In case you weren’t aware, FBTB has a YouTube channel. It’s where we stick our video assets. We don’t produce much and I keep threatening to do video reviews but never have the time to get around it. Or the nerve to put myself in front of a camera. Yesterday, I finished editing and uploading video footage I shot of at Toy Fair showing off some play features of some of the upcoming sets. They’re not too long, averaging about a minute and a half each, but you can see bells and whistles of the sets in motion.
Archive for the ‘The LEGO Movie’ Category
Sick of the Movie yet? I know I’m not. I’ve only seen it once, and by my straw poll, I’m already behind the curve. I’m sure many of you have seen it more than once but if you’re looking for a new way to keep the magic alive, then check out this The LEGO Movie building event hosted by Barnes&Noble. Details are pretty light; the event is on March 1st, and all the image says is “build a scene from the movie” which could mean anything. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can probably build a micromanager of some type, much like the LEGO Brand Retail monthly mini model build from earlier this month. Just a wild guess. Anyways, plug in your zip code to see if a store near you is participating. I would advise getting there early and mentally prepare yourself for a mob scene.
If you live in the Southern California area and are looking for something to do this weekend besides go see the movie for the nth time, check out what LEGOLAND California is doing. They are debuting The LEGO Movie Experience starting tomorrow February 20 at the LEGOLAND Soundstage. I can’t seem to find an end date for the Experience, but expect LEGOLAND to milk this thing for as long as possible. The entire basement set is going to be there along with a tone of other sets and scenes. You can get an idea of what to expect by checking out the photos here in this Fandango interview article with Wyldstyle voice actor Elizabeth Banks. I plan on being there Saturday with the family so if you see me wandering around the park come say hi!
Thanks to chief for finding that link.
From the “This Should Surprise No One” news desk, The LEGO Movie holds on to the top spot for the weekend’s box office results going up against romcom About Last Night aiming for the Valentine’s Day weekend push. But we all know the power of the nerd can overcome the romantically inclined. Either that or there are a LOT of single nerds out there. Looking at this upcoming weekend’s scheduled releases, I have no doubt it will again hold the top spot even against another animated film opening this weekend, The Wind Rises, which I will probably go see as I am a fan of Miyazaki’s work but I digress.
LEGO’s own social site, ReBrick, is hosting an alternate model building competition titled “Be The Special” in the spirit of The LEGO Move. Just take any official LEGO set and build an alternate model. Submit your entry by 8:59am EST March 31, 2014, get the most number of votes, and you can win a “limited edition gold-colored Emmet statuette, not available in retail and only available though official LEGO competitions”. The other prizes for first include an exclusive LEGO Movie PR tin containing nine LEGO Minifigures and a LARGE LEGO Movie Set not yet officially revealed, signed by the designer. You can check out the “Be The Special” contest page for rules and more details on prize packages.
This past weekend, The Skirball Cultural Center hosted a LEGO event simply called LEGO Day and LUGOLA was invited to participate! Warner Bros. sent over a care package full of Movie-related goodies for the attendees and included in the lot were a handful of the promotional tins that given away to Willy Wonka-style Golden Ticket holders. They also gave away some bare bones Movie Collectible Minifigs but what they lacked in accessories they made up for with minifig stands printed with the movie logo. Nice! Now to just get my hands on 16 of them….
Unsurprisingly, The LEGO Movie dominated the weekend’s box office earning $69.1 million domestically with The Monuments Men, also debuting this weekend, coming in a distant second at $22.7 million. Internationally, it opened in a modest third place, opening mostly in Latin America, earning just $18.4 million estimated, with Disney’s Frozen taking top spot at $24 million thanks to opening in China.
The LEGO Movie cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow just $60 million to make and, also unsurprisingly, talks have already begun on a sequel. It can’t come fast enough.
The film is rated at 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing. We will be publishing our own reviews shortly.