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Ultra Sonic Raider   Ultra Stealth Raider    
Of course I remember. How else would you have won the Ninjaball Run?

The Ultra Sonic Raider is a vehicle resembling a cross between a tank and a racecar. It was created by the ninja to battle the Great Devourer.

History

Day of the Great Devourer

After the Great Devourer destroyed the Destiny's Bounty, Kai thought of a new plan to fight the snake. Using the Tornado of Creation in Ed and Edna's Junkyard, the ninja created the Ultra Sonic Raider to face off with the Great Devourer. After restraining the beast with their new vehicle's grappling hooks, the ninja attacked the Devourer with sonic cannons playing the melody of the Sacred Flute. The Devourer was weakened by the music but managed to attack the Ultra Sonic Raider with its tail, destroying the top seat and the sonic cannons. Luckily, the ninja were unharmed (apart from Zane losing some of his artificial skin), and used the Ultra Sonic Raider to pursue the Great Devourer to Ninjago City.

Double Trouble

Nya began repairing the Ultra Sonic Raider during her part-time job at the auto body shop. It was fully functional by the time the evil ninja arrived and tricked Nya into letting them drive the Raider to Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys. After the evil clones were defeated, the ninja drove the Ultra Sonic Raider back home, with Cole riding the Ultra Dragon instead.

Ninjaball Run

To save Dareth's dojo (where they were training Lloyd) from destruction due to unpaid bills, the ninja entered the annual Ninjaball Run competition with the Ultra Sonic Raider. Prior to the race, Nya revealed that she had made some modifications to the vehicle, which could be activated by pulling a lever in the upper cockpit, but the racket of the other vehicles prevented the ninja from hearing the details other than Nya's warning to use it only in a tight spot.

The ninja started the race on a bad note when the Ultra Sonic Raider's left track fell apart (thanks to Brad and Gene's sabotage). Despite the subsequent loss of time, the vehicle quickly gained ground on the competition once the treads were repaired, eventually competing with Ed and Edna's upgraded jalopy for first place. During the Glacier Barrens portion of the race, the Raider's fuel ran low, but Ed and Edna offered their fuel for the ninja's use after hearing about Dareth's plight.

However, the nature of the race meant that the ninja had to refuel on the fly, and matters only grew more complicated when Lord Garmadon sent his Serpentine forces to interfere. Although the ninja successfully refueled the Ultra Sonic Raider, the vehicle ended up causing a multi-car pileup after Zane accidentally knocked Rattla into Ed and Edna's jalopy. The Raider was not appreciably damaged in the crash, allowing it to continue, but not before Jay attached a piece of his parents' wrecked jalopy to the front of the upper cockpit, hoping to ensure that "at least part of their car crossed the finish line."

Refueled and ready to go, the Ultra Sonic Raider entered the final leg of the race ahead of its only remaining competition, Lord Garmadon's Black Bounty. When the villain impeded the Raider's path by using the Mega Weapon to create a vast chasm, Kai decided to trust Nya's unknown modifications and pulled the emergency lever. To the ninja's delighted surprise, the lever caused the upper part of the Ultra Sonic Raider to detach and transform into a flying vehicle, allowing them to cross the chasm and catch up with the Black Bounty. The vehicles were neck-and-neck as they crossed the finish line, but the Raider won by an inch; namely, the piece of Ed and Edna's car attached to the front of the cockpit.

After the race, the abandoned ground-bound portion of the Ultra Sonic Raider was presumably retrieved and reconnected to the upper half.

Child's Play

The ninja use the Raider to travel to the Museum to stop Garmadon from using his Mega Weapon.

The Day Ninjago Stood Still

The Ultra Sonic Raider was used to battle the Stone Army in Ninjago City, but the powerful machine could only slow down the indestructible warriors, forcing the ninja to join the rest of the city's inhabitants in a mass evacuation.

The Surge

When the ninja and the students of Wu's Academy are preparing to leave for a field trip to New Ninjago City, Brad Tudabone mentioned the Ultra Sonic Raider as an alternative to riding in the school bus, indicating that it is still in their possession.

New model

The ninja would utilize many new vehicles following their battle with the Great Devourer. Prior to the Second Serpentine War, Nya refurbished the Destiny's Bounty into a newer model, which was the first vehicle that the ninja upgraded. Sometime later, the Ultra Stealth Raider was designed by Monkey Wretch, which greatly resembled the Ultra Sonic Raider.

Official description

Ultra Sonic Raider

Power into battle in this incredible 4-in-1 Ultra Sonic Raider to battle the snake warriors! Take apart the vehicle to create a plane with golden blade wings, 2 all-terrain vehicles and a cool motorcycle to show off all your ninja might. You must defeat Rattla and Mezmo and then display the limited-edition golden Zane Legacy minifigure to celebrate 10 years of LEGO® NINJAGO® sets.[1]

Appearances

Sets

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Trivia

  • The Ultra Sonic Raider has some notable differences from the playset, including a larger cockpit and no sign of the back-mounted prison cell.
  • It is unclear where the ninja got the blueprints for the Ultra Sonic Raider.
  • It is also unknown how Monkey Wretch built the Ultra Stealth Raider so similar to the original one.
  • This is one of the only vehicles to appear in seasons after their debut.
  • Pythor appears in the Ultra Sonic Raider set, despite never interacting with the vehicle; by the time of the Raider's creation, he had already been eaten by the Great Devourer.
  • The idea of the ninja creating the vehicle in the junkyard with the Tornado of Creation calls to mind to the junkyard tornado fallacy, a philosophical argument attempting to disprove the possibility of life evolving from non-living matter by comparing it to the possibility of a specific type of airplane being created by a tornado in a junkyard.

Gallery

References

Vehicles

Ninja vehicles

Lloyd: Golden Mech · Green Ninja cycle · Jungle Raider · Destiny's Shadow · Ninja Nightcrawler · Titan Mech · Racing bike
Kai: Blade Cycle · Fire Mech · Kai Fighter · Prototype X-1 · Rocket boards · Super Bike · Katana V11 · Destiny's Wing · ATV · Mech Jet
Jay: Storm Fighter · Lightning off-roader · ElectroMech · Ghost Taker GT · Lightning Bike · Flying speeder · Blue Dragon · Sub car
Nya: Samurai Mech · Proto Sam-X · D.B. Express · Nya's bike · Samurai VXL · Battle Wagon · Nya's bike (fantasy) · Ninja Tuner Car
Cole: Tread Assault · Earth Driller · Earth Mech · Roto Jet · Ghost Cycle · Rock Roader · Rock Cycle · Speeder Cars · Stone Mech
Zane: Snowmobile · NinjaCopter · Ice Mech · Titanium Ninja Tumbler · Snake Bike · ShuriCopter · Zane's jet · Jungle surfboard
Wu: Wu's horse carriage · Wu's ship
P.I.X.A.L.: Samurai VXL · Samurai X Mech
Team: Gliders · Destiny's Bounty · Ultra Sonic Raider · Ultra Stealth Raider · Land Bounty · Ninja hang gliders · Ninja's catamarans · Jungle Choppers · Hydro Bounty · APS suits · Submersible combat crafts · Mini submarines

Villain vehicles

Skulkin Vehicles: Skulkin mechs · Skull Truck · Turbo Shredders
Serpentine Vehicles: Bite Cycles · Fangpyre Robot · Fangpyre Trucks · Fangpyre Wrecking Ball · Rattlercopter · Serpentine Bus · Serpentine Express
Stone Army: Garmatron · Hoppers · Stone Army Mech · Tusk · Warrior Bikes
Nindroids: Arcturus · Attack gliders · Destructoid · Double laser cannons · Golden Master's mech · Hover-Copters · Hover Hunters · Jet fighters · Lunar rovers · Nindroid jet fighters · Nindroid MechDragon · Security Mechs · Security tanks · Nindroids' jetpacks
Anacondrai warriors: Anacondrai Battle Mechs · Anacondrai buggy · Blade-Copters · Chenosaurus · Chen's blimp · Chen's ferry · Clouse's stone mech · Condrai Crushers
Ghost Warriors: Chain Cycle · Ghost ship · Mech-enstein
Sky Pirates: Misfortune's Keep · Raid Zeppelin · Sky Shark · Pirate jet
Vermillion: Iron Doom · Vermillion Invaders · Vermillion Racers · Machia's ship
Sons of Garmadon: Oni Bike · Oni Chopper · Stone Booster Bike · Street bikes
Dragon Hunters: Destiny's Wing · Dieselnaut · HunterCopter
Unagami's army: Empire Dragon · Noodle Truck of Crime · Speeder Cars
Keepers: Keepers' catamarans
Kryptarium inmates and henchmen: Ronin's monster
Merlopians: Kalmaar's chariot

Other vehicles

Cliff Gordon's yacht · Firstbourne Mech · Garbage trucks · Jalopy · Mary Louise · Noodle trucks · Postman's bike · R.E.X. · Ronin's Mech (non-canon) · Salvage M.E.C.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie vehicles

Secret Ninja Force: Destiny's Bounty · Fire Mech · Green Ninja Mech Dragon · Ice Tank · Lightning Jet · Ninja Helicopter · Quake Mech · Water Strider
Shark Army: Flying Jelly Subs · Garma Mecha Man · Piranha Mechs · Manta Ray Bombers · Shark Mech

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