LEGO Masters To Air in the US

The hit, brick-building, LEGO-inspired reality show that endeared the UK to love the LEGO brick, even more, is now coming to the US. Plans are now being inked on how the hit TV show LEGO Masters can be adopted for US viewers, which was largely successful not just in the UK, but also in Germany and Australia. The LEGO Masters is a reality-based TV show that pushes the limits of one’s creativity in using LEGO bricks, where amateur builders get to compete with each other with the hope being the recognized as the ultimate LEGO Master.

The LEGO Masters show in the US will be produced by Endemol Shine North America, UK production company Tuesday’s Child, and Plan B Entertainment, headed by award-winning actor Brad Pitt. As with its initial run in the US, the LEGO Group will be hands-on with the show’s more important details so you can expect the same ‘wonder, emotion, drama and loads of smashing bricks’. Read on for the LEGO Masters US official press release.

Endemol Shine North America and Tuesday’s Child Bringing U.K Smash Hit “LEGO® MASTERS” to U.S with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment

January 9, 2019—Endemol Shine North America and U.K.-based independent production company Tuesday’s Child are teaming with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment to jointly produce a U.S. version of the hit British series “LEGO® MASTERS.”

The production companies are set to start conversations with potential American-based platforms later this month.

Originally created by Tuesday’s Child, “LEGO MASTERS” first launched on Channel 4 in the U.K. in 2017, quickly becoming the network’s highest-rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults. Since then, “LEGO MASTERS” was renewed by Channel 4 and local versions of the successful format have begun launching around the world.

Along with Plan B Entertainment, Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman will serve as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America, Karen Smith and Steph Harris will serve as executive producers for Tuesday’s Child and Jill Wilfert and Robert May for The LEGO Group.

“This is a project that I am truly passionate about, as LEGO bricks have played an instrumental role in my family’s life,” stated Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America. “We are thrilled to be bringing ‘LEGO MASTERS’ to the U.S. market with the original producers at Tuesday’s Child and the team at Plan B Entertainment.”

Tuesday’s Child Managing Director Karen Smith stated, “It’s awesome to team up with Plan B and Endemol Shine North America to bring ‘LEGO MASTERS’ to the States. It’s a format filled with wonder, emotion, drama and loads of smashing bricks. The competitors excel in story-telling, engineering artistry, ingenuity and genuinely thinking outside the box. It’s a new talent show, but no-one sings or dances, unless they’re barefoot and stand on a brick…’

Jill Wilfert, Vice President, Licensing & Entertainment, the LEGO Group says; “We are pleased viewers in the UK and Germany have enjoyed LEGO MASTERS, and believe it will delight people of all ages around the world. The series celebrates creativity and the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick, not to mention the fun families and friends have when they build together.”

“We are so thrilled to be a part of the team bringing ‘LEGO MASTERS’ and this exciting new format to the States,” said the production team at Plan B Entertainment.

“LEGO MASTERS” pits enthusiasts in a competition that starts with a single LEGO brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal LEGO followers and capture the imagination of new fans.

Endemol Shine Group is the exclusive distributor of the format across all platforms outside of the U.K. and has the rights to produce local versions of the show around the world. Endemol Shine International is the exclusive distributor of all finished tape of all versions produced, including the original British version.

Last year, Endemol Shine announced “LEGO MASTERS” landed its first international deals, as Endemol Shine Australia is producing a local version of the format for Nine and Endemol Shine Germany successfully produced the series for RTL. Channel 4’s second season in the U.K. launched in November to strong ratings.

About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment.

About Tuesday’s Child
Tuesday’s Child Television is a UK-based independent production company specialising in entertainment and popular factual. It was launched in September 2012 by Karen Smith who was former Shine TV joint MD (The Magicians, Gladiators, Got to Dance, The Biggest Loser, Strictly Come Dancing).

Tuesday’s Child are the format creators of LEGO MASTERS and currently in production with a new peak BBC One music quiz, The Hit List and Channel 4 rig format, The Drugs Cafe both due to air in peak in early 2019. They have also created and produced the primetime BBC One Entertainment series, Pitch Battle with Kelis and the music director of the Pitch Perfect franchise , the award winning You’re Back in the Room for ITV1 ( the format has also been made in numerous other international territories) For What It’s Worth, hosted by Fern Britton for BBC One, Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection for BBC Two and RTS-nominated Superstar Dogs, hosted by John Barrowman for Channel 4

About Plan B Entertainment
Founded in 2002 and headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B Entertainment is a film and television production company that has been established with many acclaimed titles. What sets them apart is their commitment to protecting narrative and giving filmmakers the freedom to take creative risks. The result has been a memorable run of characters and stories that are emotionally and socially compelling. Their titles include: THE TREE OF LIFE, WORLD WAR Z, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE NORMAL HEART, SELMA, THE BIG SHORT, and MOONLIGHT.  Most recently, the company released the Golden Globe-nominated BEAUTIFUL BOY, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, and VICE.

Looking ahead, Plan B will continue working with auteurs such as Andrew Dominik, James Gray, David Michôd, Barry Jenkins, and Ryan Murphy, and they plan to deliver characteristically unique and uplifting work not only through theatrical screens, but also through collaborations with outlets such as Netflix, Amazon, STARZ, FX, and HBO.

About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK. Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

LEGO, its logo, the Minifigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2019 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.

 

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Hageman Brothers to Leave LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Series

Even as LEGO continued to bring out one new set after another on its Ninjago line the story of the relevant characters and their adventures have been told in the 3D-animated series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (and retold in The LEGO Ninjago Movie). The popularity of the show and its big screen counterpart was thanks to the efforts of the writing team, including brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman. But that status quo is about to change. The Hageman Brothers have shocked the LEGO-media-watching audience that they will be bowing out of the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu writing team. This was elaborated on in a series of Twitter posts all throughout Tuesday, December 11.

You may follow all these links to read the rest.

Dan and Kevin have been part of the LEGO Ninjago animated adaptation since its beginning in 2011, and while they’re officially leaving the team after the recently-concluded Season 9, their writing contributions are said to be included in the continuing Spinjitzu storyline all the way to its milestone 100th episode.

 

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With the Hagemans going, only David Shayne and Bragi Schut remain on writer credits for Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. Schut will be stepping up as head writer for the future.

Sad as it may seem, the only possible consolation that we have is the assurance that LEGO’s longest running TV show will still continue to run its course even after the Hageman Brothers are no longer at the helm of its story development. Simply said, LEGO Ninjago will not really be the same without the original, creative minds behind the series.

For the meantime, we can revisit some of the greatest LEGO Ninjago moments with 2019’s LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets slated to be released next year. There’s also a feature-length animated film to be released later next year as announced during the San Diego ComicCon 2018 last July.

More 2019 LEGO Ninjago Legacy Official Images Released – Ultra Dragon (70679) Revealed

After last week’s reveal of the 2019 LEGO Ninjago Legacy subtheme, we now have additional images of yet another redesigned Ninjago set based from Season 1’s Rise of the Snake. This time around, the fearsome four-headed Ultra Dragon is now included in the roster of Ninjago Legacy sets as revealed by DeToyz Shop. The LEGO Ninjago Legacy The Ultra Dragon (70679) comes in at 951 pieces and is based on a redesigned version of the first Ultra Dragon set as included in 2012’s Epic Dragon Battle (9450).  Check out its following box art.

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy The Ultra Dragon (70679)

$79.99; 951 pieces

As you may have noticed, this set is not entirely a re-release, but an improvement in terms of design and play features. Most noticeable is the new dragon heads which are completely brick-built equipped with stud shooters mounted on its jaws. Its wings are now also made of thin, membrane-like vinyl which LEGO included as wing accessories in Ninjago sets beginning with Attack of the Morro Dragon (70736)released in 2015. The Ultra Dragon (70679) also comes with six minifigures: Lloyd, Master Wu, Lord Garmadon, Pythor, and a couple of Serpentine Warriors.

Other than the Ultra Dragon, the Malaysian LEGO fan blogsite also shared box art images of the new Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu series. We mentioned them before in our previous post, but we now have official images of these spinners as you can see below.

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Kai (70659)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Jay (70660)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Zane (70661)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Cole (70662)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Nya and Wu (70663)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Spinjitzu Lloyd vs Garmadon (70664)

 

 

LEGO Ninjago Legacy Monastery Training (70680)

The new LEGO Ninjago Legacy series is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2019. Which will be your Day 1 purchase among these, brick fans? Let us know in the comments below.

2019 LEGO Ninjago Legacy Sets Official Images Released

Here’s another batch of crisp, clear official images this time coming from the 2019 LEGO Ninjago Legacy subtheme. If you recall last July at SDCC 2018, we reported how the showrunners discussed their most memorable LEGO Ninjago scenes and sets since its launch in 2011. There was no new season of LEGO Ninjago that were announced during the fan convention, and since then, there were talks that hinted on the possibility of a revival of some of the earlier Ninjago sets that were introduced during the show’s pilot season. Now thanks to Promobricks, this rumor is finally set in stone with the announcement of the 2019 LEGO Ninjago Legacy sets. This selection of revived LEGO Ninjago sets, plus a couple of new ones, is now expected to be a part of LEGO’s 2019 offerings in the first half of 2019. They’re also expected to be tie-in sets for the Ninjago: Legacy feature-length animated film.

Check out these images, and let us know what you think about these sets in the comments below.

 

LEGO Ninjago Spinjutzu Series
  • Kai (70659)
  • Jay (70660)
  • Zane (70661)
  • Cole ( 70662)
  • Nya and Wu (70663)
  • Lloyd vs Garmadon (70664)

 

The Samurai Mech (70665)

14.99 Euro; 154 pieces

 

The Golden Dragon (70666)

19.99 Euro; 171 pieces

 

Kai’s Blade Cycle & Zane’s Snowmobile (70667)

29.99 Euro; 376 pieces

 

Jay’s Storm Fighter (70668)

39.99 Euro; 490 pieces

 

Cole’s Earth Driller (70669)

49.99 Euro; 857 pieces

 

Monastery of Spinjitzu (70670)

79.99 Euro; 1070 pieces

 

 

LEGO MOC Spotlight: Custom LEGO Spinning TARDIS by Josh DaVid

Despite a very limited range of interpretation on official LEGO products, said brand is still quite the favorite by many for building constructs inspired by the greatest sci-fi show ever to come out of the UK: Doctor Who. We’ve covered a brick-built statue of Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor at SDCC 2018 before; now we look at the TARDIS. True, LEGO did release a TARDIS set via LEGO Ideas Doctor Who (21304) in the past, and this MOC’s smaller, without an interior. But YouTube LEGO builder Josh DaVid gave the set a twist by designing a custom LEGO spinning TARDIS with the use of LEGO Technic pieces.

DaVid’s TARIDS build is supported in the air by an ingenious LEGO Technic rig, which goes into a base with a hand crank on one side. As you can see from his video below, cranking the handle causes the custom LEGO spinning TARDIS to rotate, creating the trademark Doctor Who special effect of the time-travelling machine whirling about through the vastness of infinite space-time.

Josh DaVid’s Technic TARDIS MOC is available to interested LEGO builders in two options: building instructions on Etsy, or a custom set with all needed parts on Mochub. You can also optionally install a Power Functions motor, though it’s not included in the basic build.

LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit Animated Special to Air on NBC

The third installment of the Jurassic World saga from Universal Pictures is still a long ways off, but its recent sequel Fallen Kingdom is still quite fresh in the minds of moviegoers, enough that LEGO has announced new sets to come out in 2019, plus an animated special to boot. Said animated special was to be aired late this year, and at last LEGO has fleshed out information about it. The title is LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit, to be aired on NBC network. LEGO posits this special as taking place before the events of Jurassic World in 2015.

The LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit follows Claire Dearing, operations manager of the Jurassic World theme park, as she receives orders from her boss and park owner Simon Masrani, to transfer three dinosaurs to a secret exhibition area that houses a new attraction, touted as the greatest thing since the discovery of dinosaurs.

Claire thus takes animal behaviorist Owen Grady from his current assignment of teaching his baby raptors in order to transport the dinosaurs in question. But that mission’s a bit tougher than expected; and there’s something about the new attraction that’s more than meets the eye (though it’s not Transformers-related, sorry).

We can expect this LEGO Jurassic World animated special to premiere on NBC in two parts, on November 29. The Secret Exhibit will then be uploaded on several streaming platforms (NBC app and Hulu among them) on November 30, and will finally be available on DVD in January 15, 2019.

Latest “Doctor Who” Episode Has 13th Doctor Mentioning Herself as a “Doctor of LEGO”, Among Other Fields

Never let it be said that American pop-culture franchises have a monopoly on licensing for LEGO products. One look at specific lines like LEGO Harry Potter is enough to prove that generalization wrong. Another big franchise originating from the UK that had gotten its LEGO limelight was BBC’s Doctor Who.

In past years, two incarnations of the Time Lord known only as The Doctor – Matt Smith as the Eleventh and Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth – got official LEGO minifigures, whether as part of a now-retired LEGO Ideas set or as a franchise tie-in for the now-cancelled LEGO Dimensions online game.

The Thirteenth and current Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whitaker, has yet to get a LEGO rendition. But on the fifth episode of her ongoing series, “The Tsuranga Conundrum” which aired on BBC One November 4, she had a line of dialogue that referenced the toy brand in a nice shout-out.

In that episode, The Doctor was asked perhaps one likely query given to all her incarnations about just what sort of doctor they all are. When a medic in one scene asked if her Doctor title is one for medicine, The Doctor quickly rattles off her various “fields of expertise”, in this order: “Medicine, science, engineering, candyfloss, LEGO, philosophy, music, problems, people, hope, mostly hope.”

Jodie Whitaker has the great honor of playing the first known female regeneration of The Doctor in all the decades of their collective adventures. Her show, the 11th series of the Doctor Who revival, airs every Sunday on BBC One.

Show-runners of “LEGO Star Wars All Stars” Appearing for Autographs and Q&A Panel at Anaheim this November

If any of you LEGO and Star Wars fans out there were intrigued by the first trailer for upcoming LEGO Star Wars All Stars 3D-animated series on Disney XD, that’s probably because it was developed by the same minds behind an earlier DXD LEGO Star Wars show, The Freemaker Adventures.

That probably explains why Roger/R0-GR, the patchwork old Trade Federation battle-droid of the Freemaker siblings was included in the character roll call for LSW All Stars, a nice shout-out from the two series’ common show-runners Bill Motz and Bob Roth. These two are aware that fans have a lot of inquiries about the new show, so they’re getting ready to tell all/some and sign autographs.

Anaheim toy store Bricks & Minifigs will be playing host to a poster signing event and Q&A panel for LEGO Star Wars All Stars creators Motz and Roth next month.

While LSW All Stars won’t start in earnest until November 10, shorts for the series have already begun uploading on the official Disney XD YouTube channel for viewers to get tastes of what the new show has to offer before the full premiere. As for the Bricks & Minifigs event with the show-runners, you may check the store’s official Facebook page for more details. The event kicks off this Saturday, November 3, starting 10AM PDT.

LEGO Star Wars All Stars Animated Series Coming to Disney XD

A simplified description of the current atmosphere of the Star Wars franchise is that it’s both caught between two camps (“it’s okay” and “everything sucks now”), and that it’s “tired” (Solo’s bad box office was officially due to movie fatigue, having Disney-Lucasfilm announce that they’ll space films further after IX). But where LEGO Star Wars is concerned, everything looks promising. The sets are selling good and the minifigures are sought after. Now LEGO’s going to bring Star Wars to the TV in the form of LEGO Star Wars All Stars, a 3D animated series coming on Disney XD and DisneyNOW.

From the trailer they posted, it looks like LEGO Star Wars All Stars will cover all characters throughout the prequel, original and sequel sagas of the massive space opera franchise. That includes (young) Han Solo and Lando, Leia, Admiral Ackbar, Rey and Kylo Ren, and Roger (Roger) the Federation battle droid.

Seeing all the comical takes on various Star Wars plot lines as interpreted in LEGO builds and minifigures is sure to be a treat even for the burned-out main-media followers, as LEGO Star Wars All Stars promises to be the epic series that keeps on giving.

Catch the series starting next month on Saturday, November 10.

“LEGO Masters Australia” to Have LCP Ryan “Brickman” McNaught as Judge

LEGO Masters has been quite the popular and successful reality competition on UK television with support enough from a LEGO fandom audience to earn a second season, and a trip overseas for localization in mainland Europe and Australia courtesy of Endemol. The latter version’s already revealed its host. Now it’s introducing one of its judges.

It being aired on the Land Down Under, it’s only natural perhaps that the new LEGO Masters will find a judge for the contest from the best of the best of its already-established giants of LEGO building. Thus there can be no real surprise that Ryan “Brickman” McNaught was chosen.

McNaught is a LEGO Certified Professional (LCP), a trusted business partner of The LEGO Group that has turned their lifelong hobby into a well-paying career. He is one of only 14 LCPs and the only one based south of the equator. Samples of his work include brick exhibits at Dreamland theme park and a display model of Australia’s Parliament House.

Like its original British version, LEGO Masters Australia will have eight building duos being given 2.5 million LEGO bricks and time to make the sweetest construct they could, according to a different theme every week. Ultimately one winning pair will win the AU$100,000 grand prize.

LEGO Masters Australia, with Brickman as judge and Hamish Blake as host, will premiere on Chanel Nine network in 2019 with its German counterpart. The UK original is due to start a new season itself.