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May the Force be with you… ninja style?

(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:

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  • Nice post!!!!!! The “I feel a distubinse in the force” was funny!!! 😆

    • Kojoe4 September 21, 2012, 7:28 AM

      Yes, that WAS kinda obvious…

  • The Yellow Ninja September 19, 2012, 10:47 AM

    AWESOME! I never even realized that until now. Also, did you know that in the indiana jones set “the lost tomb”, there is a picture of r2-d2 and C3po ( they were there in the movie to!).

  • studless September 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

    I knew about a couple of these “spoofs” before, but its nice to see them again. funny to :p

  • SKOUTLAW FOR LIFE September 19, 2012, 11:22 AM

    nice post

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 19, 2012, 5:42 PM

      Thank you. 😀

  • legostuff71 September 19, 2012, 11:59 AM

    One liners are always fun to say. Just don’t use it to much or it loses it’s appeal.

  • Chris of Yoda Archives September 19, 2012, 1:41 PM

    How cool to have your name in elvish on a brick. As if working for lEGO wasn’t cool enough. Nice article.

  • Coles Girl September 19, 2012, 1:58 PM

    Sweet “May the force be with you.”

  • ntk743 September 19, 2012, 2:20 PM

    Very good taryn! 😉

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 19, 2012, 5:44 PM

      😀

  • Garmadon September 19, 2012, 2:34 PM

    I don’t know about there being any more similarities with SW,
    (Maybe Cause Ive never Watched SW in the first place 😉 )
    But, if you did’nt notice, Episode 19 was very similar to a movie called “Back to the Future.”

    • Garmadon September 19, 2012, 2:35 PM

      BTW, I have not watched that either, I just found a list of the similarities.

  • J.C. September 19, 2012, 2:59 PM

    Yargh, very interesting post! Also, may I point out that both the scallywags Luke Skywalker and Lloyd had blonde hair and Luke’s light-cutlass was green, the same as Lloyd’s jumpsuit! Also me hearties, Lord Garmadon’s helmet is like that of Lord Vader! Yargh!

  • G.C. September 19, 2012, 3:26 PM

    Yargh! well blow me down, i’d never be notice’n those same things. me also noticed that anakin and before ye went to davy johne’s locker that sea rat, garmadon have the same hair piece! also that landlubber garmadon, he be spitting lightning all over the place, like a sith sea rat!

  • Dude September 19, 2012, 4:40 PM

    How do you post brick blogger? cause i had a star wars thing i saw on MOC pages that i wanted to write an article about?

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 19, 2012, 5:40 PM

      mmm don’t really understand but I didnt see another article about this somewhere else.

    • admin September 19, 2012, 6:03 PM

      Dude, you can contact me by email and send in your article. 😉

  • J.C. September 19, 2012, 7:19 PM

    Avast! Ye grammar be getting ‘orrible brother! Their hair is not really related to our jolly conversation, and the lightning be not like that of Sith sea-scum since

    • J.C. September 20, 2012, 2:23 PM

      I thought I replied my brother, G.C., but apparently I didn’t. Sorry about the pirate grammar but question what holiday was yesterday?
      😀

      • The Silver Ninja September 20, 2012, 5:02 PM

        National Talk Like a Pirate Day! :mrgreen:
        ~ the silver ninja 😉

  • Needed to be said September 19, 2012, 10:11 PM

    Star Wars’ story was based mostly on Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a thousand faces. And the idea of a “monomyth”. Long story short, it is very hard to make a story about heroic journeys without it being similar to star wars.

    • admin September 20, 2012, 8:33 AM

      Good point; yes, they all have their similiarities. But they remain ever fresh and inspiring. I guess we will never get tired of heroes! 🙂

  • yodaman5556 September 19, 2012, 11:57 PM

    Great post, Taryn! 🙂 I never picked up on most of those similarity’s! In the Indiana Jones films, George Lucas sometimes makes reference to the Star Wars movies and their characters. Sometimes, you only pick up on the similarity’s when you watch the movie again. Nice! 🙂

  • Micho September 20, 2012, 12:44 AM

    If you are a KFOL… you are wise beyond your years… great writing and great eye for detail… keep on truckin”!!!!

  • gid617 September 20, 2012, 6:30 AM

    Nice post, ninjago does have a lot of similarities! 😀

  • Dude September 20, 2012, 12:42 PM

    Ok

  • Super Monkey September 20, 2012, 2:22 PM

    Admin, when is the next episode of ninjago coming out? It has been weeks and the series can’t be over!!!

    • J.C. September 20, 2012, 2:25 PM

      Patience, my young Padawan. (Sorry, I just HAD to say that! 🙂 )

      • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 20, 2012, 6:09 PM

        patience master, might be running thin.

    • admin September 20, 2012, 6:27 PM

      So far what we have heard Episode 20 will air the first week of October. But there is no confirmation as of yet. 😕

      • Sensei Zane September 22, 2012, 8:47 PM

        Trust the force, you must, here soon, the episode will be. (Never thought Sensei Zane was also Yoda huh?!)

        • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 22, 2012, 9:10 PM

          I finally meet Yoda!

          • Sensei Zane September 24, 2012, 7:00 PM

            Meet me, indeed you have

  • The Silver Ninja September 20, 2012, 5:01 PM

    Hey Taryn, MABELTASTIC! 😀 I’m a KFOL too. Keep writin’ girl! 😀
    And admin, do you have to be a certain age to write a post? I’m not 13 yet, so I didn’t want to do something illegeal…
    ~ the silver ninja 😉

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 20, 2012, 5:14 PM

      illegal?

    • admin September 20, 2012, 6:22 PM

      Silver Ninja, no there is nothing illegal about writing about LEGO. 😉

      • Kay (The Silver Ninja of Air) September 20, 2012, 6:55 PM

        LOL! I worded it wrong. 😛 I meant like, well, did you have to be a certain age! I didn’t mean like “AH! You posted about LEGO! Off to jail you go!” Sorry if I sounded like a 5-year-old. Thanks for answering my question, though! :mrgreen:
        ~ the silver ninja 😉

        • admin September 20, 2012, 7:02 PM

          LOL! Kay, yeah, there is no age requirement. If someone is a good writer and have something good to share, they are welcome to write. 😉

          • Kay (The Silver Ninja of Air) September 20, 2012, 7:12 PM

            Mkay. I might try to write a post! Always loved writing, so why not blogging? I’ll try to find something. 🙂
            ~ the silver ninja 😉

  • KING-BOO-XDDX September 20, 2012, 6:32 PM

    my wise man good find you random refrence hunter yes im on fancy pills

  • Teabox September 21, 2012, 7:54 AM

    Other movie references.

    – In the first Ninjago episode there is a reference to Karate Kid (the original, not the remake). Kai does the signature move from that movie after entering the Dojo for the first time.

    – When Lloyd first meets Pythor they have copied a scene from the end of Casablanca. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMOBxjIvLBE

  • Sam ninja of water September 22, 2012, 8:44 AM

    Admin, look what I found on CUUSOO!
    https://ideas.lego.com/
    Isnt that awsome?!

    • admin September 22, 2012, 9:51 AM

      Sam, yes, they are very awesome, in fact I’m planning to write about them. Thanks for sharing! 😉

      • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 22, 2012, 10:52 AM

        They’re so cute! The apple stor looks good.

  • Sensei Zane September 22, 2012, 8:42 PM

    Sensei Zane is back from vacation. And I got updates. First, I might be selling my entire Lego Ninjago collection. Second, how do we make reviews and all that? Third, I was at the lego STORE and it is epic, and fourth, Why is there no more episodes? 🙁

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 22, 2012, 9:11 PM

      Welcome back.

  • Yoda September 23, 2012, 8:59 AM

    Hmmm, Rude, Han is. Approve of sith, I do not. Admin, trust the force you must, to Obi-wan you listen! Use the force to confirm the Stone army you must. Rest, I am going to.

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 23, 2012, 9:13 AM

      Mmhm

    • admin September 23, 2012, 9:35 AM

      LOL! The great Jedi master is always enlightening! 😆

  • Sensei Zane September 25, 2012, 10:00 PM

    How do we make a review by the way?

    • admin September 26, 2012, 10:20 AM

      Just write one… 😉

  • NRG Roro September 26, 2012, 6:44 PM

    how do we get it on the site

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 27, 2012, 7:54 AM

      You can email admin at her email address. Send the pics in a seperate attachement. 😉

  • Glossy September 28, 2012, 4:45 PM

    Ninjago and star wars do seem to have a lot of simalarities, good thing I’m crazy about them both!!!:P

    • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 28, 2012, 4:57 PM

      We might see Darth Vader soon.

      • Sensei Zane September 28, 2012, 10:11 PM

        *kerrrr haaaaaah. keeeeeeeer haaaaaaaaah* Join the darkside, and we can rule the galaxy as ninja and sith. *keeeeeeerrrrrr haaaaaaah*

        • Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) September 29, 2012, 4:55 PM

          😛

        • Wolfgirl October 2, 2012, 2:53 PM

          😆 Unlikely the ninja would team up with lord Vader Aka Dark Vader.

    • Wolfboy October 24, 2012, 9:43 PM

      I’m crazy about them both to ,plus im wolfgirl’s girlfriend

      • Wolfgirl October 31, 2012, 11:17 PM

        😕 Ahe whaa? Girlfriend who the were 😆

  • Wolfgirl October 2, 2012, 3:02 PM

    Well, it is alot like starwars when Me and my Dad first saw Samokai when he pulled out the daggers we both said 😆 General Grevious!!

  • Dude October 8, 2012, 7:11 PM

    Oh No my sis glossy is on BRICK BLOGGER!!!!!!!!
    Run for your LIVES!!!!!!!! (Runs away franticly)

  • DeeDee(Purple Ninja Of Life) October 16, 2012, 7:16 PM

    Now that they mention it they do. 😆 Hm……But I am a HUGE Star Wars Fan AND Ninjago so mixture of both to me would be INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

  • cole October 24, 2012, 9:37 PM

    I am a huge ninjago fan

  • cole October 24, 2012, 9:38 PM

    JAY IS THE BEST NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cole October 24, 2012, 9:38 PM

    Sadly i was named cole

  • JAKETHEDOG October 24, 2012, 9:40 PM

    STAR WARS ISN’T,WELL HOW TO PUT IT?OH ITS UH NOT AS GOOD AS NINJAGO

  • JAKETHEDOG October 24, 2012, 9:40 PM

    JAKETHEDOG=COLE

  • Wolfgirl October 31, 2012, 11:15 PM

    😯 Omg, Wolfboy? I’ll have to see if that’s you I think it is… Also If it’s who I think it is their is another TBB ninjago thingy um…

    • Wolfgirl November 1, 2012, 4:19 PM

      😕 ?

  • Bilbo Baggins of the Shire February 3, 2013, 10:05 AM

    My sting is glowing…my bros are near!!!!!!

  • WahabiHobo February 15, 2013, 10:08 PM

    Notice older Lloyd’s hair peice? It’s the same as Anakin’s.

    • WahabiHobo July 4, 2013, 10:23 PM

      AND in episode 1, Anakin’s hair looks a lot like younger Lloyd’s… and the name of his actor… Jake Lloyd.

  • Chris Droubi June 23, 2013, 12:33 PM

    Yoda’s teacher is a serpintine like creature.
    It’s on wookiepedia.

    • admin June 23, 2013, 1:01 PM

      Oh, really???!!! I didn’t know that! Veyr interesting! 🙂

  • Chris Droubi June 23, 2013, 12:41 PM

    Yoda’s teacher is N’Kata Del Gormo, and he is a serpintine -like
    creature
    if you want to knowmore about him go to wookieepedia and search his name. B)

  • NinjaMelissa July 6, 2013, 5:39 PM

    Total Ninjago fan! But I did notice those comparisons… NINJAGO FOREVER!!!!!

  • flappie001 June 13, 2014, 2:44 PM

    I already knew that about the Mines of Moria.
    It’s in Moon Runes above the door. It says: “Diordie was here”.

  • hamdan mirza July 6, 2014, 11:15 AM

    kai is more likely to gir…..s

  • hamdan mirza July 6, 2014, 11:16 AM

    kai is likely for gir……s

  • Brennan April 28, 2017, 8:49 PM

    The giant stone samurai looked a lot like Darth Maul

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