Hi everyone! Today I have a pre-review of 70613 Garma Mecha Man! This is a 2017 LEGO Ninjago Movie set, it contains 747 pieces and will retail for $59.99 USD. Is this worth your money when released?
There are four minifigures in the set: Lord Garmadon, L-loyd Garmadon, a Shark Warrior and a civilian. We shall take a look at them first 🙂
Here are Lloyd and Garmadon, members of the Garmadon Family. Lloyd is not exclusive, but I believe Garmadon is. They’re both nice figures and in my opinion it’s nice to get a regular Garmadon and not Jungle Garmadon. Lloyd is armed with his usual sword while Garmadon gets 4 katanas.
The other two figures are a Shark Army warrior and a civilian. Neither are super-appealing but I appreciate the inclusion of civilians in the LEGO Ninjago Movie sets, something that was absent in the LEGO Batman Movie ones. I do like the low battery sign on the shark warrior’s armor though. The shark warrior is armed with a harpoon inserted into a fish, while the civilian comes with a red camera.
The main build is the eponymous Garma Mecha Man. Aside from the small Laser Pointer, there are no side builds, so presumably you jump straight into the main build. The Garma Mecha Man has many details along with many colors, but personally I feel it looks a little messy. I do like the stickered panels in front of the cockpit that say “G ARMY”, along with the clever use of the new square-ish fenders that are used for the upper arm. The front of the cockpit, as well as the top, open up to allow access to the cockpit. Garmadon can stand inside but I can’t quite tell if the inverted 2×2 tile is stickered or not (to represent controls). I’m also not a huge fan of all the red on top, it looks rather strange. It’s pretty cool to see the angular Nexo Knights slope piece used beneath the cockpit, though 4 stickers are applied to just those two pieces alone!Garmaon has an ammo belt of blue fish leading to the cannon on the right arm. I like the transparent blue cockpit cover representing a tank, along with the humorous “DO NOT FEED” sticker. Unfortunately, there are two Technic beams there, presumably for stability, but they look rather exposed. You can see the types of joints used in the arms and legs from this shot, which are strong but not as poseable as regular ball joints. The Garma Mecha Man’s left arm is a cannon shaped in a shark. It’s pretty cool but looks a little stubby, while long and narrow stickers are applied to the side which is unfortunate. It fires out a light blue spring-loaded shooter missile which appears to be a similar color to the fishes. The Garma Mecha Man’s right arm is shown holding a laser pointer on the box art but can also be used to grab unfortunate civilians! I like their poseability but in my opinion both arms are rather stubby. The Garma Mecha Man dwarfs a minifigure, as can be seen from this view. However, I’m not a fan of the golden Technic connectors just under the cockpit, or the Technic holes at the back of the cockpit.
In conclusion, 70613 Garma Mecha Man seemed like an exciting set at first but the execution is, in my opinion, not very well done. The mix of black and the greys does not work and makes the mech look messy, while the arms are stubby and awkward-looking.
I feel that this is not a must-get set from the LEGO Ninjago Movie line unless it has a huge role in the movie. Unless you are a completist, I think you can get other sets.
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀