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2022 was set to be – and continues to be – a busy year for LEGO Ninjago fans.
The summer 2022 wave alone is confirmed to have at least nine sets.
Better yet, there is the much-anticipated release of LEGO Ninjago season 15: Crystalized that started airing in the US in May 2022.
But how does LEGO Ninjago’s 2023 calendar compare to the excitement of 2022?
At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, LEGO Ninjago finally confirmed a new series for the show in 2023. So there will be plenty of new sets to look forward to.
Ninjago Theme Continuation Confirmed
In 2021, LEGO’s Vice President for Design, Matthew Ashton, took part in a Q and A on his Instagram stories.
One of the questions he took time to answer was, “what theme in Lego do you currently work on?”
The question that all LEGO fans always want to ask!
Ashton took the question as a prompt to confirm that 10 LEGO themes will continue going into 2023.
In Ashton’s words, he ‘has been put in charge of multiple product lines for 2023’. Those lines range from LEGO City to LEGO Monkie Kid.
Another theme he also confirmed would continue into 2023 is LEGO Ninjago.
Ashton left the confirmation at that, not offering any insight into what the 2023 Ninjago product line could include.
Still, LEGO Ninjago fans can appreciate the confirmation for what it is: more sets and content to look forward to in 2023!
New LEGO Ninjago TV Series 2023
LEGO Ninjago sets are inspired by its own LEGO series, which has been ongoing since 2011.
So far, there have been 15 seasons with multiple film adaptations, mini-movies, and video games.
Ninjago season 15 (titled Crystalized) is still in the middle of being aired.
However, at the 2022 LEGO Con, Tommy Andreasen (LEGO Ninjago’s co-creator) teased an Avengers: Endgame-like finale for season 15.
This made many fans think that Ninjago’s 15th season would see the end of the show altogether despite Aston’s 2023 theme continuation announcement.
On July 25th at the 2022 San Diego Comi-Con, any worries about the show ending in 2022 were pacified.
LEGO hosted a LEGO Entertainment panel that featured two very important people in the LEGO Ninjago world.
Asa Tait, who has worked as a director and executive producer on various LEGO Ninjago projects, and Chris “Doc” Wyatt, who is a writer and creative producer for the series.
During the panel, it was announced that 2023 will see a new LEGO Ninjago season.
Very little information was given about the new season despite Wyatt’s best efforts to share some hints before Tait playfully took his microphone away.
However, the new season was confirmed to be a brand new story rather than a reboot. This, therefore, suggests a wave of new LEGO Ninjago sets.
As such, fans think that now an official announcement has been made for LEGO Ninjago season 16, there will be some new sets confirmed later in 2022.
LEGO Ninjago 71780 Cole’s Car [EVO]
On July 27th 2022, Promobricks posted a cryptid poster on their official Instagram page.
The poster was full of riddles in English and Ninjargon – the made-up language in the LEGO Ninjago series.
Usually, Promobricks simply writes an article when they want to discuss new potential LEGO sets.
But this new method had quick-minded LEGO Ninjago fans rushing to decipher what the post could mean.
A few hours later, greekbricks listed all the information the poster included on their own Instagram page. The conclusion was that these were to be new LEGO Ninjago sets for 2023.
LEGO Ninjago 71780 Cole’s Car [EVO] was one of the first rumors to be deciphered.
EVO is a more recent term that LEGO has introduced to the LEGO world.
Essentially, EVO sets are smaller, simpler versions of older fan-favorite sets. The aim is to appeal to a younger, newer audience and get them interested in the theme, film, or series.
LEGO experimented with this EVO concept with a 2021 wave of LEGO Star Wars sets.
3 new scaled-down models reimagined older, more adult-orientated sets.
For example, a new 474 piece X-wing Fighter (LEGO Star Wars 75301 Like Skywalker’s X-wing Fighter) recreated the 2014 LEGO Star Wars X-wing Starfighter, which was 560 pieces.
By this standard, LEGO Ninjago 71780 Cole’s Car [EVO] could be a simpler version of LEGO Ninjago 71769 Cole’s Dragon Cruiser, which was only released this year.
Though it will most likely be a simpler version of the 2016 LEGO Ninjago 70589 Rock Roader.
This was a 406 piece set of one of Cole’s cars shown in the Halloween TV special, the Day of the Departed.
LEGO Ninjago 71781 Lloyd’s Mech Battle [EVO]
The 2022 winter wave of LEGO Ninjago saw the 2019 LEGO Ninjago 70676 Lloyd’s Titan Mech in a reduced size.
However, LEGO Ninjago 71757 Lloyd’s Ninja Mech was a tiny 57 pieces and did not do the 2019 set justice in the same way as LEGO’s other 2022 EVO sets.
Luckily it seems like Lloyd’s Mech will get a total EVO reimagining in 2023 with LEGO Ninjago 71781 Lloyd’s Mech Battle.
The use of ‘battle’ in the set’s title suggests that not only will this scaled-down version still capture the epicness of Lloyd’s Mech.
But the set will also likely include other builds or figures to better depict the battle in LEGO Ninjago Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu (season 11).
The original 2019 set was 876 pieces and included 6 minifigures to help recreate this battle.
Scaling the set back to roughly 500 pieces will still allow for a good level of detail on the Mech itself and leave room for minifigures or additional builds.
LEGO Ninjago 71783 Kai’s Mech Rider [EVO]
Deciphering what LEGO Ninjago 71783 Kai’s Mech Rider [EVO] will depict is a little more challenging than the above EVOs.
This is mainly because most Kai-themed Mech sets have been released very recently.
Such as LEGO Ninjago 71704 Kai Fighter, which was released in 2021 at 513 pieces.
There is always the possibility that this set does receive the EVO treatment. But an older set such as the 2019 LEGO Ninjago 70667 Kai’s Blade Cycle & Zane’s Snowmobile seems more likely.
Especially because Kai’s vehicle in the 2019 set was not the sole focus on the set despite having a very sleek design.
It may be possible that LEGO has chosen to isolate Kai’s Blade Cycle for the 2023 EVO set.
Though there are a few other contenders that LEGO could choose instead.
LEGO Ninjago 71782 + 71784 [EVOs]
Another two LEGO Ninjago EVO sets were also rumored by Promobricks to be coming in 2023.
But compared to the other EVO sets listed above, there is not much to share about these two other sets.
There is a chance that these unnamed sets could scale down some of the larger temple LEGO Ninjago sets.
2011’s LEGO Ninjago 2507 Fire Temple would be the most logical set to make into a more accessible build simply because it is one of the earlier temples that the ninjas visit in the show.
It would help new fans understand the basics of the show and be better ready for the new season.
Though plenty of other LEGO Ninjago vehicles could be adapted to a smaller scale and help create a more cohesive release with the above EVO sets.
LEGO Ninjago 71785 Lloyd’s Jet
The first non-EVO set listed on Promobrick’s poster was LEGO Ninjago 71785 Lloyd’s Jet.
As this isn’t an EVO set, the set may be based on the show’s new 2023 series.
Or the set could instead highlight one of Lloyd’s vehicles already included in another set.
In 2016, LEGO Ninjago Misfortune’s Keep was released to celebrate Ninjago: Master of Spinjitzu season 6 (SkyBound).
The set’s main focus was the more prominent Misfortune’s Keep ship. But the set also included a take on Lloyds booster jet.
For such a small add-on in comparison to the rest of the set, the booster jet had a fair bit of detail and was a visually fun build.
It is easy to see the potential to turn the jet into a bigger build.
LEGO Ninjago 71787 Ninja Brick Box
Out of all the sets listed on the Promobrick poster, LEGO Ninjago 71787 Ninja Brick Box raises the most questions.
The name itself suggests that this set will be similar to a LEGO Classic Brick Box. Though with the inclusion of more Ninjago-centric bricks.
At first glance, it may be hard to picture how a set that is essentially just a box of random LEGO bricks could be themed.
However, LEGO has done a themed Creative Brick Box before.
The 2018 LEGO 41455: Unikingdom Creative Brick Box was a 433 set with 17 minifigures.
Within the box were instructions for 17 buildable figures and a hand full of scenery builds.
The whole box was based on LEGO Unikitty.
But the main point of the set was to encourage LEGO fans to get creative with the bricks, offering the theme as inspiration rather than a rule.
LEGO Ninjago 71787 Ninja Brick Box will likely be similar to the 2018 Brick Box, just tailored more towards LEGO Ninjago fans.
LEGO Ninjago 71788 Nya’s Bike
It was only in 2022 that Nya started receiving her own proper LEGO sets despite being part of the LEGO Ninjago product line since 2011.
She was included in the release of the 2011 LEGO Ninjago minifigure collectible packs to promote the show’s first season.
In her first set – LEGO Ninjago 2172 Nya – Nya seemed to be a pretty dull character compared to the rest of the ninjas in the show.
However, she has gained more popularity with fans as she has become more involved with the show’s plot.
It is no surprise that there is another Nya-focused LEGO Ninjago set on its way in 2023.
Both of the Nya sets released in 2022 (LEGO Ninjago 71776 Jay and Nya’s Race Car EVO and LEGO Ninjago 71775 Nya’s Samurai X Mech) have set the standards quite high for this next set.
It will be fun to see what is next for Nya.
LEGO Ninjago 71777, 71778, 71779 + 71786
Promobrick’s poster shared a lot of information about the LEGO Ninjago 2023 set lineup. But there did maintain some mystery.
LEGO Ninjago sets 71777, 71778, 71779 + 71786 set numbers were shared with no other insight into what the sets could be.
With so many of the 2023 sets rumored to be remakes of previous sets and a new LEGO Ninjago series on the way, it is safe to assume that these 4 sets will be related to the new series to help balance out the wave’s release themes a little better.
Hopefully, the sets will be on the larger end of the LEGO scale.
Otherwise, having only scaled-down sets and small to medium-sized original sets could be disappointing for fans.
But until more information is shared about the new season, it is unlikely that fans will get to know anything else about the rest of the LEGO Ninjago 2023 lineup.