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Episode 6 · 2 years ago

LEGO Ninjago Season 1 (2011)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On this weeks episode of Brickology, LegoLee329 goes back to the year 2011 to uncover the truth about the inception of Ninjago and all the controversy surrounding the now popular theme. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever, wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Palm. You might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee. Three, two, nine, from facebook, twitter, instagram, Youtube, patron, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing? I sincerely mean that question. How are you doing? Because I really hope you are doing well and staying safe during this tumultuous time in the world. The coronavirus, covid nineteen, whenever you want to call it, has really caused a lot of chaos across the globe. It's exploded in the past few weeks and a lot of things are being canceled. NBA season, the NCTABA tournament, things that I really love have been canceled. Movies are getting canceled or pushed back, are going straight to streaming. I mean, it's a crazy time. It's seriously a crazy time. It is absolute madness and I hope you are taking all of the necessary precautions to stay safe during this time. Going out as seldomly as possible. Washing your hands, washing your clothes, staying away from big crowds, not touching any thing unnecessarily. I really hope you're doing all of that. I'm trying my best. I feel good currently. Obviously that could change, but right now I feel good, curly, and one good thing about you know, kind of self quarantine yourself to an extent, is brick oology does not require me to go anywhere. I am literally recording this in the closet at my apartment. I record this in a closet. I'm seriously now. Unfortunately, my higher quality microphone is actually at a different location, so not able to use that, using a slightly lower quality microphone, but my editing skills, I think, are good to to make it sound pretty good and be approved by spotify anyways. But besides that, nothing about brick ology is going to be affected by this virus that is going around. And actually, you know, this is not a great thing, obviously, because the coronavirus are still spreading around. But a silver lining from all of this is people have a lot more free time to stream things right. You know, I've watched like ten movies in the past five days because there's nothing else to do. At night time and because of this, I'm assuming my podcast view count on spotify has doubled in just the last week alone, which is very good for me. So I'm hoping, despite all of the tragedy that's happening across the world, that we are able to enjoy the things maybe we won't appreciate more, and I'm hoping that brick ology can maybe catch off the ground a little bit more, because they're not much else for me to do at this current point in time. So I'm going to put a lot of effort into making brick ology the best it can be for you guys while all this madness is happening, and I am seeing some results right now with a lot more stream so thank you for all of those people who have streamed brick ology up to this point. This is the sixth episode of Brick Ology and last week I touched on that people were getting kind of, kind of mad that my intros were really long. I didn't cutch the chase and I'm not going to do that this week. Obviously that intro was long because I need to mention you know a few things about the coronavirus, because it's very topical, but we're literally not going to beat around the Bush any more. We're jumping straight to the point of this week's episode of Brick Ology and introducing our topic now. The topic for this episode did change because originally it was going to be about Lego Disney princess to coincide with the release of the live action remake of Mulan. That comes out a week from today. However, because of the aforementioned virus, Mulan has been...

...pushed back indefinitely. We don't know that's coming out. When it does eventually come out, hopefully sometime here in the near future, I will do that Disney princess episode, I swear. However, I just figured to be kind of weird to do the episode with no real reason to do the episode and have to explain all that. So I completely each change this week's topic of Brick Ology, or, I'm more so, moved up a topic I was planning on doing later and because of the craziness that's going on in the world, I wanted to make an episode that I think a lot of people would like to hear and like to listen to, something that a lot of my fans have grown up with and will love and will be excited that I'm making this episode. So this episode of Brick Ology is about Lego Ninjago. Now, Ninjago is a huge theme. Ninjago is an evergreen theme from Lego. If you don't know your nature vernacular, and Evergreen tree is a tree that always stays green. Now, a lot of trees in the fall time, autumn season, the leaves in the trees they die, they turn Brown, they fall off the trees and, you know, get racked up. The trees are dead, they have no leaves for the winter and then the spring it blooms again. The trees the leaves that come back to life. No, Nevergreen tree is different. And Evergreen tree, despite what season it is, always has green leaves. So it's a pretty, you know, selfexplanatory name. And the way that relates to Lego is an evergreen lego theme is a Lego theme that does not go away. There are plenty of Lego themes that do go away, like Lego Castle, has been canceled over and over again and then rebooted then canceled again, but they're there. are a lot of lego themes, you know, like star wars a perfect example. That's like twenty one year strong. Lego city has been going on for decades now, friends, seems to be one of these. And I think another evergreen theme, because next year it will be in its ten year, is Lego Ninjago. And I think it's crazy that Lego Ninjago is an evergreen theme from Lego because it had kind of a strange and chaotic and weird and questionable beginning. I don't think anybody anywhere thought it was going to be what it ended up being. So, without further ado, let's jump into it and explain the crazy history of Lego Ninjago. Now on. Jugo, of course, is a theme that Lego created themselves. It is an unlicensed, inhouse original lego theme, and I've been wanting to talk about an original lego theme for a while now. But the first five episodes of brick oology in some way, shape or form or a license theme. Obviously Toy story in the two star wars episodes were just one hundred percent license themes. I'm all the sports episode and the NASA episode touched on some sets that weren't entirely licensed, they still were related to some bigger license. Ninjago, though, is not Ninjago is a theme that Lego created itself and you know, Lego is controlled by license themes these days. The biggest lego themes that most people seem to care about our star wars and marvel superheroes. And then we get random, you know, license themes like despicable me, minions and trolls, world toward angry birds and the lone range are just random stuff of that sort. But back in the day, really not that long ago, like even like a decade ago, Lego was more so controlled by the unlicensed themes. Lego castle was a big one. Pirates, space city, stuff like that Lego. You know, they have their bread and butter. Over the years has been unlicensed themes that has kind of died as Lego has become bigger and more commercializes, which is very understandable and honestly, you know, license themes are the things...

...that I like more because I'm obsessed with Star Wars Marvel superheroes. I'm more inclined to buy a set based on something I love rather than something that lego creates. But there is some things special and very unique about the unlicensed theme and like when a theme like hidden side gets released doesn't nineteen. It's the first, you know, big unlicensed theme in a few years. It's exciting and it's interesting and it's really cool to see what Lego can do because their full creativity as a brand and as designers is on display, because they're not held back by the restraints of anything. They can pretty much do whatever the heck they want. So unlicensed themes, inhouse themes, are the bread and butter of Lego, or were the bread and butter of Lego. And when Ninjago came out, it was actually one of two new unlicensed themes for the winter of two thousand and eleven. And this is such an interesting story. I think a lot of newer Lego fans are going to have no idea what I'm talking about, but if you were around the Lego community in two thousand and ten when you know, like a rumors were starting to surface, you're probably going to know what I'm talking about. There were two new original lego themes that were announced. One obviously Ninjago. The other one was pharaohs quest. Now the weird thing is there was like a strange online debate about which theme would be better and which theme you liked more. You know how like when twilight came out, it's like are you team Edward or team Jacob? It was kind of like that. It's where you are you team Ninjago or team Pharaoh's quest? And myself at the time, admittedly, I was one hundred percent on the Pharaoh's quest chain. I Love Pharaoh's quest. I love Egyptian mythology from shows like ugio and those Britain Fisher Mommy movies. Like I was stoked for Pharaoh's quest. I bought all of the boxed Pharaoh's quest sets. I love parrots quest and I was like, Farris quest is going to be legit. This is Legos next big theme. I love this paraos quest over Ninjago any day. In retrospect, that's obviously hilarious because Pharaoh's quest had nine total rule sets, only six box sets, couple polybags on a weird promotional pack and it lasted one wave. And you know, I don't think it's been forgotten. You know, I think people look back man Frero's quest fondly, but it's not exactly, you know, relevant people's minds, whereas Ninjago has gone on to produce hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of sets over almost nearly a decade and it's still going strong today, whereas Pharao's quest is, you know, completely, you know, irrelevant in Modern Day Lego. So obviously I was wrong that Pharas quested can be more popular. I still love Paras quest and I stand by that decision today because I just eat up anything Egyptian mythology related. But it's very funny in retrospect, and you know that's not the first time that's occurred here on brick ology. You know, when we talk about things in retrospect in terms of Lego, like Lego is failing, there's a company at one point is funny to me to think about because of how well they are doing now. And another weird thing about Ninjago, especially in my respect, not everyone was like super excited or thrilled about Ninjago at the time, because when we heard that we were getting Ninjago, everyone was like, oh, Ninja's we're getting more Ninja stuff. And this is not the first time Lego has made Ninja related products. And One thousand nine hundred and ninety eight and ninety nine they had what is kind of considered a sub theme of Castle that has had a line of products called Ninja. Now this is not an episode about leg go Ninja. I will do a separate episode about that theme in the future. It brick oology continues because there's a lot of sets of talk about from like a Ninja. But people were hoping that Ninjago would be kind of like the spiritual predecessory on the spiritual sequel to the Lego Ninja Line, and some of the sets definitely were and obviously they...

...reuse some pieces and some similar things from those sets. But Ninjago was clearly this weird, you know targeting more towards at kids fanny fantasy based things with, you know, skeleton warriors and crazy oversized vehicles and you know kind of drew some inspiration maybe from power rangers more so from the Ninja and Nick Ninja Lore from Japanese culture. So I think a lot of people, especially older classic Lego fans, were kind of let down because we were hoping for a big new line of Ninja based products and one njago obviously is Ninja based. It's not the kind of Ninja based thing that I think a lot of people were looking for and obviously it's way more fantasy. It's a crazy fantasy world instead of just being, you know, based off kind of like the traditional Ninja from Jap, Japan. So that's very interesting to think about because it became so popular, but at the time people weren't exactly like getting super excited about Ninjago. And one more thing that I think I definitely need to mention is the way we pronounced Ninja go back in the day, and this is something that a lot of people did seriously before Lego had any promotional material where they really explained how to pronounce it. Almost everyone seat US saying Ninjago. They said Ninja go. You can go back and watch my old original videos for Ninjago, I say Ninja Go. Pretty much everyone said Ninja go like it's two separate words instead of one Ninjagu it was Ninja go, and it's just so funny to think about now that we almost all, is a good group think among the Lego fans at this is Ninja go, not Ninjago. So I think it's safe to say not everything was amazing from the get go for Ninjago as a theme, but this is actually something that, you know, can kind of relate to other things that seems like I can't go a single episode of brick ology without bringing up star wars and some regard. But if you think about Star Wars, the original star wars film kind of had a bumpy ride. Like the production was weird and crazy and not everything about that production was super smooth. And I don't think the beginning of Ninjago was super smooth. And looking back in that now it's like that's weird because this is one of the Lego's biggest themes ever that they make so many so many products for. But you know, a lot of popular IPS actually don't have the glorious beginnings that you might expect. So Ninjago and that way actually wasn't this crazy success story that we all know it as today. It kind of had a rocky start. Now I don't know if Lego just new something we didn't, but Lego really committed to Ninjago. They pumped a lot into Ninjago from day one. Now this is kind of an unofficial term that Ninjago was the first of these Lego things that we call big bang themes. You know, the Big Bang, obviously, is what's supposedly created the world with a big bang and everything was made. So a Big Bang Lego theme. The analogy is referencing that Lego really starts with the bang. Instead of making a small first wave, they really pump a lot of material out there at the same time. Some other examples of big bangs. I think hidden side. You could probably consider that a big bang because it came out with eight sets, an entire line of APPS and lots of promotion for it, although I think the more notable Big Bang Lego themes are legends of Chiema and next so nights, which really try to capitalize on the success of Ninjago. So today's episode of Brick Ology, I am not talking about all of Ninjago. Nanjago, who has been going on for nearly a decade now, and kind of like I do my star wars episodes where I am breaking them up into little different categories for each film or show, whatever you name it, I don't do that for Ninjago. Today's episode of Brick Ology is literally just the pilot season of Ninjago, Nanjago, season one, the Ninjago sets from the year...

...two thousand and eleven. That's it, because Lego released over forty over forty sets in the first year of Ninjago alone. That is a ton. That's so, so many. They really just pumped a lot into this theme and it wasn't just normal system based set. So you obviously there were a lot of normal system based sets, but there's also the spinner sets that will talk about here in just a minute. And then of course there's the TV series on cartoon network that coincides with the Ninjago sets. Now, I was never super into the TV series. I watched just a little bit, but I never was super into the show. I don't know too much of the show and this is about the study of small plastic bricks, not the study of the TV shows based off the small plastic bricks. So I'm not going to mention the show too much throughout the rest of this episode. But that TV series is super popular. Obviously it's bonned a movie two thousand and seventeen, which will be for another episode of Brick Ology in the future, and it is still running today. So lego really just pumped a lot of material and resources in to the launch of Ninja go and Ninjago was launched in January of two thousand and eleven. And this episode, like I said, will only about be about the first year of Ninjago, from two thousand and eleven, and there were so many sets Ninjago episodes we broken into multiple episodes. The next Ninjaga episode probably just be Ninjago stuff fro two thousand and twelve, because there's a lot to talk about. But to start off with Ninjago episode, I think it's only fitting to talk about one of the most iconic things from the first couple years of Ninjagos, a theme, and that is the spinners. So before we talk about the spinners, we need to explain the spinners first, because if you don't know what the spinners are, you're not too familiar. It's a very odd thing that Lego doesn't really do all too often. So this is a new gimmick. It's a gimmick of the spinners. It's kind of a similar concept to bay blades, those toys you played with a couple times when you were like seven years old in lower school, like yeah, it's Bay Blade. That's kind of what they were. However, the spinners did not have rip chords. So Bay blades you pull a rip cord and makes it spin. The NINJAGO spinners, at least the original ones, they have made spinners in the future that do have rip chords, but the original Ninjago spinners did not have rip chords. They basically had little indentations for your fingers on the spinner and you had to do it with your actual hands, which is kind of funny to think about, and it was kind of finicky and hard to use. But the piece was a very particular specialized piece. It was, I think, about six by six studs wide. It had four studs and four different Lo cations and then some sections for printing, but of course you could add things on to those studs and in the middle of the spinner there was a spot for one minifigure. The underside of the spinner and there were just four anti studs that you could put a little anti Stud, you know, one of those plates, the curved plate underside play on so it could spin. There were screws, it was heavy. It was a very specialized metal piece and you could put one minifigure in the center and kind of the point of the game because when you spun the figures and the center, you point the weapon outwards and as it would spin towards another one of the spinners, whichever figures weapon, you know, hit a figure first. It was basically designed. If the figure is hit, it would twists a little bit and if it twists in the center, it raises up and launches the figure out of the spinner. Wow, that was a really horrible job of explaining how these spinners work. But this is a visual show. This urs is not a visual show. This is all my words that I'm trying to pest. I can hear, but that's kind of how the spinners worked. And they so sold these individual spinner sets for ten dollars...

...each and they had about an average of twenty pieces. So really bad price or piece. But, like I said, the spinner pieces are very, very specialized heavy metal pieces and each set came with one minifigure. Sometimes I figures were exclusive very desirable. Additionally, you get the one spinner, three weapon pieces for the eager to use, and you'd also get five trading cards. The even sold the trading cards separately in some cases. I'm going to be honest here. I don't really know exactly how the Ninjago trading card game worked. I don't really think Lego committed a whole lot to it. I kind of wish they did, because it would have been a little bit more interesting. Maybe sold booster packs and head holographic collectible cards or something, but they didn't really commit a whole lot to the NINJAGO trading card game. But each spinner did come with five trading cards and the trading cards had like different properties and powers you could use. Now there were a lot, I mean a lot, of spinner sets to come out this year for Ninjago. So we had Kai, Cole and Zane the first way of spinners, along with the skeletons. All the skeletons actually had new leg molds that year, a new skeleton Legmo that had kind of like weird boots so could actually stand in the spinner like a normal lego figure, which is kind of an interesting piece. But you also got skeletons chop, pop, bonds, eye and crazy. Crazy is a skeleton that war a chester mask, which at that was pretty interesting. And then the second wave of spinners, we got coal DX and Zane DX. Now these spinners were golden, so they are a little bit more specialized in there were golden. We also got a spinner for Nia and then some more spinners for the skeleton characters like knuckle then we got spinners for Cruncha whiplash and since a woo. These spinners were all transparent. So the spinners went from being kind of like a normal opay, normal lego color to they were gold and little bit shiny and cooler, and then they were transparent and that's where ish was getting real, and then they look pretty legit. Now the second year for Ninjaga really expanded the spinner concept and added like attachments to the spinners. This first year, that which we are only focusing on today, did not do that, but I just want to let you know that did happen in the future for these spinners. So we got three transparent spinners with the country cruncha whiplash and Swin, since twin say, since a will. And finally, for the spinners, we got these spin jitsu starter set. That was a twenty dollar set that included two spinners, one for Ja and one for the Skeleton Warrior frack jaw. And this set is a very special set to me because this is the first ever Ninjago set I reviewed. I think it was January fourth two thousand and eleven, over nine years old video. You can still watch it in my youtube channel. Today. It's an absolutely horrible video. It's completely out of focus, my voice as high pitch, doesn't sound nearly as good or look nearly as good as my content is today. However, it didn't matter, because this is currently my fourth highest viewed video ever, with over one hundred and twenty five thou views on Youtube. That is insane to me. It blows on mind that so many people watch this video, and that kind of goes to help to show how Njogo kind of helped form the community of Lego of fans on Youtube, and a lot of people, including myself, have to be very thankful for Ninjago for giving us a ton of yous and help getting our channels off the ground, because two thousand and eleven is really one of the first big years for my youtube channel and I owe a lot of credit to Ninjago for improving my quality of videos and improving my viewership tremendously. Now, in addition to spinners, they were not only found in these blister packs. So all the spinners I just mentioned came in blister packs, like a pack of pokemon cards or Yugyo cards comes in a blister pack. You pull off plastic round piece of cardboard and it hangs. Isn't sit in the shelf, it hangs on shelves from little like Hooks. They came in blister packs. However,...

...there were also spinners included in the normal system base sets. So that's the next wave a Ninjago. The next set of Ninjago sets we're going to talk about here, the first one from the second way we're going to talk about the summer wave, is the mountain shrine. This was a twenty hour set that came with Kai and his own golden spinner. That wasn't exclusive, but it did count. With that a small structure with some training supplies and no the mini figures, but it did come with the kispinner and almost two inter pieces. So it was a good deal and it kind of made the deal for the other spinners look worse because those had such bad price for pieces. Yet we're getting US set that's nearly ten cents per piece with the spinner. Definitely makes you questions some of the price points from Lego there, but this was a pretty cool set. Additionally, we had the SPE Jitsu Dojo. This was a fifty dollar set from the first wave of NNJAGO, a store exclusive it included the since a wou spinner, which was, I think, exclusive at the time, a very cool spinner, and it's one of my favorite Ninjago sets from this year. I would say it is my favorite Ninja go set from this year for sets that I do own, and I have a cool story about this set. Now, I've done this a few times here on brick ecology where I like to share an anecdote about Lego sets. I love making it personal and giving my own personal stories about Lego sets, and this is a very interesting story. So two thousand and eleven I was in eighth grade. So my middle school we had these after school clubs that met once a week on Thursdays after school. Now, in seventh grade I was actually, kind of ironically for the context of the episode, I was in the Ninjitsu Club, which is, you know, a real martial arts which, of course, is the PUN sake for Spin Jitsu from Ninjago. So in seventh grade I was in the Ninjitsu Club. This is before Ninjag has come out. In Eighth Grade I was very close with my homeroom teacher. We're really tight. We're still pretty tight today. He ended up being my basketball coach in high school, really great guy and we had a good relationship and he really liked me. So so he really liked me and he also knew about my passion for Lego. And this is like when my youtube channel was really starting to ramp up. I was starting to make, you know, ad revenue from Google adsense and all that fun stuff, and people are kind of taking my lego obsession a little more seriously. Even though we were all thirteen and fourteen and some people are, you know, starting to move away from toys and focusing more on girls and sports and all the typical things that a teenage boy might do. I was still focusing on Lego and my hormo teacher, who I won't name, do you know? You know, respect his privacy, privacy, but I won't name him here, but he ended up making an after school club with me. I was kind of like the CO creator of this club. It was the Lego Club. We made a Lego club and we had like ten members. It was a it was pretty lilt. It was a pretty good time and I remembered the first set he got for the Lego Club for us to build as a collective, was this set the spinds it two do joe, the fifty set from the word first wave of Ninjago. Now I actually already owned this set for myself because I really wanted it and I bought it for myself, but he also had this set for the Lego Club. So I have kind of a personal attachment and special memory of the spind it sue spin and having really a lot of trouble saying it. Spin Jitsu dot show set from the first thing Ninjago into thousand elements. So that's my story about that particular set. The next set from the first wave was knuckles, a TV, a big oversize a TV that use those chunky plastic power miners power miners wheels. Is a twenty store exclusive and it had ky's spinner in gold, which I believe you could also get in the aforementioned set that I mentioned, the mountain shrine set as well. Another set from the first wave, another store exclusive, was called Skeleton Bowling. This was a three dollar set that held almost four hundred pieces,...

...again making the prices of the individual spinner blister packs seem really, really questionable. And this set came with Jay's spinner and, like the name would suggest, you could bowl with some skeletons. These skeletons were on to buy two circular plate pieces and they used the floppy skeleton design. Instead of having normal skeleton heads, they had tan cones and they had all the skeleton pieces in ten and you could spin the spinner to knock over the skeletons that were set up like bowling pins. There's only six of them. There was not ten like an almost a bowling pins, but it was a similar concept. You could actually even keep score with the bionical Glatorian piece that had come out and bonical couple years prior in two thousand and nine. Really Weird set. I don't have this set. I kind of wish I did. It only came with J no other figures, unless you count all the skeleton bowling pins, but a very odd Lego Ninjago set. Now moving on to the bigger spinner sets. From this first year for like a Ninjago, we had the NINJAGO battle arena. This was a fifty dollar set with over four hundred pieces in this arena included coal and bonds, eyes spinners and the arena was built out of bricks and made, you know, kind of an arena oval like shape for you to do your spinner battles inside of. It even had gates for the spinners be able to enter into the arena, you know, kind of in lible role play scenario, and half the arena was kind of a Ninja esthetic than the other half the arena was a skeleton esthetic. Pretty Cool, unique set, had some good designs and good looks and it came with two spinners for fifty dollars. Now, last but not least, by far, the biggest set to include a spinner from this first wave was the toys of terrest exclusive that came out in the summer, the lightning dragon battle. Now you're going to hear a lot about the dragons throughout this episode. I won't spend it here. I'll spend in just a minute with the Ice Dragon, but the lightning dragon battle was an eighty dollar set with a little bit under seven hundred pieces. It was the biggest dragon set from this year. This dragon was an impressive to dragon that design and dark blue and light blue colors, and each Ninja got their own dragon this year. This one just happened to include the crunch of spinner that I believe was in transparent green another spinner was the same spinner that came with a ten dollar blister pack, but that's kind of weird that it also came in this set. It also included a skeleton helicopter to help combat the Dragon, but it did include a spinner and this was by far the biggest dragon set from Ninjago at the time. So those are all the spinner sets and those are all the spinner sets that were part of the normal system wave. That's a lot. That's over twenty. There's a lot of Ninjago sets from that year's that contained the spinners, and the spinners even got bigger in year to form Ninjago, and I definitely will talk about that in a future episode of brick alogy because they'd be kind of became like a craze there for a second. But that's all the spinner sets for Lego Ninjago in the year two thousand and eleven. So if all this spinner sets out of the way, we can finally talk about the first ever Ninjago system sets that did not include spinners. That was a mouthful, but let's dive straight into them. For five dollars we had the Ninja training outposts. This is the smallest box set from this year. It came with the Coal Ninja figure. Now the Ninja figures. In the first year for Ninjagar, they actually used the og Ninja head dress piece from the ninety eight Ninja themed. To think is pretty interesting. Since then they have chains Nija head dress piece many, many times. That has never really been that same old one, although we did get a pink Ninja in that same style this year with the gamers market set that are reviewed on my instagram account and this channel. But the first year used all those og Ninja headdress pieces and coal...

...used one in black, of course, which was a very commonly used piece in the original Ninja theme. This training outpost set, though. It had a target for an Arrow, a small dragon shaped structure to hold weapons and that was about. It was pretty much just an impulse by type set for two dollars. More at seven dollars we had the Ninja and Bush, which is a great really small set. It came with Kai and the skeleton bones I which was the cheapest way to get one of the skeleton minifigures, and it had this like bamboo shape structure and by pushing on a piece, the babloo would split and the Chai mini figure would like launch at the bones I figure. Very interesting, very interesting play feature, but was a fun play feature, especially for a seven dollar set, and we just don't really get too many like seven dollar sets here these days, but I kind of missed them and it was a pretty cool set. For fifteen dollars we had these skull motorbike and if you were you know if you're sick of lego making gigantic motorcycles. They make tons of huge motorcycles for DC marvel superheroes, Ninjago, next to night's. Lots of themes have big, oversized motorcycles. This set is kind of like the og original oversized motorbike set. It was the skull motorbike. It was a motorcycle, of course, for the skeleton war years. It kind of like ghostwriters motorcycle. At member like people actually mocked it into ghost riders motorcycle. It came with J and chop off. It was a fifteen set. Actually a really cool design. It's a very cool like chopper style motorcycle. But this was kind of like the og the original way way too big Lego motorcycle set for twenty in the first wave was well we got the Ice Dragon. I remember when in Jrago was first revealed, I wasn't thrilled about most of the sets, but I saw the Ice Dragon I was like, man, I have to have that set. That set looks sick. And now we've already mentioned the lightning dragon, but this was the first ever set to come out for the elemental dragons. We got all four elemental dragons at some point that year. Three of them came out during the summer, but the Ice Dragon was the first one to come out. It was also the cheapest. It was only twenty it had Zane and crazy, the aforementioned chester skeleton minifigure, and the dragons had this very odd specialized head. Motto was big, it was made of rubber and it had a bionical Zamor sphere launcher thing inside of it. Is a Zamer sphere. I can remember it had the Glettorian launcher piece inside that you could lodge out of its mouth, which is kind of a weird play feature. But this ice dragon I remember being a really, really cool set at the time for thirty dollars. From that initial pilot wave of Ninjago sets we had the turbo shredder which just used big rubber treads, a head coal and fract jaw. kind of an ugly vehicle. I have never had any interested in this one. I completely skipped on that one. And then the biggest set from this way. We've already mentioned a couple of other big sets in the spinter section, but the biggest set from the first wave Ninjago was Garma Don's dark fortress. It was a seventy set. It used the Bin Tin tail pieces as decorations on the front. It was the first set ever to include a Garma Don figure and you also got these same ou Kai figure, who was a farm skeleton with an opening jaw feature. Very unique piece with some very cool molds. I really like that. It also came with Kai and it was the first set ever to include NA. That was a cool set. Kind of a weird look now, doesn't hold up Super Bowl today, but it was a cool set that I ultimately skipped on back in the day. So now we can talk about these summer wave of Nanjago sets and two thousand and eleven. So kind of similar to how star wars does it, where the winter wave has smaller sets and they save the big sets for the summer ninjago pretty much did the exact same thing the summer waves. Most of the sets were pretty big. We still got the twenty dollar blacksmith shop, which I did get and did review back in the day. They had kai and crunch and it...

...had this weird like rooftop opening play feature with gears that revealed some extra weapons inside the roof. That was kind of weird. said, it really is not hold up well today. I Love Blacksmith shops and I love that design. I love the kind of esthetic of them, but this set is pretty ugly looking back on it now. We also got the Earth Dragon to fans, which I also got back in the day. This was a thirty five dollar set. It of course, was Coles Dragon. This is actually the only elemental dragon to have a different head mold. The other three use the exact same head mold in different colors, but the earth dragon had its own very cool and very unique head mold and this was the only dragon that was not a flying dragon. This was a ground base dragon, of course, and Earth Dragon. Lots of rocky features, very cool looking dragon, good combination of tans, browns and kind of that minty green color. This was a great set and I'm really glad I got this one back in the day. It also included the cold minifigure, of course, and the whiplash minifigure as well. Next up we had the skull truck. The skull truck was a big oversized monster truck designed for sixty dollars and had a chomping play feature. Now lego has made this play feature again. They made it with a next and night set for a gesture the just drows vehicle that I reviewed on my channel a few years ago. We're essentially you move this truck along the ground and it had a big job big skeleton face on the front. In a go, chomp, jomp, chop, the GILE would move up and down it to fun, simple but very creative and fun play feature. It's a huge, huge oversized monster truck. This one got a lot of votes as the best set from this wave. I never got this set. I don't remember this set to fondly, but apparently a lot of people do, because I think it was actually the runner up for the Best N Jago set from this way. We'll talk about the best one in just a second here, but this was a very interesting set that came with Garma Don and it also came with J and Zane. Now, last but not least, the last two thousand and eleven Ninjago set we're going to talk about today, the set that was voted as the best two thousand and eleven Ninjago set by my fans on Instagram, is the fire temple. This was like the flagship Ninjago set for two thousand and eleven. It was one hundred and twenty dollars. It was one of the first ever Lego sets, the first Ninjago set that was really based off a Japanese style. Temple. Was a big structure and it didn't matter if you didn't like the weird esthetic and fantasy elements of Ninjago. If you were a big classic Ninja Fan, you could totally get this set and it would still be the same sort of thing. Huge, huge set. It had awesome printed windows with dragons on them, Cool Asian style Japanese writing, and it also came with the last of the four elemental dragons, which I believe is the second biggest of the flying dragons, the Fire Dragon. That was a super, super cool design and this entire set had a very unique play feature where you could open up the middle for a spot for the dragon to go inside. Really Cool set, really great set. I'm not surprised at all it was voted on as the best set from the first year of Ninjago. Also, it's kind of fitting that KAI got the biggest flagship set, because Kai was on all the boxes and while Lloyd seems to be the main character and Njago these days, Kai was kind of pushed as the main character of Ninjago back in the day, which is kind of interesting to think about in retrospect. This set came with seven mini figures. It was the biggest Ninjago set at the time. All around, a great set. I still like this Bin Jitsu Dojo as my personal favorite Ninjago set, because I also never got the fire temple, but I would hundred percent understand why my fans voted this set the number one overall. Two Thousand and eleven Ninjago set. Wow, my mouth is full of saliva. I've been...

...talking for a long time now, but that's it. That's it, y'all. That is two thousand and eleven, the first pilot ever season of Ninjago. Those are all the Ninjago gear one sets. Thank you, so much for listening to this episode of Brick Ology. I really appreciate it. And again, like I mentioned the beginning, stay safe. Take necessary precautions to stay safe at this very scary time. I'll be praying for everybody, any listener of brick ology and anybody who has been affected by this virus that you were staying safe and if you do unfortunate get it, that you will heal up. Thank you for listening Ninjago. You two will be coming pretty soon. Not entirely sure when it will be happening, but it considering how this episode does. This episode does better than I'm expecting, we might have to fast forward and do that episode here fairly soon, also because of the quarantine situation here. Brick Ology, while I did announce a couple weeks ago it was moving to a biweekly schedule, it might be canceling that for at least the time being. I'm not entirely sure. I can't make any promises, but if you're listening at this point in time, look out because there might be another episode of Brick Ology and exactly one week and not two weeks. Will what. Await and see, but I have a lot more free time than normally anticipated. I'm at home and I can record these episodes, of course, so I might make brick ology. I might spee of the process, at least for the time bearing during this, you know, crazy coronavirus time, there might be more episodes of brick oology coming out then originally planned. So thank you, guys, so much for listening. Please go follow my instagram page. I post a tous over over there. Go check me out on Youtube, follow me on twitter, like my facebook page and, if you really love the show, consider becoming a patreon supporter. Any tiny little donation goes a long way to me making the best possible product. Stay safe during this crazy times is let goo lead through tonight. Signing off piece out, guys. I'll see you guys later. Bobby.

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