Theme: The LEGO Movie 2
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AU $79.99
Pieces: 550 (with 3 minifigures)
The LEGO Movie 2 is most likely a long distant memory now, but there’s still a large number of sets still available on shelves, and it’s a shame because there are still some excellent options. I’ve still got a few sets from TLM2 sitting on the review pile, so I’ll be looking at them over the next few weeks, starting with 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy – the massive 4×4 monster truck.
This one immediately caught my eye as a must have. As a big fan of 4x4s, I knew I had to get this one in the collection. Inside the box are four numbered parts bags, the instruction sheet and a sticker sheet.
We get three minifigures (plus a chunk of MetalBeard) in this set – Emmet, Lucy Wyldstyle and Sharkira.
Emmet looks very standard, in his orange work gear. Thankfully the other two are much better. Lucy Wyldstyle looks great in her new Apocalypseburg outfit, with scarf and goggles on her head. She’s also got a double sided head – smirking and a frown. This version of Lucy is also in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! (also on the review list). Her printing is great – she’s got so much character.
Sharkira is the third minifigure in the set, and she also looks good. She’s also found in a small polybag set which is not easy to come by, but in a different outfit. In this variant, it’s just this set. The printing is pretty good, and I love the shark mouth print on the visor, although I’m not sure about the visibility! There’s always a downside to printing a light colour on a dark mould, and this is the case for printing yellow on Sharkira’s torso – it just isn’t as vibrant.
To me, some of the exciting elements included in the set are the inverted corner roof slopes in sand blue, the heart plate (I know they’re not new, but it’s the first I’ve seen), the shock absorber which we haven’t seen in a while, and oddly enough, the crossbow! It seems like ages since I have seen one.
The build is enjoyable, especially once the suspension comes in. The chassis and body build is fun. The shaping of the car’s body is particularly clean, and would look great in a standard car. The big rear engine block is a fun addition. While the front suspension works and is a great inclusion, it’s a little strange that the rear axle is rigid.
There’s also a small satellite build in the form of a catapult that launches some seemingly random red parts. It’s small sections like this that I wonder why? It just doesn’t really add anything that exciting.
Speaking of the possibility of play functions, in addition to the catapult there’s also driving around, but with a lack of steering and only the front suspension working, it seems a bit awkward. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still a lot of fun, but in order to fix those things, the set would have had to change drastically. I like the little hidden rockets underneath the bonnet as well, but there’s no real play factor there at all. Add it with 70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy, however, and there’s a lot more play, and it’s sure to look pretty great! I’ll have to pick up a copy of that one too, now. Thanks James!
While the set looks good – it’s mean and certainly draws your eye – it’s not a cheap set. At $80, I was honestly expecting a little more. The thing is, I don’t know what more I was expecting. It’s a cool looking car, and can fit two minifigures in it, but as a stand alone set, it’s left me a little bit wanting, and I can’t explain why. It’d be great in any collection, especially car fans as it’s unique and would draw the eye to it, but it all depends on the individual of course. It is however, a fun build experience.
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 17/20
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 17/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 7/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.