Everything still awesome in new Lego Movie 2 trailer

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is almost here, and it looks… well, awesome.

A new trailer has finally been released for the sequel to 2014's smash hit The Lego Movie, featuring Emmet and Lucy (AKA Wildstyle) taking part in an intergalactic adventure to stop a Duplo army bent on the destruction of everything Lego. The trailer appeared this morning on Warner Brothers Pictures' YouTube channel, offering a much more in-depth look at the forthcoming flick's story than the teaser trailer that was released back in June.

Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks reprise their lead roles from the first film. Also back for return engagements are Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, Alison Brie as Unkitty, Charlie Day as Benny, and — of course — Will Arnett as Batman, fresh off his very own well-received Lego feature.

Joining the cast this time around are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (in a nod to her Suicide Squad role), Tiffany Haddish as the adorably evil Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, Arturo Castro as Ice Cream Cone, and Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new trailer also gives a spotlight to new character Rex Dangervest, who is also voiced by Pratt and boasts a number of slightly familiar distinctions. He describes himself as a "galaxy-defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer," causing Emmet to respond with hilarious puzzlement.

The trailer is chock full of the sweet-yet-oddly-dark humor that made the first film a surprise hit, and as before, it's Lucy supplying a healthy amount of the darkness. The spot opens with her ominous voiceover intoning, "Once, everything was awesome. Now, everything… is bleak," as she stares solemnly into the distance, only for Emmet to cheerfully interrupt her brooding with the offer of a hot cup of coffee. "Coffee?" Lucy asks. "The bitter liquid that provides the only semblance of pleasure left in these dark times?" Yep, it definitely looks like we're in for a spot-on sequel here. 

Original writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have enlisted some friends to help out with the second installment. They co-wrote the script along with sophomore screenwriter Matt Fogel and Raphael Bob-Waksberg of Bojack Horseman fame, and turned over the director's chair to Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) and first-time feature director Trisha Gum, who has worked as an assistant director on Robot Chicken and served as head of story on The Lego Batman Movie.

In case you were hiding under a large rock in 2014, The Lego Movie shocked just about everyone by becoming one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed animated films of its year. It was also an early adopter of the "February is the new May" philosophy, posting the second-highest February opening weekend in history until it was eclipsed by the likes of Fifty Shades of GreyDeadpool, and Black Panther.

This time, however, Lord, Miller and company won't be taking anyone by surprise. In a crowded February box office that will include James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez' Alita: Battle Angel and the sequel to 2017 horror smash Happy Death Day, Warner Brothers is apparently quite confident that its band of Lego adventurers is more than capable of taking on all competition.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part hits screens on February 8, 2019.