The spinners are still there, and they've added new pieces (like that round piece with the snake heads sticking out at angles).
IMHO, the design of these sets are so much better than last year's offerings. The sculpting around the front of the snake helicopter and truck is just incredible.
Mofo Jones wrote:vynsane, I respectfully disagree with your opinion about the awesome nature of the 2012 Ninjago sets.
To each their own. I can't really get into CITY sets even though I'm sure it's full of pieces that would be useful in MOCs. I just think Ninjago is an incredibly fun theme - and I never liked Power Rangers
It's nothing new, though; Ninjago has polarized the AFOL community since its inception, but it's not really targeted at the "A's" anyway. Ultimately, it appears to be making a LOT of money for LEGO which they've in turn invested in new part molds, which is only a benefit to all LEGO enthusiasts.
I was more impressed with the Ninja sets of the late 90s.
That's a quintessential "apples vs. oranges" comparison, though. The 'Ninja' sets of the 90's were a subtheme of Castle, and as such tried to go for historical accuracy, or at least as much accuracy as you can get when dealing with something as elusive and unknown as traditional Ninja/Shinobi. Make no mistake, there were plenty of liberties taken with the myth of the Ninja in the Castle subtheme. That said, Ninjago just has a completely different (ridiculous, cartoony) tone than that of the 90's, but that could be said for a lot of recent themes (compare Alien Conquest and Space Police 3 to any previous Space subthemes, or the Fantasy Era Castle sets, what with its trolls, skeletons and dwarves, to earlier Castle themes).