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Ninjago Cole's Tread Assault

Ninjago Cole's Tread Assault

Fall 2012 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $39.99
LEGO Ninjago Cole's Tread Assault is a LEGO kit that builds a souped-up car that has expanding rear fins and a gravity-centered cockpit which stays upright regardless of the orientation of the vehicle. When the car is flipped over, it has the appearance of a snake vehicle. The set comes with two mini-figures, the ninja Cole and the evil snake Skales. It is a fun and challenging build, but the cockpit often sticks on rotation and the rear fins frequently bend instead of popping out, causing occasional frustration. But for pretend play it is, in one tester's word, "Amazing!"

The Ninjago line has an extended backstory and a wide range of characters focused on a classic good-versus-evil plot with regular clashes between the ninjas, skeletons, and snake people. Parents interested in a more pacifist-style of play will wish to look elsewhere, but like many of the themes in LEGO's range of products, it has strong appeal to late elementary middle grade children and can lead to healthy exploratory and interactive play.

Emily Crawford   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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