Review by: Aaron Sketchley
Reviewed on: 2016.04.03
Parts Value: 5.0
Play Value: 2.0
Set release date: 2015
The Electro Mech is one of the better humanoid robot sets Lego has released. It's got an excellent 'crouched' stance, and both the arms and legs have an excellent range of movement. By removing the knee and wrist joints, the designers have succeeded in creating something that is highly pose-able, but completely avoids a lot of the frustrations that come with posing (and 'playing' with) Bandai's humanoid Gundam plastic model kits, for example.
The folding sword-wing gimmick is a nice addition to the set, greatly increasing its play value. However, the wing-folding mechanism, and some other parts were tricky to assemble. For that, the set may be difficult or frustrating for younger enthusiasts to build.
There are a lot of rare or unique parts in the set. On top of that, the set comes with a plethora of Minifigure weapons! Nevertheless, I found the 'cockpit' area disappointing. How the Minifigure attaches to the robot is a continuing source of frustration, as anything in the Minifigure's hands (and sometimes the Minifigure itself) are knocked off during play.
The set is active in the play cycle, but at below average levels (the kids are Star Wars fans...). Although the robot is an interesting and impressive figure to have on display, if you're not a Ninjago fan, it may be hard to justify that.
For me, the weakest part of the set is the enemy and double crossbow gun. However, those additions make it a great starter set for younger Ninjago fans, and gives them something to squish under the mecha's feet! (Not to mention even more Minifigure weapons!)
I picked up the set as part of my quest to find the ideal parts to make a robot vehicle or transforming Valkyrie Fighter with. However, I am extremely satisfied with the robot vehicle, and don't have the heart to disassemble it.