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Ninja
Ninja-Logo.jpg
Years:

1998-2000

Subtheme of:

Castle

Related themes:

Ninjago

The Ninja theme was a short lived subtheme of Castle, that ran from 1998 to 2000. The sets of the theme were based around the Samurai and Ninja of feudal Japan. In 2009, they appeared in 4850307 LEGO Battles, as an ally of the Imperials, and the enemy of both Pirates and Islanders. A ninja minifigure was also released in Minifigures series 1 in 2010. It was succeeded by Ninjago in 2011.

Storyline[edit]

The Ninja line relocated the classic Castle Theme to ancient Japan, where graceful Oriental architecture provided the backdrop for an eternal struggle between two factions of daring and masterful martial artists. Interesting new elements for the Ninja line include samurai helmets and armour, ninja hoods, katana swords, and precious faceted jewels. The Shogun Gi-Dan and his ally Ito, the grey ninja, defended a trove of mystical rubies from the Bandit Chief Kendo, his band of robbers. However, the black ninja Bonsai, will stop at nothing to possess the ancient treasure.

Minifigures[edit]

Sets[edit]

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
1099 Box.jpg 1099  Ninja Blaster  23  Green Ninja Robber   $2.00  1999 
1184 Box.jpg 1184  Ninja Blaster  23  Green Ninja Robber     1999 
1185 Mini-River Ninja.jpg 1185  Mini River Ninja  24  Bonsai   $2.00  1999 
1186 Box Front.jpg 1186  Mini Siege-Cart Ninja  26  Gi-Dan     1999 
1187.jpg 1187  Glider  22  Ito   $2.00  1999 
1269-1.jpg 1269  White Ninja  22  White Ninja Princess   $2.99  1999 
3016 Box.jpg 3016  Ninja Blaster  23  Green Ninja Robber     1998 
3017 Package.jpg 3017  Mini River Ninja  24  Bonsai   $2.00  1998 
3018 Box.jpg 3018  Mini Siege-Cart Ninja  25  Gi-Dan     1998 
3019 Ninpo Bat Attack.jpg 3019  Gray Ninja  22  Ito   $1.99  1998 
3050.jpg 3050  Shanghai Surprise  104  White Ninja ShogunRed Ninja (2)   $10.00  1999 
3051.jpg 3051  Blaze Attack  143  Red Ninja (2)   $14.99  1999 
3052-1-1.jpg 3052  Ninja's Fire Fortress  167  Red Ninja MasterRed NinjaRed Ninja   $30.00  1999 
3053-1-1.jpg 3053  Emperor's Stronghold  328  White Ninja ShogunWhite Ninja PrincessRed NinjaRed Ninja   $40.00  1999 
3074.jpg 3074  Red Ninja's Dragon Glider  20  Red Ninja     1999 
3075 Ninja Master's Boat.jpg 3075  Ninja Master's Boat    Red Ninja Master     1999 
Display11.jpg 3076  White Ninja's Attack Cart  23  White Ninja Princess     1999 
3077 Ninja Shoguns Small Fort.jpg 3077  Ninja Shogun's Small Fort  16  White Ninja Shogun     1999 
3344.jpg 3344  Ninja 1  Shogun Warlord     2000 
3345 Box.jpg 3345  Ninja 2  19  BonsaiRed Samurai 1Red Samurai 2     2000 
3346.jpg 3346  Ninja 3  23  White Ninja ShogunGreen NinjaFemale Green Ninja   $5.00  2000 
4805 Box.jpg 4805  Ninja Knights  31  BonsaiItoGreen Ninja RobberBlue Samurai 2Gi-Dan   $3.99  1999 
6013-1.jpg 6013  Samurai Swordsman  13  Samurai     1998 
6033 Box.jpg 6033  Treasure Transport  81  ItoGreen Ninja RobberChief Kendo   $5.99  1998 
6045-1.jpg 6045  Ninja Surprise  109  3   $13.00  1998 
6083-2.gif 6083  Samurai Stronghold  272  BonsaiDojoGi-Dan   $20.00   
6088-1.jpg 6088  Robber's Retreat  273  4   $30.00  1998 
6089 Box.jpg 6089  Stone Tower Bridge  402  BonsaiItoGi-DanDojoGreen Ninja Robber   $50.00  1998 
6093-1-1.jpg 6093  Flying Ninja Fortress  687  9   $90.00  1998 
Pin24-Ninja.jpg Pin24  Ninja       1998 
Ninja Puzzle.jpg RoseArt  Ninja Puzzle         1997 

Four Ninja mini-sets were available around this same time. They were each sold under more than one stock number, and the only set to be named was the small catapult wagon 1099 Ninja Blaster, which also used the numbers 1184 and 3016. The other three sets included a ninja raft 1185/3017, a sword cart 1186/3018, and a bat-winged hang glider 1187/3019, each with a Ninja minifigure.

In 1999, the action shifted, as the jewels were captured by the evil Emperor and secreted within his fortress-like palace. The white ninja princess appears, and with the aid of her army of flying red ninjas, attempt to overthrow the Emperor and rescue the dazzling treasure. The Emperor had at least one ship to use.

Four (circa) 1999 Ninja mini-sets were available, sold as promotions from Kabaya, a Japanese candy company. This the sets in this group had two different stock numbers.

Three small Ninja sets were available from Shop At Home in early 2000. These were the only sets to include a pair of green Ninja warriors:

List of Sets/Merchandise[edit]


Gallery[edit]