|Parent theme||Lego Castle|
Ninja was a theme and product range of the construction toy Lego. Launched in 1998, the collection was its own theme. It had many elements of the ninja warriors from feudal Japan. The majority of the sets were released in 1998 and 1999; however, three small sets of minifigures were released in 2000 as part of the ‘Mini Heroes Collection’. After this, the theme was discontinued, and was effectively replaced by the “Knights Castle” theme in 2000.
The Ninja theme was released as a sub-theme of the Lego Castle theme, which from 1984 had started to develop into specific factions. Lego Ninja immediately followed the Fright Knights theme, which had been in production from 1997 to 1998. In contrast to Fright Knights, Lego Ninja took its influence from a more realistic starting point and was set in mountainous Japan with medieval buildings.
A total of 29 toy sets were released as part of the Ninja theme, which centred on three distinctive groups; the ninja, the samurai and the robbers. The toy sets featured a variety of buildings and vehicles, including fortresses and boats. The ninja crest was yellow with a black wingless dragon. The Samurai had blue banners bearing a golden fan. The robbers crest was a red, black and silver bull's head. The ninja minifigures were designed in a variety of colours, including black, red, grey, green and white and featured grey shoulder plates. In contrast, the samurai were dressed in black, blue and silver, and the robbers were dressed in red and green.
|3016-1||Master and Heavy Gun||1998||24||1|
|3017-1||Ninpo Water Spider||1998||25||1|
|3018-1||LEGO Shogun Go!||1998||25||1|
|3019-1||Ninpo Big Bat||1998||23||1|
|3052-1||Ninja Fire Fortress||1999||169||3|
|3074-1||Red Ninja's Dragon Glider||1999||20||1|
|3075-1||Ninja Master's Boat||1999||21||1|
|3076-1||White Ninja's Tank||1999||23||1|
|3077-1||Ninja Shogun's Mini Base||1999||22||1|
|3344-1||One Minifig Pack - Ninja #1||2000||9||1|
|3345-1||Three Minifig Pack - Ninja #2||2000||21||3|
|3346-1||Three Minifig Pack - Ninja #3||2000||22||3|
|6089-1||Stone Tower Bridge||1998||409||5|
|6093-1||Flying Ninja Fortress||1998||694||9|
In 2010, Series 1 of the Lego Collectable Minifigures Series contained a ninja minifigure clearly based on the theme. A year later, in early 2011, Lego released the Lego Ninjago theme and associated television series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, which took heavy inspiration from the Ninja theme.
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