10 Best LEGO Ninjago Sets in 2018

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Released in 2011, Ninjago is a theme within the LEGO universe that incorporates a film, a TV show and a number of building kits. With the TV show being the longest running show on Cartoon Network, it is clear that kids love this ninja theme and the building kits are also highly popular. They provide a good range of developmental benefits, as well as high entertainment value.

A large number of kits available on the market can seem daunting, but with a little bit of research, you will be able to find the right set for whoever you are buying the kit for. We’ve done some of that research for you.

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  • Easy to build
  • A scene from the movie
  • Great reviews
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  • Extra dragon pieces included
  • Nine character minifigures
  • Other great features
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  • Cool vehicle
  • Motorbike piece included
  • Great attention to detail

We consulted experts, bloggers and customer reviews to bring you this list of the top 10 LEGO Ninjago kits available to buy online right now, as well as some general factors you should consider before buying.

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1. LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls 70608

LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls 70608

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This kit allows kids to build their own version of Master Falls from the Ninjago Movie. It comes with a jungle bridge, cage, a secret cave with a skeleton, tropical plant parts, and other accessories. It also has three LEGO minifigures - Master Wu, Kai, and Jungle Garmadon. Fully built the bridge measures six inches high, eight inches wide and five inches deep. At 312 pieces it is suggested for kids from seven to 14 years old, and will only take a few hours to fully build.

The cage opens and closes, allowing kids to put mini-figures into the cage during their own imaginative play situations. The skeleton figurine hides inside the cave, waiting to be discovered whilst the set is being constructed. Customer reviews are very positive, saying it is a very high-quality set that kids love playing with time after time.

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Why We Like It

  • Easy to build
  • A scene from the movie
  • Great reviews

Recommended Age
7+ years
Number of Pieces
312
Dimensions
7.5 x 2.3 x 13.9 Inches
Our Verdict

This is a great box for any kids that have seen the movie, or enjoy reading and watching content about jungles. The bridge is sturdy and will not break through extended play, although care should be taken to make sure kids do not play too rough.

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2. NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Dragon Pit 70655

NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Dragon Pit 70655

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Kids can build their very own Dragon Pit scene from the TV series with this Ninjago set. Not only can they build the dragon pit itself, but they also have the pieces required to build a fully poseable Earth Dragon figure toy. There are also nine minifigures included in the set - Dragon Master, Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai, Iron Baron, Arcade, Heavy Metal, and Chew Toy. There are also pieces of Golden Dragon armor included and various accessories including swords and a throne.

The dragon pit has missile shooters with projectiles, a trap door leading to a jail and a watchtower. The dragon also has a saddle piece that can be ridden by the character figurines. At 1660 pieces, it is recommended for kids from nine to 14 years old. According to customer reviews, it is a very sturdy construction and kids love playing with the extra dragon figure.

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Why We Like It

  • Extra dragon pieces included
  • Nine character minifigures
  • Other great features

Recommended Age
9+ years
Number of Pieces
1660
Dimensions
22.9 x 14.9 x 4.7 Inches
Our Verdict

A little harder than some of the other kits, this will keep them occupied for a little bit longer in the building process. The fully built set has plenty of great additional features to add to imaginative play scenarios.

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3. LEGO NINJAGO Katana V11 70638

LEGO NINJAGO Katana V11 70638

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A little bit easier than some of the other sets, this Katana V11 only has 257 pieces and is recommended for kids from seven to 14 years old. It should take most kids a couple of hours to fully construct, with older ages easily being able to tackle it in an hour. It builds a scale model of the Katana V11 ship from the TV show and comes with Kai and Luke Cunningham figurines to play alongside the ship with.

When fully constructed, the red speedboat measures one inch high, seven inches long and three inches wide. There is also a small motorbike included which the LEGO character figurines can fit onto. Though the LEGO is technically waterproof, the toy is not designed for use in water so you should make sure kids are aware of this before building.

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Why We Like It

  • Cool vehicle
  • Motorbike piece included
  • Great attention to detail

Recommended Age
7+ years
Number of Pieces
257
Dimensions
10.3 x 7.5 x 2.4 Inches
Our Verdict

As it builds a vehicle rather than a full scene, this is a much more budget-friendly option that kids will still love to play with again and again.

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4. LEGO Ninjago Movie Water Strider 70611

LEGO Ninjago Movie Water Strider 70611

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This is another great kit based on the movie that allows kids to build the Water Strider that features in the film. It is a little more advanced than some of the other sets at 494 pieces and is therefore recommended for kids from eight to 14 years old. It will take most kids within this range about a day to fully construct due to some smaller, fidgety parts.

There are four minifigures included in this set - Nya, Kai, Puffer and Shark Army Thug. Like all the other sets released from LEGO, this is fully compatible with other LEGO pieces and kids can have hours of fun coming up with great customizations. When fully built it is seven inches high, 11 inches long and 11 inches wide.

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Why We Like It

  • Great kit from the movie
  • Four figures included
  • Take a little longer to build

Recommended Age
8+ years
Number of Pieces
494
Dimensions
10.3 x 2.2 x 15 Inches
Our Verdict

The slightly more advanced level of this set is great for kids that are starting to get a little bit bored of the more basic sets. It also draws from a fun scene in the movie that many kids will love to reenact.

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5. NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Stormbringer 70652

NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Stormbringer 70652

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Awarded Amazon's Choice for LEGO Ninjago Dragon, this is not only a great choice for fans of the TV show, but also for kids who love dragons in general. It has 493 pieces and a slightly more advanced level, meaning it is for kids from eight to 14 years old and will take the average child about a day or so to complete. There are four character figurines included - Zane, Jay, Daddy No Legs and Muzzle. There is also an additional pedestal piece for the dragon's chest plate.

There are also some cool accessory pieces included such as the Dragonbone Blade sword and other weapons. The dragon has a mouth that opens and launches projectiles in the stud shooter lightning bolt function. It measures four inches high, 19 inches long and five inches wide once fully built. Customer reviews praise this product for its interactive features and sturdiness.

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Why We Like It

  • Great interactive features
  • Very sturdy once built
  • Takes more time to build

Recommended Age
8+ years
Number of Pieces
493
Dimensions
15 x 10.3 x 2.2 Inches
Our Verdict

This is an awesome toy for fans of the TV show as it builds a scale model of the Stormbringer Dragon. The dragon is able to shoot lightning style projectiles from its mouth, adding interactivity to imaginative play.

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6. LEGO NINJAGO Ninja Nightcrawler 70641

LEGO NINJAGO Ninja Nightcrawler 70641

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This is one of the more advanced sets with 552 pieces in the kit. It is recommended for kids from nine to 14 years old. It recreates a scale model of the Nightcrawler car from the TV series. The car itself has hidden weapons, different modes for speed and attack, and two rapid shooting weapons that fold out of the car and shoot projectiles. The wheels are a good size and can roll along both hardwood and carpeted surfaces - though thicker carpets may cause it to struggle a little bit.

Once fully constructed it measures three inches high, nine inches long and five inches wide. A Stone Booster Bike toy is also included with moving wheels to add to the fun. Three minifigures are included - Lloyd, Nya and UltraViolet. Customer reviews are great and suggest it takes kids a day or two to fully build the set and keeps them entertained for an even longer time afterward.

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Why We Like It

  • Advanced kit
  • Hidden features
  • Moving wheels work on most surfaces

Recommended Age
9+ years
Number of Pieces
552
Dimensions
15 x 10.3 x 2.8 Inches
Our Verdict

This is excellent quality as far as LEGO cars go, and is a great accessory piece to some of the other scene kits from the Ninjago range. It is a very sturdy model, and the added features really benefit imaginative play.

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7. LEGO Ninjago Movie Lightning Jet 70614

LEGO Ninjago Movie Lightning Jet 70614

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This is great for fans of the movie in particular as it has been awarded Amazon's Choice for LEGO Ninjago Movie Sets thanks to fantastic reviews and great attention to detail. This is another advanced kit with a whopping 876 pieces and is recommended for kids from nine to 14 years old. It includes six mini figures - Jay, Ed, Edna, Crusty, Jelly, and Shark Army Thug.

The Lightning Jet features an opening cockpit and enough space to hold one LEGO character figurine, enhancing the capabilities of imaginative play. Once fully built the jet measures seven inches high, 17 inches long, and 11 inches wide. There is a small crab figurine included which shoots projectiles from its claws, and the jet has a spring-loaded shooter and adjustable wings.

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Why We Like It

  • Advanced kit
  • Amazon’s Choice
  • Large set

Recommended Age
9+ years
Number of Pieces
876
Dimensions
11.1 x 3.1 x 21.3 Inches
Our Verdict

Though higher priced than many of the other sets, the sheer number of pieces included and additional features make this more than worth the extra cost. It is one of the best sets to have come from the movie series.

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8. Ninjago Movie Garmadon’s Volcano Lair 70631

Ninjago Movie Garmadon's Volcano Lair 70631

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Another fantastic kit from the Ninjago Movie franchise, this has been awarded Amazon's Choice overall for LEGO Ninjago Sets due to the highly positive reviews, first-class attention to detail and an excellent array of features. The entrance to the volcano is shaped like Gardamon's face, giving a very impressive result once fully constructed. It also has a throne room, computer lab, construction zone, launchpad and additional features such as orange lava and blue water.

It is a very large kit, measuring ten inches tall, 12 inches wide and six inches deep. There is a rotating crane section in the construction zone which can pick up and drop off other pieces and characters. There are five character mini-figures - Gardamon, Zane, General #1, Steve and Four Eyes. There is also a shark figure included.

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Why We Like It

  • Amazon’s overall choice
  • Fantastic reviews
  • Impressive results

Recommended Age
8+ years
Number of Pieces
521
Dimensions
14.9 x 2.8 x 13.9 Inches
Our Verdict

Once fully constructed this is a very impressive kit packed with extra features and opportunities to expand imaginative play and world-building abilities in children.

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9. LEGO Ninjago Movie Fire Mech 70615

LEGO Ninjago Movie Fire Mech 70615

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This set is also from the movie and has the most pieces of any kits on this list at 944. This makes it one of the most difficult sets. It is recommended for kids from nine to 14 years old and will take most kids a couple of days to fully complete due to all the smaller, more difficult pieces. It builds a full model of the Fire Mech robot from the movie and has great extra features.

The cockpit opens and can hold one LEGO minifigure. The shoulders shoot discs, and then the arms have fire elements that add to the theme of the kit. There are six minifigures included - Kai, Zane, Lauren, Henry, Hammer Head, and Jelly. When fully built it is a massive model at 14 inches tall, four inches long and eight inches wide.

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Why We Like It

  • Challenging to build
  • Great additional features
  • Large set

Recommended Age
9+ years
Number of Pieces
944
Dimensions
14.9 x 3.7 x 13.9 Inches
Our Verdict

Another slightly pricier set, this is great if you are wanting to get something a little more challenging for an older child. The additional features available are excellent for imaginative play.

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10. NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Firstbourne 70653

NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu: Firstbourne 70653

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This is another excellent set if you are looking to get something more advanced for an older child, and this time comes from the TV show. It is 882 pieces and recommended for kids from nine to 14 years old. It will take most kids a couple of days to build this scale model of Firstbourne, one of the dragons from the TV series. There are six minifigures included - Kai, Cole, Heavy Metal, Jet Jack, Chew Toy, and Muzzle. There is also an awesome fighter chopper model, also taken from the TV show.

When fully built, the dragon measures seven inches high, 20 inches long and 16 inches wide - making it one of the biggest models of the Ninjago range. There are excellent customer reviews praising the quality and sturdiness of the set, however, some kids may get frustrated by the smaller pieces that are more difficult to arrange. The dragon has a swiping tail attack, whilst the helicopter has shooting pieces.

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Why We Like It

  • Advanced set
  • Great extra features
  • Large model when built

Recommended Age
9+ years
Number of Pieces
882
Dimensions
21.3 x 11.1 x 3.1 Inches
Our Verdict

This is a truly impressive set that will be sure to delight any child who receives it as a gift. It is also great for children who do not necessarily watch the TV show but absolutely love dragons.

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Buyer’s Guide

Most LEGO Ninjago kits are pretty similar in scope, although this can make it harder to find the right one as it is hard to really differentiate between many of them and select the perfect one. There are, however, some considerations you should have whilst looking for the best item in order to narrow down the option. Here are the main factors you should consider.

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Age Appropriateness

LEGO Ninjago kits come with a variety of age recommendations depending on their difficulty and the age appropriateness of the themes and activities. In general, most kits are fine for seven years old and up, but some are best for slightly older kits, and only a few are fine for younger children. It is worth noting that the Ninjago TV series is rated as suitable for six years old and up by Common Sense Media, and they rate the film for seven years old and up.

This should give you a good indication of who is most likely to enjoy the kits. Younger children may enjoy the dragon elements and Ninja theme, but the kits are not designed for them and could potentially be dangerous for really young kids with small parts. Younger kids can sometimes prefer Playmobil toys.

If you are unsure as to whether a kit is too difficult for the age of the child you are giving to, double check the customer reviews to see what kind of children are already playing with the kits. This will give you a great idea of who is most likely to enjoy the set.

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Additional Features

The kits come with many additional features which can increase the entertainment and educational values of them. If a kit is more expensive than others we highly suggest you take a series look at what that extra cost will get you – as sometimes it is only a few extra pieces. If you can, you should have a chat with the child about their favorite characters and scenes from the show.

Many of the kits depict icon scenes from the Ninjago universe, so finding something more tailored to what they like about the show should be easy. They are also great sets for kids that enjoy dragon or ninja themed toys, regardless of if they watch the show or not. You can also consider the educational value given by additional features on each set.

LEGO kits are already great for building STEM awareness and creativity, but some of the sets may have additional features that also build hand-eye coordination and other motor skills, as well as being able to aim projectiles which build spatial awareness.

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Price

Price can potentially be one of the biggest factors to look out for, and your own financial circumstance will have the biggest bearing on your budget but you should also have a think about some other factors. If you are giving as a gift, you should consider any social norms around what a reasonable budget is. Close family members can get away with spending more – as long as it’s a thoughtful gift.

More distant family members and family friends should spend a little bit less (usually no more than $50) and can get away with getting a more generic toy. If you are buying a gift for your own child to give at a birthday party, $20 is the uppermost limit.  You should also consider how worth it some of the more expensive kits are.

Often you are paying a lot more for only a few extra pieces, so check what functions the toy serves before you make your purchase. If it has great educational value or is particularly thoughtful, then it is definitely worth the price.

Nevertheless, if you have a higher budget and just want to pick up a LEGO Ninjago set, it can be more useful to pick up a couple of cheaper sets rather than one of the most expensive.

Official Merchandise

All of the sets on this list are official merchandise released by LEGO and are safe for use by kids within the recommended age brackets they are sold for. If you opt to do some further research into other kits, however, we do recommend you always double check that it is official merchandise, and avoid anything that might be a knock-off. LEGO kits are very high-quality thanks to decades of releasing building sets and a great reputation that they work hard to maintain.

Knock-off kits are illegal to sell as the real thing, but some online sellers do try. Always double check customer reviews. If the quality seems a lot worse than LEGO sets usually are, you should definitely avoid and go for one of the official LEGO sets. Knock-offs will be cheaper, but they are often riskier in terms of safety and durability.

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Conclusion

LEGO Ninjago kits are a wonderful way to help kids develop their STEM skills, and encourage imaginative play which helps to build their creativity and social awareness. The wide range of kits out there makes it easy to find the perfect one that will delight any young fan of the Cartoon Network show. Safety and durability should always come first when selecting a gift for kids, but you’re in safe hands with LEGO who consistently make excellent quality sets and always conform to safety standards.

This gives you more freedom to consider other factors such as the child’s educational development and personal interests outside of the TV show. This list of the top 10 list Ninjago products is merely a suggestion of what kind of kits you should be considering. There are hundreds of LEGO Ninjago sets available, and we are sure with a little bit of research you will easily find the right one.

Expert Tip

Still stuck? Ask other gift buyers what they are getting for the child. This way you can coordinate, and ensure nobody buys repeat gifts.