Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ninninger Toy Reviews

I swore I wasn't going to get into it this season -- but the announcement and release of Lion Ha Oh just impressed me so much, I decided to dip my toe into Ninninger's mecha and toy line.

BTW -- Lion Ha Oh is an expensive beast if you're ordering it from overseas. Shipping alone could double the price, because its so large. BUT -- there are solutions! Bigbadtoystore has the item (now a pre-order; might not be later), for $109. I think shipping is $10. Amazon, also, has Lion Ha Oh available for $120, with free shipping. The price of over a $100 is big; but this is a BIG toy!

For now, though, I wanted to give my thoughts on what I received today: Shurikenjin, the Ichibanto, and the Goton NinShuriken!


This robot is a mess -- but in a good way! It draws from different Super Sentai themes, and puts them all together.

A bullet train,

a dog,

a dragon,

a Shinobi,

and a Dump Truck.

What holds it all together is an original idea for Sentai -- that of a small robot controlling a larger robot. Its a wacky idea, but it works!

The robots individually are wonderful - with great paint detail. There might not be a lot of articulation -- like for Shinobimaru, but it all gets the job done.

Shinobimaru fits tightly into the throne chair of Shurkenjin -- squeezing the controls into his hands is a bit of a challenge, but not that difficult.

Once you have put Shurkenjin together, snap the head Shuriken into place to hear a wonderful little jingle. The Shurikens, I have to point out, don't have that great of volume to them. You can hear them fine -- but its not a booming jingle you hear.

For the Shuriken, you can change the outer disk from Red to Blue. Don't tug on it, though -- there is a release button on the side, which you can press to release the disk from the core.

You can place Shurikenjin into a new mode, after changing the outer disk, into Dragon Mode. Simply switch places of Shinobimaru, making him into the new arm, and place Dragonmaru into the throne chair. Bend his very posable legs into a crouching position. Snap the Shuriken head onto Dragonmaru's head -- and you get a new jingle, and moving mouth.

WARNING: when detaching the Shuriken core from Dragon Mode's head, remember to press the release buttons on Dragonmaru's head. On either side is a release button; I nearly just pulled mine off by accident.

This robot is a lot of fun - and armament additions, some of them already released, like Paonmaru, UFOmaru, and Surfermaru look like they will increase the fun factor!

You could wait for prices to drop, after the series is over, to get a better deal on Shurikenjin -- but around $66 is a good price, which is what I got it for.


The sword weapon of the series, the Ichibanto, acts as both weapon and morpher for the Ninninger. The sword is, as usual, shortened and has a non-deadly edge to it - so it should be a fun toy for kids. As for collectors and fans of the show -- the size isn't all that bad, over all, and weights well in your hand using it.

Like with the Shuikens themselves - the sound of the weapon isn't as loud as I was expecting it to be. To hear it properly, while holding it, make sure your hand isn't covering the speaker on the hilt.

You get 3 different sounds by pressing buttons. The top one is for Changing, or morphing. The second one is a for a final attack. The third one is to summon the mecha -- which usually you'll want to place a mecha Shuriken into the slot for when you do that one. Otherwise, the sounds mix up between the sword and the Shuriken.

There is a release button on the back, to remove the Shuriken. The package comes with Akaninger's Shuriken. It has a colorful light up Kanji. Removing the outer disk gives you an engaged and disengaging sound.

When you press one of the top two buttons, what you're suppose to do is hear the jingle, spin the Shuriken, and after it lists off the colors of the characters, you can press the attack button on the hilt. Note -- spinning the Shuriken actually is a bit hard; as it doesn't spin as fast as you'd think it would. If you don't put a lot of energy into it, the Shuriken will only spin a little (though it will always properly activate like its suppose to.)

The one problem I want to point out about the Shurikens, in general, is this: there is NO off switch. You'll have to use a screw driver and go into the device to switch out new batteries, after they run out. This is really annoying -- and, I think, they could have easily added an on-off switch inside, or to the side, of the Shurikens. But, oh well...

Goton NinShuriken

This is a $15 Shuriken to use with the Ichibanto. I was really surprised how much I liked it - as it adds a lot of playability to the Ichibanto!

Basically, you turn the Shuriken to either Fire, Earth, Water, Wood, or Gold settings. Once a setting is set, place it into the Ichibanto, and spin the sword. (You want to avoid pressing the 3 sword buttons, as it usually just mixes up the sound with the Shuriken) You get a sound for each element -- and it calls out the name of spin the Shuriken. Press button on the hilt for the element sound. You MUST take the Shuriken out, each time you want to change the element setting.

This was a really awesome pick up, and the sounds work wonderfully with the sword. The gold setting, especially, lets you add a bit of magic to the whole affair, with a sprinkling magic dust sound, which is fun.

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