Lego Ninjago

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Lego Ninjago
Lego Ninjago logo.svg
Subject Ninja, Dragons
Availability 2011–Present
Total sets 106 (including promotional sets)
Official website

Lego Ninjago (stylized as NINJAGO) Masters of Spinjitzu is a current line of sets produced by Lego. It uses elements from the previous Ninja series. There are several changes from the previous series. These include the removal of the Shogun and Bandits, and the introduction of the Skeleton Army, the Stone Army, the Serpentine and the Nindroids. Also noticeable is the inclusion of vehicles which imply a more modern setting than the feudal Japan setting of the previous incarnation.

Dragons have recently become a significant part of Ninjago. A dragon was made for every ninja; the Green Ninja got two. First, he got the Ultra Dragon (four-headed); when he became the Gold Ninja, a dragon was made for him. Every Ultra Dragon head launches a Dragon Sphere, which is used in battle to knock down enemies.

Ninjago has continued into 2014 with a wave of 8 sets, which feature the Nindroids.

Characters

 Zane (Deceased)

Premise[edit]

The theme centers on the world of Ninjago, home to both modern cities and ancient villages. Ninjago was created by the First Master of Spinjitzu using the Four Golden Weapons: the Sword of Fire, the Nunchucks of Lightning, the Scythe of Quakes (earth) and the Shurikens of Ice. Wu and Garmadon fought, and the older brother, Garmadon, was banished to the Underworld. Peace didn't last for long, as Garmadon had sent Skeletons from the underworld to steal the four Weapons. Sensei Wu found four teenagers to train as ninja; Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane, one of whom, Kai, had a sister, Nya, who had been captured by the Skeletons. Also in the early 2012 series, the Serpentine, an ancient race of snake people split into five tribes (Hypnobrai, Fangpyre, Constrictai, Venomari, and Anacondrai), were partially released by Lloyd Garmadon, son of Lord Garmadon, and later by Pythor, the last survivor of the Anacondrai tribe. The later 2012 story focused on the four Fang Blades that were used to awaken the Great Devourer. Another theme in the 2012 series was to figure out the identities of the Green Ninja, who is destined to defeat Lord Garmadon, and Samurai X, a mysterious Samurai using an exo-suit against the Snakes. "He" is Nya in disguise, as first discovered by Kai, and later the rest of the ninja. The team also works to unlock the secrets of their Golden Weapons, including their Spinjitzu vehicles and "true potentials", throughout the story.

The next line, released in early 2013, concentrates on the Ninjas' battle with an army of stone warriors who were awakened by the Great Devourer's venom, as well as the final battle between good and evil. The Green Ninja, who was revealed in season one (Episode 10 The green ninja) to be Garmadon's son, Lloyd, eventually becomes the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master while the other four gain new elemental swords and kimono outfits.[1] Though there were rumors that the theme would be discontinued after 2013, to be replaced by a new theme titled Legends of Chima, an official on the Lego website has stated that it would be continuing in 2014. The next line of the show was released on Jan. 29,2014. The Overlord is back after the golden ninja(Lloyd) defeated him. The Overlord needs Lloyd's golden power then become himself again, and escape the digital realm. Zane has found love with another droid(Pixel) Cyrus Borg's assistant, and Nya found that she had a perfect match with someone else(Cole) instead of her boyfriend, Jay. Garmadon is now Sensei Garmadon, and is helping the ninjas after Sensei Wu has been captured by the Overlord's machines. The Overlord has created evil nindroids to get the Techno-Blades and Lloyd for his golden power. More in the new series.[2]

Adaptions[edit]

On the same day as the release of the original 17 sets, a board game from the Lego Games theme was released in the United Kingdom using elements from the Ninjago theme.[3] A video game, entitled Lego Battles: Ninjago, was released on April 12, 2011, on the Nintendo DS. It is the sequel to the 2009 game Lego Battles and was developed by Hellbent Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games. A Ninjago themed world was added to the now shut-down massively multiplayer online game Lego Universe.[4] 3 iPad and iPhone apps have also been released.[5]

TV series[edit]

Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is a TV series airing on Cartoon Network in the U.S.[6] The toy lines are the same characters as the series and hold the same plot accordingly, though several characters in the series do not appear in set form.

The series began on January 14, 2011, featuring a theme song by The Fold called "The Weekend Whip." An entire album of ninja-themed music from The Fold was released in March 2013, in the form of an official LEGO Ninjago USB Bracelet featuring original video, music and printable content for Spinners. Ninjago had its finale November 21, 2012, but Cartoon Network has since announced that the series is set to continue. The third season aired as four one-hour specials, aired at selected times throughout 2014. The fourth season is set to begin sometime in 2015.

Film[edit]

The Hageman brothers, Dan and Kevin Hageman, who wrote Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and co-wrote the story of The Lego Movie, will be penning the film adaptation, which will feature a new take that diverges from the TV series. Charlie Bean, who produced Disney's Tron: Uprising, will direct the film, produced by the The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and both Phil Lord and Chris Miller.[7] The spin-off movie will be released on September 23, 2016.[8]

Products[edit]

Ninjago LEGO sets, Kai's Blade Cycle and the Rattlecopter
Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
2254 Mountain Shrine 2011 Kai DX and Skeleton dummy 169 pieces
2258 Ninja Ambush 2011 Kai, Bonezai 71 pieces
2259 Skull Motorbike 2011 Jay, Chopov 157 pieces
2260 Ice Dragon Attack 2011 Zane DX, Krazi 158 pieces
2263 Turbo Shredder 2011 Cole, Jay, Frakjaw 223 pieces
2504 Spinjitzu Dojo 2011 Zane, Nuckal, Sensei Wu 373 pieces
2505 Garmadon's Dark Fortress 2011 Kai, Nya, Bonezai, Chopov, Lord Garmadon, Samukai 518 pieces
2506 Skull Truck 2011 Jay, Zane, Lord Garmadon, Wyplash 515 pieces
9570 NRG Jay 2012 NRG Jay 20 pieces
9571 Fangdam 2012 Fangdam 20 pieces
9572 NRG Cole 2012 NRG Cole 19 pieces
9573 Slithraa 2012 Slithraa 20 pieces
9574 Lloyd ZX 2012 Lloyd ZX 23 pieces
9579 Starter Set 2012 Cole ZX, Rattla 62 pieces
9590 NRG Zane 2012 NRG Zane 19 pieces
9591 Weapon Pack 2012 NRG Kai, Chokun 73 pieces
70500 Kai's Fire Mech 2013 Kimono Kai, Stone Scout 102 pieces
70501 Warrior Bike 2013 Kimono Jay, Stone Warrior 210 pieces
70502 Cole's Earth Driller 2013 Kimono Cole, Stone Swordsman 171 pieces
70503 The Golden Dragon 2013 The Golden Ninja (with armor), Stone Warrior, Stone Scout 252 pieces
70504 Garmatron 2013 General Kozu, Stone Swordsman, Kimono Zane 328 pieces
70505 Temple of Light 2013 The Golden Ninja (with armor), Sensei Wu, Overlord (in Garmadon's body), Stone Swordsman, Stone Scout 565 pieces
70720 Hover Hunter December 1, 2013 Cole and Nindroid Drone 79 pieces
70721 Kai Fighter December 1, 2013 Kai and General Cryptor 196 pieces
70722 OverBorg Attack December 1, 2013 OverBorg (Cyrus Borg) and Lloyd (with armor) 207 pieces
70723 Thunder Raider December 1, 2013 Cole, Jay and a Nindroid Warrior 334 pieces
70724 NinjaCopter December 1, 2013 Zane (Battle-scarred), Pixal, Nindroid Warrior, Nindroid Drone 516 pieces
70725 Nindroid MechDragon December 1, 2013 Sensei Garmadon, Lloyd (without armor), Evil Wu, General Cryptor, Nindroid Warrior 691 pieces
70726 Destructoid January 1, 2014 Zane, General Cryptor, Mindroid 253 pieces

Awards[edit]

In 2012, the LEGO Ninjago Fire Temple (2507) was awarded "Activity Toy of the Year" title at the 12th Annual Toy of the Year Awards,[9] which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ninjago Graphic Novel 6; Warriors of Stone, at Amazon". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lego Message Boards "***Important Ninjago Announcement***"". Lego.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ "3856-1: NinjaGo". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, J.C. "Lego Battles to go ninja, go Ninjago this spring". Joystiq. Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ Template:Lego news
  6. ^ "Premiering exclusively on Cartoon Network - LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu". Lego.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (September 17, 2013). "'Tron: Uprising' Director to Helm 'Ninjago' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ The Deadline Team (May 20, 2014). "Warner Bros Dates Lego Spinoff 'Ninjago' For Fall 2016.". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Toy Of The Year Award Winners – TOTY 2012". TheHotToys. TheHotToys.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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