Many fans of The LEGO Batman Movie have been quite excited about the sets that have been released so far. There are also a lot of polybags to collect for the theme and some have already started to lose track of them so here’s a post to condense everything we know about them so far. I’ll continue to update this post if there are more polybags that show up.
The Mini Batmobile (30521)
There’s no word on the availability of The Mini Batmobile at this time but I’ll update this post when there’s news of it. You can check out my early review of the polybag here.
Batman in the Phantom Zone (30522)
This polybag is currently available at Target stores for $3.99 in the Valentine’s section and also in the checkout lanes at the impulse sections.
The Joker Battle Training (30523)
The availability of this polybag is unknown at this time. I’ve heard it being available at LEGOLAND and Discovery Centers but can’t confirm at this time. The only current known place to get it is on eBay.
The Mini Batwing (30524)
Disco Batman/Tears of Batman (30607)
Brickset has this polybag listed but there’s no information about it at this time. I assume it will be a summer polybag.
Kiss Kiss Tuxedo Batman (5004928)
This polybag includes a new variant of Batman on a keychain and is only currently available at an online Dutch toy shop. There’s no information on the availability for other parts of the world at this time.
Batman Battle Pod (5004929)
This polybag was a promotion in Asia with a purchase threshold. There’s no information about how it can be obtained in other parts of the world at this time.
The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack (5004930)
This polybag can be obtained at the LEGO Store from January 2-February 26. There are stickers or cutouts of variants of Batman throughout the store and you have to find them all and notify a store associate.
Ript Apparel is still churning out LEGO themed t-shirts and today they have one based on The LEGO Movie. The shirt features Benny with the caption “We Can Build A Spaceship!!!” which is a parody of the famous propaganda poster. As of this post, there are about 11 hours left to purchase it. T-shirts start at $11 and the ship date is scheduled for early next week.
Earlier today, Warner Bros. has released a new image for The LEGO Batman Movie which shows off some of his vehicles. We already know of the new Batmobile but the image also shows the classic style Batmobile. Also in the image appears to be some sort of jet, pirate ship, and a hovercraft. Whether or not these vehicles will be in a set remains to be seen but we know there will be at least 12 more sets that don’t have set names or images yet so the vehicles could be one of them.
It’s been heck of a long day but it’s time to relax and do some posts on what’s been going on in the LEGO world the past half day or so. The LEGO Batman Movie forums over on Eurobricks has been pretty active with talks about some of the rumored sets that will be released in conjunction with the movie.
We already know about the two sets that were revealed during San Diego Comic Con with The Batmobile (70905) and The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906) which are the medium-sized sets in the wave.
CM4Sci has revealed Catwoman’s Cycle (70901) which retails for $19.99 and includes minifigures of Batgirl, Robin, and Catwoman. The build includes Catwoman’s bike and a jewelry store front. It’s also mentioned that this is not the smallest set in the wave.
There’s also rumored set called The Scuttler. Some of the minifigures that are mentioned in that set include Poison Ivy with a plant monster, Batman with a jetpack, Robin, Barbara, and Commissioner Gordon in Gala outfits and a spirit. The Scuttler itself is sort of a mech shaped like a bat and walking on its limbs.
As with any rumors, take this info with some caution but they can most likely be true considering CM4sci’s track record. I’ve also reported on some other The LEGO Batman Movie rumors last month if you want to check those out as well.
Late night news coming out of Deadline.com is that The LEGO Movie 2 has been pushed back to February 2, 2019. This is the second time the sequel to the highly popular movie has been pushed back with the original release date of May 26, 2017, then to May 18, 2018. There was no reason why Warner Bros. decided to move the movie back along with a couple of other ones but we still have The LEGO Batman Movie and the LEGO Ninjago movie to look forward to in 2017.
Ript Apparel has released a new LEGO shirt design today featuring The LEGO Movie’s Benny. The shirt is called “A Spaceship Odyssey” which is a play off the classic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It will be available for 24 hours and pricing starts at $11 for the regular t-shirts.
Yesterday, I was invited as part of the press to LEGOLAND California for the premiere of The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure which will be opening to the public on February 6th. When I got there, we checked in at the front gate and was whisked in shortly after. There was a whole red carpet set up where kids and adults were able to take pictures with some of the main characters from The LEGO Movie like Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, and Unikitty. There I also ran into my friend Mariann from Model Building Secrets who was also doing her coverage of the event. After the red carpet, there was food stands set up where we could grab what ever we wanted to snack on.
As for the 4D Adventure itself, it is new attraction the 425-seat theater that incorporates effects like wind, rain, and fog to what you see on the screen. The story is pretty neat as the main characters end up in a mysterious theme park called Brick World which is ran by Lord Business’ brother, Risky Business, who voiced by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt. From what I saw, both kids and adults were digging the 12 1/2-minute film as it was very enjoyable throughout.
After the film, there was a post-screening Q&A which had The LEGO Group’s vice president of licensing and entertainment and producer of The LEGO Movie Jill Wilfert and Joshua Wexler from Pure Imagination Studios as the guests. Wilfert gave fans some details of what LEGO projects we can expect in the future including The LEGO Batman Movie, the LEGO Ninjago Movie, The LEGO Movie Sequel, and a Star Wars related project that they’re working on. If you follow this blog, you would know that it is the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures which was announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair last week.
Again The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure opens this Saturday, February 6 at LEGOLAND California. Check out the official press release as well as the trailer and some image that were taken at the red carpet event from last night below.
Teamwork Made Everything Awesome During
Making of ‘The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure’
Action-Packed LEGOLAND® California Attraction Paired Merlin Entertainments, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and LEGO® to Develop Hilarious New Story Starring Emmet and His Master Builder Friends
Carlsbad, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!
That lyric from “The LEGO® Movie™” signature song perfectly sums up the collaborative approach it took to bring Emmet and his friends back in a brand-new, theatrical attraction appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers in 2016.
The challenge was how to follow a blockbuster film that charmed fans all over the globe with a critically acclaimed mix of humor, heart, action and adventure.
For Rob Schrab, who directed and co-wrote the attraction and is set to make his feature film directorial debut on “The LEGO® Movie™ Sequel” for Warner Bros., the attraction represented an opportunity to explore the movie’s sprawling LEGO® universe in a new yet familiar way.
“This is the story of our gang letting off some steam between films,” he said. “The humor and tone is very similar to ‘The LEGO® Movie™.’ ”
To create the attraction’s visuals, nearly 200 artists and technicians at Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios supplied their expertise in crafting cutting-edge 3D computer animation while maintaining the movie’s carefully rendered “built with LEGO®” look. Consulting on every step of the process were Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writer-directors who brought “The LEGO® Movie™” to the big screen, along with producer Dan Lin.
“[Phil, Chris and Dan] were involved from the beginning,” Pure Imagination’s Joshua Wexler explained, “from the story process to the look. We received assets from the animation studio that did the first movie, so we got the actual models used for Emmet and Wyldstyle. We had to re-create that look ourselves but we had an amazing body of work to study.”
It all started with the iconic LEGO brick and a virtual building program LEGO offers online for free.
“Everything [in the attraction] is actually built out of brick,” he added. “Every element is a real element used in actual LEGO toy making. We usually build everything in LEGO Digital Designer and then export that into our 3D software.”
Actor-writer Nick Offerman, who returned to voice MetalBeard, the towering pirate made of more than 200 LEGO pieces, said his affinity for the role has its roots in childhood.
“I sincerely love voicing MetalBeard for the LEGO projects,” he said, “as it reminds me of the animated characters of my youth, like Popeye and Grape Ape and ‘The Flintstones.’ ”
Schrab said the experience of making the attraction was a great opportunity to work not only with old friends but new collaborators.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Nick Offerman on ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and Allison Brie on ‘Community,’ so it was like hanging out with my buds. Those two are way fun,” he said. “Elizabeth [Banks] and Charlie [Day] are solid talents, and brought the goods. I make it a point to trust actors with their characters and not restrict them. They were up for anything – I can’t wait to work with everyone again on ‘The LEGO® Movie™ Sequel.’ ”
In creating the attraction’s new villain, Risky Business, brother of President Business in “The LEGO® Movie™,” the filmmakers needed someone who presented a real but comical threat to Emmet and friends.
To supply Risky’s unique mix of arrogance and frustration, Schrab turned to actor, comedian, author and film buff Patton Oswalt.
“Patton is a friend,” Schrab said, “and so talented, and we’re very lucky to have him.”
To develop the attraction, LEGOLAND parent company Merlin Entertainments Group worked closely with LEGO and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to ensure that this “new adventure” met the high standards of its motion picture predecessor while delivering an exciting, multisensory experience for LEGOLAND guests.
“No matter where you go, kids adore Emmet and the other characters so it was critically important that we stay faithful to the tone and style of ‘The LEGO® Movie™,’ ” said Paul Harvey, global marketing director for LEGOLAND Parks. “By working hand in hand with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, LEGO and Pure Imagination, we’ve created a fun experience that puts the Master Builders in a new predicament but with the same humor and action that made the movie such a hit.”
Now open at LEGOLAND California Resort, “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” had its world premiere Jan. 28 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL, and will be seen soon at all other LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide in 2016.
In addition to “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” which opens May 18, 2018, two more LEGO feature films are on the way from Warner Bros.: the as-yet-untitled LEGO Batman™ movie opens Feb. 10, 2017 and “NINJAGO” is set to debut Sept. 22, 2017.