Exclusive and Signed LEGO Movie 2 Minifigures Given Away At Select LEGO Stores

This next LEGO Movie 2 promotional seems to be so low-key that I never recall any mention of it among LEGO’s usual information channels. But considering how sparse they are, then it’s understandable why LEGO would like to keep it this way. Some LEGO fans and VIP members have taken to Twitter to share their find of what could be one of the rarest LEGO minifigure recently released. As it seems, several exclusive and signed LEGO Movie 2 minifigures were given away at selected LEGO Stores in celebration of the upcoming release of the film sequel.

LEGO VIP member Andrew tweeted yesterday that the LEGO Store in Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey gave away a signed a Wasteland Batman minifigure from the LEGO Movie 2. This rare and exclusive minifigure features LEGO Batman as he is seen in the Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard (70836) and Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) sets, and it comes with a one-of-a-kind signed minifigure baseplate.

According to the very fortunate LEGO fan, the exclusive minifigure was given away to the first customer of the day who bought a LEGO Movie 2 product (in his case three blind bags of the LEGO Movie 2 collectible minifigures) on February 2. Furthermore, it seems that a handful of these promotional and signed LEGO Movie 2 minifigures were also given away in other LEGO Stores in the country. Another Twitter user also posted another similar find when she bought several LEGO Movie 2 CMF blind bags at the LEGO Store in Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona. What she received was an exclusively signed Tiffany Haddish minifigure, with the actress playing the role of Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi in the film. It’s nice if we can have a closer look at Haddish’s minifigure counterpart, considering that we don’t have any similar minifigure released together with the currently offered LEGO Movie 2 sets.

It’s interesting to see which other LEGO Movie 2 characters also received the same exclusive treatment. Will we see Emmet or Rex (both played by Chris Pratt), WyldStyle (Elizabeth Banks), Sweet Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) and other signed minifigures as well?

Let us know if you ever spot them in your local LEGO Stores.

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LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalpyseburg, and Collectible Minifigures Now Available

In case you missed it, the LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalpyseburg (70840) set is now available online and in LEGO brand stores starting this February. As the LEGO Movie 2’s first, direct-to-consumer set, the Welcome to Apocalypseburg comes in at 3,178 pieces, 12 minifigures and tons of play features for virtually each section of this massive build. It retails for $299.99 in the US and you can purchase it online at shop.LEGO.com

This month also marks the release of the much-anticipated LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures (71023). LEGO fans are looking forward to this collection, particularly for the Wizard of Oz characters that are included in this first wave of TLM2 CMF offering. This newest series of collectible minifigures features 20 minifigs, which are quite easy to catch if you ever happen to stumble on a newly opened box. We know for a fact that this might be the easiest CMF series to collect and complete, considering that each row of 20 minifigure blind bags gives you a complete set of the characters included in this first wave of TLM2 minifigs. Each blind bag retails for $3.99 in the US.

As an added bonus and in celebration of the Lunar New Year, LEGO has already announced its new promotional LEGO Year of the Pig (40186). From today and until Thursday, February 7, any single receipt, minimum purchase of any LEGO products worth $88 and above, entitles you to this exclusive seasonal set. As of this posting, this latest promotional is still up, and is available upon checkout at store.LEGO.com.

The LEGO Movie 2 BrickHeadz Sets Revealed: Building Instructions Now Available

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.

More 2019 LEGO Movie 2 Sets Slated This Summer

In continuation of everything LEGO that is happening at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, the LEGO Group has just revealed another slew of sets to watch out that recreate those fun and memorable scenes in the LEGO Movie 2. Reporting from the LEGO show room in Nuremberg, Germany, Zusammengebaut reports that there will be 6 additional LEGO Movie 2 sets to be released in August, including the recently revealed LEGO Movie 2 The Rexcelsior! (70839). Some of these are still yet to be named, perhaps due to potential spoilers since the LEGO Movie 2 is still slated for a general public release next week, February 8. There are two sets that were named, though, and were not that spoilery about the film’s details and plot. Check out these 2019 LEGO Movie 2 sets slated this summer.

  • Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa! (70837)
  • Queen Watevra’s ‘So-Not-Evil’ Space (70838)
  • The Rexcelsior! (70839)
  • The LEGO Movie 2 (70847)
  • The LEGO Movie 2 (70848)
  • The LEGO Movie 2 (708490
The LEGO Movie 2 The Rexcelsior! (70839).

I’m not sure about the release dates of these sets except for the Rexcelsior! (70839), which will be on May 1. Given these additional summer 2019 sets, there are now a total of 25 sets, and 6 polybags under the LEGO Movie 2 theme, plus a LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigure Series (71023). For more details about these sets, and to know which sets are now available, be sure to check shop.LEGO.com.

More Toy Fair News: New LEGO Star Wars Summer 2019 Sets Announced

Note: The image above is from 2009’s LEGO Star Wars The Battle of Endor (8038) set. Following the reveal of the summer 2019 LEGO City and LEGO Technic sets, LEGO has also announced the release of additional LEGO Star Wars Summer 2019 sets, following the announcement of its 20th year LEGO Star Wars commemorative sets. There will be two new series to watch out for, including a subtheme dedicated to the new animated series, Star Wars Resistance. We’re still following the events as covered by LEGO fan correspondent Zusammengebaut at the on-going Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany. Here’s what was revealed so far.

LEGO Star Wars Resistance

  • Major Vanreg’s TIE fighter (75240)
  • Black Ace TIE-Interceptor (75242)
  • Duel on Starkiller Base (75236)

LEGO Star Wars Action Battle

  • Endor Assault (75238)
  • Hoth Generator (75239)
  • Echo Base (75241)

2019 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75245)

Star Wars D2C set (75252)

Rumors of a LEGO Star Wars Resistance subtheme were making their rounds recently across LEGO fan forums, and it is now confirmed that this such the case. It is also interesting to note that after 6 years since the last time we saw them in the D2C set LEGO Star Wars Ewok Village (10236) and 2015’s LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75097), we get to see the Ewoks once again in the Endor Assault (75238).  I’m not really sure what’s the deal with the Action Battle series, but judging on the way the sets are presented around this subtheme, it looks like it’s a collection of sets that you can bring together and connect. This first offering of LEGO Star Wars Action Battle sets kind of remind me of the not so well received Assault on Hoth (75098) set from 2016. I do hope LEGO is not tempting fans to recreate this failed D2C set once again in piecemeal format.

Lastly, this wave of new LEGO Star Wars summer 2019 sets will also include a tightly guarded D2C set simply referred to as set 75252. We have no hint whatsoever on what this set could be, but I do wish this is not another rehashed set of sorts. We’ll know soon enough.

The LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Sets and Commemorative Minifigures Revealed

The LEGO Star Wars 20th anniversary Sets and commemorative minifigures are somehow bound to happen, considering that this year marks a decades-long run for LEGO’s first, and most successful licensed theme of all time. Rumors spread fast over the internet and within the LEGO fan community of five LEGO Star Wars sets that the LEGO Group will launch to mark this milestone. And earlier today, this rumor is now set on stone.

We now have definitive confirmation regarding these LEGO Star Wars 20th anniversary sets, and on what we can expect them. Check out their following official images below together with their product descriptions courtesy of The Brothers Brick. These commemorative sets and minifigures are expected to be available to the public on April and are expected to be highly popular among serious LEGO Star Wars collectors.

Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition (75243)

1,007 pieces | $119.99 USD | 159.99 CAD

Build Boba Fett’s personal Slave I starship and travel with him through the LEGO Star Wars galaxy in search of fugitives! Grab the handle and fly him around. Pull the triggers to fire the spring-loaded shooters. Load Han Solo trapped in carbonite into the hold and deliver him to collect your payment. It’s another exciting day in the life of a bounty hunter!

 

Anakin’s Podracer – 20th Anniversary Edition (75258)

279 pieces | $29.99 USD | 39.99 CAD

 

Speed to victory in Anakin’s Podracer! Sit young Anakin Skywalker in the cockpit and lower his goggles ready for the race. Then fire up the huge engines, grab the play handle and zoom through canyons of Tatooine… or your living room! With Anakin at the controls, victory is yours!

 

Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition (75259)

309 pieces | $39.99 USD | 49.99 CAD

 

Sound the alarm, Echo Base is under attack! Win the Battle of Hoth with Luke and Dak Ralter in their amazing LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Speed over the ice and launch the spring-loaded shooters. Then fire the rear stud shooter and harpoon with string. On the ground, help the Rebel Trooper take aim and fire the gun tower stud shooter. Those Imperials must be defeated!

 

Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary Edition (75261)

250 pieces | $29.99 USD | 39.99 CAD

 

Protect the Wookiee warrior with the armored Clone Scout Walker! Sit the Kashyyyk Trooper in the seat of the armored AT-RT Walker and stride in battle. Turn and fire the stud shooter before the Dwarf Spider Droid destroys the trench with its own stud shooter. The Clone Army must win at all costs!

 

Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary Edition (75262)

125 pieces | $19.99 USD | 24.99 CAD

 

Deploy the troopers with the LEGO Star Wars Imperial Dropship! Load them onto the platform and store their stud blasters for the flight. Then sit the Shadow Trooper in the cockpit, fire up the engines and blast off for another exciting battle against the Rebels!

WATCH: The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game Footage Released

YouTuber and gaming guru AbdallahSmash026 shares an exclusive, LEGO Movie 2 video game footage over his channel. We’re still a few weeks to go before the tie-in video game is officially released, but WB Games was kind enough to share the first chapter of the video game, giving us a first look at how things are significantly different as compared to the first LEGO Movie video game.

Similar to the film, the LEGO Movie 2 video game begins with a retelling of the events of Taco Tuesday where the towering Duplon invaders caused havoc in the city of Bricksburg. The story is told from the usual, brooding perspective of Lucy. You start the game by playing Emmet, and later on as Lucy when you complete certain challenges, and helping other minifig citizens search for particular bricks.

A new a pair of Scanner Binoculars is also introduced where players can scan any surrounding areas for building instructions to be added to their Builder Page. The binoculars are also useful in searching and revealing hidden LEGO objects.

We are also introduced to the game’s Vehicle Library which is accessible via the Builder Page. While you’re in Build Mode, you can choose from the available vehicles in the database to work your way around the place faster. You can even build Ultrakatty for that extra speed boost!

The first chapter of the video game goes on to introduce familiar characters such as Sweet Mayhem and Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. Perhaps the only deviation I see from the actual LEGO Movie 2 film is that Lucy stays with Emmet even after Mayhem manages to capture almost all of our brick heroes. But generally speaking, it’s a whole new LEGO video game that you may want to try where new mechanics are introduced which are different and unique on their own.

The LEGO Movie 2 video game is now available for pre-order via Amazon US, with Amazon UK and Gamestop offering a free Star-Stuck Emmet polybag. The LEGO Movie 2 video game will be available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting February 26, and on Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2019.

Here’s A Round-Up of LEGO Movie 2 Spoiler-Free Reviews You May Want To Read

The LEGO Movie 2 was slated for early screenings yesterday, and as such, we now have critics and movie goers sharing their two cents whether or not the sequel lived up to its expectations. It was quite a surprise that Warner Bros opted for an early screening in some select locations ahead of the film’s general release on February 8. My bet is that WB is somehow banking on the positive reviews and buzz that the sequel’s early screening will generate. So did it really earn the accolades of critics? Let’s find out with this collection of LEGO Movie 2 spoiler-free reviews coming from across the internet.

Just to be sure, I steered away from spoilers so you can guarantee that the links I included here will not lead you into spoiler land. Nevertheless, knowing how the audience and critics saw the film provides us with insight on how this sequel is related to its predecessor.

First off, we have Germain Lussier writing for io9. He says “The LEGO Movie 2 is a hilarious, clever, emotional sequel – though it takes a little bit to get there.” Perhaps this is due to the fact that after five years since the release of the first LEGO Movie, audiences are now accustomed to the unique style of story-telling spearheaded by the first film. Other LEGO inspired films such as the LEGO Batman Movie and the LEGO Ninjago Movie may have somehow given audiences a feeling that this is just ‘another’ LEGO movie. But then again, seeing how the narrative of the real-world characters of Finn (who is now older, with a slightly different approach in playing with LEGO pieces) and his younger sister, Bianca ‘should’ play with LEGO bricks is an interesting plot to see.

This particular strain on how one should play with LEGO was perfectly illustrated in the first LEGO Movie, especially between that of an adult collector and builder who is adamant in following building instructions (portrayed by the character of the father, aka the Man Upstairs), and that of an imaginative child (as portrayed by the younger Finn) that would explore all possibilities of play using the LEGO brick. However, the LEGO Movie 2 now shifts the conflict on a whole different level: with Finn’s more ‘modern’ and ‘mature’ treatment over his LEGO collection, and that of Bianca’s more avant-garde approach in building. The only question is: which approach to LEGO play is better? According to Variety’s Peter Debruge, begging the question makes the LEGO Movie 2 a bit shaky. “The Lego Movie 2 ought to have raised the bar, and while it’s faster, denser, and jam-packed with all sorts of catchy new songs (including one, ‘Catchy Song,’ that’s insidiously engineered to get stuck inside your head), all that energy only goes so far to cover for the wobblier foundation on which this film is built. At the most basic level, it was a bad call to treat li’l Bianca as a villain when what she really represents is an extreme case of Finn’s own approach”. The complex question of how one should play with LEGO is perhaps something that was too difficult to tackle for the sequel. There is no prescribed formula on how one should creatively play with LEGO pieces, and this is something that the LEGO Movie 2 is expected to have explored more.

William Bibbiani from IGN also shares his verdict on the LEGO Movie 2, giving it a score of 7.5 out of 10. “The LEGO Movie 2 isn’t quite as funny or as brilliantly executed as the original, but it’s an ambitious, likable sequel. Kids will enjoy it and adults will appreciate that the filmmakers took it seriously, and tried to say something meaningful. Just don’t think about it too much, because the LEGO universe is often weird and confusing.”

Writing for Vox, Todd VanDerWeff gave the film a 3 out of 5 rating sharing that, “Unfortunately, ‘pointless, despite some solid moments’ describes too much of The Lego Movie 2, a film with its heart in the right place, some great gags in its head, and an inability to make anything connect beyond individual jokes or plot points. I had a good time watching it, but I could always see the filmmakers just offscreen, holding up the big table the Legos were scattered across, sweating and straining to keep the whole thing from toppling over.”

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 92% on its Tomatometer, an average of 7.2/10, with a critics consensus saying that “While it isn’t quite as much fun as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an animated all-ages franchise with heart and humor to spare.”

As I mentioned earlier, I think this is a common problem with sequels: its predecessor is sometimes so good that it’s a bit difficult to have a sequel overshadow its success. Just to be clear and fair, I haven’t seen the LEGO Movie 2 yet so I will put a brake on my personal comments. Just like with the first film, I’m sure that Warner Bros and the LEGO Group have children in mind when they came up with the LEGO Movie 2. For sure, all the gags and comedic scenes all have their usual endearing LEGO brand of humor, but it seems that the overall theme of the story did not have the same appeal as  that of the first film.

So what do you think about these LEGO Movie 2 spoiler-free reviews? Do you think the critics are right with their assessment? Share us your spoiler-free comments below (in case you have seen the film the already).

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will arrive in most theaters in the US and rest of the world on February 8, 2019. For more information about the LEGO Movie 2 tie-in sets, please visit shop.LEGO.com.

Will You Care to Listen to This 5-Hour Long, LEGO Movie 2 Catchy Song?

If you’ve already seen the LEGO Movie 2 on its early viewing schedule yesterday Saturday, then you’ll probably know how the film effectively creates a virtually, never-ending loop of LSS (Last Song Syndrome) gag in your head. Just like the upbeat vibe of the hit song from the first film, everything is still awesome (somehow) with this sequel considering the reviews that the film has been receiving lately. Unlike the LEGO Movie’s theme song that easily communicated the fun in building LEGO sets with friends or family, the sequel’s choice of song to be its major theme is quite underwhelming. Listening to a 2-minute run of the LEGO Movie 2 Catchy Song is one thing, but listening to it for 5 hours is probably enough to give you the worst LSS ever. Watch it here, if you dare.

The 5-hour video loop of the LEGO Movie 2 Catchy Song is the idea of the film’s marketers, hoping to replicate the same success as that of the Everything is Awesome jingle. But honestly, who will listen to a 5-hour song whose only 1-liner lyrics  says, “This song’s gonna get stuck inside your head”? I find it really mind-boggling if I find myself doing that.

The funny thing though is that the 5-hour long, obnoxious song actually has an ending. After listening to it for hours, the narrator says “Congratulations, if you are still listening, you are officially ready for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” Wow, talk about a whole new level of annoying, subliminal marketing control, if you believe in such things.

The LEGO Movie 2 is scheduled to arrive in all US theaters on February 8. New LEGO Movie 2 sets are now offered at shop.LEGO.com including the perfectly fun Welcome to Apocalypseburg (70840) set. A new set has also been revealed by LEGO in the form of The Rexcelsior! (70839) at the recently concluded 2019 London Toy Fair.

 

Five 2019 LEGO Harry Potter Sets Rumored to Arrive This Summer

Since the launch of the LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World theme last year, the theme has proven to be one of the most popular LEGO licensed sets among Harry Potter and LEGO fans. It has become so popular that it is quite impossible to think that LEGO will be pulling the curtain to this theme anytime soon. With several awards and nominations under its belt, it is quite unreal to think that we will see the end of this theme very soon. As rumor has it, we definitely haven’t seen the last of the LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World theme. In fact, Brick Fanatics managed to get some inside info that there will more 2019 LEGO Harry Potter sets slated to be released this summer, with five sets leading this particular release. According to their source, we can expect the following sets sometime in summer:

  • Expecto Patronum
  • Tri-Wizard Challenge
  • Hagrid’s Hut (this is the fourth version of the set – 4707, 4738, and 4754 – if ever this rumor is verified)
  • Knight Bus (a rehashed version of 2011’s LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus 4866)
  • Hogwarts Watch Tower
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut (4707) from 2001.

Except for Hagrid’s Hut and the Knight Bus, the rest are new to the theme. Expecto Patronum refers to the spell that Harry casts to summon an ethereal being to drive away Dementors. The Tri-Wizard Challenge sound promising, considering that the challenge itself consists of actually three different tasks: retrieving a golden egg from a not-so-friendly dragon, getting back someone who you’ll badly miss from the aquatic Merpeople, and getting the Triwizard Cup at the middle of an unforgiving maze. If this rumored set turned out to be true, then it’s cool to see all of these challenges merged into one LEGO set.

How do you think the Triwizard Cup looks like in LEGO bricks?

The Hogwarts Watch Tower is a bit of a mystery to me since I’m not sure what particular watchtower it is referring to. I need to polish out my Potterlore if I’m missing what this one is.

The LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus (4866) from 2011.

These rumored summer 2019 LEGO Harry Potter sets are expected to be released by July 1. And in case you’re planning to add the current LEGO Harry Potter sets to your collection, then you may want to check out shop.LEGO.com.