70745 Anacondrai Crusher Review!

Hi guys! Today I have another LEGO Ninjago review for your reading enjoyment 🙂 This is 70745 Anacondrai Crusher, it was a 2015 Ninjago set that retailed for $19.99 in the US, £17.99 in the UK, $29.99 in Australia, and $39.99 in New Zealand. It contained 219 pieces, so the price-per-part is rather good.

Will it be able to crush all other LEGO Ninjago sets at this price point?

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The first minifigure in this set is Kai. This is his outfit during the Tournament of Elements and it is a very bright outfit. Recent Ninjago ninja suits have used a mix of the regular color and black, but this chooses to go fully red. He has a printed Ninja cowl, as well as a neck accessory which holds two katanas.
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The second minifigure in the set is Krait. He has Anacondrai tattoos over his exposed chest, as well as detailed prints on his purple legs. I like his tan Anacondrai helmet as well, as it is cleverly shaped to resemble a snake’s head. Krait is armed with an Anacondrai sword; while the piece is not exclusive, it is nonetheless very delightful.
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There is a little small sub-build included in the set. It is a little catapult that hurls trans orange 1×1 cones at the Anacondrai Crusher. I do not see how this will possibly stop the Anacondrai vehicle, and seems like a superfluous inclusion thrown in to prop up the piece count.
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The main build, the Anacondrai Crusher itself, is certainly better. It is a snake-themed vehicle that has a dark tan and purple color scheme, certainly fitting the Anacondrai Cult.
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The Anacondrai Crusher is a one-seater vehicle, and Krait sits in the driver’s seat. Instead of a steering wheel or regular LEGO handlebars, there are two white horn pieces (resembling bones) positioned in a way to resemble handlebars. A minifigure cannot grip these but can be posed as if they are. Also of note is the printed 4×4 radar dish with an Anacondrai design on the big rear wheels.
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One cute detail is the engine in front of the driver’s seat. It is a sticker on a black 2×4 tile, and has a bony style. There is a skeleton body attached to clips which can be hinged up to reveal the engine, similar to a real car where the hood is lifted up. A wrench is included should Krait want to fix his vehicle.
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There is also a play feature in the mouth; by pushing on a red Technic connector at the back, two flick-fire missiles are fired out of the open mouth. From the description, it seems that these are supposed to be poison darts.
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There are also six spinning blades at the front of the Anacondrai Crusher. These are created using six of the dark tan notched swords, which is a welcome piece. The blades spin as the Crusher drives along, Kai will have to be careful!
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Here we can see the reason the Anacondrai Crusher’s blades rotate: The swords are mounted on axle joints which are in turn connected to angled wheels beneath. These wheels turn as the vehicle drives, rotating the swords.


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I am definitely happy with this set. The price is good, the play features are nice, and the figures aren’t bad either. If you can pick it up for RRP (or below) I think you should.

Builds: 3.5/5
Minifigures: 3/5
Playability: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Personal Rating: 3.5/5
TOTAL: 3.4/5

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VaderFan2187 out! 😃

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