Whittling down the list of nearly 800 individual entries can’t have been easy for the judging panel, which consisted of members of the LEGO NINJAGO design team. But they’ve managed it anyway, coming up with a trifecta of models that capture the spirit of NINJAGO.
The brief was a little more specific than just celebrating the long-running action theme, though: contestants had to design a model to display in a hypothetical NINJAGO museum, and you can see in the broad scope of the three winners where that brief bled through.
Woomy World’s Oni and Dragon Sculpture is the grand prize winner, and sees the builder take home the entire NINJAGO Legacy 2021 wave – including 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens – and a handful of rare posters. It’s an incredible model that gives us a flavour of what an official 18+ NINJAGO set might look like, in the vein of Star Wars’ display-focused models.
The first runner-up is TheYoungBrickLover33 with their recreation of a scene from NINJAGO’s pilot episode, which originally aired all the way back in 2011. Their detailed diorama is a real throwback to what will have been many fans’ first exposure to the theme, so you can see why the judges loved it so much.
MurmeltierMOCs’ NINJAGO Golden Dragon Reliquary completes the podium as the second runner-up, and it’s probably the one you can most easily see sitting in a (hypothetical) museum. That doesn’t mean this beautiful build is any less on-theme, though, with microscale recreations of iconic NINJAGO sets and scenes built into its sides, and a mini Temple of Airjitzu sitting on top.
Both runners-up will take home the NINJAGO Legacy 2021 wave (minus 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens). If you missed out on this contest, don’t worry: three more are currently underway, centred around brickfilms, video games and Space respectively.