“Not even I can handle all of their power!”
— Garmadon to Samukai about the Golden Weapons

The Pilot Episodes of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Masters of Spinjitzu, are the first installments in the Ninjago TV series. It contains Way of the Ninja, The Golden Weapon, King of Shadows, and Weapons of Destiny, and is succeeded by the Mini-Movies. Kai was the focus Ninja and mascot, Lord Garmadon served as the main antagonist, and the Skulkin Army were the villainous faction of the season. It introduces us to the four original Ninja (Kai, Jay, Zane, and Cole), Nya, Master Wu, and Lord Garmadon.

Official Description

Long before time had a name, the NINJAGO world was created by the First Spinjitzu Master by using the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu; weapons so powerful, no one could handle all of their power at once. When he passed away, his two sons swore to protect them, but the oldest, Lord Garmadon, was consumed by darkness and wanted to possess them all. A battle between brothers broke out. Lord Garmadon was defeated and banished to the Underworld.


"Long before time had a name, Ninjago was created by the First Spinjitzu Master using the four weapons of Spinjitzu: The Scythe of Quakes, the Nunchucks of Lightning, the Shurikens of Ice, and the Sword of Fire. Weapons so powerful, no one can handle all their power at once. When he passed away, his two sons swore to protect them. But the oldest was consumed by darkness, and wanted to possess the weapons. A battle between brothers broke out, and the oldest was struck down and banished to the underworld. Peace returned, and the younger brother hid the weapons. But knowing his older brother's relentless ambition for power, he placed a guardian to protect them. And for fear of his own demise, a map for an honest man to hide."

Young blacksmith Kai joins the ninja in an effort to rescue his younger sister, Nya. Under the tutelage of their wise sensei, the four teenagers band together to face Samukai and the Skulkin Army, led by Wu's evil brother, Lord Garmadon.


Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 Pilot MoS01TitleCard "Way of the Ninja" January 14, 2011 (US)
2 Pilot Ep.2 title "The Golden Weapon" January 14, 2011 (US)
3 Pilot Ep.3 title "King of Shadows" January 14, 2011 (US)
4 Pilot DesintyTitleCard "Weapons of Destiny" January 14, 2011 (US)


The sets had the white logo with red around it and Kai in the top right-hand corner.

Sets list



  • When Wu is talking to Kai after the Skulkin kidnap Nya, his staff becomes shorter between scenes.
  • In one scene when the three other Ninja attack Kai, Cole is holding shurikens.
  • When Cole is on the ground wrestling Kai, he is wearing his Original Earth gi.
  • At various points, Zane's normal shurikens turn golden and then silver again.
  • When Wu is fighting Samukai, the Shurikens of Ice disappear, and then reappear again. Zane is able to do this when he is wielding them as well, which means they may have some kind of cloaking device.



Focus Character

  • Kai was the focus Ninja of the episodes. How Kai became a Ninja is the primary focus.
  • Nya also had a main role behind Kai as she was kidnapped by the Skulkin Army. She was the primary cause of Kai's story.
  • Jay, Zane, and Cole were also involved in the battle between the Ninja and the Skulkin Army.
  • Wu was the first character to be seen the the episodes. His backstory in Ninjago is mentioned as well.


  • Lord Garmadon was served as the main antagonist.
    • Samukai was another important antagonist.
  • The Skulkin Army was the villainous faction of the season.


Ninjago Pilot - Work in Progress

Ninjago Pilot - Work in Progress

Short clip of very first 3D blocking of Ninjago. The scene is from the start of the Pilot Episodes.

Ninjago pilot 2011 - early 3d blocking

Ninjago pilot 2011 - early 3d blocking

Early 3d blocking of the sequence where the Ninja meet. This film features Kai's original bad hair and his bad scar, along with the first draft recording of Paul Dobson's Wu, which was later re-recorded.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu 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
1. Darkness Shall Rise · 2. Pirates Vs. Ninja · 3. Double Trouble · 4. Ninjaball Run · 5. Child's Play · 6. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 7. The Stone Army · 8. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 9. The Last Voyage · 10. Island of Darkness · 11. The Last Hope · 12. Return of the Overlord · 13. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3
1. The Surge · 2. The Art of the Silent Fist · 3. Blackout · 4. The Curse of the Golden Master · 5. Enter the Digiverse · 6. Codename: Arcturus · 7. The Void · 8. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4
The Tournament of Elements
1. The Invitation · 2. Only One Can Remain · 3. Versus · 4. Ninja Roll · 5. Spy for a Spy · 6. Spellbound · 7. The Forgotten Element · 8. The Day of the Dragon · 9. The Greatest Fear of All · 10. The Corridor of Elders
Chen Mini-Movies
1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 5
1. Winds of Change · 2. Ghost Story · 3. Stiix and Stones· 4. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 5. Peak-a-Boo · 6. Kingdom Come · 7. The Crooked Path · 8. Grave Danger · 9. Curseworld, Part I · 10. Curseworld, Part II
Season 6
1. Infamous · 2. Public Enemy Number One · 3. Enkrypted · 4. Misfortune Rising · 5. On a Wish and a Prayer · 6. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 7. Wishmasters · 8. The Last Resort · 9. Operation Land Ho! · 10. The Way Back
Tall Tale Mini-Movies
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 Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Season 7
The Hands of Time
1. The Hands of Time · 2. The Hatching · 3. A Time of Traitors · 4. Scavengers · 5. A Line in the Sand · 6. The Attack · 7. Secrets Discovered · 8. Pause and Effect · 9. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 10. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas Mini-Movies
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
1. The Mask of Deception · 2. The Jade Princess · 3. The Oni and the Dragon · 4. Snake Jaguar · 5. Dead Man's Squall · 6. The Quiet One · 7. Game of Masks · 8. Dread on Arrival · 9. True Potential · 10. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9
1. Firstbourne · 2. Iron & Stone · 3. Radio Free Ninjago · 4. How to Build a Dragon · 5. The Gilded Path · 6. Two Lies, One Truth · 7. The Weakest Link · 8. Saving Faith · 9. Lessons for a Master · 10. Green Destiny
2019 Special Event 1. TBA · 2. TBA · 3. TBA · 4. TBA
Ninjago Second 2019 Installment 1. TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2020 Installment 1. TBA