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“You said we have a responsibility. It's our job to let people know what's happening.”
— Nelson to Antonia in "The News Never Sleeps!"

Nelson, formerly referred to as Lil' Nelson, is the honorary Purple Ninja of the ninja. He broke both of his legs while rigorously training to be a ninja,[1] but eventually, they healed. He later got a job as a paperboy, becoming friends with Antonia in the process.

History

Skybound

Infamous

Dareth arranged for the ninja to visit Lil' Nelson and make him an honorary ninja for a day. The Ninja stopped by on their way to stop Clouse, remembering their lesson to "not put off what can be done today." However, due to Kai's addiction to his fans, he alerted them about their location and ended up being surrounded.

A fellow fan himself, Lil' Nelson dons a hand-made gi, becomes the Purple Ninja, and helps the ninja by blocking the fans so they can escape to the roof. Lloyd expresses his gratefulness in his assistance, but Lil' Nelson says that he is grateful his wish was granted, thanks to Lloyd and the ninja.

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

The News Never Sleeps!

On his first day of delivering newspapers, Nelson wakes up early and gets ready quickly, even before his mother woke up herself. Just as he was about to leave on his bike, his mother gives him his helmet. Putting it on, he leaves for Ninjago City.

When he arrives, Antonia is instructed to lead him. While they deliver newspapers, the Elemental Cobras invade the City. Antonia decides to continue delivering the news.

When they finished delivering the newspapers, Antonia and Nelson went to the Monastery of Spinjitzu and asked Wu to help.

The Message

Nelson made a cameo in a flashback during Zane's message delivering a newspaper.

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Let's Dance

Nelson is Antonia's dance partner in Vlad Tutu's Dance Class. He and the rest of the class watched in awe as Jay showed off his moves.

Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look

Gayle Gossip interviews Nelson on his opinions of Prime Empire. He called it "the greatest game ever" and talked about his mom playing it and not returning since.

When Nelson gets a chance to play, he is able to reach level 13 but disappears into the game when he actually enters Prime Empire.

Prime Empire

Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?

Nelson is seen helping Antonia with delivering newspapers in Ninjago City.

Racer Seven

Nelson is among the crowd of spectators for the Speedway Five-Billion.

The Speedway Five-Billion

Nelson was standing right next to Avatar Pink Zane at the Speedway Five-Billion.

Game Over

Nelson was among the people released from Prime Empire.

Appearance

Nelson is a boy with light brown hair combed to the side. He has a generic child's face from LEGO City, although he doesn't have the freckles he has in sets.

In Season 6, Nelson wears a self-made purple gi and has leg casts, due to his injuries.

In Season 11, Nelson is shown to be a little taller, wearing a purple sweatshirt with white Ninjago letters "PN" for "Purple Ninja," and light blue pants. While working, Nelson wears a green backpack.

Appearances

Sets

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 6: Skybound

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

Trivia

  • Nelson's name is based on Nelson LaMonica, the Ninjago Brand Director.[2]
  • His original torso design resembles Kai's Techno suit.
  • He uses the hairpiece of Larry the Barista from The LEGO Movie, which is later used on Tony.
  • He is the third honorary Ninja to appear in the series, after Dareth and Skylor.
  • Despite being restrained to a wheelchair due to his injury, he developed impressive ninja-like techniques in moving around that impressed even the ninja.
    • It is also shown that aside from his legs, he also once broke his entire body, arm, skull, and once lost a tooth. This strongly indicates he is incredibly accident-prone, although this may be due to his training to develop his ninja-like skills that were shown in "Infamous".
  • Around the time of Season 6, Tommy Andreasen said Nelson was seven years old.[1] Nelson's voice actor, David Raynolds, considers him to be a teenager as of Season 11.[3]
  • In earlier drafts, Nelson was going to appear in "Day of the Departed," but according to Tommy Andreasen, his part was taken out.[4] Lil' Nelson even appeared in the Rock Roader set despite not appearing in the special. 
  • In the Rock Roader set, he had an actual Spinner game card. The card was Kendo Cole
  • Despite the fact that Nelson does not have freckles in the show, his minifigure has them. This is because his minifigure reuses a generic LEGO City child face print.
  • His legs have long since healed by the time of Season 11.
  • He has grown and is the first character to have mid-legs (posable short legs introduced by LEGO in 2018) in the show.
    • This is yet to be represented by a physical minifigure.
  • He lives in the same village the Sons of Garmadon attacked in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago" and most likely the same one Harumi and her birth parents lived in before moving to Ninjago City as revealed in "Samurai X-Treme."
  • He got a job delivering newspapers and became friends with Antonia on his first day.
  • Nelson could be seen in "Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look" entering Prime Empire. He is seen several times throughout Prime Empire, always among a crowd.

Gallery

In LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

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References

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