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

 

 

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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?

 

 

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…

First Look At The LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Silent Mary 71042 Box Art Images.

We’re roughly two months away before the 5th instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean sails into theaters in May, and to celebrate Disney’s successful movie franchise, LEGO has already unveiled its massive, exclusive set dedicated to the film. Coming in at 2,294 pieces, The Silent Mary (71042) is a LEGO Store exclusive retailing at $199.99. We’ve seen its official images, including its range of minifigures, and this time, thanks to Minifigure Price Guide, we now have a (a bit dark) glimpse of its official box art. Though the box art has shown what we already know about the set, it is interesting to see the rest of the elements and pieces that come with it.

As it seems, The Silent Mary will come with new animal parts, specifically a zombie shark. Based on its box art, the undead ship has two of these newer pieces, the second one a bit hidden along the far left side of the front cover. This zombie shark part was already revealed a few months ago by LEGO insider delta.customs, though it was not clear during that time what set it will be included.

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The LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Silent Mary (71042) will be available to all LEGO VIP members starting March 17, and to the general public on April 1. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

 

Thanks again to Minifigure Price Guide for sharing these images.

 

 

UPDATE: This is How The LEGO Batman Scuttler May Look Like If Turned Into a Polybag.

Even after several weeks since The LEGO Batman Movie debuted on the big screen, interest for Warner Bros and LEGO’s highly successful, collaborative, brick-built film is still in high pitch. The film has even spawned several equally impressive sets that have ever been designed by LEGO’s top notch master builders. Whether it is a regular set, a minifigure or even a polybag, there is nothing disappointing about these collectibles.

Among the several TLBM polybags, there are two in particular that renders itself into the chibi versions of their larger counterparts. The Mini Batmobile (30521) and Mini Batwing (30524) are both must haves for any Bat aficionado, and though they are definitely worth a spot in that bright, polished space for your collectibles, somehow, it seems a bit incomplete if you’re into collecting miniaturized versions of larger LEGO sets.

French LEGO fan site Brick Heroes Wayne De Beer, a LEGOholic, zaLUG member from South Africa, came up with an idea of coming up with their own chibi version of one of the most loved TLBM sets that we’ve ever seen. Based on The LEGO Batman Movie The Scuttler (70908), Brick Heroes shared a microscale version of this unique Bat vehicle and they were even kind enough to upload a copy of its building instructions in PDF format.

Here’s a JPEG version of the Mini Scuttler’s building instructions in case you want to see it right away.

Microscale Scuttler

Now, how I wish LEGO has made an actual polybag out of this. Credit goes to Brick Heroes Wayne for sharing this microscale build for all of us to enjoy. If you like Wayne’s Micro Scuttler, be sure to check out his Flickr page to see the rest of his cool MOCs and other creations.

So what do you think brick fans? Will you give this a try?

 

Source: Wayne de Beer via Brick Heroes 

 

UPDATE: Thanks to Wayne for pointing out the corrections in this article. I think I need to learn French and a host of other languages soon enough.

LEGO BrickHeadz & More Now Available At shop.LEGO.com

As we welcome in the month of March, LEGO has recently updated their online store to include the most recent line of brick-built collectibles, the LEGO BrickHeadz and other store items that you may want to pick up. A few days back, we also reported several LEGO Ninjago and Nexo Knights Accessory Packs that were spotted in the wild. Those who are waiting to have their hands on these impressive minifigures will be happy to know that these are now listed at shop.LEGO.com as well. The LEGO Batman Movie – Movie Maker Set (853650) is also added to their database, retailing at $19.99. As an added bonus, any purchases of $35 and above entitle you for a free LEGO City Police Helicopter (30351) polybag for purchases made at shop@Home. This promo is valid starting today until March 15 or until supplies last.

Check out these sets below.

 

The LEGO BrickHeadz ($9.99/set @ shop.LEGO.com)

New for 2017, LEGO BrickHeadz sets feature fun and stylized versions of iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics, reimagined in colorful brick form using LEGO System bricks with distinct details for a humorous twist. Each figure also comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate with LEGO BrickHeadz icon and series number. LEGO BrickHeadz sets brings you a brand new way to collect, build and display.

  • Each LEGO BrickHeadz figure comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.
  • Have fun growing your LEGO BrickHeadz collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics
  • Mash up your LEGO BrickHeadz figures to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.
  • Each figure stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.
  • Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square and under 1” (1cm) high.

 

The LEGO Ninjago Accessory Set 853687 ($12.99 @ shop.LEGO.com)

Gear up for battle with Shade, Ash and Skylor!

Choose your weapons and begin thrilling conflicts with the Master of Shadows, Shade, Master of Smoke, Ash, and Master of Amber, Skylor. This LEGO® NINJAGO® Accessory Set includes 3 minifigures and an assortment of weapons and accessory elements to inspire fun role-play action and expand the possibilities of LEGO NINJAGO play sets.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: Shade, Ash and Skylor, plus a selection of cool weapons and accessory elements.
  • Makes a great addition to LEGO® NINJAGO® play sets.

 

The LEGO Nexo Knights Accessory Set 853676 ($12.99 @ shop.LEGO.com)

Boost your battalion with extra soldiers!

Enhance your chances of victory in battle with the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ Accessory Set. These loyal and fully armed soldiers will do all they can to protect Knighton! A perfect gift for all NEXO KNIGHTS fans, this set also comes with a scannable shield for the NEXO Power Flash Cannon for use in the NEXO KNIGHTS app. Includes 3 minifigures plus assorted weapons and accessory elements.

  • Includes 3 minifigures plus assorted weapons and accessory elements.
  • Combine with LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ play sets for even more play adventures.
  • Download the free LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™: MERLOK 2.0 app to your smartphone or tablet. Ask your parents’ permission.
  • Scan the shield for the Flash Cannon NEXO Power and power up in the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ game!

 

The LEGO Batman Movie – Movie Maker Set 853650 ($19.99 @ shop.LEGO.com)

Direct your own Batman™ movie!

Create fun film scenes with THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE Batman™ Movie Maker Set, featuring a double-sided cardboard backdrop with alternative scenes on each side, buildable LEGO scenery, camera rig to hold a smartphone (not included) and a Batman minifigure with assorted props.

  • Includes a Batman™ minifigure.
  • Features a movie set with a cardboard backdrop with alternative scenes on either side, buildable LEGO scenery, camera rig to hold a smartphone (not included) and assorted props.
  • This set includes over 150 LEGO® pieces.
  • Film set and backdrop measure over 7” (20cm) high, 14” (37cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep.
  • Camera rig measures over 5” (15cm) high, 4” (12cm) wide and 5” (15cm) deep.

 

Remember: the LEGO City Police Helicopter (30351) polybag is free for any LEGO purchase of $35 or more starting today until March 15, so be sure to take advantage of this promotional.

 

Take A Look at the LEGO Batman Movie – Movie Maker Set 853650 Official Images.

The LEGO Batman Movie has taken the box office by storm, and if you think you haven’t had your fill of Batman mania yet, then it’s nice to know that there is one more set that is pretty interesting to have. The LEGO Batman Movie – Movie Maker Set (853650) aims to bring out the creative, stop-motion artist in everyone. News about this set has been around for quite some time, and now that we have the following official images, we can now take a closer look on how the set is intended to be used and played.

The LBM Movie Maker set consists of 152 pieces and features a build where you can snugly mount your smart phone or any similarly designed digital camera. It also comes with a Batman minifigure (how many Batman minifigs are out there by the way) and a nifty, transparent minifig stand for that added special effect. The set also comes with a base that is attached to the camera stand for a more stabilized shot at varying angles. If you’re into amateur brick-built films, then this set is a must-see.

 

There is no news yet of when it will be available in the US via in store and online, but since these images were already uploaded via LEGO’s servers, hopefully, we’ll get more info about its release date by the first week of March or any time soon.

 

Official Image of the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 40268 Polybag Minifigure Now Up at LEGO Servers.

Last January, we discovered an interesting find that LEGO Star Wars minifigure collectors may find appealing. Back then, we have no idea yet on how to have our hands on the LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 (40268) polybag minifigure which is now being offered at eBay France. According to Brickset’s report, the polybag was offered then in a Romanian LEGO monobrand store as a free promotional. Other than these reports, details were scant about this new line of minifigures. As a brief background, the said astromech made its first appearance in last year’s hit Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One.

However, thanks to a tip from Hoth Bricks, we now know that the said minifigure polybag is now uploaded in LEGO’s servers. The appearance of R3-M2’s official image suggests that we may find more details anytime soon via shop.LEGO.com. Will it be a new promotional, or will LEGO introduce a new line of minifigure collectibles? As Hoth Bricks pointed out, the design of the minifig’s base using a Technic pin suggests that it may be interlocked with other minifigs as well. Moreover, the polybag’s slimmer, thinner design suggests that it is a part of a larger box or container.

Will LEGO follow in Disney’s steps in introducing the Droid Factory line? We’re not quite sure yet, but it’s a welcome gesture from the part of LEGO to introduce such a design, and whether R3-M2 will be a part of a larger series of minifigure collectibles remains to be seen.

The LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Silent Mary (71042) Now Up at shop.LEGO.com

During the height of last weekend’s New York Toy Fair, LEGO levelled up the excitement when it finally unveiled its humongous 2,294-piece pirate ship, the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Silent Mary (71042) and gladly, it was more than what we expected. It is packed with impressive details, and plenty of play features that are far from intimidating.

Now for those of us who are eyeing on this latest pirate ship offering from LEGO will be glad to know that the Silent Mary (71042) is now listed at shop.LEGO.com with a release date of April 1. As a reminder, LEGO tells us that only 2 orders can be placed per customer, probably because they expect this set to be one of their most popular to date.

The LEGO POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Silent Mary (71042) comes in at 2,294 pieces and includes eight minifigures.

 

The LEGO Pirates of the of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Silent Mary (71042)

Discover the secrets of the Silent Mary!

Bring the magic of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean to your home with this impressive replica of the Silent Mary ghost ship. This highly detailed LEGO® model with over 2,200 pieces features a hinged bow section, opening skeleton hull with decay and destruction detailing, movable rudder, collapsible main mast and two further masts, long bowsprit with crow’s nest and mast, tattered sails, detailed quarterdeck, plus a rowboat with two oars and an array of weapons and accessory elements. This model provides a rewarding build and play experience, and the integrated stand makes it suitable for display in the home or office. Also includes eight minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry, Carina, Lieutenant Lesaro, Captain Salazar, Officer Magda, Officer Santos and the Silent Mary Masthead.

  • Includes eight minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry, Carina, Lieutenant Lesaro, Captain Salazar, Officer Magda, Officer Santos and the Silent Mary Masthead.
  • Features a hinged bow section, opening skeleton hull with decay and destruction detailing, movable rudder, three masts including a collapsible main mast, long bowsprit with crow’s nest and mast, tattered sails, detailed quarterdeck, plus a rowboat with two oars.
  • Weapons include two gray swords, three black swords and a pistol.
  • Also includes the Silent Mary Masthead’s shield and sword elements.
  • Accessory elements include a compass, sextant, monocular, two brooms and a ship-in-a-bottle.
  • Special elements include Captain Salazar’s hairpiece and a decorated Galileo Diary with printed cover and astronomy page.
  • Raise the hinged bow section and open the skeleton hull to switch from sailing mode to attack mode.
  • This set includes over 2,200 pieces.
  • The Silent Mary with the main mast in vertical position measures over 18” (48cm) high, 26” (68cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide, and over 14” (36cm) wide with the main mast collapsed.