Warner Bros. has a bona fide blockbuster with “The Lego Movie,” which has dominated the box office since opening Feb. 7. The movie has already made over $143 million in the United States and is on its way to surpassing $200 million domestically. The film broke records over Presidents’ Day weekend, earning $63.5 million — the movie cost $60 million to make.
“The Lego Movie” stars the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Morgan Freeman. The film brings back classic Lego minifigures and introduces new characters, which now live on beyond the big screen with new toys and video games.
“The Lego Movie Video Game” ($50, available for all platforms from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment): Developer TT Games takes its trademarked co-op gameplay into the four main environments from the film. Players take control of characters from the movie in an attempt to save the world from Lord Business. The game, which features cut scenes from the movie, revisits the plot and action in virtual form. (It’s best to see the film first to experience some of the jokes for the first time on the big screen.) Although I would have liked the ability to take control of some of the cool vehicles from the film, the gameplay instead focuses on exploration and on-foot action.
The game’s not as deep as recent Lego games like “Lego Marvel Super Heroes,” but it does offer about 18 hours of gameplay if you want to unlock every in-game brick and cranny.
“The Lego Movie” MetalBeard’s Ship PlaySet ($250): This is one of the cool vehicles that would have been nice to see in the video game. But fans can build their own scale replica of the Sea Cow ship this March. The ship debuted recently at Toy Fair in New York City. Unless you’re a Master Builder, you’ll likely need to read the instructions to build this set, which includes 2,741 pieces. The ship includes canons that flick missiles and even a net.
Lord Business’ Evil Lair PlaySet ($70): Will Ferrell pulls double duty in “The Lego Movie,” but it’s his Lord Business that steals the film. Also the villain in the video game, players can step into the mind of this evil genius by building Lord Business’ Evil Lair. The kit includes a large door (complete with lever) to unleash the Kragle, a think tank to capture Master Builders, a TV studio to record “Where Are My Pants” and other broadcasts, a trapdoor and a battery to power the plan to end creativity. The PlaySet comes with six minifigures, including a 6-inch-tall Lord Business (just 3 inches shorter than the set itself), Emmet, Vitruvius, Ma Cop, Pa Cop, El Macho Wrestler and Biznis Kitty.
“The Lego Movie” Castle Cavalry Play Set ($30): Fans of the movie will recall the epic battle of good vs. evil that takes place in Cloud Cuckoo Land. This toy offers two options for building, should you decide to follow the instruction book. There’s a flying vehicle that comes fully armed with a crossbow, cannon, catapults and flame flick missiles. Or you can construct a castle with lockable doors, crossbow and skeleton bones that’s protected by a mobile catapult. The Castle Cavalry PlaySet comes with three minifigures, including Sir Stackabrick, Gallant Guard and “Where Are My Pants” actress Sharon Shoehorn.