Lego Ninjago

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LEGO Ninjago
Lego Ninjago logo.svg
The logo used between 2011 and 2017
SubjectNinja, Dragons, Snakes, Classical element, Martial arts,
Licensed from2011
Availability2011–present
Total sets262 (including promotional sets)
CharactersLloyd, Cole, Jay, Zane, Kai, Nya, Master Wu, Lord Garmadon
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LEGO Ninjago is a Lego theme introduced in January 2011.[1] It is the first to be based on ninja since the discontinuation of the Ninja sub theme of the Castle line in 1999/2000.[2] Whilst it retains some elements of this previous theme, one of the main differences is a more detailed accompanying story, primarily underpinned the TV series that it's based on, Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

The theme enjoyed popularity and success in its first year, and a further two years were commissioned before a planned discontinuation in 2013.[3] However, after a brief hiatus, the line was revived after feedback from fans and has been in production ever since.[4]

Premise[edit]

The theme concerns the fictional land of Ninjago, a place inspired by East Asian myths and culture. While featuring ancient villages, and traditional clothing, Ninjago is set in modern times, incorporating large cities with skyscrapers, as well as vehicles, large mechanized suits and other futuristic technology.

The main focus of the line is the formation and consequent exploits and trials of a group of teenage ninjas, battling against the various forces of evil, including Lord Garmadon, Pythor, and the Sons of Garmadon.

Notable characters[edit]

  • Master (formerly Sensei) Wu — Elemental Master of Creation, creator of the Ninja team, younger brother of Garmadon, uncle of Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon and first son of the First Spinjitzu Master
  • Lord' (formerly Emperor and Sensei) Garmadon — Elemental Master of Destruction, father of Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon, older brother of Wu, second son of the First Spinjitzu Master and lover of Misako
  • Master Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon — Elemental Master of Energy (formerly Golden Power), son of Garmadon and Misako, nephew of Wu and grandson of the First Spinjitzu Master
  • Cole — Elemental Master of Earth son of Lou and Daughter of the Past Elemental Master of Earth grandson of Past Elemental Master of Earth
  • Jay Walker/Gordon — Elemental Master of Lightning, boyfriend of Nya and son of Cliff Gordon and Past Elemetnal Master of Lightning
  • Kai — Elemental Master of Fire, older brother of Nya and son of Ray and Maya
  • Zane — Elemental Master of Ice, and son of Dr. Julien and brother of Echo Zane
  • Nya — Elemental Master of Water, younger sister of Kai, girlfriend of Jay and daughter of Ray and Maya

Sets[edit]

Playsets[edit]

Over 250 sets have been released since 2011.[5] Each season has anywhere between six and 15 corresponding regular boxed sets, either released in one or two waves across a given year.

In 2012, the Fire Temple set (#2507) was awarded 'Activity Toy of the Year' title at the 12th Annual Toy of the Year Awards,[6] which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

Wave 1[edit]

Released in early 2011, this wave consists of ten playsets based on the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu pilot episodes, featuring the Ninja battling the Skullkin Skeleton Army over the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.

Reference Title Introduced
2258 Ninja Ambush Winter 2011
2259 Skull Motorbike Winter 2011
2260 Ice Dragon Attack Winter 2011
2263 Turbo Shredder Winter 2011
2504 Spinjitzu Dojo Winter 2011
2505 Garmadon's Dark Fortress Winter 2011
2516 Ninja Training Outpost Winter 2011
2518 Nuckal's ATV Winter 2011
2519 Skeleton Bowling Winter 2011
2520 Ninjago Battle Arena Winter 2011

Wave 2[edit]

Released in mid-2011, this wave consists of five playsets, continuing to adapt the pilot episodes of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu.

Reference Title Introduced
2506 Skull Truck Summer 2011
2507 Fire Temple Summer 2011
2508 Blacksmith Shop Summer 2011
2509 Earth Dragon Defense Summer 2011
2521 Lightning Dragon Battle Summer 2011

Wave 3[edit]

Released in early 2012 and consisting of ten playsets, this wave features sets from Season 1: Rise of the Snakes, featuring the Ninja fighting against the five Serpentine Tribes over the tribe generals' staffs which contain the anti-venom yo cancel the snakes' powers.

Reference Title Introduced
9440 Venomari Shrine Winter 2012
9441 Kai's Blade Cycle Winter 2012
9442 Jay's Storm Fighter Winter 2012
9443 Rattlecopter Winter 2012
9444 Cole's Tread Assault Winter 2012
9445 Fangpyre Truck Ambush Winter 2012
9446 Destiny's Bounty Winter 2012
9455 Fangpyre Mech Winter 2012
9456 Spinner Battle Arena Winter 2012
9457 Fangpyre Wrecking Ball Winter 2012

Wave 4[edit]

Released in mid-2012 and featuring only four sets, this wave continues to feature sets from Season 1, showcasing the Ninja's battle for the four Silver Fangblades, which together can revive the monstrous Great Devourer. However, these sets also feature majorly in the first half of Season 2: The Final Battle. This wave also introduces Lloyd as the legendary Green Ninja.

Reference Title Introduced
9447 Lasha's Bite Cycle Summer 2012
9448 Samurai Mech Summer 2012
9449 Ultra Sonic Raider Summer 2012
9450 Epic Dragon Battle Summer 2012

Wave 5[edit]

Released in early 2013, consisting of just six sets, this wave is based on the latter half of Season 2: The Final Battle, featuring the Ninja's battle against The Overlord and his Stone Army. The collectible items this wave are the four Elemental Blades. The wave features Lloyd as the Golden Ninja/Ultimate Spinjitzu Master.

Reference Title Introduced
70500 Kai's Fire Mech Winter 2013
70501 Warrior Bike Winter 2013
70502 Cole's Earth Driller Winter 2013
70503 The Golden Dragon Winter 2013
70504 Garmatron Winter 2013
70505 Temple of Light Winter 2013

Wave 6[edit]

Released in early 2014 and containing seven sets, this wave is based on Season 3: REBOOTED. It depicts the Overlords return in digital form, in control of an army of Nindroids, and the Ninja fighting him back with Techno Blades, weapons which hack technology. Compared to the Asian Mythology-based theme of past waves, this one takes on a high-tech theme with futuristic vehicles, weapons and enemies.

Reference Title Introduced
70720 Hover Hunter Winter 2014
70721 Kai Fighter Winter 2014
70722 OverBorg Attack Winter 2014
70723 Thunder Raider Winter 2014
70724 NinjaCopter Winter 2014
70725 Nindroid MechDragon Winter 2014
70726 Destructoid Winter 2014

Wave 7[edit]

Released in Summer of 2014, this is currently the smallest wave of the series, consistently of merely two playsets. It continues to be based on REBOOTED, thus continuing the futuristic theme.

Reference Title Introduced
70727 X-1 Ninja Charger Summer 2014
70728 Battle for Ninjago City Summer 2014

Wave 8[edit]

Returning to the series' Asian Mythological roots, early 2015 brought a massive wave of eleven sets based on Season 4: The Tournament of Elements. The wave introduces Master Chen and his cult of Anacondrai worshippers, along with new Elemental Masters aside from the Ninja. It also features the debut of Skylor as the Orange Ninja of Amber and the return of Zane, now the Titanium Ninja. This time, the collectible items are Jade Blades.

Reference Title Introduced
70745 Anacondrai Crusher Winter 2015
70746 Condrai Copter Attack Winter 2015
70747 Cole's Boulder Blaster Winter 2015
70748 Titanium Dragon Winter 2015
70749 Enter the Serpent Winter 2015
70750 Ninja DB X Winter 2015
70752 Jungle Trap Winter 2015
70753 Lava Falls Winter 2015
70754 Jay's ElectroMech Winter 2015
70755 Jungle Raider Winter 2015
70756 Dojo Showdown Winter 2015

Wave 9[edit]

Released in mid-2015 based on Season 5: Possession, the wave features ten sets, including the massive Direct-to-Consumer "Temple of Airjitzu". Here, using the ghost-slaying Aeroblades, the Ninja battle ghosts from the Cursed Realm, the ghost of former Master of Wind Morro in possession of Lloyd's body. The wave also has Nya giving up her mantle of Samurai-X to become the Water Ninja.

Reference Title Introduced
70730 Chain Cycle Ambush Summer 2015
70731 Jay Walker One Summer 2015
70732 City of Stiix Summer 2015
70733 Blaster Bike Summer 2015
70734 Master Wu Dragon Summer 2015
70735 Ronin R.E.X. Summer 2015
70736 Attack of the Morro Dragon Summer 2015
70737 Titan Mech Battle Summer 2015
70738 Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty Summer 2015
70751 Temple of Airjitzu Summer 2015

Wave 10[edit]

Released in early 2016, the wave features seven sets based on Season 6: Skybound. It depicts, the Ninja facing off against a crew of Sky Pirates commanded by the Dijon Nadakhan. The collectible items are Djin Blades, various depictions of a weapon known as the Sword of Souls which has entrapped various members of the Ninja team. The wave introduces Cole's ghost form after becoming such in Season 5.

Reference Title Introduced
70599 Cole's Dragon Winter 2016
70600 Ninja Bike Chase Winter 2016
70601 Sky Shark Winter 2016
70602 Jay's Elemental Dragon Winter 2016
70603 Raid Zeppelin Winter 2016
70604 Tiger Widow Island Winter 2016
70605 Misfortune's Keep Winter 2016

Wave 11[edit]

In honor of the 5th anniversary of Ninjago, mid-2016 saw the release of nine sets, six of which tie directly in to the "Day of the Departed" special, though appear prominently in Season 7: The Hands of Time, featuring the Ninja fighting deceased villains who attempt to take the heroes' places amongst the living using Departed Blades. Cole's RX form debuts here, depicting his return to the corporeal with a ghostly scar and a new ability known as the Earth Punch. The other three sets continue to be based on events from Season 6.

Reference Title Introduced
70588 Titanium Ninja Tumbler Summer 2016
70589 Rock Roader Summer 2016
70590 Airjitzu Battle Grounds Summer 2016
70591 Kryptarium Prison Breakout Summer 2016
70592 Salvage M.E.C. Summer 2016
70593 The Green NRG Dragon Summer 2016
70594 The Lighthouse Siege Summer 2016
70595 Ultra Stealth Raider Summer 2016
70596 Samurai X Cave Chaos Summer 2016

Wave 12[edit]

Reference Title Introduced
70621 The Vermillion Attack Winter 2017
70622 Desert Lightning Winter 2017
70623 Destiny's Shadow Winter 2017
70624 Vermillion Invader Winter 2017
70625 Samurai VXL Winter 2017
70626 Dawn of Iron Doom Winter 2017
70627 Dragon's Forge Winter 2017

Wave 12[edit]

Reference Title Introduced
70638 Katana V11 Winter 2018
70639 Street Race of Snake Jaguar Winter 2018
70640 S.O.G. Headquarters Winter 2018
70641 Ninja Nightcrawler Winter 2018
70642 Killow vs. Samurai X Winter 2018
70643 Temple of Resurrection Winter 2018

Wave 13[edit]

Reference Title Introduced
70650 Destiny's Wing Summer 2018
70651 Throne Room Showdown Summer 2018
70652 Stormbringer Summer 2018
70653 Firstbourne Summer 2018
70654 Dieselnaut Summer 2018
70655 The Dragon Pit Summer 2018
70658 Oni Titan Summer 2018

Wave 14 (Ninjago Legacy)[edit]

Reference Title Introduced
70665 Samurai Mech Winter 2019
70666 The Golden Dragon Winter 2019
70667 Kai's Blade Cycle & Zane's Snowmobile Winter 2019
70668 Jay's Storm Fighter Winter 2019
70669 Cole's Earth Driller Winter 2019
70670 Monastery of Spinjitzu Winter 2019
70679 The Ultra Dragon Winter 2019
70680 Monastery Training Winter 2019

Battle Games and other items[edit]

Various other sets have been released, including a board game from the Lego Games theme[7] along with a number of associated buildable battle game toys. These all involve placing a Lego Minifigure on either a spinning or flying disk. The first generation of these was released in 2011—12, and incorporated a two-player battle game, involving exchanges of weapons and cards. The second generation of came in 2015, and consisted of a ripcord mechanism in order to launch the spinner into the air. The most recent release was in 2019.

Spinjitzu Spinners[edit]

Airjitzu Flyers[edit]

Spinjitzu Masters[edit]

Dragon Masters[edit]

Spinjitzu Spinners (2019 variant)[edit]

Spinjitzu Slams

TV Series and Mini-Series[edit]

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, is a closely related animated TV series, produced by Wil Film ApS and The Lego Group. Since it first aired in 2011, ten regular seasons have been produced, along with one pilot season and one extended special.

Whilst the production of the Lego Theme and the TV series are coupled, some small differences exist, most notably concerning characters. A number of TV show characters have not been released in physical toy form.

Wu’s Teas (no-canon)

Ninjago: Decoded

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Movie[edit]

The Hageman brothers, Dan and Kevin Hageman, who wrote Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and co-wrote the story of The Lego Movie, penned the film adaptation, which features a new take that diverges from the TV series. Charlie Bean, who produced Disney's Tron: Uprising, directed the film, produced by The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and both Phil Lord and Chris Miller.[8] The spin-off movie was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 22, 2017.[9] The film stars Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Dave Franco as Lloyd, Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon, Michael Peña as Kai, Abbi Jacobson as Nya, Kumail Nanjiani as Jay, Zach Woods as Zane and Fred Armisen as Cole.[10]

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

A number of video game adaptations exist, which have all been published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The first was Lego Battles: Ninjago. It was released on 12 April 2011, on the Nintendo DS console. It acts as a sequel to the 2009 game Lego Battles and was developed by Hellbent Games. This was followed by Lego Ninjago: Nindroids, an action-adventure game for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita,[11] which was released on 29 July 2014.[12] It was also developed by Hellbent Games. More recently, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin was released in March 2015 and The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game on 22 September 2017.

In addition to these, a Ninjago-themed world was added to the now shut-down massively multiplayer online game Lego Universe.[13] Several Ninjago characters also appear in the 2015 video game, Lego Dimensions. Various mobile games have been released.

Books[edit]

Various accompanying books have been produced. A total of 12 graphic novels have been published, following the canon of the TV series. They are written by Greg Farshtey, with the majority being illustrated by Jolyon Yates. Ninjago Readers are short publications that also follow this canon.

A Ninjago Brickmaster book was released in 2011 (and re-released in 2014). Such books include instructions for a variety of different models, as well as the parts for these and minifigures. Similarly, Ninjago Activity Books feature activities, comics, and stories and include a minifigure.

Magazine[edit]

Since the beginning of 2015, a 36-page magazine has been released in the UK and the Netherlands every month. It contains a comic strip as well as various facts, puzzles, posters, competitions and other activities. Also included is a free Lego gift, often a minifigure.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ninjago". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Castle - Ninja". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ "LEGO Ninjago Discontinued in 2013 - BrickUltra "Home to LEGO News & More!". 13 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ "LEGO Ninjago will Return in 2014 - BrickUltra "Home to LEGO News & More!". 17 December 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Ninjago". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Toy Of The Year Award Winners – TOTY 2012". TheHotToys. TheHotToys.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  7. ^ "3856-1: Ninjago: The Board Game". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (September 17, 2013). "'Tron: Uprising' Director to Helm 'Ninjago' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  9. ^ The Deadline Team (April 20, 2014). "The Lego Batman Movie' Gets Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  10. ^ TheBrickPal (June 24, 2016). "The Lego Ninjago Movie cast revealed". Brickset.
  11. ^ Seibert, Dustin J. (25 March 2014). "LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids Announced". IGN. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  12. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (24 March 2014). "LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids Confirmed for a 3DS Arrival This Summer". NintendoLife.com. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  13. ^ Fletcher, J.C. "Lego Battles to go ninja, go Ninjago this spring". Joystiq. Archived from the original on 11 Jan 2011. Retrieved 12 Jan 2011.
  14. ^ "LEGO® Ninjago magazine". LEGO. Archived from the original on 18 Jul 2018. Retrieved 18 Jul 2018.

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