So, Ninjago has always been almost my favorite theme, so I really was happy to build for it, and although this build is not as good as I wish it was I hope that soon I will provide something more worthy of the great theme and movie series! Here I built a small vignette based off the very first episode from the Hunted season. You might remember the Ninja try to contact Ninjago with a weird machine they made from scrap, and then they were caught there in their wrecked Bounty by the Dragon Hunters. Here I show the machine, as faithfully as I could, with a small portion of the wreck and with Jay playing on his wood game console. I hope you like it!
One of the craziest things that happened to the ninja in the Hunted season was being used as dragon bait! Recreating that scene was my first inspiration when I started looking at the minifigures from these sets. Kai, Zane, and Cole are all tied to one stand where their elemental powers can be tapped into in order to attract the dragons. This was a fun scene to recreate, although triangle connections are notoriously difficult in LEGO. With a little bit of bending and twisting, however, it was possible to create a tripod shaped stand for the ninja, and the end result is surprisingly sturdy, thanks to LEGO string wrapping around the logs like wire. Then it was just a matter of giving the dragon hunters a small fire to gather round, and the dragon trap was complete!
Iron Baron's great big spiky throne from the end of the first episode is definitely one of the most iconic scenes from the Hunted season - arguably the most iconic of all - so it was certainly on my list of things to build once we'd decided to make some vigs for the minifigs. And as if the spikes weren't enough, the Baron's even got dragon skulls stacked around his throne: not somebody you want to mess with! (Unless you're a ninja or something, of course... *eyeroll*)
Another very dramatic part of the season centers around the ninja crossing over into Oni territory in search of the golden armor... though as it turns out, no Oni are around anyways! While searching the somewhat ruined city they find the map to the armor, though - but I hope you don't expect me to tell you where; watch the season yourself if you want to find out! XP Although it's relatively simple I was quite happy with how this vig turned out - I'm definitely going to keep that stair technique in mind, and I love that I was finally able to put that vine thing to good use! :D