It’s 2014, and The LEGO Movie sets and all other sets LEGO has planned for a January release should be available from shop.lego.com, LEGO brand stores, and other retail stores. What better way to celebrate the start of the New Year than a review of the most colorful and fun set from the first wave of The LEGO Movie, 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace?
The first thought you have when you stare at the box is “Woah, this is colorful! Ooh, rare pieces!” Let’s take a poll, shall we? Would you rather be seen with this set or one of the Friends sets? I thought so. It surely is great set for parts, which you will see in a bit. Here we see the number of pieces, the set number, and the note that this is a construction toy. Must I got over that again? We also see Emmet running from Lord Business’ henchman Executron, the adorable Uni-Kitty having no clue what the heck is going on, and Wyldstyle hanging with some snail.
On the back, Emmet, Wyldstyle, Uni-Kitty and the snail are having a little party to celebrate Executron’s defeat, while we see some of the play features, such as launching flowers, and an ad for The LEGO Movie Videogame.
The contents of the box basically scream “Buy me!” Pieces in green, pink, white, purple, teal and more are included here. I bet you anything that once girls see the movie, this will be the first set they’ll ask their parents to buy for them. We also have a colorful instruction booklet. I need to go lay down…
Ah, that’s better. Here is a random instruction page. The colors sure are calmer here. Let’s build!
Here we have the minifigures, three which come together very quickly. Executron is exclusive here, whilst Emmet and Wyldstyle can be found in most other sets. Emmet is just Emmet, who is identical to the one in the Getaway Glider, besides different face printing. One thing I orgot to mention in the last review is the Piece of Resistance, the part attached to Emmet’s back using a neck brace. Apparently it has some significance to the plot, and is basically two 1×1 bricks stacked with a hole in the side. It should prove useful for MOCing. Some of Executron’s parts, particularly the suit, can be used in City creations. Wyldstyle has a nice hair piece and a hood, which are both new pieces.
I know who you all are really here for: UNI-KITTY! I wouldn’t normally call anything LEGO has made cute per se, but if I had to choose one, it would be Uni-Kitty. The punk arch could definitely prove useful in a creation, but why would you want to take the little thing apart? The horn is attached using a 1×1 stud with a hole, which before had only been used in Games sets, so it’s a welcomed inclusion. The face is printed, so no worrying about stickers. And yes, the tail is new.
Apparently Uni-Kitty comes in four other varients throughout the whole set line, being Biznis Kitty, Astro Kitty, Angry Kitty, and Queasy Kitty. She also has been said to have a big secret. We will find out more once the movie releases, won’t we?
The snail… is a snail. Nothing special. However, I love the printed eyes and the way the shells are attached using one single yellow rod.
The first main part of the set you build is a catapult built into a cloud. While the cloud construction is very cool and does its job nicely, the catapult hardly ever works, and the flowers that launch always end up hitting your finger. I wish they would have paid less attention to detail and made something more playable, but whatever.
The main model of a set is a small castle where presumably Uni-Kitty lives. It looks like something out of the board game Candy Land! The colors all work well in the model, and it will no doubt make you smile. There is a gear behind the swirls that allow them to spin when turned. The sun can also be positioned any way you like. And finally, Uni-Kitty can be perched on the balcony of the castle, overlooking Cloud Cuckoo Land. Great fun to be had here!
The end result is a fun little playset that won’t fit in with anything else in your collection (assuming you are a LEGO collector already), but functions well on its own. I’d say is the most cheerful set I have on display right now, and I do not regret my purchase. This is the third cheapest set after the Melting Room and Getaway Glider, so if you have the money, why not? For twenty bucks you get more rare colored parts than you usually do in a $100 set. I rest my case.
Thank you very much for tuning in. Next up is MetalBeard’s Duel, my final The LEGO Movie set review until I buy more in February. Hope you enjoyed on this awesome first day of 2014!