LEGO Batman’s Will Arnett To Host LEGO Masters US

Last July, LEGO fans in the US were thrilled to hear the news that the ultimate LEGO reality TV show is now finally picked up by FOX and it looks like it’s even getting better. LEGO and Fox Broadcasting have finally announced and welcomed onboard the host of the upcoming LEGO Masters US TV show. I have some initial guesses including Chris Pratt and even David Beckham. And I’m delighted to hear that it will finally be LEGO Batman himself – Will Arnett – who will be at the helm of this highly intense LEGO reality TV show.

The multi-talented actor behind LEGO Batman’s brooding voice will bring this contest to an all-new level of brick intensity when he guides pairs of brick contenders beginning February 5. According to FOX, “The series will feature pairs of LEGO enthusiasts facing off in unbelievable brick-building challenges. Throughout the competition, Arnett, alongside expert judges, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test until one duo is crowned LEGO Masters.”

The actor behind the brooding voice of LEGO Batman will be hosting the toughest LEGO-inspired reality TV show on FOX – the LEGO Masters US.

LEGO Masters has been a huge success both in the UK and Australia and is expected to have a warm welcome from millions of LEGO fans across the US. A website has been launched last July to facilitate auditions for the TV show, but my guess is that the roster is already complete and we will get to hear the final list of LEGO Masters US contestants anytime soon. Personally, I’m hoping to see Tyler and Sean join the fray, but I guess we will soon find out.

Similar to their UK and Australian counterparts, LEGO Masters US will stretch the limits of our builder-contenders as they figure their way out of the craziest, nearly-impossible LEGO building tasks that will be thrown at them. We’re still yet to see who will be given the most daunting task of judging these creations. For LEGO Masters Australia for example, the arduous task was given to Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. It was definitely not an easy task being the show’s judge and we’ll have to see to whom this sobering mantle will fall in.

Are you excited about LEGO Masters US? Who do you think will make it to the final cut? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Additional source: The Wrap

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Upcoming LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book Reveals Tie-In TV Series

It seems that LEGO intends its new LEGO Hidden Side theme to have a tie-in TV series as well. This piece of info came from an unlikely source – a still yet to be released LEGO-themed book, the LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book. The idea of having a dedicated TV series to help promote a newly launched LEGO theme is not entirely new to LEGO. We saw how LEGO came up with original content in the likes of Ninjago, Nexo Knights, and LEGO City just to name a few. And if you recall during SDCC 2019, LEGO animation producer Tommy Andreasen revealed a LEGO Hidden Side trailer that could easily pass as an introduction of sorts for a larger, wider TV series.

The LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book is yet to appear at Amazon US, but here’s a quick blurb about the book as listed by Amazon UK and some of the interesting things that it reveals as well.

The LEGO Hidden Side Guide to Ghost Hunting Book

Step into the haunted town of Newbury and become an expert ghost hunter in this in-world guide based on LEGO Hidden Side toys and TV show! Plus, it includes a Hidden Side minifigure!

The LEGO Group’s newest IP, LEGO Hidden Side hits stores in fall 2019 with eight toy sets, followed by a TV series and even more toys in 2020! Kids can interact with these building sets using an augmented reality app that brings the models to life, using a smartphone or tablet camera to reveal a hidden world of interactive mysteries and challenges to solve. It’s a whole new world of play!

Welcome to the haunted town of Newbury, home of the LEGO Group’s newest original IP. In this new series of adventures, kids will join brother-and-sister duo Jack and Parker as they work to track down and reveal ghosts in order to turn their haunted town back to normal, one ghost at a time. This guide will be narrated by the main characters of the toys and TV show, and work with the LEGO app for an interactive reading experience all about finding and capturing ghosts! Plus, it comes with a LEGO minifigure!

Other than the announcement of the tie-in TV series, the book will also include an exclusive LEGO Hidden Side minifig. Though the book is slated to be launched in August next year, we can expect the series to air on an earlier date. The way I see it, a LEGO Hidden Side TV series is a great way to explore the many backstories in Newbury, and how our junior ghost hunters can bring back their ghost-riddled town back to normal.

The LEGO Hidden Side sets are now available at LEGO Shop@Home, featuring a new, AR-powered interactive play that kids will find fun and challenging. If you’re still holding back on purchasing these sets, then you might be interested to know that the LEGO Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 (70423) and Newbury Haunted High School (70425) both comes with Double VIP points throughout the month of September. This is a great opportunity to stack up on those VIP points and take advantage of LEGO’s new VIP Rewards Program.

Disney+ Will Feature A Collection of LEGO Star Wars Animated Series

Disney is already paving the way for the arrival of its ambitious Disney+ streaming service that may prove to be a strong rival against the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Details are still scant as of the moment regarding the repertoire of its movies and series, but one thing that we can be sure of is that Star Wars fans will definitely get their money’s worth with all the exclusive Star Wars content that they have access to. This includes the much-awaited spin-off series The Mandalorian and additional content on The Clone Wars. To top it off, subscribers will have exclusive access to previous and upcoming LEGO Star Wars content all compiled in one convenient streaming service. This is at least what an eagle-eyed fan spotted and confirmed when a preview of the new Disney streaming service was released, together with some interesting collection of LEGO Star Wars animated series.

From what we can learn from this preview screenshot, it looks like that all of the LEGO Star Wars animated series featured in the service are those that are currently licensed under Disney. Rights for streaming or releasing other titles such as the LEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles are still perhaps under Cartoon Network and negotiations are still in order for Disney to have full control over this franchise. What is certain is that newer LEGO Star Wars animated series such as LEGO Star Wars All Stars, The Freemaker Adventures, The Resistance Rises, and Droid Tales are now part of Disney+’s initial line-up.

With Disney having almost full control of its Star Wars properties, we can expect a lot of interesting content that will cater to every LEGO Star Wars out there in the galaxy. Disney+ is scheduled to launch on November 12 in the US and Canada, and on November 19 in Australia and New Zealand. Viewers can opt for a monthly subscription fee of $7 USD per month, or $70 USD per year.

Thanks to Brick Fanatics for the heads-up.

Here’s How You Can Be the First LEGO Masters US Champion

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate LEGO MOC master? If you’ve been following EndemolShine’s hit LEGO-themed reality show in the UK and Australia, then you’ll be happy to know that LEGO Masters will be arriving soon in the US. The news came in a few days ago, and this time around auditions are now open for those who are ready for LEGO stardom.

LEGO Masters

A dedicated website for LEGO Masters US is now live, ready to accept applications for LEGO builders teams of 2.  Just be sure to read and answer all the questions carefully and to choose the best LEGO masterpiece that you want to show to the casting team. I’m hoping Tyler and Sean from Build Better Bricks will consider applying. With the vast LEGO building talents that we have locally, I’m sure it will be an enormous task in coming up with the final twelve pairs of contestants. Read on for the full press release.

FOX ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO INTERNATIONAL FORMAT “LEGO® MASTERS”

Fast-Growing Unscripted Hit Based on Revered Toy Currently Taking U.K.,
Australia and Germany by Storm
U.S. Version to Air on FOX and be Produced by Endemol Shine North
America, Tuesdayʼs Child and Plan B Entertainment.
FOX Entertainment has acquired the U.S. format rights for the hit British
reality-competition series “LEGO® MASTERS,” to air on FOX and be
produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesdayʼs Child and Brad Pittʼs
Plan B Entertainment, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President of
Alternative Entertainment and Specials, for FOX Entertainment.
Already a success in the U.K., Australia and Germany, LEGO MASTERS
brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO
enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited
supply of LEGO bricks. Twelve teams of two will compete against each
other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the countryʼs
most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs
who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the three top teams will face off for the ultimate LEGO
trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
“LEGO MASTERS has everything you want in a reality-competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people,
exciting team-based battles driven by creativity, and a premise thatʼs ultra family-friendly,” said Wade. “Itʼs bold, fun and unlike anything else on
television, and weʼre thrilled to bring LEGO MASTERS to American fans.”
Originally created by Tuesdayʼs Child, LEGO MASTERS first launched on the
U.K.ʼs Channel 4 in 2017, when it quickly became the networkʼs highest-
rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults.
Since then, LEGO MASTERS has been renewed by Channel 4 and local
versions of the successful format have begun launching around the world.
Most recently, Endemol Shine Australia produced a local version for Nine,
which became an instant hit, averaging more than 2.0 million viewers, and
ranked as the countryʼs #1 program among all key demos. Additionally,
Endemol Shine Germany successfully produced the series for RTL.
Plan B will executive produce the FOX series along with Sharon Levy, DJ
Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen
Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesdayʼs Child; Jill Wilfert and Robert May
from The LEGO Group.
LEGO MASTERS will be produced by Endemol Shine North America and
Tuesdayʼs Child under license from The LEGO Group, for The LEGO Group.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures All Ready To Go At Disney XD

 

With the success of ‘The Yoda Chronicles’ and ‘Droid Tales’, LEGO and Lucasfilm entered into a new partnership with their next wave of miniseries that is sure to be fun-filled and hilarious than its predecessors. “The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters,” according to the series official website. The new LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is slated to be released this summer exclusively at Disney XD. Check this official announcement from Starwars.com.

The Freemaker Adventures

“The Force is set to meet LEGO bricks in a new galaxy-spanning adventure.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an all-new animated television series scheduled to debut this summer on Disney XD in the US. The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters.

Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

The Freemaker Adventures

 

“We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group. “The creative team behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action, and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination, and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show.”

“With The Freemaker Adventures we are thrilled to bring all-new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe,” said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. “We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD, and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), they join Torsten Jacobson (LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The LEGO Movie) as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais, and John McCormack.