Ninja (LEGO Theme)
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Parent themeLego Castle
SubjectNinja
Availability1998–2000
Total sets29

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.[1] 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.

Background

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.[2]

Construction sets

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.[3] 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.[2]

Number Name Year Pieces Minifigs
1099-1 Ninja Blaster 1999 24 1
1184-1 Cart 1999 24 1
1185-1 Raft 1999 25 1
1186-1 Cart 1999 25 1
1187-1 Glider 1999 23 1
1269-1 White Ninja 1999 23 1
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
3050-1 Shanghai Surprise 1999 104 3
3051-1 Blaze Attack 1999 145 2
3052-1 Ninja Fire Fortress 1999 169 3
3053-1 Emperor's Stronghold 1999 331 4
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
4805-1 Ninja Knights 1999 31 5
6013-1 Samurai Swordsman 1998 13 1
6033-1 Treasure Transport 1998 54 3
6045-1 Ninja Surprise 1998 112 3
6083-2 Samurai Stronghold 1998 198 3
6088-1 Robber's Retreat 1998 277 4
6089-1 Stone Tower Bridge 1998 409 5
6093-1 Flying Ninja Fortress[4] 1998 694 9

Legacy

In 2010, Series 1 of the Lego Collectable Minifigures Series contained a ninja minifigure clearly based on the theme.[5] 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.[6]

References

  1. ^ Lipkowitz, Daniel (2009), The Lego Book, Dorling Kindersley, p. 64, ISBN 978-1-4053-4169-1.
  2. ^ a b Herman, Sarah (2012-07-09). Building a History: The Lego Group. Grub Street Publishers. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-78340-804-7.
  3. ^ "BrickLink Reference Catalog - Sets - Category Ninja". www.bricklink.com. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  4. ^ Farshtey, Gregory; Lipkowitz, Daniel; Hugo, Simon (2020-10-01). LEGO® Minifigure A Visual History New Edition. Dorling Kindersley Limited. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-241-50202-0.
  5. ^ "Lego Collectible Minifigures Series 1 Poster". www.bricklink.com. Retrieved 2021-06-12.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Estrella, Ernie (2017-09-20). "LEGO Ninjago has a long and storied history you definitely didn't know about". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2021-06-12.