The LEGO Movie Misses Out On Oscar Nomination

The-Lego-Movie-Logo-Small

We are reluctant to use the word snub, but we were certainly surprised this morning to discover that The LEGO Movie has missed out on an Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. If the reaction we have seen online is anything to go by, then we aren’t the only ones who think it should have been included. We wanted to break down the points, both for and against, in a little more detail.

Note: There are spoilers for The LEGO Movie below.

Pro: Critical Reception

Currently on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes The LEGO Movie is the 2nd best movie of 2014. It has a 96% Fresh rating with only 9 negative Critic reviews. On raw numbers The LEGO Movie should be a top contender for awards. Here is what Rotten Tomatoes has as the Critics Consensus;

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.

Emphasis added.

Con: Branding

This one probably counts as a major blow against the film. We strongly suspect that a lot of voters could not look at the movie as anything other than a 2 hour toy commercial. As a LEGO blog we are keenly aware that LEGO used the movie to sell products, but we also appreciate the movie for the story as well.

As for being nothing more than a toy commercial – is a film that is aggressively merchandised better than one based on an existing brand? The toy sections were flooded with Big Hero 6 toys in the lead-up to Christmas, and there were plenty of How To Train Your Dragon 2 toys released as well.

Pro: The Animation

We felt that The LEGO Movie was incredibly well animated. As LEGO fans the attention to detail was absolutely outstanding.

LEGO Movie Trailer Still

Check out that screenshot from the trailer above. That looks like something really built out of LEGO. The way they used the real range of bricks to create the film’s environment was something unique.

Con: The Animation

In terms of movies that beat out The LEGO Movie there is one nominee that use real stop-motion and another that is hand-drawn. Some of the voters may have felt that The LEGO Movie’s digital stop-motion style was cheating. We find it hard to give this reasoning a lot of merit – the animation on The LEGO Movie was no less impressive than Big Hero 6 or How To Train Your Dragon 2 (both of which were also fully computer animated).

Pro: The Story

When reading about The LEGO Movie missing out this morning we spotted one criticism popping up on other news sites – the movie is just jokes and lacks any substance. Having seen the movie a few times we can’t help but wonder if those people watched it all the way through. Some people seem to get caught up in the frenzied action of the film and miss the core message – play.

The LEGO Movie Screenshot

 

Our favourite scene in the movie is when Will Ferrell’s character looks over the incredible things his son has built. To us the movie isn’t screaming “buy LEGO”, it’s message is more fundamental than that – play with your kids.

Con: The Story

The emotional ending to the LEGO Movie takes place in live action sequences, and that may be a very simple reason why The LEGO Movie didn’t quite make the cut in a year with a strong field of contenders.

Conclusion

The LEGO Movie may not be nominated for an Oscar, but that doesn’t detract anything from what is in our opinion a great film. We will continue to enjoy it for years to come.

First Ever Bundaberg Brick Event This Weekend

Brick Events continues it’s great tradition of spreading the LEGO event excitement outside of Brisbane. The latest event on their schedule is the Bundaberg Brick Event, which is taking place for the first time this weekend.

The show will be held at the Bundaberg Civic Centre and showcase creations from QLUG members.

Bundaberg_Event_Banner

Tickets start at $10 for adults or $5 for children.

You can find out more about the event on the Brick Events Facebook page, or via the event page linked below.

On Sale: Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price On City Sets At Toys R Us

It’s been a slightly slow start to 2015 in terms of LEGO sales, but we do have a new offer from Toys R Us.

From Thursday 15th January 2015 through until Tuesday 3rd February Toys R Us are offering buy one, get one half price on all LEGO City products.

Toys R Us City B1G1 Half Price

 

We don’t know if Toys R Us stores are stocking any of the 2015 City sets yet, but fingers crossed they show up during the sales period.

You can check out the catalogue here

Clarification Of 71016 Kwik-E-Mart News

Kwik-E-Mart Thumb

There were some strong opinions regarding our previous post about 71016 Kwik-E-Mart, and we thought it would be a good idea to clarify our position and address some of the criticisms.

The image provided may be fake

This is entirely possible, but unfortunately not something we are in a position to check; LEGO won’t confirm if that is an official leak. We should have made it more clear in the original article that this was a possibility. Even if this is a legitimate leak, the image is clearly marked as “preliminary”. These preliminary images very rarely represent the final complete model, but do give a sense of the overall concept of a model.

It doesn’t look very good

A considerable amount of the feedback that we have read simply says that this set does not look very good. Some even saying that there is no way it could be a real model based on it’s appearance. The Kwik-E-Mart is not a visually impressive structure in the show; it is drawn to be an average convenience store. The pictured set ticks off all of the features we can expect in the final model: glass doors, Kwik-E-Mart sign, brown angled roof, payphones.

KvikEMart

We strongly suspect that the final model is going to look quite bland from the outside. This is actually a common criticism levelled at The Simpsons House set too. A lot of the appeal of The Simpsons House was it’s internal play features. Until we get final details we simply don’t know how good this set is.

Way too expensive

Unfortunately due to the way we worded the original article some people didn’t notice the most interesting part of the leak; $349.99 released in August/September. Those who did notice the price think that this is too high. It would appear however that this information is correct. Based on our previous post a Toys R Us employee confirmed that their system has a set called “Simpson’s 2015″ priced at $329.99 and released in August.

That is a LEGO Ideas submission

After posting a few people sent us a link to this LEGO Ideas submission; https://ideas.lego.com/projects/58196

It would appear that the image in our previous article does match this one. It seems strange that LEGO would be using an Ideas image as the preliminary image for a set, but we don’t believe it to be outside the realm of possibility. If the LEGO Ideas image is close enough to the final model it would save time to use it. The other possibility is that the document was produced by a LEGO representative, and didn’t come from LEGO themselves. A LEGO rep could very easily have come across the Ideas submission and believed it close enough to show to retail clients.

What we do know

While the image we posted may be fake, there are a few points we can be reasonably confident of

  • The next LEGO Simpsons set will be the Kwik-E-Mart
  • It should appear at retail in August/September
  • The price will most likely be $329.99 – $349.99

Possible Leaked Details Of 71016 Kwik-E-Mart

We just spotted this image on Facebook, and asked if we could share this with our readers.

Update: We have changed the title of this article to more accurately reflect the details of the leak. See this post for further clarification.

Kwik E Mart

This is a preliminary image, which can be different from the final production model. UPDATE: The image appears to come from a LEGO Ideas submission, and is likely just a placeholder.

As for the price – this does seem quite high based on the picture we can see here, however this could be the New Zealand price. As an example 75060 Slave I is $349.99 in New Zealand and only $299.99 in Australia.
UPDATE: According to a Toys R Us employee, this set is listed in their system at $329.99.

As more information becomes available about this set we will be sure to post it.

Thanks to Mark H for allowing us to share this image.

2015 City Sets In Stock And Reduced At Shopforme

60072 Small

A selection of new 2015 City sets are now available at Australian LEGO retailer Shopforme, and they are all 20% off.

We suspect this is a limited offer, so if you want to get some of the latest City sets at a good price you may want to get in quickly.

Via Shopforme.com.au

Will The LEGO Movie 2 Be About The Dark Ages?

The-Lego-Movie-Logo-Small

Empire Magazine in the US have done a large spread on The LEGO Movie, including an interview with the directors of the first film Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The full article isn’t accessible online but there is a snippet of the interview; and it may give us a huge hint about the plot of the sequel.

Warning: There are spoilers for the first movie past this point

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

BIG_W_LOGO_CIRCLE_Small

It seems that most of the retailers are turning their attentions to “Back To School” and as a result the LEGO sales are hard to come by.

Hopefully these offers from Big W are the first of many for 2015.

This sale runs from Thursday 8th January 2015 until Wednesday 14th January.

You can view the catalogue with these offers here, or check out the specific offers below.

Set #
Set Name
Price
Full RRP
Discount
Discount %
70162Infearno Interception$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
42022Hot Rod$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
31024Roaring Power$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
75038Jedi Interceptor$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
60034Arctic Helicrane$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
60060Auto Transporter$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
60042High Speed Police Chase$15.00$19.99$4.9925%
60033Arctic Ice Crawler$15.00$19.99$4.9925%
70161Tremor Track Infiltration$23.00$29.99$6.9923%
75037Battle On Saleucami$23.00$29.99$6.9923%

Sydney Opera House And Fairground Mixer On Sale At David Jones

We have just learnt that two of the larger sets stocked at David Jones have both been reduced. This doesn’t seem to be a widespread sale; according to the website there are only two items reduced.

10234 Sydney Opera House
10234 Small
RRP: $399.99
Sale Price: $299.99
Saving: $100.00, 25%
Available in store and online.

10244 Fairground Mixer
Fairground Mixer 10244
RRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00
Saving: $50.00, 25%
Available in store only.

Thanks to Brad C for letting us know about these offers.

On Sale: $10 Off For Every $50 Spent At Myer

Myer Logo Small

We can’t find the details of this particular offer online ourselves, but the information comes from long time Bricking Around supporter Brad.

From now (2nd January 2015) through until Sunday 4th January Myer are offering $10 off for every $50 spent.

At first glance this may seem like a 20% off sale, but it does have one major difference; this is $10 off for every $50, so if you spend $80 you will still only save $10. To make the most of this deal you really need to spend as close as possible to multiples of $50.

The offer is available online and should automatically apply at checkout.