Lego Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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More violence than plot...and lots of Lego tie-ins.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 88 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The idea of teamwork is touted, but the frequent unprovoked violence works against any positive take-aways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Stormer and Furno engage in a type of rivalry that eventually saves them from destruction. But the many violent acts in the movie make it hard to see any of the characters as truly positive role models.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of battle scenes, though all characters are robots. Weapons of all conceivable shapes and sizes -- bombs, lasers, guns, acid -- plus lots of punching and pounding. Perilous situations like girders falling on robots, falls from high buildings, and spaceship crashes.

Sexy Stuff

Threatening language: "idiot," "loser," etc.


All of the characters are Lego action figures that are for sale. Accessories like vehicles and space stations also for sale. Kids will know the products by name at the end of the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is essentially a long commercial for Lego's Hero Factory product line. All of the characters and vehicles that appear are for sale. Plus, there's lots oof over-the-top fighting, including myriad weapons (bombs, lasers, guns, acid) and lots of punching and peril. And in the end, the characters, while touting messages of teamwork, don't rise above the violence and commercialism that infiltrate every part of this DVD.

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Adult Written byPJJUHASZ December 11, 2020

One of the Great Works of American Cinema

This movie has it all. Sex, drugs, and alcohol reign supreme in a world where a bunch of heroic robots band together to take down gang violence in their galaxy.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfelix1229 July 29, 2012

good kids movie.

it is a good kids movie but it does have a good amount of violence, and every character in the movie you can buy. words like "sucker" and "nutcas... Continue reading

What's the story?

LEGO HERO FACTORY: RISE OF THE ROOKIES has a new group of rookies who are ready and willing to fight the evil monsters of the universe. Their team leader, Stormer (voiced by John Schneider), tries to show them the ropes, but the action is too intense for classroom learning: Furno (Eric Christian Olsen) and his rookie pals have to face the bad guys in real-time. They survive attacks from an acid-throwing creature, nano-bots that take over Stormer's personality, and an evil nebula that sucks everything into its black hole.

Is it any good?

Of the three shorts included in this "movie," the first two ("Trials of Furno" and "Core Crisis") have very little driving them besides robots looking for an excuse to fight each other. The rookies are thrown into battle and asked to show what they're made of, and the flimsy plot thread about young heroes proving themselves in battle leave a lot to be desired.

The final episode, "The Enemy Within," is more interesting. Stormer is infected by nano-bots, which turns him against his crew, and the bad guys are controlled by an old aquaintance of Stormer's who betrayed him on his own rookie mission many years before. Still, unless you have the stomach for crazy, weapon-toting Legos with zero peace-keeping skills, there are much better adventure movies out there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what a hero really is. Does someone have to fight "bad guys" in order to be a hero? Who are your heroes?

  • This movie centers around fighting. How much violence penetrates kids' consciousness? Check this out: You might be surprised.

  • The heroes in this movie are robots -- one guy even makes a joke about not having a mother. Do you think it's less tragic if a robot is "killed" than a human character? Why or why not?

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