Are you bricking it over what to get the kids for Christmas? We do the work for you by counting down the best LEGO Ninjago sets.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie just hit cinemas across the UK this past weekend. The film is the third big-screen LEGO movies, following the, erm, LEGO Movie, and last year’s equally awesome (but isn’t everything awesome?) LEGO Batman Movie. The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which features the voices of Dave Franco and Jackie Chan, is based on the popular LEGO toy series, which first hit shelves all the way back in 2011. Since then, the range has spawned a cartoon series and over 100 sets. We whittle in down to 11 of the very best LEGO Ninjago sets available now.
Taken directly from the movie, the Lightning Jet is Jay’s amazing flying machine featuring mucho-cool crab posable legs, a snapping pincer, and six-stud rapid shooter. The set also includes six minifigures with assorted weapons to “dial up the role-play conflict”.
This one is going straight onto the Christmas list. The Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon is excellent value for money and is brand new for 2017. The set not only includes eight minifigures – Kai, Nya, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, Jay and Jungle Garmadon, all featured in the movie – but also two 2 buildable temple guardian figures (think less threatening Terror Dogs from Ghostbusters).
If the kids have behaved themselves, and you’re willing to throw a bit more money at a gift, then why not take a look at another temple – the Temple of Airjitzu from the classic non-movie range. The set is essentially a mini-village, complete with a Blacksmith’s workshop and Smugglers’ Market, all connected by paths, steps and bridge with two stone-style dragons either side. There’s also a statue of Sensei Yang and 12 minifigures.
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Right at the other end of the price range is this nifty jungle bridge lifted directly from the film. Featuring three minifigures and various weapons for them to fight one another with, this more basic set is simple to build and won’t ninja chop a hole in your wallet.
There’s nothing quite like building a dragon, and this beast, again from the movie, is intricately constructed, but not an ordeal like some of the fiddly Technic-inspired sets can be (we’re no strangers to LEGO dragons, you know). It’s also from the new film, so they’ll love to be able to play with it once built too.
Available from the LEGO store as a double set, this package doesn’t just include the aforementioned Lightning Jet, but also the impressive Manta Ray Bomber. It’s a very limited edition – only available until the end of October – so snap it up now.
In the world of LEGO Ninjago they have pirate ships, and they don’t come as impressive as Destiny’s Bounty. This epic set might be on the more expensive side, but the kids will get a kick out of building this colossal set, as well as re-enacting scenes from the film, in which this features heavily.
The Garma Mecha Man, a character from the latest film, is an absolute beast. According to the official blurb, this “highly posable mech features an opening mini-figure cockpit for Garmadon, spring-loaded shark blaster, ammo belt and a fish tank.” What else do you want? Take our money.
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If you thought some of the previous sets were a bit wacky, how about this? The Flying Jelly Sub is brilliant. It features an opening minifigure cockpit, rotating legs, two flick missile,s and swinging “toxic” tentacles. It box also contains a separate boat, and 4 mini-figures – Jay, Takuma, Jelly and Hammer Head. What’s evening better is that it’s only 25 nicker, so excellent value for money.
This one is very much a part of the film, seen when Jay and Nya seek refuge, and in true Home Alone style, set up loads of traps ready for an attack by the sky pirates. We’ve got one of these in the office, and felt about as proud as we might building an actual house after sticking the last brick on.
We have, of course, saved the best for last. Ninjago City is a huge kit, and for the not inconsiderable sum of £260, you get a hugely-detailed, three-level model connected by a sliding elevator, made with no less than 4800+ pieces. This is every dads’ dream/nightmare in one box, and an absolute must for the LEGO enthusiast with deep-but-easily rifled-through pockets.