The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures

Our friends at LEGO sent us a box of the Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures to review. Here it is…

Lloyd Garmadon

Lloyd (or L-Loyd according to his dad) comes in a green hoodie printed top, with a new headpiece for the hood with his fringe poking out below, which allows for greater head movement.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Lloyd Garmadon

His black jeans are held up with a brown belt. The silver spoon and white bowl with blue trim and dragon motif are great accessories.

Lloyd

What appears to be a standard Ninjago inclusion, Lloyd offers up so much more. His Ninja headgear is two-piece, with the upper piece with a green scarf and golden printed emblem. He also has his blonde tussled hair should he want to reveal his identity from under his mask. The printing on the legs, arms and the front and back of the torso is great.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Lloyd

The gold tasselled, silver sword is another great addition.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Lloyd

He also carries a 2×3 tile with blueprints to a dragon printed on it.

Misako

Lloyd’s mom Misako’s hair and torso are fabulous. Her orange hair is held back in a bun with two red chopsticks. Her sand green jacket has some golden floral motifs added, a name tag with “koko” on it and sits over a white blouse.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Misako

The two gold buttons of her brown are doubled to four with the pant print continuing to the torso, just as the gold floral motif of the jacket does to the legs.

Master Wu

Much of the print on Master Wu’s torso is hidden under his beard, which is a shame. The traditional top includes arm printing and a traditional emblem in red on the back.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Master Wu

The addition of a ‘skirt’ to extend the printing of the torso and add ‘length to the top is a nice touch. His tan legs include sandal printing on the feet.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Master Wu’s breakfast of champions

The Corn Flakes box is a great addition which no doubt will make its way into many LEGO photos.

Kai Kendo

Kai has some pretty standard Ninjago printing under his Kendo armour, which is mostly hidden. Under the Kendo helmet his angry face is scarred on both eyebrows, with one still sporting a Band-Aid, and that impossibly high messy hair.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Kai Kendo

How does he squoosh all that hair under his Kendo helmet?

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Kai Kendo

Zane

Zane comes with a printed backpack similar to the hiker in CMF series 16. A retro 8-bit aliens sweater vest tops his pleated white pants with black belt and black shoes. The sweater vest is so cool. I hope LEGO make these in my size, ready for Christmas!

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Zane

His flat top hairdo is buzzed down to at least a number one with the faded printing on his head. Finally, one of these guys has found a comb!

Spinjitzu Training Nya

On first opening the bag, I thought Nya was a little dull. But I was wrong.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Spinjitzu Training Nya

She’s the strong female character I’ve been craving. A determined look sits under her black hair tied up with a gold band. Her white ninja gi (uniform) has some wonderful black and gold details, including Mater Wu emblems emblazoned on the front and back.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Spinjitzu Training Nya

Brandishing two wooden swords, I wouldn’t mess with her.

Cole

Cole’s angry sneer and cropped black messy hair sit above a muscle top with what I can only assume is a Ninjago nod to ACDC with the four symbols parted by their iconic lightning bolt.

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Cole

The back of this muscle top has “World Tour 1985” with a list of venues in white with “SOLD OUT” printed over it in red.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: SOLD OUT

His ghetto blaster is obviously for blasting his favourite tunes from that sold out world tour. 

GPL Tech

With printed glasses that remind me of Robin’s moulded ones from the Batman Movie, it’s a nice tie in with the Batman logo on the t-shirt she wears under her lab coat. The lab coat is printed with a pen in her top pocket and the label “GIT”. The lab coat printing continues onto her legs with another two pockets.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: GPL Tech

Carrying a black laptop and red coffee cup, she’s no doubt wired for some serious lab work.

N-POP Girl

A nod to the Korean K-POP, she is pure pastel cuteness; from her pink and blue Harley Quinn hair, all the way to her heart printed green and blue shoes with pink laces.

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: N-POP Girl

She wears lollypop pink and white striped tights are under her pink, green and yellow printed tutu.

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: N-POP Girl

Her top is printed with Unikitty on the front and even more love hearts on the back. A pink teddy bear is added just in case you haven’t had enough cuteness.

Jay Walker

What is it with Ninjago? Doesn’t anyone own a hairbrush? Jay’s messy hair sits atop a somewhat embarrassed look on his face.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Jay Walker

Maybe it’s because of the selfie-stick he’s wielding?

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Smile

One thing’s for sure, he can’t be ashamed of that snazzy orange scarf he’s wearing! Hopefully we’ll see some more colour variations of these!

Sushi Chef

I really like this guy. His cheeky moustachioed smirking face is topped with a black and white printed headband similar to the series 16 scallywag pirate. The subtle prawn prints on this uniform are a cool touch.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Sushi Chef

His trusty cleaver has sliced off a bite size piece from his expertly rolled sushi. I can only imagine what he’d make of the Shark Army? Something oishii no doubt!

Gong & Guitar Rocker

I REALLY like this guy! It’s amazing what a different hair colour and headband can do. The series 7 hippy’s hair turned died black and his orange headband exchanged for red, becomes pure metal! His studded belt, chain, ripped jeans (or maybe they’re leggings?) and white high top boots are straight out of a late 80s film clip!

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Gong & Guitar Rocker

His red muscle top is printed with a white skull and crossbones and a black slogan. He’s got a black dragon tattoo and a black sweatband, undoubtedly for wiping the sweat of his brow after slaying another lengthy lead break! He’s the only two sided head print, one pretty neutral, and the other one absolute “rocking out” perfection!

Garmadon

Lord Garmadon developed an extra set of arms in order to possess the Four Golden Weapons.” This, and who Misako was, is the only research I did for this review. It still means little to me, but gee, Lord Garmadon is a cool Minifigure!

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Garmadon

He looms over his enemies, dressed in typical bad guy black with printed armour. His sneering head print is reminiscent of Kabuki samurai makeup, which is cool!

Flashback Garmadon

I can only assume this is a reference to the movie and it will shed more light on this groovy looking version of Garmadon?

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Flashback Garmadon

His brown on brown attire with its collars that threaten take flight in a strong wind, obscenely wide tie and aviator shades are straight out of the 70s. The printed tile is obviously a reference to his “Underworld” kingdom, but in happier times with the white picket fence.

Volcano Garmadon

Gone is Garmadon’s sneer, replaced with a grin. And why wouldn’t he grin? He’s got his comfy volcano patented pyjamas on, and a bowl and spoon for his late night snack.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Volcano Garmadon

I don’t know how comfortable that headpiece is for his slumber party, but I still want to be invited!

Shark Army General #1

The General’s worried look might because she’s worried the N-POP girl is eyeing off her pink milkshake?

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Shark Army General #1

Or perhaps it’s a look of concern that her scaly double cape is about to be caught in the wind? Or perhaps it’s the strain of having to wear all her accolades on her uniform? I don’t know! I do know that the fish scale printing on her legs is cool though!

Shark Army Great White

This Great White has copped a battering (no pun intended). His dark blue uniform is fantastically adorned with gold medals and chains, many with underwater motifs, but the singed marks on his legs, torso and arm show signs of battle. The black shark headpiece also bores some scolded battle scars.

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Shark Army Great White

And his scuba tank’s battery life is critically low. No wonder he looks so grumpy! But how can he be grumpy, he’s brandishing a flaming new black fish!

Shark Army Angler

The Anglerfish headpiece is super cool with its hypnotic eyes and dangling lure. Underneath, there is scarred female Shark Army member with lipstick and eye shadow printing.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures
The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Shark Army Angler

A single scuba tank body wear also the printed battery life on the front it. The fishy mace is a cool little weapon.

Shark Army Octopus

Another scarred head sits underneath the wonderful octopus headpiece. Man these Shark Army guys have some war wounds! Although, I can’t help but wonder where the eighth octopus leg went. There’s only seven?

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The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures: Shark Army Octopus

Like the Angler, the torso is standard and the scuba tank’s battery life is OK. He’s armed with a silver fish and a shooter (the first of these in a CMF series?).


As someone who has never really been into Ninjago, I was dubious about a Collectible Minifigure Series I didn’t really know about. I was wrong. Even to those like me that know little about Ninjago, this series offers so much. There isn’t one Minifigure in the series that disappoints.

Thanks to our friends at LEGO, especially Kim, for giving us the opportunity to review this wonderful series of The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures. The series is due for official release on August the 1st.

Stay tuned for details of the upcoming giveaway where you could win a complete set of 20 Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures!

– Brett

Who is your favourite from this upcoming series? What about accessories? What has caught your eye?

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Series 17 Review

As promised a few days back, here is my Collectable Minifigures Series 17 review…

Professional Surfer

OK, I can hear the moans. “Not another surfer?” Sure, we haven’t had one since the Series 4 Surfer Girl, and before her the Series 2 Surfer, but I get it. There’s nothing spectacular about this figure. He’s a Professional Surfer, and comparing him to a regular Surfer from Series 2, I guess a wet-suit makes you  a professional? Speaking of the wet-suit, the print is similar to the ‘Coast Guard City’ Surfer, but with printed arms.

Series 17 Review: Professional Surfer
Surfs up dude!

The surfboard ‘shark’ design is pretty rad though! I’ve already planned shots with the Series 15 Shark Suit Guy and this board. It looks like it was custom designed for that Minifigure.

Gnarly dude! Continue reading Series 17 Review

Series 16 Mini Figures – a review

Series 16 mini figures are out and unlike the last series, which was based on established Disney characters, these collectible mini figures are more in line with past series. We’re presented with 16 different (and mostly unique) characters, figures and costumed creatures designed to fuel the imagination. Each character carries within it the potential for a new and unique story to be explored, and of course, to be photographed. Continue reading Series 16 Mini Figures – a review

Minecraft – The Village

First I want to thank The LEGO Group for sending Minecraft set 21128, The Village, for me to review. You’re probably thinking: Minecraft? Really? On a photography blog?  But honestly, I have a soft spot for Minecraft. I’ve photographed Steve in Sweden, on the top of Rattlesnake Ridge and in the local park. Who can resist that square head? Continue reading Minecraft – The Village

Disney Collectable Mini Figures

A few weeks back The LEGO Group was kind enough to send me a box of their Disney collectible mini figures to review. With the Stuckinplastic #Seattletoyphotosafari just around the corner, I decided to give them away instead of keeping all that LEGO goodness to myself. (If you want to see those same figures in the wild, you can follow their journey with this tag #Seattletoyphotosfari_DisneyCMF.) Well now it’s time to pay the piper, so to speak, and review this series.

I’ll confess the Disney collectable mini figures aren’t as bad as I first imagined they would be. When this latest series was announced (or leaked as the case may be) several months back, I will freely admit I wasn’t impressed. I was stilling feeling burned with not one, but two series devoted to the Simpsons TV show. I’m a mini figure photographer – not a toy collector – which means I’m looking for new characters to tell stories. I’m not interested in re-telling classic Disney stories.

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Is this a thingamabob or a whatzit?

With that said, I will admit that I love the Disney universe. I grew up with all the movies and have been to their theme parks multiple times. I wasn’t sure how a series based on these beloved characters would help me in my own personal mission to tell original (and hopefully universal) stories. I mean, how can you re-invent or re-interpret such iconic creations as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?

The Simpsons’ mini figures with their pastel colors and sculpted heads are still fresh in my memory.  While I many not have been enamored with the specific Simpsons figures, they were accompanied by some awesome accessories. With so many great add-ons, it almost made up for those sculpted heads. As a toy photographer I approached this series, based on classic Disney characters, with some trepidation.

There are certain aspects of this new series that has me scratching my head at the decisions behind it.  While there are certainly a fair number of figures that are exciting – Stitch, Maleficent, Cheshire Cat and Ursula – I can’t help but think we’ve already seen the Alien from Toy Story (isn’t it an exact copy?) and Buzz Light Year (the original Buzz had a much better face!). While Genie and the Little Mermaid technically are new to the CMF world, they seem very familiar. Peter Pan is lovely but he doesn’t seem to be  good fit in the mini figure world. I can’t imagine Peter Pan without his arms akimbo and his legs apart – two positions that a LEGO mini figure can’t achieve unless he’s computer generated.

Accessories are a big part of the CMF sets. While there are lots of great new hairstyles in this series, several of the figures aren’t accompanied by any accessories at all! The accessories that are included aren’t new to the LEGO universe, unless of course you count hats, bows and skirts. I wonder if this is how LEGO offset their licensing costs? Or maybe the lack of accessories is a tradeoff to such great additions as Alice and Minnie’s skirts. Speaking of strange accessory pairing, why does Aladdin have a lamp? Shouldn’t he be accompanied by his side-kick Apu instead?

One cool detail in this series, is that each character is paired with a counterpart from his or her story line which allows for some awesome play and photographic opportunities, i.e.: Mickey & Minnie, Donald & Daisy, Syndrome & Mr. Incredible. Two notable exceptions are Stich and Maleficent; where is Lilo and Princess Aurora? I would love to know the thinking behind the decision to omit these characters. Is it because they’ll be in the next series? By leaving these two characters without their natural counterparts, it certainly makes a nice lead into the next Disney mini figure series.

While a second Disney series hasn’t been announced, I have no doubt there will be one. These figures have been extremely popular; the love of all things Disney runs deep. My Instagram feed is a steady parade of wonderful photos featuring these figures, plus my local toy store can’t keep them in stock. There is no doubt that Disney and LEGO make a powerful combination.

I will say that for all my misgivings, these figures photograph beautifully. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die hard Disney fan or a casual collector, these figures offer much in terms of play possibilities. If you’re a mini-figure collector or a photographer, you’re going to want a complete set of the Disney collectible mini figures.

~ Shelly

What’s your favorite mini figure from this series and why? Feel free to add a link to the best image you’ve taken using one of the figs from this series. I would love to see what you’ve been up to.

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“You can’t get something for nothing, you know.”