You honestly can't look at these and say that this isn't dishonest movie advertising. The whole time they've focused the advertising on the idea of parodying mech fights and Kaiju battles. In the movie, we only get a little mediocre second of that before they irrationally destroy the mechs and squander the very thing they advertised the movie to be about.
They made it seem like the idea was to take Ninjago and make it relatable by parodying the well-known asian popculture that the mainstream consumer in the U.S. would understand. Godzilla, anime, mecha, martial arts and Power Rangers/Super Sentai. That's the type of stuff that should've inspired this film.
I really apologize if I sound too salty. As time goes on the disappointment and what could've been just makes all of this hurt worse. That, and my allergies make me slightly irritable.
It's just so frustrating, because the advertising and what all of it appears to be selling just seems so good compared to what we ended up getting. The advertisment ties itself more closely to what we were told we were getting when the film was announced a few years ago compared to what we actually have.
The sets are sooo good though, which ends up giving me contradictory feelings when looking at them. On one hand, hey, signature vehicles that aren't stupid automobiles and they have unique designs with muted colors. They feel more serious than most Ninjago sets. Problem is, the movie wasn't great and the mechs were destroyed early on so they have no significance to me outside of being great sets. It stings worse because they won't be used in the show either and we'll never get to see them in a sequel. I also like the new character designs, which also makes me sad to go back to the show versions.
If you guys can, pick up 70607. It's honestly a really pleasing aesthetic set, and it's what I want more of from Ninjago, rather than constant vehicles (not including mechs and dragons, I like those) like recently. I guess you could argue that the police car might be the main draw, but I think the food stand and lamp posts outshine it.