It’s been over a month since the premiere of “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” Compared to its original film from 2014, the sequel had been a stark underperformer throughout its theatrical run. Perhaps the onslaught of movie spinoffs in the intervening years resulted in franchise fatigue for LEGO and Warner Bros’ key audiences.
In any case, there’s not much that can be done to increase the $171 million worldwide box office of “LEGO Movie 2.” The best course now is to transition towards home media. That means releasing in the two general formats of “digital” and “physical disc.”
Warner Bros. Pictures has pegged April 16 for the release of the digital version of “LEGO Movie 2.” This can be preordered right now on both iTunes and Google Play, with a guaranteed arrival on release day. In the meantime, the physical home media versions of the film (4K UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD) will release two months onward, May 7th.
“The LEGO Movie 2” reunites most of the star-studded 2014 cast such as Chris Pratt (reprising main character Emmet and voicing a new character at the same time), Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett, plus newcomers Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz. It involves Emmet going on a trip to save his friends who were abducted by the alien Duplons from the Systar System, before a mysterious cataclysmic event can take place.
The 4K UHD and Blu-Ray home versions of “LEGO Movie 2” have these bonus features:
- Everything is Awesome Sing-along
- Filmmakers’ Commentary
- They Come in Pieces: Assembling “The LEGO Movie 2” – voice cast featurette
- Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short
- LEGO Sets in Action – “LEGO Movie 2” tie-in sets being animated
- LEGO Designers – interview with the designers of the movie tie-in sets
- Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
- Super Cool Music Video (with Beck, featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island)
- Promotion Spots
In August last year, LEGO and Warner Bros. partnered with Turkish Airlines to hit two targets with a single shot. The last one needed an invigorating airline safety video for their passenger planes; the former two wanted an early promotion to the now-long premiered “LEGO Movie 2.” The result of that collaboration was comedy gold.
Starkly contrasting the struggle of “The LEGO Movie 2” itself on the box office, the film’s LEGO set tie-ins and other promotional extras fared better. Turkish Airlines decided a second run was well earned and thus got WB and LEGO to make a follow-up airline safety video with added characters and extras from the sequel.
As you can see, the new video includes Queen Watevra, Sweet Mayhem, Rex Dangervest and even first-film characters who didn’t figure much in the original production like Metalbeard and Benny. It also features several location changes across major international cities reached by Turkish Airlines, all rendered in crisp CGI LEGO. Oh, and LEGO Batman is the director. Absolute hilarity ensues.
The new LEGO Turkish Airlines safety video was released online just last week, and already public relations analysts are gaga over it. PR Week has listed five of their favorite recent campaigns in the industry. There’s no prize for guessing what the top PR gig was on their February list.
For their online survey with 1,202 respondents, 939 of them voted overwhelmingly for the latest LEGO Turkish Airlines video. That’s not bad, and a balm for the “LEGO Movie” franchise that, through the dismal performance of “LEGO Movie 2,” has been speculated to be concluded as a WB film franchise.
You probably haven’t forgotten, but just in case, LEGO Star Wars is 20 years old. This line of licensed-franchise LEGO products is one of their best sellers across all ages. And in celebration of two decades of popularity and success, LEGO has revealed several special anniversary edition “Star Wars” sets.
And there are even polybags coming out for the theme to in tribute to LEGO Star Wars at 20. Last month we saw a LEGO Star Wars Podracer polybag (30461) that serves as a counterpart to the full-set Anakin’s Podracer (75258), also a 20th anniversary edition. It gets a buddy from the original trilogy, though the polybag in question was found at a Target store.
Thanks to information from fellow LEGO news source Zusammengebaut, we know that this new LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition polybag is a micro-build of the Rebel Snowspeeder (30384). Like the Podracer (30461), this has an “original” model in the Snowspeeder 20th Anniversary Edition (75259).
About the only difference between the two is that the set and polybag are colored differently from each other, and the latter product doesn’t have the extra minifigures and props. At 49 pieces, this LEGO Star Wars 20 polybag is an even easier assembly job than its Podracer brother (30461).
We’d earlier surmised that the 20th anniversary LEGO Star Wars polybags might be employed first as a gift with purchase for promotions. Having one of them conventionally available on retail means getting one is a breeze. And at $3.99 it’s also no strain on wallets. This info on the Snowspeeder poly (30484) is pretty early that no official image has yet to release for it.
“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” back in 2017 wasn’t quite the smash hit as its spinoff predecessor “The LEGO Batman Movie.” How much less for “The LEGO Movie” from 2014? Still, it was a nice source to make new tie-in sets separate from the main LEGO Ninjago line. These sets still remain available to this year.
One of these LEGO Ninjago Movie sets has just been discounted very handsomely at no less than two online shopping platforms. Both Amazon and Wal-Mart have just docked 20% from the regular price of $159.99 from the Destiny’s Bounty (70618).
At $40 off, this LEGO Ninjago Movie tie-in can now be had online at these two sources for $119.99 only. It’s as awesome a bargain for a LEGO purchase as can be. The 2,295 pieces of the Destiny’s Bounty (70618) would come across as 5 cents a brick with both Wal-Mart and Amazon’s sale price.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty set (70618) depicts a vessel used in the film that (old spoiler alert) was used by Master Wu to save his Ninjago students from certain death, after he himself was earlier swept away to “his” demise. It’s a fairly solid LEGO ship model and a popular Ninjago Movie tie-in.
Moving forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers have moved out of their New York HQ (formerly Stark Tower) after the events of “Age of Ultron.” Nevertheless, that sleek skyscraper remains the iconic image of a home for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the MCU.
It’s therefore fitting then that, for the upcoming LEGO tie-ins to “Avengers: Endgame” and the conclusion of the MCU franchise’s 10th Anniversary period, a set depicting Avengers Tower be featured. First sightings of the set were on a LEGO Store flyer in Spain, as later shared via Instagram to the German LEGO news source StoneWars.
The LEGO Marvel Avengers Tower set (40334) looks to be an Architecture-lite micro-scale rendition of the Avengers’ first MCU base. It’s got the basic shapes, contours and decals down, and even comes with a micro-build Quinjet (suspended in takeoff via clear element). There’s also a new Tony Stark minifigure (depicted in the middle of being suited up with his Mark 43 “Age of Ultron” armor).
The Spanish LEGO Store flyer from which the images were lifted, notes that the Avengers Tower (40334) is a promotional “gift with purchase” item. In LEGO Spain that amounts to a €79.99 minimum LEGO purchase. We’ve yet to know if that holds for all Europe, and when it’ll come out in North America and elsewhere.
“Captain Marvel” of the MCU is show now in cinemas. “Avengers: Endgame” arrives April 26.
The second installment of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” film series, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” premiered worldwide in November last year. It was the 10th highest grossing film of 2018, and served to set up the Wizarding War that the original “Harry Potter” series referenced. Only in this year did it finally arrive for home media.
First, “The Crimes of Grindelwald” was made available for digital download last February. For those who prefer their media on physical copy however, the film’s Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD versions will arrive March 18 in the UK. To celebrate the occasion, Warner Bros. is partnering with LEGO to offer some nice goodies to “Fantastic Beasts” fans this week.
Back when the movie premiered in the UK, The LEGO Group helped with promotion by scattering large brick-builds of the surprisingly popular Niffler critter around London. One of these Niffler statues can soon belong to a lucky winner visiting the official “Fantastic Beasts” UK website.
This LEGO Niffler build is one of the prizes for the current “Wizarding Wednesdays” online contest. Those who enter the draw will stand a chance to win that, plus two major LEGO tie-ins released for “Crimes of Grindelwald” last year: Grindelwald’s Escape (75951) and Newt’s Case of Magic Creatures (75952).
While the Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD media release for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on the 18th in the UK, it’ll be coming earlier for the US, next week at March 12.
We did say it was only a matter of time. Finally, after initial reveals and unconfirmed product descriptions all cards are on the table, so to speak. LEGO has released the official images for all its tie-sets to Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” That includes the product boxes with all the details.
As German LEGO news source Promo Bricks discovered, the official images were first added to the relevant LEGO Marvel product listings on Amazon Germany. As can be seen below, the Reddit descriptions for 76125 and 76131 were spot on. In fact, let’s stop talking about it for now and get right on to the photos.
- Captain America: Outriders Attack (76123) – 167 pieces; Avengers Battle-Motorcycle model with disc-launchers, includes Captain America and Outrider (x3) minifigures
- War Machine Buster (76124) – 362 pieces; War Machine Buster mech-armor with articulated limbs and stud-launchers everywhere; includes War Machine, Ant-Man and Outrider (x2) minifigures
- Iron Man Hall of Armor (76125) – 524 pieces; Tony Stark’s armor gallery with Mk.1, Mk.5, Mk.41 and Mk.50 variants (all minifigures with optional Stark head and hair); features computer workstation and armor-assembly platform; also includes Outrider (x2) minifigures plus buildable figures of Dum-E robot arm and “Igor” piloted armor
- Avengers Ultimate Quinjet (76126) – 832 pieces; customized Avengers-use Quinjet model with combat tricycle model stored in rear hangar bay; both equipped with stud-launchers (Quinjet has stud Vulcan cannon); includes minifigures of Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Rocket and Chitauri (x2)
- Avengers Compound Battle (76131) – 699 pieces; Avengers compound building with combat jeep and helicopter models; stud-launchers on both vehicles and Avengers HQ, the latter also features bolt-launchers; includes minifigures of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Nebula and Outrider, plus Ant-Man microfigure and big-figs of Hulk and Thanos
Now, according to the Amazon Germany listings, these LEGO Avengers tie-in sets will become available there on April 1. That likely applies to other outlets and Shop@Home too, barring a bad case of April Fools’.
Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” arrives in cinemas April 26, so the April 1 release makes sense. But first, we have “Captain Marvel” premiering Friday, and it’s got a tie-in also.
It’s March, and Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is premiering this week. That movie’s LEGO tie-in has already come out, with more possibly on the way. But all these might be small potatoes compared to what’s releasing next month. “Avengers: Endgame” is going to be a big end for the saga, and its own LEGO tie-ins aren’t going to be slouches.
Already we have two of the “Endgame” sets announced last year get their first official images last week. The photos of the assembled sets and minifigures does a great deal to hype LEGO fans of what they’ll get from the sets, but also what they can expect from the movie.
So far, none of the other reported LEGO tie-ins for “Avengers: Endgame” have gotten their own first looks. However, Reddit has recently posted up what are apparently set descriptions for Iron Man Armor Room (76125) and Avengers Compound Battle (76131).
Two New Endgame LEGO Set Descriptions – Unconfirmed – But I’ll Def Buy if Real! from MarvelStudiosSpoilers
As you can read from the reddit above, the tie-ins mentioned apparently are going to be elaborate set-pieces with plenty of either tech or action, fitting for their brick counts. The 524-piece Iron Man Armor Room (76125) showcases Tony Stark’s (rebuilt?) armory. It has callbacks to his various armors from past films, plus additional support infrastructure and mechanical armoring mechanism.
Meanwhile, Avengers Compound Battle (76131) sees what’s left of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their allies taking on Thanos right on their doorstep. Already we have a possible spoiler of Bruce Banner finally regaining the ability to Hulk out again, as he’s the only big-fig in the set aside from Thanos.
Standard disclaimers apply at this point. As Reddit itself has marked them unconfirmed, we’ll take these set descriptions for 76125 and 76131 to be rumors. We’ll now wait until LEGO confirms or denies them, probably by official images pretty soon.
It’s going to be close to a month now since “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” arrived in cinemas. And for all intents and purposes it couldn’t capture lightning in a jar like the original 2014 film did. At February’s end its global earnings amount only to $137.5 million.
Why did a numbered sequel to “The LEGO Movie,” which caused a LEGO products shortage in its release year, fail to recapture the original’s magic? Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, talked briefly about “LEGO Movie 2” with the Los Angeles Times, revealing their animation group and WB Pictures, which co-produced and distributed the film, was just as surprised.
“It didn’t do as well as tracking would’ve suggested, which was a little puzzling,” said Tsujihara, also remarking how audiences and critics found the first movie fresh and different. Ultimately, he thinks that Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group need to “rethink the experience.”
From Tsujihara’s quote, an optimistic reading is that this stumbling box office performance by “LEGO Movie 2” will not turn off Warner from making more. What they do need to work on is the “rethinking” of the viewing experience, which may have a good point.
Proposed reasons for “LEGO Movie 2” not clicking with the fandom created by “The LEGO Movie” include franchise fatigue. After all, there were “LEGO Batman” and “LEGO Ninjago” movies before the actual storyline sequel was announced. The studios’ choice of rehashing the original’s marketing campaign may have also significantly contributed.
I guess LEGO sets with titles such as this is quite hard to contain. To begin with, this is not a leak, but an official listing coming from, and thanks to, Amazon France. We’re just counting the weeks before we see Avengers: Endgame in theaters and now, thanks to Amazon’s regional portal in France, we now have our first official look at the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Avengers: Endgame tie-in sets. Minor spoilers ahead so view them at your own discretion.
We only have two sets listed for this matter, the first being the War Machine Buster (76124) coming in at 362 pieces which also includes four minifigures: 2 Outriders and Quantum Suit War Machine and Quantum Suit Ant-Man.
The second set to be revealed and listed by Amazon France is the Ultimate Quinjet (76126). It has 838 pieces, with 6 minifigures: Quantum Suit Hawkeye/Ronin, Thor wielding his Stormbreaker, Rocket Racoon, and Black Widow. Interestingly, we also see what seems to be 2 Chitauri minifigures which looks to me like a more faithful rendition to their MCU counterparts – a marked improvement from how they look like in Captain America’s Avenging Motorcycle (6865) and Quinjet Aerial Battle (6869). It’s already a sort of open secret that Avengers: Endgame will rely on a time travel plot so it will not come as a surprise if we’ll see these MCU bad guys in this culminating film.
Amazon France has not indicated any release date, but we can speculate that more images of additional LEGO Marvel Superheroes Avengers: Endgame sets will be released anytime soon within, perhaps within the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Thanks to Brick Heroes for the heads up.