Green Ninjas!

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Green NinjasThis is Lloyd ZX, from the spinner set 9574. It seems that he's in demand, because within days of being available at shop.LEGO.com early in September, the set went onto back order until mid-October.

I managed to find one in my local Tesco, in a newly opened box of the new spinners.

Can the set be found on the shelves where you are, or is it disappearing fast?

I believe he's been hyped up in the cartoon series, which might explain his popularity, although as it's not aired here in the UK, I haven't seen it to be sure.

He's a nice figure. The green spikes are very cool, and uncommon. His spinner is attractively decorated and if you only buy one Ninjago spinner (perhaps before they are retired next year (maybe)), make it this one.

 

Green NinjasOf course, he's not the first green ninja: the other two in this photo are from 3346 from 2000, which was a hard-to-find set then and much in demand now. New examples will set you back $30/£20 each on BrickLink, while a MISB set will cost you around £80. Unbelievable for a set that cost just $5/£5 twelve years ago!

I suspect the rarity and coolness of them is a contributing factor to the high demand for Lloyd ZX.

25 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I like the old ninjas better. I'm sure the new ones are a lot more popular with the majority of the lego fanbase though.

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By in United Kingdom,

picked up the last one on the shop floor at stratford yesterday afternoon after a trip to shepherds bush on wednesday was unproductive

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By in United Kingdom,

Seen Lloyd ZX at my Entertainer store, haven't got around to actually picking him up yet though! :/

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By in United States,

Yeah, I blame Power Rangers and M&M candy for the Green Hype. The Green Ranger was the elite so you had to have him; and if you eat green M&Ms according to the commercial you could hit a home run (baseball), yeah I grew up in the 80s.
Another note:
Knock offs of this little guy were going for $60 on ebay (some were really crappy (rubbish). Glad to see Lego put the clamps on this. They know how to smash hoarders and resellers (like a 3rd release of the Millennium Falcon)

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By in United States,

I've been wondering about these colored ninjas. How does a green ninja hide? Shouldn't he wear camouflage at that point?

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By in United Kingdom,


I have a weird fascination with Ninjago but I don't really know why to be honest. I feel the need to collect all of them even though the 4 main Ninjas are too similar. I got the Green one ( Lloyd ) in Tesco a few weeks ago now. I think after Samurai X he is my fav!!!

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By in United States,

The green Lloyd spinner set isn't rare where I live, but, as far as I can tell, it is a Toys r Us exclusive and marked up 25% above the original Lego retail price, which is why I've refused to buy one. No store in my area besides Toys r Us is carrying Lloyd, so I'm only assuming it's an exclusive. Meanwhile, those stores have many other spinner packs that Toys r Us isn't bothering to stock.

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By in United Kingdom,

I predictied this set would be a pick of the week someday...

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By in United Kingdom,

I managed to get him on the 1st at AFOL morning in Sheffield, not seen him anywhere by me so must be in short supply :-(

Never really bothered with ninjago but I must admit this snake line has been really good :-)

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By in United States,

I bought a green ninja. He is epic.

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By in United States,

Nah, I believe it's all hype about the television show; the Green Ninja being the 'Chosen One' and all.

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By in United Kingdom,

I heard there was a new camouflaged ninja, but I couldn't see it anywhere.

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By in United Kingdom,

My Toys R Us have loads on a side aisle end hanging display. Almost makes me want to go out and pile in 3 for 2 on this, but maybe not. A nice incarnation though, and for anybody who hasn't tried it with the kids, playing the spinners game is great fun!

just don't use your ltd edition chrome gold C-3P0...

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By in United States,

Dude... every Wal-Greens in my town is full of them. Not hard for me to find at all, I bought three!

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By in United States,

My son lined up outside the Lego store the first day of the official release. There were about 10 other people waiting to get it as well. So it was probably sold out that day at the store. I actually bought one of the green ninja hoods from Bricklink for about $7. My son made a Lloyd minifigure using that and some other green minifig pieces and the short green legs from the clown minifig with the pie.

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By in United States,

Picked mine up at Miejer few weeks ago, so it's definitely not a TRU exclusive

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By in Australia,

I think he'll be out in Australia this week.

Honestly? I'm more hanging out for the final two snakes. Bytar and Lizaru. Their booster packs aren't out yet, and I have all the snakes (some purchased via eBay and bricklink) except for those two.

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By in United States,

The green ninja Lloyd spinner is not a Toys R Us exclusive. I saw one at a Walmart a few weeks ago.

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By in United States,

sold out lego.com

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By in Israel,

Want... :(

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By in United Kingdom,

I picked up one from Tesco, Brent Park about a week ago. I still think the spinners are over-priced, but my son had been asking for the Ultimate Dragon for Christmas, just to get the Green Ninja. So £7.50 is better than £90 !

The Green Ninja does seem to be short=packed/selling faster, as all I seem to see are half empty boxes of NRG Cole & Zane.

Hey Lego: how about a Snake Battle Packs with minifigs from one tribe & cards, but no spinners ?

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By in United Kingdom,

Maybe part of the green ninja's popularity has to do with the meaning of the colour green, in particular in certain middle-eastern religions? Just wondering.

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By in United States,

just saw this on a local craig's list ad for $20! don't know if anyone's buying at that price, but i bet they will if kids really want it... a $10 mark up is still cheaper than buying the epic dragon battle just to get the green ninja.

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw one in tesco but I didn't get it wish I had now :(

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By in United States,

Now I'm wondering if I should pick some up. I don't collect Ninjago, but do like some of the minifigs. That and it doesn't seem to be that rare in my area. Was at Toys R Us today and there were racks of them.

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