Ninjago Garmatron Review (Lego)
The Lego Ninjago Garmatron set includes characters and features from the Ninjago show on the cartoon network. Like most Legos it’s a building set that kids can put together and then play with.
These sets are great for firing the imagination and developing a child’s fine motor skills (use of fingers). But how does the Garmatron work out for kids in practice? Let’s take a look.
* Garmatron vehicle with hidden missile, prison cell and rubber tracks
* Second vehicle: ice spider with an ice shooter
* Includes 3 figures: Zane, General Kozu and swordsman
* All figures have weapons
* Age 8-14
Lego Ninjago Garmatron Review
Kids who enjoy putting things together and then holding pretend battles will love this Lego set. Even kids who don’t know the Ninjago TV show will think of plenty of imaginary scenarios to play with it.
The story here is that the evil General Kozu (one of the included mini figures) has stolen Zane’s elemental ice blade (one of the included weapons) and is escaping in the Garmatron vehicle. Zane chases after him on the second included vehicle, the Ice Spider, dodging the missiles shot by Kozu.
The Garmatron can also be used as a prison, so when General Kozu is captured he can be locked up as all evil men deserve 🙂 You could also have him take a mini figure as a hostage in the prison when he takes the vehicle.
There’s a summary of this plus detailed instructions for building the Garmatron and Ice Spider. There’s also a lot of detail in the design of the pieces themselves that kids will enjoy.
What You Need To Know
The Lego Garmatron is intended for kids over 8 and we think that’s about right. Younger kids would have trouble putting it together and since the pieces are easily knocked off during play, they could find it frustrating to play with even if you helped them build it.
This is one of Lego’s best sets, taking creativity and imaginative play to a high level. Teenagers and even adults might enjoy playing with it. The pieces are well designed and we can imagine it becoming a collector’s item in the future. In summary, a great choice for a child in the 8+ age range.
Published April 30th, 2013