In recent years, UK publisher DK has been releasing Lego related books that often comes with exclusive minifigures or building parts. So how can DK miss this lucrative chance when Lego and Warner released yet another Lego theme movie, The Lego Batman Movie.
The Lego Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie is a 200 pages hardcover book that will definitely appeal to both kids and adults. Wonderfully layout and filled with gorgeous images, it’s neither too wordy for the young nor too kiddo for the older ones.
With the exception of a foreword and a timeline which summarized the making process of the movie, the book is basically spilt into three major sections- Locations, Characters and Vehicles.
Locations touches on the concept art and ideas done for the massive Wayne Manor, Batcave and Gotham city etc. Characters which probably is the most interesting section for minifigure collectors touches on the brainstorming process of creating the look of the various lead characters liked Batman, Robin and Barbara Gordon while Vehicles without further explanation takes a look at the numerous out-of-this-world automobile creations.
The book is filled with thousand of concept arts, storyboards done by artists at effects house, Animal Logic some hand drawn and others employed the usage of Lego Digital Design (LDD). Personally, it’s the actual Lego models done by The Lego team that got me intrigued. You know it’s more satisfying to see a realized model than a CG one take for example the initial wacky, weapon-laden Joker vehicle which end up being the notorious lowrider.
The industry has seen less and less of making of books over the years and The Lego Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie is one for the collectors as it combined both the making of and art aspects of creating a movie. Not just for fans of The Lego Batman Movie but for anyone who loves animation.
The only downside of the book is that it doesn’t come with any exclusive Batman minifigure.
Review by Linus Tee
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