The return of the movie maker set

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Remember the Studios movie maker sets from the turn of the century, such as this one? Back then digital cameras were a rarity and iPhones were just a figment of Steve Job's imagination so as well as bricks to build a movie set and minifigs for actors the sets provided a webcam with which to take low-res stills for stop-frame animations.

17 years later LEGO has resurrected the idea with this The LEGO Batman Movie Movie Maker Set. Now of course everyone has a smartphone so a camera is not provided, just a stand for one. It looks as if it also comes with a printed backdrop, a Batman minifig and... not much else. At least the price seems reasonable, $34.90 (Singapore dollars I am told, which is about $25). The set number is not known but we'll add it to the database when we do.

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Image from Brickfinder on Facebook, via Brick Heroes.

Update: Jun, provider of the the original image, has posted a review at brickfinder.net.

40 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting, could be nice for kids to use for stop motion animation.

I wonder if you could fit an iPad on the stand.

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By in United States,

+cucumber That is so true! In fact, I'm working on stop-motion and this would definitely help. If I were interested, which is on hold until I can get more details.

Also, I highly doubt that an iPad can fit on that stand.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure you could modify it so one does, though.

^^ You can use any stop-frame software you like. I don't believe it comes with any.

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By in United States,

I wanted the original Studio set when I was a kid! Never got it, but seeing this brings back a lot of nostalgia

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By in United States,

According a comment on Facebook from a guy in Singapore, its set number is 6181406.

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By in United States,

I was a big fan of the Lego Studios back in the day. Really this is just a stand for your camera/phone, and hardly a movie making set, but interesting still.

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By in United States,

Looks nice. I've done stop-motion for a long time now, but this doesn't really appeal to me because its more of a beginners set. However, I do know a lot of people who have wanted something to hold their phone when making a stop-motion, and that stand looks pretty solid. Although I think 35 dollars is too much, considering that it comes with 152 pieces and a minifigure that's appeared in a billion other sets.

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By in United States,

I am excited. Anything to help make stop motion more appealing to younger kids. Like xboxtravis I always wanted and never got the studio set...

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By in United Kingdom,

Isn't "Bricksworld Price Tag" is from Singapore right? Meaning the price is in SGD$34.90.

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By in United States,

That name seems like a mouthful but the set is nice yet the previous one had more minifigures at least.

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By in Sweden,

$35 for 150 pieces is reasonable...?? For a phone stand and a cardboard backdrop? Nuh-uh.

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By in United Kingdom,

6181406 will be the SAP item number, not the set number we use. Given it's not on the front of the box it will probably be a 500xxxx or 8xxxxx number.

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By in United States,

Not gonna lie, I think I would only purchase this for the Phone stand and modify it potentially.

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By in United States,

Hey, maybe this means they'll make a new stop-motion app. They discontinued their stop-motion app a little while back, unfortunately.

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By in Finland,

For me, this is just weird vanity. Not my piece of cake at all. I wish they wouldn't try too many strange things...

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By in France,

it's interesting, but i'm not the fan of making movies so not for me. But it's nice to see that system again since years, the price is also great.

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By in United States,

Making stop motion lego films is a great and fun project for kids, but I don't yet see how this product is very unique/helpful with that... you can already do that with your phone/computer + existing software - this doesn't seem to add much. But maybe it will appeal to some who are looking for an "out of the box" way to get started with stop motion. My daughter already has fun making stop motion movies with her dolls/sculpey creations and homemade backdrops.

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By in United Kingdom,

Could be a nice gateway thing indeed for people who haven't tried stop motion before. Having a stable stand that can be moved smoothly seems like a big part of the battle. Someone who already has the ideas and confidence to achieve that on their own won't need this set, but it's probably not aimed at them either...

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By in United States,

Boo, no software? This will be a great source set for Batman figs when it goes on deep discount (*Sarcasm*).

Does anyone use great smartphone stop motion software, especially one that''s free?

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By in United Kingdom,

I managed to get the original studios set some time in 2004 for less than 50% of the price. The camera was a week point (still very good at that time) and exported movies had unfortunately resolution only 160x120. However it was fun and the editing software was very user friendly (for kids).

I have a feeling I will go back to stop-motion. Especially because I got the Lego Animation Book (http://brickset.com/sets/ISBN1593277415-1/The-LEGO-Animation-Book-Make-Your-Own-LEGO-Movies!) as a Christmas gift - and this set can be a nice motivation to really get into it.

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By in United States,

Meh. I could probably build a stand myself given the instructions... wait a minute, that's a great idea! But if this stand passes design standards and rotates around, it's probably better than anything I could come up with.

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By in United Kingdom,

I wonder if TLG will sue us for making Lego movies...

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By in United States,

The studios set came with a LOT of specialized parts. However, most people didn't have readily available cameras back then, either. I can see the advent of the camera phone rendering a Lego camera useless.

If this is available in mass-market, then I may buy it on clearance. Probably not before.

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By in Singapore,

Well, this is a first. A new set that appears in the wild here earlier than rest of the world. :)

BTW, this photo was taken at the Bricks World Lego Certified Shop in Ngee Ann City.

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By in United States,

Seems like a bust without any included stop-motion software...

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By in United Kingdom,

What I found very peculiar is the missing Set number and the overall twisted shape of the box.

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By in Singapore,

Its most probably priced around usd$15 to usd$20. Assuming it follows the other pricing patterns of the Lego Batman Movie sets.

Also, The set number is : 853650 / Sap: 6181406

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By in United Kingdom,

"Now of course everyone has a smartphone" Aww, nuts! >..O

I'm sure that stand is strong enough to hold my DSLR though, right? ... right? >.O

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By in United Kingdom,

I expect we will see some MOC's of the Statue of Justice fairly soon?
An official big fig version would be awesome.

I'm not such a fan of the set especially when that price gets translated to £35, but the idea is good for the next generation of animators?
Although some kind of Lego CGI making set would probably do better?

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By in Germany,

Is this legit?
If so, I'm looking forward to my first The Lego Batman Movie Movie Maker Movie.

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By in Germany,

Spider-Man Action Studio! I still have that somewhere around. The studio series was just too early for it's own good. Cardboard backgrounds, really? Not brick build ones?

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By in United States,

Why so expensive? It's only one hundred fifty pieces but thirty five dollars? As a stop motion animator, this isn't really worth it. I hope they continue the new studio line, I might be interested in some sets.

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By in United States,

I don't see what people are griping about regarding the lack of included software. While Lego's own free movie maker app is no longer available, there are plenty of others that range from cheap to free. Are they necessarily all the best or most professional? Of course not. But this set isn't really for AFOLs who are trying to put together high-quality Brickfilms—it's for kids who may not have made any sort of movie before, Lego or not, and want to give it a shot. With that in mind, the low price of this set and compatibility with standard smart devices should make this quite successful.

I do like the smartphone stand as well as the large backdrop and stage, and the clear piece for positioning the fig is handy for those who don't already have one. But I am a little disappointed that, unlike the Lego Studios sets, not much seems to be included in the way of props or set dressing. Perhaps that's to encourage kids to use it along with other existing Lego Batman Movie sets.

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By in United States,

Would be nice if they offered a version with a camera for people who don't already have one or a smart phone.

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By in United Kingdom,

Misnomer in terms of a movie maker set. Picture backdrop and camera stand seems a more appropriate title.

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By in United States,

Should be $14.99.

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By in United States,

Hey Huw, do you know if it will work with Windows Phone? Some LEGO apps do, some don't.

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