We know you guys love LEGO® Ninjago, but little did we know that when we tweeted an image of the new LEGO Ninjago Minifigure plush toys how incredibly popular it would be. Are Twitter feed was in meltdown and every time we’re mentioned them since, engagement how been fantastic. So we thought it was only right we took at closer look at one of these new LEGO Minifigure plush toys and since Kai was the focus of our ClicTime LEGO Ninjago buildable watch and Minifigure clock reviews, we decided to summon the Elemental Master of Fire for our review of the LEGO Minifigure plushes.
Feel the ninja power when you hug the LEGO® NINJAGO® Kai Minifigure Plush. This 12” (32cm) tall cuddly toy is an up-scaled version of the Kai minifigure and features brushed tricot fabric with silkscreen-printed ninja decoration and embroidered face details.
- This up-scaled minifigure-style plush features brushed tricot fabric with silkscreen-printed ninja decoration and embroidered face details.
- The perfect ninja companion for fans of LEGO® NINJAGO® play sets and the NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu TV show.
- Measures over 12” (32cm) tall.
We’ve all seen a plush or soft toy before, but the new LEGO Minifigure plush toys have a few differences that aren’t that apparent from the official images. For starters the feet are ‘reinforced’ with vinyl form inserts, which not only help to give them that iconic Minifigure look, but only allow for the plush to stand unaided. Great for displaying them alongside your LEGO collection.
The rest of the rest are also shaped to resemble those of a minifigure, including the curved jointed area around the waist of the Minifigure. The only thing not recreated is the mechanical elements of the legs namely the waist top and mid-section of the legs. But considering that the sharp shape of the plastic is being recreated in a softer form, the Minifigure plush does a surprisingly decent job of it.
The same ‘reinforced’ material is used in the hands of the plush, once again to give it the same iconic shape of their smaller LEGO counterparts. Although they aren’t really designed to hold stuff in the same way a standard Minifigure would, the hands comfortably fit a Minifigure or a 2×4 LEGO brick so you could build Kai a brick-built weapon.
The detail on Kai’s torso matches that of his Hands of Time outfit featured in the upcoming animated TV series, LEGO playsets, books etc. This is achieved by silkscreen-printing, meaning the design is crisp and clean. It’s the same process used on the LEGO Ninjago costumes from Disguise. It doesn’t feel as if it’s going to crack or rub away, but could shown signs of wear and tear if overly handled. Not easy to achieve on a material surface.
Talking of which, the entire plush is made from a nice and soft brushed tricot material. Making cuddly Kai, extra cuddly, well apart from those sections which have the vinyl form in them. Finally we have the head of the plush, which is both its best and worst feature. As you can see from the image below Kai has a bit of a long neck going on, something not shown on the official images over on shop.LEGO.com in fact on those it appears Kai hasn’t got a neck at all. It’s the only bad thing about the plush toys, thankfully the rest of Kai’s head is much better.
Kai’s face is fully embroidered and captures Kai’s determined expression perfectly. The rest of the detail of Kai’s ninja outfit is made from the same material as the rest of the plush but in a brighter red colour. One piece makes his face mask and the other his ninja bandanna. The love the way the face mask section is ruffled to give it some texture.
The LEGO Minifigure plush toys are surprisingly cool and great for fans of Ninjago (or The LEGO Batman Movie). The overly long neck is a little annoying but the rest of it almost makes up for it. I’m pleasantly surprised by it and will certainly pick up some of the other characters. In fact I hope we see more LEGO characters appear as plush toys in the future. The UK RRP of £20.99 may seem a little steep but you are getting a well made product, just what you’d expect from LEGO.