Nindjas (Mixels series 9)

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The second tribe in series 9 is a trio of ninja-themed oddballs. I’m a big fan of orange, so I’m already looking forward to digging into some newly recolored elements.

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Here they are channeling some Ninjago energy with the snake warrior, Cobrax.

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Yep, a lot of black and orange in there. Kind of fitting with Halloween right around the corner.

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No new elements, but these three are new or recent recolors. I’m particularly smitten with those orange ingot elements. I need to get my hands on a couple hundred of those and do something cool and spacy.

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I missed the Nixel face when I mentioned the new elements. This is the only time they’ve used a black tile as the base. Cobrax is pretty great too. I love that his tongue is a snake, adding a nice layer of meta to the model.

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I’m stoked to get some more of those eye elements. Spinza’s expression is great, it makes me want to build some more goofy little characters of my own.

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More of the same, though there are some larger curved slopes and 4×4 round plates in black that I’m happy to see.

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Fun character here with the fierce expression and the spinning action (courtesy of a technic pin). It’s worth mentioning that all three of the Nindjas can spin (the other two use turntables). I really like the use of the clip to represent the knot on his ninja mask.

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Mysto rounds out the crew. My son instantly recognized him as the sensei of the bunch.

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A bit more gray in this one and that bright orange washer tile looks tasty.

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Here they are in all their glory. This is the first appearance of this tile in bright orange.

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I have mixed feelings about the finished model. Some of the elements work well, but overall it just feels clunky and ham-fisted.

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All together they are pretty fun. I’m not a fan of the color blocking on these models, but I still like Cobrax and Spinza quite a bit.

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A quick teardown and rebuild gives us this patchy dragon ninja. Again, I just don’t like the color blocking that much here as the orange and black just seem way out of proportion. A lot of fun techniques in this model though, with some half-stud offsets and snot building.

Keep building and enjoy!

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