Hi everyone! Today I have a review of 70607 NINJAGO City Chase! This was one of my most highly anticipated sets from the LEGO Ninjago Movie line, so let’s see how well it fares!
This is a 2017 set that retails for £14.99 GBP, $19.99 USD, $29.99 AUD, and $39.99 NZD. It contains 233 parts and 5 minifigures.
As noted above, this set comes with a whopping five minifigures! Let’s take a look at them first.
The first two minifigures are Lloyd and Nya, both in their civilian outfits.
Lloyd also comes in 70620 NINJAGO City and a very similar variant of him appears in the NINJAGO CMF line. He wears a dark green sweater and cool black pants, and comes with a double-sided head and his regular blonde hair. I really like his torso and leg pieces as they can be used on regular LEGO civilians easily! I myself recall wearing a dark green sweater not too dissimilar from Lloyd’s! 😆 Lloyd’s minifigure comes with a red soda can that has a printed top.
Nya, on the other hand, is exclusive. I like her new hairpiece as well as her double-sided head, with a happy expression on one side and an angry one on the other. While Lloyd’s torso and leg prints were great, I think Nya’s are even better, as I really like her casual jacket and her ripped jeans. She even has toe printing depicting shoes! Nya comes with a handphone, which is something most people carry around nowadays!
Both of these minifigures are fantastic and, while I would have liked to see regular ninjas in this price point, I don’t mind getting these casual outfit ones too.
The other three minifigures are Officer Toque, Ham, and a Shark Army Thug.
Officer Toque basically looks like an Asian Bad Cop to me, with identical helmets and torsos. He does, however, wear blue pants, which I honestly feel look a little weird. Black would probably look nicer, though it might make him resemble Bad Cop even more! He comes with handcuffs. Alarmingly, his head is also used in one Shark Army soldier in 70616 Ice Tank! Could this be a spoiler for the movie, or was it just a lazy move by LEGO?
Ham (what a weird name) is a NINJAGO City civilian. I like his simplistic torso and leg designs, though toe printing depicting sandals would have been nice. I do like his new conical hat as well as his comical scared expression. Personally, I feel an alternate head with a regular expression would improve this figure quite a lot as well.
The final minifigure is a Shark Army Thug. I’m not the biggest fan of this figure as I wish he would’ve had a sea creature helmet. These ones wearing just woolly hats are rather lame, honestly. Still, I like his torso printing, and his leg prints aren’t bad either. He is armed with a fish-hammer, which is basically the Thor hammer element stuck into a light blue fish.
There are three main builds in the set. Let’s take a look at each of them individually.The first build is Ham’s market stall. I like the way it’s built up, especially the two containers on the sides. The stickers on the signs are cool too, and I like how a minifigure can stand behind. This is a nice build for kids to play with. You can pay Ham the money and get the food, etc. etc. All in all, a slightly simple but a good build. There’s also this apple crate which holds three apples. A simple 2×2 inverted roof slope is used to hold it at an angle.
The second build in the set is this police tuk-tuk. I find it funny how the police in NINJAGO City seemingly use these auto rickshaws, don’t they have the budget for cars? There are a few small stickers used on the model, and the model has a pretty big forward rake. It sits two, but has bars on the side that minifigures can grab onto (like Nya). This is a cute, dinky little vehicle that does its job decently well.The final build is this cool streetlight. It has signs in the NINJAGO language which apparently read ‘NEW TOWN’, ‘ARLO’, ‘HOTEL’ and ‘UPTOWN’, as well as nice builds for the lamps themselves. I like how the string that connects them has little lights hanging off, it’s a very cool mix of oriental and modern. You can let minifigures grab on to the lights, though I’m not a big fan of how it looks in real life as the string tends to get pulled downwards a bit too far for my liking.
In conclusion, this is a fantastic set. The inclusion of 5 minifigures in a set of this size is not to be overlooked, and their inclusion does not compromise the size (and quality) of the models included. This honestly feels like an affordable version of 70620 NINJAGO City, but the models here would not look out-of-place with its bigger sibling. This set screams ‘value’ and ‘quality’ to me.
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
An absolutely brilliant set. Get it when you can! 🙂
VaderFan2187 out! 😀