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Parents need to know that Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Tournament of Elements is the fourth season of the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu series and has all the usual characteristics of the franchise, including serving as an advertisement for the Lego Ninjago toys. There's lots of action-packed fantasy violence, as well as loss of characters (which might upset younger viewers). Lessons about loyalty, loss, sacrifice, and teamwork are emphasized throughout.
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What's the story?
LEGO NINJAGO: MASTERS OF SPINJITZU: THE TOURNAMENT OF ELEMENTS is the fourth installment of the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu franchise. The Ninja team has fallen apart after the death of Zane during their battle against the Overlord. But when a mysterious invitation suggests that Zane is alive, Kai (Vincent Tong), Cole (Kirby Morrow), Jay (Michael Adamthwaite), and Lloyd (Jillian Michaels) come together once again and go to Chen's Island, owned by crime lord Master Chen (Ian James Corlett), against the wishes of Sensei Garmadon (Mark Oliver). They soon discover that they must compete in an epic tournament with others whose powers represent the natural elements. The Ninja team is committed to finding their friend, but soon realize that the tournament is much more than what it appears.
Is it any good?
This colorful, fast-paced action series features the teen Ninja making sense of loss as they continue to learn lessons about loyalty and teamwork. It also highlights the importance of fighting with a sense of morality behind it, which is an interesting angle for an animated show based on toys.
Like previous versions of the series, it's still full of light-hearted moments and lots of ninja-style action. Younger kids might be upset by the loss of certain characters. But Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Tournament of Elements tells a good story and won't disappoint fans of the franchise.
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Parents can talk about fantasy violence. How much violence is too much violence for kids, even if it isn't real? If this were a live-action series, would it be meant for older viewers?
Does watching TV shows based on toys like Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Tournament of Elements make the toys more fun to play with? Why or why not?
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