Update 3: This update was originally gonna be an analysis on the set descriptions on the Toys R Us website, which I got some screenshots of, but, as I was trying to find them on the Toys R Us site again(and it turns out, they're no longer there), I happened to stumble upon the sets on the LEGO Shop@Home site, and managed to get screenshots of those descriptions, which are basically the same as the ones that I got screenshots of from the Toys R Us site, but the ones on the Shop@Home site have more info.
So, instead, this will be an analysis on the descriptions from the Shop@home site, and there are a few things in these descriptions that I want to address, and to make this easier for me to go over, I will be looking at certain related parts of each set description, that has some relation to oni, individually. Now, for each of these, I've underlined each part of the description that gives us something related to Oni.
The set descriptions that I will be looking at here, are the S.O.G. Headquarters, Street Race of Snake Jaguar, Killow vs Samurai X, Ninja Nightcrawler, and Katana V11 sets.
The first thing that I will be looking at, is the bikes in the S.O.G. Headquarters, Street Race of Snake Jaguar, Killow vs Samurai X, and Ninja Nightcrawler sets.
here, in the description for the S.O.G. Headquarters set, we see that the bike we get in this set, which is being ridden by Skip Vicious on the box art, is called an Oni Bike.
Now, the stuff that I crossed out on the description for the Street Race of Snake Jaguar set, is stuff that I'm gonna go over later, but for now, in this description, we see that the bike that Mr. E is riding, which we see in the preview that we got of episode 75: Mask of Deception, is also called an Oni Bike.
Here, in Killow vs Samurai X, the description calls Killow's bike the Oni Chopper.
Now, these names might seem a bit odd at first, but if you look closely at Killow's Oni Chopper:
you can see that there's a design of what looks to be a oni on each side of the front of the bike. Now, unfortunately, I don't have either the Street Race of Snake Jaguar or S.O.G. Headquarters sets, so I haven't been able to find any details of the 2 Oni Bikes, outside of what we are able to see in the official set images that we got of them, so I am not sure if there are any details on the bikes that appear to be related to oni. If any of you guys have the sets, and are able to find something on the bikes, take a picture and share it here.
Now, I do also want to address the bike that Luke Cunningham has in the Katana V11 set.
Because while the description for the Katana V11 set just calls it a regular street bike, if you look closely at the bike...
you can see that it also has a decal of what looks like an oni, and in that red circle, are the letters D and S written in the Ninjago Language.
Although, it might not look like an oni at first, since you can't really see the oni teeth on it, but if you compare it to the oni decal on Killow's Oni Chopper, you can see that the oni teeth are actually farther back in the mouth, so the decal on Luke Cunningham's street bike, is just the front of an oni's face. So, basically, these bikes being called Oni Bikes and the Oni Chopper, isn't actually referring to the Oni Masks, but the creature Oni .
As for the Ninja Nightcrawler set:
The set description calls Ultra Violet's bike, the Stone Booster Bike. Now, looking at the bike, it doesn't have any decals on it that are related to oni, in fact, the Stone Booster Bike looks it has completely different color scheme than the Oni Bikes. Yet, if you notice, all the figures that are on the Oni Bikes are male, and we only get Ultra Violet's Stone Booster Bike in the Ninja Nightcrawler set, which is the set that she, the only female in the S.O.G. gang, just so happens to be the only S.O.G. member that is included in it.
Now, if you remember what I said in my last post about Oni and Hannya/Kijo, you may recall me saying that, according to Yokai.com, "Today, the word oni generally only refers to this specific category of male demons." You may also recall me saying that, according to Yokai.com "Hannya refers to demons or oni; more specifically to female demons called kijo—even more specifically to those kijo which appear in noh theater." Now, how does this relate to Ultra Violet's bike being much different from the other Oni Bikes? Well, if you had read the page that I linked on Kijo, you might remember reading this bit on the original section of the page:
"Though their name might suggest that kijo are the female counterparts to the male oni, there is nothing substantial to support this. While tales point to oni working either as tormentors of the (censored) or as menaces to human society in the living world, kijo do not seem to have any connection to (censored) or the afterlife; kijo generally work solo and have their own motives.Further, kijo and oni are not commonly seen together[...] Rather, it is likely that kijo are entirely separate creatures from oni, other than the fact that both are commonly born from a corrupted human soul."
So kijo and oni are really separate creatures, but are still demons and created in a similar way.
So what could the name of the Stone Booster Bike be referring to? The most likely thing that I could think of, is how Ultra Violet appears to have that stone armor on her in that set, which brings me to the next thing that I want to address with these set descriptions: the Oni Masks.
I went and underlined the parts of the description that mention the most important details of the Oni Masks in pink
On both the S.O.G. Headquarters and Ninja Nightcrawler sets, the description says to
"Attach the Oni Mask of Hatred transformation element to the Ultra Violet minifigure to make her even more evil!"
On the Killow vs Samurai X set, it also says to
"attach the Oni Mask of Deception transformation element to the Killow big figure to make him even more evil!"
So based on that, it would appear that the Oni Masks do, in fact, make these two wearers more evil/turn them into monsters(or if we are keeping to the oni/kijo-theme, yōkai) of some sort, based on how different Ultra Violet's appearance is, when she is actually wearing the Oni Mask of Hatred in the Ninja Nightcrawler set, compared to when she isn't wearing it in the S.O.G. Headquarters set.
But the description for Street Race of Snake Jaguar is what really caught my attention, when I was reading through these descriptions.
The description says it
includes a podium with the Oni Mask of Vengeance and Demon Torso transformation elements for the Mr. E minifigure to wear. And to "attach the Demon Torso (with 2 extra arms) and Oni Mask of Vengeance to Mr. E to make him even more evil."
Right there, it says Demon Torso, and what did the site say that the word oni refers to? Male demons. Even the mention of the 2 extra arms on the Demon Torso, make it seem as if Mr. E actually ends up turning into an oni, when he puts on the Oni Mask of Vengeance, because if you remember back in the last post, I said that Oni also tend to have tend to have extra limbs.
Based on this info, it would appear that these 3 Oni Masks will, actually, be turning their wearers into demons/oni(kijo in the case of Ultra Violet), especially considering the fact that Killow's already got the body-shape and weapon of an oni(which is what the description calls a "spiked baseball bat"), all he's missing is the teeth and horns, and if you just put the the mask on him, then you have the complete oni appearance, minus the usual red or blue skin.
But that red and blue skin color, that oni usually have, might also explain the red and blue colors that are on the S.O.G. gang's Oni Bikes(the purple in the color scheme might be to help blend the red and blue colors into it and give it a more evil look).
Edit: If you guys ever end up finding any info that relates to this, go ahead and post them here.