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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a wonderful LEGO animated series for children, the family and Star Wars fans who are young at heart.  Fun, adventurous and action-packed, if you love LEGO and love “Star Wars”, then this Blu-ray release is definitely worth owning!

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TITLE: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One

FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: (Episodes 1-13) 299 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio), English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Disney

RATED: TV Y7 FV

Release Date: December 6, 2016


Created by Bill Motz and Bob Roth

Developed by Carrie Beck, Jack Blais, Leland Chee, Keith Malone, John McCormack

Directed by Michael Hegner, Jens Moller, Martin Skov, Frederik Budolph-Larsen, Per Risager

Written by George Lucas, Danielle Witz, James W. Bates, John Behnke, Russ Carney, Ron Corcillo, David Shayne

Producer:Carrie Beck, Jake Blais, Jason Cosler, Irene Sparre Hjorthoj

Executive Producer: Torsten Jacobsen, Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Jill Wilfert, Erik Willstrup

Co-Producer: Vicky Kjaer Jensen, Jacqueline Lopez

Music by Michael Kramer

Edited by Henrik Bech, Kristian Haskjold, Emma Hjulmand Nielsen, Lars Wissing

Art Direction by Mad Tuxen, Jonas Ussing


Starring:

Vanessa Lengies as Kordi

Grey DeLisle as Naare

Nicolas Cantu as Rowan

Matthew Wood as Roger

Eugene Byrd as Zander

Trevor Devall as Emperor

Matt Sloan as Darth Vader

Dana Snyder as Graballa

James Patrick Stuart as Dengar

John DiMaggio as Baash

Danny Jacobs as Raam

Jeff Bennett as Commander Plumestriker

Thomas Lennon as Wick Cooper

Greg Baldwin as Furlac

Richard Kind as Durbin

Kevin Michael Richardson as Jabba

Michal Daingerfield as Han Solo

Julie Dolan as Leia


 Taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, these new adventures follow a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from battle debris strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber –he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. The Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters and discover the strength of family. Relive all 13 action-packed episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One.


In June 2016, Disney XD unveiled the latest LEGO Star Wars animation titled “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”.

A 13-episode series that was created by Bill Motz (“Swindle”, “The Penguins of Madagascar”, “Rufus”) and Bob Roth (“The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride”, “Mickey’s Twince Upon a Christmas”, “Aladdin: The Return of Jafar”).

And now the first season will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Disney.

Taking place between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”, the series revolves around the Freemaker family which include Kordi, Zander and their younger brother Rowan along with their droid Roger.

The four work in the salvage business and try to salvage parts from destroyed or damaged ships.

But when the two get caught in a battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, young Rowan discovers an ancient artifact known as the Kyber Saber.

He is immediately found by Naare, a mysterious force-wielder who recognizes that Rowan has a connection to the Force and has the ability to find the artifacts needed to create the Kyber Saber (which was separated into pieces to keep it away from evil hands).  Which both Darth Vader and Darth Sidious are trying to find.

As the Freemakers team up with Naare, thinking she’s a good jedi, the truth is that she is a sith sent by the Emperor to use Rowan to find the artifacts needed to put the Kyber Saber together.  And giving Rowan an idea that he has the potential to become a jedi.

And as the Freemakers travel throughout the galaxy to find the artifacts, they run into a few familiar faces such as Lando, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and more.


VIDEO:

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).   The animation is fantastic and the detail for the space craft and characters are well-done.  The animation is colorful and detailed for a LEGO Star Wars series and there is no doubt improvement seen in the animation of the characters, especially when comparing to past LEGO Star Wars animated series.

I did not notice any artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of each episode.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” is presented in English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, and also French Dolby Digital 2.0 with subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish.

While dialogue is crystal clear, as with its musical score and light saber sound effects and action sequences utilizing the surround channels, it would have been awesome to have a lossless soundtrack for the Blu-ray release.  But for the most part, audio is crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” comes with the following special features:

  • The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family – (2:18) Featuring the voice talent of “Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”.
  • Freemaker Salvage and Repair – (1:00) The Freemaker Salvage and Repair commercial.

EXTRAS:

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Complete Season One” comes with a slipcover, six exclusive magnets and a DisneyMovieRewards code.


With the latest “LEGO Star Wars” animated series, “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a series that will no doubt appeal to children thanks to its young protagonist but also appeal to Star Wars fans who will be happy to see familiar faces and vehicles from the “Star Wars” films in this series.

The series revolves around the Freemaker family which consists of Kordi Freemaker, the protective sister; Zander Freemaker, the eldest brother and mechanic who specializes in creating new ships and devices from leftover components and their younger brother Rowan, a 12-year-old force-sensitive boy who doesn’t really listen to his siblings and often gets into trouble.

With the Galactic Empire in search of the Kyber Saber, they have a sith named Naare infiltrate the Freemaker family and to make Rowan think he’s a jedi with potential and that she is a jedi that sees that he is force-sensive and wants to train him.  But in truth, she is using his force-sensitive power to find the artifacts to rebuild the Kyber Saber.

And as the Freemakers look for the crystal artifacts, through their adventures they will run into characters such as Jabba the hutt, Boba Fett, Dengar, Baash, Raam, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Admiral Ackbar, Jek-14 (from “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles”) and more.

And for comedy relief, the series introduces us to Jabba the Hutt’s jealous cousin, Graballa the Hut and under his employ is the bounty hunter, Dengar.

The CG animation for this series is fantastic and close up shows wonderful detail, plastic sheen and for the most part, the animation looks great!  And because of how the characters are designed, it really does a great job of attracting children to the “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” toy sets.  The Blu-ray release comes with a few special features, but you do get six exclusive magnets included.

Overall, “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” is a wonderful LEGO animated series for children, the family and Star Wars fans who are young at heart.  Fun, adventurous and action-packed, if you love LEGO and love “Star Wars”, then this Blu-ray release is definitely worth owning!

 

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life in plastic: LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES ANT-MAN (#76309) Review

December 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Whether you are a fan of the “ANT-MAN” film or a LEGO collector who is often looking for unique sets or exclusive figures, or someone budget conscious and is wanting a LEGO set that is more bang for the buck, all will love this set! “LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES ANT-MAN” is recommended!


LEGO SET: MARVEL SUPER HEROES ANT-MAN

ITEM #: 76309

PIECES: 183

PRICE: $19.99

AGES: 6-12


THE REVIEW:

When it comes to LEGO Marvel Superheroes properties, typically you often see a release of several sets to promote a film. From “The Avengers”, “Iron Man” and “Guardian of the Galaxy” films, there have been a few sets released prior or after a film’s release. But for Marvel’s “ANT-MAN”, there was only one release for the film. And if this will be the only LEGO “Ant-Man” release, there are numerous things to get excited about this set.

For one, you get a total of three LEGO minifigures which includes a Scott Lang/Ant-Man minifigure, a Dr. Hank Pym/Original Ant-Man minifigure and a Darren Cross/Yellowjacket minifigure.

Second, you get a large ant and activity scene with two mini-ants and third, you are paying only $19.99 for the entire set which is an amazing value for a LEGO Marvel Superheroes set.

So, let’s take a look at the LEGO minifigures first.

One of the first thing’ you’ll notice is that all three minifigures feature printing on both front and rear sides of their costume.

In addition, each of the characters heads have double printing as well, showing a happier side and angrier (or fearful side).

For Yellowjacket, included is an all black head, if you do not want his face showing through his helmet.

Yellowjacket’s primary suit armor is nicely done, but it does make the minifigure a little harder to balance, so I have him standing on the launch lever that comes with the unit.

But for the most part, I am happy with the three exclusive minifigures. But if one more figure of Hope van Dyne was included, to me, that would have made this a perfect set. But the fact that you get three minifigures included in a $19.99 set is an excellent value already.

Of course, the best thing of this set that captivated me was the Ant.

While arachnid LEGO vehicles have been made in previous sets, this ant is built from creating three sections as shown in the manual and what I loved are the two plastic wings included. The ant, after you put it together, looks quite awesome! And either Ant-Man can ride on top of it.

Included is a LEGO activity piece (trying to show LEGO pieces in miniature format, but of course, enlarged for the playset). The screws can be attached to the lever and launched at an enemy.

Stickers are included to put on top of the LEGO pieces and on the screws. While many AFOLs do not like stickers, I felt this set was the exception and was needed.

And last, a comic book is included with this set, although it doesn’t showcase LEGO Ant-Man, it does feature LEGO Ultimate Spider-Man.

Overall, the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Ant-Man set is a wonderful set because you get three figures, a huge ant and a playset which would usually drive the price up to $24.99, but instead, it’s being offered for $19.99.

Whether you are a fan of the “ANT-MAN” film or a LEGO collector who is often looking for unique sets or exclusive figures, or someone budget conscious and is wanting a LEGO set that is more bang for the buck, all will love this set!

“LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES ANT-MAN” is recommended!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO IDEAS #10: THE BIG BANG THEORY (a J!-ENT LEGO Review)

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For fans of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”, a LEGO Set featuring the characters and the living room is nothing less than AWESOME!


LEGO SET: LEGO IDEAS #10: THE BIG BANG THEORY

ITEM #: 21302

PIECES: 484

PRICE: $59.99

AGES: 12+


THE REVIEW:

There are a few instances where LEGO takes on an idea and makes it a retail reality. Such is the case for two TV series in 2015 with the LEGO IDEAS releases of “THE BIG BANG THEORY” and “DR. WHO”.

As a fan of the “THE BIG BANG THEORY”, I was highly anticipating this LEGO set, not because I love the geek culture and have similar interests to the characters on the show, but I feel it was quite awesome to have a set featuring the main characters of the series and building their living room, where the gang is usually sitting around and eating. So, suffice to say, I wanted this set badly!

The set is the brainchild of Alatariel (Ellen Kooijman, a real-life scientist from Sweden, who is also best known for creating the LEGO Ideas Research Institute #21110) and Glen Bricker (Glen Wadleigh, a real-life programmer/engineer of the U.S.A.). Ellen who built her own set for the fun of it and Glen who asked her to submit her creation (and worked on the development of the minifigures) on the LEGO IDEAS set, their “THE BIG BANG THEORY” submission immediately received the 10,000 votes needed for consideration by LEGO.

And it was great that LEGO approved of this set because the TV series is not exactly well-known worldwide, but I’m glad they did, because it’s one of my favorite LEGO IDEAS releases.
Once opening the box, you can see how special this set is by its thick booklet and its many LEGO bricks and pieces.

The set consists of seven LEGO minifigures of Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Amy, Raj, Howard and Bernadette. And you also get Raj’s little dog, Cinnamon.

The LEGO minifigures feature printing on their shirts/sweaters for both sides. Their heads also feature printing on the front and back, if you want to showcase a happy or smirky/angry face for the characters.

But people wanting size differences between the characters, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed Bernadette with children’s legs. But for the most part, I really like the figures.

I like how Sheldon’s Flash and Leonard’s Green Lantern shirts made it into the set. I like the details that went into Bernadette’s pants, the belt buckle for Howard and for the most part, the minifigures are quite cool.

The set takes about 2-3 hours to build, but I recommend separating the pieces by color in order to find them quickly.

But the set is really well-done. While pieces from the series are evident, such as the living room, the bookshelves, etc., for those wanting absolute duplication of what they see in the TV series, may be upset that there are differences.

I wasn’t too disappointed by this because you’re not going to get everything to look exactly the same in a LEGO set, especially for its $59.99 price point.

You do get the telescope, the white board, DNA display models, the little figures, globe, crystal ball, the green lantern decorative lantern and rockets in the back, you get a laptop and some wall decoration, so for its piece count and price, everything was just right.

The white-board on the right of the door is there, the light fixture on the left of the bookshelf is there. While for the stickers on the door and picture frame on the wall, they are OK, but work. I’m not expecting LEGO to feature Rock’ ‘em Sock ‘em robots as a sticker Love the Chinese food on the table, the color of the couch and the chair.

Also, there were extra utensils, plates, markers (or lipstick) for the white board included, and there were quite a bit of extra parts included a well.

In terms of LEGO bricks and pieces, there are nothing specially unique, but at the same time, it works well for this set and as mentioned, you get a lot of extra pieces, to put in your parts case.

Overall, it all comes down to if you are a big fan of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”. Many of you are, many of you aren’t. And it all comes down to if the $60 is within your budget.

As a fan of the TV series and the fact that I supported the original LEGO creation via LEGO IDEAS, I definitely recommend this LEGO set!

RATING: **** (4 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: Purchasing Your First LEGO Modular Building

December 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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For LEGO fans, especially AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) and TFOL (Teen Fans of LEGO), the LEGO modular building sets are among the most anticipated, most wanted sets released once a year. Often priced at over $150 with over 2,000 desirable pieces, many love these sets because of their functionality (you can connect them to form streets of neighborhoods and if you have the space in your home, create actual cities) and each floor has its level of playability.

The first LEGO modular was the Cafe Corner (set #10182), designed by LEGO designer Jamie Berard, the corner building was released in 2007, suffice to say, unless you were a collector at that time and were willing to invest that much money in a building, it’s one of the most expensive LEGO modular buildings to get in the market, as boxed, unopened versions tend to go for over $2,000. It comes with three minifigures and no interior details.

Later that year, LEGO released Market Street (set #10190) designed by Dutch LEGO fan Eric Brok. This set featured the least amount of pieces, it included three minifigures and instead of recommended for people age 16 and older, this was for people 10 and up. It’s also a modular set that features LEGO FACTORY on the box.

By 2008, LEGO went back to making the modular for age 16 and up. Titled Green Grocer (Set #10185) designed by LEGO designer Jamie Berard, the set is one of the most popular modular series build and attracted collectors because of its grocery LEGO parts and was the first to feature props inside the building instead of the bare interiors the last two had. The set comes with four minifigures.

By 2009, LEGO released Fire Brigade (Set #10197) designed by Jamie Berard and utilized a 1930’s style of building, came with four minifigures and a fire-dog, and also was the first modular building to come with a vehicle (a ‘30s fire truck).

In 2010, the fifth set would be the Grand Emporium (Set #10211) which would be the first department store that would include seven minifigures, an escalator, dressing rooms and more. This set like Cafe Corner is a corner building.

In 2011, LEGO released Pet Shop which is the first LEGO modular that is made of two buildings and pins that allow the buildings to open up. The set comes with four minifigures, two parrots and a fish tank with goldfish. The building has a pet shop and a brown town house. The set is the oldest modular that is still available on LEGO’s online shop.

In 2012, LEGO released their seventh set titled Town Hall (set #10224) and is the largest modular set so far. Featuring eigth minifigures, the building contains a working elevator, balconies but to LEGO fans chagrin, LEGO discontinued the set two years later.

In 2013, LEGO released the Palace Cinema, the third corner building and the eight modular set. It’s also the first set to feature the LEGO Creator Expert on the box and has two floors and includes a vehicle. It’s also the first to have stickers in order to put the movie banners on the windows. The set is still available on LEGO’s online shop.

In 2014, LEGO released Parisian Restaurant (set #10243)and has 2,469 pieces. The restaurant has a kitchen with tableware, pull-down bed, fireplace, an artist studio , diner and more. The set is still available on LEGO’s online shop.

In 2015, LEGO released their tenth modular building titled The Detective’s Office (set #10246) features the office plus an apartment. It is the only modular to have two buildings utilizing the same baseplate and comes with six minifigures. The set is available on LEGO’s online shop.

And on New Year’s Day of 2016, LEGO will be releasing the Brick Bank (set #10251). This is the fourth corner building but is the first bank which includes a bank, secretary office, bank manager’s office, a laundromat and five minifigures.

For its price and piece count, I know that the modular sets are not the easiest for some people. In fact, the most difficult is when you are missing a part (which LEGO will quickly replace). But of all the LEGO sets that I have found satisfying and absolutely loved for its challenges are the modular sets. And if I had to purchase one set a year, hands down, it would be the LEGO modular sets.

For the AFOL or TFOL, they are highly recommended!

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LEGO: I Love That Minifigure (a J!-ENT Book Review)

November 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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BOOK: I Love That Minifigure

AUTHORS: Jonathan Green

Price: $19.95

Company: DK Children

Availability: Available Now | 5-9

Hardcover: 208 Pages

Release Date: October 6, 2015


For children or the young at heart (AFOL’s like myself), DK has released wonderful books on the history of LEGO minifigures.

Two that I recommend are the “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and for those who love those hard to find, mystery bags, there is the “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” (note: the type distinction between MINIFIGURE and the mystery bagged versions as minifigures). And of course, there are books that are tied to specific LEGO series such as LEGO STAR WARS, LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO HARRY POTTER, LEGO CHIMA to name a few.

But here we are with “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, some may see it as a sequel or companion to “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” as it features LEGO MINIFIGURES from 1978 to 2015.

But also, what gets LEGO collectors even more excited with DK LEGO book releases are the fact they now come with MINIFIGURES (only available with the book purchase, so you can’t buy them separately in retail). For “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, it comes with the Zombie skateboarder.

With the latest book, the book is broken down in the following segments:

– EVERYDAY HEROES
– YOU’RE HISTORY!
– OUT OF THIS WORLD
– YOU’RE MY HERO!
– SPOOKY AND SCARY
– THE WORLD’S A STAGE
– ONE OF A KIND
– WILD AT HEART
– ROTTEN ROGUES
– WE HAVE POWER!
– ALL-TIME ICONS

So, the LEGO MINIFIGURES featured are not by year, but by the categories listed above. Factoids are given on various LEGO MINIFIGURES, their role and also rarity.

For example, EVERYDAY HEROES features the first true MINIFIGURE, the Policeman for LEGOLAND TOWN and how the original was too big to fit in his police car and his rarity is a 3 out of 5.

For ADIDAS SUPER GOALIE, the factoid features how the goal keeper was given out with pairs of Adidas sneakers in 2007 and how it’s a very rare figure (4 out of 5). Factoids on the actual MINIFIGURE and how Stripes’ gloves have a real LEGO rarity, fingers and thumbs.

And of course, one of the rarest LEGO MINIFIGURES to be made, a 2007 LEGO STAR WARS gold chrome C-3P0 that were randomly inserted into LEGO Star Wars Sets around the world (only 10,000 were made to mark the 30 years of “STAR WARS”).

For the most part, there are really good selections of LEGO MINIFIGURES from past and present. There is a good selection of various types of LEGO MINIFIGURES from normal to wild and crazy.

But “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE” is a wonderful book that children and the young at heart will no doubt love, and if you have the chance, I also recommend picking up “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” for your LEGO book collection as well.

RECOMMENDED!

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A LEGO Brickumentary (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

November 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“A LEGO Brickumentary” is captivating, inspiring and an enjoyable documentary!  Highly recommended for fans of LEGO of all ages!

© 2015 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: A Lego Brickumentary

YEAR OF FILM: 2014

DURATION: 93 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation 1:78:1, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

RATED: G

COMPANY: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Released Dated: November 3, 2015


Directed by Kief Davidson, Daniel Judge

Written by Daniel Junge, Davis Coombe, Kief Davidson

Produced by Chris Brown, Daniel Junge, Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy

Executive Produced: Lee Clay, Jim Packer, Jill Wilfert

Co-Producer: Davis Coombe, Chelsea Matter, Molly Tait

Associate Producer: Ryan Egan, Andrew Oppenheimer

Music by John Jennings Boyd

Cinematographer: Luke Geissbuhler, Robert Muratore

Edited by Davis Coombe, Tiffany Hauck, Chad Herschberger, Marc Jakubowicz, Inbal B. Lessner, Darrin Roberts


Starring:

Jason Bateman (Narrator)

Jamie Berard

Alice Finch

Bret Harris

G.W. Krauss

Dan Legoff

Nathan Sawaya

Brian Whitaker


Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.


In 2014, a family-friendly Danish-American documentary titled “A LEGO Brickumentary” was released.

Co-directed by Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge and featuring narration by Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”, “Juno”, “Horrible Bosses”), the documentary focuses on the popular Danish construction toy that took the world by storm and continues to be the hottest toy product released each year with many different sets and how it has captured the imagination of many people, young and old, for generations.

From the introduction of master creators, enormous projects including the X-Wing Fighter (the largest LEGO project built), those who create LEGO films, those who are LEGO artists and have made a career of building LEGO and of course, the history of LEGO, celebrities who are fans of LEGO’s, LEGO terminology and more.


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“A Lego Brickumentary” is featured in Anamorphic widescreen (1:78:1) and in Dolby Digital 5.1.  A pretty cool documentary that features both digital video and also animated LEGO characters.  For the most part, the quality is as one can expected on DVD and audio is clear.  While most of the film is in English, there are scenes which feature people from other countries and the film features English subtitles.  But Jason Bateman’s narration is clear and for the most part, picture quality and audio is good for this documentary.

Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“A Lego Documentary” comes with three deleted scenes (21:07) which include Bro-LUG, Little Guys and Brick Films and X-Treme Team.

EXTRAS:

Comes with a LEGOLAND Discovery Center (One Child Free) coupon.


“A LEGO Brickumentary” is a captivating, enjoyable, family-friendly documentary that showcases the love for the popular Danish construction toy.

While the documentary is positive and for the most part focuses on the love of LEGO’s versus showing the positive and negative aspects within a documentary, the subject matter will no doubt be subjective to the viewer.

By venturing to other publication reviews, its understandable that there are those who show disdain because the film doesn’t go into the negative aspects.  Perhaps those who have an addiction problem to LEGO’s, corporate corruption or any negative that one can think on top of their heads.

But this is a film targeted to fans who enjoy LEGO, people of all ages and call me biased, but even I am an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) that purchases and builds LEGO for the sake of creativity but also more of needing moments of serenity to get my mind off other things.  And it seems to work rather well as I found LEGO’s to be a good way to focus my energy and creativity and for the most part, have fun.

After seeing music artists, celebrities and athletes like David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Dwight Howard, Ed Sheeran proclaim their love for LEGO’s, it was my passage of telling myself, it’s OK to venture into LEGO’s once again and to discover that the toy line I was so familiar with long ago, has evolved, to not just for children but for adults and to also learn that there are people who made LEGO’s a career, made LEGO’s an artform and also taking their LEGO creativity to another level.

And that is why I was so captivated by director Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson’s “A LEGO Brickumentary”.  Watching children who have grown to become creative talents thanks to LEGO, watching those who are young at heart, go on to make LEGO as a career or to create something so complex and beautiful as works of art. And also professionals who use LEGO for therapy and helping people for treatment.

Suffice to say, I was inspired watching this film.

While I know there are people who want to see the history of LEGO, there are few books on the subject that go into better detail and also what kind of toys or sets were released during the decades, but the directors do not shy away from showcasing LEGO during its good years and also their bad years.  Interviewing employees who discuss why LEGO went through a rough patch nearly a decade ago.

But that is probably the most negative thing you will find in this film, if you can call that a negative, because it was the major reason for LEGO to get back to its basic roots and continue to become the world’s most popular toy among boys, girls, men and women back then and also today.

Sure, I’m sure there are people who will look at this film as a LEGO corporate video, but there are some, including myself, who look at this video as inspirational but also a wonderful film about the global love for this Danish construction toy that has been part of our lives, may it be when we were younger or continued to captivate us even in our adulthood.

As for the DVD, picture quality and audio quality are very good on DVD.  You get 21 minutes worth of deleted scenes and also information on Disney resorts.  And parents will get a one child free ticket for a LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

Overall, “A LEGO Brickumentary” is captivating, inspiring and an enjoyable documentary!  Highly recommended for fans of LEGO of all ages!

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Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights (a J!-ENT Book Review)

October 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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BOOK: Medieval LEGO

AUTHORS: Greyson Beights

Price: $10.97

Company: No Starch Press

Availability: Available Now |3-7

Hardcover: 132 Pages

Release Date: September 24, 2015


Education through LEGO. That is how much I enjoyed Greyson Beights (an award-winning LEGO builder and helps organize the LEGO convention, BrickUniverse) book “Medieval Lego” and teaching children (including myself) about English history.

There are many short three page stories + an accompany LEGO diorama of history from 1028-1214, 1215-1345, 1346-1485 and contributions for each of the historic battles are from more than a dozen scholars and photos from over a dozen LEGO builders.

The writing is easy for older children to follow and it’s quite intriguing and enjoyable to read, myself and my son have read this book and we hope that Greyson continues a series of these educational LEGO-related books.

Recommended!

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LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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For the young or the young at heart, “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is a wonderful CG animated series featuring a lot of humor, action and adventure for the entire family!


DVD TITLE: LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles

DURATION: (Four Episodes) 92 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1, English, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Disney

RATED: TV Y7 FV

Release Date: September 15, 2015


Directed by Michael Hegner

Written by Michael Price

Original Music by John Williams

Executive Producers: Erik Wilstrup, Torsten Jacobsen, Michael Price

Producer: Irene Sparre

Produced by WIL FILM ApS


Featuring the voices of:

Tom Kane as Yoda/Narrator

Anthony Daniels as C-3P0

Matt Sloan as Darth Vader

Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine/Admiral Piett/Bib Fortuna/Jar Jar

Sam Vincent as Rako/Young Obi Wan

Kelly Metszger as Vaash Ti

Brian Drummond as Bobby/Storm Trooper 1

Tabitha St. Germain as Bene

Andrew Francis as Bail Organa/Storm Trooper 2

Michael Donovan as Ghost (older) Obi Wan

Brian Dobson as JEK/Nemoidian Senator

Michael Dangerfield as Han Solo/Black Squadron Pilot

Eric Bauza as Luke Skywalker/Rusty

Heather Doerksen as Princess Leia


Your favorite Star Wars heroes are back with four complete episodes (plus a bonus alternate ending!) that unleash the lighter side of the Force.

After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons – last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi – to further Luke’s training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic adventures in LEGO® STAR WARS: The New Yoda Chronicles!


For those who have enjoyed the LEGO Star Wars games and the toys and are looking for a LEGO series that is lighthearted, plenty of humor and all-out fun, one will want to give “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” a chance.

The series takes place before “LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace” and during a time when Yoda is training Padawans at the Jedi Temple Academy and feels a disturbance in The Force.

With the first season consisting of three episodes airing on the Cartoon Network, Disney started to release the second season consisting of four episodes  (episodes 4-7) in 2014 on Disney Channel and Disney XD.

And now, “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoga Chronicles” will be released on DVD in Sept. 2015!

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on the DVD:

  • Episode 7 – Escape from the Jedi Temple – Luke and friends are captured by Darth Vader.
  • Episode 8 – Race for the Holocrons – Darth Vader is in search of the Holocrons, meanwhile Luke, Leia and the droids are in Utapau trying to find a ship to travel to Tatooine.
  • Episode 9 – Raid on Coruscant – The Empire attacks Naboo, while Luke and friends must evacuate from Kashyyyk.
  • Episode 10 – Clash of the Skywalkers – The Emperor sends Darth Vader to destroy Luke Skywalker.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is presented in 1:78:1 aspect ratio and is enhanced for 16×9 televisions.  Dialogue is presented in English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and French 2.0 Dolby Digital.  Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

While I would have loved to watch this series in HD, I will say that this series and its CG is fantastic.  The LEGO series captures the toyline very well and I love the textures as the characters showcase their plastic sheen, as well as the actual LEGO parts.  Voice acting is well-done and CG effects are also well done!

Colors are vibrant and for the most part, the series looks very good on DVD!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” comes with the following special feature:

  • Alternate Ending: “Clash of the Skywalkers” – (1:50) An alternate ending to the seventh episode (season two finale).

As an adult who has grown up with the LEGO Star Wars toys and video games and have watched my son over the years to grow to up to enjoy these games and also build the LEGO Star Wars sets, “LEGO Star Wars” has been a brand that has brought myself and my son together for family time.

And with the release of “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”, I found the series to be another LEGO animated series that appeals to people of all ages.

Who doesn’t love LEGO? Who doesn’t love “Star Wars”?  And when you have the mixture of the two for the toys, the video games and a CG animated series, you know you’re going to have a lot of fun.

It’s important to note that LucasFilm gave LEGO to have fun and create their own stories within the “Star Wars” universe.

For the second season of “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”, the primary goal is Darth Vader going after Luke Skywalker but also going after the Holocrons.

And while Yoda and the ghost of Obi Wan Kinobi sense a change within the Force, Luke Skywalker and friends try to avoid the Empire as best as they can.  Of course, Han Solo and Leia’s early relationship has a bit of friction and C-3PO tends to get in more trouble than expected, but still, the adventures of Luke and friends are entertaining, fun and the humor will no doubt having adults and children laughing.

If anything, I know I’m a bit biased towards “LEGO Star Wars” but I love the combination of “Star Wars” and “LEGO” and the humor, action and animation that goes along with a series such as “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”.

The CG is wonderful as characters retain their LEGO shiny plastic sheen, the environments are well-rendered and detailed and while not released on Blu-ray, the picture quality looks good on DVD.  The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and Spanish, while French is in Dolby Digital 2.0) and dialogue, music and sound effects are crystal clear.  There is only one special feature, which is an alternate ending of episode 7’s “Clash of the Skywalkers”.

Overall, for the young or the young at heart, “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” is a wonderful CG animated series featuring a lot of humor, action and adventure for the entire family!

Recommended!

 

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life in plastic: LEGO CITY – Light Repair Truck (60054) (a LEGO review)

August 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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In the LEGO CITY “Light Repair Truck” set, ou get a minifigure, a truck and a lightstand/signal light.  Definitely a LEGO CITY set worth checking out!


LEGO SET: LEGO CITY – Light Repair Truck (60054)

ITEM #: 60054

PIECES: 95

PRICE: $9.99

AGES: 5-12


Keep the LEGO® City traffic moving with the Light Repair Truck!

The traffic light has stopped working and it’s chaos in the streets of LEGO® City! Call in the Light Repair Truck, lift the repairman into position with the crane arm and fix the traffic light to get the traffic moving once again. While he’s there, why not change the light bulb to keep the street lit up brightly. Collect this and all the other vehicles in the Great Vehicles range! Includes a repair guy minifigure with assorted accessories.

  • Includes a repair guy minifigure with assorted accessories
  • Features a Light Repair Truck with a lifting crane arm and basket, and a streetlight with traffic light
  • Accessories include a wrench, hammer, spare light bulb, helmet and 2 traffic cones
  • Use the crane arm to lift the repair guy into position
  • Fix the traffic light and get the traffic moving again
  • Fit the new light bulb… then it’s off to the next job!
  • Light Repair Truck measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide
  • Street light measures over 5” (14cm) high, 1” (3cm) wide and 1” (5cm) deep
  • Collect all the other cool models in the Great Vehicles range!

THE REVIEW:

Life in LEGO CITY is not always about the crime or the fires, there are hardworking LEGO minifigures that have work duties in order to make sure the city runs well on a daily basis.

And keeping up with the maintenance are the workers you see with their light repair trucks.  Making sure that light is continuing to emit from the light stand and that the traffic signals are indeed working.

First, let’s take a look at the minifigures!

And this work gives service with a smile.  Wearing his protective glasses, he sacrifices his life by being lifted on the lifting crane with no backup to watch over him.  That’s bravery and also workman’s comp waiting to happen!  Kidding.  But this is LEGO CITY afterall?

With the often smiling worker doing his repairs, the actual minifigure is a good city worker LEGO minifigure sporting the orange and blue outfit.   The graphic on the front is printed.

The set comes with a light repair truck with a lifting crane, basket with two cones.  Also, a street light with traffic lights.

The truck is fairly simple to put together.   Similar to other vehicles, the doors open and you can remove the top of the vehicle to place your repair worker inside.  There are holders on both doors are holders that can hold a hammer and wrench.  The tires are rubber.  As for stickers, the main stickers are on the license plate, the hood and also the top ceiling of the vehicle.

I like the folding lifting crane, which is placed on a rotation platform, so it can easily position the repair worker near the lamp and easily turn.


I really enjoy LEGO CITY  and the various types of workers that have been created.  For this set, you get one minifigure and a functioning vehicle with a rotating and elevating crane with a basket.

The set is great for those wanting to add a light stand to their city, but also another LEGO city worker that can be used for a variety of maintenance work.

While the vehicle may be seen at various retail, it is a product that has been recently retired.   Still, you get a minifigure, a truck and a lightstand/signal light.  Definitely a LEGO CITY set worth checking out!

RATING: **** (4.5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: THE LEGO MOVIE – Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817) (a J!-ENT LEGO Review)

August 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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It may not seem like much from looking at the box cover but in truth, for its three minifigures and the multiple functions of the Micro Manager, all four for under $10, this set is a steal!


LEGO SET: THE LEGO MOVIE – Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817)

ITEM #: 70817

PIECES: 115

PRICE: $9.99

AGES: 6-12


Battle the Micro Manager with Super Angry Kitty and Batman™!

Match Super Angry Kitty and Batman™ against the Micro Manager to recreate the thrilling final battle scene from THE LEGO® MOVIE™. Help Super Angry Kitty attack the Micro Manager and teach him to be more friendly. Soar through the air with Caped Crusader Batman™ and attack with his Batarang and grapnel gun. Evade the Micro Manager’s grabbing claws and flick missiles and watch out for the Skeletron aiming his laser-style shooter from the ground. Jump onto the back of Micro Manager and activate the explode function to finally bring down this marauding menace! Includes a Batman™ minifigure with weapons, plus 2 figures: Super Angry Kitty and a Skeletron with a weapon.

  • Includes a Batman™ minifigure with weapons, plus 2 figures: Super Angry Kitty and a Skeletron with a weapon
  • Micro Manager features 2 flick missiles, 2 claws to grab minifigures, 2 adjustable hover function exhausts and an explode function
  • Weapons include Batman’s Batarang and grapnel gun
  • Skeletron figure comes with a laser-style shooter
  • Super Angry Kitty figure is new for spring 2015
  • Attack the Micro Manager with Super Angry Kitty and teach it to be more friendly!
  • Launch anaerialattack with Batman™ and his Batarang!
  • Dodge Micro Manager’s flick missiles
  • Evade the grabbing claws of Micro Manager
  • Take down the Skeletron!
  • Leap onto Micro Manager and activate the explode function!
  • Micro Manager measures over 1” (4cm) high, 4” (11cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide

 


THE REVIEW:

With the sequel of THE LEGO MOVIE currently under production, the final releases of THE LEGO MOVIE sets were released in retail stores.

One of the more inexpensive sets from THE LEGO MOVIE is the “THE LEGO MOVIE – Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817)” featuring one more the more memorable action scenes in the film as Batman and Super Angry Kitty take on the Micro Manager.

First, let’s take a look at the minifigures!

I’m sure a lot of us own a Batman minifigure by now.  And as there are different types of Batman minifigures from LEGO, this one comes with the Black outfit Batman with a double printed face with the scowl and the other smiling.  The printing is well-done on both sides of the body and you also get a cloth cape, a Batarang and grapel gun.

As for Skeletron, it’s actually more menacing than the LEGO NINJAGO Skeleton Army and kind of has that Terminator kind of vibe.  I thought they may have used the same type of body but this body for Skeletron is much different.  But I do like the grey version with the menacing face.  It also comes with a weapon.

As for Super Angry Kitty, this one is boiling hot with its red and yellow body and it’s fangs looking out.  The body and head is printed, so no need to worry about applying stickers.  But for those wanting a less cute Kitty from THE LEGO MOVIE, this is the one to get!

As for the Micro Manager, I will be upfront and say that I thought this was a basic cube and was not going to be worth building and the main reason to get this inexpensive set is for the two minifigures.

Well, after building Micro Manager, I have to say that this killing machine is rather awesome.  I love the protruding arms with the grabbing claws and I like how it has two flick missiles, a hover exhaust function and also an exploding function.

Upon building Micro Manager, a lot of thought went to the making of this simple looking killing machine, but Micro Manager turned out to be very cool, menacing and worth building (and owning).


I’m often looking for great deals on LEGO sets and “THE LEGO MOVIE – Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817)” is under $10 and you can often find it on sale for $7.99 at retail stores.  With three minifigures and a killing machine, you’re actually getting your money’s worth with this set.

It may not seem like much from looking at the box cover but in truth, for its three minifigures and the multiple functions of the Micro Manager, all four for under $10, this set is a steal!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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