The Lime 3x3 dish is the best new part to come from The LEGO® Movie, hands down. As soon as the first pictures of Cloud Cuckoo Palace surfaced online, I knew I needed that dish, very badly. I'm always looking out for new colours to make robot turtles. Look at them. Aren't they adorable.
So the turtle rainbow now looks like this, which pleases me. It's nice to have one of the little guys occupy that area of the colour wheel.
In celebration of this new turtle colour I've made some Lime variants, featuring exciting upgrades and new, previously unseen weapons. Lime is a surprisingly cool colour to work with - there are some nice little fiddly parts, and some rare ones like frying pans and 1X4X1 little fences. I've become dependent on the syringe while making these, and maybe I was chasing the first thrill. As detailing parts go, the needle's all you need.
Over the past few weeks I've not stopped thinking about Lime turtles, and one thing led to another... it seems an exciting new LEGO element can turn me into an experimental weapons developer. From the future.
Special thanks to Chris Salt and James Shields for their hard work on this film.
If any LEGO Designers would like to help me make more turtles, I'd like boat studs in brown, dark blue and pearl gold, please.
I heartily second Pete's thanks to Chris and James; what a cool film! And huge thanks to Pete too for making all this for us. If you're in need of more turtle motion, check out this clip of Pete's eye-popping build with Simon Burfield; the turtle factory. Still insatiated? There's more turtle goodness on Legoloverman's photostream.
As you can't fail to notice, the 3X3 Lime dish is not the only new thing in Cloud Cuckoo Palace. The set is a riot of new elements, more so than any other from The LEGO Movie. If I was being judgmental I'd state that the wild colours of these new elements render them pretty useless, but given what Pete's just showed us, that's obviously not the case!
my review of 70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair. Her neck isn't the only Yellowish Green [BL]/Spring Yellowish Green [TLG] part in Cloud Cuckoo Palace; there's a 1X4X5 wall piece with arched window. In my previous post I mentioned that 70804 Ice Cream Machine has a 2X2 round dome in Spring Yellowish Green, so it feels like this colour is making a proper entry into System in 2014, although we're a long long way from having enough parts to achieve much.
A number of arched bricks come in new colours in the set too: the 1X8X2 arch is in Dark Pink [BL]/Bright Purple [TLG] (Element ID 6059172 | Design ID 3308), there are four of the new 1X3X3 Gothic arch in Bright Pink [BL]/Light Purple [TLG] (Element ID 6059160 | Design ID 13965) and the 1X5X4 inverted arch is in Medium Azure (Element ID 6059165 | Design ID 30099). The latter also now appears in 71006 The Simpsons House.
Other new elements are the 1X2/1X2 inverted bracket (Element ID 6057458 | Design ID 99780) in Yellow [BL]/Bright Yellow [TLG], the Medium Azure flower brick (Element ID 6059181 | Design ID 98262), round 1X1 tiles in Bright Pink (Element ID 6055380 | Design ID 98138) and the Dark Pink 2X1X2 65° slope (Element ID 6062343 | Design ID 60481). Bright Light Yellow [BL]/Cool Yellow [TLG] got a big boost last year in 41005 Heartlake High; we now get a 6X6 plate with curved corner in this set (and 41035 Heartlake Juice Bar has two). There are also a couple of printed 4X4 dishes, one of which is a lovely new spiral print (Element ID 6068033 | Design ID 17161).
If I can be a little picky; I'd have liked some more cloud. Having the catapult as a separate object from the palace helps to give some sense of environment, and I feel one or two more of these clouds would have made this set more fun to arrange. Of course it's easy to add your own clouds but I'm a little short in the white curved brick department! I'm sure kids will be happy to use any white bricks they have to hand.
A lot of men (not just me!) seem to like this set, which is refreshing. It seems the self-aware hyper-twee Cloud Cuckoo Land is going to be a very funny and successful concept, and I'd love to see a larger set released - or some huge fan builds!
Our thanks to LEGO's Community and Events Engagement Team for providing this set.
70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace retails at US$19.99/GB£17.99.
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