Here Are Seven Things That I Noticed After Watching The LEGO Movie 2 Official Trailer

The LEGO Movie 2

A few hours ago, Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed another trailer that will make 2019 more awesome. The LEGO Movie 2 official trailer has been uploaded over the internet and in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the clip that shows a handful of new brick-built, and minifigure characters to watch out for.

As expected, the TLM2 official trailer is jam-packed with details that we could have easily missed if not for that handy pause and screen capture button. And now that the cat is out of the bag, here are some of the things that I’ve noticed that are either surprising or puzzling about the events that took place in Bricksburg following the aftermath of the infamous Taco Tuesday. Not only that, but also the presence of some of the main characters that we saw in the first LEGO Movie are noticeably absent in the trailer such as Good Cop/Bad Cop and his boss President Business.

These and other interesting, details are outlined here which will hopefully be answered when the sequel arrives in theaters on February 8, 2019.

The city of Bricksburg will never be the same again.

As Lucy mentioned in the trailer, they need to be tough in order to survive the hard, cruel world where they now live in. After five years since the events of Taco Tuesday, the good ol’ people of the city eventually learned to adapt to their apocalyptic world as seen on how they carry their usually brooding themselves – except probably for Emmet. Most of the city’s landmarks were also drastically changed, and even Batman’s abode was never sparred. The good thing though is that the highly fortified Batcave has now become a saferoom for the residents of the city in the event of another Duplon attack.

 

Unikitty has a new look – and she can even transform at will.

We already know that Unikitty is the epitome of good vibes and happy feelings. It’s therefore interesting to note that even with the apparent destruction of Cloud Cuckoo Land in the first LEGO Movie film, such catastrophic destruction of her kingdom did not forced her to go through a metamorphosis in such a way that we now see her in the person of Ultrakatty. When the first sets from TLM2 were revealed last July, most LEGO fans assumed that Unikitty simply grew up to become what she is now, like she suddenly had a growth spurt of sorts. However, as we can see from the trailer, she can transform herself at will to become a fierce-looking battle cat whenever needed. The first LEGO Movie clearly established that Unikitty’s moods can alter her appearance, and now her capability to completely transform to a battle-ready feline is perhaps another step to her abilities.

 

MetalBeard also gets a couple of battle-ready builds.

This is no longer a secret, considering the recent reveal of the new TLM2 sets particularly the MetalBeard’s Heavy Metal Motor Trike (70834) and Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard (70836). However, we can surely expect to see the dauntless pirate captain suit up additional brick-built gears later on in the film. LEGO is yet to reveal it’s LEGO Movie 2 D2C set which we hope to see another version of MetalBeard later on.

 

Where on earth did Rex Dangervest came from?

The first LEGO Movie film clearly established how the various LEGO themes (such as those from LEGO City, Superheroes, and Classic Space and Kingdoms), are all somewhat related to each other and has existed within the LEGO Movie world on multiple dimensions. Given this context, it is understandable how the Duplon that invaded the city of Bricksburg came to be. In a similar vein, the existence of the Systar System can also be explained through this “multiple dimension” theme that runs across the film. So it begs the question: from where did our galaxy defending, archaeologist cowboy and raptor wrangler came from?

The trailer did not leave us any answer of Rex Dangervest’s origins since we only see him arriving in the scene where Emmet gets caught up in a nasty asteroid belt. Is he a true friend to our brick heroes, or does he have another agenda of his own? Plus, his mean looking ship gives me the same feeling such as that when I first saw Thanos’ Sanctuary ship in Avengers: Infinity War. It just doesn’t feel right in a sort of way. I guess we just have to wait and see when the film arrives in February.

 

What’s up with Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi?

The official trailer now gives us a close look at the film’s main antagonist, and new character Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. From the looks of it, the Queen of the Systar System seems to have a lot of explaining to do on why Lucy and the rest of the gang ended up kidnapped by Sweet Mayhem and brought in her kingdom. Watevra Wa’Nabi may look simple and unassuming in the surface, but like any other LEGO build, can offer a lot of possibilities – even change to a mean, scary looking brick monster that even makes Batman cringe.

So what is the story behind Queen Wa’Nabi and her kingdom, and what is her ultimate goal? We’ll soon find out.

 

The Systar System is like a brick fantasy world.

Sweet Mayhem’s single overarching goal is to capture Bricksburg’s fiercest leader for no apparent reason yet, except to bring them to the Systar System at the end of their known brick universe. What is puzzling right here is the very nature of the Systar System itself. From what we saw from the trailer, it is somewhat like a dream land where all the previous places and builds that our protagonists have previously known and loved can be found. We saw a goofy and dreamy looking Superman and the rest of the Justice League. We also see a semblance of Cloud Cuckoo Land at one point in the trailer where we find Unikitty enjoying herself, with the rest of her kind. And with the reveal of the Benny’s Space Squad (70841) set where good ‘ol Benny gets to see some of his Classic Space pals, it further strengthens the notion that the Systar System is like a place where minifigure dreams can come true. So what kind of place exactly is the Systar System and what dangers or opportunities will it bring to our heroes?

 

So… what happened to the Man Up Stairs?

The LEGO Movie introduced us to its own version of breaking the fourth wall when Emmet traveled through dimensions to eventually meet the Man Up Stairs. As Emmet soon realized, everything that he knew about his brick-built world is created by the Man Up Stairs and his children. As you may recall, these live characters represent two extreme school of thoughts within the LEGO building spectrum: the fixed and permanent builds characterized by the father; and the adventurous, experimental builds as symbolized by his son. These seemingly opposite school of thoughts in LEGO building were soon reconciled when the father realized the value of the LEGO brick for creative play and expression. He relaxed some of his ‘rules’ in playing with LEGO bricks, allowing his son and daughter to play in their LEGO hobby room.

Now given that five years have passed since then, and the yet to be revealed daughter of the Man Up Stairs may have outgrown her toddler years of playing with Duplo bricks, could it be that she is now introduced to minidolls as her next LEGO set? If that is the case, then that will somehow explain the presence of the minidolls in their LEGO universe, mixed with several 4+ and Duplo sets. My best guess is that the Man Up Stairs may no longer be actively involved in the movie, but instead it’s his children that now play a major role in the events of The LEGO Movie 2. Well, it’s a fan theory so I will have to wait until February if my theory will hold or not.

We still have less than 3 months to see how The LEGO Movie 2 will turn out, and like its predecessor, we can be sure that it will be filled with all manners of twists and turns that will appeal to all LEGO fans regardless of age. And similar to the first film, we can expect that it will touch on themes like fostering creativity and letting go of expectations to welcome new and endless possibilities.

So do you have any particular question in mind about The LEGO Movie 2? Let us know in the comments section below and let’s talk about it.

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Author: Albert Balanza

Teacher, student, dad, AFOL, psych geek & everything in between. :)

7 thoughts on “Here Are Seven Things That I Noticed After Watching The LEGO Movie 2 Official Trailer”

  1. Systar == Sister. So, yeah, her ‘land’ makes a lot of sense … and she keeps taking brother’s minifigures to play with.

    1. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. The first LEGO Movie used a lot word play in naming key elements and objects – Kraggle, Polish Remover of Nail, etc. So it makes a lot of sense if Systar refers to the younger sister who is now past her toddler years. This is becoming more interesting. 🙂

  2. Well Rex doesn’t look like the usual LEGO minifigure, and he looks more like a customized minifig. So yeah, maybe one of the kids made him.

    1. That’s one theory that is surely interesting. What plot twists will the film offer at the end?! Can’t hardly wait for February! 🙂

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