Hey again LEGO Maniacs!  Well, after unboxing and getting started, my son and I finished our biggest build together, the LEGO Ninjago Garma Mecha Man.  It really was a blast to build, even as it stretched the abilities of my 7 year old, in both time and dexterity.  The piece is excellently designed, down to some really precise details and a few bricks I’ve never seen used before.  Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are brand new molds for this build, but just getting back into real LEGO building after years apart, I’m constantly impressed by the new pieces.

As you can see, the four-armed villain, Lord Garmadon, sits in the mouth of the mech, terrorizing the city of Ninjago while he fights the Secret Ninja.  Don’t worry about the plot.  It’s a big figure.  Garmadon is a larger than normal mini fig thanks to his extended torso and extra arms.  The mech itself stands around 11″ tall, which, to a 7 year old, is huge.

Again, the attention to detail in the build is impressive.  On the flip-side, the detail compared to the film leaves a bit on the table, so to speak.  We saw the LEGO Ninjago Movie this week after finishing the build and, while I’m sure my son didn’t notice, there were some significant differences in the mech from the film and this design, not the least of which was a LEGO shark tank/bazooka in the film turned into a fish tank/chain gun on the build.

This one didn’t disappoint me until I saw the film.  Garmadon shoots an unreasonable number of great white sharks (which all chomp “shark, shark, shark”) at the ninjas and the citizens of Ninjago.  Couldn’t we have had miniature sharks to add to this build instead of the same weirdly blue tuna that appear in the mini fig bags?  Also, the head of the movie mech was clearly a hammerhead shark.  Not so clear on the build.

Okay, I’m being nit-picky.  Of course I am.  LEGO is held to the highest standard for a reason.  They are the best, period.  All in all, I am really happy with this set in terms of design, difficulty, and attention to detail (mostly).  My son has the mech proudly displayed on his dresser far from the grabby hands of his 3 year old brother, and the look on his face when I told him that the mech was his to keep was exactly the kind of thing LEGO has been bringing to faces, big and small, for generations.  I’ll be digging out some of my original Star Wars sets in the coming months to rebuild and put on display.  I want to make sure that my little engineers can continue my love for LEGO for years to come.

(Great White’s shark helmet missing courtesy of the aforementioned 3 year old who ran off with it laughing.  It is now lost forever.)