I know what you’re thinking, this is a Club Penguin blog. And you are right (cue booing from penguins because I altered a quote from The LEGO Movie trailer for use as the opening for this post). However, in my defense I am totally looking forward to The LEGO Movie, which will release in theaters on February 7, 2014. Not long! I have decided to review three of the sets from the theme to get you guys excited for it and possibly become fans yourselves. Since I have no other place to do it, I’ll just do it here.
The main premise of the film is not too overly complex. In the LEGO universe, an ordinary minifigure named Emmet is mistaken as being the Special—the last living Master Builder—who can save the LEGO universe. With the help of an old mystic named Vitruvius, a tough young lady named Wyldstyle, and Batman along with a small troupe of LEGO DC Heroes, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and learn the power of imagination to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business, who is bent on destroying the nature of LEGO universe and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.
Check out the (epic) trailer below!
As you can see, this movie looks super fun. And from personal experience, so are the sets. I present to you, 70800 Getaway Glider!
If any theme deserves a glossy, shiny box, it’s The LEGO Movie. Here we see the amount of pieces, the age recommendation (6-12, really?), the set name and number, and a fun image of our protagonist, Emmet, fleeing from some suspicious western robots. The box also reinforces the fact that this is a construction toy (as if!).
The back of the box shows a similar scene. At the bottom are the play features included. I’m pretty sure taking Emmet off the glider is very fun. If anything, Emmet has a better chance of getting killed. We also see a small advertisement for the upcoming The LEGO Movie video game. Shame I don’t have a system to play it on.
Here we are, the contents of the box. Two bags of awesomeness (EVERYTHING IS AWESOME EVERYTHING IS COOL WHEN YOU’RE PART OF A TEAM), a horse, a small sticker sheet (because I know you all love stickers ), and an instruction booklet, aka the Gateway to Creativity. Let’s get building!
I’m pretty sure the minifigures are what grabs everyone when they buy a LEGO set, and the ones here are no exception. We have the main character in the film, the dude people call Emmet. We also have the hilariously named Sheriff Not-a-robot and Deputron. A great lot here.
Here we have a random instruction booklet page. Reminds me of the old Creator sets of yesteryear.
It’s a cactus. Just a cactus. Nothing fancy, but a cactus to add to the western atmosphere. It is a bit similar to the one in the Woody’s Roundup Toy Story set.
This is the horse Sheriff Not-a-robot uses to chase after Emmet. They were first introduced in last year’s The Lord of the Rings sets. You can move the back legs to pose the horse as you wish.
This is the glider itself. I really like the design, it looks like Emmet took random parts of things to create a glider from scratch. This idea really makes for a fun set. Contrary to what you might think, the bottom part with the rods is the best place to hold the glider if you want to swoosh it around the room. Transparent rod and baseplate only used for effect.
The completed set is done. Let the western chase begin! Honestly, this is a great and nicely designed little set. You get Emmet and two little villains to hunt him down for Lord Business. The cactus and horse add to the atmosphere and the glider brings hours of play to the table. It could provide as a great starter set to the theme, unless you want the similarly priced Melting Room.
That’s it for this review. Check back later for the review of Cloud Cuckoo Palace, the home of Uni-Kitty!
Happy New Year, and ninja on!