Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Hands of Time

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lego-inspired series has good messages, fantasy violence.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Teamwork, loyalty, patience, and honoring cultural traditions are all themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The young ninjas are committed to their work, but also act their age at times.  

Violence & Scariness

Lots of martial arts moves, including kicks, flips, and using powers that emulate the elements. 

Sexy Stuff

Some mild ribbing over a romantic crush.

Language
Consumerism

Show serves as commercial for Lego products. Ads for other series and apps run during episodes. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Hands of Time is the seventh season of the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV franchise. It has lots of fantasy violence, and while the stories are fun, acts as a long advertisement for Lego Ninjago toys. Loyalty, teamwork, and sacrifice are common themes.

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What's the story?

LEGO NINJAGO: MASTERS OF SPINJITZU: THE HANDS OF TIME features the Ninja trying to unlock the mystery of time travel while trying to find their master and protect Ninjago. The seventh season of the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu series begins soon after the Day of the Departed, when the Ninja are asked to protect Royal Princess Harumi of Ninjago (Britt McKillip), along with a powerful sacred mask, from an unidentified crime syndicate. But they soon find themselves dealing with Acronix and Krux, aka the Hands of Time, a set of twins who have the power to manipulate time and change the course of history. The team must retrieve four time blades in order to travel through time and battle the Time Twins and their army while trying to rescue a weakened Master Wu (Paul Dobson). Throughout the journey, Kai (Vincent Tong) and Nya (Kelly Metzger) learn more about their parents, and Lloyd (voiced by Sam Vincent) finds himself growing up. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining installment of the popular action series continues to offer a well-developed story featuring the franchise's trademark lessons on patience, equality, and, above all, loyalty and teamwork. It also points to the importance of protecting a country's traditions and culture, including a royal family that has no real political power. 

Masters of Spinjitzu: The Hands of Time has some fun moments, especially when the teens banter with one another. But central to the show is their effort to help Ninjago, a well as their master, by using their powers accordingly. No doubt that young fans who like this crew of Lego ninjas will enjoy it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about traveling through time. Do you think it will ever be possible? What are the consequences of going back in history and changing things that happened? What if it's a really tiny detail that gets changed? 

  • How does Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Hands of Time compare with earlier seasons of the show? How have some of the characters changed?

  • Is it possible to feature popular toys on TV and films without promoting them?

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