique parts, 41 quantity.
- Plates Special: 19 unique parts, 55 quantity.
- Plates: 17 unique parts, 68 quantity.
As usual, the new series of sets come with new parts. First up is the Ninjago wrap. According to Bricklink, this is type 6: 65072pat0001pr0005 - Minifig Wrap with White Mask, Medium Azure Asian Symbol on Black print.
If this is type 6, I was curious what the other 5 types are. From left to right:
• Standard Ninja Wrap 30177, also used in other themes
• Type 1, prints and dual molds of 98133
• Type 2, prints and dual molds of 19857
• Type 3, prints and dual molds of 24496, usually coming along with 24504 - Minifig Neckwear Ninja Face Scarf
• Type 4, prints and dual molds of 40925
• Type 5, prints and dual molds of 41163, with transparent flames on top
• Type 6, prints and dual molds of 65072
Other new parts include a game controller that can hold a sword blade, a katana holder in Black and White, a special sword, where the blade fits into an axle hole as a key, and little signs that tell how many lives the player has (I guess, I haven't seen the new season yet).
There are a number of parts in new colors, including the 37341 Weapons pack in Trans Neon Green.
These are the new prints. Annoyingly, LEGO has not provided any images yet for these parts, as often is the case with Ninjago minifigure parts. We rely on you to submit these.
And the parts in rare colors, meaning the come in 3 sets or less.
There are 3 different minifigures in this set, the black one appearing 2 times.
The build is pretty straight-forward. It starts with relic kind of thing. This will probably have some meaning in the show. It holds the sword key.
The chassis is mainly made out of Technic bricks and frames. The connection to the wheels is unusual.
There are a lot of slopes and other greeble parts. To me, it looks a bit messy.
I'm a bit torn with this set. The minifigures look great, and the end result of the car is not bad too. But it doesn't 'click' with me, it feels there is something missing. I think it's the overall look of the set. If the set was from another theme, focused on cyber space, I would really like the design. But since this is a Ninjago set, it doesn't feel fitting. I think it's the combination of an unusual color scheme and the stickers, making it feel like an futuristic urban street racer.. Going by images (haven't built other sets of this wave yet), the other sets feel more like Ninjago. The Tuner Car feels out of place. Good looking, but not in for theme.
The build itself is straight-forward, but not boring. There is enough variety in SNOT and other techniques to keep it interesting. My daughter also liked the option to customize the build with the extra stickers.
Parts- and build photographs by Tobymac (© 2020 Rebrickable)