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|Subject||Ninja, Dragons, Elements|
|Total sets||over 100 sets (including promotional sets)|
|Characters||Lloyd, Jay, Cole, Kai, Zane, Sensei Wu, Nya|
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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, an animated television series based on the line, premiered on January 14, 2011, 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 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.
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 by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 22, 2017. 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.
|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|
|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||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|
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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