So this thing is a bit weird for me. Definitely outside of my usual wheelhouse, so I guess I’ll provide some background.
I’ve been a fan of Ninjago since it came out, and while my relationship with the line has been… turbulent at best, I’ve kept an eye on it, since it’s kinda the last remaining bastion of my childhood that hasn’t been hit with the unfeeling scythe of cancellation. That being said, I hadn’t bought a Ninjago set since 2014, and with the end of BIONICLE G2, I basically stopped buying LEGO sets all together. I still spent an ungodly amount on Bricklink, but TLG hadn’t seen a nickel from me since 2016…and then this happened.
Maybe it was nostalgia, maybe it was a desire to get the new parts and experiment with them, maybe it was an exercise in being less precious with money, or maybe I just really wanted to feel that rush of getting a new LEGO set again. I bit the bullet and bought the set. It was fine, a fun build with some neat new pieces. But half of the joy of LEGO sets for me is improving and revamping them to my own tastes. So that’s what I did…it might have gotten out of hand.
I guess this technically counts as my first system MOC in at least half a decade. Feels weird, but it feels good.
My take on the mech definitely went in a much more anime direction, with inspiration being taken from Gurren Lagann and the Matoi Tech from Promare specifically.
Literally everything about the mech has been overhauled with the exception of the “wing pack” contraption on its back. I did want to keep places to mount Kai’s weapons while he’s in the pilot seat. So they remained on the arms.
Overall it’s not super posable. The knees work well, but almost everything else has been somehow hindered in it’s construction. Honestly I don’t really mind. At the end of the day it’s just gonna stand on my shelf and look cool.
I hope you all enjoyed this weirder post and MOC, I know I definitely enjoyed building it. It’s been sitting on the shelf for a bit now, but with Prime Empire wrapping up I figure it’s as good a time as ever.
Thank you, and have a great day!