Next up on my reviews of The LEGO Ninjago Movie is one of the vehicles that I thought was pretty cool looking in the movie itself, the Water Strider (70611). It consists of 494 pieces and and only retails for $29.99 which is a very nice price point, or is it? Let’s take a look at the set and see.
Nya is one of the heroes in this set and a new ninja that I haven’t reviewed yet. She wears a dark gray outfit with the word “water” spelled out in the Ninjago language. Around her waist is a paper cloth that represents her armor. She has a double-sided head with an angry expression on one side and a confident smirk on the other. Her accessory is a spear with a tassel at the end.
Kai is a minifigure we’ve seen plenty of time before in previous sets. He has the red uniform that has the word “fire” going across the chest. He also has an angry look on on side of his head and a nervous smile on the other. His accessories include two katanas and a double sheath that goes on his back.
Puffer is one of Garmadon’s henchmen in this set. The torso and legs are the same as we’ve seen before in previous sets. The new thing here is the lavender puffer fish mold that goes on the top of the head. His accessory is a fish mace.
The Shark Army Thug is the same one that is in other sets. The torso and legs again are the exact same thing as before. He has an eye patch and wears a dark orange cap. His accessory is a fish dagger.
The only build in this set is Nya’s Water Strider itself. The vehicle is based on the insect of the same name and the design of it is pretty much what it is supposed to look like. The most detail is at or around the cockpit area. The controls is almost non-existant as there is only two nozzles to maneuver the mech. The windshield sits on just two studs so it can easily pop off to access the cockpit.
Behind the cockpit are some blue stickered sashimono banners that look really good in contrast to the black. On either side of the flags are some panels which act as the Water Strider’s wings. In between the wings is a gear mechanism inside some trans-light blue cylinders which turn to shoot the stud gatling gun in the front.
The whole top section sits on a turntable which is connected to the legs. The four legs are exactly the same so I used an assembly line technique to quickly build them. The front side of them use some stickers to give it some detail. The back side of them use some trans-light blue pieces for some contrast. They are on ratchet joints so you can get a wide variety of poses out of it.
The feet are circular pads that utilize the trans-light blue dish pieces on the bottom and connect to the legs using a ball joint. It may seem they are used to make the Water Strider fly but if you watched TLNM, it doesn’t actually fly but jump around. There are also some hoses that connect the feet to the bottom part of the legs.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Water Strider (70611) is a cool looking set and is bigger than I expected it to be. Although it is one of the larger TLNM sets, it didn’t actually take that long to build as it took only about an hour to complete. As to the question of is it worth picking up, I would say yes. The minifigure selection is great, the build was better than expected, the price point is perfect, and it didn’t seem that LEGO was throwing in parts to bump up the piece count.
Check out my reviews of some other The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets:
Ice Tank Polybag (30427)
Spinjitzu Training Dojo (70606)
Ninjago City Chase (70607)
Master Falls (70608)
Manta Ray Bomber (70609)
Flying Jelly Sub (70610)
Green Ninja Mech Dragon (70612)
Garma Mecha Man (70613)
Ice Tank (70616)
Thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.