REVIEW: 9446 Destiny’s Bounty

Set Index: 9446

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Welcome to my review of the (early?) 2012 Ninjago flagship!

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Sail into an epic battle on board Destiny’s Bounty!

On a dangerous journey aboard Destiny’s Bounty, an ancient shipwreck, Sensei Wu and the ninjas have located the powerful golden Hypnobrai staff deep inside of the secret snake shrine. As they land the flying ship in the water to seize the staff, Zane and Jay get a scaly surprise from Hynobrai General Skales and his accomplice warrior, Slithraa. Sensei Wu fires the ship’s cannon into the battle until his ancient enemy, Lord Garmadon, appears. Can Sensei Wu protect the Ninjago treasures on board without the help of the ninjas? Choose your battle in an epic showdown where the fate of the Ninjago world hangs in the balance! Includes 6 minifigures: Sensei Wu, Kendo Zane, Kendo Jay, Lord Garmadon, Skales and Slithraa; Destiny’s Bounty ninja ship, snake staff shrine, golden Hypnobrai staff and 16 weapons.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: Sensei Wu, Kendo Zane, Kendo Jay, Lord Garmadon, Skales and Slithraa

  • Features Hypnobrai snake shrine and golden Hypnobrai staff
  • Weapons include: 2 golden daggers, big spear, bo staff, 2 sai, golden serrated blade, 4 ninja swords, 4 crossbows and ninja claws
  • Transform Destiny’s Bounty into a flying ship!
  • Fire the cannon shooter with 4 cannonballs!
  • Protect the secret treasure on board at all costs!
  • Stow the ninja weapons in the ship’s weapon racks!
  • Launch the working anchor when you reach the shrine!
  • Measures over 16” (43cm) long, 10” (26cm) tall and 11” (30cm) wide

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I love how Skales is on the anchor!

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Post opening haul appreciation.

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For many the figs are the main part so I’ll get to them without further delay! Three heroes are included; Kendo Jay, Kendo Zane and Sensei Wu.

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Wu has a nice print under his beard, but the others are unremarkable.

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Likewise back prints are a bit disappointing. None of the figs in this set have double sided faces, which I feel is a mixed blessing.

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The Kendo mask is pretty cool, although TLG does seem a little confused about the concept.

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Three Villains are included also; Skales, Slithraa and Lord Garmadon… who seems a bit taller this year.

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I love this tail part. I hope it’s not just for this wave.

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I’m not overly happy with this however. It’s too bulky and integrating the armour limits its use.

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From the first bag the “treasure” is made. The fang/drip effect is cool.

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One of my big surprises of this set was that it included some of the brick-bricks.

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I’m not sure if anyone has shown these in detail yet, but in any case I will! Here’s the “front”…

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…and here is the “back”.

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I’m not really sure of how TLG intend to use these, but I find them odd. Why? Well if you build them “right” you end up with this….

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…when you really want this, which is unstable. Ahh well… time will tell.

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*rattle* *rattle* *rattle* *rattle* Done! Sorry, I don’t have the time for build photos. I love the sails, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are mirrored.

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To deal with what’s important, yes, she has an anchor.

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The figurehead, while a cool idea, probably could have done with some printing. A solid black eye for example.

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Sleek from the front…

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…but square at the back. Looks like a good party ship though!

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Sensei Wu loves his new chick magnet, but I think he’d be happier still if he had a teapot.

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The roof lifts for access. Note the map; it’s printed and resting on the “cannon balls”.

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There’s also loads of room for the scum-bag crew.

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But what’s this odd thing?

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Oh, it’s a secret hiding place for a knife. Makes sense; cannon and katanas in plain sight, but hide these. :wacko: My camera must feel the same way as me as it focused on the only stickers I used; the “below decks hatch”. Notice the step behind?

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That’s another “secret”. On a similar negative note, the gun is mounted very badly and I keep breaking it. It really needed a bigger turntable or tiles around the edges.

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So what’s this? Dunno, let’s pull it!

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*Foomp!*

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“Ahhhghh! Don’t land on us!”. This feature I like! Before you get too excited, the sails do work (that is pull the lever and they go up) but they are not connected to the back. The back however is linked together, which I didn’t expect and I think it’s very subtle.

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I think it looks much better “flying”… but I accidentally closed the mouth so it looks a bit odd. Imagine that it’s open. 😉

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Here you can see the mechanics.

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The engine concept is a bit weird however. All the thrust is pointing down a the rear, so I’m not sure how it takes off… must be Spinjitsu.

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Nice to see that TLG found another use for this “Cars” piece! I wonder if this part will live on…

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Previously unseen parts. :laugh: (Some might not be spare… the crate definitely isn’t but I can’t find a good place for it.)

Ratings

Functions:
The minor play value parts are really lame and I’ll probably remove them, the gun is badly mounted, but the sail and the swinging engine are cool enough to make up for them. 9/10

Parts:
Some cool new figs, brick parts, loads of brown, beautiful sails. Pretty darn good I think. 9/10

Price:
At $129.99 AUD for 684 parts, many of them big it’s an OK deal. Other Ninjago sets are probably better value though. 7/10

Looks:
It looks like a dragon yet it’s also so almost steampunk it makes me want to steal Ninjago from Action and put it in Sci-Fi! 10/10

Fudge:
Ninjago is such a cool line that I hope it lasts a long time. It can be tweaked every year to be a virtually new theme! This is a perfect example of where it can go. Sure it’s absurd and it makes no sense, but LEGO is about imagination. 8/10

Overall:
Buy! 8/10

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Crewman – Captain; dragon shaped jet powered sailing ship off the port bow. The ninjas on board are signalling that they want to board and discuss buying some tea.
Lord Monty Zarknell – What?! That’s nonsense. I’m going to close my eyes until you start making sense.
Crewman – I guess that means you don’t want to hear about the pink fairy…

Lighter than air argument gaining weight?

It’s probably just a coincidence, but soon after my post on airships this story covering the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment turned up. Among other things, they were discussing the future of airships, and that they could be used for some transport in under 10 years.

Also, the US Army has recently selected a winner in the LEMV (Long-Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle) program for a recon airship with an endurance 3 weeks. Northrop Grumman’s design is a hybrid design (like HMS Indefatigable!) as this approach give the craft far better control. The contract is for 3 at the moment and they could be in service as early as next year.

HMS Indefatigable: Airship

Lord Monty Zarknell was not a man with a vast sense of humor. Thus when he suggested building a flying ship in 1905 this was seen as a sign of insanity so he was promptly discharged from the RN. In all actuality they probably were right, but insane or not, Zarknell used his vast fortune to build a prototype himself rather than give up on the idea.


Six months later HMS Indefatigable was the result. While it was only one tenth the size of what he originally had in mind, it proved how sound his concepts actually were. Capable of speeds in excess of 250km/h (155 mph) and ranges of around 500km (310 mi) fully loaded, she was useful as well.


However when he presented his creation to Admiralty they were not impressed… and neither was he. Determined to prove his concept despite them, he flew to the site of a naval exercise, he proceeded to use the dual 4.5 inch guns to destroy all the targets before the ships could. What happened next? The history is unclear, but most reports indicate that while finally impressed, Admiralty were not amused…


Enough history; more facts! The envelope was filled with hydrogen and provided enough lift to offset about 95% of the total loaded weight. This meant that the rotors could use most of their power for movement rather than lift, and also that Indefatigable was stable on the ground. The rotors themselves were steam driven; inside each nacelle was a steam turbine running at a constant speed with the rotors using the revolutionary technique of varying pitch to control power. There was a single main boiler inside the rear of the upper fuselage which fed both turbines. In the case of steam failure a secondary boiler could be used to restart the primary, but if height and terrain permitted it was safer to just autorotate and land, and then restart on the ground. (Rotor damage at height would have resulted in crash.)


As a reduced scale prototype HMS Indefatigable was lightly armed, but it certainly wasn’t defenseless. Two 4.5 inch guns were designed for attacking ground targets (they couldn’t elevate up) and for local air defense there were 4 0.303 inch machine guns. The latter could be rotated but not elevated.


4 crew were carried, but it wasn’t designed for their comfort. The lower gondola did carry bedding and provisions for longer trips however. Their uniform (and flag) was non-standard; another sign of Zarknell’s insanity?


I’m king of the world!

Buoyant Power!

When I was younger a TV show called Beyond 2000 ran a story about the Helistat Piasecki PA-97 prior to it’s testing. I never saw the episode, but I do have the book! For years I looked at this interesting concept, wondering if it was successful or not.

This was obviously before the internet and this was one of the first bits of research that I did once I had access. To my disappointment it was a failure, and a rather complete one at that. After only a few trials there was a ground handling mishap due to a gust of wind, and everything was destroyed. Sadly even the test pilot died.

This seemed to have the had the effect of killing the concept for some time, even though the fault was mostly attributable to the rough nature of the prototype; the frame was inadequate and all other parts were re-cycled. Even the name “helistat” has become a dirty word. But the concept of the hybrid airship is too appealing to resist. By combining the neutral buoyancy of a blimp/zeppelin with the lifting power of a helicopter allows you to cancel out most of the vehicle weight leaving you with a long range craft with the vast aerial lifting capabilities. Many industries need this; especially logging. But the advantages don’t stop there. The PA-97 disaster aside, “hybrid airships” would be much easier to handle on the ground due to reduced buoyancy, which also means that the ballast issues that make zeppelins and blimps impractical become a non issue. Also, unlike ships and aircraft, all they need is an roughly-prepared open area to load and unload.

Thus it’s hardly surprising that the idea has been revived. This is the SkyHook JHL-40, a joint Boeing – SkyHook International project that is aiming to achieve a 40 ton lift over 320 km (200 miles). No prototype is ready as yet; in fact nothing is likely to even be in the air until 2014. Hopefully it’s the first of many. I must confess that it’s a dream of mine that zeppelins have a revival in my lifetime; I think they have a potential to replace some aspects of sea and air transport, especially with odd shaped cargo.

DARPA are actually researching this right now, with a project referred to as Walrus HULA, but details are scarce on the project. (It may even be canceled.)

But for now it seems that the concept will just have to live on as a favourite Sci-Fi / Steampunk concept!