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Collecting LEGO versions of movie posters

by admin on October 16, 2014

in Community Articles

I was talking with one of our long-time readers, Brad, who is a collector of official LEGO movie posters. The information he shared was so interesting that I suggested he writes an article. He preferred not to do it himself, however he suggested I use the information we talked about to put together a post, then if readers have other questions he can answer them. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

LEGO has been collaborating with various movie franchises for several years now. Besides official LEGO sets related to the movies, they also started offering promotional posters. The most interesting and fun part of these posters is that they are recreations of the official movie posters related to the release of a new film – so they will include minifig versions of the characters and actors in the same settings and with the same poses as on the original poster. And another interesting part is to be able to find these posters, as they tend to be quite elusive; some of them may actually have never been available in a printed format (so it was just art-work used digitally) and even the ones that were printed are usually only available as a promotional item tied to the release of the new film and/or the new LEGO sets related to the film. As I have mentioned, Brad is an avid collector of these LEGO movie posters.ย Below I will post the information he shared with me, and you can also visit his flickr gallery for all the LEGO movie posters.

LEGO Movie Posters Album

The first printed movie poster remakes that I’m aware of are related to the Indiana Jones line (Raiders of the Lost Arc, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) from 2008-2009, when the LEGO Indiana Jones sets became available. I don’t have these because they were released before I became serious about collecting them, and I believe that they were even more limited than normal. However I do have pictures of the posters next to the original ones in my flickr gallery.

LEGO Indiana Jones Movie Posters

The next LEGO movie posters were for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, to coincide with the release of the 3D version of the film in 2012. There are two posters related to the movie; one is a LEGO-ized version of the original poster, and the other is for the 3D version. I believe only the poster for the regular version of the movie was printed, but I don’t know where it was originally available. I got one off of eBay from an international seller.

LEGO Star Wars Movie Posters

Then there are the posters related to the release of the LEGO Lord of the Rings sets in 2012. The Fellowship of the Ring poster (with Frodo) was a limited edition with only 5,000 made, that you could get with any LEGO Lord of the Rings set purchase at LEGO stores or the Online LEGO Shop. The Two Towers poster (with Legolas), along with The Return of the King poster (with Aragorn) were available with a LEGO Lord of the Rings set purchase, and later by themselves from Toys’R’Us and FAO Schwartz. (The poster with Aragorn is actually two-sided, so I got two of them.) Then there was another The Return of the King poster with Gollum that was available from Target with the purchase of the #9476 LEGO Lord of the Rings Orc Forge set – which I also got from eBay. All three (or four – if you add the second side of the two-sided poster) of these posters were 24″ x 32″, which is not a common poster size. I’ve only been able to find one frame style that comes in this size.

LEGO Lord of the Rings Movie Posters

Thereย is a bunch of LEGO-ized movie posters related to the Harry Potter films between 2001 and 2011, however it seems that most of these were never officially released in a printed format. I did hear that at least a couple of the later ones were available at some movie theatres, but I don’t know much detail about them. They look very nice though.

LEGO Harry Potter Movie Posters

The other poster that came out in 2012 was for The Avengers movie. It was available at select theatres, but I wasn’t able to find one this way. The same poster became available from LEGO stores, later that month, which is how I ended up getting mine.

LEGO The Avengers Movie Poster

In 2013 there were three movies with LEGO licenses. The first one was Iron Man 3, which got two posters. They were advertised in the LEGO Store Calendar, but they had the date of the event mixed up (they said the event was exactly one week before it actually was). The next movie was Man of Steel with one LEGO-ized poster. This one wasn’t even advertised in the LEGO Store Calendar, and I was only able to get one because I called my local LEGO store at the right time (the poster was available during the Superman Mini Model Build mentioned in the Calendar). The third movie was The Lone Ranger, which also got one poster. This one I had to hunt for because there was no announcement made that it was available at AMC Theatres. All four of these posters are 16″ x 20″. I call them myย “Three Movies in Three Months” collection, because – at least to my knowledge – this has been the only timeย when three movies, which came out in three consecutive months, each got their own versions of LEGO posters.

LEGO Movie Posters

If you are interested in collecting LEGO versions of real movie posters you can pay attention to the LEGO Store Calendar where they are usually announced and offered as a bonus at various in-store events, or when you make a purchase. And as I have mentioned above, some of these posters are only available on a limited basis at select theatres. If you would like to find those, your best bet is eBay. You can see some of the current listings here: LEGO PROMOTIONAL MOVIE POSTERS ON EBAY

So what do you think? Do you have any of the LEGO movie posters? Do you collect them? Which one(s) do you have? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! Also, if you have any questions for Brad (who wrote the bulk of this article) you can ask them below. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Strider October 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I got the Frodo poster in a Lego catalog. To bad it’s wrinkled and ripped up a bit now ๐Ÿ™‚ I had no idea it was of any value. They might not be anything that special but I really liked the Lego PotC posters. They weren’t based off official movie ads, but they were big and nice to look at overall.

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Strider October 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Wait, if the Frodo poster is 24 x 32 inches, mine is like a mini version, my bad.

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Meneldur October 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I also got that! I also have the 24 x 32 poster. LEGO sent my Grandma the poster free because she bought over $200 worth of LEGO, which was pretty awesome.

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Meneldur October 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Are you still homeschooled, Strider? I am. Had to take the PSAT yesterday. But during the evening I just chilled with my LEGO. Currently, I’m trying to organize my collection. Uh! I ran out of tubs!

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Strider October 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Yeah still homeschooled.

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admin October 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Your grandma is awesome! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Joel May 7, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Thanks for the awesome pics and links. I’ve been looking for different Lego movie posters for my Palace Cinema. I think I just hit the jackpot with your site. Now I just need to figure out how to print them. Thanks again.

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admin May 7, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Joel, that’s a really great idea! Using the LEGO versions of the posters on the Palace Cinema! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Meneldur October 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

One more thing! I heard rumors of a UCS Helicarrier set with a price tag of around $300! That would be incredible! I saw an updated MOC of the helicarrier on Youtube but a set…
Then there’s five or six other Avengers: Age of Ultron sets rumored. That would be great…
Also Captain America 3 might lead into Marvel’s Civil War. If so Steve Rogers’ death is probably imminent.

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admin October 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Now that is very interesting! I don’t really care for the regular size sets, but an UCS Helicarrier would get my attention! ๐Ÿ™„

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Hรฅkan October 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I thought the Helicarrier was just a Lego Ideas project…

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admin October 16, 2014 at 8:25 PM

If we are thinking about the same one, that is certainly looking more than $300 though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Meneldur October 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Are you thinking possibly $500? Like the UCS Millenium Falcon?

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Meneldur October 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

…Cuz my Grandma does have limits.

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admin October 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

As I said before; your grandma is awesome! Take good care of her! ๐Ÿ˜›

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admin October 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Well, if we are talking about the same thing, that’s just an Ideas project, so there is absolutely no garantee that it will be made into a LEGO set. If we are talking about a different UCS set, then I would love to see it! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Chris of Yoda Archives October 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I have the Frodo poster hanging in my office. I have the actual movie poster for all the Lord of the Rings movies in the living room. I like these reproduction posters.

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admin October 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Yeah, they especially look nice next to each other. They make a great collection and a fantastic conversation piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

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legofan October 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM

How/where can I purchase these lego posters!!

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admin October 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Read the article. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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LegoUniverse Bob October 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

They all look cool! I like the similarities, now to think of it. Sadly, I don’t own any :(.

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Rob October 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Well… this is a little different, but in the same vein. It’s my “Scarface” and “Breaking Bad” mashup Movie Poster! ๐Ÿ™‚
http://bit.ly/1txJpFl

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admin October 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Looks great! ๐Ÿ˜›

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BLProductions October 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Interesting! I’d like to get that Darth Maul one, and maybe a LotR one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have any of those posters though, in fact, the only LEGO poster I have is the Star Wars Luke/Vader one from earlier this year. Maybe there will be more Lego movie posters in the future? (pun partly intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
Also, there’s an “Ultimate Kit” for all the new Hobbit sets available in the US now. I can’t see the point in it. ๐Ÿ˜•

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Ultron32 October 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Fun fact that I read online somewhere at the time – after the release of the Avengers poster it was redesigned with Tony not wearing the helmet, to match the original. I don’t believe it was ever released though.
This is a pretty cool thing to collect. I have a few (Lone Ranger, Avengers, and I believe one of the Iron Man 3 ones) which I’ve mostly just gotten from being at the right place at the right time.

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Brad October 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Thanks for putting that up. I wasn’t expecting to read my own words, but it worked out, so I’m not complaining. However, I noticed one place where a “then” was missing the n, and when I was talking about my four poster sub-collection I meant for the quotes to be “three movies in three months,” not including “my” and “collection.”

For those wondering, the time that the Guardians of the Galaxy poster would make most sense to be brought out, since it missed its movie’s release date, would be December, since that’s when the movie comes out on DVD. I really hope they release it, because that poster looks awesome.

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Brad October 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Also, I found this, that you could link to: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lego-Star-Wars-Poster-ep-1-10-x20-inches-Gloss-laminate-/280834724271?pt=Art_Posters&hash=item41630dd1af

It’s not where I got mine, but it’s the only seller I could find selling one.

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admin October 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Brad, thanks for checking through it. I fixed the typo and also corrected the three movies in three months section. I have considered writing the whole post with my own words and actually started out that way, but then as I was reading your emails everything was so well written and also included your own personal experiences that I decided to just leave it as it is, with just a little bit of intro and ending. Otherwise the flavor and the passion of a collector would have been lost. And that would be a shame. ๐Ÿ™‚

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