Lego Masters is a competition Reality Show hosted by Will Arnett with LEGO executives Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard serving as judges as teams of two create complex builds. It is based on the British series of the same name in which teams compete to build the best Lego project.
The series follows teams consisting of two Lego-building competitors, tasked with building creations out of Lego pieces based on a given theme within a given time period. After the allotted time to build, the teams demonstrate their creations to host Will Arnett and Judges, Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard. The judges name the winning build and as well as the bottom two teams, explaining why teams were selected in this fashion. They then announce the losing team, who, with the exception of a few episodes, are eliminated from the competition. In addition to this judging, Amy and Jamie provide suggestions to the teams mid-way through the build. Some episodes also have special guest stars, who appear in the middle of the episode to talk with the teams about their builds.
The first episode awards the team with the best design judged by the experts with the Golden Brick, which they can use on any other challenge, after the build period but before the judging, to automatically advance to the next challenge if they do not feel confident about their work. Once the team turns in the Golden Brick for immunity, it is then made available as the reward for a future challenge. Some winning teams will also get small prizes, like a trip to Lego Land. The season ends with a finale, which the top teams compete for a $100,000, a Lego Masters trophy, and the title of Lego Master.
The first episode drew in 4.8 million total viewers and was second place in ratings, just behind The Masked Singer. The first season aired February 5, 2020 on Fox after The Masked Singer. The series is also available for streaming on Hulu.
LEGO Masters provides examples of:
- Achievements in Ignorance: Tyler and Amy during the Super-Bridges episode said that they had never built a bridge before and didn't even know many of the physics involved with bridge building. So they decided to focus on trying to make the bridge look pretty and hopefully be in 2nd to last place. Their bridge was one of two that hit the one thousand pounds mark, putting them in 2nd place. Even they were surprised by how well they did with outperforming Aaron & Christian, as Aaron is a engineer who has built bridges with Lego's before.
- Actor Allusion: Will's role as host is tied to the fact that he voiced LEGO Batman.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Christian gives a Fascinating Eyebrow when Will quips that he must have weights in his dressing room for working out.
- Art Shift: Sometimes the show animates the builds with moving and talking LEGO figures.
- Babies Ever After: Amy told Will during the show that she found out recently that she was pregnant and hoped to use the prize money on a down payment of a house and for the new baby. After getting in first place in the competition and winning the prize money, Tyler and Amy said that they will use the money for a head start in helping build their new family.
- Back for the Finale: The final episode of the season has all of the teams back that were eliminated to cheer on the last teams.
- Broke the Rating Scale: The bridge building competition had about 450 pounds' worth of weights prepared. Two bridges ended up clocking in at one thousand pounds and Will says for safety reasons they can't add more weights. What makes this more broken, the additional weights that were used after the 450 pounds were bags for the camera crew as they were just finding anything in the studio to use after that point. Most of the bridges went well over the 450 pound weights that were prepared for the competition.
- The Cameo: During some of the episodes, Will pauses the competition and a special guest will show up to talk with the builders. Sometimes playing up exaggerated versions of themselves. So far, these guests have been Mayim Bialik, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Nicole Byer, Terry Crews, and the most well known Star Wars Droids: C-3PO, R2-D2 & BB-8.
- Commercial Break Cliffhanger: While not as abused as other shows, it still has some commercial breaks during critical parts of when the builds are being judged. Will even lampshades it. Played for Laughs in the first episode, when Will is chatting with some of the teams that he's not used to Reality TV conversations and he's worried that they can be cut off for a commercial at any moment — which proves to be Tempting Fate as that's exactly what happens.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Will quips that Christian must work out a lot to get his abs. Christian finds it Actually Pretty Funny.
- Epic Fail:
- The first challenge is to make a theme park build with a moving ride. Manny and Nestor's rollercoaster fails halfway, Mark and Boone's ride gets stuck due to them jostling it and Sam and Jessica's bumper cars break apart while being judged.
- During Episode 6, the Super-Bridges episode, Jermaine & Mel made a huge mistake and were unable to have their bridge line up with the pre-made road. Causing them to automatically place in the bottom 2 for not following the rules and were eliminated.
- Evil Laugh: During the "Heroes vs Villains" build, the teams who had the villains played with this trope throughout the build.
- Explosive Results: The 2nd episode played with this trope, in which LEGO's were blown up, smashed or dropped from a height and exploded. With the Judges not only commenting on how well the build is but how well it breaks apart.
- Group Hug: Usually an elimination involves these. Jermaine and Mel get one after they are eliminated.
- Happily Married:
- Richard and Flynn have been married for several years, and they reassure each other that no matter what happens, they fail or succeed together.
- Tyler and Amy are one of the best teams. They also are married and enjoy each other's company.
- Hero Stole My Bike: At the beginning of the "Cut in Half" episode, Will rides in on a bicycle and assures the builders that he didn't steal a little boy's bike. He stole a little girl's bike (to which one of the builders quips, "Much better").
- Honest John's Dealership: Travis & Corey attempt to play with this trope when they present their "Cut in Half" build. It didn't work on the judges.
- It's the Journey That Counts: When Aaron and Christian are eliminated, they say that being on the set was worth more than all the money in the world, being able to work with LEGO. This moves Will to tears.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: At first Will tries to portray himself as the Jerkass character type that he's played before. Then he breaks character to give the competitors a pep talk. One episode even had him helping Jessie and Kara move their build.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Tyler and Amy have this reaction when they learn they would have been eliminated in the Star Wars challenge if not for Will insisting that the top three teams compete.
- Aaron and Christian had this reaction during "Mega City Block" when their skyscraper build falls over while moving it towards the judges table. It caused both of them to go backstage due to how upset they were. However, they were relieved when they found out that there was still more to the build and were only half done and could rebuild it. The extra time allowed them to fix the build and come in 2nd place.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Compared to the rest of the teams, Tyler and Amy are very calm and happy about their work. The Star Wars episode is the only one where they are genuinely worried, especially when their droid loses its head multiple times.
- Reality Ensues: Invoked in the storybook episode where the kids come. Will clarifies they can't physically help with the storybook displays because it would break child labor laws.
- Reality Show Genre Blindness: Inverted and parodied; Will knows all of the tropes associated with reality competition shows and introduces them with aplomb.
- Rivals Team Up: In the "Heroes vs Villains" build, the 4 teams left, who up to this point were rivals, had to team up and became 2 vs 2 and the two bigger teams had to create a huge build together.
- Self-Deprecation: Will frequently engages with this, like in the first episode when he declares himself an expert on LEGOs before "being told" that the plural is in fact "LEGO". Or when he pretends to call his agent as a gag and acts like he has to remind the agent who he is.
- Shout-Out: In the Star Wars episode of the Australian series, the first Stormtrooper through the doorway bumps their head on the rollerdoor.
- Technician vs. Performer: Mark and Boone are the technicians to Amy and Tyler's Performers in the droid challenge. The judges pick Tyler and Amy for their droid having a vibrant personality and a clear story. Mark and Boone learn from this and in the next challenge focus on the performer side, which earns them the main win.
- Took a Level in Badass: Sam and Jessica were close to elimination in the first two episodes, coming in at the bottom 2. After the 2nd episode, they refocused their efforts and won the "Cut in Half" build. After the 3rd episode, they have become one of the toughest teams to beat, coming in 2nd or winning builds, and one of the teams in the finale. The judges confirm that they would have been in the top two if the finale had eliminated a team. In the finale, they were in 3rd Place overall. Sam and Jessica commented how much the two of them grew from those first 2 episodes.
- Trailers Always Spoil: A few commercials have aired previews of the later episodes before the results were announced or episodes air, showing viewers who were eliminated. This showed up big when the 8th episode (Storybook Episode) showed previews of the 9th Episode (Star Wars) during the episode, which showed that Aaron & Christian were eliminated.