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How do the Ninjago spinners work? From the set it looks like you can put a minifigure on it. It's a little hard to understand how that works from the picture though.

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I've had a few of these in the past, and I've managed to find one so hopefully I can explain it with a few pictures.

They are simple, hand-powered spinning tops, best spun by a finger and thumb:
Spinning

Usually the original spinner would have a Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Rounded Bottom on the bottom to aid spin:
Smooth spinning plate

Although clearly these became more advanced as per the other examples with pin holes in the bottom for further attachments.

The minifig stands inside the spinner, only lightly held on by the parts inside:
Low-clutch feet holes
With minifig (lowered)

The interesting part is the light grey part that holds the minifig's feet which can go up and down, which happens when the dark grey part is rotated:
Lowered:
Lowered
Raised:
Raised

And it was this action that made the game you'd play with them: By getting two people with spinners, you could spin them at each other, and hope that they'd bump, or at least the characters with their weapons would catch on each other, and this would cause them to rotate within the spinner, lifting them up, and hopefully knocking one off!
With minifig (raised)

The cards would then allow you to add additional weapons to your minifig, or parts to the spinner itself, either raising it up, or building up "defences" that would stop the minifig from rotating, and so keep it in place for the next battle.

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I've found a manual online for set 9591 which includes one of these spinners, but it has no English instructions. I decoded all of the translations using Google translate, but they only told what you should do depending on which card is available.

Then this part of the PDF rang a bell in my head:

spinthing

As you can see in the image, the hyperlink in your question leads to only one of the parts required to build the spinner, which is this one. Also, you can attach minifigures to it as shown. Based on the looks of that grey bottom part, it's pretty much a typical top. This part of the image also contributed to that conclusion:

turnthing

So it seems like these are ordinary tops like I already said. They don't seem to have any special mechanism like Beyblades or any other special tops, but they did make similar tops before these came out.

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  • Same page with instructions include an English version as well. – Alex May 24 at 15:44
  • Thanks @Alex but they don't seem to lead us any further. They do not show any clue as to how the spinners are assembled. – mindstormsboi May 24 at 15:47

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