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Set Review - The LEGO Movie Accessory Pack 5002041

I have to say, I'm rather excited about The LEGO Movie.  The sets are less than interesting to me.  I didn't build the wacky stuff as a kid.  I built infrastructure.  Like a space port.  Or a 4-wide train whose tireless wheels ran on an amazing layout of 1x plates for tracks.  But there is certainly some nostalgia that is piqued when I see the sets.  Still not buying them though.

But then I was browsing for the latest polybags and I was left jaw dropped.  There was this accessory pack for the movie that included two micro vehicles from the sets.  Must. have. now.  A little research and I found I could get it from my local LEGO store.  Free.  Wha?  When I called up I was told there were still several left (kind of the same scenario with the recent holiday boxes.)  The next day I went down and walked straight up to the counter.

"What do I gotta do to get me one of them LEGO Movie polybags?"

"Oh, they're for the kids if they build something at the build station, but here you go, no charge."

"Why thank you sir, this is the greatest gift ever!"*

I went and got me a cup o' PaB but then decided I should play the game.  So I went to the build station and slapped together a castle turret on some wings, then draped it with foliage.

"Here you go, my Aztec ruins fighter!"**

"Hey that's great, we'll put it on the display shelf."

It occurred to me that the new sets are all about creativity.  After years of not getting pictures of alternate builds that weren't in the instructions, I'd like to think that TLG is finally growing bigger.  Perhaps they're saying, "y'know what, forget this customer placating stuff.  It seems that kids are growing soft and unable to build anything we don't give them a one piece per step instruction manual for.  Let's start a campaign to get them building from their imagination.  And let's see if we can work in a billion dollar movie with some licensing deals to make it the greatest thing since Blacktron!"*  So to give out a promo that is based on the merits of a kid slapping some bricks together not from some instructions gets my kudos.

Enough story time, let's eat steak.  The set includes quite a bit of swag.  There's a keychain with a lenticular image on both sides; one side has crazy Benny and the other has Good Cap / Bad Cop.  Then there's a sticker sheet with four of the characters.  Likely I'll never apply them.

But the sauce on the steak is those microbuilds.  Both microbuilds are near the same except for the colors and top treatment.  The garbage truck is green and dark green with some orange accents on top.  The ice cream truck is pink and lime on white with a giant ice cream cone overhead.  The representations are OK, the garbage truck being more garbage trucky shaped.  The ice cream truck has the same shape but it should perhaps be squared off in back.

It's nice to see that the wheels actually turn.  In the Tower Bridge the micro cars had 1x1 round plates stuck stud-in to the Technic plates.  Here, there are half pins in the Technic plates and the 1x1 round plates are studs out.  I took this picture exactly two years ago and I've been doing this technique prior to that.  The alternate builds are as similar as the main builds.  In fact, they're downright identical other than the roof adornment.  And color.  And the rounded rear of the ice cream truck is now apparent as those parts are moved forward to the nose of the alt build.

This set has a small assortment of bright pink and green.  Of interest are the baby bows and ice cream cone.  For any other parts purposes it's pretty light.  But you're not getting this for parts.  You're getting this because you love the movie, you love micros, or you would love to see a movie about LEGO Micros.

I was so inspired I wanted to try making a few more of the sets in micro.  It was uber fun.

Bad Cop's Pursuit

Castle Cavalry

MetalBeard's Duel

Super Cycle Chase

The Flying Flusher

Rescue Reinforcements
I would have done Creative Ambush and Lord Business' Evil Lair but I ran out of time.  And steam.  Maybe next week?  And maybe the Sea Cow and the Spaceshipx3.

Want one?  Get to your closest LEGO Brand Retail Store and build something before they're gone.  Or spend $15+ on Ebay 'cuz someone else slapped together three bricks.**

Get The LEGO Movie set from LEGO Shop @ Home:

*Not really