LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu 70751 Review
Lego’s own Ninjago theme has turned out to be one of Lego’s most popular themes throughout the previous decade – All thanks to its amazing range of sets that both appeal to children and adults. The newest one, and the largest of these, is the Lego 70751 Temple of Airjitzu. This is a set with 2028 pieces in total, and recreates the Lego Temple of Haunted Hill, a build that gained prominence after appearing on season five of the TV show.
This piece of spectacular architecture is very much impressive, and will most likely be one of the better aspects of the set when it comes to plenty of older Lego fans, even though the build’s own play features are completely enjoyable. And not only that, there’s a wonderful assortment of figures as well. Because of those reasons alone, there’s this general feeling that the set will surely sell, since there’s a complete potential market for it. This is despite the fact that Lego’s Ninjago sets are meant to appeal mostly to a younger audience.
The 70751’s box is a tad bit on the smaller side. However, this works nicely in favor of the box’s artwork, since it’s decorated with loads of action and brilliant colors, to boot. Its orange skyline, meanwhile, looks stunning and gives off a beautiful contrast to the temple’s black and red shades. It’s wonderful to see that the humor coming from the TV show has managed to successfully leap right into the build itself: The proof is the unlucky Postman getting harassed by a troop of chickens found on the left side of the blacksmith’s shop.
The backside of the box showcases a couple of the build’s most playable features, together with a gallery of twelve minifigures. There’s also a bunch of ads that talk about the exclusive materials you can find right inside the instruction manual.
Said exclusive materials comprise of an interview with the 70751’s designer, biographical information about the minifigures themselves, as well as the wonderful world of Lego Ninjago. There are a couple of texts that talk about the story of the Temple of Airjitzu so far, as well as the temple’s future appearances in upcoming sets. Looks like Lego fans are going to have to wait and see if the temple shows up again, and if they stick to their word. Some fans were feeling slightly dubious about the fact that some of this exclusive material was added in. But a lot of them still enjoyed reading through the entire design process and how the temple was conceptualized, as well as getting a closer look at the sketches done while the set was being created.
There are thirteen numbered bags in total, and one of them contains the bigger elements that the build requires.
One quick look at the box shows that there’s a good combination between the brand new striped design, as well as the older ones. There’s no particular reason here as why a couple of them are displayed in a singular style, while the rest are found in another. So it’s assumed that Lego has just decided to transition in between the two builds.
So many of these bags have corresponded to just one story of the buildings incorporated in the 70751 – Beginning with the smuggler’s market. This segment is constructed on top of a 16 x 16 base, and deals with a mixture of sand green and grey bricks.
It has now become highly apparent that this build is going to be completely enjoyable in itself. That’s because there are several amazing techniques utilized while constructing. This includes the usage of an inverted mining helmet, which you can use as a basin. The roofs have been created thanks to a couple of garage door elements, and these are wonderfully connected using golden robot arms. The ability to keep these roofs from rolling back can be highly useful for an interesting function.
The next part of the build is the blacksmith’s shop. It starts in pretty much the same way as the previous segment – Placing the completed build on a 16 x 16 base with its darkened tan. The building’s walls do recreate a similar effect of daub and wattle, thanks to its headlight bricks that seem to represent the temple’s wooden pillars, as well as the medium blue bricks that are supposed to mimic the render. To be able to build the correct size of the window, a tiny section has been constructed on its side. This brings twice the amount of interest to the construction section. Meanwhile, the roof is comprised of tiles and plates which were tied together at the peak. This is one more technique that produces a spectacular result in the end.
The temple completely occupies the entire majority of the brick pieces that come with the set. The construction process starts in a rather cryptic method, while you build up those turntables and place them on weird tiled surfaces in various colors. But everything becomes clear all of sudden when you set the light brick into its place. There are, surprisingly, a couple of Lego Technic elements which have been utilized for the whole shadow theater function. This is all possible thanks to a rubber band, as well as 2 x 2 turntables that allow plenty of these elements to move along. Fans are pretty sure that this mechanism will gain loads of benefits from becoming a bit simpler, since there’s a hidden button located behind the lightened bricks. It’s still one of the most interesting parts of the build, nonetheless.
There is a see-through plastic sheet that has been utilized to form the screen onto which the image will be shown. Meanwhile, building the flight of steps found on either side of the temple is very simple, but still works well. It uses the geometry of the 1 x 3 slopes, as well as the A-frame pieces to build up a beautiful shape.
So many fans were pretty much impressed in regards to how these plates tessellate on the floor, in order to build a rather intricate carpet pattern. The exterior looks wonderful as well, thanks to the pneumatic ram sleeve elements, which have been utilized to build pillars that are later on topped with a couple of golden rings crafted from chrome. There are two rice paper doors found inside this part of the build, and these are both represented by printed window panels that were meant to squeeze inside the 1 x 6 x 5 frames. They are positioned inside the grooves on the ceiling and floor, letting these slide in backwards and forwards, much like what happens in reality.
The next level is lined up with tiny windows. These are, once again, formed with the help of printed glass elements, 32 of them to be specific. The walls look the same as the ones on the ground floor, beginning from the outside with a good combination of brown and red shades. However, there’s plenty of details found on the inside as well. There are a pair of stickers that you can apply to both upper floors, and these are quite difficult to stick on since there’s nothing to line them all up.
It’s still so much fun to swap in between constructing the bigger structures as well as the tinier furnishing in this part of the build. This will continue on over to the next level, in which tooth elements are placed in good use as the build’s own bookends. The temple is then topped with a finial, that comprises of train wheels. These all give off a brilliant effect when placed on the build itself, even though this part of the model looks more similar to the 1950s science fiction, instead of an Asian-inspired ornamental spire.
It’s slightly weird that the tiniest models found inside the set are normally kept for the last portion of the build. The bridge has been curved elegantly with the help of some flexible tubing, as well as the aid of four Lego Technic brush elements that give off a bit of detailed texture to the temple’s sides. Placing the bridge in the right position correctly aligns the buildings together to finish up the entire set, and provide the model with an even better depth for pure display.
A lot of people were nicely surprised as to how the entire build turned out – In particular, the pagoda, which completely dominates the entire build. Its details look wonderful, and they were also enjoying the variants of colors found in between the buildings, as well as the small shades of green, tan, blue, and red.
The Lego 70751 is one of the biggest – If not the biggest – Ninjago set ever released. Some people expect it to be a must-have for loyal Lego fans, and they will surely not be disappointed at the outcome. There are loads of references here to certain highlights from the show. And not only that, they do contain some nice minifigures, as well as exclusive pieces of material located inside the construction manual. This is a wonderful bonus for the fans too.