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…

Love Space Ship: Happy Birthday Coll!

What’s better than the Love Boat? Why a Love Space Ship! This being ours it has some special features including side-by-side seating, a control system that requires both of us to work together for the ship to more, an excessive amount of controls, and a triple screen computer with a high speed link to the latest Manga. (Sadly there’s no room for much LEGO on the ship, but most of the time it’s going to a store to buy some…)

Stats

Range: Infinite. Love has no boundaries
Speed: Infinite. Love has no limits.
Endurance: …I’m sure you get the idea!

I wanted to make this to celebrate my wife’s birthday, but I only had a few hours to make it so I cheated by taking a design of a heart I found on Brickshelf made by maskatron, I then reversed it and “cut out” the inside. I wanted to make something like this for our 10th anniversary, but I didn’t have the time. Today I still didn’t have the time… but I made this anyway! I quite like how it turned out; I’ll have to put some more work into it later! (It needs more thrusters…)

Tesla: Spark of Genius

I ran into this book summary of Nikola Tesla, and it’s so interesting I want to buy the book! Tesla has always intrigued me; for example I had little interest in the move The Prestige until I heard it had David Bowie playing Tesla! (It’s a good movie too.)

David Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige

Anyway, I could summarise the summary, but that would be silly, so go to neatorama.com and read it yourself. I’m off to look for the book by Margaret Cheney and Robert Uth.

NB: Amazon code in there is for neatorama.com; I’m not trying to steal anyones deserved money!

USB; Unlikely Special Bus?

I was reading news on ZDNet and I ran into this concept.

InfiniteUSB

It’s an idea by a designer, Gonglue Jiang, and I must confess that it annoys me. Why? Well because it’s one of the classic things that “Ideas” people do; think of a concept but don’t look into if it’ll work or not… and in this case it won’t.

Why? For one, USB doesn’t work like that. The connection requirements of USB is very similar to the way that Ethernet over twisted pair works in that you can’t just link from one cable to another, a device called a hub or a switch is needed to do that. The space inside the plugs illustrated are not big enough to contain much at all; even the wiring would be tight. One could say (as they often do) that he’s a design guy not an engineer, but surely he’s noticed that hubs/switches are needed.

But that’s not all. While the plug is too small to fit a hub/switch, it’s too big to be a plug. This design would block other ports and thus would waste ports while creating new ones. Also, the weight of all these plugs would add more stress to the socket than it’s probably designed for.

This is the problem with many “Sci-Fi” shows… and Sci-Fi LEGO MOCs. Priority 1; appearance and coolness, Priority 99999; functionality and believability.

Single-stage-to-orbit light fighters? Not a problem!
Infinite range? Why not?
Species from different planets interbreeding? Sure!
Maneuvering in space just the same as in an atmosphere? Yep!

The funny thing is one of the more believable Sci-Fi TV shows in (relatively) recent times was Firefly, a space western! Anyway, getting back to USB, what really annoys me the most though is he won an award for this. Maybe it’s attitudes like this that make “Sci-Fi” like Star Wars so popular?

Keyrings Off!

Here’s how to convert a Rock Monster keyring to just a Rock Monster. Grasp the keyring firmly and pull! You expected more? OK…


The key thing that I wanted to share is he’s not glued. I thought he was from the start so the first thing I did was try to crack the “seal” as I was concerned that I’d break the head if it was fixed from the inside. But this achieved nothing but damaging the poor fellow as I found that the mouth did lift a bit, just enough to show me that he’s moulded different to the regular figs. As you can see in the photo they’ve added an extra tube inside so they can use the normal pin and that’s how they kept the mouth closed.


The hole in the head is without glue as well. So all you need to do is pull/twist it out!


So there you are. A “new” Rock Monster minifig ready for…. dunno. He needs some love eh? Anyone know what colour paint Dark Grey is?

The Luvly Laady

I at last got around to adding the page for The Luvly Laady. Also, Classic-Pirates were kind enough to blog the Luvly Laady too!

Voting is going on now, but being a Sci-Fi MOC in a Pirate Forum I don’t rate my chances too high! (I don’t go too well in contests actually… maybe I should get a new hobby?)

Finishing it will be delayed until I need her. I have at least three MOCs needed for the next two parts…

Keyrings On!

I received a new order from S@H today and among other things (including the Imperial Flagship) I also got a free Atlantis key ring. It’s good timing too as…

…my old one is looking worse for wear. I’ll have to try and clean up the poor little guy. I’m even considering getting some paint…

…I’ll be back!

But it won’t be soon. It became clear to me last weekend that I was out of time, and highlighting the point, it took me several days to get around to posting here to say so! I’m moving in 12 days so finishing several MOCs, photographing them, and then editing the photos will take way too long and wouldn’t be smart. I still have loads and loads of LEGO to pack (I’m photographing and sorting as I go) so it looks like this’ll have to wait.

I’m not really surprised though; afterall, it’s why I posted half a comic in the first place. But sometimes I like to be wrong…