I recently backed a Kickstarter for “Lini cube – Next Generation Educational Toy Building Blocks” whose campaign page drew a lot of comparisons to Lego in a sort of ‘look what we can do better’. So then let’s break this down and see if it’s actually a true competitor in design.
Lego Ninjago – Cole’s Earth Driller (70502): So my first Ninjago series done ahead of the apparent movie to come in 2017 (which I likely will not be watching, but the Batman movie with Will Arnett is quite likely). Most of the sets are a hit or miss appeal to me, and I hope I can one day review the dragon they have. Overall though looking at this set I do wonder why Ninja’s would have a massive drilling machine. Note: This a miscolored piece, missing axle, and the minifigs were also messed up – kind of a bad show from Pley.
Time to Knoll: 9.5 Minutes
Time to Build: 16.5 Minutes
- Pieces: 171 and 53 Steps – Manual (54 Pages)
- Price: Retired on Lego and $28.99 on Amazon
- Weight 220 grams
- Combo Points: (5X10X1X1) = 50 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 96.0mm or 245.76 cm³ with a bit more making it 265.08 cm³
- Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars
One of the main components of a Ninja is a complete mastery of stealth. Now as someone who has Lego I can confirm that running around in the darkness with Lego on the ground that I missed is likely to result into a lot of pain, and for me at least screaming. As for why the American Chemical Society Reactions series explains:
Now the exact reason is because with the large amount of sensors in your foot ~200k, with the fact they are A-Delta fibers sensors meaning they get fast and piercing pain. You then add the fact that Lego with it’s long-term focus on strength and resistance to crushing and despite the ~3 million pascals of pressure the Lego will refuse to budge.
However let’s give the benefit of the doubt here to the Ninja – they likely have a high threshold for pain. So I decided to do my own testing and see what the noise difference is between stepping on a Lego (my voice being muffled) which has led to the following. (Recorded nearby at floor level)
- Ambient of house: 40dB
- Stepping on carpet floor: 41dB
- Stepping on single 2×4 brick – 45dB
- Stepping on a small collection of assorted Legos – 62dB
It’s not much, but it’s the difference between a quiet library, and normal conversation, so as far a ninja is concerned they better watch out for Lego pieces in a group or face the wrath of a librarian.
Remix: So with that big nose cone and 3 big ‘gear wheels’ I instantly saw a rocket like coming here. I tried to utilize that and have side thrusters that could fall off, and a main shuttle (hint for a future review btw); however I’m not totally pleased with it, there’s needs to be a bit more color differentiation and the pieces are a little off from what could make the idea really work.
Final Thoughts: Overall I love the spinning drill mechanic despite how simple it is (although without the correct axle it’s finicky). As far as Ninjago goes this is actually a pretty decent showing so far (really want that dragon set) This review came in a little under the wire, and I want to make note of what I gave up (2 nights without playing No Man’s Sky!), but I’ve got an interesting thing for next week – hopefully with some 3d printing.
Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars
Lego Star Wars – First Order Snowspeeder (75100): Alright time for some back-to-back reviews kicking off this week with – another snowspeeder, but this time from the First Order (the villains of the new movies in the verse). Now strictly speaking as someone who watched Episode VII I don’t think this snowspeeder was actually shown on the snowy planet of Starkiller base, but I will admit it makes sense that it would – and hey who knows? Maybe that can explain how despite being shot by Chewie’s crossbow and left in an exploding power regulator station Kylo Ren managed to get ahead of Finn and Rey – who knew where they were going.
Time to Knoll: 30.5 Minutes
Time to Build: 48.5 Minutes
- Pieces: 444 and 59 Steps – Manual (82 Pages)
- Price: $39.99 on Lego and $31.99 on Amazon
- Weight 495 grams
- Combo Points: (13X27X1X1) = 351 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 48mm x 160.0mm or 614.4 cm³ with extra to make it 321.6 cm³
- Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars
What Else? So this is actually my first time reviewing something from the sequels in Star Wars (although some of the rebels gets near there), but instead of getting into that – let’s talk about snow. Now this is a snowspeeder – which means it is meant to work in the snow, and move quickly sort of by name.
Now first let’s take a look at the rebel’s snowspeeder:
Now here, we have a good version of this. One would assume the glass is heated, but the angle will keep the snow off, the coloring is more white so it blends in, and it’s not an open canopy.
Contrast that with the one from above:
Yes it can hold more people, and more cargo. But it’s like driving a convertible in the rain. Although the problem with that going against me is that driving a convertible in the rain kind of works.. As no less than Mythbusters proved (to be plausible due to the inherent danger of driving in the rain which we don’t get here in the air)
Now of course snow here is a bit different than rain – however the theory should technically work due to the reason it works – which is that you create sort of ‘air-bubble’ which deters most of the precipitation. However the problem here is still two-fold.
- People – (not even clones) are driving this and despite the winter gear driving with snow and wind in your face isn’t great.
- Cargo – even if it’s not a lot the cracks will collect snow, including the cargo. The cargo is also likely to not do well in extreme cold.
So in short I’d like to use this space to say that while I can accept a Lego set of a vehicle we don’t see in action – it should at least have a roof!
Remix: Alright so for this remix, I’m really not sure why I thought of a shovel. However it kind of works despite all the greeblies that needed to be on the shovel face. The best part is ignoring the Minifig pieces I was able to get everything onto this model.
Final Thoughts: Alright so being honest about this model it’s certainly not one I feel is a must have, and despite the piece-count it feels way more expensive than it should be. In short the only people I see actually buying this are doing so either as a collection, or to start a collection. Make no mistake that is inherently 72% of Star Wars, but that doesn’t make it endearing to me.
Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars