Lego Lord of the Rings: How Does Lego Get Away With It?

Today Warner Bros announced that there will be a Lego Lord of the Rings. Traveler’s Tales is releasing yet another cult following movie into the world of Legos. They’ve been transforming classic movies into games since 2005 with the release of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Lego Lord of the Rings is sure to fit the Lego video game mold. It will have unlockable characters, loosely follow the storyline, and make the complicated world simplified with Lego blocks.

There are some changes from previous Lego games that I saw on the Lego Lord of the Rings trailer. First off, characters in this game will have the ability to talk. This is an unprecedented feature. All of the lines are either from the movie, or voiced by the original character’s actor. It also looks like you’ll have a full group adventuring with you through the Lego world as scenes from the trailer made it look like the entire fellowship followed you on your quest.

I personally enjoy the Lego games. They aren’t day one titles for me but I like the simplicity and humor that Lego games always include. But how does Traveler’s Tales studios get away with their meddling? What movie/game has a bigger fanboy following than Star Wars, Batman and Lord of the Rings?

Lego Star Wars games got an average score of over 8 on most of their titles. I’m surprised that fanboys allowed the game to get that high. I’m even more surprised that there are fanboys out there that actually appreciate the Lego equivalent of their diehard obsessions. The Lego games that I have played usually dumb the storyline down and make it funny. Like in the Lego Lord of the Rings trailer where the Balrog burps while breathing fire at Gandalf.

It’s these changes to story that usually infuriate diehard fans. What I don’t understand is how Lego of all things is getting away with it. There is something about the Lego games that protects it. Not everyone likes the Lego adaptation of their favorite movies, but the games still get high scores from every major reviewer.

Maybe it’s the fact that a lot of gamers grew up playing with Legos. Adding Legos to a game hits on nostalgia that surpasses even our most favorite series. Maybe fanboys are just more rational than I thought. But when it comes down to it, Lego can change a storyline and add silly cartoons to a fanboy favorite, and somehow they get away with it. What other company can do that?