Barnes and Noble’s The LEGO Batman Movie Celebration Ends With a Make and Take Event This Saturday.

The country’s largest bookseller is set to conclude the highly celebrated The LEGO Batman Movie with an awesome promotional this weekend. Barnes and Nobles, together with LEGO and Warner Bros., will be having an in-store building event on March 11 where children 5 years old and above may have a chance to bring home the Dark Knight’s Speedwagon Batmobile. This Make & Take Event is a fitting conclusion to the three-month-long celebration of the Batastic, brick-built animated film.

Our best guess is that The Mini Batmobile (30521) polybag will be up for grabs in this Barnes & Noble event. But as you may know, LEGO may come up with a specific set exclusive for this promotional so let’s keep an eye on these surprises. Be sure to check with Barnes & Noble’s website for more details since specific times for this event may vary by store. Other than the Speedwagon, participants may also have the chance of collecting all the limited edition, exclusive TLBM character trading cards to create an awesome collage of sorts.

Check out the details of this LEGO Batman Movie Make and Take event via Barnes and Noble’s official press release below.

Barnes & Noble Concludes Three-Month-Long Celebration of The LEGO® Batman Movie on March 11

Final Event to Feature Fun Activities for Children Ages 5+ Including Building The LEGO® Batman Movie Batmobile “Speedwagon” and a Giveaway of Collectible Character Trading Cards Featuring DC Super Heroes and Super Villains

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced, in partnership with Warner Bros. and The LEGO Group, an exciting in-store building event that will take place at stores nationwide on Saturday, March 11. This will conclude Barnes & Noble’s three-month-long celebration of the animated adventure The LEGO® Batman Movie, a worldwide hit which has so far surpassed $225 million at the box office.

The March 11 event will feature fun activities for children ages 5+ including a LEGO Make & Take event, where fans can build the iconic Batmobile “Speedwagon” from The LEGO Batman Movie to take home. Attendees can also collect the final two limited-edition Barnes & Noble Exclusive character trading cards from a series of six, and those who attended the previous two events on January 28 and February 25 will be able to put the complete set of trading cards together to create a memorable scene inspired by the movie.

Specific times for the March 11 event will vary by store. Space and materials are limited, so customers are encouraged to make their plans to share in the movie’s action and adventure, while supplies last. To learn more, customers should visit www.bn.com/storelocator or contact their local store for details.

              

Customers are encouraged to continue to check out Barnes & Noble’s robust offering of related merchandise from Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ global licensing and merchandising program, including a selection of books and toys, as the three-month-long celebration of The LEGO Batman Movie comes to a close. Featured books include DK’s The LEGOBatman Movie: The Essential Guide (B&N Exclusive Poster Edition) and Scholastic’s Batman’s Guide to Being Cool (The LEGO Batman Movie), as well as the exciting construction sets from The LEGO Batman Movie line, including The Joker Balloon Escape, Catwoman Catcycle Chase, The Riddler Riddle Racer, Clayface Splat Attack, Killer Croc Tail-Gator and the Batcave Break-In. Customers should contact their local store for more details on what products are available for purchase.

 

Source: Business Wire

 

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The LEGO Movie 2 Is Going To Be A Musical Blast – In Space!

Needless to say, The LEGO Movie and its predecessor successor, The LEGO Batman Movie were both phenomenal. Thanks to a hip storyline, family-friendly humor, and a huge boost from major IPs available, both brick-built films (albeit digitally) helped propel LEGO as one of the toy industry’s strongest brands.

Now that promotions for the LEGO Ninjago Movie are well on its way and gaining traction, LEGO and film enthusiasts are now paying attention to the sequel of the film that started it all. Though slated to hit theaters a good two years from now, The LEGO Movie 2 has already created a considerable amount of buzz, after what LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay revealed through a podcast interview.  McKay, who was initially considered to helm the LEGO Movie 2, was replaced by Mike Mitchell.

What McKay revealed during the podcast interview sounds pretty cool and interesting. According to him,

Lego 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie…They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out.

As it seems, the highly anticipated sequel will put a singing astronaut under the spotlight – I can just imagine Benny singing an ‘Ode to the Spaceship’. Benny, the friendly blue astronaut from the 80s, will be voiced once more by Charlie Day. The first LEGO film was pretty cool in itself, with an upbeat music and soundtrack to boot. However, McKay assures fans that the sequel to the box office hit will be bigger and very ambitious. I guess that is an understatement, compared to the near impossibility of singing in outer space. McKay also underscored the fact the film itself went through a lot in terms of writing and screen development, so much so that it was written side by side with songwriters.

 

We’re not sure if we’ll be seeing Emmet chasing once again another Piece of Resistance, or a similar Krazy Glue relic, but judging on how the film’s story is being developed, the pursuit will likely end up in deep space with Benny and the rest of the gang singing a more awesome tune. The LEGO Movie 2 is directed by Mike Mitchell and written by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and is expected to hit theaters on February 8, 2019.

 

Credits: JoBlo

 

 

Elusive LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 40268 Polybag Found at LEGOLAND California.

The hard to find LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) has now been spotted locally. LEGO’s version of the astromech droid which made his debut in Rogue One last year, has been first discovered in Romania, before its official images were uploaded to LEGO’s servers. The LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 has been quite popular recently because of what it may suggest as a new line of collectible minifigures, and the inclusion of a stand or base to display the minifig.

We were somewhat clueless on where to get R3-M2 without buying from scalpers for exuberant prices. Thanks from a tip from The Brick Fan, it has been reported that elusive LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) polybag has been spotted at LEGOLAND California as part of its promotion. The photo below indicates that visitors at the theme park may get R3-M2 for FREE for every $55 worth of Star Wars products either at the Big Shop or Empire Emporium. The promotional will run until March 19 or while supplies last.

 

There is no word yet when it will be posted at shop.LEGO.com, even if its official images were uploaded already. Will LEGO’s Rogue One astromech droid be part of an upcoming promotional just in time for May the 4th celebrations? What do you think brick fans?

 

 

Double VIP Points Now Live at shop.LEGO.com

Starting today until March 16, shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Brand Stores are now offering double VIP points in all purchases, which means shoppers in the US and Canada may now enjoy 10% back in rewards value. This also means that now is the best time to buy those sets that you may have missed since some of them are now on sale for as much as 50% off such as LEGO Dimensions and LEGO Ninjago.

Newer sets are also up and available such as LEGO’s new line of collectibles, the BrickHeadz. Now is also the best time to grab this year’s recent Minecraft, Speed Champions, Star Wars, Marvel Superheroes GOTG Vol. 2 sets, and more. Additionally, every $35 worth of purchase, entitles you to a FREE LEGO City Police Helicopter (30351) from March 1-15, and a FREE LEGO Duplo My First Fish (30323) with any LEGO Duplo purchase from March 16-31.

      

Toys R Us Announces Its Latest Promotional – The LEGO Nexo Knights Collector Case 5004913.

With the announcement of the LEGO Nexo Knights Combo NEXO Powers 70372 and 70373, comes a nice promotional giveaway from Toys R Us. If you’re planning to collect all the recent physical shields included in the latest wave of LEGO Nexo Knights sets and foil packs, then this accessory is a must have. Following the release of TRU’s weekly ad, is the reveal of the LEGO Nexo Knights Collector Case (5004913).

As shared by The Brick Fan, the Collector Case is made up primarily of a baseplate that can hold up to 25 Nexo Power shields and features a Combo Nexo shield built into the case cover. The best part of it is that it comes free for every $40 purchase or more of any LEGO product. This Toys R Us promotional runs until Saturday, March 11 or while supplies last.

 

Thanks once again to The Brick Fan for the heads up.

 

 

LEGO Rebrick’s Build Your Favorite Adventure Time Character Contest Winners Announced.

Last January, LEGO Rebrick launched its Adventure Time Contest based on the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set. The goal is to come up with a brick-built version of your favorite AT character that is not included in the set, or to come up with an original character of your own. The contest ended last March 4 with two runner ups, and a Grand Prize winner selected among 203 entries. Check out the winners below.

 

Runner Up – The Island Lady by L-DI-EGO

“This island doesn’t have a lady… This island IS a lady!” From “The Party’s Over, Isla de Señorita” (s5, ep22). I have downsized (6.38cm tall x 17.56 cm wide) the scale of this unusual character to fit with the contest rules.

 

 

Runner Up – Huntress Wizard by Scarlet_fantasic

“Exceptional beasts like us cannot fall in love—that is the secret of ordinary people.” Huntress Wizard appears here in her daytime, forest colourway. With her antlered hood, jagged-edged cape and a quiver full of magic she’ll never cease to be extraordinary.

  

 

Grand Prize Winner APTWE by pix027

The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant cannot be controlled, he must let you have control.

Runner ups will be receiving a signed copy of the LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set and a collection of Adventure Time goodies from Cartoon Network. The  grand prize winner will bring home not just the above prizes, but will also have the bragging rights of owning a limited-edition Adventure Time electric guitar featuring exclusive artwork ($899 USD SRP) signed by members of the Adventure Time cast.

         

 

WATCH: See How The LEGO Batman Movie Was Animated.

Those of you who are into stop motion LEGO animation know how daunting the task can be. So imagine if you’re out to make a full length movie (1 hour and 44 minutes to be exact) out of millions of LEGO bricks, and bring to life one of the most iconic superheroes around.

This is exactly what the tech savvy team of animators at special effects studio Animal Logic have in mind when they were tasked to create The LEGO Batman Movie. So how did they actually pull this off and came up with a totally awesome film? Mike Seymour of Wired.com’s Design FX gives us an insider look at how the film was animated inside the studios of Animal Logic. Check this out.

The facts on how The LEGO Batman Movie was made are simply mind-blowing.

  • 220 million distinct LEGO bricks and pieces (rendered digitally) were used to recreate Gotham City.
  • If Gotham City, as seen in the film, were made into an actual, physical set, then you’ll be needing lots of space equivalent to the size of 6 ½ football fields.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie is significantly larger than its predecessor, The LEGO Movie, in terms of all the LEGO elements used which was approximately at around three trillion elements.
  • The team of animators at Animal Logic used what they call as replacement animation in bringing to life Batman’s subtle facial expressions and body movement. This means that they actually replace Batman’s cowl and arms and legs each time he is animated, to create a fluid, more organic movement of the superhero’s minifig version. This means that every part of Batman is replaced on every scene that he goes through.
  • That 7-second scene where Robin accidentally bumped his head on the dashboard of the Batmobile took 45 takes and several months to work out.

If you were amazed by Animal Logic’s tireless work on The LEGO Batman Movie, then you may want to pick up a copy of DK’s The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie now available at 47% off via Amazon.

Journey beyond the on-screen world of The LEGO® Batman™ Movie and get an inside look at how the animated movie was created with The LEGO® Batman™ Movie: The Making of the Movie.

Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how The LEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations were created for the movie. Learn about each development stage of the movie, from the initial idea and storyboarding to recording the dialogue and special effects. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and Warner Bros., The Making of The LEGO Batman Movie features exclusive insights from the filmmakers, animators, LEGO designers, and actors.

With Batman, Friends Will Always Be Family.

Though the waves are starting to settle down at brick-built Gotham, The LEGO Batman Movie has left its mark (read: through an awesome, theatrical experience) on movie goers who remember seeing the film with all smiles and laughter. It has been almost a month since the film made its theatrical debut, and we’ve seen how Will Arnett’s take on the Dark Knight became an instant sensation even to non-LEGO fans. As many outfits as the Caped Crusader has in the LEGO Batman Movie, his persona has  been rendered in so many ways as well – perhaps the best among all of them is his musical, mic-dropping, alter ego.

We’ve seen how the brooding Dark Knight fends off his frenimies with a dark, hard-hitting tune to beat at the beginning of the film, and thanks to Movie Maniacs, we now see how the film’s turn of events led to a change of heart for our hero. If you’ve seen the film already, chances are, you’ve stayed long enough in the theater (who wouldn’t be) to watch its credit scenes, accompanied by a hip and preppy music video. It’s a clever play in contrasts if I should say, with the film starting off with a solitary Batman fighting off crime all by himself, and with the closing credits playing a beat that shows how a brooding hero can eventually surround himself with good vibes. Check out the music video below.

Even if the song is, as Batman’s ‘Puter says it, “is an upbeat, and slightly annoying song that parents and studio executives love”, it can’t be denied that the song has a nice ring to it. If you like this one, and the rest of the music used in the film (not mentioning the fact that you ACTUALLY want to have everything that has LEGO Batman Movie on it), you may check out the film’s original soundtrack which you can order right here.

 

Now, let’s play that tune again…

LEGO Ideas Venetian Houses Qualifies for the 2017 LEGO Ideas Review Stage.

It seems that this year’s LEGO Ideas achievers are off to a good start. Following the lead of 2017’s first batch of LEGO Ideas projects review stage qualifiers, comes a picturesque modular that will not shy away from the impressive LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255). The LEGO Ideas platform has seen a lot of modular entries over the years, but this original creation from Marco Schwarzel or better known as McMarco over at LEGO Ideas, stood out for its excellent use of orange and white pieces designed with the Mediterranean in mind. McMarco’s LEGO Ideas Venetian Houses come in as the 5th qualifier for this year’s first LEGO Ideas Review Stage. Check out the details of his striking modular creation.

VENETIAN HOUSES

“One generally sits far too seldom at the sea.”

This double modular size model comes with two wonderful Mediterranean buildings. Both houses are dedicated to various cultural activities. The set adds a southern flair to every LEGO building collection. As a long-time fan of Venice I could not resist to add a picturesque bridge, a typical water canal and, of course, a gondola. And it could be the first modular set on shelves with direct access to the sea!

Features:

  • Fully playable, all parts are accessible with no problems.
  • The set can be placed the other way around, with one long canal as a result.
  • The walls are double-walled constructed.
  • The two facades are inspired by genuine houses.
  • Includes 17 minifigures.
  • 2 x the standard modular size.
  • Approximately 4500 bricks.

The LEGO Ideas Venetian Houses joins the Blues Mobile, SEGA Classic Arcade Machines, Dungeon Master, and Red Arrows Hawk as this year’s LEGO Ideas Review Stage qualifiers.

 

 

A Story Worth Telling Over a Nice Plate of Sushi.

The Final Round of the famed Iron Builder has come to an end, and its surely one crazy, cool month of awesome builds coming from top caliber LEGO master builders. Now that the month-long MOC bashing is finally over between Chris Maddison and Cecilie Fritzvold, it’s time to kick off your shoes, share a nice meal, and perhaps write down the story behind this competition to inspire future builders.

With the Tile 2×3 with Angle as the seed part, Chris came up with his final build to encourage the audience to remember well what happened during the month-long contest, while perhaps sharing their own stories and MOCs at the same time. The use of the seed part in this MOC is absolutely brilliant.

Tell Your Story

Cecilie on the other hand, would like to relax a little bit and let her ‘culinary’ creativity flow. As a parting gift to all who stayed tuned in this month’s Iron Builder contest, she came up with a brick-built sushi conveyor belt that is an absolute visual feast.

Itadakimasu!

The judges still need to render their decision and declare this season’s Iron Builder Champion, and may I say, I surely hate to be in their shoes right now. Who do you think will emerge as the victor? What MOC do you like best? Share what you think in the comments below.