Theme: LEGO Monkie Kid
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AU $229.99
Pieces: 1629 (with six minifigures)
One of the most eye catching sets from the new LEGO Monkie Kid range was this – 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech. With the gold and red colour scheme, this is one beautiful looking build. Not only that but there are four little side builds and six minifigures included.
The minifigures – Monkie Kid, Monkey King, General Ironclad, Grunt, Jia and An look good, but the big drawcard in here is the Monkey King minifigure. It’s not the first time that the Monkey King has been seen in minifigure form though.
He also appeared in Series 19 of the CMFs, and to be honest, I don’t know which one I prefer! On the left is the version from this set, and the CMF version on the right (thanks to BrickLink for the images). The torsos and legs are completely different, as is the face, but the shoulder armour in the set version are much more ornate. Either way, if you’re a fan of Journey to the West, you’ll probably want to pick up both versions if you can. This version also has a staff using the new lightsaber handles, which look excellent.
The other minifigures are nice, but nothing we haven’t really seen before. This version of Monkie Kid, with the bright light orange jacket, red pants, black boots and headphones is also in 80013 Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ. I’m just glad I have more headphones now!
The Ironclad minifigures are also nicely detailed, but I’m unlikely to do anything else with them apart from display them with the Monkie Kid sets.
The last two minifigures are An and Jia, both of which could be seen in any City set, although I do like the holiday printed torso on Jia.
There are some incredible elements in this set, but we can’t go any further without talking about all that bling. This isn’t just any gold, this is metallic gold. Check out the image below.
That’s yellow, pearl gold, and metallic gold. The metallic gold is much brighter and more gold-like, and this set has it in spades. This set has almost 120 elements in metallic gold – the most ever in one single set! There’s slopes, tiles, bows, hubs, bananas, dishes, spoilers and those lightsaber handles. It’s brilliant (in more ways than one). There’s also a nice smattering of teal, especially seen in the 1×1 heart tiles on the arms and the large 6×6 tile. There’s obviously plenty more in this set that’s noteable -the pearl gold ring, printed eye tiles, printed heart tiles, printed menu 1×2 tiles, but we’d be here forever. What is worth a mention are the other items – a sticker sheet with 47 stickers – still a lot, but I think worth adding; a foil sheet with some flags and banner items wrapped with the instructions, and a large fabric cape. This detail is fantastic.
The set includes a number of smaller builds as well as the main mech, and they aren’t too bad.
First is the small Bull Clone Mech. It’s suitable for a single minifigure and is a perfect example of a bare bones mech build. The cannons on the shoulders make nice use of Metalbeard’s beard again, although it doesn’t have the same effect at this scale.
There’s also a small tree and rocks meant to represent Flower Fruit Mountain, the home of the Monkey King’s staff. It’s not obvious in the instructions what the upside down stud is meant to represent, but it’s to hold the staff.
A floating cloud is built for the Monkey King, sitting on a transparent stand. This looks really clean.
The last of the small side builds is the Noodle Shop and Monkie Kid’s apartment. It’s a strong side build, adding just a little more to the set, and a better sense of scale for the Mech. This thing is meant to be big. The building is on an 8×8 plate, with a large wedge plate attached by pins to increase the footprint. The colours on the building are really nice, and the arcade machine outside (next to a very clever and simple telegraph pole) is a cool addition.
There’s also a small play feature – turn the grey downpipe at the top of the building and the side wall pops out. I’m not sure whether this is from the battle damage or as an escape plan, or even just for more accessibility. It’s the little details in this model that are excellent. The billboard at the top, the air-conditioning unit, the lantern and the flower bed are nice.
On to the main attraction! The build itself is fun, but due to the requirement for symmetry, there’s a lot of repetition. The good thing is that the shoulder and hip joints are super strong, so while it’s a little harder to position where you want it, you know it’ll stay put.
The cockpit is also beautifully executed, building up the chest but still looking seamless with the rest of the build.
The overall colour scheme of red, teal, metallic gold and yellow is perfect – it has a real regal appearance. There’s no knee joints in this mech, common in most as it’s hard to have them and have the mech itself supported well enough, and limited motion at the wrists. They rotate, but can’t be angled. The knees make use of a large ball joint and two smaller ones for added strength and positioning.
The feet also have an anti slip technique, similar to the Demon Bull King – this time using a small tyre underneath. It’s extremely effective.
The hands are where I feel this set lets us down. The fingers and thumb are there, but due to the single point of connection, they don’t grip nicely, which ends up looking awkward on the staff.
The foil elements and the large cape cover the unsightly hip joints and rear of the mech really well. Add in the huge staff and it’s done! Two more ball joints allow for a strong connection to both hands, and it can be shortened if needed as well, although I didn’t bother. It looks much more imposing at full length!
This is a very impressive set. A stunning colour scheme, excellent stature, unique parts inclusions that will be sure to excite the parts fans among us. It’s able to withstand a bit of pushing and pulling to position it, and has some nice support build inclusions as well.
The fact that this is LEGO impresses me, and I’ve seen some even more incredible things made out of the humble brick. If you have the opportunity to add this to your collection, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 19/20
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 18/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 8/10
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.