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LEGO Ninjago Hands of Time sets review

LEGO Ninjago has been a favorite of younger LEGO fans since 2011, and it is still going strong. At the beginning of January LEGO released seven new LEGO Ninjago sets based on Season 7 of the TV show, titled LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – Hands of Time. The new episodes haven’t aired yet, but the sets give us a glimpse of what they are about. Below we will look at them in more detail. 🙂


#70621 LEGO NINJAGO THE VERMILLION ATTACK: This is one of the best budget LEGO Ninjago set ever released. Three minifigures with new printing and armor, new pieces, and great play features, all for just $10. Make sure you watch the video-review below to see the minifigs up close. The new armor and helmet pieces are gorgeously detailed. Here is the official description: Stage a swamp battle between Kai and Vermillion warriors Rivett and Slackjaw to win the Forward Time Blade. This LEGO Ninjago set features a Vermillion egg with an explode function that releases three red snake elements from inside, plus cool minifigure weapons to dial up the role-play conflict. Includes three minifigures: Kai, Rivett and Slackjaw. 83 pieces. Price: $9.99 – BUY HERE


#70622 LEGO NINJAGO DESERT LIGHTNING: A simple set with two racers and three minifigures. Small vehicles like these have been popular with Ninjago fans, and the minifigures (again) look excellent. Jay’s bike got a couple of stud-shooters, but the badguy’s racer has nothing, so as far as play-features the set is lacking a bit. Here is the official description: Beat Commander Blunck’s Vermillion racer to claim the Slow-Mo Time Blade with Jay’s Desert Lightning bike, featuring stud-shooting headlight-style elements, foldout lightning bolt booster elements and big wheels. Includes three minifigures: Jay, Commander Blunck and Tannin. 201 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE


#70623 LEGO NINJAGO DESTINY’S SHADOW: This set includes a very interesting flying/floating vehicle using a lot of olive-green elements and other unique and rare pieces. I particularly like the translucent-black 1×2 printed tiles at the back. You can watch the video-review below to see how the boat transforms into a flying vehicle. Here is the official description: Fight the Vermillion for control of the Pause Time Blade with Lloyd and Cole aboard Destiny’s Shadow. This convertible boat/flyer features flip-out wings for flight mode, two stud shooters, plus two detachable canoes and two oars. Dial up the ninja vs. Vermillion conflict with Vermin’s V-shaped hoverboard and Vermillion axe. Includes three minifigures: Vermin, and Lloyd and Cole with swamp outfit decoration. 360 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE


#70624 LEGO NINJAGO VERMILLION INVADER: This set is all about the badguys. They get a large vehicle running on a single track, and fires two catapults with rubber bands to quite a distance. Here is the official description: Help Zane escape with the Forward Time Blade under attack from Commander Raggmunk and Slackjaw’s Vermillion Invader. The Invader has two minifigure cockpits, a rubber track and a spring-loaded dual egg catapult to knock down the included barrier—and any minifigure trying to hide behind it.  Includes three minifigures: Zane, Commander Raggmunk and Slackjaw. 313 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE


#70625 LEGO NINJAGO SAMURAI VXL: The vehicle here looks very similar to some of the other ones in previous LEGO Ninjago set, but it also has an unusual tilting feature. I like the shaping and the colors, but I’m not sold on how the tilting feature works. You can watch the video-review below to see it in action. Here is the official description: Steer the armored Samurai VXL vehicle to help Nya and new Samurai X defeat the Vermillion warriors and capture the Slow-Mo Time Blade. This detailed vehicle features an opening minifigure cockpit, special tilting four-wheel-drive steering and six-stud rapid shooters. Includes four minifigures: Nya, General Machia, Rivett and new-for-spring-2017 Samurai X. 428 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE


#70626 LEGO NINJAGO DAWN OF IRON DOOM: This is the second largest in the 2017 LEGO Ninjago sets. It includes a tall fort and a very large mech. There is a lot to see in this set, so make sure you check out the video-review below to see all the features. It is also worth nothing that this set includes all four of the Time Blades. Here is the official description: Join Lloyd and Jay’s mission to free Master Wu and stop the Time Twins taking control of time in this Dawn of Iron Doom set, which includes the highly posable Snake Mech with wheel-operated spinning Time Portal and plug-in points for the four included translucent-colored Time Blades, a missile-shooting eye and two big detachable blade weapons. The Vermillion swamp fort has an egg-drop function and opening prison, and can be built in different ways for alternative layouts. Includes six minifigures: Lloyd, Jay, Acronix, Krux, Commander Blunck and Master Wu. 704 pieces. Price: $59.99 – BUY HERE


#70627 LEGO NINJAGO DRAGON’S FORGE: This is the largest of the first wave of 2017 LEGO Ninjago sets, with a really nicely shaped forge, a gorgeous 2-headed dragon, and a small mech for the badguys. Here is the official description: Swoop to conquer the Dragon’s Forge with Kai and Nya on the Fusion Dragon, rescue their parents from the Vermillion and claim the Reversal Time Blade. The Dragon’s Forge building has loads of play-starting features and functions, including a hidden Dragon Dagger to activate the turning chimney function, a blacksmith’s hammer function and a leisure area. The highly posable, two-headed Fusion Dragon has seats for two minifigures and a shooting crossbow to take on the buildable Buffmillion mech. Includes six minifigures: Nya, Kai, Ray, Maya, Commander Raggmunk and Slackjaw. 1137 pieces. Price: $79.99 – BUY HERE

I would say that this is a very solid wave of LEGO Ninjago sets, and I can’t wait to see them in action in the TV show. Even if you are not a Ninjago fan, there are so many interesting new pieces and colors in these sets, not to speak of the unique minifigure accessories. You can find them all under the LEGO Ninjago section of the Online LEGO Shop.


So what do you think? How do you like the 2017 LEGO Ninjago sets? Do you have any of them already? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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  • The Brick Lot January 14, 2017, 12:06 PM

    Here is the link to my time lapse of Assembly Square. https://youtu.be/JILE2iPpVw8

    • admin January 14, 2017, 12:45 PM

      Nice! I build pretty much the exact same way; bags emptied in their own little piles around, gathering the parts for each step before adding them, water bottle to the side. Except that I build on the floor. Your Modulars look good together. 😀

      • The Brick Lot January 14, 2017, 1:14 PM

        Ya I normally build on the floor (as you can see when I built the Brick Bank) well the Parisian restaurant is not mine I’m gonna buy it some time soon though. Ya I don’t understand how people build when they dump all the correct number bags in one plie…

  • Legostuff71 January 14, 2017, 2:32 PM

    I am curious about the Friends theme and can you use a regular size mini figure in a Friends set. Is it to scale to a mini figure ? I love the Heartlake Pizzeria and it will go great for my city.

    • admin January 14, 2017, 3:01 PM

      I plan to review that set soon. Yeah, it is very nice. Friends sets are perfectly compatible with regular minifig sets. The doors, windows, etc. are all minifig size, so are the accessories (plates, spoons, cups, etc.) Mini-dolls themselves however are slightly taller than regular minifigs, but their hair pieces/headgear are interchangeable. Yes, the pizzeria should go well with any LEGO City layout. Maybe the only thing you might consider changing is the lavender plate used for the floors, and the bit of hot pink at the roofline.

    • Håkan January 14, 2017, 3:50 PM

      “Minifigure scale” is pretty approximate to begin with, but my impression is that Friends and following minidoll-based themes were pretty much designed to be generally compatible with the minifig standard. (Unlike most girl-oriented themes except for Paradisa…)

      You should be able to search for Lego Minifig Minidoll or similar to see comparisons.

  • Legostuff71 January 14, 2017, 4:07 PM

    Thanks, I might look in to it . Right now the Ninjago sets are screaming ” buy me”. I already have the Dragons forge.

    • admin January 14, 2017, 4:57 PM

      The Dragon Forge is a great set. I’m jealous! 😀

    • Håkan January 14, 2017, 6:43 PM

      And most of the Lego hair pieces look quite good on either minifigs or minidolls…

      Except for 92255 Stephanie’s, which looks bad on both…


      • admin January 14, 2017, 7:08 PM

        You don’t like Stephanie’s hair? Ahhh… I agree that it doesn’t look best on minifigs, but I think Stephanie is very sweet. I also like the dark-brown version. 🙂

  • VaderFan2187 February 26, 2017, 3:56 AM

    Dawn of Iron Doom might have the best value and biggest screen time.

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