Lego Ninjago

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Lego Ninjago
Lego Ninjago logo.svg
Subject Ninja, Dragons, Elements
Availability 2011–present
Total sets over 100 sets (including promotional sets)
Characters Lloyd, Jay, Cole, Kai, Zane, Sensei Wu, Nya
Official website

Lego Ninjago is a line of sets produced by Lego and a TV show. It uses elements from the previous Ninja series, but with many changes, including a brand new plot, characters, and a TV show. Also, the inclusion of advanced vehicles and technology is notable, as it implies a more modern setting than the feudal Japan setting of the previous incarnation.[citation needed]

Dragons have always been a significant part of Ninjago. An Elemental Dragon was introduced for all four original Ninja (Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane). Later, the dragons migrated to the Spirit Coves and combined into one four-headed Ultra Dragon. This dragon was soon used by the Green Ninja, Lloyd Garmadon. Ninjago later introduced into the sets the Golden Dragon, an ancient fighting animal given to Lloyd passed down by the First Spinjitzu Master after he found his true potential; the MechDragon, a cybernetic creature built by the Digital Overlord to capture the Golden Ninja, Lloyd; the Titanium Dragon, an elemental dragon belonging to the Titanium Ninja, Zane; the Morro Dragon, a dragon belonging to Morro, Masher of Wind; and Jay's Elemental Dragon, a model of the dragon belonging to Jay, ninja of Lightning. Every Dragon's head (except for the MechDragon, the Titanium Dragon, the Master Wu Dragon and the Morro Dragon) launches a sphere shaped projectile. (All of the dragons listed in the paragraph above have corresponding Lego sets).[citation needed]

Ninjago was introduced in late 2010/early 2011 with a wave of Lego sets and two pilot episodes (later split into four). The plot of the pilot episodes centered on four ninjas: Kai, Master of Fire; Jay, Master of Lightning; Cole, Master of Earth; and Zane, Master of Ice. They are brought together by Sensei Wu to form a team, in an attempt to stop the evil Lord Garmadon from collecting all four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.

After the pilot episodes' success, a TV series was ordered in 2012 starting with the first season titled "Rise of the Snakes", introducing a prophecy foreseeing that a ninja would rise, more powerful than the others: the Green Ninja. The Green Ninja was destined to defeat the Dark Lord. Lloyd Garmadon, Lord Garmadon's son was the green ninja. The new series also introduced another wave of sets and a more modern twist; featuring cities, mechs, and vehicles. Season 2: "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" was released and more sets were made featuring the final battle between Lloyd and the Overlord. Although season 2 was intended to be the final season and the end of the product line, it continued in 2014 with a third season titled "Rebooted" as well as new sets featuring a futuristic plot with advanced technology and centering on the Ninjas' battle with the Digital Overlord and his robotic Nindroid Army. Season 4: "Tournament of Elements" aired in early 2015 and featured Master Chen who invited the ninja and all the other "Elemental Masters" to compete in his "Tournament of Elements". Later, a new season titled "Possession" was released, focusing on an escaped spirit from the Cursed Realm, Morro. Morro took over Lloyd's body, and, with his army of ghosts, tried to curse all the realms and unlock the Preeminent using the Realm Crystal, hidden away with the body of the First Spinjitzu Master. It also featured Nya becoming the master of Water. Then, a season called "Skybound" was released, featuring a Djinn called Nadakhan who escaped from the Teapot of Tyran and tried to restore his realm of Djinnjago using Ninjago. He trapped all the ninjas except Jay in blades, leaving Jay to rescue them and save the world.[citation needed]

In 2015, Ninjago was announced to have a movie the following year. However, the movie was delayed until September 23, 2017, which is the current release date.[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 skeleton general Samukai. After the First Spinjitzu Master died, his son Garmadon was corrupted by the venom of the Great Devourer and 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, Kai's father (Former Elemental Master of Fire), to hide. However, peace didn't last for long, as Lord Garmadon defeated Samukai, the former general, and took control over the Skulkin Army. Wu brings together four young ninja, Kai, Master of Fire, Jay, Master of Lightning, Cole, Master of Earth, and Zane, Master of Ice to combat the evil Lord Garmadon and his skeleton army and prevent the Four Golden Weapons from falling into evil hands.

For more on other seasons, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Ninjago%3A_Masters_of_Spinjitzu

Adaptations[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 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 that have been released. 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 "Flyers" are used to launch in the air, advertised to do tricks. The Airjitzu ninjas all have their Japanese Symbol at the front and their "face" logo on the back. Morro has his Japanese symbol at the back and Wrayth has none. However, an Airjitzu battle arena has been released including flyers and minifigures for Airjitzu Lloyd and Airjitzu Nya.

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 Publishing. 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 graphic novels written by Greg Farshtey. Jolyon Yates illustrates the last 8 books of the series. There are currently a total of 12 graphic novels.

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 videos, 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. In 2016, the sixth season aired, as well as a 44-minute special called Day of the Departed.

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] The film will star Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Dave Franco as Lloyd, Vincent Tong as Kai, Abbi Jacobson as Nya, Kumail Nanjiani as Jay, Zach Woods as Zane and Fred Armisen as Cole.[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
2257 Spinjitzu Starter Set 2011 Jay, Frakjaw 57 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
2507 Fire Temple 2011 Zane, Kai DX, Nya, Sensei Wu, Lord Garmadon, Samukai, Cruncha 1180 pieces
2508 Blacksmith Shop 2011 Kai, Kruncha 189 pieces
2509 Earth Dragon Defense 2011 Cole DX, Wyplash 227 pieces
2516 Ninja Training Outpost 2011 Cole 45 pieces
2518 Nuckal's ATV 2011 Kai DX, Nuckal 174 pieces
2519 Skeleton Bowling 2011 Jay DX, Skeleton Dummies 371 pieces
2520 Ninjago Battle Arena 2011 Cole DX, Bonezai 463 pieces
2521 Lightning Dragon Battle 2011 Jay DX, Sensei Wu, Cruncha, Frakjaw 645 pieces
9440 Venomari Shrine 2012 Zane ZX 86 pieces
9441 Kai's Blade Cycle 2012 Kai ZX, Rattla 188 pieces
9442 Jay's Storm Fighter 2012 Jay ZX, Snappa 242 pieces
9443 Rattlecopter 2012 Kai ZX, Lloyd Garmadon, Fang Seui 327 pieces
9444 Cole's Tread Assault 2012 Cole ZX, Skales 286 pieces
9445 Fangpyre Truck Ambush 2012 Jay ZX, Zane ZX, Fangtom, Fangdam 452 pieces
9446 Destiny's Bounty 2012 Kendo Jay, Kendo Zane, Sensei Wu, Lord Garmadon, Skales, Slitheraa 684 pieces
9447 Lasha's Bite Cycle 2012 Lasha, Cole ZX 249 pieces
9448 Samurai Mech 2012 Samurai X, Snike, Bytar 452 pieces
9449 Ultra Sonic Raider 2012 Jay ZX, Zane ZX, Cole ZX, Kai ZX, Pythor, Spitta 622 pieces
9450 Epic Dragon Battle 2012 Sensei Wu, Jay ZX, Lloyd ZX, Lord Garmadon, Acidicus, SKalidor 915 pieces
9455 Fangpyre Mech 2012 Kendo Cole, Fang Suei 255 pieces
9456 Spinner Battle Arena 2012 Kendo Kai, Rattla 418 pieces
9457 Fangpyre Wrecking Ball 2012 Kendo Cole, Lloyd Garmadon, Fangdam 415 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 2012 Kimono Kai, Stone Scout 102 pieces
70501 Warrior Bike 2012 Kimono Jay, Stone Warrior 210 pieces
70502 Cole's Earth Driller 2012 Kimono Cole, Stone Swordsman 171 pieces
70503 The Golden Dragon 2012 The Golden Ninja (with armor), Stone Warrior, Stone Scout 252 pieces
70504 Garmatron 2012 General Kozu, Stone Swordsman, Kimono Zane 328 pieces
70505 Temple of Light 2012 The Golden Ninja (with armor), Sensei Wu, Overlord (in Garmadon's body), Stone Swordsman, Stone Scout 565 pieces
70720 Hover Hunter December 2, 2013 Cole and Nindroid Drone 79 pieces
70721 Kai Fighter December 2, 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, 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 Nindroid Warriors 426 pieces
70728 Battle for Ninjago City 2014 Zane, Jay, Lloyd, Nya, Overlord (Golden Master), 2 Nindroid Warriors, Nindroid Drone 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 (bleached), 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 2015 Zane, Wrayth, Pyrrhus 298 pieces
70731 Jay Walker One 2015 Jay, Bansha, Wail, Ghurka 386 pieces
70732 City of Stiix 2015 Kai, Jay, Nya, Morro (Lloyd's body), Ghoultar, Wrayth, Ming, Cyrus 1069 pieces
70733 Blaster Bike 2015 Cole, Cowler 212 pieces
70734 Master Wu Dragon 2015 Sensei Wu, Cole, Soul Archer, Pitch, Hackler 575 pieces
70735 Ronin R.E.X 2015 Kai, Ronin, Ghoultar, Attila 547 pieces
70736 Attack of the Morro Dragon 2015 Kai, Jay, Morro (Lloyd's body), Wrayth, Cowler, Yokai 658 pieces
70737 Titan Mech Battle 2015 Zane, Jay, Nya, Ghoultar, Bansha 754 pieces
70738 Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty 2015 Sensei Wu, Lloyd, Cole, Nya, Morro, Bansha, Ghoultar, Soul Archer, 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
70588 Titanium Ninja Tumbler August, 2016 Zane, 2 Nindroids 342 pieces
70589 Rock Roader August, 2016 Cole RX, Lil' Nelson with a hood, a stone swordsman and a stone scout 406 pieces
70590 Airjitzu Battle Grounds August, 2016 Airjitzu Lloyd, Airjitzu Nya, Master Yang, Martin and Chris 666 pieces
70591 Kryptarium Prison Breakout August, 2016 Zane, Kai, captain Soto, giant stone warrior and prison guard 207 pieces
70592 Salvage M.E.C. August, 2016 Ronin, Nya, Krazi and Frakjaw 439 pieces
70593 The Green NRG Dragon August, 2016 Lloyd, ghost Cole, Bucko, Cyren and battle Doubloon 567 pieces
70594 The Lighthouse Siege August, 2016 Jay, Nya, Echo Zane, Nadakhan, battle Clancee, battle Flintlocke, Sqiffy, plus a Tai-D robot 767 pieces
70595 Ultra Stealth Raider August, 2016 Cole, Zane, Jay, Kai, Master Chen and Eyezorai, Master Yang 1093 pieces
70596 Samurai X Cave Chaos August, 2016 Nya, Lloyd, Jay, Master Wu, Pythor, general Kozu, a stone army swordsman and general Cryptor 1253 pieces
70621 The Vermilion Attack January, 2017 Kai, Rivett and Slackjaw 83 pieces
70622 Desert Lightning January, 2017 Jay, Commander Blunck and Tannin 201 pieces
70623 Destiny's Shadow January, 2017 Lloyd, Cole, Vermin 360 pieces
70624 Vermillion Invader January, 2017 Zane, Commander Raggmunk and Slackjaw 313 pieces
70625 Samurai VXL January, 2017 Nya, General Machia, Rivett and Samurai X figure 428 pieces
70626 Dawn of Iron Doom January, 2017 Lloyd, Jay and Master Wu, Acronix, Krux, Commander Blunck 704 pieces
70627 Dragon's Forge January, 2017 Nya and Kai, Ray and Maya, Commander Raggmunk and Slackjaw 1137 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]

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  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". Archived from the original on August 27, 2014. 
  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. ^ TheBrickPal (June 24, 2016). "The LEGO Ninjago Movie cast revealed". Brickset. 
  9. ^ "Toy Of The Year Award Winners – TOTY 2012". TheHotToys. TheHotToys.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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