If you’re the parent of a child, any child, you’re most likely intimately familiar with 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.
The insane Gamer's Market set includes Avatar Nya and Avatar Cole, plus Avatar Pink Zane and Harumi. The market itself features stalls hawking ninja hats and battle gear, and the set works with the the LEGO Life app.
Another crazy cool set, this one lets kids build Lloyd’s posable Titan Mech ninja robot toy. His hands grip stuff. He has a spinning shuriken slicer/shield, a massive katana, and a detachable minifigure flyer. So he can fight and fight some more.
How dope is this set? It turns into a board game. A board game! The goal, once the set is built, is to save Lloyd from his terrifying prison cell. Players use the dice spinner to plot their way through the dungeons while avoiding traps, lava, moving bridges and the Skull Sorcerer's warriors.
A ship for the ages, from season one of the series: This set includes the Bounty, as well as Wu, Kai, Young Lloyd Garmadon, Samurai X, Zane, Jay and Cole figures. The ship's anchor drops, the engines rotate, and the sails move.
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.
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?
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.
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