2011 - present
Ninjago (subtitled "Masters of Spinjitzu") is a theme introduced in January 2011. It will continue until at least 2017. It was originally going to be replaced by Legends of Chima in 2014, but after the announcement of its continuation the two themes will both exist simultaneously, until Legends of Chima retires in 2016.
The theme takes very little influence from the previous Ninja theme, instead introducing a variety of elements such as a more modern setting, different enemies such as the Serpentine, skeletons, robotic ninja and the Overlord and a battle game known as "Spinjitzu", which they released spinner sets for in 2011 and 2012. Spinjitzu was later replaced by "Speedorz" from the Legends of Chima theme. Ripcord-functionality sets eventually returned in 2015 with Airjitzu sets.
- 1 Story
- 2 Spinjitzu
- 3 Characters
- 4 Sets
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 Other Ninjago Media
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Sources
Long before time had a name, Ninjago was created by the First Spinjitzu Master, by using the four weapons of Spinjitzu: The Scythe of Quakes, The Nunchucks of Lightning, the Shurikens of Ice, and the Sword of Fire. The weapons were so powerful, that no one could handle all of their power at once. When he passed away, his two sons swore to protect them, but the oldest was consumed by darkness, and wanted to possess them. A battle between the brothers broke out, and the oldest was struck down and banished to the underworld. Peace returned, and the younger brother hid the weapons, but knowing his older brother's relentless ambition for power, he placed a guardian to protect them, and for fear of his own demise, a map for an honest man to hide. As Garmadon, the older brother, cannot leave the Underworld, he struck a deal with Samukai and his skeleton army. In preparation, Sensei Wu, the younger brother, gathered four young ninja, Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane, to learn the ways of Spinjitzu, and stop Lord Garmadon.[source?] After months of training, the four ninja began their quest to find the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to stop Garmadon's evil plans, and travel to the Caves of Despair to retrieve the Scythe of Quakes. After narrowly escaping a dragon protecting the weapon, the Ninja found the Nunchucks of Lightning and the Shurikens of Ice next, while Samukai's skeletal legions followed them.[source?] Kai was lured into a trap at the Fire Temple by Lord Garmadon, and the skeletons stole the three weapons, but Sensei Wu detained his brother's plan to unite the weapons at the temple by traveling to the Underworld with the last weapon, the Sword of Fire.[source?] After allying themselves with the four dragons, they journeyed to the Underworld to help Sensei and stop Garmadon once and for all. Using the Tornado of Creation, they destroyed the skeletons and made their way to the throne room of Garmadon's fortress, where a battle between Wu and Samukai broke out for the possession of the four weapons. Sensei was defeated, and Samukai, having possession of all four weapons, betrayed Garmadon and demanded he obey him. However, he was destroyed by all the weapon's power, as Garmadon planned, and creates a portal through space and time. Shortly afterwards, Garmadon travels through to grow strong enough to possess the Golden Weapons.[source?] After returning to the surface world, Sensei Wu knew Garmadon will one day return, and that the battle for Ninjago had only begun.
Season 1 (2012)
The four ninja have retired from training and enjoy peace in the world of Ninjago; but peace does not last. When Nya brings news of a new threat in the land, the son of the dark overlord Lord Garmadon, Lloyd Garmadon, unleashes the Serpentine tribes to be wreak havoc in Ninjago under his control. Kai, Cole, Zane and Jay unlock their true potential, learn the secrets of their Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu , and find out that Lloyd is the legendary Green Ninja. The ninja train to face the five Serpentine tribes and stop them from unleashing The Great Devourer, a monstrous serpent-like reptile that will consume the entire land into darkness, along with the threat of Lord Garmadon's return looming in the horizon. It is discovered that he has a mysterious connection with the Serpentine.
Season 2 (2012-2013)
Immediately after the demise of the Devourer and the fall of Pythor, the Ninja find themselves facing their most difficult challenge yet: training Lloyd. But without the Bounty, they have no place to properly train him. The threat of the Serpentine still exists, along with Lord Garmadon, who still possesses the ninja's weapons. He uses the weapons to transform the destroyed Destiny's Bounty into the Black Bounty, a home for the Serpentine. The snakes have abandoned Skales to follow Lord Garmadon. After arriving at the Golden Peaks, Lord Garmadon combines the four Spinjitzu weapons into one ultimate Mega-Weapon. His goal is to destroy the ninja before they could finish training Lloyd, leaving the Green Ninja's prophecy unfulfilled, allowing him to recreate Ninjago in his own image.
Later, with the Mega-Weapon destroyed, Lord Garmadon plots to find the Dark Island, mentioned in Captain Soto's log. He and his generals set off on an expedition to find it. Skales betrays Lord Garmadon, and leaves him stranded in the middle of the ocean, while he returns to Ouroboros as the new Snake King. When a museum exhibit goes crazy, the Ninja arrive to stop it. Apparently, the Great Devourer's venom can bring Stone Warriors to life. While at the museum, they run into Lloyd's mother, Misako, who tells the ninja the rest of the story on Ninjago's beginning.
Long ago, an evil spirit known as the Overlord plagued Ninjago with darkness, but was continually defeated by the First Spinjitzu Master. One day, the Overlord created his army of indestructible stone warriors, the Stone Army. The First Spinjitzu Master knew he would lose, so he divided Ninjago in half, leaving the Overlord on one side, and the peace and light on the other. The Over-Lord and his army were never seen again, until the Serpentine (lead by Skales) decided to burrow under Ninjago City in order to get revenge one the surface dwellers. Under the city, they found a tomb filled with Stone Warriors. The Stone Warriors are brought to life by the Devourer's venom, and they trap the Serpentine in the tomb, before invading Ninjago city.
The city's residents are forced to flee with the ninja to a hiding spot near the ocean. The heroes board the Destiny's Bounty and head for the Dark Island, in order to restore their elemental powers and defeat the Stone Army once and for all. Lord Garmadon, however, finds the Island of Darkness and the Overlord. The Overlord makes Garmadon the king of his army, and plots to help Garmadon recreate the world in his image. They then construct their ultimate weapon. The ninja arrive and, upon regaining their elemental powers through swords they find in the Temple of Light, attempt to thwart Garmadon and the Overlord, first by attempting to stop the final battle altogether and later by actually facing Garmadon. However, the Overlord takes over Garmadon's body, causes Lloyd to break his leg, and proceeds to use Dark Matter to turn all of Ninjago City's inhabitants evil while leaving the heroes stranded on the Dark Island. The Ninja manage to leave the island, though, and Lloyd faces the Overlord in his fortress in Ninjago City, unleashing the power of the golden dragon and defeating the Overlord once and for all. Through this, Garmadon is also reverted back to his pre-evil state, and the Ninja's work is done, though they vow that they will always be ninja, ready to fight evil when they are needed.
Season 3 (2014)
It’s been an unknown amount of time since the Overlord was defeated by Lloyd the Golden Ninja. While Lloyd tours Ninjago celebrating his victory, the original four ninja became teachers in Sensei Wu’s Youth Academy. Besides being bored in class all day, Kai and the rest of the ninja dream of the days when they fought the forces of evil, but in the updated and technologically advanced world of Ninjago, there is no need for ninja any longer. The romantic bond between Jay and Nya is interrupted after she discovers, through New Ninjago City's technology, that Cole is her perfect match instead of Jay. After Jay finds this out, he is outraged and blames it on Cole. Here begins a small argument over Nya's heart, but she cannot decide who to choose. This war continues on through season 4. Meanwhile, Zane starts to lose his heart to P.I.X.A.L, another droid in which he encounters at Borg tower. Soon, however, in New Ninjago City, trouble begins to brew. Famed inventor Cyrus Borg, the creator of virtually all the new technology in New Ninjago City, begins acting very strange. Armies of Nindroids, led by the evil OverBorg, have begun to take over the city. The ninja's are given new suits and techno blades by Cyrus Borg before he is infected by the Overlord. Sensei Wu is captured by the nindroids and transformed into Evil Wu. Zane shares half of his mysterious power source to P.I.X.A.L after an event in which she loses power. They become as one, and Zane cannot perform Spinjitsu without her. In the end, Zane sacrifices himself to defeat the Overlord and is dubbed The Titanium Ninja. But it is discovered by P.I.X.A.L that Zane is alive.
Season 4 (2015)
It has been several months since Zane sacrificed himself to defeat the Overlord, and the remaining members of the ninja team have been scattered, with only Lloyd remaining a ninja. Cole has become a lumberjack, Jay a TV host, and Kai a fighter in the slither pit. Lloyd tries to convince the other ninja at Chen's noodlehouse to find a new member to replace Zane, but they are interrupted by Chen's thugs, whom they fight and then find an invitation to Chen's Tournament of Elements.
While at the tournament, the ninja realise that the whole tournament is just a set up for Chen to steal everyone's elemental powers. They decide to find Zane, and then get off the island, but Chen foils their plans by pitting Jay against Cole. He is eliminated, and his powers stolen. He is sent to work with the other defeated masters in the noodle factory, and eventually spots Zane in one of the cells. He and Zane manage to escape, but they return to help free there other companions. Meanwhile, Nya is acting as a spy for the ninja, dressed as one of Chen's Kabooki. Sneaking into Clouse's office, she discovers that Chen plans to use a spell to turn everyone with the Mark of the Anacondrai into Anacondrai. She steals the spell so that the ninja can convince the other elemental fighters about Chen's plot. The ninja discover that Garmadon was once Chen's pupil, therefore possessing the mark of the Anacondrai.
After Chen managed to steal all Elemental Powers, Kai, with the help of Skylor, his love interest, who betrayed the ninja by revealing herself as Chen's daughter, breaks the Staff of Elements. However Clouse discovers that Skylor can complete the spell due to her ability to absorb all of the Elemental Powers. Chen and his thugs captures Skylor and run away on the island. After Garmadon banished Clouse to the Cursed Realm in a duel, and after ninja failed to stop the spell and everyone with the Mark of the Anacondrai turned into Anacondrai, they travel to Ninjago to rule it.
Chen discovers only an essence of a true Anacondrai can make the spell permanent. Using Pythor he makes the spell permanent, and a fight start at the Corridor of Elders. Pythor realises that there is another way to stop them by releasing the ancient Anacondrai Generals from the Cursed Realm to destroy Chen's new Anacondrai. By opening the Cursed Realm and saving everyone, Garmadon sacrifices himself and becomes imprisoned in the Cursed Realm.
Season 5 (2015)
Season 5 sees Lloyd becoming possessed by the ghost ninja Morro who escaped from the Cursed Realm at the end of Season 4, and the other ninja must learn the ancient fighting style Airjitzu to free him. They discover that Morro's plan is to retrieve the Realm Crystal to free his master, the Preeminent from the Cursed Realm and curse the 16 realms (one of which is Chima). In the end it is revealed that Nya's mother was a Water Elemental Master and that the only way to defeat the Morro, the ghost and the Preeminent is to unlock Nya's True Potential. After unlocking it, Nya manages to defeat the Preeminent, the ghost army and Morro.
Season 6 (2016)
In this season, Clouse manages to find the Teapot of Tyrahn and releases the evil djinn Nadakhan from it. However, Nadakhan tricks Clouse into wishing for "it to all go away" and traps him in the Teapot. After framing the Ninja for crimes they never committed, Nadakhan releases his Sky Pirate crew. Later, Nadakhan retrieves the Djinn Blade from his father, and steals the Realm Crystal.
Nadakhan then manages to trap all of the Ninja in the Djinn Blade, except for Jay, who manages to escape, and Nya, who he plans to marry to become the Djinn King and grant himself unlimited wishes. However, with the Police Comissioner, Ronin, Skylor, Dareth, Captain Soto, and Echo Zane, Jay manages to release the Ninja, along with Sensei Wu and Misako. Unfortunately, the Tiger Widow venom used to weaken Nadakhan also hits Nya, killing her. Fortunately, Jay is able to use his final wish to wish that no one had ever found the Teapot, erasing most of the events of the season.
See also: List of Ninjago cards
The fighting style practiced by the characters of Ninjago is called Spinjitzu. This is also the name of the game associated with the theme. The fighters spin around and draw on their elemental strengths to become tornadoes of energy and steel. Several sets in the game include special spinner parts, customised for different characters. Players select their characters, the weapons the character will hold, and a small deck of ability cards to influence the duel. The characters are placed into the spinners and spun at each other like tops, with the goal being to knock the opponent's minifigure down.
The game was expanded in 2012 to include different suits for the ninjas, crowns for the spinners, and the inclusion of booster packs which consist of a minifigure, spinner accessories, and three weapons.
They have not released any Spinners since 2012.
- See: List of Ninjago sets
- Unlike the larger sets in the line, the minifigures and weapons in the Spinner sets are made from a cheaper Chinese plastic, rather than the usual ABS.
- The video game LEGO Universe featured a world called the "Ninjago Monastery".
- Crux Prime, a game world which features an area called the Maelstrom Quarry, which features a ruined part of Ninjago Monastery, a Ninja of Imagination named Neido, and Nuckal.
- The Ninjago Monastery, which unlike in the cartoon, is not set upon a high mountain, but rather as a floating planet chunk. Sensei Wu, Jay, Kai, Zane, Cole, Chopov, Krazi, Bonezai, and Frakjaw can be found here. It does not feature a training course.
- In episode 9 of Season 2, "The Royal Blacksmiths," when talking about the second Fang Blade, Cole references Clutch Powers, the main character from LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.
- The "Rebooted" poster for the 2014 Ninjago sets reads in binary "NINDROID."
- In the LEGO Club Magazine for November and December, a poster was shown on the last page, saying, "Beware of the Nindroids," and showing a picture of Zane in his new robes facing backwards, looking at four Nindroids standing on a temple.
Other Ninjago Media
- Spinjitzu Smash!
- Spinjitzu Smash DX
- Spinjitzu Snakedown
- Smash Creations
- Smash Party
- Spinjitzu Spinball Snake Invasion
- Viper Smash
- Viper Smash ZX
- The Final Battle
- Rebooted (game)
- Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt
- LEGO Ninjago: Rise of the Snakes
- The Final Battle
- Rebooted (game)
- LEGO Ninjago: Tournament
An unreleased concept of the Ninja for LEGO Universe
Lloyd after he beat the Overlord in the episode The Ultimate Spinjitzu Master
A 2014 poster featuring General Cryptor. The binary code can be decoded to spell "NINDROID"
Zane in the 2014 LEGO.com logo