I LOVE collecting mini figs. Whether it’s Lego or Minimates, there’s this appeal to them that I can’t quite put into proper words. Maybe it’s the fact they’re so small but, if done well, have amazing detail. Maybe it’s because they have that “Got To Catch Them All” approach. Maybe it allows me to relive my childhood. Honestly, I don’t know, but I do know one thing – I am a big fan of Lego’s Ninjago line.
Up until about a year or so ago I had pretty much lost touch with Lego. Sure, I still had the odd set kicking around from my childhood and I had picked up the odd licensed minifig for my collection, but the “pure” Lego I knew was something I’d hardly interacted with. Growing up as both a Martial Artist and a TMNT fan, when the original Ninja Lego line was released in 1998, I wanted to collect it so badly but knew it would be looked down upon by my peers (it’s weird how during my teens it would be considered a bad thing, but now I’m in my twenties I can collect it and have friends and colleagues agree it’s cool). I will admit I got a few sets but kept it secret. I’m not sure how but in 2011 I stumbled across the Ninjago line. It interested me but I didn’t rush out to buy it.
However in 2012, the line continued and my interest has grown, partly due to the “ZX” Ninjas. I just love the re-designs shown on these models. The front and back torso are nicely done, as are the new masks and shoulder pads. The shoulder pads also allow you to hold two Katana swords, which is a great improvement over the original “mask/holder”, though that was by no means a bad thing. At the moment I only have the Jay ZX fig, but as time goes on I hope to get the others, especially the Green Ninja. For now, he’ll sit on my office desk alone, waiting for me to get his allies.
I quite like the Jay ZX figure as a while. I like the fact his right arm is grey, to show the fact the armour on his torso wraps around his arm as well. Apparently the “Golden Weapon” in the pictures above is meant to be some double bladed sword. I do think it’s a nice use of parts but it just looks weird. I do however really like the spear, which is something I’d been trying to get my hands on for a while (this came with the promotional Kendo Jay pack). I am fond of how Ninjago has buildable weapons as well as simple molded ones and I’m tempted to buy multiple versions of each one for parts I can mix and match.