|Total sets||106 (including promotional sets)|
Lego Ninjago 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 Skulkin, Serpentine, Stone Army, Nindroid Army, Anacondrai Cultists and Ghost Warriors. Also noticeable is the inclusion of advanced 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. An Elemental Dragon was introduced for every Ninja. However, they soon migrated to the Spirit Coves and combined into one four-headed Ultra Dragon. This dragon was soon used by the Green Ninja. Ninjago later introduced the Golden Dragon, an ancient fighting animal given to Lloyd, passed down by the First Spinjitzu Master; the MechDragon, a cybernetic creature built by the Digital Overlord to capture the Golden Ninja; the Titanium Dragon, an elemental dragon belonging to the Titanium Ninja, Zane; and the Morro Dragon, a dragon belonging to Morro. Every Dragon (except for the MechDragon, Titanium Dragon, and Morro Dragon) head launches a Dragon Sphere, which is used in battle to knock down enemies.
Ninjago started off in 2011 with a pilot film and a wave of LEGO sets, focusing on the 4 Ninja's battles with the Skulkin army. After its success, a TV series was made in 2012 featuring Season 1: Rise of the Snakes with another wave of sets and a more modern twist; featuring cities, mechs, and vehicles. Season 2: Rise of the Spinjitzu Master and more sets were made featuring the final battle between Lloyd and the Overlord. Although, this was intended to be the end of Ninjago, it continued in 2014 with Season 3: Rebooted as well as the sets, featuring a futuristic plot and the Ninja's battle with the Digital Overlord and his robotic Nindroid Army. Season 4: Return of the Anacondrai Wars aired in 2015 was about the Ninja's battles with the Anacondrai Cultists on Master Chen's island and ended on April 3, 2015. Season 5: Rise of the Ghost Warriors where the Ninja battle the Cursed Ghosts from the Cursed Realm is confirmed to premiere in summer 2015. Season 5 might be the final season of the show.
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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, and the Shurikens of Ice. Each with great power that no mortal possess all four at once, except for the Master, himself. He had two sons, Garmadon and Wu, who guarded the weapons and banished enemies into the Underworld, including the four-armed beast Samukai. After the First Spinjitzu Master passed away, his evil son Garmadon wanted to use the Golden Weapons to recreate Ninjago in his own evil image. However, younger brother Wu and Garmadon fought, and Garmadon was banished to the Skulkins' Underworld, vowing to return one day. Wu then hid the weapons in different parts of Ninjago and gave the map to his friend. However, peace didn't last for long, as Lord Garmadon defeated Samukai, the former general, and took control over the Skulkin Army.
Years later, Kai and Nya ran the blacksmith shop, Four Weapons in Ignacia. One day, they met Wu who told Kai he had "all tools for a samurai but nothing for a ninja!" After he left, the shop was attacked by Samukai and the Skulkin Army. The Skulkin stole a map hidden in the shop and kidnapped Kai's sister, Nya. Sensei Wu then told him about the history of Ninjago; how Garmadon wanted the Golden Weapons for himself and how Kai was the son of Wu's friend. In order to get Nya back, Kai went to Sensei Wu's monastery and trained to become a Ninja. There he met Wu's other three Ninja Jay, Cole, and Zane. Sensei Wu gave them elemental Ninja outfits and informed them that they each represented an element. Kai Master of Fire, Cole Master of Earth, Jay Master of Lightning, and Zane Master of Ice. He then told them the Lord Garmadon had returned and is bent on taking the Golden Weapons to recreate Ninjago in his own image. Using their Ninja skills, the Ninja sneaked into the Caves of Despair, home of the Scythe of Quakes, and took the weapon as well as the map the skeletons stole. With the map, they ventured to the Frozen Wasteland and Floating Ruins where they retrieved the Shurikens of Ice and Nunchucks of Lightning. After resting in the Forest of Tranquility, Kai is led to a trap in the Fire Temple by Garmadon. There Lord Garmadon in shadow form tells Kai he must pull out the Sword of Fire or he will burn Nya. Kai pulls out the Sword of Fire and rescues Nya. He then tells Shadow Garmadon that he cannot hurt his because he is only a shadow. Garmadon replies by saying, "Even shadows have their uses!" and making Kai be attacked by his own shadow. However, Sensei Wu arrives and rescues Kai. He takes the Sword of Fire and takes a route to the Underworld. In the meantime, Samukai and his troops steal the Ninja's remaining Golden Weapons. The Skulkin escape to the Underworld, but the Ninja realize they can also get there with their Elemental Dragons. After making it to the Underworld, they use the Tornado of Creation to create a ferris wheel to trap the skeletons and make it into Lord Garmadon's room. There, they watch Sensei Wu with the Sword of Fire fighting Samukai with the three other Golden Weapons. Sensei Wu loses the battle and Samukai obtains all four Golden Weapons. However, he goes against Garmadon and plans to use them to become the ruler, again. Lord Garmadon smiles as he watches Samukai explode, since no mortal can handle the power of all four weapons. The weapons open a portal through a different world, which Lord Garmadon enters, so he will one day have enough power to handle all four weapon. After Garmadon disappears, the Ninja take the Golden Weapons and continue training with Sensei Wu, knowing one day he will return.
Rise of the Snakes
The Ninjago TV series was planned to be made after the plot's success. Season 1 was released in December 2011 and finished in April 2012.
Rise of the Snakes: After the battle with the Skulkin, Sensei Wu informs the Ninja that they must still train and reach their full potential in case Garmadon ever returns. The Ninja soon get the message that Lord Garmadon has returned and is approaching Jamanakai Village. This turns out to be a mistake, as it was his son Lloyd Garmadon who had been kicked out of Darkly's Boarding School for Bad Boys and bent on pulling pranks. The Ninja hanged him on a sign and went returned to the monastery. During the hurry, Jay had accidentally picked up a scroll belonging to Sensei Wu. It said that "One Ninja will rise above the others and become the Green Ninja. The Green Ninja will defeat the Dark Lord." The Ninja had a sparring tournament to see who would become the Green Ninja. However, they almost burned down the monastery. Wu informed them that they should first unlock their full potential and none of them have what it takes to become the Green Ninja. Meanwhile, Lloyd journeyed to the Glacier Barrens, where he accidentally released the Hypnobrai, a race of Serpentine (snake-like people) who had the ability to hypnotize others. The general, Slithera tried hypnotizing Lloyd, but accidentally got into control of Lloyd. Lloyd then told the Hypnobrai to steal all candy from Jamanakai Village. However, the Ninja came in time and saved the village. They stole the Hypnobrai's staff and used its anti-venom to break save the villagers from the Hypnobrai's spell.
Home: and are able to handle their Golden Weapons. The Ninja are also confused by Zane's behavior and learn he was an orphan. Meanwhile, Lloyd commands the Hypnobrai to build a treehouse for him. However, Zane meets a peculiar falcon who shows him Lloyd's new base. The Ninja attack and destroy the base. However, the Hypnobrai burn the Ninja's monastery and get their staff back. After finding out that Slithera is in control of Lloyd, Skales challenges him to a Slither Pit and wins. He becomes the new general and kicks out Lloyd. However, Lloyd steals the Map of Dens, a map showing the locations of the remaining Serpentine tombs. Meanwhile, Zane meets the Falcon again, who leads Zane and the Ninja to the old ship, Destiny's Bounty. This becomes the Ninja's new base.
Snakebit: After being betrayed by the Hypnobrai, Lloyd releases the Fangpyre, Serpentine capable of turning whatever they bite into a snake. Lloyd and the Fangpyre attack Ed and Edna (Jay's parent's) junkyard, turning all the vehicles into snakes. Meanwhile, the Ninja's elemental dragons leave to migrate the Spirit Coves, where they will reach adulthood. The Ninja arrive to the junkyard to see Ed and Edna turning into snakes and being attacked by the Fangpyre. The Ninja learn that their weapons can turn into vehicles and succeed in defeating the Fangpyre and turn Ed and Edna back into their normal state. Jay also added turbo boosters to the ancient ship, giving it the ability to fly.
Never Trust a Snake: Lloyd and the Fangpyre plan to ambush the Hypnobrai. However, General Fangtom, realizes Skales, his old friend, is the new leader and allies with the Hypnobrai. Lloyd, betrayed once again, goes for the Anacondrai, snakes that had the ability to disappeae. There, he only meets General Pythor P. Chumsworth as Pythor claims the rest of the tribe had starved to death. Lloyd and Pythor plan on attack Darkly's Boarding School for Bad Boys, but are stopped by the Ninja. Pythor then steals the Map of Dens from Lloyd and disappears. Sensei Wu then takes Lloyd to the bounty and reads him the book Never Trust a Snake.
Can of Worms: After Pythor stole the Map of Dens, he opened tombs to the Contrictai and Venomari. He planned a meeting beneath Ninjago City to try reuniting the five tribes. However, the Ninja used the power of false rumors to trick the snakes and foil Pythor's plan.
The Snake King: After his first attempt failed, Pythor finds the Lost City of Ouroborus and uses a switch to bring it out of the desert. There, he plans a Slither Pit where he fights the four snake generals and uses Sensei Wu's sacred flute to win. Lloyd sneaks into the city but gets captured. Meanwhile, the Ninja obtain Zen-eXtreme outfits and meet a mysterious Samurai X who appears to have rivalry with the Ninja. However, Kai discovers Samurai is actually Nya.
Tick-Tock: Soon Pythor and the snake generals go to the Constrictai tomb, where they discover that mixing the five staff's anti-venom will give them a map revealing the location to the Four Silver Fang Blades. By obtaining all four, they can use them to awakening the Great Devourer, a giant snake capable of devouring all of Ninjago. Meanwhile, Sensei Wu explains to the Ninja that they will soon unlock their true potentials. He also explains to the Ninja that Garmadon used to be good, but a bite from the Great Devourer turned him evil over the years. Sensei Wu also explains he will go on a trip alone, where the Ninja cannot follow; into the Dark Continent Lord Garmdon is living. Meanwhile the Ninja meet the Falcon, again who shows them to Zane's old house. There Zane discovers he is a robot and so is the Falcon. After finding his "MEMORY" switch, Zane remember his past and how was built and raised by Dr. Julien. After Dr. Julien's death, he pressed Zane's MEMORY switch, so he would forget about his past and start a new life. After discovering this, Zane rescues his friends and unlocks his true potential.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Jay asks Nya out for a date. However, he accidentally gets bit by Fangpyre's skeleton. Meanwhile, the Serpentine go to Mega Monster Amusement Park, where they obtain the Hypnobrai Fang Blade. Jay and Nya plan their date there as well. However, the date gets spoiled when Jay turns into a Fangpyre and Samurai's identity is revealed. They both they captured and are stuck on a burning roller coaster. After Jay gets a kiss from Nya and learns it doesn't matter if he is snake or not, he unlocks his true potential and saves Nya in the process.
The Royal Blacksmith: The Serpentine go to a pyramid to obtain the Constrictai Fang Blade only to discover it is missing. They soon realize that it had been found a long time ago by Clutch Powers and turned into a trophy for the Ninjago Talent Show. In order to learn more about the cup, the Ninja meet Cole's dad, Lou, who is a skilled Royal Blacksmith. However, Cole lies to him dad and tells him that he was a dancer for the Martha Openhiemer and not a ninja. After finding out Cole is a Ninja, Lou goes away, not wanting to see his family's legacy ruined. However, Cole and the others decide not to steal the Fang Blade, but to win it. The Ninja succeed and Cole builds him relationship with his father again. However, Pythor arrives and steals the blade, also trapping Cole and Lou in a collapsing stage. However, Cole unlocks him true potential and saves his father.
The Green Ninja: Sensei Wu finally returns but arrives with Lord Garmadon. Lord Garmadon now has four-arms, giving him the power to possess all four Golden Weapons. Sensei Wu tells the Ninja Lord Garmadon not their to fight but to help the Ninja defeat the Serpentine and save Lloyd. After the arrival of Lord Garmadon, Kai tries to battle him, thinking it will unlock his full potential, but is stopped by Sensei Wu. The Ninja arrive at the Fire Temple where the Fangpyre Fang Blade is located and Lloyd is held hostage. The Ninja and Garmadon fail to obtain the two, as the volcano of the temple starts to erupt. All of them escape except Kai who saw both the Fang Blade and Lloyd in front of him. He chose to rescue Lloyd, which unlocked his true potential. After returning to the Destiny's Bounty, he explained that he wanted to Fang Blade to prove he was the Green Ninja, but learned all of his training to become a Ninja was to protect the Green Ninja. The Ninja discover Lloyd is the Green Ninja, as a green aura appeared when they put their Golden Weapons in front of him. Meanwhile, Pythor and the others take the Fangpyre Fang Blade.
All of Nothing: Pythor finally obtains the last Silver Fang Blade. However, the Ninja discover the Serpentine's base. They battle the snakes but lose and our captured. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon leaves the Ninja after Lloyd kicks him out for trying to steal the Ninja's data. Lloyd then puts on the Green Ninja outfit and plans to save the Ninja. His attempt fails; however Lord Garmadon returns with the Skulkin Army and uses it to defeat the Serpentine. The Ninja finally obtain all four Fang Blades. However, Pythor secretly boards the bounty, invisible.
Rise of the Great Devourer: The Ninja travel to Torchfire mountain where they plan to burn the Fang Blades. However, Pythor snatches them and escapes on a train, bit by the Fangpyre and turned into a mobile fortress. The Ninja chase after Pythor and get on the train, but fail to capture him in time. Pythor makes it to Ouroborus, where he places the blades into the Great Devourer's idol and awakens the beast. Realizing his horrible mistake, Pythor screams and tries to escape. However, Sensei Wu grabs on the Pythor and the Devourer consumes them both.
Day of the Great Devourer: The Ninja try escaping from the Great Devourer, only to get the Destiny's Bounty consumed by the beast. The Ninja arrive at the junkyard, where they use the Tornado of Creation to build the Ultrasonic Raider. Although, it also gets destroyed, the Ninja realize the Devourer has a weak spot on his forehead. The Great Devourer heads to Ninjago City where the Ninja try protecting the people from the Great Devourer. The Ninja's elemental dragons return from the spirit coves as one four-headed Ultra Dragon, but are injured by the snake. Helpless, Ninja have no choice but to give their Golden Weapons to Lord Garmadon who uses them to defeat the snake that once turned him evil, once and for all. The city floods with venom as the Ninja celebrate their victory. However, Garmadon escapes with the Golden Weapons and Sensei Wu to have survived the Great Devourer.
Rise of the Spinjtizu Master
The next line, with the show released in mid 2012 and sets in 2013, concentrate 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. Lloyd, eventually becomes the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master while the other four gain new elemental swords and kimono outfits.
Darkness Shall Rise: After the battle with the Great Devourer, the Ninja plan to buy a new home to live in, so they can train Lloyd. They meet real-estate agent Patty Keys, who shows them a small, old apartment room and a hero's suite. The Ninja plan on buying the Hero's Suite, but cannot train Lloyd from working all day to buy it, and get fired from their jobs. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon gathers an army of Serpentine and uses the Golden Weapons to build the Black Bounty. The Serpentine generals refuse to work for Garmadon and plan to capture Lloyd. However, their plan fails as Sensei Wu arrives saves Lloyd at the last moment. The Ninja learn that they should training Lloyd is more important than owning a fancy suite, and move into old apartment. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon goes to the Golden Peaks, where he combines the Four Golden Weapons into one Mega Weapon.
Pirates vs. Ninja: The Ninja realize they cannot train in the apartment and move to Grand Sensei Darreth's Mojo Dojo. There, they meet the boastful "Grand Sensei" Darreth who claims he knows animal Martial Arts. Soon, Garmadon finds an old log book in the bounty belonging to Captain Soto, the former owner of the ship. Accidentally uses the Mega Weapon to recreate the old pirate army, only to have his powers drained out and have himself and the snakes locked up in the ship prison. The pirates soon realize the turbo-booster added to the Black Bounty by Jay and fly to Ninjago City. They invade the city, but Darreth comes to help. He is easily defeated and he admits that he doesn't know any Martial Arts, painted his belt brown, and owns fake trophies. He was going to be walked off the plank, but got rescued by the Ultra Dragon. Soon, the Ninja arrive and defeat the pirates. They were then thrown in prison as Garmadon escapes on the bounty once again.
Double Trouble: Lord Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to create evil forms of the Ninja. Meanwhile, the Ninja are invited to Darkly's Boarding School for Bad Boys, which has become Darkly's School for Great Children. They soon realize this was a trap by the students to attempt to brainwash Lloyd to become bad again. The Ninja soon find a way out of a trap by the students but face Garmadon's bizzaro Ninja. They ended up tied, until Lloyd convinces the students to become good and confuse the bizzaros. The plan succeeds and Lloyd also learns how to control his powers.
NinjaBall Run: Dareth cannot pay off his dojo and is about the have it replaced by a golf course by Darnagom Enterprizes. The Ninja soon realize Garmadon is behind this and enter the race, NinjaBall Run to win cash and save the dojo. They compete against the pirates, the Serpentine generals, Lord Garmadon and his Serpentine, Ed and Edna, the Royal Blacksmiths, Lloyd on the Ultra Dragon, Kruncha and Nuckal, and the Darkly's students. The Ninja win and the dojo is saved. The Ninja also claim the bounty back and Lord Garmadon escapes on Skales's bus.
Child's Play: Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to revive the beast, the Grundal, and turn the Ninja into kids. However, the Ninja use Wu's tomorrow's teas to turn back into adults and kill the Grundal. However, Lloyd grows older, too.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Garmadon creates a portal and goes back in time to make it so the Ninja team never formed in the first place. However, the Ninja go into the portal, too, He goes back into the plot and makes it so that Nya isn't captured by the Skulkin, discouraging Kai to become a Ninja. However, the present Ninja kidnap Nya and hand her over to the Skukin, solving the problem. The present Lord Garmadon then meets the past Lord Garmadon and comes up with a plan to defeat the Ninja. While the past Kai meets the past Shadow Garmadon, the present Garmadon appears and attacks the past Kai. However, the Ninja arrive and protect him. The Ninja then use the old Golden Weapons to destroy the Mega Weapon from history. The Ninja then return to the present, where Lloyd is safe and sound. However, he forgets about the Mega Weapon.
The Stone Army: The Ninja go to the Ninjago City Museum, where the venom where they learn the venom of the Great Devourer has spoiled the city's sewer system and even brought miniature Stone Warrior displays to life. After defeating them, the Ninja meet Misako, Lloyd's mom, who works at the museum to try to prevent the Final Battle. She also explains the Ninja the longer history of Ninjago. When the First Spinjitzu Master created Ninjago, an evil had to exist as well. That's when the Overlord emerged. He battled the Overlord, but they were evenly matched. In order to disturb the balance, the Overlord create an indestructible Stone Army. The First Spinjitzu Master knew he could not win, so he split Ninjago in half, banishing the Overlord in the other side. After learning this, a giant Stone Warrior is awakened from the venom of the Great Devourer. The Ninja try fighting him, but are no match. Lloyd then tricks the warrior and traps him back into the hole he was found in. Meanwhile, Garmadon plans to go to the "Dark Island" written in Captain Soto's log book. However, the Serpentine generals betray him and throw him off their Rattlecopter. Lord Garmadon then washes up on the island, where he meets the Overlord, who appears to be a small purple ball of dark energy. Garmadon then pulls four knobs, bringing the island up from the ocean.
The Day Ninjago Stood Still: After the Serpentine betray Garmadon, Skales becomes the new leader. He and the Serpentine plan to dig beneath Ninjago City, starting a massive earthquake. While digging, they come across a tomb with ancient characters and even a picture of Skales. After they arrive inside, they see a frozen Stone Army. However, the Great Devourers venom soon leaks in the tomb, bringing to army back to life. The Serpentine fight the Stone Army, but lose and are trapped in the tomb. The Stone Army then attacks and destroys Ninjago City. The citizens fly on the Destiny's Bounty, where they lead to a safe spot. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon obtains the Helmet of Shadows, which allows him to control the Stone Army, and starts the Celestial Clock's countdown to the Final Battle.
The Last Voyage: The next day, the Ninja see the Stone Army has disappeared and that there is a Dark Island. The Ninja sail onward to the island, but are attacked by villainous starteeth, starfish-like sea creatures that eat through ships. The Ninja survive, but crash into a prison. There they see Dr. Julien, Zane's father. He tells the Ninja that after he died, Samukai came to his fortress and revived him with a special liquor. He told him to build state of the art war machines for their army, but the doctor refused. He locked him in the prison and told him if he doesn't build them, he will never see Zane, again. Samukai also locked up a leviathan, to make sure he did not escape. With Dr. Julien's help, the Ninja repair the bounty, but are attacked by the leviathan. Zane then throws himself into the ocean, where uses the starteeth to free the leviathan, who ends up being friendly to the Ninja. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon and the Overlord plan on building a super weapon.
The Island of Darkness: The Ninja arrive at the Island, where Misako states there is an Temple of Light, where the Ninja will get their elemental power back and Lloyd will master the Golden Dragon. The Ninja locate the temple using a medallion, but are spotted by the Stone Army. They escape on the Earth Driller and Fire Mech, built by Nya and Dr. Julien and arrive at the Temple of Light. There, they get Elemental Blades and kimonos and Lloyd masters the Golden Dragon. The Stone Army arrives, but the Ninja use their new powers to defeat them.
The Last Hope: The Ninja plan to try to foil Garmadon's plans, by stealing his Helmet of Shadows and using it to stop the Celestial Clock. However, their plan fails as the Ninja are too late to stop the countdown to the Final Battle. The Horns of Destruction blow as the super weapon is complete and being powered. The Stone Army captured Nya and the Ninja fall off a cliff, into a lake. The Ninja then plan to prepare for the Final Battle. Meanwhile, the Overlord presents his super weapon to Lord Garmadon; the Garmatron.
Return of the Overlord: Lord Garmadon and the Overlord test their Dark Matter on Nya, turning her evil. They drive the Garmatron to the island's beach, where they shoot dark matter missiles to Ninjago. After the villain's victory, the Overlord betrays Lord Garmadon and possess his body. The new Overlord then fights Lloyd. Unfortunately, Lloyd was defeated and had an injured leg. After defeating Lloyd, the Overlord plans to shoots Dark Matter at Ninjago City, but is stopped by the Ninja. He opens a portal to Ninjago and goes there with his army, leaving the Ninja stranded on the Dark Island.
Rise of the Spinjitzu Master: The Ninja escape on the island after finding the First Spinjitzu Master's golden battle mech, now used by Lloyd and meeting the Ultra Dragon. They enter the city, which has now turned into night and all the inhabitants, except Darreth have become evil. The Overlord has used this evil to turn into his original form, a large dragon. The Garmatron has also converted into a fortress. The Ninja fight the Stone Warriors, but Evil Nya destroys Lloyd's mech. The Ninja are about to lose, until Darreth arrives and takes the Helmet of Shadows, convincing to warriors to become good and fight the Overlord. However, Nya shots down the entire army. The Ninja try making it to the top of the Garmatron tower, but only Lloyd goes up safely. There, he and the Overlord start the Final Battle. The Overlord spits a massive amount of Dark Matter from his mouth, but Lloyd shields himself using his Golden Power. After doing this, Lloyd unlocks his true potential, becoming the Golden Ninja. The summons the Golden Dragon and tackles the Overlord. However, the Overlord brings complete darkness to Ninjago, turning the size of the entire city and swallowing the Golden Dragon. However, Lloyd's Golden Power is too strong as it defeats the Overlord, bringing peace upon Ninjago. The Ninja celebrate and Lord Garmadon also turns back into his good human form. Lloyd and his family walk away, as the Ninja vow to Sensei Wu they will always be Ninja and they'll be ready for any threat.
Though Ninjago was intended to be discontinued in 2014 and replaced by a new theme titled Legends of Chima, an official on the LEGO website has stated that both themes will exist at the same time.
The third season of Ninjago includes a futuristic plot about the Ninja's battles with the Digital Overlord who plans on becoming the legendary Golden Master and taking over New Ninjago City.
The Surge: Ever since the Ninja defeated the Overlord and his Stone Army, much of Ninjago City was in ruins. However, inventor Cyrus Borg encourages the people to rebuild their city. Ninjago City becomes New Ninjago City, a futuristic metropolis; and Cyrus Borg builds the massive, 100-story Borg Industries on exact same place the Garmatron was destroyed. While Lloyd tours Ninjago celebrating his victory, the original four ninja—Kai, Cole, Jay, and Zane—have become teachers in Sensei Wu’s Academy. Besides being bored in class all day, Kai and the rest of the ninjas dream of the days when they fought the forces of evil, but in the updated and technologically advanced world of Ninjago, there is no need for ninja any longer.
While Borg was working on a video game called the Digiverse, the Overlord reappeared as a computer virus, known as the Digital Overlord. Soon, the famed inventor Cyrus Borg invites the four Ninja to Borg Industries for a "field trip." At Borg Industries, Zane meets P.I.X.A.L., whom he starts to have feelings for. When the Ninja made it to Borg's office, he gives them a golden statue of himself. However, he tells Kai to protect "them" with his life and that "he's" listening. While the Ninja were carrying the statue in the elevator, it breaks. Inside, are new outfits and "Techno Blades." The Ninja were confused by the Techno Blades at first, but discover it can hack technologies. Zane hacks a hovercopter, making it the NinjaCopter; Kai hacks a fighter jet, making it the Kai Fighter; Jay hacks a super-hybrid assault vechicle, making it the Lightning Off-roader; and Cole hacks a security mech, making it the Earth Mech When Overlord discovers that Ninja found the Techno blades, he corrupts New Ninjago City with the Overlord virus. He takes control of Cyrus Borg, by blowtorching cybernetic parts to him and possessing his MechChair. He plans to use the Golden Ninja's power to escape the Digiverse and become physical. Ninja escape with the Golden Ninja and the Techno Blades. However, Sensei Wu gets captured.
The Art of the Silent Fist: P.I.X.A.L, corrupted by the Overlord Virus, creates the army of evil Nindroids led by General Cryptor. The Overlord commands the Nindroids to find the Ninja and accessed Sensei Wu's memory. He discovered the Ninja were hiding in Sensei Garmadon's monastery. Meanwhile, the Ninja visit the monastery, where Sensei Garmadon teaches them the art of the silent fist. P.I.X.A.L attempts to steal the Techno Blades, but Zane uses his Techno Blade to hack her, freeing her from the virus. She tells the Ninja that the Techno Blades have the ability to wipe away the Overlord for good. However, she also informed them that Nindroids will attack. After escaping the Nindroids the Ninja decide it's wiser to split up. Lloyd and his father escape from the Ninja, while the Ninja hide in a circus car. The Nindroids search the car, but the Ninja hid in a magic trick box. They planned to go the power substation to turn off all the power in Ninjago. They succeed doing so. However, P.I.X.A.L. gets powered down, too.
Blackout: A while later, a "stranger" steals the hard-drive containing Digital Overlord. Using Electro-Cobrai to reawaken him, they team up and plan to use their power against the Ninja. He also turns Sensei Wu into Tech Wu, an evil cyborg. While the Ninja stay in Ed & Edna's junkyard, Zane uses half of his power-source to revive P.I.X.A.L. It is also revealed that Nya has a crush on Cole, which leads up to a huge argument between Cole and Jay. Then, Tech Wu arrives and uses Electro-Cobrai to repower the Nindroids. However, Zane loses his Spinjitzu ability due to losing half of his heart. He can only use it when he joins with P.I.X.A.L. After defeating the Nindroids, Tech Wu retreates with the Stranger. The Ninja find a white scale, believing the Stranger is a Serpentine. Meanwhile, Lloyd and Sensei Garmadon pass through the mountains. Garmadon teaches Lloyd the importance of balance as well as how to move mountain.
The Curse of the Golden Master: The return to New Ninjago City on a solar-powered hovercopter, only to find out the city is dead. However, a gang of salvages yelled at the Ninja, that all outsiders must answer to the Postman. The Postman yelled, "Return to sender!" As the Ninja were confused, Cyrus Borg came and explained that the citizens of the city were bored and started using their imagination. He also told them that his hard-drive had been stolen. The Ninja decided to visit the Serpentine to check for the Stranger. Meanwhile, Cyrus Borg used P.I.X.A.L.'s power to repower his computers. When the Ninja made it to the tomb, they saw Skales and searched his bag; only to find he had groceries and the latest edition of Ninjago Times. It was also shown he had a wife, Selma, and son, Skales Junior. Skales told the Ninja that the Serpentine had changed their ways, and are more concerned about the next generation. There, they learn about the Curse of the Golden Master, a prophecy stating that when one will have equal powers to the First Spinjitzu Master, he will terrorize Ninjago and will not stop until every man, woman, and serpent are inslaved under his rule.
Meanwhile, Garmadon and Lloyd travel to Hiroshy's Laborynth, but are attacked by the Nindroids. Garmadon and Tech Wu battle, but Garmadon loses. While Lloyd escapes on his motorcycle, he gets captured by the Stranger, who is revealed as Pythor having survived being eaten by the Great Devourer but his skin got bleached white. Lloyd is then taken prison in the MechDragon and Garmadon is thrown in the ocean.
Enter the Digiverse: The Ninja meet Cyrus Borg and enter the Digiverse, where they can reboot the system and destroy the Overlord. The Ninja do so, and New Ninjago City is saved. Wu also turns good again and Lloyd escapes to a village. However, the Overlord had completed part of his body in the process, allowing him to exist in a 90% complete body.
Codename: Arcturus: With the Overlord defeated and Ninjago saved, the Ninja learn that Pythor and the Nindroids are planning on "Project: Arcturus". Lloyd gives up his Golden Power in the Temple of Light, as the Golden Power too big of a responsibility for him to handle, and gives the Ninja their Elemental Powers back. Kai is to spy on Pythor and General Cryptor to find out what the project is. However, Kai gets excited after getting the Prototype X-1, and attacks them. He learns that the Overlord is still alive but gets captured. Meanwhile, Zane and Sensei Garmadon assume that the Overlord wants to obtain the Golden Weapons in space, so he can become the Golden Master. The Ninja go to Ouroborus, where the Ninja discover Arcturus is a rocket built by the OverBorg, Cyrus Borg turned evil again, and blast off into space.
The Void: The Ninja blast off to space with the Nindroids. The Nindroids land on a comet and find the Golden Weapons, now combined into a golden ball. The Ninja chase them and steal General Cryptor's key to Arcturus. However, the Ninja realize that the shuttle has now been eaten by metal-eating flies and are stranded on the comet as General Cryptor and the Nindroids blast away with the weapons. Meanwhile, Pythor, the OverBorg, and the Overlord arrive at Borg Industries, which they take over. However, Garmadon, Wu, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L. escape to Garmadon's monastery.
The Titanium Ninja: The Ninja build a rocket out of the remains of Arcturus and return to Ninjago. There, they see that the Overlord has become the Golden Master and is terrorizing New Ninjago City. He has also constructed a Golden Armor from the Golden Weapons, making anyone who touches him die. The Ninja escape to the Temple of Fortitude, where they use a force-field to block the Overlord and meet the others. Cyrus Borg tells the Ninja he has a weapon that can defeat the Overlord, a shrinking pill. The Ninja wear armored robes to protect themselves from the Golden Master and have the Senseis close enough to throw it in the Overlord's mouth. They do so, but Pythor gets in the way and it gets in his mouth, turning the Anacondrai general into a small helpless being. The Overlord then captures the Ninja with his Golden Powers, but Zane sacrifices himself to the Golden Master, saving the Ninja. He uses his ice powers to destroy the Golden Master once and for all, but dies in the process. There, the Ninja have a funeral for Zane where Cyrus Borg learns humanity is more important than technology and dubs Zane "The Titanium Ninja". Meanwhile, P.I.X.A.L. is in Borg Industries, depressed. However, the computers start to show Zane's moments with P.I.X.A.L. on the screens. P.I.X.A.L. rushes into the factory line, where Zane says, "Are we compatible now?"
Return of the Anacondrai Wars
The fourth season of Ninjago centers on a less technological plot about the Ninja trying to win Zane back in Master Chen's Tournament of Elements, as well as battling his group of Anacondrai following warriors. New Ninjago City also appears to be more technologically balanced, having both modern and futuristic architecture, and removing hovering objects such as hover-cars, hover-bridges, and hover-signs.
The Invitation: The Ninja team is fractured after the loss of Zane. However, the Ninja soon get the message that Zane is still alive have to compete in Master Chen's Tournament of Elements if they want to see him again. The Ninja are supposed to keep the tournament secret, but Sensei Garmadon talks to Lloyd and he asks Garmadon if other people have elemental powers like the ninja. While boarding on Chen's ship, they see the other contestants are descendants of the Elemental Masters, guardians of the First Spinjitzu Master, and learn they are not the only ones with elemental power. The Elemental Masters include Skylor, Master of Amber; Karloff, Master of Metal; Griffin Turner, Master of Speed; Invizable, Master of Light; Toxikita, Master of Poison; Ash, Master of Smoke; Bolobo, Master of Nature; Gravis, Master of Gravity; Jacob, Master of Sound; Camille, Master of Form; Shadow, the Master of Shadow; and Neuro, Master of the Mind. Soon, Kai starts to have feelings for Skylor as well as rivalry with Karlof.
Only One Can Remain: The Ninja arrive to Master Chen's island where Garmadon tells them Chen was once his sensei who taught him evil things. He also claims he was a traitor during the Serpentine wars who joined the snakes. After losing, he was to remain on the island forever. They go to Master Chen's monastery, where he tells the contestants they are in a competition where "only one can remain". For the first round, they have to obtain Jade Blades(which allow you to stay in the tournament). There is enough for everyone but one person. The Ninja and the contestants all obtain Jade Blades, except for Karlof, who is then out. The Ninja plan to find Zane, so they take a secret passageway under Kai's room. Kai and the Ninja spy into Skylor's room, and see she can use the power of fire. They also visit Master Chen disguised as cultists. They realize that Master Chen did not host the tournament for fun, but to drain all the powers of the elemental fighters, as he had drained Zane's and Karlof's. The Ninja's chocolate tattoos then melt, but they escape. However, Clouse, Chen's second in command has his pet snake chase the intruders and discover their identity.
Versus: Zane has lost his memory, but regains it after meeting P.I.X.A.L. in the other room. He discovers P.I.X.A.L. has been scraped but he puts her hard-drive inside himself, becoming compatible with her. However, he gets captured again. Meanwhile, Gravis has to fight Griffin, Bolobo has to fight Neuro, and Kai has to fight Ash. The winners Griffin, Neuro, and Kai advance in the tournament. Clouse decides to get revenge on the Ninja for intruding Chen's room and has Jay and Cole fight each other. The Ninja try to get help from Neuro, but he fails to break into Chen's room. Cole and Jay eventually have to fight each other. However, Cole gives up the Jade Blade to Jay and gets out of the tournament.
Ninja Roll: Kai learns Skylor has the power of adaption. Also, Elemental Masters must compete in a roller skating competition. There will be the teams: Lloyd's team with the Ninja and the Master of Disguise with the other Masters. After many laps, the Master of Disguise crosses the finish line first. However, she was missing her Jade Blade, leaving Lloyd as the victor. Meanwhile, Cole, Karlof, and the other masters are forced to work for Master Chen's noodle factory. However, Cole sees Zane's prison, promising to release him. Nya also uses her new car to locate the Ninja on Chen's island. Also, the Master of Sound is re-captured after trying to escape the noodle factory.
A Spy for a Spy: The Ninja form an alliance with the Elemental Masters and convince them about Chen's plan. Meanwhile, Nya goes to Chen's palace, disguised as a Kabuki, and steals Clouse's spell that turns Chen's followers into Anacondrai. Cole and Zane also manage to break out of Master Chen's Noodle Factory.
Spellbound: After Nya stole Clouse's spell, Chen commands that whoever finds Nya wins the tournament. Lloyd also learns how to use a green version of the Golden Dragon with his power. Meanwhile, Lloyd and Garmadon stumble upon the place where a great battle between the Elemental Masters and the Anacondrai took place. Garmadon tells Lloyd the story of how Master Chen and the Anacondrai conquered Ninjago, until the sacred flute was invented and was used to defeat the snakes. The Anacondrai were then zapped into a portal, never returning to Ninjago. Meanwhile, Chen captures all the Elemental Masters, Nya, and Dareth; except for Garmadon and Lloyd. Skylor is also revealed to be Chen's daughter.
The Forgotten Element: Master Chen drains out all the Master's powers but Lloyd. He has Kai betray Lloyd and trick him into battling Chen. Chen uses the Elemental Powers and wins, obtaining Lloyd's element. However, Kai and Skylor take Chen's staff and destroy it, releasing the powers back to the Elemental Masters, who have escaped from the Noodle Factory.
The Day of the Dragon: Although all the Masters have escaped, Clouse discovers that Skylor's adaption ability can still be used to gain all the Elemental Powers. While Skylor and Kai attempted to escape from Chen, but were captured by Kapau and Chope. Clouse tries to banish Garmadon in the forgotten realm, but Garmadon escapes and Clouse gets himself stuck inside the portal. Zane, Kai, Jay, Cole, Karlof, Griffin, Shadow, Toxikita, Invizable, Gravis, Cleo, Neuro, Bolobo, Jacob all learn to that they have a stronger power in them a dragon power and all the Elemental masters follow Chen and his army to Ninjago city.
The Greatest Fear of All: Master Chen uses the spell, turning his men, himself, Skylor, and Garmadon into Anacondrai, the strongest warriors ever to do battle. With the Anacondrai on the loose, the Ninja visit Ninjago's worst jail. There they meet the shrunken Pythor and ask for his assistance. Coincidentally, Master Chen has learned the spell has temporary effects and only an essence of a true Anacondrai can make it permanent; capturing Pythor.
The Corridor of Elders: The ninja and fighters discover there's a strategic location called the Corridor of Elders where they can make their last stand against Chen's Anacondrai army...but even with the new Destiny Bounty, their forces still aren't strong enough. Fortunately, Pythor escapes Chen's clutches and discovers there is one spell in the Book of Magic that could stop the war, but at a serious cost. Garmadon has to banish himself to the forgotten realm in order to release the spirits of the real Anacondrai Generals. The spirits then banishes Chen and his army to the curse realm and the war is stopped. Skylor, who's no longer an Anacondri, decided to run her fathers noodle business. The episode ends with the ninja burning the spellbook and saying words about Garmadon and the introduction of a new enemy, Morro.
In 2011 and 2012, Ninjago featured a two player spinner game, where you spin give your character a spinner, and a one of its three weapons. You spin your characters at each other while saying "NINJAGO!". The first character to fall be knocked of its spinner and/or lose its weapon loses. If you lose, you have to give up your weapon to your opponent. Cards, spinners, and golden weapons give you advantages. The first to obtain all of his/her opponents weapons wins.
In 2015, a new line of battle games will be introduced. There will be six sets total for the first wave. These include Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Morro, and Wrayth. The sets include many weapons, a character, a ripcord, a buildable handle, and a flying disc to put the character into. There is no other information released at this time.
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. In summer 2014, the game Lego Ninjago: Nindroids was released for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The Ninjago game LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin was released in March 2015. The 2015 video game Lego Dimensions includes Ninjago characters.
Ninjago also features comic books written by Greg Farshtey. Jolyon Yates illustrates the books last 8 books of the series. There are currently a total of 11 comic books.
Ninjago Readers are short novels of Ninjago that mainly follow the plot of the TV series.
Ninjago Activity Books are books that feature activities, comics, and stories as well as a minifigure.
Ninjago Brickmaster books feature a story as well as bricks to build different adventures for the Ninja.
Lego 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. The third season aired as four one-hour specials, aired at selected times throughout 2014. The fourth season is set to begin in February 2015, as written in the January–February 2015 issue of LEGO Club.[dated info]
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. The spin-off movie will be released on September 22, 2017. The film may also have a sequel in 2018.
|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|
|9572||NRG Cole||2012||NRG Cole||19 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, Min-Droid||253 pieces|
|70745||Anacondrai Crusher||March 2015||Kai, Krait||219 pieces|
|70746||Condrai Copter Attack||March 2015||Master Chen, Eyezor, Skylor||311 pieces|
|70747||Boulder Blaster||March 2015||Cole, Zugu, Sleven||236 pieces|
|70748||Titanium Dragon||March 2015||Clouse, Chop'rai, Titanium Zane||360 pieces|
|70749||Enter the Serpent||March 2015||Lloyd, Jay, Kapau'rai, Zugu, Master Chen||529 pieces|
|70750||Ninja DB X||March 2015||Kai, Nya, Sensei Garmadon, Pythor, Kapau, Chop'rai||756 pieces|
|70752||Jungle Trap||March 2015||Kai, Krait||58 pieces|
|70753||Lava Falls||March 2015||Cole, Sleven||94 pieces|
|70754||ElectroMech||March 2015||Jay, Chope||201 pieces|
|70755||Jungle Raider||March 2015||Lloyd, Kapau||188 pieces|
|70756||Dojo Showdown||March 2015||Kai, Sleven, Karlof, Griffin Turner||215 pieces|
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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