The confusing connection between the LEGO Ninjago TV show and The LEGO Ninjago Movie continues. While the characters have the same names as in the TV show, their looks, personalities, back-stories, and even voice actors were changed for the film. This didn’t sit well with dedicated fans of the TV show, but they still accepted the film as something that could be enjoyed separately. 🙂
Some Ninjago fans enjoyed the film more than others, but in general, most agreed that it was not nearly as good as the TV show with its long-established storyline and character development. It was a relief to hear that the TV show was going to continue in 2018, and we can all go back to enjoying what is considered the true Ninjago saga, without all the controversial changes that were done for the film.
However, when the 2018 LEGO sets were first revealed, Ninjago fans were surprised to learn that elements from The Ninjago Movie did seep into the TV show, even though producers repeatedly insisted during the development of the film that they are unrelated stories.
Season 8 of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is subtitled “Sons of Garmadon”. Lloyd is the main focus during this season, while Mr. E is the main antagonist, and the Sons of Garmadon are the badguys. In the related LEGO sets that were just released, you can see that instead of bringing back the well-loved characters from previous seasons of the TV show, they were replaced by the redesigned versions from The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Some of the most obvious changes are Loyd having glowing green eyes, both Jay and Cole loosing their facial scars, and they all have their movie-version hairstyles and ninja suits. So much for hoping that the film won’t contaminate the TV show. In addition, Jillian Michaels gets replaced by Sam Vincent as Lloyd’s voice actor – another shock, as Jillian has been Lloyd’s voice from the very beginning. Also, the Ninjago alphabet that was used in The LEGO Ninjago Movie, will now be used in the TV show as well.
As far as the story of Season 8: Sons of Garmadon, all we know at this point that it takes place a year after the loss of Master Wu, and that the ninja must prevent a badguy group known as the Sons of Garmadon from successfully reviving Lord Garmadon at the Temple of Resurrection (watch the newly released trailer above).
There are thirteen sets related to Season 8 of the LEGO Ninjago TV show; six are regular sets, six are new versions of the Spinjitzu spinners, and one set is under the LEGO Juniors line for younger kids. Below are some details about each of the sets, as well as video-reviews from JANGBRiCKS, so you can check them out in more detail.
➡ #70638 LEGO NINJAGO KATANA V11: Play out a high-speed chase on water and land with this action-packed LEGO Ninjago set, featuring Kai’s Katana V11 boat, with speed and attack modes, foldout boosters and spring-loaded shooters. This cool toy for kids also includes Luke Cunningham’s street bike, plus 2 minifigures with weapons to boost the role-play battle action.Includes 2 minifigures: Kai and Luke Cunningham. 257 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #70639 LEGO NINJAGO STREET RACE OF SNAKE JAGUAR: Match Zane’s bike against Mr. E’s Oni Bike and battle for the Oni Mask of Vengeance, with this exciting LEGO Ninjago Street Race of Snake Jaguar set. Zane’s bike features 2 foldout gold-colored blades, 2 hidden stud shooters on a foldout detachable drone for ground-level or aerial attacks, while the Oni Bike is armed with chopping blades and 2 stud shooters. This cool toy for kids also includes a podium with Oni Mask of Vengeance and Demon Torso elements for the Mr. E minifigure to wear, plus 2 minifigures with weapons to intensify the role-play conflict. Includes 2 minifigures: Zane and Mr. E. 308 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #70640 LEGO NINJAGO S.O.G. HEADQUARTERS: Crash into the S.O.G. Headquarters with the Lloyd Spinjitzu spinner and claim the Oni Mask of Hatred, with this action-packed LEGO Ninjago set. The dojo features spinning weapons, movable sides and an Oni Bike to attack the spinner. Unleash the spinner to knock over rivals or the ATM and to smash through the dojo entrance to release the Oni Mask of Hatred element. This building toy also has 5 minifigures, including Zane as his undercover persona, Snake Jaguar. Includes 5 minifigures: Lloyd, Snake Jaguar, Ultra Violet, Nails and Skip Vicious. 530 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #70641 LEGO NINJAGO NINJA NIGHTCRAWLER: Chase down Ultra Violet’s Stone Booster Bike in Lloyd’s Ninja Nightcrawler and battle for the Oni Mask of Hatred, with this all-action LEGO Ninjago set. The Ninja Nightcrawler features an opening minifigure cockpit, speed and attack modes and 2 foldout, shoot-on-the-go, 6-stud rapid shooters. This fun toy also includes 3 minifigures with weapons to intensify the role-play conflict. Includes 3 minifigures: Lloyd, Nya and Ultra Violet. 552 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #70642 LEGO NINJAGO KILLOW VS. SAMURAI X: Match Killow’s Oni Chopper against the Samurai X Mech in a battle for the Oni Mask of Deception, with this action-packed LEGO Ninjag set. The Oni Chopper features a spinning front saw blade, flip-out blades and detachable skateboards for Killow, while the posable Samurai X Mech has a dual stud shooter, spinning blade and a detachable Samurai X blade. This cool toy for kids also includes 2 minifigures and a big figure with weapons to bolster the role-play battles. Includes Samurai X and Jay minifigures, plus a Killow big figure. 556 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #70643 LEGO NINJAGO TEMPLE OF RESURRECTION: Help the ninja protect the Temple of Resurrection and prevent Lord Garmadon’s rebirth with this highly detailed LEGO Ninjago set. The temple features an entrance gangway, opening walls, spider prison, revolving walls with hidden Oni masks and 2 trapdoor functions. Activate the roof’s good-to-evil transformation function to reveal Lord Garmadon’s resurrection chamber. This construction toy also includes 7 minifigures—and a ‘mysterious baby’ element—to role-play battle scenes between the ninja and the Sons of Garmadon. Includes 7 minifigures: Cole, Lloyd, Harumi, Hutchins, Mr. E, Chopper Maroon and Lord Garmadon, plus a ‘mysterious baby’ element. 765 pieces. Price: $69.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #10755 LEGO JUNIORS ZANE’S NINJA BOAT PURSUIT: Get your ninja on and help Zane recover the map! This thrilling set features easy to build pieces including a floating boat with turning steering wheel and a chain with hook, a motorbike, plus a temple with spinning obstacles, secret weapons and a map. This fun children’s toy also includes a simple guide to build and play, with bigger starter pieces to help build confidence in younger children. Includes Zane and Chopper Maroon minifigures. 131 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE
➡ LEGO NINJAGO SPINJITZU MASTER SPINNERS: There are six new spinners in the collection for Lloyd, Kai, Nya, Jay, Zane, and Cole. They each feature a Spinjitzu spinner with buildable LEGO brick handle, spinner element with minifigure capsule and rip cord, and a weapon rack with various weapons. You can use the spinners for various movements like spinning, rolling and jumping, and even challenge your friends for a friendly Spinjitzu battle. The price for each spinner is $9.99 – BUY HERE
Personally, I’m not happy with the changes LEGO has done to the characters, but the story sounds interesting. And I really like those masks! What do you think? How do you like the 2018 LEGO Ninjago sets so far? Are you planning to get any of them? Which one is your favorite? And what do you think about the changes that were done to the characters? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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