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LEGO Ninjago City un-stacked small version

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City is one big set. Measuring over 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep, it towers over the already large LEGO Modular Buildings, and not to speak of the regular LEGO City, and LEGO Creator houses. If you do collect the LEGO Modular Buildings, with some modifications, the #70620 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City could be added to the layout (see some examples linked at the end of this post) . 🙂

You could also display Ninjago City all by itself. However, because it is a corner building, it does look sort of unfinished without adding something else. The #70657 LEGO Ninjago Movie Ninjago City Docks, that will be released later this year, is meant to be attached to Ninjago City, and the two together should make up a cohesive neighborhood. (Sorry, no pictures of the dock yet, but we should be getting images soon).

But what if you do like Ninjago City, but you don’t have space to display such a large set? Or, you simply prefer the smaller LEGO City and LEGO Creator houses, and Ninjago City just doesn’t fit well with them? There is an option I ran across recently by LEGO fan LittleDansonMan, who basically un-stacked all the quirky little shops of Ninjago City and lined them up in a row. He shares: “I thought the original design of Ninjago City was really cool, but it didn’t fit with the rest of my city. I noticed most of the shops in Ninjago City were of comparable scale to the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 buildings that I love, so I decided to see what the Ninjago City shops would look like in a similar layout.”

As you can see, LittleDansonMan was able to create a whole Chinatown-style street that looks great, but isn’t so overwhelming in size as Ninjago City. The layout did require some modifications and adjustments, but not too much. Some sections were swapped or expanded, or the shape was changed a bit to fit with the rest of the street. The original set itself provided all the parts, except for some details on the roofing.

If you collect what LEGO refers to as the “little brothers of the LEGO Modular Buildings“, which includes the #31026 LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Café from 2014, the #31036 LEGO Creator Toy & Grocery Shop from 2015, the #31050 LEGO Creator Corner Deli from 2016, and the #31065 LEGO Creator Park Street Townhouse from 2017, the un-stacked version of Ninjago City could add a perfect little Chinatown to the layout.

So, if you have been eyeing the Ninjago City set, but you felt it was too big for your display, you might consider un-stacking it for a different layout. You can find the set at the LEGO Ninjago section of the LEGO Ninjago Movie section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the Ninjago City set? Did you build it already? And What do you think of this un-stacked version? Are there any other modified version of Ninjago City that you really like? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Mark March 20, 2018, 10:09 AM

    What an awesome idea! I have to say, I think it looks even better than the original version, and a lot more useable for fitting into city-themed displays!

  • TomTom March 20, 2018, 10:54 AM

    This is fantastic! What a great idea! And it doesn’t look too hard to do either.

  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi March 20, 2018, 11:33 AM

    Really like this. Great idea! I do think that Ninjago City is too big. They should have kept it so it scales well with the modulars.

  • Legostuff71 March 20, 2018, 11:49 AM

    Oh, I did it differently. I made like a China town by the water front and then worked my way up or down ( depending on how you look at it ) put the modular buildings as the inner city . Oh , I forgot. I put the old fishing shop as a starting point to where the inner city begins ( or ends ).

  • LEGOJeff March 20, 2018, 12:58 PM

    Super creative! It’s somewhat like the new Creator sets with interchangeable sections. I’m going to wait until pictures of Ninjago Docks become available before doing any customization on Ninjago City. I want to see how they look next to each other.

    • admin March 21, 2018, 11:23 AM

      Yes, that’s a good plan, as it could make a significant difference in how Ninjago City looks and how you may plan to display it.

  • DavidH March 20, 2018, 1:41 PM

    I like how they used even the sand green part of the roof section to make a separate building. I would have not thought of that. Really well done.

    • admin March 21, 2018, 11:25 AM

      I liked that section too. Makes a very nice Asian-style entryway to a little shop. 😀

      • Håkan March 21, 2018, 4:38 PM

        Looks like a local cinema or something, although that big hole in the wall looks a bit weird…

        • admin March 21, 2018, 10:45 PM

          It’s a Hobbit house! 😀

          • Håkan March 22, 2018, 7:52 AM

            A Hobbitplex!

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