Coming 1 February 2019 (and already available for VIP members), LEGO® 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! is the largest and arguably most thrilling set from THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part. But how do the parts stack up? Sven Franic takes a look inside this 3178-piece set and its plethora of Sand Green.
The flagship set for THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part focuses attention on the part of the film featuring the derelict remains of Bricksburg from the first film (which may have some resemblance to New York?). This is an opportunity to jump on the revived pop-culture trend of the post-apocalypse dystopia and a great way for adult fans to connect with what is probably the closest The LEGO Group will touch a certain Ozploitation trilogy from our childhoods.
Building techniques in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!There are no obviously surprising techniques used in the set. As expected, Technic bricks and liftarms are used for the sturdy armature of the structure and the designer used the Pythagorean theorem to get the statue’s torch and head angled at ≅ 55 degrees while staying within legal connections. This unusual angle closely matches one of the rarely used System slope elements, Slope 6 x 1 x 5 55 (Design ID 30249). The “55” is actually more like 55.1755108°.
The rather large Slope is also impossible to match with other System elements from the wedge brick and wedge plate families. In this set, any gaps left by the inconsistency of angles in pieces used to cover up the internal Technic armature can conveniently be excused by the worn appearance of the statue.
The only completely new moulds present in the set have already been covered in recent New Elementary posts: the 2x2 turntable and the altered mould for the 1x4 plate with 2 studs, so instead let's focus on the recolours.
Recoloured pieces in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!Welcome to Sand Green Bonanza!
Back in 2014, Sand Green was a popular, but somewhat rare colour. Most of the sets that had large amounts of this shade were retired by then, and expensive to begin with, so the market dried up quickly. From 2017 to 2019 Sand Green went from niche to mainstream again. The recent Architecture set 21042 Statue of Liberty alone contributed a large push of Sand Green parts back into production and introduced dozens of new pieces. If you think that was plenty, wait until you see what the Apocalypseburg inventory holds.
In total, 17 elements are new in Sand Green.
- (Element ID 6258159|Design ID 25994) Hot Dog Sausage
- (6258329|41770) Wedge Plate 2 x 4 Left
- (6258333|41769) Wedge Plate 2 x 4 Right
- (6258323|15395) Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Bottom
- (6233984|26601) Wedge, Plate 2 x 2 Cut Corner
- (6250172|31493) Technic, Brick 1 x 2 with Axle Hole
- (6223171|99206) Plate, Modified 2 x 2 x 2/3 with 2 Studs on Side
- (6258387|60478) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on End
- (6258337|92903) Brick, Arch 1 x 3 x 2 Curved Top
- (6256462|47759) Wedge 2 x 4 Triple
- (6257848|61406) Spike 2 x 8
- (6258326|2450) Wedge, Plate 3 x 3 Cut Corner
- (6258391|21229) Fence 4 x 4 x 2 Round
- (6254117|59349) Panel 1 x 6 x 5
- (6254118|30249) Slope 55 6 x 1 x 5
- (6258320|30565) Plate, Round Corner 4 x 4
- (6258390|45301) Wedge 16 x 4 Triple Curved
- (6258321|6091) Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top
- (6133896|3068) Tile 2 x 2
- (6258145|6143) Brick, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole
- (6258344|41749) Wedge 8 x 3 x 2 Open Right
- (6258376|41750) Wedge 8 x 3 x 2 Open Left
- (6249817|3020) Plate 2 x 4
There are two re-colours in Sand Blue, one for the 1x2 Brick with handle on end (6248968|34816), and the other for Panel 1x6x5 Corrugated (6258378|23405). Sand Blue is a great colour for this panel as it resembles the sun-faded paint of old shipping containers.
Brick, Modified 1 x 1 x 1 2/3 with Studs on 1 Side is now introduced in Earth Blue [TLG] / Dark Blue [BL] making it the 14th re-colour of this fairly new element.
Slope 45 1 x 1 x 2/3 Quadruple Convex Pyramid (6256734|35344) can now be found in Reddish Brown which is surprisingly only the second solid, non-pearl colour for this part.
The only new 2019 moulds present in the set have already been covered in recent New Elementary posts: the 2x2 turntable and the altered mould for the 1x4 plate with 2 studs, however the 12 minifigures in the set bring some interesting new and recoloured elements with them.
LEGO Minifigures in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!
Stickers & Decorations in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!
There is an abundance of stickers, and some of them are crucial for the set’s film references. They are spread evenly throughout the build.
ConclusionLarge LEGO sets can be notorious for repetition during the building process, but allow Apocalypseburg to break the habit as one of the most entertaining experiences. The set follows a style of busy, detailed structures in a controlled environment which is a method successfully trialled by 70620 Ninjago City. Every segment tells a story and you can’t be sure what it is until it is built. What might seem like a cute torture chamber, turns out to be just an improvised barber shop. Allowing comedy from the film to seep into the set is a bonus perk of the LEGO Movie 2 theme, and Apocalypseburg makes the most of it by packing every room with Easter eggs and funny pop culture references. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg comes with 3178 pieces, 12 minifigures and retails for 299,99 € / £279.99 / $299.99, available 1 February 2019 with early access for VIP members starting now.
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