To be fair it does a decent job of making a fun scenario; hero Emmet stands on the edge of the structure and with a tug of a Technic axle, goes plummeting into the jaws of the prowling robo-alligators. At least I assume they are robotic; they have police lamps on their backs! This lifts them out of the ordinary and helps distract from the fact that the alligator design is now twenty years old and could do with a redesign to bring the style in line with recent LEGO animals. Given how rarely they're needed for sets however, I guess this isn't a big priority for TLG.
What makes this a great set is the police car; it's a fabulous design that wouldn't look out of place amongst fan MOCs. It is retro yet futuristic, pod-like and streamlined, with lots of interesting angles and loads of curves thanks to the impressive range of Black bows used.
It's a fun and intricate build. The two wheel rims aren't used for wheels, as this car has none! Some SNOT turns them into an oval frame for the thrusters, a technique much loved by fan builders. There's less SNOT than I anticipated, just eight brackets, but there are many kinds of hinges utilised; this set is almost a Who's Who of Hinges. I was surprised LEGO did not insist on attaching boat studs to the underside of the vehicle; this is pretty standard for anything that a child might potentially push along a carpet. Perhaps as an airborne vehicle this was deemed unnecessary. My favourite design feature are the diamond shapes echoed along either side.
I imagine you guys aren't as into "play functions" as the target audience are, but one of them is very fun. On either side of the vehicle, the panels flip up to reveal double-jointed arms which fold out to reveal weaponry. You'll want to make some sound effects as you unfold the arms! Notably, none of the weapons are flick fire missiles, but as I'm about to discuss in a moment, there's a new projectile included that's ready to threaten children's eyeballs across the globe instead.
The greatest play feature though is the fact that the car is eminently swooshable and cool. Having started out being non-plussed about Bad Cop's Pursuit I finished feeling that, thanks to the car, this is actually one of the best sets of the range. Especially if you're one of the people put off by the general random silliness of this theme (me, I love the general random silliness). I'm also pleased there's a set in the range that isn't overloaded with minifigures.
this bit of the trailer, you will know forms one of the many in-jokes from the film. His dippy happy face is very fun and reusable, for starters it would make a good "Where's Wally?" The cop is also available in the Collectible Minifigures range, but not with this face.
There are some interesting basic elements too. Once again I have cause to mention the 2X14 plate, a part you could easily overlook but in fact only came into being in 2012. It appears in Tan [BL]/Brick Yellow [TLG] in this set for the first time ever (Element ID 6036487 | Design ID 91988). A plate that isn't exclusive but is rare is the 2X8 plate in Dark Blue [BL]/Earth Blue [TLG] (Element ID 6027627 | Design ID 3034); only available in three previous sets including the desirable 10187 VW Beetle. You get two here. These plates all get used in the railway structure I was moaning about earlier, which also provides us with four of those useful 2X2X10 latticed girders in Black (Element ID 4667463 | Design ID 95347). Less usefully, we also get four Reddish Brown 2X4 right-hand wedge plates... and zero left-handed!
Alternate buildHaving challenged my fellow reviewers to build an alternate, I figured I'd better have a go too. There's a diverse range of bows and slopes in the set and I was drawn to these as I began randomly sticking stuff together. Happily, my vague assemblage evolved into Robo-Budgie. Look out; he'll make cuttlefish outta you.
My thanks to LEGO's Community and Events Engagement Team for providing this set.
70802 Bad Cop's Pursuit retails at US$29.99/GB£24.99.
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Bad Cop's Pursuit
LEGO The LEGO Movie 70802: Bad Cop's Pursuit