Lego Ninjago

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Lego Ninjago
Lego Ninjago logo.svg
Subject Ninja, Dragons
Availability 2011–Present
Total sets 106 (including promotional sets)
Characters Jay, Cole, Kai, Zane, Lloyd, Sensei Wu, Nya
Official website

Lego Ninjago is a current line of sets produced by Lego. It uses ninjas 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, Ghost Warriors and Sky Pirates. 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 always been 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's head (except for the MechDragon, Titanium Dragon, Master Wu Dragon and Morro Dragon) 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: Tournament of Elements aired in early 2015 was about the Ninja's battles with the Anacondrai Cultists on Master Chen's island and ended on April 3, 2015. Season 5: Possession where the Ninja battle the Cursed Ghosts from the Cursed Realm premiered in Summer 2015. Ninjago will have a movie in 2017 .[1]

Premise[edit]

Pilot (2011)[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, and the Shurikens of Ice. The four had so much power that no one could wield all four 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 died, his evil son Garmadon wanted to use the Golden Weapons to recreate Ninjago in his own evil image. However, younger brother Wu fought Garmadon, and Garmadon was banished to the 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.

Adaptions[edit]

LEGO Games[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.[2]

Spinners (Spinjitzu)[edit]

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.

Flyers (Airjitzu)[edit]

In 2015, a new line of battle games was introduced. There are 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. The Airjitzu ninjas all have their Japanese Symbol at the front and their "face" thing at the back. Morro has his Japanese symbol at the back and Wrayth has none.

Video Games[edit]

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] 3 iPad and iPhone apps have also been released.[4] 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.

Graphic Novels[edit]

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.

Readers[edit]

Ninjago Readers are short novels of Ninjago that mainly follow the plot of the TV series.

Activity Books[edit]

Ninjago Activity Books are books that feature activities, comics, and stories as well as a minifigure.

Brickmaster[edit]

Ninjago Brickmaster books feature a story as well as bricks to build different adventures for the Ninja.

TV series[edit]

Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, an animated television series based on the line, premiered on January 14, 2011 in the U.S.[5] 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 features 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. The third season aired as four one-hour specials, aired at selected times throughout 2014. The fourth and fifth seasons aired 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.[6] The spin-off movie will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 22, 2017.[7]

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, Min-Droid 253 pieces
70727 X1 Ninja Charger 2014 Kai, 2 Nindroids 426 pieces
70728 Battle for Ninjago City 2014 Zane, Jay, Lloyd, Nya, Overlord, 3 Nindroids 1223 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
70730 Chain Cycle Ambush August, 2015 Zane, Chain Master Wrayth and Ghost Warrior Pyrrhus 298 pieces
70731 Jay Walker One August, 2015 Jay, Blade Master Bansha, Ghost Warrior Ghurka and Ghost Warrior Wail 386 pieces
70732 City of Stiix August, 2015 Kai, Jay, Nya, Evil Green Ninja, Chain Master Wrayth, Scythe Master Ghoultar, Ghost Warrior Cyrus and Ghost Ninja Ming. 1069 pieces
70733 Blaster Bike August, 2015 Cole (Deepstone armor) and Ghost Warrior Cowler 212 pieces
70734 Master Wu Dragon August, 2015 Master Wu, Cole, Bow Master Soul Archer, Ghost warrior Pitch and Ghost Ninja Hackler + EXCLUSIVE WU DOG WITH CROSSBOW 575 pieces
70735 Ronin R.E.X. August, 2015 Kai, Ronin, Scythe Master Ghoultar and Ghost Ninja Attila figures and weapons 547 pieces
70736 Attack of the Morro Dragon August, 2015 Kai, Jay, Evil Green Ninja, Chain Master Wrayth, Ghost Warrior Cowler and Ghost Warrior 658 pieces
70737 Titan Mech Battle August, 2015 Zane, Jay, Nya Samurai X, Scythe Master Ghoultar and Blade Master Bansha figures 754 pieces
70738 Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty August, 2015 Lloyd, Nya, Cole, Battle Wu, Morro, Blade Master Bansha, Bow Master Soul Archer, Scythe Master Ghoultar and Ghost Ninja Spyder 1253 pieces
70739 Airjitzu Kai Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Kai 46 pieces
70740 Airjitzu Jay Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Jay 45 pieces
70741 Airjitzu Cole Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Cole 47 pieces
70742 Airjitzu Zane Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Zane 42 pieces
70743 Airjitzu Morro Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Morro 46 pieces
70744 Airjitzu Wrayth Flyer July, 2015 Airjitzu Wrayth 43 pieces
70751 Temple of Airjitzu September, 2015 Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, Nya, Wu, Misako, the Mailman, Dareth, Claire and Jesper 2028 pieces
70599 Cole's Dragon March, 2016 Cole, Bucko 98 pieces
70600 Ninja Bike Chase March, 2016 Kai, Nya, Sqiffy 231 pieces
70601 Sky Shark March, 2016 Lloyd, Flintlocke 221 pieces
70602 Jay's Elemental Dragon March, 2016 Jay, Cyren, plus Monkey Wretch 350 pieces
70603 Raid Zeppelin March, 2016 Zane, Doubloon, Clancee 294 pieces
70604 Tiger Widow Island March, 2016 Nya, Cole, Sensei Wu, Sqiffy, plus a Dogshank big figure 450 pieces
70605 Misfortune's Keep March, 2016 Jay, Lloyd, Kai, Bucko, Nadakhan and Flintlocke, plus Monkey Wretch 754 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,[8] which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/lego-batman-lego-movie-sequel-arriving-ahead-of-schedule-ninjago-delayed/
  2. ^ "3856-1: NinjaGo". Brickset. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Lego Coupons. "Lego Coupons". [dead link]
  5. ^ "Premiering exclusively on Cartoon Network - LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu". Lego.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (September 17, 2013). "'Tron: Uprising' Director to Helm 'Ninjago' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Deadline Team (April 20, 2014). "The Lego Batman Movie' Gets Release Date.". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Toy Of The Year Award Winners – TOTY 2012". TheHotToys. TheHotToys.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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