With the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, it was only a matter of time before my family and I caught its highly anticipated sequel on the big screen, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. I went into this movie blind–having made it a practice to (as much as possible) not watch any featured film’s promos leading up to its release–but had an inkling that it may not have the same kind of cultural impact that made its predecessor an overwhelming success.
Well, don’t worry, I’m not going to give anything substantial away.
But I will say this much, from the amount of mini figures at appeared on the big screen, I could almost imagine the powers that be over at Lego and DC Comics locking arms and literally doing the dance of joy. It was after all an instant merchandise bonanza and commercial success.
In the Lego Batman movie, Lego Batman has loads of Batsuit mini figures that is sure (you can take that to the bank) to be released sometime this year. And the Condiment King! I can’t wait for that one. But I digress, my point here is that under different circumstances, I would be a staunch opposed to variant Batmans. But somehow, this marketing gimmick seems to work in the Lego world.
With all this in mind, I decided to take a dip and purchase some of the Lego Batman Movie sets such as the Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901) and the Clayface Splat Attack (70904). It seems that everything is falling under the attack category these days. But seriously speaking, these are two of the cooler (pun intended) sets out there as they come with deluxe Lego figures in Mr. Freeze and Clayface.
Here is a time-lapse video of working on Clayface, Lego Batman, and Mayor McCaskill this afternoon. The whole thing took an estimated 1 hour and 28 minutes to complete.
The Lego Batman Movie: Clayface Splat Attack set comes with the aforementioned–and highly posable–Clayface figure (with interchangeable clay hammer arm); Lego Batman (with Batarang); and Mayor “Mariah Carey” McCaskill (with walkie-talkie).
Put together the last of the Lego Movie polybags that I picked up in Megamall last week: The 40-piece Super Secret Police Enforcer set (30282-1).
The polybag features a Helmeted Robo SWAT figure (which I think would go quite nicely with another Robo SWAT figure standing beside it as they flank the The Lego Movie’s Bad Cop–or Good Cop or Scribblr-Face Good Cop depending on what head you have on.) and his flying vehicle.
The whole thing took about 15 minutes to complete.
As luck would have it, we were able to make the scheduled Lego Mini Model Build over at the Lego Certified Store in Alabang Town Center yesterday.
This month’s mystery build was the Narwhal Brickset (40239-1). I served as my son’s assistant on this one and once it was completed, it actually came out pretty cool. The Narwhal features three points of articulation (flippers and tail).
If you ever do get a chance to put this together, take note that it’s “tusk” can detach easily so it may be best to remove it upon transport.
My son made me temporary custodian of the Lego Narwhal so I was able to make it my featured post for today.
Took a short break from my review to put together one of the Lego Movie polybags that I picked up last week in Megamall: The Piece of Resistance (30280-1).
The polybag features Emmet Brickowski, the main protagonist of The LEGO Movie (2014), and several other pieces. To be honest, it’s some sort of base–but I have yet to see its relevance.
Anyway, what’s cool about this version of Emmet is that he is somewhat different from his Lego Minifigure Series counterpart. He comes with hair instead of a red construction hat, a coffee mug, and a back harness.
Well, that took 10 minutes. Now it’s time to go back to work.
Today was the last day of the 4-day Lego Brick-Amazing Sale over at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall and if you had a chance to drop on any of the days–you would have surely come away with something. I had seen first-day posts online and was hopefully that the set I had wanted (the Lego Super Hero Airport Battle ) would still be available.
Sadly, that particular Captain America: Civil War set flew off the cloth draped foldable tables by the time I got there last Friday afternoon. It wasn’t a total loss though as I was able to score a Belkin iPhone 6 Plus Lego Builder Case, Lego Valentine’s Day Dinner (40120-1), and a couple of The Lego Movie Polybags for a fraction of their local retail value.
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA Arena) where I decided to take the Lego Builder case for a test run. It seemed fine at first–then I started to notice some peeling from the Belkin case’s base. I likened the situation to pulling a sheet of paper from a notepad. By halftime of the Phoenix Fuel Masters and Star Hotshots game, I had to retire the case for good. It was so brittle that the entire left side (pictured above) was completely detached by the time I reached home. I attributed the defect to a possible storage issue or even the age of the item.
Needing a replacement, I went back to Megamall today and the person assigned to me gave me credit for the Belkin case. It turns out that they were no longer selling the item as other units were tucked away in the back of the counter. I can only surmise that I wasn’t the only one who was unhappy with the product.
That said, I came away with the last Lego Classic Creative box (10702) that they had, Lego Painting Easter Eggs (40121) and Trick or Treat (40122) sets, and a couple of more The Lego Movie Polybags to help the organizer’s UNICEF donations towards building a center for disabled children.