Review of 71742 Overlord Dragon

“I am fire.. but purple.”

First of all, a big thank you to LEGO for sending us this awesome set for review. This is our first review of the Ninjago Legacy sets that will be released in Jan 2021, the Overlord Dragon that breathes the purple flame that triggered Lloyd to become The Ultimate Spinjitsu Master aka Golden Lloyd in Season 2 Episode 13.

According to our Ninjago loving friends, this is the first appearance of the Overlord Dragon in a playset.

Let’s see what’s inside this set.

The box art is very colourful with the bluish sky as background and the pinkish red flame from the mouth nicely compliments the purple coloured scheme of the dragon while Golden Lloyd’s golden aura is shown sort of as a shield fighting back the flames of the ferocious dragon. The back of the box shows us the posability of the dragon and the size of the dragon which is 45.5 cm with its wings fully spread. The other two side pictures showcases the moving joints of the tail and neck.

We get three numbered bags and one instruction booklet. YES! Cheers for missing sticker sheet here!

The parts list. 6329680, 6321094, 6335475, 6334086, 6340568 are new parts at the moment.

Bag 1 build. This builds the torso of the dragon alongside with Golden Lloyd minifigure.

This is the upper and lower view of the dragon’s torso. The spine view does look like a torso of a mech where we can attach hands and legs to it. The two 1×2 jumpers are there for the Overlord to be mounted on. However the abdomen view is more interesting as the golden claws embracing the chest looks nice.

Bag 2 gives us the exclusive parts of the set which form the dragon’s head. 6335475 (The printed one) and 6334086 (The mandible) are both identical in shape and teeth as you can see in this comparison picture. The only way to differentiate them is by the eye print on the head. This dragon really needs braces for the occlusion 🙂 (Scroll down to the end to see a comparison with the pearly whites of Smaug from the Hobbit. Haha)

The legs are very interesting build as I love the purple claws attached to it. If you look at the left one in the picture, the slope of the calf is actually created by connecting 2 modified 1×2 plate with bar handle on end to the clip at the heel area of the leg. I think this is a brilliant way of creating an angle with LEGO.

Completing bag 2 gives the dragon its legs and head with a long, movable neck. Now it can stand steadily with its hind legs without any support. However you need to balance its sole so that they are parallel to the floor or else it will fall to its front. The Overlord minifigure is here too!

Bag 3 gives us the wings, or should I say the bones of the wings? Propeller 1 Blade 16L with Axle (Sword Blade) in purple which is an old part since 2010 in new colour.

These two parts are quite interesting as they are the joints of the dragon’s tail. After connecting them, they can be moved around smoothly. However the movement is restricted to left and right like how it is demonstrated in the back of the box. 6270717 Hinge Plate 2 x 4 with Articulated Joint – Female (Dark Blue) and 4264952 Hinge Plate 2 x 4 with Articulated Joint – Male (Dark Bluish Gray).

Bag 3 completes the full build of the dragon. It looks menacing and huge but it is quite astonishing that with only 3 bags of bricks, a great build of a dragon can be achieved.

The dragon is quite flexible as it can be posed in quite a few position. In this picture, it can be bent down to the floor to talk to Overlord. However the tail needs to be tilted up as it can only swing left and right. Like a peacock!

The Minifigures

Golden Lloyd. Lloyd eventually unlocks the full potential of the Golden Power during his first battle with the Overlord in Season 2. The two dragon heads on the torso are very nicely printed and LEGO is very meticulous in the back prints too even though it will be covered by the sword holder at the back. He comes with dual expression and leg prints too!

The Overlord. The Overlord is the creator of the Stone Army and the source of all Darkness in Ninjago. Here he is a very nice piece of art! I love the purplish black colour scheme and trans purple head and the trans purple ghost lower body! He only has one facial expression but under the helmet, there is also a purple flame print at the back of the head.

Comparison against Smaug from the set 79108 The Lonely Mountain

372 pieces vs 36 parts. Which one is your favourite? Smaug did visit a good orthodontist.

Verdict

I give this set a 4.9/5.0 score as the design of the Overlord Dragon is very nice and sturdy. However the fleshless wings are probably done up as a compromise, as it was not like this in the show. The minifigures are perfect for the set. I love anything gold and transparent coloured. This set is worth it for every LEGO dragon lover as the price is not too prohibitive at $29.99 USD and it also comes along with two great minifigures.

Hope you enjoyed my review. Thank you!

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