For the series this line of sets is made alongside, see LEGO Ninjago. For the island, see Ninjago.
Ninjago (formerly known as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu) is a line of LEGO sets developed alongside the TV series of the same name. Michael Knap is the Design Manager.
Wave 1: Pilot Episodes (2011)
Released in early 2011, this wave consists of ten playsets based on the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu pilot episodes, featuring the Ninja battling the Skeleton Army over the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.
Released in early 2012 and consisting of ten playsets, this wave features sets from Season 1: Rise of the Snakes, featuring the Ninja fighting against the five Serpentine Tribes over the tribe generals' staffs which contain the anti-venom to cancel the snakes' powers.
Released in mid-2012 and featuring only four sets, this wave continues to feature sets from Season 1: Rise of the Snakes, showcasing the Ninja's battle for the four Silver Fangblades, which together can revive the monstrous Great Devourer. However, these sets also feature majorly in the first half of Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja. This wave also introduces Lloyd as the Legendary Green Ninja.
Released in December 2012, consisting of just six sets, this wave is based on the latter half of Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja, featuring the Ninja's battle against The Overlord and his Stone Army. The collectible items this wave are the four Elemental Blades. The wave features Lloyd as the Golden Ninja/Ultimate Spinjitzu Master.
Released in late 2013/early 2014 and containing seven sets, this wave is based on Season 3: Rebooted. It depicts the Overlord's return in digital form in control of an army of Nindroids, and the Ninja fighting him back with Techno Blades: weapons that hack technology. Compared to the Asian Mythology-based theme of past waves, this one takes on a high-tech theme with futuristic vehicles, weapons, and enemies.
Returning to the series' Asian Mythological roots, early 2015 brought a massive
wave of eleven sets based on Season 4: The Tournament of Elements. The wave introduces Master Chen and his cult of Anacondrai worshippers, along with new Elemental Masters aside from the Ninja. It also features the debut of Skylor as the Orange Ninja of Amber and the return of Zane, now the Titanium Ninja. This time, the collectible items are Jade Blades.
Released in mid-2015 based on Season 5: Possession, the wave features ten sets, including the massive Direct-to-Consumer "Temple of Airjitzu". Here, using the ghost-slaying Aeroblades, the Ninja battle ghosts from the
Cursed Realm, the ghost of former Master of Wind Morro in possession of Lloyd's body. The wave also has Nya giving up her mantle of Samurai-X to become the Water Ninja.
Released in early 2016, the wave features seven sets based on Season 6: Skybound. It depicts, the Ninja facing off against a crew of Sky Pirates commanded by the Djinn Nadakhan. The collectible items are Djinn Blades, various depictions of a weapon known as the Sword of Souls which has entrapped various members of the Ninja team. The wave introduces Cole's ghost form after becoming such in Season 5.
In honor of the 5th anniversary of Ninjago, mid-2016 saw the release of
nine sets, six of which tie directly into the "Day of the Departed" special, though appear prominently in Season 7: The Hands of Time, featuring the Ninja fighting deceased villains who attempt to take the heroes' places amongst the living using Departed Blades. Cole's RX form debuts here, depicting his return to the corporeal with a ghostly scar and a new ability known as the Earth Punch. The other three sets continue to be based on events from Season 6.
Released in Winter 2017, this wave consists of 7 sets based on the Season 7: The Hands of Time. It depicted the Ninjas fight against the new enemies, The Hands of Time and the Vermillion. The collectible items are the Time Blades.
Despite the Ninja's hair being shown since the beginning of the TV series, their hairpieces were not included in the sets until (though they did appear on some Spinjitzu Spinnerscards) 2014 with the Rebooted wave as part of their Techno gi designs. Before that, Jay, Cole, and Zane's hairpieces existed in other LEGO themes, while both of Lloyd's existed but not in blond, and Kai's did not exist at all.
All of their current hair pieces have been included in The LEGO Ninjago Movie sets. For the sets based on the TV show, all hair pieces were released except Zane's titanium hair piece.
As of the third Legacy wave, all of the Ninja's current hair pieces have been included in sets outside of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and Kai and Jay have had different colored ones in their Avatar outfits.