Lego Ninjago – Review

Ninjago is the next big series to come from the world of Lego. The series revolves around a game of battling spinning tops, although there is obviously a bit more too it than that.

Even though it was only released in January 2011, Lego Ninjago is already huge and can only get bigger. We already have not only Lego sets, but a DS game, iPhone App, Lego Board game and a Cartoon Network movie.

The backstory is that a long time ago there was the first ever master of Spinjitsu, and he created the world of Ninjago. He had 2 sons called Sensei Wu and Lord Garmadon, and he intrusted them with 4 mystical gold weapons. Basically Lord Garmadon got greedy and wanted all the power for himself, so he and his brother fought it out. Lord Garmaon lost and was banished to the Underworld, where he teamed up with the Skullkin tribe. Now he has a skeleton army under his control, and has vowed to find the 4 golden weapons and take over the world. Needing a bit of help the good guy Sensei Wu has recruited 4 young Ninjas (Zane, Cole, Jay and Kai) to help him keep the weapons out of Lord Garmadon’s hands.

Now to the actual playing of the game, I was very kindly sent 4 individual character packs to review. In each pack you will find a Ninjago character, Spinner, 3 Weapons, 4 Battle cards and 2 Lego bricks and 2 Lego clasps. You will obviously need at least 2 Lego Ninjago figures with spinners to battle. You can either buy these separately or as part of a set like the Spinjitzu Starter set which also includes a battle arena.

The object of the game is to knock your opponent of their spinner, and by doing so take their weapon from them. You do this by mastering the art of Spinjitsu. Choose your weapons carefully, play the correct battle cards just at the right time, perfect your spinning technique and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Spinjitsu master.

For the best information on how to master the art of Spinjitsu, your first point of call should be the official Lego Ninjitsu website. This website is a great resource, and you’ll find step by step videos on how to play the game, how the battle cards works, an excellent FAQ section with answers to questions like “What happens when no one falls of the spinner?” which is just the answer I was looking for.

Thomas has obviously been playing the most with the Ninjago figures, the game is a little complex for Jacob with battle cards and everything although we do simplify it for him and just spin to see who falls off. The only problem I have with this is that I do find it quite hard to make the figures fall off just by spinning. When you use the battle cards you get to add weapons, take weapons away from your opponent, build extra pieces on your spinner, which can all change the odds in one sides favour. When your just spinning as normal, the figures don’t seem to want to fall out, so I always place mine in really loosely and jam Jacob’s in so he has more of a chance. For this reason I would recommend the Lego Ninjago series more for children from around the age of 6, any younger and ¬†they will struggle with the strategical elements of the battle cards.

However there are also plently of Lego Ninjago sets available for you to play with your figures in the normal way, the boys love just fighting with the figures. There is a Dojo playset with Sensei Wu, some very cool vehicle sets like a big Skeleton motorbike thing and Zane’s Ice Dragon. In my opinion the one on every Ninjago fans birthday list this year will be Garmadon’s Dark Fortress, a huge skeleton castle full of hidden secrets.

Lego are definitely onto another winner with the Ninjago range, and I personally can’t wait until I get to go on the inevitable new Ninjago Spinner’s ride at Legoland Windsor, come on it’s bound to be one the cards!

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