(Written by Taryn)
So maybe you’re a Star Wars fan; you like to see guys jumping around using the Force and wielding sabers that glow, and are very-very dangerous. (Apparently if they actually made light-sabers they would be made of plasma and held with ceramic - I think I read that in the Owl Magazine). You like seeing droids and clones and colored laser-blasts flying around.
Or… maybe you like to see guys in colored uniforms turning into live tornadoes and also holding dangerous weapons. And seeing this evil guy with four arms on screen going “MWU HA HA HA!!!” So you’re a Ninjago fan.
But what happens when the two worlds collide? Which already have in the LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu episodes. I was watching Star Wars and noticed some similarities. Here are some examples:
In the Ninjago mini-movie An Underworldly Takeover, When Samukai asks Garmadon, “But where is your pathetic brother Wu?” He responds “That name no longer holds any meaning for me.” – A quote from Star Wars when in the final episode Darth Vader says the name Anakin Skywalker no longer holds any meaning for him.
In Ninjago Episode 13 – Day of the Great Devourer when the ninja, Lloyd and Nya are in Destiny’s Bounty, flying away from the Great Devourer, Nya says she will try to make it to Scatter Canyon. Zane says probability of making it that far is less than eight percent (Where did he get that number?!) Nya says “Never tell me the odds!” the same quote as in Start Wars, where Han Solo tells C-3P0 the same thing. Plus C-3P0 and Zane are both robots.
At the end of Ninjago Episode 14 – Darkness Shall Rise Wu says, “I feel a great disturbance in the Force”. There is no Force in Ninjago. So what does he mean? He feels a disturbance in the balance between good and evil?
In Ninjago Episode 18 – Child’s Play, Mother Doomsday says that his weapon of choice for stopping a Grundell would be an aluma-sword, which looks an awful lot like a light-saber. And the image of the comic-book with the Green Ninja could remind you of Star Wars; especially with Lloyd holding a light-saber. Why is he holding a light-saber?
Plus, in Star Wars, Darth Vader’s son Luke has to face his evil father. In Ninjago, Garmadon’s son Lloyd also has to face his father. Both Luke and Lloyd don’t want to face their dads, but they have to do it. It’s their destiny. And Yoda is Sensei Wu, except Sensei Wu isn’t a little green creature.
I contacted LEGO by email asking them about the similarities. This is the response I received by a representative of LEGO:
Dear LEGO Fan,
Thank you for your interest in LEGO brand toys. We are always delighted to hear from a loyal LEGO enthusiast.
I do see what you mean about some of the similarities between the two storylines! I’m sure that they are not trying to copy it but there are a lot of stories that feature the same kind of father-son competition. It seems to be a common theme since it creates a lot of drama and suspense, so I’m sure that the storyline was created to be as entertaining as possible.
We are also really big Star Wars fans here at LEGO, so if you notice some similarities in quotes I bet they were put in just for fun! Our designers like to have fun with certain references, on our Lord of the Rings Mines of Moria set, one of the designers actually wrote his name in Elven on one of the set pieces!
Huh? Did you know that? About The Mines of Moria? Just another cool little trivia on LEGO designers and the sneaky things they do!
What do you think? Did you also notice the similarities between Star Wars and Ninjago? Any other references that I didn’t catch? Share your thoughts, comments and discoveries below! Also, I’m a KFOL (Kid-Fan-of-LEGO) and this is my second article at theBrickBlogger. You can read my first post here: How Much Do You Know About LEGO? Feedback and comments are appreciated!
You might also want to check out the previous posts below, or head over to the LEGO Ninjago section for more Ninjago discussions:
- Creating a LEGO Ninjago Adventure Game!
- LEGO NINJAGO Spinjitzu Cards for September
- Playing Ninjago Spinjitzu – Part 1: Essentials
- Playing Ninjago Spinjitzu – Part 2: Cards
- Playing Ninjago Spinjitzu – Part 3: Weapons
- LEGO Ninjago – September Spinners!
- LEGO Ninjago Lloyd ZX Spinner Preview
- LEGO Ninjago Season 3 – New Trailer!