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The LEGO Movie –The Spolier Free Review

February 9, 2014

So this past weekend I watched the LEGO Movie 3 times in 3 days. I wasn’t really planning on seeing it that many times, it just sort of happened. The fact that both Regal and AMC theaters were offering a limited number of free minifigs — a different one at each theater mind you — was definitely one of the reasons.

I’m not one that has to have all the special poly bags, but I kind of liked both the figs — Emmet wearing pajamas at Regal and the DJ Robot at AMC. I wasn’t going to go for the DJ robot, but then I saw the torso, which looks an awful lot like the LUGOLA (LA LEGO Fan Group) logo and since I’m a LUGOLA member, I made the half hour trip down to San Diego to get the fig.

So, back to the Movie. When I first heard about the plans to make a full length LEGO movie about 2 years ago I was a little worried. Images of the Smurfs movie– which I still have yet to see and no desire to do so — were what I feared the LEGO movie would turn into. Sure, there have been the Star Wars mini movies, the Ninjago series and the lesser Chima series (sorry, but I just don’t like Chima). But they were different and on a smaller scale. I wasn’t sure what the LEGO Movie would turn into, and until the trailers started showing up, I wasn’t all that excited.

But then they did start showing up. And the more I saw, the more I liked it and wanted to see it. Even if I wasn’t into LEGO, I would have wanted to see it for the animation. I’m something of a movie nut — which has made me contemplate writing a blog on movie reviews, but even though I go to a LOT of movies, there are a lot I don’t go to and wouldn’t watch so a blog on movie reviews would only be the movies I like and want to see.

Now that I’ve finally seen The LEGO Movie, and seen it and seen it, I still want to watch it again — on DVD — frame by frame to catch all the cool stuff that happens so fast you miss it. There’s a lot, and I mean a LOT, going on in the background, in the foreground, or for only a fraction of a second. The LEGO Movie was everything I wanted it to be in terms of LEGO times ten! The “Everything is Awesome” song is fun, although it does stick in your head, and by the third time seeing the movie I wanted to sing along with the movie.

Is the movie one big commercial for all the LEGO Movie kits, and LEGO in general? Yes. There’s no question about that. Unlike other movies, you can literally make what you see in the movie, even if they don’t make kits for some of it, you can make it. Maybe not in all the colors — Cloud Cuckoo Land is guilty of this — but you could still build it. That’s the point. So I’m okay with it being one big commercial, encouraging more children to create their own worlds with LEGO is something I fully advocate.

To me the LEGO Movie is what I dreamed of building when I was a kid. Unlike now, I didn’t have a huge collection then. But what I couldn’t build, I dreamed about. That’s what made me want to become a Master Model Builder. I could see making a whole castle valley, with towns, forests, mermaid lagoons, pirates, the works. And this movie shows what dreaming about building can do. If you had unlimited bricks that is.

The biggest plot point is that you can build whatever you want, with whatever parts you want. It can be crazy, multicolored, and make no sense at all. That’s okay. I can’t tell you how many parents ask me what glue to use so that the sets stay together and don’t fall apart. My response is always the same — you aren’t supposed to glue it together. Its supposed to fall apart and make something else, that’s the point. If this movie can drive that fact home to all those misguided parents, then that’s great.

The characters are fun. I really like Emmet, the unexpected hero. And I love Wild Style, although she could have been a little bit more of her own girl rather than having to cling to her boyfriend — Batman. Batman was just perfect. The only portrayal of Batman that I like better was the 90’s cartoon version. Bad Cop / Good Cop was awesome! UniKitty manically cute. Vitruvius is Morgan Freeman — nuf said! And Lord Business was everything an evil overlord should be. Oh and Benny, I love Benny. Spaceship!!!

Now when I saw the trailers, I thought that the LEGO Movie looked like a child’s version of the Matrix, and without getting into spoiler territory — it pretty much is. And no, I don’t want to do spoilers, there’s enough reviews out there already doing that.

Are there some holes in the film? Yes, but that won’t stop me from watching it again. Like I said, the lack of a really strong female that can stand on her own was a tad buggy. The story could have been better, and there’s a section at the end that could have been left out without really hurting the movie at all — it almost might have been better without it in my opinion.

There were a ton of things I loved — nods to the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community and things that only we would get how funny or cool that they were added. One of my favorite parts, without spoiling it, is how the “Master Builders” see the LEGO world.

And no, I’m not going to breakdown the whole movie, the characters, etc. There’s already a ton of reviews out there doing that, and putting way too many spoilers in the reviews. Besides, if I do write a post with spoilers, it will be a separate post, this one is already too long. 😉

So my overall score — 9 out of 10 bricks! See it — in theaters and watch it at least twice so you can catch more of the background. You don’t need to see it in 3D, although I did all 3 times (again mostly for the figs). It doesn’t really add that much to it other than a little sense of depth. I’m not really a fan of 3D though. And if you really love LEGO like I do, get it when it comes out on DVD.

They are already talking about a second LEGO Movie, and I’ll be there at the first showing I can get to. 😀

Benny!

January 23, 2014

The LEGO Movie Benny

So Chris Miller, one of the two directors of The LEGO Movie, tweeted this picture of what Benny, the Classic Space Guy will look like in sets.

Now if your of my generation, you’ve got a few of these guys. They were known for their space logos rubbing off and for the chin strap braking. Which is exactly why Benny was made the way he was.

Of course his chin strap is thicker than the original ones and the “rubbed” off torso is printed that way. 🙂

Benny will be available in two awesome sets coming out later this year

Metal Beard’s Sea Cow
The LEGO Movie 70810

And Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship!
The LEGO Movie Benny's Spaceship 2

These sets aren’t on the cheap side, but they are both stunning and two of the best sets from this theme.

Even if you were not interested in the LEGO Movie (and who isn’t?) if you like Pirates or Classic Space then these two sets have something for you. 😉

Design the Brickworld 2011 Event Kit

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone! Although this year still has a few more days to go, some are looking towards the future — as in BrickWorld 2011. Every year BrickWorld, along with several other LEGO Conventions, has one or two event kits that are exclusive to that particular year. Normally it is designed by someone that is involved with running the convention and is not revealed until you get there. This year BrickWorld is doing something different. This year they are hosting a contest to see who can come up with the best representation of “5”

Design the Brickworld 2011 Event Kit

Brickworld is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2011, and we’re giving you the opportunity to design the convention’s event kit that reflects the theme of “Five.” What does “Five” entail? Almost anything. 5 colors in your MOC. 5 towers on your castle. 5 minifigs in your MOC. 5 cars on your layout. 5 engines on your spaceship. 5 engines on your train. So, have some fun with five of something.

Details:

-The event kit is a small commemorative model comprised of about 150 pieces.

-The parts should be currently in production so we can purchase them in bulk.

-The model is meant to be built and displayed by both children and adults, so it should not be too fragile.

-CAD entries are accepted.

-The deadline is January 31, 2011.

-Please submit a picture of your design to this discussion thread or email the picture to me (mr.bley@gmail.com) if you don’t have a Flickr account.

The winning design will be made into the event kit. You will receive a copy of the kit and be credited for its design.

Naturally I couldn’t help but throw my own hat into the ring.

BrickWorld 5a

So if you are interested in sharing your design with hundreds of people, make a model and good luck! 🙂

T’was the night before Christmas: FOL version

December 24, 2010

LEGO Snow Globe Photo Credit: Jameson Gagnepain

I found this wonderful twist on the traditional poem on the Flickr LEGO group. It was written by Sam Z aka TheBricks and was simply too cool not to share: 😀

The Night Before Christmas: Fan of LEGO

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the web,
no one was posting, not even a thread;
The MOCs were arranged in the display case with care,
In hopes that new sets would soon be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Duplo danced in their heads;
And Mamma with her dio, and I with my vig,
Had just settled down to build a thingamajig,
When out from the brick room, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the floor to see what was the matter.
Away to the brick room I flew like a flash,
As the silence was broken by a second crash.
(I had just built this really cool set,
But hadn’t taken pictures yet),
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
Built by a little man, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,
BUT HE TORE APART MY SETS TO BUILD IT!
THAT STUPID SANTA IS SUCH A NITWIT!
My mech! My spaceship! My scale Titantic!
My heart raced and I became frantic,
“Get of here, Santa.Get out of here now,
Or I swear that I’ll kill you some way…somehow!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount up to the sky,
So out of the room Santa did fly,
Leaving me to hold my scattered parts and cry,
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof,
As I gathered my ruined creations,
I saw one of Nick’s fabrications,
It was covered in cheese slopes and 1×2 grills
(I have to admit, this guy had skills),
Gears ran inside, with axels and pins,
So I grabbed the lever and gave it a spin,
It opened up with details inside,
And hundreds of NPU’s I spied,
(Like TLC rifles used in weird ways:
E.g. minifig headgear, and ties on railways),
It was covered in rare colors like Dk tan and old bley,
And trans bricks I didn’t even know were made,
Then I called Santa back to where I sat,
“Hey Santa” I said, “let’s chat.”
He was a good builder, and a kind looking elf,
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Made me realize I didn’t want him dead.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And rebuilt my sets with clicks and a smirk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He gave me some really cool stuff,
The Death Star alone was enough!
And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Brickmas, everyone!
-TheBricks, Dec. 2010

Thank you to Jameson for the photo and TheBricks for the poem.
Merry Brickmas to all and to all a good night! 🙂

Damn Eco-pirates…

September 9, 2010

Damn Eco-pirates...

.stole all the tofu and moc leather, made me sign a freakin’ partition, and before leaving they covered my view screen in “save the Jovian Whale” stickers…bastards!

Karf Oohlu’s newest creation is innovative for two reasons:

1. He used a tree to build a spaceship.
2. He used the new dice element as the body of the spaceship.

Although this is a fairly simple model, seeing it just made me smile. Who would have thought to use such non-spacey elements to make such a fun model. 🙂

The Subacorr

September 2, 2010

The Subacorr

Jeff Cross shows us that even failed LEGO lines like Galidor can have some useful pieces in them. This smooth and sleek spacecraft looks both aquatic and space worthy at the same time.

Back

We can even see the pilot Jezza Thark with his captured brain slug bounty.
Cargo Hold

Although he’s been on Flickr for a while Jeff is new to me. But after looking at some of his work I’ll definitely be checking him out more in the future. Great job Jeff!