N is for Ninjago
Ninjago is one LEGO theme that I must confess that I know nothing about. I have looked at the occasional set in store and admired the Asian style architecture of the buildings. I have also thought it would be neat to buy some and modify them to make a China Town for my LEGO city. The Temple of Airjitzu is one such set I would love to own. But, for budget reasons, I have never ventured down that path. The only Ninjago set that I own was a freebie that I got along with my purchase at the LEGO Store in March 2016.
As a theme, Ninjago launched in 2011, and is now comprised of over 100 sets. Being one of LEGO‘s most popular themes, it only makes sense that they would turn it into a feature film after the popularity of the The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie. Again, I don’t know much about the backstory to Ninjago, but the trailer for the movie is a riot. I laughed myself silly at the “Le-Loyd” and “I must have butt dialed you” lines. The movie will hit theatres (in North America) on September 22, 2017. I for one look forward to learning more about Ninjago through the film… my wallet might disagree though.
Interestingly, Ninjago is not LEGO‘s first Ninja-related line. In 1998, they took their castle theme to feudal Japan for a brief two year stint. I remember this theme very well. Its release marked the date that my parents deemed me too old for LEGO. I had full plans to save my allowance and use it to add Ninjas into my castles/pirates/Islanders world, but my allowance became provisional on the condition that it would not be used for LEGO. My sets had to be disassembled, and the bin was put in storage (thankfully my parents did not give it away like they did my action figures). The next few years were a dark period in my life where I would longingly look at LEGO sets in stores and wish they had come out when I was “younger”. It actually took me many years to get rid of the mindset that I was too old for it. I only returned to LEGO in my 30s, after a hiatus of almost 20 years. I had dug out my old bin from storage to get some pieces for a lesson I was planning to teach. I ended up re-building much of my old empire with my sister. We stayed up late into the night, and the process was calming and de-stressing. It made me feel so good and relaxed that I decided you are never too old for LEGO. So began my current obsession!
I suppose LEGO is a way for me to let out my inner child. How do you unleash yours?
This post was written as part of the April A-to-Z blogging challenge. To find out more about the challenge, you can visit the official website. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my LEGO-themed letter “O” post.
Until next time,