Theme: Monkie Kid
Release Year: 2022
Cost: AU $69.99
Pieces: 456 pieces (with four minifigures)
On to the first vehicle of the new Monkie Kid wave. 80031 Mei’s Dragon Car is a rather unique and striking build and also includes two much smaller vehicles and four minifigures. What’s even more exciting about this set, however, is the inclusion of a new colour! Flourescent yellow has arrived, albeit in a very small way, with four elements included. I’m looking forward to seeing that number increase. This set will be available on January 1, 2022.
First up, the minifigures. There’s four in the set – Monkie Kid, Mei and two Shadow Monkeys. Not just any Shadow Monkeys though – Rumble and Savage. Although they’re identical, which is a bit of a shame. A couple of minor differences wouldn’t have gone astray.
Monkie Kid looks fantastic. LEGO have gone all out with the printing! Dual moulded legs, printing on the toes, legs arms and headband – this character looks incredibly detailed. He carries his staff (on his back), a printed compass, and a map scroll that leads to the location of the Fire Rings. Mia has also got some great printing, but it’s limited to her torso and legs. There’s also some basic printing on her hair! The torso is also technically the new colour, and it’s incredibly vibrant, especially with the teal legs and gloves. Mia has a very cool looking sword with a white dragon head hilt.
The Shadow Monkeys – the bad guys for the wave – look super cool. They’re identical and look absolutely awesome with the red and black. There’s a bit of a devil vibe, mixed with some Darth Maul from Star Wars? Either way, I really like it. The red ears look great, and the printing on the torso is great, with red smoke over black, with an Evil Macaque logo on top. They’ve also got tail elements. In a similar Darth Maul vibe, one of them has a double ended sai weapon, and the other has a grappeling hook.
There’s a couple of smaller builds with the set – a skateboard that may or may not be rocket powered, and a very evil looking trike.
The skateboard looks cool. Bulky but also sleek and rugged. The trike just looks excellent. Mean, big spikes at the front, a leather (esque) seat and big pipes out the back. This thing is fantastic. The trans-purple flames out the back are really great too, with the updated flame design.
The main vehicle, the Dragon Car is very unique an looks superb. The combination of white, teal, trans bright green and new flourescent yellow is striking. The big dragon head and claws out the front are unique and well designed, but there are a few exposed areas that I’m not sure about. The front wheels are just a bit too out there, compared to the design of the back. I would have preferred the Technic struts to be concealed more, but that would have interfered with the dragon head. There’s also a flick fire missile under the top jaw. Press the base of the head down and it fires. It tends to go off accidentally quite often! Be careful.
The shaping around the cockpit looks great with the stickered 1×8 rudder pieces, but I thought that the new flourescent yellow just doesn’t look as good with the rest of the build. Yes it’s in Mei’s torso, but having it here doesn’t match with the white , teal and trans bright green. The massive blades out the back are awesome, and give it a bit of a TRON vibe. Inside the cockpit there’s a fantastic looking chair, and a printed console controller for a steering wheel – a perfect use.
All in all, this is a unique and exciting looking set. Great minifigures, fun builds and a new colour! I’m excited to see what’s next.
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.