Parents' Guide to

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

By Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun and action-packed ... for an extended toy commercial.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 7+

I've been a fan of this show since I was 10 and I'm 19 now
age 9+

Toxic Masculinity for a New Generation

Wow. I can't believe we are still promoting this level toxic masculinity in the 21st Century. I appreciate the Sensei chiming in with wisdom here and there but 90% of this show is these 4 obnoxious little boys bragging about who is more awesome and trying to show each other up. They are completely obsessed with fighting, weapons, cars that go vroom, and just generally showing off. They strive to be heroes not because they want to help but because they want to be #1. They only care about who gets to become The Green Ninja. (i.e.: The Best Ninja) The Sensei does his best to teach the boys good lessons but he is treated as a side character and tends to get shoved into the background. As of course does the only female character, Nya. She starts out as having the stereotypical roles of "damsel in distress" and "love interest". They make a half-decent attempt to give her some agency by making her a secret samurai who often saves the day, but generally her character is given 2nd class status. She rarely appears and when she does is usually performing some sort of domestic function along with the "old man" sensei. If your kids watch this, particularly if they are boys, talk to them about respect and kindness. Make sure they know there is more to life than "winning". Teach them about problem solving that doesn't involve punching or blowing things up. Shows like this are why little boys grow up to be violent, abusive, and emotionally stunted.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39 ):
Kids say (133 ):

This series, like any extended toy commercial that wants to accomplish its goals, has enough plot and humor to hook young viewers ... and, ultimately, their parents' pocketbooks. LEGO Ninjago: The Series mainly focuses on the red "fire" ninja Kai and his hero's journey from hot-headed teen to focused team member. Older viewers will be familiar with this well-worn story; the common archetypes of the funny sidekicks, the damsel in distress, the evil empire, and the wise old master are all there, too. If you've seen Star Wars or anything remotely similar, the plot to LEGO Ninjago will feel like old news.

But the fantastic all-LEGO design of the series, along with some genuinely witty moments, provides much-needed excitement and levity. All the characters are LEGO toys come to life and, as such, are fun to watch. The animation is smooth and colorful, and the exciting martial arts sequences make the most of the blocky little characters and their "clip" hands. The plot moves along at a decent pace; if anything, it's sometimes a bit too fast. And characters learn lessons of teamwork and patience thanks to the wise and respectable Sensei Wu. Better still, it's full of silly, winking humor, thereby making the peril seem less intense. Even for a series-long toy commercial, it doesn't pander and seems to have been made for the amusement of parents as well as kids.

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