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The LEGO Movie video-game, sets & minifigs

by admin on July 19, 2013

in LEGO Movie

One of the most exciting events for LEGO fans is happening this weekend: the International Comic-Con in San Diego, California. The largest convention of its kind in the world, and also the largest convention held in San Diego, with around 150,000 people attending each year for the four-day event. Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. And, yes, LEGO has a huge presence as well; giving away exclusive minifigures, and revealing upcoming sets. :P

The LEGO Movie News - San Diego Comic Con

One of the most exciting news this year is related to The LEGO Movie coming out next year. We talked about The LEGO Movie before (see: The LEGO Movie – Coming to Theatres Soon!) and LEGO just released a press-release (see original in LEGO’s News Room), talking about 17 upcoming LEGO sets, 16 Collectible Minifigures, a new video-game, and a whole bunch of other merchandise, all tied in with the movie! Read press-release below:

The LEGO Movie Video Game Poster

(July 16, 2013) – The LEGO Group today announced at the international Comic-Con convention in San Diego that it will produce a collection of movie-inspired building sets celebrating the brand’s premiere as a theatrical film. The company has also recruited an impressive roster of global partners to a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the much anticipated animated adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, “THE LEGO MOVIE” is rapidly building buzz following its first released trailer and assembles on the big screen starting in February 2014.

“The LEGO brand has been a vehicle for creative storytelling around the world for decades, so it’s no surprise that there is such growing enthusiasm for the first LEGO theatrical film”, said Jill Wilfert, Vice President Licensing and Entertainment for the LEGO Group. “We are thrilled to collaborate with our valued partners to build a varied and compelling portfolio of products through which fans of all ages can celebrate this LEGO brand milestone.”

:arrow: THE LEGO MOVIE Building Sets – Inspired by pivotal scenes in the film and starring key LEGO minifigure characters, a collection of 17 LEGO building sets will deliver all of the “THE LEGO MOVIE” action to the playroom. Fans will delight in highly detailed and functional vehicles and structures that reflect the creative versatility of the movie’s many LEGO themed backdrops, such as City, Wild West, and Space. Attendees at the Comic-Con International event in San Diego, California will see the first “THE LEGO MOVIE” building set unveiled at the LEGO booth on Saturday, July 20.

The LEGO Movie Sets Coming

Additionally, the company’s line of collectible LEGO Minifigures will receive its first Hollywood makeover with a series inspired by “THE LEGO MOVIE” cast of 16 new and “new-again” LEGO characters.

:arrow: THE LEGO MOVIE Videogame - In related news, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the chart-topping and award-winning LEGO videogames franchise from TT Games will include an epic gaming experience based on the film across all major console and handheld gaming systems. With more than 90 playable characters inspired by the film and 15 exciting levels, kids will be able to build an adventure like never before.

The LEGO Movie Video Game 1

:arrow: Movie-Inspired Merchandise – A roster of global licensees covering several categories will immerse filmgoers in the world of “THE LEGO MOVIE.” Perennial publishing partners Scholastic, Penguin, Ameet and DK Publishing will offer a range of readers, sticker books, activity books and movie guides. Apparel partners include T-shirts from Mad Engine, Isaac Morris, Kabooki, TV Mania and Casco Blu, hoodies from TV Mania, pajamas from SGI Apparel, TV Mania and Kabooki and undergarments from Handcraft Mfg. and Kabooki. Carry Gear and Grown Up will offer bags, including backpacks and cinch bags. Clic Time is producing clocks and buildable watches. MZB Imagination and Funtastic are creating an array of stationery items including notebooks, journals, folders, pens, pencils and pencil cases, erasers, rulers and luggage/bag tags. Functional key lights featuring movie characters are being produced by IQ HK. Storage partner ROOM Copenhagen is producing a lunchbox, lunch set, drinking bottle and storage and sorting boxes.

:arrow: THE LEGO MOVIE Feature Film - “THE LEGO MOVIE” opens in some global markets the first week of February, 2014. The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

The English language version of “THE LEGO MOVIE” stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, as the voices of the animated characters. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) from their original screenplay, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, based on LEGO construction toys. It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before. The film is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”) and Roy Lee (“The Departed,” “How to Train Your Dragon”). “THE LEGO MOVIE” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

So, what do you think? Are you excited about The LEGO Movie, the sets (with Wild West, and Space! Yay!), the minifigs and the game? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! :)

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Fikko3107 July 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Now this, is what I call serious capitalizing of an event, in this case the upcoming movie. Sigh…17 sets. Wow. That beats some of the smaller themes in a year, not to mention the plethora of gear items…Wow. It succeeded where LEGO Universe failed, sort of, by capitalizing. LEGO is awesome.

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admin July 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Yeah, I think the big mistake with LEGO Universe is that there was no way to make money with it, and it was extremely expensive to develop and run. Even with some tie-in sets they would have done better. Connecting sets to a major big-screen but still in-house theme is genious! I expect that they will also do huge with the Ninjago film. LEGO is definitely on the right track! It seems like that sometimes they completely miss the boat, and sometimes they strike gold. I expect both films (and everything tied with it) to be gold. On the other hand Chima; the jury is still out on that. :roll:

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ChocoBricks July 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

17 sets is not that much, and probably would be split into 2 waves anyways. Last year Friends had 27 sets, Hero Factory with 17, Ninjago with 41, etc etc

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LK2 November 4, 2013 at 4:24 AM

I just got this idea…….1 set and 16 CMF……… Yikes….. :(

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Strider July 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Wow, so the video game will be available for all consoles? I hope they make a gameboy advance version.

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Fikko3107 July 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Haha! Good one. Oh wait. You’re serious…

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Legoman640 July 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I agree. I haven’t used my ps2 in ages…..

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Fikko3107 July 20, 2013 at 2:56 AM

I’m pretty sure I have a PS1 and Super Famicom sitting somewhere, wonder if they’ll have a version for that…

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Legoman640 July 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I remember when I used to play my Nintendo 64 and play Road Rash and Star Fox and stuff. Good times,good times.

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Håkan July 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Atari 2600 needs a comeback after that ET game…

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Micho July 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I am very anxious to see what collectible minifigures will be released, I wish there was a preview now… they state that they will be new minifigures as well as “new again” minifigures, which means that they might have some classic ones in the mix, that’s awesome!!! I also wonder if there will be a new pirate set in the 17 sets coming out… I sure hope so.

I also wonder if since The Lone Ranger bombed at the box office (although it has been MY favorite movie this year), I wonder if the theme will be discontinued as early as after Xmas, which means I can get the sets at 50% off.. that’d be sweeeet!

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admin July 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Micho, as far as Lone Ranger, I haven’t read any film updates, nor have I seen the film – as of yet. But if you say it was good, it must have been. I think it has a similar life-expectancy as the Prince of Persia sets, so yeah, we could see them on sale by the end of this year, beginning of next year. ;)

In regards to The LEGO Movie, I think this is one of the best things that happened to LEGO since Ninjago. It is their own theme, so they can get as creative as they want. Judging from the trailer it is going to be excellent and I’m super excited. And yes, I expect pirates! In fact I read somewhere on the rumor grape-vine that some insiders have already seen a pirate set. They were saying LEGO is coming out with new pirate sets, but I’m pretty sure this is actually going to be a set within The LEGO Movie theme. :P

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Fikko3107 July 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Yes, The Lone Ranger bombed. Personally, I think it was a pretty funny movie, with Tonto’s antics fairly reminiscent to Johnny Depp’s other works such as Pirates of the Caribbean, a little Dark Shadows, etc. However, storyline wise…ooh.

In many ways, the Lone Ranger theme has uncanny, almost eerie similarities to the Prince of Persia theme. Fans praised the good design and sometimes worth-for-money of the set, but sadly the movie bombed, and thus no sequel and no follow-up wave. There were more similarities: The main character of the respective themes can be found on every regular set of the theme, but the Lone Ranger steps it up by having Tonto in almost every set, as opposed to Prince of Persia’s sole Dastan. Also, both were Disney properties, although not originally owned/created by Disney. Even the box art is somewhat uncannily similar; adorned with a real life image of the main character on the upper right corner.

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admin July 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Hm… very interesting! Good eyes, Fikko! BTW, I love the POP sets! The minifigs had amazing details and the sets were so lovely! I love that medium-dark-flesh (as Bricklink calls it) color! Western is not my favorite, but if prices come down I will probably pick up a few TLR sets. Especially the Stage Coach! Now, that is a beauty! :P

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Micho July 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

last I checked 2 days ago the movie had grossed $40 mil in USA and $another $40 something worldwide,but production cost $250 mil, so yeah, it bombed. But like Fikko3107 stated the story line was meh, but the overall movie was very funny and entertaining, if anything the train chase scene was worth the admission price. Honestly I had no intention of buying any TLR sets, but after that train scene I want the train and the mine LOL.

NICE!!! Pirate set!!! Can’t wait!

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admin July 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Ouch! That’s not good. I wonder who picks up the tab (or doesn’t get paid) when a movie tanks like that. :?

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Legoman640 July 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Pirate sets yay!!!!!!!! :razz:

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ninja of stealth July 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I bet that in the video game you get to be THE GREEN NINJA! i’d be him ALL the time! and as far as the sets! awesome!

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Micho July 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Sorry to go off topic buuuuut…. Series 11 pics are up!!!! http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?s=f7328cf4ae7382132b43ad0c4ac21b06&showtopic=84832 NICEEEE!!!!!

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admin July 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Yep! I got the news last night! Already wrote a post about them for this Sunday so we can discuss. ;)

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Legoman640 July 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

If anybody sells their LEGO MOVIE sets,sell it on Amazon please. I doubt any of those sets will get over here. :sad: We never got LEGO Dino sets or Galaxy Squad or Ninjago or Lone Ranger or CMFs (at one time they used to have them) or Brickmasters or any new set! :cry:

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admin July 19, 2013 at 8:46 PM

That’s really sad… :(

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LK2 November 6, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Why don’t you get LEGO? You can also order online. Where I am its City/Star Wars. Nothing else :(

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Darth Awesome July 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

I just hope it’s a good movie!

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admin July 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I’m very sure it will be – with the stellar team behind it, plus the LEGO brand, it would be hard to mess it up. At least I have good feeling about it. ;)

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SuperSpyX July 20, 2013 at 6:53 AM

If you look at the bad guy on the side of the police truck, he has new Night Vision goggles, a new Tactical Vest and a new pistol with a clip on top. Fantastic! Now we won’t need as much custom stuff to make our creations better! (Also good news for purists.)

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admin July 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Good notice! :D

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Legoman640 July 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Hey everyone,I watched the first episode of the Donut Squad! It’s really good! :grin:

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admin July 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Yeah, it’s cute! :D

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