The LEGO Movie: sets screen time

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I saw the film last night, picked up a couple of minifigs, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it would be interesting to discuss the screen time each of the sets currently available receives in the movie, and their importance in it. I don't think I've included any spoilers, but if you are concerned, please don't read this until you have seen the movie. Also, it's entirely possible that I've forgotten aspects of the film, so do correct me if I'm wrong.

70800 Getaway Glider, 70802 Bad Cop's pursuit and 70808 Super Cycle Chase are all prominent in the film and the sets are a good, perhaps exact, match. The bridge in Bad Cop's pursuit is somewhat disappointing though, compared to the film!

Metalbeard in 70807 is a key character and looks exactly like he does in the set. However I don't recall seeing any waking micro managers, they all appeared much the same size and style -- flying boxes with tentacles.

70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair is a key location in the film but the set is a poor representation of it, although action that takes place there can be played out with the set. The Melting Room 70801 however, despite being much smaller, captures the essence of that particular scene much better, in my opinion.

Cloud Cuckoo Palace was a wonderful and imaginative place in the film and in comparison, the set, 70803 is a bit feeble.

70813 Rescue Reinforcements and the three 2-in-1 models, 70804 Ice Cream Machine, 70805 Trash Chomper and 70806 Castle Cavalry make a very brief 5-second appearance near the end of the film. I don't recall seeing their 'normal' forms in it or the minifigs in them: the ice cream sellers, the garbage men and chef, for example.

I don't remember seeing the 70811 Flying Flusher at all, although it is not that distinctive and 70812 Creative Ambush must be on the cutting room floor, I have no recollection of that at all!

Have I got that about right or is my memory failing me?

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By in United Kingdom,

Flying Flusher's 'normal' form appeared right at the start (one of the people Emmet greets is Plumber Joe) and its flying form made a quick appearance during the finale. Both models in Creative Ambush definitely appeared too as did Trash Chomper's ordinary form.

I imagine they all appeared in some capacity, just that there was too much going on for us to spot them all! Visually it was a very busy movie!

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By in United States,

70811 had a quick appearance flying around the skyscrapers. I think Bob's Kabobs from 70812 appeared briefly in the finale.

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By in United States,

The physical "set" for Cloud Cuckoo Palace actually appears in his son's area of the basement.

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By in Canada,

So much stuff happened in the film it can be hard to miss. Although I did notice many sets, in fact one of the recent LEGO City cement trucks made an appearance, which tempts me to go out and nab one. I was pretty impressed they managed to fit all the sets in relatively well. Micro Managers with legs did appear, if you'll recall we saw one quite prominently when Ma and Pa Cop show up. (Although I don't think any of the sets so far featured this particular model because it had four arms and we haven't seen any with four arms.)

It was a great thrill to see so many LEGO sets in this movie and I look forward to more viewings to try and spot them all.

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By in Poland,

Metalbeard has different gear wheels on his arms in the movie :)

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By in United States,

Some of the sets featured have yet to appear in stores:
SS Police Dropship(i think the set includes Green Lantern), Emmet construction mech, Benny Spaceshipx3 and Metal Beard boat.
As for things that appear in the movie there is a SSPolice double rotor helicopter (can be seen shining the spotlight on the robot about to be hit with the chair) the submarine, robo police divers.

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By in United States,

I feel like the sets are great but they just didn't get great screentime at all. Yes, it's all left to the imagination to recreate the scenes but when you have stuff from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers; the sets are made to replicate key scenes and I feel that the sets from the movie don't particularly help with replicating scenes. Now with the next few sets, that is very possible, but now very expensive. Oh well. I only planned on getting Cloud Cuckoo Palace for the parts and Unikitty, and perhaps the Speed Cycle Chase, also for parts. Still, it was a good movie, especially with how everything that is crazy is revealed to (Spoiler spoiler and spoiler) and it all (Spoiler spoiler and spoiler) :)

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By in United States,

When Emmet is driving to work, you can see the 2-in-1 models in vehicle form on the road.

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By in United States,

Glad to hear you liked the movie and I concur, it was great. In my humble opinion, easily on par with, say, Pixar or Dreamworks. I don't really know how they'll pull off a sequel, though... Maybe "The LEGO Movie: Rise of the Mega Bloks," or something like that. :P

It's also cool that LEGO basically made sets of all the major vehicles/scenes from the movie, albeit with some in condensed forms. (Would have been nice to see a new monorail, though...) Also, I think that such a concept is something LEGO Universe would have benefitted from, rest its digitized plastic soul. :P

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By in Belgium,

I wonder if you can enjoy the movie as a movie if you're trying to memorise all of this.

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By in United States,

Both the garbage truck and the Joe's plumbing truck were in the beginning.

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By in United States,

@Skywalker1966: I have a feeling LEGO will do just fine with the sequel, looking at the ending for this one. (I won't say what the ending was, though, for the sake of those who haven't seen the film.)

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By in United States,

Joe's plumbing truck I actually saw the most out of the 2-in-1 vehicles, and I did see the creative ambush. Actually, there were quite a few walking micro-managers in the movie! :P I recall the getaway glider only being in the movie for a few seconds, having been put together by vitruvius and wildstyle, and then very soon after having been shot down by bad cop. Also, you forget to mention rescue reinforcements, which all were shown in the movie (the flying barn only in a brief shot though, which is disappointing, just like the other 2-in-1 models).

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By in Canada,

> So much stuff happened in the film it can be hard to miss.

I think you've nailed it there, @Odeinoichus. There is so much going on and it will take repeated viewings to take it all in.

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By in United Kingdom,

Metalbeard has quite a few differences from the set, for example in the movie there is a 3rd, smaller cannon on his left arm, he has different gears on his shoulder pads, a dark grey 4x2 tile on his back, a long chain between his arm and his torso, and the lock on his treasure chest is in a different place on the lid on the chest. Which is strange, seeing as the set could have been 100% accurate to the movie :/

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By in United States,

I am almost sure I saw the regular form of Bob's Kabobs in the movie. Does that mean there are instructions out there somewhere for the actual kabob stand?

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By in United Kingdom,

100 minutes of never ending action, no wonder we all only saw different bits :D

I rarely watch a film twice, but I'm going to have to watch it again many more times ! The Lego Movie had me hooked all the way through, and I hardly kept up with set spotting. I've not been that interested in most of the actual sets, and now having seen the film only a few stand out as sets I want. Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP is a must, and Metalbeard's ship was a maybe, but now a strong BUY.

They have made a classic film ! Well done!

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By in United States,

The Flying Flusher was in the background as Emmit says good morning to all the cats. The Ice cream truck was in the background as the giant blue brick hovers above the city and everyone looks at the monitors.

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By in United States,

When the master builders were building, and we saw from their perspective (individual parts highlighted, and number and name listed), was that the number used by the Peeron database?

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By in United States,

Just saw the movie and I definitely saw Creative Ambush. I think I saw pretty much every minifig and set from the toy line on screen. For example, Jo, the female ice cream employee, is one of the first citizens affected by Lord Business' secret weapon.

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By in United States,

I don't think any of the LEGO Movie sets are different enough from the source material to skip them, with the possible exception of Lord Business's Evil Lair. By consolidating so many scenes into one set it has a hard time making any of them as impressive as they were in the movie. But at the same time, I built that set today and can definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the movie. I love sets like this or the Death Star that consolidate all the key scenes of a location into one model. And it has excellent parts and minifigures. In any case, all of the sets are high-quality models.

In an ideal scenario, if we wanted the models to be more accurate to the source material, I think Lord Business's Evil Lair would have to be divided into at least three sets: one focusing on the Kragle and the Relic Room, one focusing on the boardroom and the "Where Are My Pants?" studio (this one might not get released due to a lack of interest, since those are not action scenes), and one focusing on the Think Tanks. But that would be complicated by the fact that the window to infinity and Lord Business with his giant robot legs are a key part of two separate scenes: the one with the Think Tanks and the one with the Kragle and the Relic Room. I guess there are just a lot of big windows like that... after all, it IS an office building.

I think Cloud Cuckoo Palace is also an excellent set. It's not an exact likeness of any part of the film, but I think anything larger, more accurate, and (as a result) more expensive might be a bit TOO weird for a lot of buyers, especially the Dog. It is the only set that offers a standard Unikitty figure, and one of only two sets with that particular Emmet variant (he's also in #30280. It has excellent parts, makes for a great display piece, and evokes the spirit of the setting, which is what I think is important.

Also, wasn't the first Micro-Manager to appear in the film a walking one? That's the only way I can describe when it appears without spoilers, but it's a noteworthy scene to be sure. Most if not all of the ones that appeared towards the end of the film were flying ones of course.

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By in United States,

^Actually, the Cloud Cuckoo Palace set (or something VERY similar) appears towards the end of the film. I don't want to ruin things for people who haven't seen the film, but there are explanations as to why certain things look different in the movie compared to real life sets.

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By in United States,

Bob's Kabobs does indeed appear in the film. All of the sets do. Their "original" forms are seen in the beginning of the movie in many cases and their battle forms appear later towards the end.

But yeah, there is a lot happening and it is true that multiple viewings of the movie are well rewarded because of everything happening.

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By in United States,

There was definately too much going on to be able to see everything. I wished I could have had a pause button in order to take in all the details.

I think I saw all of the minifigures from all of the sets,polybags, and givaways except Callamity Jane from the CMFs. And after seeing it I wouldn't mind a second round of CMFs made up of the rest of the Master Builders.

Did anyone else catch the modified Green Grocer?

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By in United States,

I did see the Creative Ambush flying around near the end, as well as seeing the Plumber Van at the start when Emmet greets his neighbors(I believe Joe has some lines) and the Flying Flusher version near the end. Also, I saw the Garbage Truck driving on the highway I think. The Cloud Cuckoo Palace is visible in the real life part when the dad(Will Ferell) says "You have all your Lego in the corner(or something like that), it is visible in the box.

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By in United States,

I saw the movie on Thursday night (I had the theater all to myself except for a small family of three) and then checked out some of the sets and ordered some of the Series 12 minifigures. I went again on Saturday night with friends and had a great time seeing all the different sets actually in the movie and catching things I didn't catch the first time. Now I can't wait to get the sets and add them to my collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

maybe the sequel will include the dad complaining how the sets from the first film weren't exactly the same as in the film

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By in United Kingdom,

Watched it with my two young boys and they loved it - they loved the two minifigures which were free from Odeon and both wanted a lego movie set when it had finished!

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By in United States,

I loved the movie and did notice the sets in both forms throughout. I am really hoping there will be a second wave of smaller sets like the fist ones we got. I would love to see a prison break scene with Green Lantern, Superman, and the other version of Vitruvius.

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By in United States,

Flying Flusher appears in alternate form at the end of the movie, during the live action sequence as the father (Will Ferrel) looks over all the models the son has built and they are neatly displayed on either clear wands or supports. I believe it is shown without the plungers, so it was harder to recognize.

Did anyone else catch the cement mixer 2-in-1? That one is one of the first to be dismantled by the Micro Managers in the LEGO universe while flying, and crashes in live action on the street? Back in the mixer form. I'm pretty sure that was one that wasn't a released set?

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By in Taiwan,

I'm not sure if it's okay for TLC writers to omit the details of vehicle transformations. These were one of the important part of the Lego Movie sets, but they're barely featured in this film, and I don't think the movie helps the sales of them.
Another big pity is the Cuckoo Palace could have been a bigger set, as big as a castle. After all it's the only original subtheme that is created for this movie.

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By in United States,

@Coson: Well, hey, Pixar was able to pull of a sequel that many say is equal to or better than the original... I won't put it past the group that made this one. Maybe we'll see some more of the Bionicles (wishful thinking :P).

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