LEGO NINJAGO has long combined oriental and western cultures and that trend continues in the upcoming movie as the NINJAGO characters appear alongside the familiar Roman alphabet. Many of the sets revealed in recent days feature this fictional script so we have deciphered each letter to uncover the meanings of every sign and symbol within the world of NINJAGO.
You can view our transliterations and discover the hidden secrets of the enormous 70620 NINJAGO City, as well as some of the standard retail sets, after the break...
It is particularly interesting to see that advertisements for the city of Bricksburg are present within NINJAGO, reflecting that minifigures are now free to travel between realms. You might also notice that the words 'play well' appear on a large holographic sign in reference to the meaning of the Danish phrase 'leg godt', after which LEGO is named.
There are also several notable references to the existing NINJAGO universe hidden among the many signs and advertisements, including a mention of Borg Industries along with the disreputable character of Ronin, although the upcoming film is entirely independent of the animated series.
The new NINJAGO lettering appears in some of the smaller sets too. 70606 Spinjitzu Training and 70607 NINJAGO City Chase are shown below but there are also some indistinguishable characters present in 70617 Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon.
The six ninja wear unique robes, the linings of which are each embroidered with their respective elemental powers in the majority of instances.
The graphic designers have obviously worked hard to create a new alphabet and I am looking forward to finding more hidden phrases which are not visible in current images when the sets are released in August.