Reviewing the Ninjago Arcade Pods

Theme: Ninjago
Nos: 71714; 71715; 71716 
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AU $17.99 ea
Pieces: 49; 47; 48 (all have two minifigures)

When it comes to LEGO, small, highly collectible sets are staple. While we’re used to the normal Ninjago theme – a lot of advanced tech is included – the Arcade Pods are a bit more of a step up technology-wise. Also, apologies for the lack of usual quality images this time around – due to working from home our house is a little crazy, so setting up a light tent and all of the usual stuff wasn’t possible unfortunately!

The premise behind these three sets and the rest of the 2020 Ninjago lineup are that the ninjas are in a digital realm in an ancient arcade game called the Prime Empire. These arcade pods are the gateways to that realm. Kai, Jay and Lloyd step in to the portals and are transformed into their digital avatars.

The box is absolutely brilliant – some of the best packaging I’ve seen in LEGO. It’s the shape of an arcade game, with the characters and accessories shown on the screen portion of the box. I also was pleasantly surprised that each set has two minifigures, not one – the normal minifigure, and the digital avatar version. Inside the fantastic box is a bag of parts, a bag of weapons, an instruction booklet, a sticker sheet, an advertisement for the rest of the Ninjago theme, and the two large arcade game parts.

Each set features pretty much identical parts, albeit in different colours, with a few differences in accessories. Each of the minifigures looks top notch, too.

The avatars all look relatively similar, with a different coloured right arm, matching colour armour and helmet, white shoulder armour, and and a black face with glowing white eyes. They look super cool and also have regular alternate faces. The printed torsos look great, and have detailed printing front and back.

The normal minifigures are also just as good – Lloyd has a mohawk, facemask and carries a baseball bat, Kai carries some TNT, and Jay has a guitar – ready for some performing. The printing looks brilliant on the torsos front and back, however Jay is the only one that has an alternate face.

The pods themselves are extremely simple and are all alike except for the colours and stickers. Each of the minifigures fits neatly inside the arcade pod – the digital version standing up on a roof brick, and the normal minifigure is split into it’s three parts and stored.

The rear door has studs and stores the weapons and health sign. The health bar signs are very clever and clip on to the back armour. The best part of the accessories though has to be the sword hilts.

They’re pearl gold, shaped like game controllers, and are just amazing. On top is a bunch of transparent neon yellow weaponry, that look extremely cool.

The sticker sheet also contains a few more extra stickers, to be stuck on other elements, or really anything you like.

All in all these little sets are great to pick up, and for $18 they’re very affordable. The minifigures are unique and the parts included, while limited, are definitely unique. No scores for these ones, but they’re definitely worth picking up if you see them in stores or online.

A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.