It was large, it was all white, it was a girl’s head.
“The initial concept of the big head didn’t have any major features at that time. It was more about creating the idea of a watchful presence of the sister,” Explained Jason Amador Moreno, designer of 70830 The LEGO Movie 2 Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship!
“When we received concepts from the movie studio, we usually try and build a 1 to 1 version of it. When we did the head, it was really to have a big look at it.”
The design was a bold movie from the studio – and a set the designers didn’t expect to fly off shelves based on the first iteration.
“the LEGO team felt it best to propose something that had more iconography from Sweet Mayhem (her helmet). Thus, many versions of spaceships inspired by her helmet were made.”
But it wasn’t a one way process: while designing the ship, the ship’s colors influenced the colors of Sweet Mayhem’s helmet.
“After presenting to the studio it did inspire them to revise the concept to something a bit more spaceshipy. After that it became a back and forth of cooler versions of Sweet Mayhem inspired helmet spaceships,” Jason said.
Scaling it down presented new challenges to keep the model true to the movie’s storyline.
“One thing is the real challenge in the final model. It has a cockpit that fits a Minifigure and Mini-doll, a prison that fits 2 Minifigures, a disc shooter, wings that rotate, storage for heart, star, weapons, AND a roll of stickers! All within a ball, one of the most challenging shapes to make out of LEGO bricks.”
With all The LEGO Movie 2 sets, designers needed to work in collaboration with the studio to make models which fit the story and make good LEGO sets. This can result in much back and further and many different versions of a set.
“One great example is the Apocalypseburg Batmobile. It had gone through many iterations and was approved from both the studio and the LEGO Group. Yet in the end it was cut entirely from the movie due to various reasons. This just speaks to how organic the movie process can be.”
Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship! wasn’t just the design of one person, Jason worked with a model coach, creative lead, and other designers to help it reach its final form.
“We are really appreciative that we could collaborate with the studio in the end to create a super cool movie model but also a fantastic toy.”
You can view the prototype model of Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship! At the LEGO House, and purchase it from the LEGO Shop.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is available on digital now and on Blu-ray™ May 7th in the US and Mexico will be available everywhere July 22nd.