JACK McHAMMER

LEGO Monster Fighters (2012) follows a band of monster fighters led by Dr Rodney Rathbone and a group of misunderstood evil monsters led by Lord Vampyre. Some of the characters and sets are similar to the LEGO Studios (2000) theme. Click for reviews, setsicon and more about the theme.

LEGO Monster Fighters Jack McHammerJack McHammer

Jack McHammer is a Scottish or ‘possibly’ Canadian lumberjack with a penchant for Hulk-style smashing with his trusty hammer. He has a steam-powered artificial arm which he uses to poke and generally annoy his arch-enemy, the Crazy Scientist’s Monster (aka Frankenstein).

Jack also comes with a knitted grey cap – popular among LEGO bank robbers, green plaid shirt under a leather vest, sand blue jeans with reinforced leather pockets and matching belt.

The head print on this guy is very cool. The two-tone beard, eyebrows and wrinkles add a lot of realism to his growly, determined expression. If you look very closely, his white pupils are also shaded, which may be a misprint as it varies across different figures, but nonetheless gives the eyes some nice depth.

The detail is continued on the legs with asymmetrical scratch marks on each kneepad and the stitching around the blue pockets. The front and back torso print lacks depth compared to the rest of the figure but is still pretty nice overall.

The all-round good design of this wee Scotsman is consistent with the other Monster Fighter figures although I found the sets themselves (aside from the completely awesome Vampyre Castle and Haunted House), a little disappointing.

You can pick up Jack McHammer in Vampyre Castle (9468)icon and The Zombies (9465)icon sets.

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GREEN NINJA ZX

LEGO Ninjago (2011-2013) is a ninja theme that follows the adventures of four Spinjitzu ninjas, Cole, Kai, Zane and Jay and their foes including the Skeletons, the Serpentine and the evil Lord Garmadon, among others. Check out reviewssetsicon, and more about the story.

LEGO Ninjago Green Ninja Lloyd Garmadon MinifigureLloyd ZX

Lloyd Garmadon, aka the Green Ninja, is the son and arch-enemy of Lord Garmadon and wields all four elemental powers.

This ZX (Zen Extreme) variant is similar to the other ZX figures with a few minor differences, including pearl-dark-grey pauldrons and scabbard rather than silver or gold, a finely patterned silver crest rather than plain and a sash that extends around the back of the figure.

Other interesting details on this figure include the black-crossed silver diamonds printed on the torso and legs, the silver belt buckle and curled, golden snake emblem on the back.

The design of this figure matches pretty well with the other ZX figures and rivals Kai ZX in its level of detail. The layered robe is nice, as is the sash tie and belt buckle. My only gripes are that the sash is not printed on the waist line which looks a little odd and the dark-grey pauldrons don’t match the silver crest. Also, probably due to the printing process, the skin on the torso is a little green…but perhaps Lloyd was poorly that day.

Lloyd ZX is available in Epic Dragon Battle and the not so epic, Lloyd ZX Spinner Seticon.

Lloyd ZX (DK Exclusive)

Green Ninja ZX

On this figure the green robe is replaced with a black, green and gold Kimono, along with dark green arms, gold pauldrons and a gold crest. Interesting elements of the design are the gold and green tabs down the sides of the kimono, the little japanese symbols in the top left and right torso and a regal golden snake emblem in a green and gold circle on the back.

This Kimono’d Lloyd ZX has a more formal warrior look which is welcome, and the gold detailing is pretty spot on.

This variant comes with the LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia, published by Dorling Kindersley.

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JAY NRG

LEGO Ninjago (2011-2013) is a ninja theme that follows the adventures of four Spinjitzu ninjas, Cole, Kai, Zane and Jay and their foes including the Skeletons, the Serpentine and the evil Lord Garmadon, among others. Check out reviews, setsicon, and more about the story.

LEGO Ninjago Jay NRG Minifigure (Action)JAY NRG

Jay Walker is Ninjago’s resident Tesla Coil. In his NRG form Jay transforms into pure lightning and electric energy. NRG is the fifth Ninjago variant following on the success of Regular, DX, Kendo, and ZX editions.

Jay NRG is electric blue from head to toe with a good amount of holographic blue, pale yellow and dark blue outlines. As with the other NRG figures, the ZX hood makes an updated appearance.  The torso features Jay’s dragon emblem with forked lightning extending diagonally across the chest, hips and legs.

The holographic print looks awesome on this figure and several shades of blue give the lightning a bit of depth. The dragon emblem resembles Cthulhu and / or a tentacled brain…which is kind of cool, but perhaps unintentional. Jay’s lightning bolts are a bit thicker than Kai’s NRG flames, giving the design a more cartoony feel, which isn’t so bad. The back design is filled with more lightning bolts although a lack of yellow detailing on the bolts makes the back torso design slightly inconsistent with the front.

The face shows a reworked version of Jay’s standard scowl and scarred eyebrow. The lightning around the eyes make the face a little cluttered. No pupils and no outline around the eyes and eyebrows means the face print lacks the sharpness that Kai’s NRG print had.

I imagine that for play this figure is pretty cool but he does lack the careful attention to detail that those LEGO designers are known for. Hopefully Zane NRG (released later this year) will combine the best of Kai’s fine detailing with Jay’s reflectivity and outlining.

You can pick up Jay NRG on LEGO Shop at Home: The World’s Biggest LEGO Shop.

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KAI NRG

LEGO Ninjago (2011-2013) is a ninja theme that follows the adventures of four Spinjitzu ninjas, Cole, Kai, Zane and Jay and their foes including the Skeletons, the Serpentine and the evil Lord Garmadon, among others. Check out reviews, setsicon, and more about the story.

KAI NRG (NJO055)

This “fiery, fierce, friendly” fellow is Kai the fire ninja. The Spinjitzu ninjas transform into their NRG (energy) forms when they find their ‘true potential’. In his NRG form, Kai is enveloped in flames and is able to fly. NRG is the fifth Ninjago variant, following on from the Regular, DX, Kendo, and ZX styles.

Kai is decked out in bright red with dark-orange, dark-red, and gold detailing. The hood mould is inherited from ZX although the printing is unique. The torso displays Kai’s fire dragon emblem with flames extending outward across the chest, down the hips and legs. The back is printed with a similar flame design. Unlike previous variants, Kai NRG does not have a belt print on his waist. Continuing the theme, the helmet is printed with a three-pronged flame.

Kai’s standard expression is recoloured in glowing orange and gold. The scar through his left eye is emblazoned, as are his lips and eyebrows. There are licks of flame vertically down either side of his face (sideburns?).

The human torch design is pretty nice overall…one can never have enough human fireballs. The way the flames extend downward from shoulder to shin are great and incorporate subtle details.

The absence of sash or belt to separate the torso and legs gives this variant a kind of flaming jumpsuit feel. The face is awesome but perhaps a little too demonic for this ‘good guy’ character.

Kai NRG is available in Kai NRG Spinner set.icon

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LORD GARMADON

LEGO Ninjago (2011-2013) is a ninja theme that follows the adventures of four Spinjitzu ninjas, Cole, Kai, Zane and Jay and their foes including the Skeletons, the Serpentine and the evil Lord Garmadon, among others. Check out reviews, setsicon, and more about the story.

LORD GARMADON

This four-armed foe is an upsized (with fries) variant of the original Lord Garmadon figure.

This figure comes with black lower-torso printed with dark-grey ribcage and purple sash at the waist. The top 3/4 size torso is custom-moulded in dark-grey with a ‘grated’ front. Garmadon wears a pearl-grey Kabuto helmet (identical to Samurai X) but with a white bone.

Unlike the first variant, on this figure the purple sash extends down both legs and the helmet is a different mould and colour. The face is identical to his predecessor , with dark-red eyes, grey pupils, and an angry, open-mouth expression with pointed white teeth. Dark-grey frown lines frame the mouth and some rather large, dark-grey eyebrows.

This figure is a cool addition to the LEGO oeuvre. The double torso makes this variant unique and certainly quite imposing. The face print, inherited from the first version, is spot on and gives the figure a scary, menacing appearance. The new, less-cartoony helmet is a good choice.

No back printing on this figure but the double-torso perhaps makes up for this. He looks a bit odd from the back as the upper-torso is a different colour to the base torso. The lower-torso print is fairly simple when compared to some of the other Ninjago figures.

 This variant was released in 2012 and appears in Destiny’s Bounty.

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