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LEGO Ninjago Tournament of Elements

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest episode of Brickology, LegoLee continues his Ninjago miniseries, this time journeying into the jungle that is the 2015 subtheme known as Tournament of Elements, exploring why he considers this to be one of the worst waves in Ninjago history. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you're listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Parton. Might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee. Three, two nine from facebook, instagram, twitter, youtube, page, trendy, name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. I just got back from a brief family vacation. Is the first time I saw my family all together since all this crazy covid nonsen started over a year ago and it was really, really refreshing. But now I am back and we are still in the swing of things with brick ology. So welcome back to the show and thank you again for joining me today. I hope every in great day. And we're almost halfway through brick ology season five. Actually, with the episodes I currently have planned, all twelve episodes of this season, we are officially at the midway point with episode six. Obviously, at the end of the season I do the fan book episodes. Will be the thirteen episode of the season and then I have a q and a to kind of cap off the season at the ends to be the fourteen episode of this season. But we're at the midway point here with the sixth episode that I have planned. And speaking of planning, I actually have mad uped out brick ology up until the end of season seven, which goes into January of two thousand and twenty two. Yes, I am really planning a lot of stuff with this show and I am super excited. Now, of course, that means obviously, season six and seven are confirmed and are planned. Now I'm not going to announce what those are yet. Obviously I'm still in season five. I haven't done six episodes that I have planned from this season. I'm not going to blow all of that and tell you what episodes are coming in the future of actually kind of distant future at this point in time. But they are planned and look out for announcements for a season six. All of the episodes of season six will be announced on my instagram after the conclusion of season five, which will be in the middle of July, I believe. So look forward to all of that. And speaking of keeping up with the show, go find me online. I post updates about this show all the time on my instagram account. Also, if you hear me reference things like my fans voted this as the best set from this line, that is from my instagram. I post all that stuff on my instagram stories. So go check that out. You can also follow me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, you can subscribe to my Youtube Channel, you can support me on Patreon it and actually have a couple of other podcasts. I have are you not, which is an entertainment and pop culture podcast where I recently previewed the summer movie season. Go check that out and additionally, another a podcast called the very manly muppet show that I host with a friend of mine. We're talking about the muppets. That ABS actually has a brand new episode that just came out this past week, so go check out those podcasts as well. All right, plugs and all my other accounts out of the way, let's transition start talking about this week's topic. Now it is Ninjago Week and I always loved Jago Week because Ninjago is a super super popular Lego theme and some of my most straight episodes of this podcast from the prior four seasons I have done have been my ninjago episodes. So every time gets another check an episode, I am excited because it means I'm probably going to get more streams than I normally do, because I am low key pretty selfish that way. But basically what I've been doing with Ninjago, and like I've been doing with star wars, Harry Potter and now I'm going to do with bionicle, is I have been chronicling Ninjago throughout time. So, like with Harry Potter, I did the First Harry Potter movie, then the Second Harry Potter movie, then the third one and then the next episode of Harry Potter later in this season will be the fourth Harry Potter movie. I think you guys understand how that works. Ninjago is a bit...

...different because Njago is an original theme and basically the way that I had been doing it was doing every year of Ninjago. So the first year Ninjago and the first Ninjago episode I did in the first season of brick ecology was Ninjago two thousand and eleven, and then I did till the twelve, two thousand and thirteen, two thousand and fourteen, but now we're at two thousand and fifteen. And twound fifteen is when Ninjago, I think, really started to just completely explode and do so so much content, and I originally planned for this episode to be Ninjago two thousand and fifteen. However, there's like forty eight sets, so nearly fifty products Lego made for Ninjago in this year, and I was like, oh my goodness, that's going to take so long. I just don't think I can sit down and do an episode of the show with that many sets. Legitimately, I think that episode would be like over two hours long if I were to record it. I also love stretching things out because it gives me our opportunity to make more episodes in the future. So we're only going to do the first way of Ninjago from two thousand and fifteen, which is called the tournament of elements. And at this point in time, and NJAGO had been doing this before, like how in two thousand fourteen Jago sets were under the rebooted title. This one is tournament of elements. But then the summer we have the possession wave. So the next Ninjago episode in the next season of brick ology will be about the possession wave. So I'm now going to do my ninjago episodes based off of their specific little sub themes within the Ninjago TV show and universe themselves. I think this way will be very easy for me and really give me a lot of room to talk more about Ninjago, and I'm considering, I'm not entirely sure if I want to yet, but I'm considering making Ninjago kind of like star wars and having to not one but two ninjago episodes a season on brick ology. But to wait and see how that pans out. I'm just going to stick with the one for this season, but based on the streams, there might be another Ninjago episode added to the next season of brick ology. And, like I said, two thousand and fifteen huge year for Ninjago. One the reasons for that, especially if you've listened to my last two NANDRAGO episodes, is Ninjaga was canceled in two thousand and thirteen but it was literally brought back by popular demand in two thousand and fourteen. And two thousand and fourteen kind of had a small running Ninjago, but then Lego really just jumped in and made a ton of stuff for Ninjago and two thousand and fifteen and I am super excited to talk about it today. So let's jump in and talk about Ninjago tournament of elements. So, of course, as it is tradition on this show, before I talk about this sets, I usually explain the back story behind kind of what's going on with the theme. Now, I've mentioned this before and I'm ashamed, but I just don't really have time to catch up on all this stuff at this point. I don't watch the NINJAGO TV show. I love the sets. I have tons of Ninjago sets. I've seen some parts of the TV show and I felt it for like two seasons when it first came out, but admittedly I felt like it was a bit childish and I kind of outgrew the show. I also was an angsty teenager at the time and I have not kept up with the show, to say the least. I have seen none of the show from this particular season. However, from my research, I think I was able to find a pretty good description of this season and kind of the storyline he year. So I'll tell it to you guys who don't know exactly what's going on. Apparently, this is from season four of the Ninjago show, and this is the plot description. The tournament of elements was a competition between the current generation of elemental masters that was hosted by Master Chin and held on his secluded island. The Chin promised fortune to the victor of the tournament. It was only a ploy for Chin to steal the competitor's powers, who could use it in a spell that would turn his followers into Anacondra. So ANACHONDRA. You're going to hear that name a lot through today's episode. They are more snake people and if that sounds familiar, obviously in the Ninjago episode from two thousand and twelve in...

...season two, there's lots of snake people, and that one as well. Not The exact same snake people, but snake people nevertheless. Let's continue on with this description. Tournament progressed as planned, but was rushed into an end when the spy was discovered on the island. The remaining fighters are rounded up and tripped of their powers. That they regained them, Shin would ultimately complete his armies transformation to anachondre. Tournament has advantage was immediately and in the long run they'd meant to help them bring because the elemental masters who would fight a classic battle at the corridor of the elders, a new UNITUBE was formed among the current generation of elemental masters. The alliance form of the tournament would later help, as Lloyd, some of the elemental masters into a new team who would help fight his newly resurrected father. Okay, that's a lot and honestly it feels very derivative of mortal Kombat to me, just like rebooted felt to Rivit of Star Trek in next generation. This kind of feels like mortal Kombat, which I might not have mentioned if I hadn't actually watched the recent mortal Kombat movie, so that's actually kind of fresh on my mind. Also check out my are you not podcast for a review that movie fun. Shameless plug out of the way, but getting towards back to the plot of the tournament of elements definitely has some vibes of mortal Kombat. Now the sets based off this particular season where we're leased in the winter spring of two thousand and fifteen. The reason I say that is because I believe these sets were like March first releases. I actually got some of them early at like towards her us and Amazon in February, and technically March first is still winter, but that's also kind of considered a spring release for Lego. It's very complicated. Just no released an early two thousand and fifteen and most of these sets don't really focus on the tournament of elements themselves. I'll talk about the tournament sets here at the beginning. They're all kind of small, and then we have a different way of sets which are more kind of the ANACHONDRE and their army and all the back story there, which is lots of vehicles and play sets and stuff, very typical Ninjago fair but for their dude, though, let's jump in and talk about the Lego Ninjago sets based off the tournament of elements. Kicking things off here, small but honestly pretty strong, is this set, jungle trap. This set retailed for seven dollars and had fifty eight pieces. It included the figures of Kai, which this version of Kai in this set, and all the torn limit of element style sets kind of based off like challenges from this tournament. This version of Kai here, similar to the one from the rebooted wave, had a hairpiece and a bandanas like the two thousand and fourteen version of the figure, and then at some point I'll talk about when they can a switch over and had the more traditional and Jago style figures where they have head dresses. The other figure included here is an Anachondra whose name is great now. He had a very cool new snake skull headpiece. That looks very impressive. I really do like that. Also, the printing on these figures were fittingly creepy, very snaky, and I really enjoyed it. They had a color scheme of Tan, dark tans, kind of some bony details as well, along with accents of purple and dark red. Some pretty interesting colors for these guys. This guy also included a bone axe piece, so using that long bone piece with an axe blade on the end, which was a pretty cool weapon. As for the build of the junkle trap, here it's a small shrine, which I feel like every single wave of Ninjago has some kind of set. It's like a really tiny little shrine and this shrine is holding kind of our macguffin of this tournament of elements line, which is the green jade blade. Now the jade blade is kind of weird. It's a very interesting piece, molded and transparent green. However, the other jade blades are the same piece and they are all green the so it's not different colors to collect. What you collect is the jade blades attachment. So in this one the Jay Blade is simply like a sword and then I'll specify the other weapons that j blake comes in throughout the rest of this episode. Pretty simple piece, honestly, kind of boring and one of the more underwelling Ninjago macguffin chase pieces. Now, the build of this set here, like I said, is a shrine which has two big jungle style palm trees...

...at the front on hinges that could be moved in and out to kind of, you know, shroud the thing, which is pretty cool, and it reveals that Jade Blade on a small display and there's a very small trap that if you kind of touch the peace right in front of the Jay Blade, a couple of swords kind of come up, Very Indiana Jones ask, very very simple and it used that skimmitar style sword piece that was introduced with the castle theme from Like Two Thousand and eight for the trolls. So a pretty cool looking sword piece and a decent play feature. Nothing amazing, a very simple mechanism, but for a seven dollar set it was definitely pretty well done. Getting one dollar more expensive with a lot more pieces, we have the eight dollar ninety four piece set known as lava falls. The figures included here are coal with his Bandana, and we also got Sleevin, now Slavin, and all of these anachondragon figures are extremely similar to one another. They obviously all look just about the same to me. Their face prints might be slightly different, but it's going to be hard for me to kind of distinguish them. There are some like higher up ranking anachondraid that I will specify later, but most of these guys look the same and have kind of the same deal going on. The build of the lava fall set. Here is a bridge over lava. There is a small stone stairwell to reach the bridge. The bridge is made from Dark Brown tread pieces, which was very fun and unique, and the bridge yet again leads to a jade blade. And this jade blade here is in the form of a Scythe, which looked pretty cool. And now the main play feature here is obviously when you have a bridge over lava or any over anything kind of like a swinging bridge of this sort, there's going to be some kind of feature to collapse the bridge, and this one is really creative and fun and I really really loved what Lego was able to accomplished here. Essentially, he pulled a technic rod from the back and it would collapse the bridge. The reason is because the bridge was made from the tread pieces. Those tread pieces, while they do connect to one another, they are a fairly loose connection on purpose normally. So obviously they can move around while they're big, you know, uses actual treads, but here it's used as a collapsing bridge play feature and honestly that's a creative, really fun and low key kind of a brilliant play feature. This set I remember raving about. It's an eight dollar set. It's a great deal for eight dollars as an amazing play feature and too, pretty solid mini figures as well. This is an absolutely fantastic small Lego Ninjago set. Moving up in price just a little bit more, here we have the fifteen dollar electro Mech I really like how this particular line on Ninjago sets had a lot of small set. It feels like these days we might get like one hundred and ten dollar is show, but usually it's like four plus four juniors, and then the smallest set is twenty bucks and everything else from there is like three thousand to fifty to eighty dollars and low key kind of expensive this way. Here we're on the third set already and we're only at fifteen dollars. I really appreciate that about this particular wave of Ninjago sets. This set is the electro Mech. Like I said, it's fifteen bucks with one hundred and fifty three pieces, so a perfect price to part ratio there. It included the figures of J who had the Jay Blade on a long staff. Included here we also got choke or Chop Bay. I don't really know how to say this guy's name as Chope. So it looks like rope, but chope. Not really sure how to say this guy's name. And yet again he's another anachondra figure, pretty much the exact same as the two from the other sets. Now the builds here and a condra get a really small side bill. It's a crossbow turret thing. It's actually on a very cool printed dish piece that will see reappear and other sets from this wave, and it has a couple of crossbows on their sides. And you know what, for a tiny side build, I think it works out pretty okay. As for the main build here...

...it's the Mech. It's a medium small blue mech and honestly it's a really plain looking met to me and doesn't have the greatest shaping in the world. The legs are boring. It does use those binocle style baal drawings, which makes it great for a playability and articulation, but the legs are boring to me. The cockpit area, in my opinion, is just shaped weirdly, does not have good techniques and just doesn't look all that good, and it's kind of the main area of the Mech that should look good, so that is a bit of a disappointment. Also we have the back section, which has some wings on these geared mechanisms and they can fold up and down, which is not a bad play feature, but the wings are very small. Not really sure what Lego was going for there. One arm can hold the jade blade and the other arm has two stud shooters and I'm sorry, but this is kind of an ugly set. I just I think it could have been so much better and a jogo has done much, much better mex even at this size. So not a huge fan of this set. In particular, very, very unfortunately, not getting five dollars more expensive than a hundred eighty eight pieces. We have the jungle radar for hundred and twenty bucks. That had included the figures here of Lloyd and capal. So Very Jan Ark Again, Lloyd with a Bandana and another anacondrifigure. The builds here you get an Anachndra shrine which holds the jade blade included with this set, and this jade blade here is in the form of a nun chuck, which is always a fun weapon to get and Lego form using these small chain piece. As for the main build here, it is the aforementioned jungle radar, which is a Dune buggy style looking vehicle for Lloyd, which it gets. It's more of a jungle buggy, but it looks like a Dune Buggy, you'd expect and the real world made in green and is low key a little bit too oversize, but that's pretty typical for Lego Ninjago and it actually had some pretty cool play features. It has suspension at the back with these big wheels. The wheels also have little teeth on them for at a detail, which I think is pretty cool and fun. It also features some springletted launchers at the front which can be activated with a pretty cool mechanism. That worked out pretty well. It has a roll cage, so I controls, and a space for Lloyd to drive. This vehicle, like I said, definitely an oversize vehicle, but I think it works out pretty well for a solid twenty dollar Lego Nanjago set and getting five dollars more expensive yet again and kind of our final set that's kind of more tournament themed and less just like normal ninjago themed, is definitely the most tournament centric set, and this one here is the DOE Joe Showdown. Is a twenty five dollar set, like I said, that has two hundred and fifteen pieces. This it here includes the figures of Kai with his BANDANA. You get Slevin, who is he again an a contrary figure, but you also get Carlos, who's an interesting figure. Kind of looks like an old side Lego Samurai figure. has some cool shoulder pads and a nice helmet piece. And you also get Griffin Turner. I don't know much about this character, but he is wearing like what looks like like a kids karate robe kind of thing and he has a nice sunglass face print. Don't know much but the character here, but a cool looking figure that I believe is exclusive to this set in this form. Now for the build of the set. Here you get the Doe Joe and it's a pretty Nice Ninjago play set, but in typical small Lego play set fashion, it's a facade. I think we probably all saw that coming, but it's pretty much just the front of the thing and there's no real depth here. And there are a couple of different sides to this thing. One can of has like a Ninja Warrior asque looking obstacle course that has little step stools you can go up with spiked surrounding it. There's no play features here or anything, but I think it works out pretty well for display purposes and your imagination can definitely run wild with that. And there are some stud shooters that you can flick at them, which I think works out pretty well. And behind that you have kind that rice paper wall. It's kind of design with a really cool...

...print on it that looks good to the other side yet again has that rice paper style print, which looks great, and there's also a training stand, which is something we see with lots of Ninja go sets. The turning stain is pretty cool. It has blades and it does spin around, so that is pretty good for playability. The center section at the bottom has a little bit of a fireplace in the center and then pretty much nothing. And then the upper section has no detail yet again, but it does have a trapdoor play feature, which is a very simple but effective play feature in Lego sets, and it does feature a jade blame it on display yet again. This jade blade, unfortunately, is the exact same one that comes with a lava falls, which kind of makes that set irrelevant, besides the cold figure included there. So that's a little bit weird in my opinion. And but overall this was a solid twenty five dollar Lego Ninjago set and definitely the most tournament of elements centric set that we got from this entire wave. Now I'm not going to talk about Ninjago legacy in this episode. That will be saved for a later episode of Brick Ology, but this past year, very recently, they actually made a thirty dollar tournament of elements set that's very similar to this dojo showdown set, which is very cool. So I'm excited to talk about that in the near future. Not Moving on, we can now talk about the rest of the sets from this wave. In these sets here are definitely what you would expect from Ninjago. Lots of vehicles for the good guys and the bad guys, and there's like a couple of little play set things, but it's mostly just vehicles and definitely less specific and kind of good. Drissway from the torm of elements thing, it has becomes a typical kind of Ninjago battle thing that we're used to from the theme. The first of those sets is known as the anachondry crush or. This was a twenty dollar set with two hundred and nineteen pieces. It included the figures here of Kai. This one, unlike the version from the previous five sets I'd mentioned as not had the BANDANNA and hairpiece. This is the return of the typical Ninjago head dress piece, which I'm perfectly okay with and I think it works out pretty well here. We also get crate here, who has a very nice new blade piece here, really cool mold for his weapon in this set, but yet again a pretty generic anachondrid looking figure. Now let's talk about the builds of this set. The first build is a small little catapult that can fire fire, which is fun, but it works out pretty well for playability sake. And then there's the main build, which is the Anachon Dry crusher, and this is a very strange vehicle. If you don't know what it looks like, I would suggest googling it or going to brick set and looking at it, because it's kind of a hard one to describe. It does have the color scheme that we see throughout the rest of the anachondre here, which is Dark Tan, purple, accents of black, white and transparent red for kind of like their blasters. Really interesting color scheme and honestly, while I think it's unique in fun, Dark Tan is not the best, like base color for something, and it makes these vehicles look a little bit on the boring side. If you ask me. The designs are Super Boring. They're actually quite unique, especially for these two ANACHONDRE vehicles. This one and the next I'm going to talk about, but they're not my favorite looking things esthetically. Now this does have some power minor wheels at the back with that same printed dish piece used for that crossbow and the electromech set used here inside the wheel. That is a cool thing. There's also a tail at the back that has some ratcheted joints that can move up and down and it has a brick built kind of snake face at the front. This is super normal for like a Ninjaco. They love putting the faces of whatever onto vehicles, and there is a big play feature here. Will also, of course, there's a cockpit where you can have one of your figures driving this thing. But the main play feature is it has these kind of spinning blades at the front. A little bit. Reminds me of that weird like jungle vehicle from Indiana,...

Jones for with the blade to the front, and essentially what this does here when you push it on the ground, there's small little wheels attached underneath these vehicles, similar to like a power miners play feature, and it makes those blades spin. It's a very effective play feature. It's not unique to this set, but it works out pretty well but overall definitely just a strange looking vehicle if you ask me. Getting a little bit bigger here for thirty dollars, with three hundred and eleven pieces is the condray copter attack. Not sure what this is called, the condry contron of the Antichondra Copture, but whatever, that does not really matter. The figures to here are low key pretty great. It's definitely one of the better figure lineups of any set from this particular wave. You get skylore, who is the Orange Ninja, and that sounds weird. That's because, well, she hasn't really appeared in a whole lot of Ninjago stuff, at least to my knowledge since then, and she's not really orange. She's kind of that weird like school bus yellowish light are range kind reminds me the color like Sunny d that's the color of this character, but a very rare character and cool figure to get in this set. You also get eyes or, who I believe might be completely exclusive to this set in particular, and he looks very cool as well and has a nice Mohawk piece from the clicktle minifigure series. And you also get master Chin, who I mentioned in the plot description of this line, the main villain of this season and Ninjago, and he has an awesome snake headdress piece included here. So that makes measured Chin a very desirable figure to get in this set. Great Line of figures for this thirty dollar set. Now skylar has a flying board which is very, very simple, but it's pretty effective and there's not really a hall at to talk about here. It's kind of a flying little board thing that she can stand on. Reminds me a bit of something from the teenager and Inter Turtles Line. It's an effective build on the main build. Here is a flying vehicle, again that same color scheme as the last vehicle, and I guess it's kind of a copter. I mean it's called the copter. It's sort of like a helicopter, but also not really. It has small rotors on these kind of wing things and it has a rotor at the back, but the rotors are extremely small. They're actually the propeller piece that you normally use for like boats, which would doesn't, make, you know, a very effective looking rotor. It's not really sure how this thing gets enough like thrust to get off the ground, but whatever. The physics of this Ninchago fantasy vehicle out of the way. It looks pretty cool and those rotors I mentioned can actually move up and down on some exo for it's kind of Ratchety ball joints, which is cool for playability sake and gets his thing a few different looks. So I do like that quite a bit. As for the cockpit, here there's actually two seats. You can fit both of your antagonists in their seats. One controls and one is kind of a passioner, and they're kind of off to the side. And the front of this vehicle yet again has kind of a snake looking head, but actually in the mouth of the snake there's a technic rod that goes through pretty much the entire vehicle, which, unfortunately it's kind of exposed in the cockpit area, which a little bit awkward to me. But if you push that technic rod it will launch a white net out of the head of the snake. That was a pretty cool playability feature. Although net launchers don't normally work really well with Lego, it was cool to have this one integrated into the mouth of this beast. That was a cool playability function. Now where there is a bad guy flying vehicle. There normally is a Ninja flying vehicle not far behind, and the that one for this wave here is known as the Boulder blaster. It's also thirty dollars, has much less pieces, with two hundred and thirty six. It includes the figures here of coal. You also get Slavin and Zoogoo, who of course, our anachondragoons. Now the bill. Here you get a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny tiny tenna, tiny and Achondra shrine, which is so small all that it feels like an utter, absolute waste of pieces. I have no idea why Lego...

...even forced that in to this set. But of course it leaves room for the Boulder Blaster, which was just actually remade with in Jugo legacy, but I'll talk about at some point in the future of this podcast. And this is an aerial vehicle. It has some small wings at the front, using that Jedi interceptor kind of flap piece. You have to have some bigger wings the back with an engine at the back as well. Look slightly more are dynamic than Anichondra Copter, but still a little bit on the awkward side physically there. Now there's a cockpit in the center that has space for coal. But the main thing here is obviously this thing is known as the Boulder blaster and this thing come blasts some boulders will. There's actually no boulders included with this set, but there is the illusion that it could blast some boulders with this crazy spring the loaded launcher feature at the front. Now, springing launchers were introduced fairly recently for Lego. That came out too UN fourteen as a two thousand and fifteen, so they're fairly new to Ninjago and Lego in general, and this is one of the more insane springlet to launcher features I think I have ever seen. There are eight of them on a wheel and basically this thing has a handle and you can pull on the trigger the handle in or rotate using a geared mechanism making this springler launcher thing move all about, kind of like a gatling gun, and you can rapid fire up to eight of the these missiles. It's a really fun, really cool creative playability feature. Props to Lego for designing something that fun for this set. I don't love the look of this vehicle. Actually, the remake looks a lot better. It makes it look like all week cooler looking vehicle, but this definitely was a fun set to play with back in the day. Next set here, ten dollars more expensive for forty bucks, is the three hundred and sixty piece set known as the Titanium Dragon. This it includes the figures here of Zane as the Silver Ninja and their hard figure to find it. From this wave you also get Klous, who is a villain who has a funny ponytail, and you also get Chop Ra, who is a full snake person. So re uses that snake kind of piece from the original two thousand and twelve N Jago sets with this snake people as well, but had a new mold for his specific snake head. Now the builds of this set, another small shrine thing. I'm getting pretty tired of just talking about dumb little side build shrines, but Ninjago loves those freaking things, especially with this wave. This one had a little bit more going on. It held a secret key underneath a snake head and there was a catapult that could fire a chain with balls attached to either end. That's a pretty cool play lady feature. So you could kind of imagine that chain going over the neck of the dragon and Wang it down. That's actually a fun playability feature. As for the dragon itself, it's mostly made in white and silver. It's got a brick built head. So, if you're remembered, in Jago dragons used to have rubbery molded heads and then they stop. So this point in tie, this is when in Jugot stort to do brick built heads and, if I'm being completely honest, this brick built head. I love the fact that it is made out of Lego pieces because and you know, encourages more creativity and building techniques. However, I think the head looks pretty average and definitely is not my favorite design. The rest of the dragon here uses EXO forest, bionical and hero factory pieces as joints. It has a seat for Zane, has some icy details, but so far as Ninjago dragons go, this one is generic and boring. There's nothing to write hum about here and honestly, I don't particularly like this set. I remember getting this set back in the day. It was an icy dragon right up my alley and I was definitely let down by its design. It is not my favorite at all. Rounding off the last couple of sets and the biggest sets from this Ninjago way for the tournament of elements. The next set here is the sixty or set, with a five hundred twenty nine pieces known as Inter the serpent love, the name of this set, and this that included the figures here of j Lloyd Zoogoo, Kapu...

Rye, who's in their full state minifigure, and then Master Chin, yet again, our main villain. This one has a Cape and some kind of robe details, so a little bit different from the version that came in the cheaper anachondra copter set. Now the build of this set here, after all of those little, dinky, small shrine builds for the ANACHONDRI, we finally get something big, like insubnative for them with this set. And that's actually the only thing in this set. There are no side builds for the Ninja or anything. It's literally just this temple for the Anacondry, which I think is cool and respectable, and this temple here definitely kind of has like a Mayan Temple asque feel, feels very like South American, Central American to me, which I dig. The vibe with the kind of jungle ask that this line was going for in particular, and this staircase here features some hidden flick missiles. Kind of a weird integration into this staircase, but whatever, I'll give it. Kind of the booby trap field there you also get again that giant dish piece at the entrance, which I think is pretty cool, and if you hit that dish piece it activates a mechanism that releases some slime balls from the head of the ANACHONDRO, which like a centerpiece of this temple, and it comes out the mouth of that snake. Very fun little play featured there. And of course, if you get through that main entrance of that trap you also have a trap door very similar to other sets from this line, which is pretty cool and it does kind of put the Ninja into a little dungeon, which is a fun play feature as well, and spinking of that dungeon that is adjacent to some small rooms with some treasure. That's a little desk, which is kind of a weird little detail, but there is some decent interior detail with this and there's also on the outside towards the top, off to the right side, there's a small little walkway that leads to a little adjacent section and of this Anachondra kind of temple thing, which is pretty cool, and it actually has a prison cell. There's not much else going on there, but you can lock up a Ninja in that prison cell, which has a bony looking cage. Kind of reminds me of that old pirates of the Caribbean Cannibal set in the way they build that prison cell. So overall this is a pretty cool thing and actually it has big purple pieces, those pieces we originally saw with Prince of Persia to make the domes, those pieces in purple which comes like a snake going through the whole thing. Very Fun details. However, just looking at this design, it does not look like a two thousand and fifteen design. If you show me this, like yeah, this seits from tails and five and like okay, it looks very simple and kind of playing. The techniques are really not all that interesting. I'm not a huge fan of the way this set looks, which was surprising to me when I learned this set was voted by you guys as the best set from this line. I guess we both love this set. There's great figures at all at the concept of the set and there definitely is some good playability features. However, I don't think this set is all that strong and its own right, so I was definitely a little bit surprised to Lee that you guys really seem to adore this set in particular. Now there's only one more set to talk about today, and that is the Ninja DB x. This was the biggest set from this line, the flagship set of this theme, the Ninja's next big vehicle, which not really sure what dbx means, but whatever, who cares? It was an eighty dollar set. was seven hundred and fifty six pieces and include the figures of Kai Mia, her only appearance in this line, also Garma Don, his only appearance in this line, Otto, who is a brick built robot figure that I think looks pretty cool. You'll also get Kapell for the Anachondre Trap Roget again, and then you get PYTHORP, Chum's worth. You might remember him from the Ninjago season two episode for the Ninjago Two Thousand and twelve sets, and he is now in white, which looks very cool. As for the builds of this set, you side build with a little Anachondra gate thing, really boring. Yet again, who cares? Let's just move on and not even talk about how dumb that side built is. The main build of the set here is the dbx itself, which is this giant truck thing which actually has a great looking cockpit piece. It uses the UCS x wing cockpit piece and transparent black...

...with no printing on it. That is a fantastic piece to get with this set. I love that detail about this set. And of course this was a big cockpit, which means it could fit multiple figures inside, which was really, really fun. It also used some power minor wheels with that spinner piece on the outside for added detail. That is cool as well. And the back trailer section could actually be removed entirely and opened up and became kind of a bit of a mobile command center for the Ninja. Here. On the inside there's some computer screens, there's some storage, there's actually a place to have Kay's motorcycle, which is just the normal lego dirt bike piece, and also, I think I need to mention here there is no oversize motorcycle in this entire wave for a Ninjago that is creating. Ninjago always loves to shove motorcycles into anything but this wave in particular has no oversized bikes, which I had to get my hats off to Lego for resisting the heard the temptation to shove a big bike into one of these sets. MIA also gets a small flyer that has some stud shooters that's actually on the top of a tower, and that tower kind of acts as the roof but also folds up to be a tower when you take this thing off the back, but when you fold it back on and put it back onto the truck version of this set, it kind of acts as like a weird looking roof. And additionally, there is a hidden spring loaded missile launcher that can fold up out of this section as well. So great play value here. Seriously, there is fantastic playability with this set and, just like the last set, the design just doesn't look great to me. It does not hold up. In my opinion, does not look like a two thousand and fifteen lego set. It's kind of an ugly and awkward looking design. So great playability here, but just not a great design. And speaking of is not being great in general, I'm going to have a little bit of a hot take here. I think this might be the worst Ninjago wave. Ever, in my opinion this is a low point for Ninjago, not from a story perspective, and I can't obviously speak on how good the show was at this point in time. I just did not think of these sets were particularly great. The designs. There's some decent stuff. Actually, some of the smaller stuff I think is more fun than bigger stuff, but I would say there are zero really great sets. Legitimately my favorite sets from this line. I enjoyed the contract copter. That was a decent three dollar set and I also love that lava false set, but that's an eight dollar set and not really anything of major value. I think the bigger stuff here is really average. To designs look kind of like archaic and childish. I don't know, I don't love this particular way of Ninjaga. I think the whole thing is very mediocre. On the whole, the mini figures are cool, but for the most part I don't love the particular wave and I don't love being negative either, but I had to point it out because I think in Jagat had been really solid up to this point and I think after this point, even like in the same year with possession later in the summer had much, much more unique in better designs. This wave, I think, is definitely a low point for Lego Ninjago. So kind of a weird negative note to in this episode on. But thank you all so much for listening. That is it for leg a Ninjago tournament of elements. Thank you again for listening. Stay tuned for more. There will be more like an a Jugo content and more lego content on brick ology. Go find me on level. This places Iment to the beginning of this episode. Thank you all so much for listening. Have a blessed rest of your day week. Whatever piece out, God bless by bye.

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