Disney Consumer Products invited me to a top secret event this morning at MILK Studios in Hollywood to announce what they were promising to be “the future of PLAY”. The subject of the secret announcement could be the hottest toy of Christmas 2015 – Playmation “powered by Disney”. We posted the Disney Playmation teaser trailer this morning, but that probably left a lot of you wondering exactly what this new product is. After the jump I’ll tell you all about Disney’s attempt to redesign the toy, and what that actually is. We also have images and more.
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Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Every Transformers movie has been a Bumblebee movie to some extent. The yellow robot has been a constant sidekick to the human characters in the franchise, especially in the first three films. But could he lead his own movie?
Paramount is assembling a writer’s room to cobble together more Transformers sequels and spin-offs, with the first one meant to be ready by the time Michael Bay finishes his Benghazi movie. Amid rumors of a Cybertron/origin movie, there’s now talk of a Bumblebee spin-off movie, with the info coming directly from the CEO of Hasbro. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Christopher Lloyd reprises his signature role as Doctor Emmet Brown from Back to the Future trilogy in the latest LEGO Dimensions television spot. We wrote about LEGO Dimensions back in April; it’s LEGO’s attempt to take on Disney Infinity, Nintendo Amiibo and Skylanders. The new video game will use special Lego mini figures to create franchise-busting scenarios, and properties included are Batman, The Lego Movie, Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Ninjago, The Wizard of Oz, and yes, Back to the Future.
The Doc Brown Lego Dimensions trailer revolves around the premise of Doc receiving a mysterious package that has a connection to another dimension. Great Scott indeed, some very heavy stuff. Watch the Doc Brown LEGO Dimensions trailer embedded after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Lego is the biggest, most successful toy company in the world. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a decade ago, the company was in danger of failing. New leadership had to redirect and refocus the brand before it began to soar. Then, with last year’s release of The Lego Movie, Lego was brought to the mainstream in a way it never had been before.
Before that even happened, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge were on the ground floor. They were documenting the world of Lego for a film now called A Lego Brickumentary (It was formerly called Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.) The film hit the festival circuit last year but is now set for nationwide release, both in theaters and online, on July 31. The first trailer for the film, which is narrated by Jason Bateman, is now online and it’s a must watch not only for fans of Lego, but people who just don’t get the appeal, which is surely lots of you. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
You’re going to get a new Batman movie in the first part of the year for the next two years. Of course, we know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming on March 25, 2016. Now, you’ll be able to see the still-untitled Lego Batman movie on February 10, 2017.
The news is part of a release date blast for a bunch of upcoming Lego movies including Ninjago, which has been bumped back to September 22, 2017, and The Lego Movie Sequel, which has moved up a week to May 18, 2018. Read more about the Lego Batman movie release date below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. is Lego crazy. The studio did so well with The Lego Movie that a sequel has been set, and that film’s version of Batman is being spun off into his own movie. Plus there’s the Lego Ninjago movie already set for release in 2016. Now Warners is developing yet another Lego spin-off movie, called Billion Brick Race.
We don’t know the plot of the film, but it sounds like a Lego version of The Cannonball Run, or of The Amazing Race. But we do know that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce will write and co-direct it. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
One of the original conceits behind Star Wars was that the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 were the characters that tied everything together, and through whose “eyes” the stories were told. That’s not quite how it worked out, because the human characters turned out to be a lot more interesting. But the droids were always around, and now they’ll really take center stage in a Disney XD series called Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. Yeah, that’s a Lego Star Wars series, conceived as a limited animated show with five 22-minute episodes that will air later in 2015.
The idea here is interesting: Droid Tales will re-tell the stories of the first six Star Wars films, this time directly through the voices of C-3PO and R2-D2. That’s all part of a new story, which will be the first official post-Return of the Jedi tale in the newly defined canon continuity before The Force Awakens opens in December. Read More »
Battleship has already been turned into a big-screen feature, as has Ouija. Adaptations of Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering are currently in the works. And now Settlers of Catan could be the next tabletop game to get the Hollywood treatment. Get details on the possible Settlers of Catan movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Hasbro and Marvel Comics jointly stumbled into a gold mine in the early ’80s when they collaborated on a revival of the old G.I. Joe toy line. We’re at the point now where a third live-action movie is in development based on those toys, comics and cartoons from the ’80s. DJ Caruso has been in talks to direct GI Joe 3, and now a set of rumors claims to ID some of the new characters that will show up. Two are old Joe villains, the twins Tomax and Xamot. Then there’s the claim that M.A.S.K., one of G.I. Joe’s would-be rivals on the toy and cartoon front, will be part of the third film.
We’ve got the twins report, and the M.A.S.K. movie rumor, such as it is, below.