An Introduction to Lego Ninjago
What is Lego Ninjago? This is a line of sets produced by Lego, featuring elements from the various Ninja series. These sets were created by Mika Yamato, and each one is slightly different.
The theme of this Lego series is based on Ninjago, the world which is home to both old villages and modern cities. It was built by the First Master of Spinjitzu, and he used the Four Golden Weapons to build it. These weapons are the Shuriken of Ice, the Scythe of Quakes, the Nunchucks of Lightning and the Sword of Fire.
Main Ninjago Characters
The main characters include Kai, who is the Red Ninja and Master of Fire, Jay, who is the Blue Ninja and Master of Lightning, Zane, who is the White Ninja and Master of Ice, and Cole, who is the Black Ninja, and Master of Lightning.
If you are collecting the whole set of Ninjago, Cole is important because he is the team leader. The Ninjago Green Ninja is also very much in demand and an essential part of the Lego Ninjago 2014 series.
Ninjago Spinner Game
As well as these you can get a Ninjago Spinner Game which focuses on Spinjitzu, a martial art. To play, 2 players have mini-figures with their weapons on studs and spin them towards one another.
One of the characters will get knocked over. You can use battle cards to get an advantage, and some cards tell you to add various Lego elements to your spinner.
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LEGO Ninjago Lloyd ZX 9574
This Ninjago Green Ninja is Lloyd in his grown up form. He comes with his green and gold Spinner as well as 5 Ninjago game cards, staff, a green-bladed golden weapon and a sword. This model has regular Lego legs, not the short mini-figure style legs. If you want to get the Ninjago Green Ninja, then this package is a good buy. It costs less than the Epic Dragon Battle set so if you only want the Lloyd Ninja figure this would be the best choice. It is not true that you have to buy a larger set to get Ninjago Lloyd. Any Lego Ninjago fan would be delighted to add Ninjago Lloyd to their collection, so perhaps you have somebody in mind who would enjoy this for Christmas or as a birthday gift. This is a high-quality set.
The Lego Ninjago Plot
The plot of Ninjago makes an interesting read, and if your child has not already explained it all to you, why not find out a few facts right now and impress him later with your Ninjago knowledge?
Although nobody was able to hold all the Four Great Weapons at the same time because of their huge power, the First Master’s son wanted all the weapons for himself, after being bitten by the Great Devourer which made him think evil thoughts.
His younger brother Wu fought him, and his elder brother Garmadon got banished to the Underworld. After many years of peace, Garmadon sent Underworld Skeletons to steal all the Weapons He trained 4 teenagers as Ninjas.
2016 and 2017 Lego Ninjago
Perhaps you are wondering about the top selling Lego Ninjago sets and figures for 2012. This series features the Serpentine who are an ancient race of Snake People in 5 different tribes. The Ninja had to capture their staffs and fight the Serpentine.
Something else in the 2016 story is the Ninjago Green Ninja who had to defeat Garmadon and Ninja. There is a mysterious Samurai who works to discover the Golden Weapons’ secrets.
The 2011 Lego Ninjago sets focused on the 4 Weapons being protected from the Skeletons, and a lot of sets contained a Skeleton vehicle or dragon. The 2017 sets feature a Ninja vehicle and perhaps also a Serpentine building, as well as the Spinjitzu vehicles, so whether or not you have the 2011 series, it is worth getting the 2012 series because it is very different.
LEGO Ninjago Cole’s Tread Assault 9444
This set comes with a high-tech vehicle which is piloted by Ninja Cole. You also get a snake-like enemy figure and some relics and weapons. It will take an hour or so to assemble, and it looks great once you have assembled it. The vehicle has some good features including rubberized tires, extendable fins, the ability to transform, and a working rocket launcher. To transform the vehicle, flip it upside down. It runs both ways. There are 286 pieces in the box, and Ninjago Cole is one of the 4 Ninjas you will want to add to your 2012 Lego Ninjago collection. The fact there are so many pieces is attractive to some buyers but not to others. If your child likes to create something from scratch, then this is going to be a very popular gift. If your child is easily bored, then you might find yourself helping out.
LEGO Ninjago 9450 Epic Dragon Battle
This is one of the best Ninjago sets on the market. It comes with all 4 Spinjitzu weapons as well as 7 other weapons such as the Hypnobrai fang blade with the blue anti-venom capsule. As well as those you get the Great Devourer and snake prison which has an opening gate and a snake venom trap that a mini-figure fits into. The Great Devourer has an opening mouth which you can fit a mini-figure into and a flexible body. The Ultra Dragon is more than 20 inches long by 14 inches wide. Lego Ninjago is built around a whole story, which is great because it will tap into your child’s imagination and encourage them to think up new storylines for Ninjago Cole and all their favorite characters.
LEGO Ninjago Jay’s Storm Fighter 9442
A lot of kids are crazy about the Ninjago series which you can see on the Cartoon Network on Friday evenings, so it is no wonder the Ninjago Lego sets are selling so well. This set comes with2 mini-figures – Snappy and Jay ZX. You also get Jay’s Storm Fighter which is more than 13 inches wide and 12 inches long. There is also a golden Fangpyre staff, 2 torches, and a snack staff shrine. The models are sturdy and well-made, and it is good value because there are so many pieces you have to put together and the quality is high. Anyone who is interested in Ninjago is sure to love this set because there is plenty to do and you can use it in conjunction with another Lego Ninjago set or by itself.
How Lego Captured Our Imaginations
Everyone knows about Lego, but do you know how these little plastic bricks were first introduced to the world? Things began in 1932 in a little shop in Billund, Denmark, which made ironing boards, stepladders, and wooden toys. The company changed its name to Lego a couple of years later, and the name comes from ‘leg godt’ which is Danish for ‘play well.’ The company grew a lot over the next few years, having 50 employees by 1948. They also made clothes hangers, babies’ plastic balls, a toy duck and wooden blocks.
They purchased a plastic injection-molding machine in 1947, to mass-produce plastic toys, and this was the step which would set the little Lego shop on its way to global fame. This machine was making about 200 different toys by 1949 including plastic sailors, plastic fish and ‘automated binding bricks’ which were the precursor to modern Lego bricks and were renamed Lego bricks in 1953. Their initial design was slightly different to modern bricks, but in 1958 they went through a design change which transformed them into what we would recognize today.
Lego bricks went international in the early 1960s and were sold in various European countries, as well as Lebanon and the UK. In 1973 the United States began to import them. Complete Lego sets were available from 1964, and each of these could be used to build a particular model. Lego town appeared in 1978, Lego castle in 1978, Lego space in 1979, pirates in 1989, Western in 1996, Star Wars in 1999, and Lego Harry Potter was introduced in 2001. These little bricks have been inspiring kids’ imaginations for more than 50 years, and it is fair to say Lego is one of the best-known and best-loved toys in the world.
The early Lego mini-figures featured yellow skin with a standard smiley face, but in 1989, Lego Pirates added eye patches and beards to the mini-figures, making them more realistic. Soon there were lipstick, eyelashes, and sunglasses appearing in other themes. Although kids seemed to like these changes, a lot of the older collectors of Lego did not like them because they thought they were too childish, preferring the smiley yellow face with 2 dots for eyes.
Since 1990, various licensed series like Harry Potter and Star Wars have included characterization, enabling people to recognize the characters from the movies. In 2003, Lego Basketball was introduced, and the Lego players were available in a range of realistic skin tones, not just the standard Lego yellow.
Lego Ninjago Videos
Watch this video of Lego Ninjago in Action
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Temple of Light Set
This Ninjago set includes 5 mini-figures, each with their weapons. You get Lord Garmadon, Lloyd (the golden ninja), Sensei Wu, a swordsman and a scout, as well as the golden mech with opening sides, a trap door, weapons rack, 4 elemental blade holders, a ladder and a gong. This is a great set for anybody who likes mini-figures and the fact that it includes the hard to find golden ninja is another bonus. A child of 8 or over could put this set together alone or with minimal help, and when completed the set will look just like it does in the Ninjago show. This makes a fabulous gift for any Lego Ninjago fan.
Build Your Own Ninjago Sonic Raider
As any Ninjago fan would know, the sonic raider is a powerful device which homes a detachable flying vehicle. This one has all the details you would want, including extendable ninja blade wings, opening cockpits, speaker cannons, a pair of golden flick missiles, front suspension, and working wheel and trends. You also get the 4 golden Spinjitzu weapons, 5 other weapons, and a Fangpyre fan blade with anti-venom capsule. The mini-figures easily fit in the detachable vehicle. When assembled, the sonic raider is just over 12 inches long and wide, and it is 4 inches tall, and there are a total of 6 mini-figures in this set. The pieces are very sturdy, despite any rough play.
A Great Set for Ninjago Fans
The samurai mech has poseable joints, and also comes with a golden spinner crown, bladed grabbers, shoulder cannon shooter, opening cockpit and massive blade. There are various weapons in this set including orange anti-venom capsule and fang blade. The shoulder cannon will fire, and the snake catapult works too. You get 3 mini-figures: Bytar, Snike and Samurai X. When assembled, this is more than 9 inches tall, and it has 452 pieces which will take a while to put together but is not too tricky, even for kids perhaps with a bit of help from mom or dad if needed. The catapult by itself is 3 inches by 1 inch. The price is very reasonable considering the quality and number of pieces in this set.
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