Hey everyone! Today I have a review of 70651 Throne Room Showdown! This is a 221-piece set that retails for £17.99 (UK), $19.99 (U.S.), $29.99 (Aus), and $39.99 (NZ), which places it at the same price point as 70650 Destiny’s Wing. Is it better? Is it worse? Let’s find out!There are five minifigures included in the set, which is very high considering the price.
- The first minifigure included is Nya. She wears her new outfit for Season 9, which still maintains the gunmetal grey with blue designs, but has been updated. Her lower cowl is black now, matching the other LEGO Season 9 Ninja outfits. She comes with a spear-like weapon with a sai at the top and a tassel at the bottom.
- The second minifigure is Skylor, and I am very happy to see her! She’s one of my favorite side characters in the Ninjago TV Show, alongside Ronin (who sadly has been absent for a while). She has red hair and a double-sided head with smiling and angry expressions. She comes with a black swordholder and a red utility belt, which I believe is a new recolor for the piece first used in the LEGO Batman Movie sets. She has two black katanas and two silver shurikens. The only thing I don’t like about her is that her legs are unprinted.
- The third minifigure is Samurai X. This is the same minifigure as the one from 70642 Killow vs. Samurai X, and while the design is fine, I still had printing depth issues on mine, especially on the face. Oh well.
- The fourth minifigure is Lloyd, who is actually the only male character in the set. He has his standard LEGO Ninjago Movie head and hairpiece, along with his new outfit for Season 9. He is handcuffed in the picture, though he come with his sword too.
- The final minifigure is the antagonist of the set and the main antagonist of both Season 8 and 9, the Quiet One. Spoiler alert for the TV Show: It’s Harumi. I mean, the set description already says who it is. She sports the same design that we last saw of her at the end of Season 8, with white hair and red facepaint. Her head is double-sided too (actually, all the minifigures in this set have double-sided heads), with a slightly angry face on one side with closed mouth, and a very angry face on the other with bared teeth. She comes with a red katana that has a tassel piece attached to it, though a spare red katana is also included. Her black outfit looks fine too.
Overall, I like the minifigure selection. Let’s check out the builds now! Well, there is only technically one build in the set. It’s a portion of the Palace of Secrets. It has a brown, red, and black color scheme, with gold and purple highlights. This gives it a very nice, oriental style. It’s built in three sections — the throne in the middle, and the two separate ‘wings’ on either side. The throne is connected to the other two sections via clips so you can hinge the walls around as you like.There are a few play features integrated into the model. The left side (our left) has a security camera at the top. There’s a clip on the side for Lloyd’s sword when he’s in the prison, and there’s a golden oriental-style wall panel that can be smashed down to allow minifigures to break in. The wall panel is only attached with two studs so isn’t too hard to break off. The right side of the model is the prison cell for Lloyd. The cell bars are formed with four goldne katanas, and I think it’s a pretty cool, interesting design. There’s a printed 1×1 round gold tile at the top with a lock design, and the cell bars can be hinged up to release Lloyd. There are a couple of steps that lead into the cell but immediately it drops down. A bit odd, but I guess the katanas didn’t come far down onto the floor enough. The middle section is the throne for Harumi. It has an interesting design, though a bit over-the-top. There’s lots of gold, black, and red throughout. A pair of big gold blades are placed at the back, along with two black katanas on each side. There are golden armrests and four flames attached to golden scroll design bricks. Harumi can, of course, sit on the throne.
The throne has a secret storage compartment. You can slide out this horizontal wall panel to reveal a hidden gunmetal grey sai as well as the key for Lloyd’s cell. The wall panel is attached via a jumper plate inside so won’t fall out if you move the model around, but isn’t too hard to pull out. Overall, the build looks fine but it’s very thin and there’s not much substance to it.
That’s it for the set. Time to sum up my thoughts on it as a whole. I love the minifigures – all five are great and none of them are filler at all. The build is a bit lacking, but isn’t really meant to be the main attraction of the set, I guess. Playability is not bad, due to the five minifigures included, though the build itself doesn’t offer much in terms of play. I feel like the build doesn’t really justify the price but I think the inclusion of five minifigures does.
- Builds: 3/5
- Minifigures: 5/5
- Playability: 3.5/5
- Price: 4/5
- Personal Rating: 3.5/5
- TOTAL: 3.8/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀