Early Reviews Are In: Everything is Awesome With The LEGO Batman Movie!

The LEGO Batman Movie already made its debut in many parts of the globe, and with it comes its first slew of film reviews that all point to one thing: everything is simply awesome about this film! Screen Rant was quick to step up into the action to share a (partial) list of reviews from major news and media outlet. We’re reposting these spoiler-free reviews right here to whet our appetites, as we eagerly wait for the film’s worldwide launch this Friday. Check these out.

“Don’t tell Ben Affleck – he seems sad enough already – but the actor has just been made surplus to requirements by one and a half inches of moulded plastic.”

Robbie Collin (Daily Telegraph (UK))

 

“The movie is chock-full of meta-references, one-liners and in-jokes (a cinema in the background is playing Two Shades of Grey, for example).”

Steve Rose (The Guardian)

 

“Boasting more pop-culture references than plastic bricks – everything from The Matrix to King Kong gets a nod – the film isn’t above ripping on other previous superhero failures, with Suicide Squad coming in for a bashing.”

James Mottram (South China Morning Post)

“This is a Batman who isn’t battling the demons of his deceased parents – instead he just misses them. (And, thank heavens, we aren’t subjected to yet another depiction of poor Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered.)”

Mike Ryan (Uproxx)

 

“Just when it appeared we’d reached peak superhero, those wily folks at Warner Bros. find another way to re-package the Caped Crusader and the other denizens of the DC Comics stable – one that also manages to ally them to the world’s most popular toy brand.”

Neil Smith (Games Radar)

 

“Will Arnett’s plastic vigilante delivers more entertainment in the first ten seconds of this Lego spoof than Affleck managed in the entirety of the dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Andy Lea (Daily Star)

“Yet, in quite remarkable fashion, away from the consistent stream of gags – as a film that takes something of a scattergun approach – this is actually, and arguably, the most intimate study of the eponymous role in the character’s existence.”

Stefan Pape (HeyUGuys)

 

“As with the first film, it’s the little details and character moments that stay with you. Scenes of Batman alone in his giant super-cave, hunched in front of his microwave and eating dinner alone on a little Rosebud Bat Boat unexpectedly move you in ways LEGO mini figures really shouldn’t.”

Michael Coldwell (Starbust)

 

As mentioned, this is just a partial list as we expect more reviews to come in once TLBM is in full swing. Are you ready to go Bat-crazy at the cinemas this Friday? Count as in! Thanks to Screen Rant for sharing these pretty neat reviews.

LEGO Certified Professionals Nathan Sawaya and Riccardo Zangelmi Pitches In for The LEGO Batman Movie Premiere.

We’re just a few clicks away before The LEGO Batman Movie opens in theaters worldwide, and thankfully, some of us were blessed enough to join in the premiere night during the weekend. To mark the occasion, LEGO Certified Professionals Nathan Sawaya from Los Angeles and Riccardo Zangelmi in Italy pitched in making the celebrated film truly fitting (pun intended) for the Caped Crusader.

In L.A., Nathan came up with a very cool jacket for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products President, Diane Nelson that will surely make Batman stoked. Nathan’s special creation features a mosaic facade of Batman and Joker in front, and a blue Bat logo at the back as inspired by his previous exhibition, “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics” held in 2015 at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Having TLBM as a film that captures all the different shades of the Dark Knight, Nathan’s latest masterpiece is a nod on the classic DC Comics version of Batman and Joker. The specs: Nathan used more than 10,000 LEGO pieces to create this mosaic on top of a black jacket, most of which are 2×2 plates, and took him more than 100 hours to create.

On the other side of the Atlantic, we also have Riccardo Zangelmi paying tribute to the most celebrated crime fighting hero with his own version of Gotham using the first wave of TLBM sets. Setup at the Odeon cinema in Milan, Italy Riccardo came with his own, very chic layout of Gotham City, putting on display the following sets: The Joker Balloon Escape (70900), Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901), Catwoman Catcycle Chase (70902), The Riddler Riddle Racer (70903), Clayface Splat Attack (70904), The Batmobile (70905), The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906), Killer Croc Tail-Gator (70907), The Scuttler (70908), and Batcave Break-In (70909). The large scale backdrop is very impressive in itself, with all of the TLBM sets given a piece of the action as shown in the film. Undoubtedly, everything is absolutely awesome in this in this brick-built diorama.

The LEGO Batman Movie will hit theaters worldwide this Friday, February 10 and is expected to be equally awesome than its predecessor, The LEGO Movie. Thanks to The Brick Fan and Zusammengebaut for sharing the details on these great pieces of brick-built art.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie – A First Look at Our Ninjas 2.0

LEGO and Warner Bros. are now cranking up the promotions for their next cinematic collaboration, hoping to catch on the wave of success that The LEGO Batman Movie is enjoying. The LEGO Ninjago Movie follows the coming of age of our young heroes as they now enter what could be the most gruelling challenge of their lives – coping with high school and family discord. Following through yesterday’s promise of USA Today Life, we now have our first look of the celebrated ninjas of the LEGO Ninjago world. As it seems, our martial arts youngsters all sport new costumes and hairstyles to complement their development (assuming that minifigures can actually grow up). Take a look at their version 2.0.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie features an alternative storyline as compared to that of the animated series. The film features a ragtag group of young ninjas with Kai (Michael Pena), Nya (Abbi Jacobson), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani), Lloyd (Dave Franco), Zane (Zach Woods), and Cole (Fred Armisen). Lord Garmadon (played by Justin Theroux) will prove to be a daunting adversary for our young heroes and he is as intimidating as he can be, as he was revealed by USA Today yesterday. Having him as Lloyd’s father in the film doesn’t make things easier for our ninjas, especially considering that he is also Master Wu’s (Jackie Chan) brother. Whatever the case is, we can expect a great deal of twists and turns, coupled with superb brick-built action, adventure, and LEGO’s unique brand of humor.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is set to debut in theaters on September 22, 2017 with the first official trailer to be released anytime soon.

Put Your Game Face On For Iron Builder 5.0!

It has been quite a while since I revisited the ‘Coliseum of Bricks and Blood’, and when I saw what the extraordinarily talented folks of the Builders Lounge have in store for its latest season of Iron Builder, I can’t fight the AFOL spectator in me. Returning for a fifth season with its new twists and turns, is Iron Builder 5.0 which promises a more entertaining MOC death match for all fans of the game. In case you’re not familiar with this gruelling, triathlon-like contest, then you may want to check out this sort of an introduction that I wrote earlier last year.

This time around, we get to see the skills of one of the most creative builders that Iron Builder has ever seen. If you’re familiar with the work of Chris Maddison such as his Halloween-inspired Brick or Treat and a brick-built Pokeball, then you realize how ingenious and clever this guy can really be.

On the other side of the fence, we have IB’s very first solo Lady AFOL challenger in the person of Cecilie Fritzfold. IB is witness to the amazing talents of its femme fatale members, but it is Cecilie that raised the bar so to speak, for being IB’s first lone female contender to go head-to-head against the giants of the Builder Lounge. Her works features many impressive micro-scale renditions of popular titles such as Starcraft, Star Wars, TMNT, and Super Mario among many others. Cecilie is also no stranger to other competitions, bringing with her past recognitions such as winning 1st place in the Imperium de Steine MOC Olympics in 2015, 1st place at brickpirate.net‘s architecture competition, numerous BrickWorld nominations for individual MOCs and other notable wins on various building contests in the Norwegian LUG over the past years.

For this 5th season of Iron Builder our contenders must wrestle with how to effectively use the seed element which is the Tile 2×3 with angle, or commonly referred to as a shield piece popularized in LEGO Nexo Knights sets.

We’re barely past the first week of the competition and yet we already saw some pretty slick MOCs from Chris and Cecilie. Check out their most recent creations below and see if you can find how the secret LEGO ingredient is used in their MOCs.

Let the games begin

NES Controller

No time for sleep!

Forged for Combat

The Silent Neighbours

Your Move

 

Iron Builder 5.0 will run for the entire month of February and if you want to keep track of the action, you may follow IB’s Flickr website right here which also features entries cool MOCs from previous Iron Builder contests. You may also visit and like their Facebook page as well to have a chance of winning a LEGO Marvel Superheroes Attack on Avengers Tower (76038) set.

 

Who do you think will emerge as this year’s first Iron Builder? Will Chris bring home the title as the IB Champion, or are we to see Cecilie become the first ever solo female Iron Builder champion? Who is your bet?

 

LEGO Dimensions Wave 8 Now Available for Pre-Order Via Amazon.

LEGO has already unveiled its full collection of LEGO Dimensions Wave 8 Packs, and here’s your chance to pre-order them via Amazon and have them right at your doorsteps once they are released on May 9. Click on the links below to know more about Amazon’s promos on this latest wave of LEGO Dimensions packs.

 

LEGO Dimensions Chase McCain Fun Pack (71266) – $11.99 via Amazon

   

  • Help stop crime in the LEGO Dimensions multiverse with LEGO City’s Chase McCain.
  • Build and place Chase on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring him to life in the game.
  • Use his LEGO City Detective Scanner to track down bad guys and change his disguise to unlock more abilities.
  • Unlock the LEGO City Adventure World to explore new areas like Blackwell’s moonbase and the LEGO City Police Department, and the Battle Arena to compete with up to 4 of your friends.
  • Build Chase’s Police Helicopter to fire off bolts, then rebuild it into the Police Hovercraft and Police Plance for additional in-game abilities.
  • Includes Chase McCain and Police Chopper.

 

LEGO Dimensions The Goonies Level Pack (71267) – $29.99 via Amazon

   

  • Help Sloth and Chunk escape the Fratelli hideout and join the rest of the Goonies on their search for One Eyed Willy’s treasure.
  • Make a break from the Fratelli family as they chase you through the pirate ship, but don’t forget to dodge the traps!
  • Build Sloth and use his Super Strength to smash through walls.
  • For extra fun, play as Chunk and use his infamous Truffle Shuffle.
  • Hop on to One-Eyed Willy’s Pirate Ship when you need a ride or play the Skeleton Organ to make your way out of the caves.
  • Rebuild One-Eyed Willy’s Pirate Ship into Fanged Fortune and the Inferno Cannon, and the Skeleton Organ into Skeleton Jukebox and Skele-Turkey for added game play.
  • Explore Mikey’s House, Inferno Cove, and the Goon Docks in the Goonies Adventure World, and compete with up to 4 of your friends in the Goonies Battle Arena.
  • Includes Sloth, Skeleton Organ and Pirate Ship.

 

LEGO Dimensions Hermione Granger Fun Pack (71348) – $11.99 via Amazon

   

  • Continue your wizarding adventures in LEGO Dimensions with your very own Hermione Granger Fun Pack.
  • Build and place Hermione on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring her to life in the game where she can cast Wingardium Leviosa to levitate objects and Lumos to light up dark places.
  • Unlock the Adventure World to explore locations in Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and the Battle Arena to play any of the 4 Battle Modes.
  • Build Buckbeak and use his Stomp Attack to smash Silver LEGO bricks, then rebuild him into the Giant Owl and the Fierce Falcon for additional in-game abilities.
  • Includes Hermione and Buckbeak.

Here’s What We Know About the LEGO Star Wars Summer Sets From the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2017.

This year’s Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany is now on its 4th day, and though we can’t be there personally to join in the festivities, we have Promo Bricks to thank for, in providing us with an inside look of the action as more and more reveals are unveiled by LEGO. If you were keeping tabs with our previous Nuremberg post last Tuesday, you may have noticed something quite obvious. German LEGO fan site Zusammengebaut who were also present during the opening day of the Toy Fair, has also noted the stringent rules that LEGO’s booth organizers have in place on certain themes on display. This is particularly true when it comes to their Star Wars summer collection where photography of the said sets was strictly prohibited. Thankfully, those who managed to be on the scene to witness the unveiling of these LEGO Star Wars sets were allowed to narrate what they saw. Here’s how Promo Bricks puts it based on a rough Google translate.

According to Christian of PB, this year’s LEGO Star Wars summer sets may be categorized into three subthemes: The Force Awakens, The Freemaker Adventures, and the classic Star Wars sets. These sets were also mentioned in our previous post wherein they were regarded as rumors back then.

The Force Awakens

Jakku Quadjumper (75178) –59.99€

This humble starship was the first choice of ride for Rey and Finn, until First Order forces decided it’s better to have it stay on the ground and be a part of it – for good. The set comes with the minifigure versions of Rey, Finn, BB-8, a First Order Stormtrooper and another unnamed minifig.

 

Rathtar Escape (75180) – 89.99€

This set has certain play features which can be probably compared to that of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorium (76060). The Rathtar Escape (75180) plays out on a portion of Han Solo’s freighter, the Eravana where two of these much feared Rathars escaped from their confinement. The minifigures included in this set are: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Bala-Tik and three members of the Guavian Death Gang

 

First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack (75166) – 14.99€

This Battle Pack offers two First Order Stormtroopers, Officer and Flame / Snow Trooper minifigures. They come with a kind of armed transport platform.

 

The Freemaker Adventures

Tracker I (75185) – 69.99€

According to firsthand accounts, the Tracker 1 seems to have a strong resemblance to the equally imposing TIE-Interceptor. Minifigs included with the Tracker 1 are: an unnamed lightsaber-wielding figure, the Imperator, and an Ithorian.

 

The Arrowhead (75186) – 89.99€

This set seems to be the largest set on display under the Freemaker subtheme. The Arrowhead follows a relatively large, minimalistic design. On the whole the ship is said to be about half a meter long. There are five figures, including RO-GR, the reprogrammed combat droid of the Freemakers.

 

Classic LEGO Star Wars sets

Darth Vader Transformation (75183) – 29.99€

This one is clearly a remake of set 7251 from last 2005. It shows the transformation of the seriously injured Anakin Skywalker into the iconic Darth Vader. Though there are more details to this newer set compared to the previous one. Set 75183 has the minifigures of the Emperor together with Darth Vader, and a wounded Anakin.

 

Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack (75167) – 14.99€

Most LEGO Star Wars fans have been clamoring for these for ages. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered. For the first time ever, LEGO releases a set of minifigs dedicated to the legendary bounty hunters of the galaxy. Included together with the Speeder Bike are minifigures of Bossk, Dengar, IG-88 and 4-LOM.

 

Republic Fighter Tank (75182) – 29.99€

Another remake, this time of 2008’s set 7679, only in a slightly smaller scale. There are four minifigures that comes with newer Republic Fighter Tank: two Combat Droids, a Clone pilot, and a female Jedi.

 

Stormtrooper Commander (75531) – 24.99€

Following the likes of Clone-Commander Cody (75108) and the First-Order Stormtrooper (75114), LEGO finally brings forth a Stormtrooper Commander buildable figure.

 

Scout Trooper with Speederbike (75532) – 54.99€

Promo Bricks describes this set as a REALLY big one. The buildable Scout Trooper itself is of scale in proportion to that of its speeder bike from Episode 6. The bike is covered with panels in brown, and can be mounted on a stand of Technic beams.

 

Advent Calendar with 8 Minifigures (75184) – 29.99€

Same as in previous Toy Fairs, the Advent Calendar is shown in Nuremberg, even though we’re still very far from Christmas. Here are some of the minifigs and characters that Promo Bricks can identify within the Advent Calendar: BB8 with Nikolausmütze, a built Luggabeast, Teedo, AT-DP, Millenium Falcon, Kylo Rens Shuttle, First Order Snowtrooper, First Order Stormtrooper, sleigh, Y-Wing and various other figures (A total of eight) and other smaller models.

 

Thankfully, we’re a couple of weeks away before the Toy Fair season goes back to New York. By then, we hope to see all of these sets in the brick. So be sure to stay tuned here in the Brick Show for more up-to-the minute Toy Fair news and other surprises.

 

 

Take a Look at These The LEGO Batman Movie Building Events Slated at Walmart and Toys R Us Stores Nationwide.

TLBM fever is now on its peak! With UK fans being treated to an early preview of the film over the course of the weekend ahead of its worldwide release on February 10 as reported by Brickset, US residents are also prepped and ready with Walmart and Toys R Us rallying the crowd.

The two retail giants team up with LEGO and Warner Bros for simultaneous building events that will happen today and next week Saturday. Walmart stores across the US will be hosting a The LEGO Batman Movie building event scheduled today, February 4, 2017 from 11:30AM until 4PM local time. This event is intended for children ages 6 and up, and you can find the list of participating Walmart Stores by heading over at their Facebook page. FBTB took the extra mile of organizing these Walmart stores by state for easy search and reference. We don’t have any details yet on what Walmart has in store as it’s TLBM give away, but if you’re eager to find out, be sure to check their list of participating stores and pay them a visit this morning.

Even after the world premiere of The LEGO Batman Movie, Toys R Us still has plenty of TLBM stuff to share to its loyal patrons. TRU will be hosting a Make & Take Home TLBM Building Event on February 11, at all TRU stores nationwide. Children ages 6 and above will not just get a chance to participate in the Arkham Asylum Breakout Hunt, but will also get to bring home for FREE Emmet’s Bat-car. Similar to other TRU LEGO events, this building event is only for 2 hours, from 1PM to 3PM and all giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last.

Have a Bat-tastic weekend everyone!

Take A Closer Look At LEGO’s Next Seasonal Set – The LEGO Easter Egg Hunt 40237.

Those of you who are into collecting LEGO’s vignette style, Seasonal sets may find their next offering too lovely to pass – especially that we now have a batch of official images to gaze on. The seasonal LEGO Easter Egg Hunt 40237 has already been teased since December. This time, shop.LEGO.com has now listed and uploaded 40237’s official images for us to fully appreciate.

The LEGO Easter Egg Hunt (40237) comes in at 145 pieces and is expected to retail at $9.99. Here’s the set’s full description followed by more images.

LEGO Easter Egg Hunt (40237)

Search high and low with the LEGO® Easter Egg Hunt!

Discover seasonal treasure with the LEGO® Easter Egg Hunt, featuring 2 minifigures in search of hidden Easter eggs. Includes a henhouse with an opening door, flower garden with mailbox and a vegetable garden—all with fun hiding places! Also includes a wheelbarrow, magnifying glass, rooster, eggs and a basket. Makes a great seasonal gift for LEGO fans.

  • Includes 2 minifigures: an adult and a child.
  • Features 3 locations, each with a fence panel: a henhouse with an opening door and rooster, flower garden with 2 lamps and mailbox, and a vegetable garden with a secret compartment, plus various buildable accessories and elements, including a wheelbarrow, magnifying glass, 3 eggs and a basket.
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 7” (18cm) wide and 5” (11cm) deep.

Here’s A First Look at LEGO Ninjago Movie’s Main Villain – Enter Lord Garmadon!

With The LEGO Batman Movie now poised to hit theaters next week, and perhaps to rake in a lot in the box office as well, Warner Bros. has now begun to tease on its third major film collaboration with LEGO. We already have an idea what The LEGO Ninjago Movie is all about since WB’s release of the film’s synopsis courtesy of Screen Rant:

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

Now if you read the synopsis carefully, it seems that our ninjas will have a lot on their plate other than the usual teenage issues. As mentioned in the synopsis, Lloyd and his friends must eventually come into terms of defeating the film’s main villain, Lord Garmadon. Quite unfortunately for the team, the evil warlord happens to be Lloyd’s dad as well. Though LEGO has unveiled the name of the various building sets that will accompany The LEGO Ninjago Movie, none of these seem to hint on how the nefarious Lord Garmadon looks like.

However, thanks to a Tweeter post from USA Today Life, we now have our first look on the evil villain of the film. Check this out.

Borrowing heavily from images of medieval Japan with its terrifying warlords and awe inspiring warriors, Lord Garmadon is a sight to behold. What’s even more exciting is the fact that USA Today Life hints on more reveals this coming weekend. Coupled with the fact that an official trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie may arrive soon as reported by Trailer Track, this weekend is certainly something to look forward to. LEGO movies are known for its comedic parodies on certain Hollywood themes: The LEGO Movie capitalizes on the notion of the Chosen One, while the upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie is a pun on the life of a self-centered, brooding superhero. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is no exception, following a plot that will probably make Anakin and Luke Skywalker smile. Here’s another shot of Lord Garmadon, as he is locked in combat with his son Lloyd. Credit goes to Promo Bricks for sharing this picture.

Whatever the case is, we’ll get a better idea once the official trailer hits online and on TV screens any time soon.

The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters next week, February 10, followed by The LEGO Ninjago Movie on September 22, The LEGO Movie 2 on February 8, 2019 and Billion Brick Race on May 24, 2019.

 

Results of the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Will Be Announced Anytime Soon.

Tap on that F5 key and be sure to keep a close eye on the LEGO Ideas website. HasanJensen of the LEGO Ideas blogsite has just announced that the results of Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage may be announced anytime soon. This second wave of LEGO Ideas qualifiers from 2016 consists of twelve (12) awesome projects that garnered the necessary 10K votes from other LEGO enthusiasts, to have a shot at becoming an official LEGO set.

Quite frankly, the LEGO Ideas Review Team was apologetic for being a little behind schedule, knowing the patience and anticipation that the LEGO fan community has shown since September of last year. Here’s what HasanJensen has to say:

We know that, as with all review result announcements, you all are waiting in anticipation and counting the days until the next one. While we strive to be able annouce these results at consistent dates throughout the year, bumps in the road do occur when dealing with things that are outside of what we can influence and control. 

This means we’re a little behind, as we would have liked to reveal the results around the end of January or start of February. Don’t worry though, the results are coming. In fact, we’ll be shooting our video in early February and expect to have the video and results ready for your viewing pleasure toward the end of the month! 

The good news is…we’ve got good news! 😉

Stay tuned!

 

Though admittedly delayed with regards to their timetable, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has confirmed that filming of their official announcement is on its way, which means that they have come up with a decision already on which project is chosen to become an official LEGO set. If there is one particular LEGO Ideas Review Stage that I’ve kept a close eye on, I can fairly say that this is by far the most exciting one that I ever anticipated. With 12 equally awesome sets, it is surely difficult to be in the shoes of the review judges.

I’m crossing my fingers for Voltron – Defender of the Universe by Lendy Tayag. How about you?