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…