Theme: Monkie Kid
Release Year: 2022
Cost: AU $49.99
Pieces: 309 (with two minifigures)
Time to launch into a new wave of Monkie Kid! With some interesting new elements and exciting builds, I’m really looking forward to these. Let’s get stuck in. First up is 80030 Monkie Kid’s Staff Creations. Monkie Kid’s staff has the power to turn into anything he wants – in this case, a race car, plane and mech in red, bright yellow, teal and black – really vibrant colours. There’s also two minifigures in the set – Monkie Kid, and the Monkey King.
They look great – Monkie Kid has a smirk and a determined angry double face print, with a white classic style top, red sash belt and headband, and black pants. He’s got the Monkie Kid logo on the back, and it looks great. The Monkey King’s prints look fantastic, with dual moulded legs, and a great curved tail element too. The Monkey King has his red and gold staff, and the Kid has a brown staff.
What I really like about this set is it’s modularity. Each of the first two builds is made up of a core segment, and other parts that clip on to embellish the build and it’s identity. The two builds are held together with a new element – two plates with rounded ends and bars in the middle. The height ends up being the same as a full block. There’ll be some useful options with that.
The first two builds are great fun. Even the staff ends at the front and back work. I don’t mind them. There’s even a clip on the back of the race car for the Kid’s staff.
Another exciting element is the cloud-on-a-bar. While not new – it was seen in the previous wave of Monkie Kid – it works well as jet wash!
The final build of the trip is the mech, and it also includes another new element in the set – the 2×6 plate with an angle. The centre is a circle with a stud hole, and there’s a step in each end by the thickness of one plate.
It’s an interesting element to include for a mech. Surely you’d want to have more functionality and poseability with a mech instead of rigid arms and legs? They do look good, and in a small mech there’s not a lot to lose, but it could have been better.
In terms of playability, this set has it in droves – as soon as I had finished building it, my 4 year old daughter grabbed them and started playing – she was happy for a good couple of hours playing with them. We did find that the Monkey King minifigure doesn’t fit in any of them because of his tail. I get that the vehicles are more for the Kid than the King, but kids won’t care about that – my daughter certainly didn’t care.
All in all though, a good start to the new Monkie Kid wave!
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.