Theme: Monkie Kid
Release Year: 2022
Cost: AU $99.99
Pieces: 893 (with four minifigures)
After the first wave of Monkie Kid in 2020, we learned that the theme does mechs, and it does them really well! I’ve still got my 80010 Demon Bull King and 80012 Monkie King Warrior Mech on display. They’re always a topic of conversation in the LEGO room, and I was very excited to add 80033 Evil Macaque’s Mech to the shelf. For everyone else, you’ll need to wait until it’s released on January 1st, 2022.
The set includes the mech, a Golden Staff cannon and five minifigures – Monkie Kid, Mei, the Evil Macaque, a Shadow Monkey, and Sandy, this time in regular minifigure form instead of the big-fig from previous outings.
Monkie Kid has his new high detail torso and legs, with printing just all over the place. It’s superb. Legs, toes, torso, arms, even hair have printing. There’s a double sided head too, with angry and smirking available. There’s a teal clip and back bracket to clip the Staff to, and he’s carrying a map of the fire rings locations. Mei appears as she does with the Dragon Car set, all neon, new flourescent yellow and teal with more great printing, but this time she’s carrying all three fire rings on her back! Not sure what MK’s map is for now…
Sandy, in minifigure form, looks great. It’s a good move – cheaper for the set as big-figs can jack the price up, and there can be cheaper variants! He’s still got the bright orange beard and mohawk, and even in minifigure form he looks imposing. The potions abd satchel print looks great, as do the white legs. The massive weapon looks super cool.
The Evil Macaque has had a bit of an update since 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain, but I have to say, I prefer the old design more! The gold and red elements worked so well. Yes, this has more of an evil vibe, but the printing is a bit more muted. The scarf and fabric combo does look great, and his Shadow Staff has had a big facelift for the better, as does the hair and ear piece. More detail makes it look great. Finally, there’s the Shadow Monkey. This could be Rumble, Savage, or another unnamed minion. Jeff the Shadow Monkey? Who knows. Nothing too unique, as we’ve seen them before, but the red is great and it uses the old hair and ear piece, but with red ears. The blade he’s carrying looks mean, as does the printing. Having a whole army of these guys is going to be cool. On to the builds!
The Golden Staff cannon is simple but super cool. If you’re not sure, the Golden Staff has the power to change itself into anything MK wants. I think he should have gone with something bigger? Unless it packs a serious punch! It does look good with the red and gold, but why not a vehicle of some sort? The main drawcard though, is the mech, and while it has a few drawbacks, it looks superb.
The shaping of this mech is really well done, and the split red and black colour scheme works really well. I’m a big fan of the head in particular. You can take one look at it and know exactly what type of animal you’re looking at. The arms are very long – fitting for a macaque, and the feet give good stability. I like the use of the textured black plates to give it the look of fur on the right arm. The huge Shadow Staff also looks imposing and pairs well with the massive Golden Staff from 80012, but the biggest let down with this set is that when paired with the Monkey King’s Warrior mech, all decked out in gold, armour and the cape thing, this one just feels a little unmatched.
As the main villain of the story (at least for 2022), shouldn’t it have more imposing armour, a bigger, more dangerous weapon option, or something more sinister? Going against a massive mech that stands taller and a Golden Staff that can turn into anything, surely you’d want to go overboard. At least the Demon Bull King did!
Overall, this is still a great looking mech, and a fun set overall. I really enjoyed seeing the mech rise off the table surface, but when it stands with the other two, it’s the smaller sibling, not the evil monster. If this was the first mech from Monkie Kid you’ve got, then you’re in for a treat and a great looking set, but you may be a little disappointed if you’ve built the other ones before it.
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.