|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2012)|
|Some or all of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. (April 2012)|
|Some or all of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. (October 2013)|
|Total sets||83 (including promotional sets)|
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 and the Serpentine. 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 except the Green Ninja, however when he became the Gold Ninja a dragon was made for him. Also to note that Epic Dragon Battle's dragon has 4 heads. Every dragon head launches a Dragon Sphere which is used in battle to knock down enemies.
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), the Shurikens of Ice. No one could hold them all at once because of their immense power. His eldest son, however, was consumed by evil, and wanted the Four Weapons for himself. He was found out by his younger brother Wu and they fought, and the older brother, Garmadon, was banished to the Underworld. Peace didn't last for Garmadon and 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.
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 two to be Garmadon's son, Lloyd, eventually becomes the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master while the other four gain new elemental swords and kimono outfits. 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.
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. 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. 3 iPad and iPhone apps have also been released.
Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is a TV series airing on Cartoon Network in the U.S. 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 on December 18th. The team will be fighting nindroids in New Ninjago City, created by Cyrus Borg.
The Hageman brothers, Dan and Kevin Hageman, who wrote Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and as well The Lego Movie, will be penning the film adaptation, which will feature a new take that diverges from the TV series. Charlie Bean, who directed Disney's Tron: Uprising, will direct the film, produced by the The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
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, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
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