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Battle tops - Lego style!
on February 5, 2011
Lego Ninjago is new in 2011 and combines the action of the classic battling tops game with a Lego style twist. This set gives you everything you need to get started: a battle ring, two tops, weapons, 2 minifigures, and power up cards.
To play the "Spinjitsu" battle top game, you first build your top, put the minifigure on it, then equip him with a weapon. The weapons stick out from the edge of the top and help knock the other player's minifigure off his top. Then both players spin their tops and see who falls off or stops first. The one left standing is the winner. The winner of each round gets to take the weapon of the other player. Some weapons are golden which are more valuable and let you play more powerful power-up cards. At the end of the game each player gets their original weapons back, so there's no "playing for keeps".
The spinning game can be played using the power up cards, which let you do things like add an extra weapon, build shields on your top, or provide danger zones in the playing arena. Using the cards adds extra elements of strategy similar to Pokemon and other games.
In addition to the Spinjitsu game, Ninjago is being rounded out like other themed Lego sets with buildings, vehicles, and other sets that make it a great theme even if your child doesn't want to play Spinjitsu. The ninja theme was basically the last type of character in their Lego Universe online game that didn't have heir own theme. If your child loves ninjas, now they can have them!
Take note that you spin the tops by hand, so no batteries are necessary but younger children might have a bit harder time. Other than that, there aren't that many drawbacks. Lego's site also has many instructional videos to help you build your skills and understand the rulesmof the game. If you want to play the game, this is the set to get. Otherwise other sets might have a better play value for your money.