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    Toy Fair 2017: Ninjago
    Hot Bionicle NewsMonday, February 20th, 2017 at 11:47am by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    Next up on our Toy Fair 2017 coverage, based on what you asked for is going to be Ninjago. Unfortunately the pictures won't be of anything new - the only 'regular' Ninjago sets coming out this year are the ones that launched last month, and we weren't allowed to take pictures of the sets based on The LEGO Ninjago Movie. I'll show you what I can though, and then talk a bit about what I saw from the movie, so read on!


    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 01

    70621 The Vermillion Attack

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 08

    83 pieces. Age 6+
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I haven't kept up much with Ninjago since I saw Day of the Departed last fall, so I don't know much about where the story is going for season 7 of the TV show. This little set features Kai and two new bad guys who have some sweet helmets and armor that I believe are new.

    70622 Desert Lightning

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 07

    201 pieces. Age 7+
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This year's Ninjago motorcycle belongs to Jay and looks to be sturdy and very playable. I like the bad guy vehicle with the tread too, not to mention the Bionicle/Technic fins. The villains' accessories also stand out once again.

    70623 Destiny's Shadow

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 06

    360 pieces. Age 7+
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This looks like a miniature version of Destiny's Bounty, which makes sense considering the name. The sand green canoes are used to amazing effect and make me want to take a good guess at who designed it. We also get Lloyd, Cole, and another nice baddie.

    70624 Vermillion Invader

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 05

    313 pieces. Age 8+
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    Treads seem to be a motif in the villain sets this year, along with those wing pieces. What really stands out to me though are the CCBS swords in the new bronze color.

    70625 Samurai VXL

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 04

    428 pieces. Age 7+
    $49.99 (USD) $59.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    I love the look of this vehicle, which I imagine can roll over any terrain to get Nya and the new Samurai X wherever they need to be to save the day. I also like the reuse of the Medusa hair piece.

    70626 Dawn of Iron Doom

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 03

    704 pieces. Age 8+
    $59.99 (USD) $74.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    This is a nice, big set, but it doesn't really do a whole lot for me. The snake mech is alright, and the fort structure seems a bit uninspired. It's the only set with Sensei Wu this year though, and it does have more of those bronze swords, so those are two points in its favor at least.

    70627 Dragon's Forge

    Toy Fair 2017 Ninjago 02

    1137 pieces. Age 8+
    $79.99 (USD) $99.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    As the biggest Ninjago set for the first wave, this one looks to be worth the $80. I really like the dragon, especially the brick-built heads, and the snake mech using big-fig arms is inspired. Plus, we get Kai and Nya's parents for what I believe is the first time, and a cool blacksmith's forge.

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    The first wave of sets for this fall's The LEGO Ninjago Movie were on display at Toy Fair and they were awesome. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any pictures. More unfortunately, I was expecting information about the sets to be in the press guide we received, as such sets have almost always been in the past, but no such luck there either. So what I'm going to do is answer some of the most common questions I received over social media the past few days and go through the movie trailer and let you know what in the trailer I saw as a set and what I didn't.

    A lot of people want to know about minifigs. The ninja, Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, and Nya were all there, and they matched the look of the trailer pretty well. Garmadon and Wu were also present, but I don't recall seeing Koko (but I could have just missed or overlooked her). Several of the sets have hapless citizens who need saving. Most of the bad guys had a sea-faring vibe. There were some who were straight-up sailors, and others that looked like sailors being controlled by sea life, perhaps? The shark costume from the collectible minifigs was reused, and then there were at least two new minifig headgear that reminded me of the Alien Conquest alien head, but one was a puffer fish and the other more of a generic fish.

    Now, as I go through this trailer, I'll give the time codes for where to look for the things I'm talking about. So read and watch along! The flying ships at around 0:22 have a set, and look like a big manta ray. Lloyd's dragon, first seen around 0:34 is a set, but is scaled down a bit. There's lots of sand green and I distinctly remember two new-looking pieces used as part of the dragon head. You can see the shark-guys and some of the others I mentioned above at 0:36. We first see the rest of the Ninjago vehicles starting at around 0:40. Kai's mech is a set and is awesome. It's very large, but still seems scaled down a bit from the trailer. There was no set shown for Cole's one-wheeled mech. The four-legged mech, piloted by Zane in the trailer, is a set. I could be remembering wrong, but I feel like the set was black and piloted by Cole though. If I'm right, my guess would be that things changed in the movie or the sets after the first draft models were built, and hopefully they'll be reconciled by the time they're both out this fall. The ship floating in the background is piloted by Jay and from what I can tell looks pretty close to the set version. To the disappointment of many, the shark first clearly seen at around 0:47 did not have a set on display, but there's always later waves we could get. I don't remember seeing the other smaller ships (at 1:04) either. At 1:28, you can see Destiny's Bounty, which is a set and is huge and awesome. Probably the biggest and best version we've gotten as a set so far. There's a tank/treaded vehicle that I think was in the background earlier but can be more clearly seen at 2:11 - I don't remember seeing a set version of it. Also, no giant hangar or recliner for Kai's mech.

    In addition to what I pointed out in the trailer, there were also some non-vehicle playsets. They were on the smaller side, and I remember one featured Sensei Wu. Overall all of the designs were well done and probably some of the best Ninjago sets we've gotten to date. I'm excited for you all to see them when pictures are finally released!

    I think everyone who was at the event Saturday morning was excited to see the sets based on The LEGO Ninjago Movie and disappointed when we couldn't take pictures. Everyone I talked to, even people who were never Ninjago fans, said they looked great. Combined with the sets already out, it looks like Ninjago is going to have a solid year. Let us know what you think in the Talkback and go vote for what you'd like to see next! (We reset the poll again, so if you voted for Ninjago now you can vote for something else.) And don't forget to check out all of BZPower's Toy Fair 2017 coverage!

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