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LEGO Ninjago 10 Year Anniversary Press-Release

The LEGO Group calls on all masters of Spinjitzu to celebrate a decade of LEGO Ninjago with the launch of a LEGO retail exclusive set, exciting collaborations, and a nostalgic look back at some of the theme’s key milestones. Below is the press-release with more information.

In 2011, the LEGO Ninjago journey started and changed the lives of children all over the world. Today, the LEGO Group is commemorating the ten years of the beloved range that continues to inspire children and teens to re-enact and build epic scenes while developing their ninja skills.

Many kids have grown up with LEGO Ninjago and the Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu television series, where Master Wu and the ninja Kai, Lloyd, Zane, Nya, Jay and Cole have taught them valuable lessons about life, while using their courageous ninja skills to fight the forces of evil.

In a world where many children and young adults feel insecure and an intense pressure to live up to expectations, Ninjago has taught fans how to master ninja skills or “Be Ninja” in real life, teaching them values of inclusivity, friendship, confidence, and staying true to oneself. Through its stories and morals, as well as its building and play experiences, Ninjago has positively influenced and helped fans navigate the path into young adulthood and its many challenges.

“There comes a time when we all must grow up. When that time comes, it’s important not to forget the lessons of our childhood. Because our childhood is the greatest training ground one will ever have.” – Master Wu

“It has been an amazing journey to see a product range turn into something that kids have enjoyed for 10 years” says Michael Svane Knap, Design Manager at the LEGO Group, who has been working on the LEGO Ninjago product line since 2013. “Some have grown up with LEGO Ninjago and are now expressing their gratitude and telling us how they have learned lifelong skills. In my opinion, that is the best thing about LEGO Ninjago. Kids learn about friendship, confidence. and much more… And of course, that ninjas are cool!” he adds.

Beyond the 13 TV show seasons and several mini-movies, the franchise has included an abundance of different LEGO sets and merchandise, several video games and app games, a movie, magazines, coloring books, graphic novels, children’s books, hotel rooms, and a theme park ride at LEGOLAND.

“Originally, the Ninjago theme was supposed to end after season 2 in 2012” says Tommy Andreasen, Senior Manager, Entertainment Development at the LEGO Group, who worked on the LEGO Ninjago product line and show from the beginning. However, the continued success led to both the TV series and products continuing to the current day. “It just shows an incredible commitment from our fans that we are still going strong 10 years later.” – he adds.

Marking the 10th anniversary, the LEGO Group is releasing 11 LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets throughout 2021. February 1st sees a LEGO retail exclusive three-level LEGO Ninjago City Gardens set launch as a true tribute to a decade of Ninjago. The set showcases some of the main moments of the TV series, giving fans the opportunity to relive the show through a building experience. As an added bonus, six of the LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets and the retail exclusive come with a limited-edition collectible golden ninja minifigure.

Moreover, the LEGO Group is teaming up with stylish street wear and clothing brands to create special anniversary merchandise collections. The first collaboration is LEGO Ninjago x HYPE, which was revealed last week and will launch on January 15th. The inspiration behind the street wear collection was the futuristic and colorful city the Prime Empire from the 2020 LEGO Ninjago TV series. Exciting collaborations with several other clothing brands will be coming soon and are not to be missed.

On LEGO.com/Ninjago10Anniversary there will be anniversary content telling the story of LEGO Ninjago through the years and showcasing amazing fan created content including fan art, LEGO builds, and toy photography. The LEGO House will also mark the occasion by hosting and in-depth exhibition celebrating ten years of Ninjago fandom.

Marking the 10th Anniversary of LEGO Ninjago, the LEGO Group is Releasing a Total of Twenty-Three LEGO Ninjago Sets

  • Eleven LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets are released throughout 2021. Eight of them have already been released on January 1st (four iconic LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets and four LEGO Ninjago Legacy Epic Battle sets), one retail exclusive LEGO Ninjago Legacy set is releasing on February 1st (a three-level LEGO Ninjago City Gardens set, as a true tribute to the last decade of Ninjago) and the final two sets will be released in June. Moreover, four sets linked to the TV series will be released in March and another five sets in June. There will also be three LEGO Ninjago sets for ages 4+ launching in January and June.
  • Exceptional for seven of the eleven anniversary LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets is that they come with a limited-edition collectible golden minifigure depicting one of the six hero ninja or Master Wu.

List of All New LEGO Ninjago Sets

Six Iconic LEGACY sets (with limited-edition golden ninja). The following four are released on January 1st 2021.

One LEGO retail exclusive LEGO Ninjago Legacy set with a limited-edition golden Wu.

Four LEGO Ninjago Legacy Epic Battle sets that look back into memorable battles between hero characters and main villains. Released on January 1st 2021.

Four new TV show sets released in March.

  •  #71745 LEGO Ninjago Lloyd’s Jungle Chopper Bike
  • #71746 LEGO Ninjago Jungle Dragon
  • #71747 LEGO Ninjago The Keepers’ Village
  • #71748 LEGO Ninjago Catamaran Sea Battle

Three Ninjago sets for ages 4+ (1 launching in January and 2 in June).

LEGO Ninjago – How It All Started

Late on a Friday in fall 2009, a drawing was made that would be the beginning of something big. Tommy Andreasen did a sketch showing different elemental ninjas and the team had the idea of the ninja being on a sort of spinners to make an active minifigure play.

On the drawing, you see a Ninja of Water, tough that ended up not being added until Nya became the master of water in 2015. The sketch has the word “Spinjago” on it, which was the first idea of a name, which then developed into “Spinjitzu” – a combination of the words “spin’” and “ninjitzu”.

The “Ninjago” name was also a combination of two words; “Ninja” and “Go”, which was taken form the end of the LEGO Group company name. It was also thought to be a great activator, like a battle cry.

LEGO Ninjago – TV Series

2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Ninjago television series, as it has been in production since the release of the first pilot episode in 2011. Originally, the Ninjago theme was supposed to end after season 2 in 2012. However, the continued success led to both show and products continuing. This milestone reflects the continued popularity of the show amongst its audience. In 2021, the LEGO Group will be launching Season 14, which will be a tribute to the voice actor Kirby Morrow, who gave Cole his voice for many years and sadly passed away recently.

In Ninjago, there isn’t one lead character, it’s about the team. But since the beginning, every season has had a different character focus, helping kids to learn more about each individual character. The focus of the 2021 storyline is Nya and her elemental powers.

LEGO Ninjago – Video Games

The ninja appear as playable characters in a wide variety of video games and mobile games, including LEGO Battles: Ninjago (2011), LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (2014), LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (2015), LEGO Dimensions (2015), LEGO Worlds (2017), The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (2017), LEGO Brawls (2019), and LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed (2020).

It looks like 2021 is going to be an excellent year for Ninjago fans. I’m particularly happy about the LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets because they bring back older sets with new designs. This allows those who got into the story later to own some of the most iconic sets. I’m, also very pleased with the spring sets and LEGO Ninjago City Gardens. If you would like to check out the currently available selection, visit the LEGO Ninjago section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think about all the Ninjago news? Which sets are planning to get? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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LEGO Chinese New Year Sets Now Available

Just a heads up that the two new LEGO Chinese New Year sets are now available. The two sets were announced back in November of last year (see: 2021 LEGO Chinese New Year & Monkie Kid Sets). The two new sets are not as bright as the ones from last year, but they are just as beautiful and highly detailed as their predecessors. Also note that these sets come with a large number of unique printed pieces, exclusive minifigs, and an unusually low price/part ratio.

Nian is one of the key characters in the Chinese New Year and the reason behind several practices during the celebration such as wearing red clothing and creating noise with drums and fireworks. According to Chinese mythology, a Nian is a beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains. Once every year at the beginning of Chinese New Year, the Nian comes out of its hiding place to feed, mostly on men and animals in the villages. The weaknesses of the Nian are purported to be sensitivity to loud noises, fire, and a fear of the color red. The traditions of firecrackers, red lanterns, and red robes found in many lion dance portrayals originate from the plan the villagers had in which drums, plates and empty bowls were hit, red robes were worn, and firecrackers were thrown, causing loud banging sounds that they hoped would intimidate the Nian.

The #80106 LEGO Chinese New Year Story of Nian recreates the traditions related to the legend, featuring a brick-built Asian residence with traditional decorations including buildable fireworks, firecrackers, hanging lanterns, and Chun Lian banners. The snowy scene is brought to life with a poseable Nian creature, a snowman figure and six minifigures, including grandpa, grandma, three children, and a person in an ox costume to mark the Year of the Ox. There are also many accessory elements for spring-cleaning and telling the legend of Nian in LEGO style. The model measures over 9.5 inches (25 cm) high, 14 inches (36 cm) wide, and 6.5 inches (17 cm) deep. Comes with 1,067 pieces and the price is $79.99. If you want to check it out, visit the seasonal items section of the Online LEGO Shop.

The other new Chinese New Year set is the #80107 LEGO Chinese New Year Spring Lantern Festival. It features a brick-built Asian garden with moon gates, pavilion, pond and bridge, and an ox lantern, illuminated by a LEGO light brick, to mark the Year of the Ox. The garden is decorated with buildable lanterns and traditional Chun Lian banners. It can be rebuilt into an alternative layout, too. The set comes with seven minifigures, plus accessories such as a buildable bubble tea and elements such as a rabbit lantern, Tang Yuan rice ball, mobile phone and selfie stick, plus a minifigure-shaped lantern to welcome visitors at the entrance. Notice the pond with the beautifully printed koi fish! Also note that the set is meant to be compatible with the LEGO Modular Buildings series. The entire layout measures over 7.5 inches (19 cm) high, 15 inches (38 cm) wide, and 10 inches (25 cm) deep. Comes with 1,793 pieces and the price is $119.99. If you want to check it out, visit the seasonal items section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Below, I have included the designer-video with LEGO designers Chris Perron and Justin Ramsden, where they take you through some of the features of the two LEGO Spring Festival sets.

Please note that by the time you check on these sets, they may be backordered, or even out of stock. If the status is backordered, you can still purchase it, but it will be shipped with some delay. If it is out of stock, you can set up email notification when it is back in stock. These are very popular sets, so it’s likely availability will be sketchy for a while.

What do you think? How do you like the 2021 LEGO Chinese New Year sets? Are you planning to get either of them? Or both? Do you have any of the previously released LEGO Chinese New Year sets? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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