Now I know that anyone can edit Wikipedia, but I was reading about Ninjago on it and this is what I found. Here is the web address, just copy and paste the go.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Ninjago:_Masters_of_Spinjitzu#Season_Three:_Year_of_the_Pirates
Season Three: Year of the Pirates
After defeating the Serpentine, Pythor, and the Great Devourer the Ninja have new enemies. They are called The Pirates. The Ninja train Lloyd up to become a Spinjitzu master and unlock his full potential. But since Cole, Kai, Jay, and Zane along with Nya as the Samurai, are too busy fighting and saving the day, Lloyd might not reach his true potential and learn Spinjitzu. Throughout the season Lloyd finds his mother which she is named Nobu. She is a friend of Sensei Wu and she was in the video game called "Spinjitzu Smash." The Overlord, the ruler of the Pirates teams up with Garmadon and hatch a plot to steal the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu. At the end, the pirates are defeated and peace returned again and Lloyd learns Spinjitzu, unlocks his true potential, and becomes an NRG ninja to defeat the pirates.
Season Four: Return of the Dark Lord:
Many months of peace returned to Ninjago so Jay and Nya decide to get married. But just as the wedding started, Lord Garmadon returns! While Garmadon has returned, Lloyd has to try and deal with killing his father for real this time. Meanwhile, Sensei Wu claims Nya to be the destined Purple Ninja but Nya declines and tells everyone that she is pregnant with Jay. Since Nya is pregnant, she hands over her Purple Ninja duties to Lloyd’s friend, Finn. With all that disappointment, the worst comes to Nya because she realizes that she too has to quit her Samurai X duties as well. The Ninjas' parents’ homes are destroyed and Lloyd's mother arrives to help. Meanwhile Garmadon hatches another plot to steal the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitsu which he wants to do in his own image, while Nya was going into labor. At the end, Lloyd and Finn kill Lord Garmadon together, which brings peace to Ninjago again and at that moment, Jay and Nya's twins were born which they named Ed and Edna in honor of Jay's parents.
This seems a little absurd, but who knows.
Pregnancy, death... all rather minor when you've seen how comically Lego has portrayed characters like Russians, Nazis, etc in their video games. I personally don't believe the descriptions are real (though why someone would fake them is beyond me), but they're good for a laugh! "Cheers to a racy fourth season!"
Lloyd's mum sounds like she could be a cool figure (old ninja lady) and a purple ninja would be fun.
"The best way to defeat your enemies, is to make them your friend." Sensei Wu
In order the versions go: Default (plain), DX (Dragon print torso), Kendo (Sparring gear), ZX (Chainmail print with shoulder armor), NRG (Holographic torso and head print). Only applies to Jay, Kai, Zane, & Cole. 3 versions for Sensei Wu and 1 version of Samurai X.
After watching the cartoons, the design I want most is a version without headgear and each ninja having their unique hair & face.
With the outcry over a Friends, can you only imagine the outcry, if that Nya plot was real?
I find the entire thing ludicrous.
If for some outlandish reason it was real, I would be quite livid with Lego, and would write them a fairly gnarly letter voicing my displeasure.
I have two girls that enjoy the Ninjago show. I have been happy with Lego not having Nya as simple a token female, but having a unique and strong role. Going the direction of females can only become pregnant, and can't have strong careers/roles/jobs.... Not a direction I would want Lego to take.
After all, what's wrong with two (Lego) people having children if they love each other? Nya was a Ninja/Samurai/Mechpilot anyway... what kind of career is that? Fiction is fiction, kids are actually quite aware of that. I apologise for sounding rude... but, putting yourself in my shoes, I did care enough to type a reply because I believed something needed saying.
- I expect tv to raise my kids
- my kids look that closely at tv and form absurd ideas
- my kids need to be pulled into reality
- I'm not being reasonable
I'm not sure how that is not supposed to sound rude or too offensive. LOL!
A simple, "I am really not understanding your point as to why such a plot would concern you. It seems that parenting the kids through any concerns you have with the show would be sufficient." would get your point across without making a number of incorrect conclusions about me, and would avoid coming across as rude.
First, please show me where I stated I expect a TV show to raise my kids? You aren't going to find that, because I didn't state that.
I do, however, hold a company like Lego to a high standard.
"The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children's creativity through playing and learning. "
This is their statement, and this is what I expect.
Ninjago is a cool creative world that develops creativity via play, and via learning, but when you take the single female character in the line and not only not make her a Ninja, but give her the role of pregnant female, what are kids learning from that? It is something that gives the point.... boys have jobs, girls stay home and have babies. Is it something that kids are going to overtly state? Probably not, but is it something that furthers a cultural bias and stereotype? Yes.
Kids do not have to look closely at advertisement/media to form conclusions. There is ton of research out there in regards to the role media plays.
As a mom of girls, I have to be highly watch out for it, and counter it all the time. (I have to do similarly with my son.).
Lego has shot itself in the foot for years in regards to girls. They make sets that are highly geared to boys, that often have only a single set in a line with a girl character. The sets are sold in 'boy aisles'. Kids aren't dumb. They pick up messages from advertisement/media quickly. Oh...Lego is for boys. Goodness, adults have picked up that message, and I've seen adults state that to kids. :-( (Lego finally did something right with making Friends, but they still have some ground to cover, and while they did a number of things right with the first round of Friends, they did a few things questionable. Kudos on the science set! Interior design is fun. I find the beauty shop to be stereotyped. )
There is plenty of information out there in regards to the impact media has had on stereotypes that girls are not good at math. (There are several other factors in this as well...)
By preschool age, media/advertisement has already impacted views of beauty in society. The Clark experiment is a very sad example of this, where black/white kids already are stating that the white doll is 'good' or 'pretty' and a black doll is 'bad' or 'ugly'. That is a truly absurd idea, but the studies show that it is still occurring. The kids are impacted by stereotypes, and media. :-( I've worked hard to counter this message early on by insuring my kids were exposed to dolls of different ethnicities, reading books with strong role models of different races.
There is plenty of research on the role that the media has on perpetuating/creating stereotypes, it really isn't that big of a leap to understand why somebody might have an issue with a company that is supposedly supporting creativity via play and learning, to perpetuate a stereotype that guys work and woman stay home and have kids.
Being a SAHM, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that as a choice, but I don't want stereotypes out there that make it appear that it is the only choice a woman has.
Of course, parents can do what I've done which is to continually do what I can to parent my kids away from such biases via discussion, book, exposure to math/science, etc. At the same time, I expect a company focused on creativity/play/learning, to have a better head on it's shoulder than to propagate a stereotype when they are already under fire for that.
At this point, though, this is something based of wikipedia. I will assume for now that it is not valid.
Also, the idea of the pirates going after the golden weapons as the main story line is pretty iffy. The show is all about quests. Both teams, whoever they are, will be in a race to get some artifacts, while keeping their golden weapons. Thirteen episodes of the ninjas trying to keep their weapons would not make great a good miniseries. At the very least, there is a lot more to season three than that synopsis.