With six seasons of TV and a movie hitting theaters in 2017, LEGO’s original ninja setting has lasted far longer than I expected. Here’s a first look at the new Ninjago sets hitting stores on March 1.
I guess kids young and old just really love ninjas. Or maybe it’s the specific combination of ninjas, dragons and future tech that LEGO’s used to build Ninjago into an entertainment powerhouse. While I trudge sadly through LEGO stores looking for discounted Chima products (R.I.P. animal battles line), Ninjago fans excitedly scroll down to check out the pirates VS. ninja aerial battles in the new building sets.
The Cole’s Dragon set serves on of two purposes. At $9.99 it’s either the set you purchase when you don’t have enough money for anything else, or the set you purchase when you’ve spent a lot on the other sets and another $10 isn’t going to make much of a difference.
The Ninja Bike Chase set is an excellent value in terms of NPB—Ninja Per Box. You get Nya, Kai and technically also Cole, whose tiny soul is trapped in that Djinn Blade.
The second $19.99 set only features one ninja, but his name is Lloyd and his feet are on fire. Ninja Lloyd is pretty much the best.
Ninja Jay gets his own elemental dragon in the release, making Cole’s stupid little $9.99 dragon look like it’s from K-Mart.
Raid Zeppelin is incredibly close to Led Zeppelin, making this set the perfect gift for the classic rock fan in your life.
Behold Tiger Widow Island, a land of ninja and pirates and palm trees. A land without land. Features a character named Dogshank, which is a crude knife made out of a dog.
Finally we have this beautiful thing. Misfortune’s Keep has been on the LEGO Store page for a bit, so fans already know what it looks like. It’s a flying fortress that is only a few steps away from being co-opted into a Final Fantasy airship fan build.
These sets and more will be on display at Toy Fair 2016 in NYC this weekend, as well as absolutely no new LEGO Chima stuff, because LEGO hates me and loves to see me cry.