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Showing posts with label The LEGO Movie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The LEGO Movie. Show all posts

Set Review - Double Decker Couch 70818

Welcome to a new year with new sets, new reviews, and new cage matches.  In my mind, new is overrated.  It always encourages us to spend more, do more, and not appreciate what we already have.  "A pet capuchin, squee!  [94 hours later]  A pet caracal, squee!  Go away, monkey."  But newness must be embraced lest you be relegated to a musty old dinosaur sitting in the corner.

So enough of the soapbox derby, on with the new!

Teaser images of the Double Decker Couch came out last fall and I instantly knew this was going to be a hot set.  Maybe even hotter than the Research Institute.  For a measly $15 you get not one, not two, but FIVE (no, three sire- wait! augh!) minifigs including a Benny and Vitruvius.  Not only that but this is a Vitruvius with a BRAND NEW HAT!  Take that, caracal!  This new version is the ghost of Vitruvius.  Y'know, the one hanging by a floss in the movie.  The ever present Emmet and somebody named President Business are also included.  And as if there weren't enough cats already, you get Unikitty in a sitting pose with both a sad face AND a worried face.  Am I using enough CAPS?

The flagship of this set is the Double Decker Couch which is an exact replica of the one on the massively expensive Sea Cow.  If that's the real one, maybe this is the Double Decker Couch Double.  I found the construction to be a little lacking.  The top is held sturdily with some Technic love on the back but the sides are flimsy.  Most of the set is composed of plates with clips and handles, giving this thing more joints than a contortionist.  Still, you can squeeze three figs on the top and bottom each, meaning you need to borrow one from another set.
Benny, already deprived of oxygen, is having fun with his wiener.  Emmet is waffling.  President Business is all like, "what?"

The second build in this set is the Small Car from way back in 2010.  When it came out I thought it would be a cute addition to my miniscule City collection.  I modified it to pull a minifig sized teardrop trailer.  I couldn't pass on the car and was thrilled to see it in the movie.  Now, thanks to the magic of marketing I have THREE!  The second one came from a The LEGO Movie build at TRU where you could build Emmet's car that transformed to a flying car.  And by transform, I mean totally dissemble and rebuild.  This third version has a NEW HAT!  Okay, not really but the subtle differences will make a die-hard fan want it.  It's got a trans-black instead of trans-blue windshield.  But beyond that, it has a RADIO that belts out 5-1/2 hours of Everything is Awesome.  Neat little printed tile.

There's a nice bonus included within the extra parts.  As you know, 1x1 plates of both round and square variety are always included as extras.  So are cheese and other tiny modeling elements such as a horn.  What's interesting about this set is that Unikitty's expressions are printed one two separate elements.  There is an extra 1x3 brick and plate.  You can make a Unikitty AND a Mini-Kitty.  The best part is that you can give Unikitty four different expressions in all.  Or turn her into a four eyed alien.  Mucho fun!

As I said, $15 is WELL worth it.  At 197 pieces plus the extra kitteh faces, this should be selling for $25.  Perhaps LEGO saw the secondary market potential for the Vitruvius and Benny figs and sought to squash it with utter saturation.  To play that card though, they're gonna have to keep up in the production aspect.  Oh snap!

Set Review - Super Secret Police Enforcer 30282

With a name longer than the bag, this is one of the few non-exclusive, need to spend $10.75 + tax to get sets.  I got mine at TRU.  And the shocker of the year, it took longer to ring up because the cashier was looking for her copy of a 20% off LEGO coupon.  So instead of the advertised $4.99, I got it for $3.99.  Awesome!

Initially I was excited for the black and white scheme and the vague reminiscence to the flying police car in Bad Cop's Pursuit 70802.  The bummer is that this little set has no play features and nothing intentional in the way of moving parts.  Sure the cowlings on either side of the rear move up and down but only because they use hinges to effect the angle they are held at.

It looks good though.  It's got a nice swept look that would make even the bravest hero quake in fear.  But Emmet's no ordinary hero.  He's a scared hero.  And this is a robot police.  Obviously a recipe for cinematic hilarity.  And that robo-po-po is also brandishing a new sidearm, a rifle with a top clip.  It's sort of like a sight but likely is intended for things like sniper sights, tranq darts or a second barrel.

I'm a little interested in the use of the 3x2 plate with hole up front.  While I can appreciate the rounded look it gives the nose, it just looks too much like it's tow-hook ready in case it gets stuck in some nice red clay... um... mud?  And on the exact opposite end, the rear looks just like the Bat Tumbler.

At 40 parts (35 + minifig + about 5 extra parts) it's a little high priced.  Then again, it's a LEGO Movie set and it's exclusive to TRU (North America if not worldwide).  Therefore, I would expect to pay 20% above retail of an average price of 10c per part.  I suppose it's a non-issue on the low price of a polybag.  So you might as well buy one if you happen to be in the store anyway, right?

Set Review - Emmet's Car

If you haven't heard by now, Toys'R'Spendy had an in store model build with Emmet's Car.  Twice.  I guess the first event was seriously lacking in folks?  Anywho, I'm probably the last blogger in the interwebs to be throwing this out there.  But fellow lugger DMChylde was kind enough to get an extra for me to review.

Flash back a few years to 2010.  My dark ages were lightening up and I discovered the Small Car.  This was a BRILLIANT design and so indicative of the new small cars that were starting to show up on US shores.  I had to buy one.  It's still one of my favorite sets.  Of course, I like small stuff.  Also that year (though unnoticed by me until later) was the Cargo Train which contained two of those cars, rehashed.

So when I saw Emmet's Car in the LEGO Movie, I probably squealed like a little girl.  Thankfully there were only 6 of us in the theatre and I knew none of them.  It was the Small Car, updated with a few new parts.  This is the set that TRU chose to use for their build event.

The idea is that, much like other LEGO Movie sets, you could build two different tiny things with the same (mostly) pieces.  First is Emmet's Car which is the Small Car with a better bumper design, color matched steering wheel, and rear view mirrors.

Second, you build a flying car which I don't remember seeing in the movie.  Maybe it was there or maybe it was too long ago since I saw it.  It's a decent build but it looks like it was built from another set.  I suppose TLG could have Creator-fied the car and made it a little more versatile.  But with that Creator concept also comes the risk of flimsy.

Nonetheless it was a fun Sunday afternoon diversion to build the car, then the flying car, then the car again (since I like that build better).  Um, and no, I didn't try to build something else.  Sorry, I just ignored that whole creativity thing.

Set Review - The Piece of Resistance 30280

Well I hate to sound cliche or late to the party but The LEGO Movie is AWESOME!  I have some complaints and eyebrow raises but overall it was a nice hour and a half of non-commercial.  There may be some spoilers slipped in here and there so beware.  Or just go see it already.

In the action-opening scene of the movie, Emmet finds himself in front of some sort of pile of rocks or goo or gooey rocks or garbage or something I couldn't quite identify.  Within is a glowing piece of something that's equally hard to identify.  It is prophesied as the piece of resistance.  Emmet touches it and boom, the setup is over and the story begins.

If you spent $50 at Shop @ Home, you could get the polybag of this scene for free.  The polybag consists of Emmet and a pile of glowing rocks with a simple Technic blasting mechanism.  By simple I mean lever whose force breaks away a one stud connection.  Connected to this mechanism is the Piece of Resistance, AKA the Emmet Brick.  *Edit: I just discovered this is the same setup and mechanism as Thor and His Cosmic Cube 30163 from 2012.  Hmm...

The build is simple, as we'd expect from a polybag.  My 3 KFOLs had endless fun slamming Emmet down onto the mechanism to make the rock pop off.  I gave them a brief synopsis of the scene and they continued to play it out over and over for a half hour.  No, they did not come to the theatre with me to see the movie.  Maybe I'm a bad LEGO dad but I'm also a poor LEGO dad.  They won't suffer to wait and see it and it's much cheaper to buy the DVD and watch it endlessly than it is to go to the cinema just once.  I'm shrewd, that's what I am.

The life of this promo seemed pretty short lived to me and I'm glad I got one when I did.  I'm not much of a minifigure guy but at least I have a new Emmet Brick to try to ponder uses for.  If you want one you'll have to hit up the usual secondary markets for $7 and up for the set; 60c and up for the brick.


Tune in Wednesday for a more in-depth look at the Emmet Brick.

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.**

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*Not really