Time to close the circle...

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Minutes ago on social media, LEGO shared a cool poster teasing the upcoming summer set wave of Ninjago, "Rise of the Villains", and its corresponding TV show season.

Cole is the main focus, holding Sensei Yang's mysterious lantern from 70595 Ultra Stealth Raider. Should be a pretty big event about to happen!

But what about the tagline? Could this be the end of Ninjago for now; possibly until the movie in the fall of 2017? Or is it metaphorical and relating to the storyline? Maybe both? We shall see...

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By in United States,

Yeah this kind of looks like the end, especially as the villains are a combination of all the enemies the nijas have fought so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

>creates a really nicely done ninjago poster
>forgets to remove the borders around the text/logo

10/10

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By in Poland,

This may be related to time travel. LEGO in store for the workers wrote (October 2015) that it intends to continue Ninjago for at least the next 10 years.
Golden Mech wrote - "I used to watch "Ben 10" and I was excited about every new alien, not as the only cartoon was very popular. A year or two ago, they announced that after a season which then were releasing will reboot for younger viewers not familiar with the TV series. It is a pity, but it looks like from the film series will be a division in the universe of The LEGO Movie. They made the seasons of Jay and Cole, last ninja without his wave, return the old villains ... It just brings the whole sad. And what about the children who will go on film? They watch the pilots? Lego more worthwhile to start a new series Ninjago, which will be division in high school written by Hagemans not to interrupt the series, and,, new generation "viewers could watch a cartoon about the Ninja without catching, that would only fool the children. A poster Time to Close the Circle only confirms my theory, which hopefully is not true."
Karus wrote - "Reactivation of the film is possible, but certainly not set in the same universe as him. The universe of LEGO Movie will be rather reserved exclusively for the movies - they would not be able to create a series in such style. Besides, in the first half of 2017 years we can get one more season, somehow I can not imagine that for half a year in Ninjago nothing happened. As for the return of the old villains it is probably due to the fact that LEGO had to come up with something quickly because of the gear release of the film. If it were not Skybound would be the last season before the movie."

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By in United States,

Hopefully they'll release a really cool arch/gate to go along with the Temple.

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By in United States,

I have only gotten a few small sets but the quality is amaizing. Shame for the fans of the range and I hope to see some Ideas Book about what if Lego could make a SW or Ninjago set without cost of production taken into consideration.

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By in United States,

Alrighty! As a big fan of Cole, the opportunity to see him kick butt and take names makes me super happy :D

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By in Canada,

Cool poster! If only they had produced another set to go along with the temple. I loved that set.

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By in United States,

@tallblocktoo: Well, we still don't know what the "Airjitzu Battle Grounds" set will be. It's possible that might complement the temple, even though it'll probably be designed for a lower target age range.

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By in United States,

i hope and pray its the end

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By in United States,

^ Okay then...

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By in United States,

Is "Rise of The Villains" the real name of the wave? It would be more accurate as "Return of The Villains".

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By in United States,

please be time travel please be time travel...

Maybe the hole has something to do with the Cursed Realm or how dead villains are showing up? Please, like they'd end a theme so soon after announcing how successful it is.

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By in United States,

^^ It is.

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By in United States,

I don't follow Ninjago too closely, but fans of the theme should be praying it doesn't turn out Bionicle style (Great story replaced by more simplistic reboot).

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By in Poland,

Is that #70751 in the top right corner?

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By in United States,

@TSK15: As a Ninjago fan since 2011 and a BIONICLE fan since 2001, I'm fairly happy with the BIONICLE reboot so far. The sets are better than ever and the story, while a lot thinner than in the past, has done a good job capturing the best aspects of the classic story while doing away with some of the cruft.

That said, a Ninjago reboot would be a lot different from the BIONICLE reboot because it wouldn't involve a four and a half year hiatus. We know Ninjago is continuing as an evergreen theme, whether that means sticking with the current continuity or not. And it doesn't seem like the writers of the series have any intention of leaving the series.

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By in Australia,

Hmm, and the Ninjago movie is purportedly about a new Ninja team? Maybe this is the end for the original Ninja characters...

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By in United States,

Ninjago does seem about due for a new cast of characters...

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By in United States,

I have two theories:
1. When Jay used his last wish to stop Nadakhan, he caused something to happen to the timeline and now the Ninja have to stop the paradox?
or 2. We already know that when the Ninja destroyed the Cursed Realm, it caused a domino effect. Maybe the Ninja have to try to stop it? Ginjago has already fallen, is Ninjago next?
Then again, maybe it is a commination of the two. Only time will tell.

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By in United States,

I Think that it's not the end of NinjaGo, in fact after The LEGO NinjaGo Movie they will continue the TV series, the sets & more because the NinjaGo era will keep on spinning until they can't spinning no more!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think this will end with all the ninja being forced to stop being ninja to save the world

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By in United States,

@Aanchir "Airjitsu Battle grounds" could also just be a set similar to #2257 Spinjitsu Starter set. As disappointing as that would be...

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By in United States,

@Andor: It's a $60 set so it'd have to have more to it than that. Even if it does have Airjitzu fliers (which I wouldn't mind, because those are pretty awesome in their own right), it'd also need some more substantial brick-built content to meet that price point.

Even http://brickset.com/sets/2520-1/Ninjago-Battle-Arena was only a $50 set, and I can't see LEGO doing an "arena" type set like that for Airjitzu simply because it'd be a challenge to get the Airjitzu fliers to even land in the right place to "battle" in that way.

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