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Lego Lord Of The Rings Movie

Lego Lord Of the Rings Movie – Retold For Kids

Lego Lord Of The Rings MovieThe Lego Lord of the Rings Movie Videos give kids a way to become more involved with this new Lego theme, without parents having to cope with nightmares about giant spiders or warty orcs.

There can be no doubt the theme is a huge success with adults and kids alike but if you are familiar with the books by JRR Tolkien or the Peter Jackson films, then you are aware they are not exactly kid friendly.

The movies are a tad scary for younger children while the books are too wordy for attention spans under the age of 6 or so.

Thankfully Lego have begun retelling the essence of the Lord Of the Rings using cute and funny videos which impart the main elements of the story and characters as only Lego can do.

I don’t have permission to post Lego videos on my Youtube Channel (long story) but I’ve sourced them from other places on Youtube for you and will post more as they appear.

Lego Lord Of the Rings Movie Part 1

The first video introduces the Hobbits as well as their confrontation with the Dark Riders.

Lego Lord Of the Rings Movie Part 2

The second video takes up the story after the Fellowship depart from Rivendell and joins them as they journey through the Mines Of Moria. It concludes with Gandalf’s iconic battle with the Balrog.

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Lego Lord Of the Rings Movie Part 3

Members of the Fellowship are attacked at Helm’s Deep by gift-bearing Uruk Hai.

Lego Lord Of the Rings Movie Part 4

The conclusion – From the treachery of Gollum to the destruction of the ring, the Lord Of the Rings never looked cuter.

Lego LOTR Movies

The videos are hilarious and endearing, great for kids. Obviously they miss out on a large chunk of the story – characters seem to come and go without explanation, but the overall feel of the books are conveyed without any of the gritty bits.

For older children, the upcoming Lego Lord Of the Rings Video Game will allow for greater absorption into the story and fill in some of the gaps.

Star Wars Oola Minifigure

Lego Star Wars Oola Minifigure – Too Risque?

Star Wars Oola MinifigureI was on a Lego Forum today, when I came across a thread written by parents who were shocked at the latest Lego Star Wars Oola Minifigure – they believed she showed too much “flesh” as it were.

If you are not aware, Oola is a figure in the beautiful new Lego Star Wars Jabba’s Palace set (9515) released in June of this year. Oola is the green skinned minifigure wearing a dance costume made of transparent net material.

To be honest I hadn’t taken a close look at the figure, so hunted down an image online to get abreast of the situation (sorry…last pun I promise). The image to the right is courtesy of Brickpedia.

Looking at the minifigure closely, I’m not sure if it is my upbringing or my adult sensibilities, but I wasn’t shocked, perhaps a little surprised and amused. Having said that I can understand some parents being concerned.

What do you think? IS Oola a little risque for a Lego set?

The Lego Oola Minifigure

Oola was always going to be a tough character for Lego designers to re-create in a child friendly way.

Oola

If you take a look at a promotional image of the character from Return Of the Jedi and you’ll see what I mean.

Twi’lek’s are never dressed very modestly at the best of times and being an exotic dancer in Jabba The Hutt’s court, Oola wears not much of very little.

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Interestingly also present at Jabba’s court is a bikini clad Princess Leia, images of whom fast became fanboy favorites. Lego has already produced a number of Bikini Leia minifigures with similar amounts of flesh.

Also in this “revealing” category could be placed fellow Twi-lek and Jedi Master, Aalya Secura from Revenge Of The Sith. As a character and a minifigure, she also wears very little.

In Oola’s case I suppose what sets her apart from existing Star Wars minfigures it is the “transparent” net top which reveals the shape of her chest underneath.

In isolation, it could understandably ruffle a few feathers. However for me it is movie-authentic and I hadn’t thought twice about it when looking at the set – I was mostly in awe of the architectural design of the palace and the gorgeous range of minifigures.

I should say I am a lifelong fan of Star Wars. I saw Return Of The Jedi as a child (I was 10 when it came out) and have watched it dozens of times since then, as have millions of fellow geeks.  I was familiar with the character. Her costume (or lack thereof) didn’t make me bat an eyelid, now or then.

For me personally the figure won’t stop me from buying the set for my kids who are 8 and 11.  I can understand though, in some cases & for some families, the Oola minifigure figure could be construed as too risque and inappropriate for a children’s toy.

However I am curious to hear what other parents think.

Do you think Oola is a little too scantily clad for  a Lego set? Post your comments below.