If you’re the parent of a child, any child, you’re most likely intimately familiar with the Lego Ninjago sets. They’re centered around the kooky exploits of teenage ninjas, who are fighting evil forces led by Lord Garmadon, with help from the wise Sensei Wu (who is Garmadon’s good younger brother). Even in the inordinately deep Lego universe, the Lego Ninjago sets remain eternally popular because they’re vibrant, the weapons are truly dope and actually work, and the sets are just a damn good time.
The Lego Ninjago world is crazy-detailed and quite entertaining, and revolves around a cast of characters including Cole (whose elemental power is earth), Kai (whose elemental power is fire), Zane (whose elemental power is ice), Jay (whose elemental power is lighting), Lloyd (whose elemental power is energy), and Nya (whose elemental power is water). There’s a set for every skill level, so choose age-appropriate ones with the mini-figures that will appeal to your kids.
A fantastic starter set for aspiring ninjas, this one lets kids 8 and up build and then battle it out with the Kai FS and Blizzard Samurai Spinjitzu slam launchers and tornado spinner toys. They're simple to put together, and are pretty damn fun.
It's a glorious temple, filled with traps, that the ninjas must sidestep so they can find Unagami’s throne at the top. It comes with some of the most desirable minifigures: Digi Jay, Lloy, Cole, Unagami, Red Visor, and Sushimi. The 810-piece temple is ideal for builders 9 and up.
Kids create Kai’s mech jet set, with posable arms and legs and stud shooters, which than transforms into a toy plane. It's great for kids 7 and up.
Kids 8 and up build ninja Kai’s Katana 4x4 toy truck, which has a rotating, ramming shuriken slicer and two spring-loaded shooters. The set includes five Ninjago minifigures, and stuff aplenty, including the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.
Builders 8 and older can battle it out with Kai going up against Serpentine sorceress Aspheera’s stud-shooting snake Fire Fang. The goal here is for young ninja builders to create a large Serpentine snake and fight for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. Got that?
The LEGO Ninjago Firstbourne set lets kids 9 and up build a stud-shooting HunterCopter helicopter, for serious ninja warrior adventures. This set includes 6 mini figures: Kai, Cole, Heavy Metal, Jet Jack, Chew Toy, and Muzzle, plus a pedestal and Vengestone chain. The dragon is 7 inches tall, and the HunterCopter is 5 inches tall. So we're talking big here. Big.
Ninjago fans can build Jay's Storm Fighter, with its own cockpit, spring-loaded shooters and foldout wings. The key thing with any Ninjago LEGO set is to get as many mini figures as possible. This set includes Jay, Nya, Pythor and Lash, plus the collectible Nunchucks of Lightning with a buildable Serpentine stand. It's great for kids 9 and up.
Here's your chance to build the Ultra Dragon, with four elemental stud-shooting dragon heads, and fly into ninja battle with Lloyd against the perpetually evil yet elusive Lord Garmadon. Given that this set has 951 pieces, it's better for more expert builders, meaning kids 9 and older. The set include a whopping six Ninjago mini figures, including Sensei Wu, Lloyd, Spitta and Lasha.
Kids ages 9 and up can build the ultimate ninja training facility. It even includes its own tearoom. Because even ninjas need a break. You get all the golden weapons, plus Sensei Wu, Jay, Nya, Zane, Cole, Lloyd, Kai and Wyplash.
Kids can build Kai’s blade cycle, featuring foldout blades, and Zane’s elemental snowmobile, with a stud shooter and the Shurikens of Ice, and take back Kai’s Golden Weapon from the Serpentine snakes. Kids ages 8 and up get four Lego mini figures — Kai, Zane, Lasha, and Spitta — plus a buildable ambush scene, the collectible Sword of Fire with its own stand, and a spinjitzu battle platform. What more could any Ninjago lover want?
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