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This topic is considered non-canon because of creator statements.

“I only hope they awake soon, but until that day I must remain strong. Defend them tirelessly and hope that the time of the ninja is soon at hand, and the world will awake anew, and time again will have a name.”
— A dragon keeper
"Golden Legend"
Season Mini-series, Episode 1
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Air date April 23, 2021
Written by Chris Wyatt and Kevin Burke[1]
Directed by TBD
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Golden Legend is the first Ninjago: Reimagined short, released on April 23, 2021. It was animated by Sun Creature Studio.[1] According to Chris Wyatt, this short is non-canon.[2]

Synopsis

This NINJAGO LEGACY short is about a samurai warrior fighting a dragon!

Who is this unknown warrior, and what does he fight for?
Has his dragon opponent been protecting something all along?
We’ll have to wait and find out in the next Ninjago Reimagined short episode coming next Friday![3]

Plot

A samurai warrior walks through a dark area while a voice monologues about the events that had previously occurred. The warrior uses a hook to climb up a mountain, but is ambushed by a dragon. He fights the dragon and is able to defeat it. The samurai slowly approaches golden statues of the ninja at the top. The dragon, however, comes back and stabs the samurai with its golden tail, causing him to fall off (only to catch himself), and then turns into a statue. It's then revealed that the dragon was the narrator, and the dragon mentions how enemy forces will continue to release attacks, but he cannot yield, as he must protect his masters until they awaken. A crack then appears on the golden statue of a ninja.

Cast

Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured

Trivia

  • The day before this short's release, Tommy Andreasen tweeted a video of the title card and the phrase, "... tomorrow ..."[4]
  • When asked what this short was meant to reimagine, Tommy Andreasen said, "It is what Ninjago could have been if we were in a different mood when we conceived it."[5]
  • Judging by their weapons, the golden statue of the ninja appear to be in this order: Nya, Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Zane, and Cole.
    • They appear to be in their Legacy uniforms.
    • Kai, Zane, Jay and Cole are wielding their respective Golden Weapons.
  • The dragon's head mold is very similar to Flame's. This may be the appearance of the actual dragon, as Flame appears in his to-be-released set, much like the Prototype X-1, which is set to appear in another mini-movie, according to the series' trailer.
  • The samurai warrior wears a belt very similar to the one that Epic Battle Jay wears.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, a version with credits will also be available.[6]
  • The ninja's appearance in the episode may be a nod to, or the reason for the 10th Anniversary Golden Ninja in the sets.

Continuity

  • The setting of this short appears to take place in a post-apocalyptic future version of Ninjago.
  • Some of the structures seen in the post-apocalyptic Ninjago include Borg Tower, Mega Monster Amusement Park, Garmadon's Corridor of Elders statue, and the Iron Doom.
  • Several of the dragon's lines refer to lines from previous episodes:
    • "When time had a name" is an altered form of "before time had a name"; refering to a statement from many previous episodes, such as "Rise of the Snakes" or "The Oni and the Dragon."
    • "Stood up those who are cruel and unjust" refers to Cole's promise to his mother.
    • "Protect those who cannot protect themselves" refers to Zane's line from many episodes.
    • "I have to endure" refers to Lloyd's line from Hunted.

Errors

  • Although this is not the fault of the episode itself, the LEGO description describes the samurai warrior as the central character, although in reality it is the dragon keeper. This may have just been an attempt to mislead the viewer.

Video

Gallery

References

Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas mini-movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. TBA · 5. TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2022 installment TBA
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