Lego® Ninjago® City Docks Review

by | 14 Dec 2018 | Lego, Reviews | 0 comments

70657-1: LEGO® NINJAGO® City Docks
70657 LEGO® NINJAGO® CITY DOCKS
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Product Name: LEGO® NINJAGO® City Docks

Product Description: Have fun with Lloyd, Cole and friends at THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™ 70657 NINJAGO® City Docks and defend against Garmadon’s attacks. This highly detailed set features a harbor with a functioning crane and boat, and 2 levels of Old World locations including a grocery store with tipping food display and rotating rotisserie; house with map room and kitchen/bedroom; sculptor's workshop; plus a dojo. Experience modern NINJAGO City life on The Street with a tearoom and an arcade with interchangeable billboards, buildable arcade games, functioning vending machine and a buildable pig ‘balloon’ attached to the roof.

Price: £199.99 / $299.99

Availability: InStock

Review

This set has been on my wish list for a while but with so many other sets competing for the next spare cash lightning round I wasn’t expecting to get it for some time.

Imagine my excitement then when I opened my email from Lego® to find it was one of the sets in the Black Friday deals and it had a whopping £60 off!

“A no brainier, I hear you cry…”

Unboxing

After desperately waiting for what seemed like weeks (it was actually 4 days) it arrived but in a cruel twist of fate it then sat mocking me for 48 hours before I was able to get my hands on it.

I was like an overexcited puppy opening the box (I should know as our actual overexcited puppy just sat watching and giving me odd looks) as out tumbled bags and bags of new, untouched and unbuilt Lego® parts onto our lounge floor. Then if that wasn’t excitement enough a white box appeared, which you guessed it, contained more bags of new, untouched and unbuilt Lego® parts. Followed with not only a 32 x 32 base plate but also a 16 x 32 one too! Oh I was now in 7th heaven as I was getting an Assembly Square size build with an instruction manual the size of the Thomson Local (anyone remember those?) and I almost forgot to mention the dark stone grey mountain part that almost took out said puppy.

After starting to sort through the bags I realised that whilst there was a lot of them there was only a single bag for each number and understandably quite a few of the bags didn’t look to contain all that many or a great variety of different pieces. (Only numbers 13, 15 and 18 have more than one bag). Not that this was a disappointment in anyway.

Onto The Build

In our house Lego® is a family affair. One person to build whilst the other person sorts and grabs the pieces needed. Lucky for me on this set I was the builder.

Unlike some reviews I have read I really enjoyed building the foundations, water and walkways. (Tip – When laying the translucent blue tiles use the green flowers as visual markers).  Lego® did a great job of breaking up this huge task into smaller manageable chunks. There is quite a lot to do before you actually get off the baseplate, so to speak and the little touches and attention to detail on even the parts that will probably never see the light of day are impressive (the frog, and plants around the back come to mind).

It’s always fun to follow the manual, and still have no idea what you are building  until quite by accident one small 1x1 plate or a 1x2 brick allows you to see the whole picture. It’s those ahh moments that are the most enjoyable for me.

The build of Ninjago® Docks was great fun. Plenty of variety of bricks and techniques used. It wasn’t complicated if you pay attention to the instructions. You will need steady hands with a page and a half of stickers to place throughout the docks.

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