71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech represents some serious ambition from the LEGO NINJAGO team – but is this 4-in-1 build more than the sum of its parts?
They have no set of source materials to help them design sets for January 2022 LEGO NINJAGO. They’ve taken that freedom and gone full Voltron with 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo MechThe towering LEGO set ‘The Tower’ lives up to its name, but still has some LEGO-mech problems.
Unlike this wave’s 6+ sets at the lower end of the price scale, this 9+ set has nothing too simple about it. It isn’t elegant, but it isn’t meant to be, providing a worthy building challenge and a central play feature that no other set can boast to this degree (besides 21311 Voltron, of course).
— Set details —
Theme: LEGO NINJAGO Give your name: 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech Release:January 1, 2022
Price: £74.99 / $89.99 / €84.99 Pieces: 1,104 Minifigures: 6
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— Build —
You’ve seen the name of the set, so naturally multiple smaller things must be built before any ‘combo’You can also -e. The set comes with one large booklet, so it’s ideal to share this build among family and friends. Of course, there’s always the LEGO instructions app to supplement the physical booklet, and it’s a wonder the LEGO Group doesn’t tout that possibility more clearly with a cute graphic to match the ones about sorting the parts, with one minifigure looking at the booklet while another looks at their device.
Instructions order vehicles according to their strength and weakness. There is one deviation for the “bad guy” vehicle. Kai’s mech ranks highest among the ninjas’ rides without contest. Its stocky, angular design with its stepped plates makes it appear serious and tough. The gold-colored decorative elements and the front make it elegant.
The arms are the only thing that stands out, with their bulging forearms as well as anaemic upper arms constructed from just a few parts. Otherwise, Kai’s mech could easily be a $30 set with a couple of villains alongside it.
We’ll skip discussing the villain vehicle until the end, and next move to Zane’s icey tread machine. It also features adequate weight and an efficient design, which can work well as an individual set. It is a treaded battering-ram, despite its low firepower.
It even splits into two, harkening back to similar sets like 76118 Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle and the Alien Conquest Set7067 Jet Copter Encounter. As a separate set, however, each piece could be used separately. Only the bars and clips on the back belie the notion that this could be a standalone set, though these wouldn’t be out of line as weapons storage, so overall it’s a fun and successful design.
Sadly, the other two ninja vehicles don’t fare quite so well. Cole’s driller, which the LEGO Group inexplicably labels a ‘car’Its official description clearly states that it is only intended to be connected to another thing. Although the front looks good, the entire back feels fragile, with all the hinges and extra Technic connectors. It’s also a shame that the drills aren’t powered by the wheels nor even have a remote actuator. While this vehicle does feel very Cole, it doesn’t feel very good.
Jay’s ‘jet’However, it is a single build that really scratches the bottom. This design is not very good. The Technic parts on the front are too obvious and clash with other parts. The wings and cockpit are also strange. Jay feels like he is in the cockpit rather than on it. There’s also no firepower. Sure you can swoosh it, but otherwise, this one’s a dud.
Another thing is that the Ninja cannot be placed inside their cars while carrying their swords in their backsheaths. It’s okay, but slightly annoying.
Before we get to combining the ninja vehicles, we’ll look at the woefully outmatched enemies. Cobra Mechanic and Boa Destructor don’t stand much of a chance, but their little frog-like vehicle looks cute and has the novel solution of wedge parts for feet. There’s no truly satisfying way to pose those feet, however, but the vehicle plays well and adds value to the set while not using up too many parts.
Although it may seem daunting to combine the ninja cars into the Combo Mech at first, once you are comfortable with the process, it is easy to do in a matter of minutes. Because very little needs to be removed or rearranged from any of the components, it works seamlessly.
The most ingenious part of the design is how the Kai Mech’s lower legs fold back, and the disconnected bars and clips then match up perfectly to the bars and clips on the back of the two halves of Zane’s tank. Somehow it doesn’t feel like it should work, yet it creates a perfectly solid connection without needing any true disassembly.
The mech is great once it’s all assembled and works well. Of course it’s obvious that different sections have different colour schemes, but the pearl gold ties it all together so it comes across looking a bit busy, but not messy.
Top half of the system works well with great motion in each arm. When all combined it makes sense for the Kai mech arms to be so scrawny, and that aspect of them barely registers beneath the bulky drill arms from Cole’s driller.
As with all LEGO mechs the real weakness is in the legs. Although there is no knee, it would not be unreasonable to expect them on a mech constructed from other materials. Even more concerning are the ankles and feet. Although the ankles can rotate side-to-side and front-to back, it is possible that they are too flexible.
It can be difficult keeping the mech from toppling over when going for a more dynamic pose, and thus the legs end up more limited than we’d like. Still, it’s satisfying putting the mech together and fun to play around with it, and we managed some slightly dynamic poses after a lot of trial and error.
You should also note that we did not use stickers to build the mech. It looks great without them.
— Characters —
We’ve already covered these minifigures in our previous reviews of some of the January 2022 NINJAGO wave, but suffice to say they mix classic NINJAGO design elements like robes and strong colour identities with a new approach of muted or utilitarian trousers. We find the clashing of the LEGO Group’s designs to be quite confusing, however, it is something we enjoy. Each wave has a new wave and the LEGO Group changes the LEGO Group’s ninja designs.
With the idea of four ninjas teaming up, it makes sense to get the original four ninja. As a nod to NINJAGO’s past, their inclusion makes good sense. Sadly they don’t come with alternate hairpieces in this set, like they do in almost every other one this wave.
The Wu Bot, while an iteration of the one included in 2021’s 71756 Hydro Bounty, feels like a further evolution of Tee Vee from the Alpha Team set 6775 Alpha Team Bomb Squad, who was then redone in Hidden Side’s70436 Phantom Fire TruckFrom 2020, 3000 You can play it with some of the newer shooters.
They are the snake-baddies. The snake villains are distinguished from all other snake species by their unique colour palette of gunmetal orange and orange, with teal accents and olive green. They also have very fine detail on their legs and torsos. We’d have absolutely no problem with a massive army of them!
— Price —
The price of £74.99 / $89.99 / €84.99 for 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo MechIts 1,104 parts sound like an appealing proposition. It includes many parts that are small, as well as many bigger parts. The price is reasonable from a parts perspective. The price feels right considering the weight and versatility of the mech as well as its multifaceted playability.
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— Summary —
NINJAGO set out to create a set of tools that could be easily transformed by four people and one mech. They succeeded. It has some flaws in its legs and feet that can make it difficult to move it into certain poses. But it still looks and plays great.
We only have praise for half of the individual ninja vehicles, and it’s a shame the other two aren’t strong on their own as well. Nevertheless, they serve their purpose when it comes to making the combined mech, so they don’t hinder the set too much.
This team-up concept works great with getting the original four ninjas. The designs of this wave mix NINJAGO’s classic design language with modern concepts. They add fun value to the game with the Wu Bot and their little Walker vehicle.
Overall, the set is a good investment.
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— FAQs —
Is it possible to create LEGO NINJAGO 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mechs in a short time?
You can build it in two and a quarter hours 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech, provided you don’t stop to play around with the different vehicles too much.
What is the total number of pieces in LEGO NINJAGO71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech
There are 1,104 pieces in 71765 Nina Ultra Combo Mech, from tiny ones up to more substantial ones like the drills and wheels on Cole’s car.
What is the LEGO NINJAGO 71765 Ninja Ultra ComboMech size?
What is the cost of LEGO NINJAGO71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech?
71765 Ninja Ultra Combo mech is priced at £74.99 in the UK, $89.99 in the US and €84.99 in the EU. That’s a fair price for the amount of parts and size and complexity of the model, though you’d have to like mechs to appreciate it.