“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” is now set to complete its first week in the box office, While its opening weekend saw a number 1 debut despite being markedly less than the premiere of the first film in 2014, LEGO and Warner Bros. are still positive thanks to good critic reviews.
In the meantime, a good number of new LEGO sets tying in to the animated blockbuster sequel have been available on retail and online. Among them are character pods for the film’s characters such as Emmet (853874) and Sweet Mayhem (853875), previewed only last month but are now available on LEGO Shop@Home.
Both LEGO Movie 2 pods are expectedly similar to all products of this theme, containing a character minifigure (or mini-doll figure in case of Sweet Mayhem) plus plenty of accessories that can be held in the character’s hands, attached to their body, or assembled with the pods themselves to create a crane for 853874 and DJ station for 853875, respectively.
These pods also have on their front lids some lenticular images that alternate between showing the faces of Emmet or Mayhem, and the “LEGO Movie 2” logo. It’s plain to see that these LEGO Movie 2 Pods can easily cater to sectors of the general LEGO fan base, with minifigure Emmet geared towards “traditional” LEGO designs and mini-doll figure Sweet Mayhem for the LEGO Friends market due to similar aesthetics.
Both the Emmet (853874) and Mayhem (853875) “Lego Movie 2” character pods are priced at $8.99 on Shop@Home. Several other movie tie-ins are already either similarly available to these two, or will be so by late February or early March.
Fans of LEGO who are also into the digital side of the brand’s many products – from console videogames to mobile apps – know for a fact that the company invests significantly in the development of new uses and applications for augmented reality (AR). They recently collaborated with Shapchat to create an AR online store featuring a new line of LEGO-branded casual street-wear.
And let’s not forget the various AR apps they introduced which sought to seamlessly integrate real built LEGO sets with digital counterparts in an augmented environment. It’s on this vein that the latest AR-using LEGO product line springs from.
The LEGO Group introduced their new augmented reality game app “Hidden Side” on Thursday, February 14. For interested fans who want to try it out, the new app will be showcased in full for the first time at the American International/New York Toy Fair starting this weekend.
Previous LEGO AR game apps carried digital recreations of existing sets that could be “integrated” on the app screen with LEGO constructs in the real world, with added special effects. “Hidden Side” on the other hand works specifically with an entirely new series of LEGO sets themed for the game, with no less than eight Hidden side sets to start off this product line.
“Hidden Side” as Game and Set Line
The LEGO Hidden Side construction sets all depict either vehicles or structures and facilities that figure into the game app’s storyline. All of them can transform via manual brick mechanics from mundane looking constructs to spooky monstrous alternates, as described in the Hidden Side storyline.
As stated in the game’s fact sheet, the app follows the misadventures of two teen bloggers attending Newbury High School, who get strange app on their smartphones that show the secret haunted nature of their place of learning. With players assuming the role of the characters, they must investigate Newbury’s mysteries to un-haunt the place.
With the AR component, players of “LEGO Hidden Side” put themselves in the heroes’ shoes. They would look at their environment (the app’s AR display) from a first-person view. The phones function as “ghost detectors” when focused on the Hidden Side tie-in sets. This enables players to see supernatural spooks. They must capture or drive them off by twiddling with the sets’ various play points. Doing so generates the appropriate AR effects on screen.
Deeper “Fluid Play”
Senior VP Tom Donaldson of LEGO’s Creative Play Lab says “Hidden Side” pushes the concept of “fluid play” to further levels than before. This is the interaction between physical surroundings with the augmented-reality effects in a game app.
“At our core we focus on tactile building, but AR presents opportunities to enhance physical LEGO play with new action and mastery elements,” says Donaldson. “As we have designed LEGO Hidden Side, physical manipulation of the LEGO models alters the AR experience, and the AR experience prompts new things to discover in the physical models, creating a deeply engaging reciprocal play experience in two worlds that has never been seen before.”
There’s also an option for “LEGO Hidden Side” that can be played fully digital. That’s a bonus those who have downloaded the app but don’t have any of the actual sets.
While New York Toy Fair attendees can get first crack on “Hidden Side,” the app and the sets themselves will become generally available by summer. All related sets will range in price from $19.99-$129.99 while the app will be on both iOS and Google Play.
When Disney and Lucasfilm released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” way back in 2015, it signaled to all fans of the space opera franchise set in the Galaxy Far, Far Away that the grand saga was really back on the big screen.
Many were intrigued and hyped when they saw what appeared to be a duel between First Order Trooper Finn and the constantly angry Kylo Ren from the trailers, only to be surprised when it was actually Rey who carried the day in that fight. This particular encounter on snow-covered Starkiller Base is being immortalized in a new, recently leaked, LEGO Star Wars set.
For a brief moment, before they quickly closed it down, Amazon Italy showed a listing for the already-announced LEGO Star Wars “Duel on Starkiller Base” action set 75236. It’s perhaps one of the most busy and mechanically ingenious sets to come out of that line.
The one photo that got out from the early Amazon.it reveal showed minifigure Kylo Ren facing off against Rey in the snowy forest terrain of the planet converted by the First Order into Starkiller Base. Both have lightsabers in hand (plus an optional stud-launching blaster). But the kicker is that their battleground is remarkably interactive.
As seen above courtesy of “Star Wars” news site Rebelscum, Kylo and Ren are standing on two terrain platforms. They are connected to each other by a hinge. Also, one of the tree props can collapse. All these depict the ongoing collapse of the planet following the Resistance airstrike on Starkiller Base, with the combatants trying to kill each other and have time to escape.
The LEGO Star Wars Duel on Starkiller Base (75236) has been stated on the brief Amazon listing to have 191 parts, and likely to be priced at $19.99 when it is released on April 1. Hopefully that date doesn’t have the expected connotations where this action set is concerned. It’s a nice present while waiting for December and “Episode IX.”
So we’ve already gone over how “LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” while debuting at #1 in the box office on its premiere last weekend, was markedly not as heavy a box-office breaker as the 2014 original film. But that’s far from the minds of LEGO’s primary toy manufacturing business, which is still cranking out new tie-in sets for the movie.
In fact, a number of these new “LEGO Movie 2” sets were announced towards the end of last month. Quite recently, we got a heads up on three tie-ins, two that were mentioned previously and one new addition.
Official images of these new tie-ins to the latest big-budget “LEGO Movie” were revealed February 12, ahead of the 2019 New York Toy Fair. They are the Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa! (70837), the Queen Whatevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace (70838) and the Emmet’s Triple-Deck Couch Mech (70842) which is the all-new set that wasn’t part of the advance notice from January.
Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa! (70837) – US$69.99
Includes Wyldstyle and Benny minifigures, plus Balthazar mini-doll figure (LEGO Friends-scale)
Also has Balthazar-Bat micro-figure and brick-built figures of Unikitty, Flaminga, Eight and Archimedes
lever-operated revolving wall (to transform Balthazar into bat form), hot tub with lid and trapdoor
Queen Watevra’s ‘So-Not-Evil’ Space Palace (70838) – US$99.99
Includes Bachelor Batman minifigure plus Celeste mini-doll figure
Also has brick-built figures of Royal Guard (with buildable lollipop), Queen Watevra WaNabi, Ice Cream Cone, Star and Heart (x2)
rotating top section with opening, detachable rocket and pods
In June of last year, LEGO introduced to their consumers a new line of accessories for their existing product lineup. This was called LEGO xtra, and featured a wide variety of play enhancements for sets particularly of more “urban” lines like LEGO City.
The xtra polybags ranged from additional street signs and ornaments, to props for minifigure hands like mugs or pizza slices and fresh veggies, to play-mats with streets and roadside studs to anchor LEGO buildings on. While not entirely vital to having a great experience playing with LEGO, having “xtra” accessories just make things all the more better.
And now, just before last weekend, LEGO has added something new on their lineup of xtra polybags, as noted by German LEGO news source Promo Bricks. This pack of xtra extras (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun anymore) features one non-brick element that’s also part of the LEGO experience: decal stickers.
Now granted, many LEGO players don’t like having stickers on their bricks and pieces, preferring painted-on decals if it can’t be avoided. But if the LEGO piece in question can be designated for only one purpose in any instance of play, like a store signboard, then stickers are worth it.
The upcoming LEGO xtra Brick Stickers polybag (853921) has what its name says and more. The pack has five sheets’ worth of signage stickers for brick-building businesses, be it a pizza parlor, market, bakery or toy store to begin with. But like most of its other xtra sets, 853921 also has a selection of plastic bricks and LEGO elements, all of which have the general shape of signage that one can place decal stickers on.
Since the images of this new LEGO xtra pack have just been recently added to online servers, it probably won’t be long before Brick Stickers (853921) becomes available on Shop@Home and maybe even LEGO stores and retailers. No price has been given, though it can go from $3.99 to $7.99 following previous xtra polybag pricing.
It’s the year 2019 now, but it’s only at this point in time that the winners from the First 2018 Review Stage of LEGO Ideas will finally see the light of day as official products. Recall that the results of that review stage were announced only in early October of the year before.
The two product ideas that made the final cut from that 10-set review batch had been a Treehouse and a licensed franchise, Hanna-Barbera’s classic “Flintstones” animated series. Then, following over three months of silence, LEGO Ideas broke the lack of new updates with a cheeky nostalgic teaser.
On Monday, February 11, LEGO Ideas posted a short video clip on their official Twitter page. It should be familiar to longtime “Flintstones” fans, a shortened version of the last few seconds of the familiar colored second intro, with the Flintstones and Rubbles barreling into the prehistoric drive-in theater in the former’s boulder-mobile.
The differences are quickly spotted: the featured movie is titled “LEGO Ideas: The Flintstones.” Also, the Flintstones’ “car” is quite obviously a LEGO-brick stop-motion rendition, likely the official LEGO Ideas conversion of the original submission by Andrew Clark. Finally, the theater screen shows that Ideas will be showing the whole final LEGO Flintstones set soon, punctuated with the iconic series catchphrase “Yabba-dabba-doo!”
Seeing as this LEGO Ideas set is from a recognizable franchise, it makes sense that it gets a teaser ahead of the original-idea Treehouse. Then again the preview neglects to put an actual date on when the LEGO Flintstones set will actually be shown in full, so fans are left with the usual game of guessing “How soon is ‘Coming Soon.’”
Then again, as some comments on our fellow LEGO news site and helpful set guide Brickset indicate, not many fans approve the accompanying minifigures’ faces which have apparently been leaked earlier. Perhaps the promised upcoming official LEGO Ideas reveal might change some minds.
This piece of news is rather odd, but in a relatively good way. If you recall back in 2017, one of the better sets that LEGO has released under the LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi subtheme is the new Resistance Bomber (75188) set consisting of 778 pieces and 5 minifigures. One of these minifigures was simply referred to as Resistance Bomber Pilot, in honor supposedly of the pilot that coursed the bomber that destroyed the Dreadnaught at the opening sequence of The Last Jedi. It was a cliff hanger of a scene, with the entire crew of the lone Resistance Bomber eventually sacrificing their selves in order to carry out their critical mission. It is a great scene that eventually found its way as an official LEGO set. However, devout LEGO Star Wars fans quickly noticed the small, but very unpleasant inconsistency that this particular LEGO set has, and LEGO was quick to respond.
According to an excellent summary written by The Brothers Brick, this nagging inconsistency was eventually addressed by LEGO. So what was it exactly? With the release of The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron novel, which is considered as part of Star Wars canon, the generic Resistance Bomber Pilot now has a name, and LEGO eventually re-issued a new minifigure to accurately represent his character. Named as Finch Dallow, LEGO has now confirmed that they will be re-issuing, or has issued an update already, to correct this matter. Though Finch was only given 5-seconds of screen time on the big screen, it was enough to give us a close look at the character.
As you may have noticed already, Finch’s character is very much different from his generic minifigure rendition that was released with the Resistance Bomber (75188) set. Thankfully, the matter was addressed by LEGO when it gave its official response to an inquiring fan:
“When we develop LEGO sets based on movies, we aspire to make minifigures and models that reflect the iconic characters and scenes in the film. For this reason our products are most often developed by LEGO designers using reference material from specific movies – still images, sketches, as well as in the actual movies as inspiration. We developed The Lego Star Wars Resistance Bomber set (75188), based on “The Last Jedi” movie and discovered after the film was released that one of The Lego minifigures in the set doesn’t reflect the movie scene properly. As a result, we decided to adjust the set accordingly, true to our motto: “Only the best is good enough”. We hope Star Wars fans across the world appreciate this attention to details”
It is a known fact that LEGO designers do not really receive the entire set of details about a film or a particular scene in which a LEGO set will eventually be based. This holds true in the case of the LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber. This adjustment resulted in the roll-out of a new and updated LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber (75188) that perfectly captures in minifigure form the character of Finch Dallow, including his Resistance helmet as well. Check out these side by side images, comparing the old and new minifigs, as shared by The Brothers Brick.
Now I’m not really sure if this re-issued LEGO Star Wars Resistance Bomber set has already been released to the market, but an Instagram post from actor Kevin Layne who played the role of Finch Dallow, may hint that this re-issued set may already be out there.
The only question is where and how will you be able to get this set later on, considering that it is reasonable to expect that previously released Resistance Bomber sets with the generic Resistance Bomber Pilot minifigure, is still distributed in the market. Though as TBB observes, this kind of scarcity has led to some ‘overblown’ hype towards the Finch minifigure, as evidenced by its risen value of as much as $100 in some secondary market platforms. This is not something that LEGO intends though, and I’m personally glad that LEGO has corrected this matter, though a little bit too late in my opinion.
Frankly, it’s now seems to a kind of hit and miss if you wish to get your hands on an updated set that contains the new Finch Dallow minifigure. Even if the Resistance Bomber is still up and selling at shop.LEGO.com, buying it from LEGO’s online store still doesn’t guarantee if ever you will receive the new minifig. In fact, the LEGO Shop@Home page for this particular set is still not updated with the new Finch minifig as of this posting.
Anyways, what are your thoughts about this change? Do you think it’s worthwhile to haunt down this set with the hope of landing on this new and accurate minifigure rendition? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
A couple of days ago, LEGO made quite a stir when it updated its themes page at the LEGO.com portal. The matter has been ‘corrected’ already as of this posting, but not without eagle-eyed brick scouts taking a snapshot of this exciting and unintentional reveal. 2018 saw its last LEGO Creator Expert set in the form of the Corner Garage (10264), and this time around thanks to a quick print screen command from Promobricks, we now have a peek at the LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang GT (10265).
This set has been rumored since August last year, with more LEGO Creator Expert sets being readied in the LEGO pipeline. In fact, Brickset has already listed another D2C vehicle set (10269) together with this year’s Winter Village set (10267), in their database so these are exciting sets to watch out for as well. The LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang GT (10265) comes in 1,471 pieces and is expected to be released in March 1, with an estimated price point of 139.99 Euros. It is based on one of Ford’s most popular muscle cars which was introduced in 1967. It is also nice of LEGO to make it clearly known by adding a special tile that indicates GT 1967 in its next Creator Expert set.
Given the legacy and remarkable history of this vehicle, I will not be surprised if this next Creator Expert set will be popular among fans. To be frank, it’s a great comeback for LEGO after the not-so-warm reception given to the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (10262) set. LEGO has not confirmed the LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang GT (10265) as of this posting, and it looks like it plans not to do so yet considering the fact that it immediately removed its image from the themes page and replaced it with the currently offered Aston Martin DB5 (10262). If the rumors of a March release holds true, then we can expect an early VIP release sometime towards the end of this month, and an official statement from LEGO as well.
Personally, I’m excited about this set being a fan of iconic muscle cars from the 60s. What do you think?
We’re literally counting the days away before the LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part finally hit theaters on Friday, and LEGO is building up on the excitement with this next reveal. We know that there will be additional LEGO Movie 2 sets coming this summer and this time, LEGO has uploaded its next round of building instructions via its servers, pointing to the fact that our next LEGO BrickHeadz sets will be dedicated to the sequel’s main characters. They’re not listed yet at shop.LEGO.com as of this posting, but LEGO was kind enough to upload the building instructions for these LEGO Movie 2 BrickHeadz, particularly, Emmet (41634), WyldStyle (41635), Benny (41636), and Sweet Mayhem (41637).
Most LEGO fans will probably agree that one of the selling points of these LEGO Movie 2 BrickHeadz sets are the unique, printed parts that come with them. Benny (41636) for example features a unique 1×2 tile that features a worn out, classic Space logo print. This nostalgic tile is a centerpiece for any LEGO Space fan and collector. Sweet Mayhem’s BrickHeadz version is also noteworthy – I like the particular details on her helmet, and the unique parts that go with this set as well, such as the white laser pistol and the new bright purple heart tile piece, both were first introduced in LEGO Movie 2 sets.
Since their building instructions are now listed online, we can expect that these LEGO Movie 2 BrickHeadz sets will be released soon. Will keep a close eye on these sets, and let us know if you spot them on toy shelves. Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the heads up.
For our last listing of reveals coming from the LEGO show room of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, it looks like fans of the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes theme will be for a bat-filled summer. I’m a fan of the Dark Knight, however, I feel that we already have too much of Batman-inspired sets, whereas there’s a lot to explore from the world of DC Comics. Since last year and up until now, almost all of the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes sets released are centered on Batman. Frankly, it will be nice if LEGO introduces additional LEGO sets and minifigures based on other DC Comics characters. But since we are celebrating 80 years of crime-fighting with the Caped Crusader, then perhaps this is something that is easily forgiveable. Well, like them or not, here are the summer 2019 LEGO DC Comics Superheroes sets that you can expect in June. These sets’ respective box arts is said to have a unique 80 years of Batman logo as reported by Zusammengebaut.
Batman and Robin & Freeze Battle (76118)
Batmobile Pursuit of Joker (76119)
Batman and Riddler Heist (76120)
Batcave Clayface Invasion (76122)
Batman Vs. Riddler 4+ (76137)
The Joker Escape 4+ (76138)
Batvehicle D2C set (76139)
The Batcave Clayface Invasion (76122) is expected to be a sizeable retailing for 99 Euros. Furthermore, the set features another variant of Batwoman which is probably different from the first minifigure of her released last year in Batman: Brother Eye Takedown (76111). The Batvehicle direct-to-consumer set (76139) was not mentioned during the Nuremberg Toy Fair, but I opted to include it here as it was referred to by fans and insiders within LEGO fan forums. We have to wait until the New York Toy Fair kicks in more information.
What do you think about these selections brick fans? Are these a hit or miss? Share your thoughts in the comments below.