21 February 2021

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80020 White Dragon Horse Jet

Aron Gerencsér (on Flickr) kicks off his series of 2021 LEGO® Monkie Kid set reviews today, commencing with the stunning 80020 White Dragon Horse Jet. Buying this set when it is released 1 March? Consider using our affiliate links: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. New Elementary may get a commission. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.


80020 White Dragon Horse Jet is one of the smaller sets in the first wave of 2021 Monkie Kid products, including 565 pieces with a price of US$59.99/ 39.99€/ HK$329/ ¥4780/ 59900 KRW/ 179.9 MYR/ SG$64.9/ TW$1399. The set includes three minifigures, an interesting selection of parts and a blue cat with a mohawk riding a weaponised hoverboard. What more could you possibly need? 

Parts in 80020 White Dragon Horse Jet

New Elements

80020 features two new moulds, one of which is a minifigure hair piece. The other is a recurring piece throughout the wave that was first spotted when 80023 Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter was announced at the beginning of the year. 


This is a new member of the ‘bar holder’ element family, moulded at a 90° bend with a clip on one end and a 3.18 mm bar hole on the other. When the images of 80023 first popped up, I had hoped that we were looking at a small joint piece that the existing clip pieces such as Bar Holder with Clip (44873) could connect to, but as we now see it’s one solid ‘elbow’ piece. This does provide fewer exciting prospects but it is still an exciting new mould. The circular indent at the elbow section is too large to clutch a bar, unfortunately. The longer section is exactly two modules wide, whereas the shorter one is one and a half. 

80020 contains 6 in Dark Purple/Medium Lilac (6338503 | 72869), while black ones appear in other sets. I’m excited to see this pop up in more 2021 sets in more colours - as for potential usage, you’ll have to wait for my separate article of MOCs following the reviews! 

Recolours

80020 is much more bountiful on the recolour front, with a very welcome surprise. Despite being the primary colour of the jet, no new white parts are included - the focus is largely on the broad range of green accent colours.

  • 1x Shell W/ 3.2 Shaft, No. 11 in Bright Orange/Bright Orange (6328910 | 28220)
  • 2x Tile 2X2, W/ Deg. 45 Cut in Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise (6334128 | 35787)
  • 2x Plate 3X4 W/Angles in Dark Turquoise (63382535 | 28842)
  • 4x Flat Tile 2X3 W/ Angle in Bright Green (6334125 | 35341)
  • 6x Tooth Ø3.2 Shaft in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime (6311215 | 87747)
  • 1x Cockpit 4X8X2 W/ Angle, W/ Shaft in Transparent Bright Green (6316470 | 35328) 
  • 1x Weapon, W/ Cross Hole, No. 1 in Transparent Bright Green (6322185 | 65184)

I was particularly delighted by the appearance of the orange Constraction armour piece, however am positively maddened by the fact that we only get the one across the entire wave! 


On the print front, we get a broad selection of 1x1 round tiles, one of which sports a new motif.

The black tile with the spider print (6334604) debuts in this wave of Monkie Kid, and is frequently used by the arachnoid baddies. We’re supplied with 5 in 80020. 

Rare and noteworthy pieces

While that wraps up all that is new in White Dragon Horse Jet, there are several pieces in the set which have only appeared in a few, expensive sets prior - some in decent quantities.

  • 4x Cockpit 4X5X1, W/ 3.2 Shaft, No. 1 in White (6341902 | 27262) which appears in just one other set
  • 3x of both Left Roof Tile 3X3, Deg. 45/18/45 in White (625460 | 42862) and Right Roof Tile 3X3, Deg. 45/18/45 in White (6254602 | 48165) which appear in 2 other sets
  • 3x Roof Tile 8X6 45Deg W/Cut in White (6256536 | 22390) which appears in 3 other sets 
  • 2x Tile 2X2, W/ Deg. 45 Cut in Lime/Bright Yellowish Green (6247209 | 35787) previously appearing in only 2 sets
  • 2x of both Left Plate 2X2, 27 Deg. in Lime (6258408 | 24299) and Right Plate 2X2, 27 Deg. in Lime (6247210 | 24307) which appear in 3 and 5 sets, respectively 
  • 3x Flat Tile 2X3 W/ Angle in Dark Turquoise (6328050 | 35341) which appears in 2 other sets
  • And, pictured earlier, 2x Flat Tile 1X1, Round with Ladybird print (6324417 | 35381) which only appears in one collectible minifigure! 

Minifigs in White Dragon Horse Jet


80020 contains three minifigures and Mo, who is by far the coolest member of the entourage. Huntsman, the new spider henchman, sports a new Mini Wig mold in Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray (6338388 | 75512). His fur collar is also new in that colour. 

Sticker sheet 


We’ve also got an exclusive sticker sheet, as one does. This time around I chose not to apply stickers to retain the versatility of the parts for my article of MOCs. 

Building LEGO® Monkie Kid set 80020

White Dragon Horse Jet takes shape over the course of six bags, and the process begins by constructing a small but surprisingly fun bit of scenery. This will be a returning motif of my reviews of these sets - they sport consistently impressive side-builds, which in one case even surpass the main model. 


While this is not the case here, the functioning vending machine is a nice touch, with an interesting technique of packing round 1x1 tiles into a transparent tall brick. I’m absolutely convinced I’ve seen this in a set before, but can’t put my finger on where. Our lad-in-distress can use his phone to pay for a drink - very modern of the designers to embrace cashless payment methods - and subsequently get caught up in the nearby spider web.


This brings us to another recurring side-build. Throughout the sets in this wave, the arachnoid baddies deploy (egregiously six-legged) spider drones. Though each one is subtly varied, they are all built around a frame of a parabolic ring (75937) with the new bar holder pieces as legs. Mo also gets a  souped-up hoverboard, which is a simple build but well executed. 

As we get into building the titular jet itself, things steadily ramp up. We start off with some simple structural plate stacking and simple sideways-building to fill out the sides. At this point a cool-looking green gradient gets incorporated into the frame which, tragically, ends up being completely invisible. 


The real juice hits when we get to building the jet’s front.


A pair of gold-lacquered slopes represent the eyes of the horse head that the front section of the vehicle is supposed to represent, and the way the nose is built up of sandwiched wedges and plates is surprising to see in an official set. A bit of Technic is used for the studless connection, and the entire assembly is affixed to the fuselage with an internal bar. It’s all then locked into place with further wedges. 

However, the best bit - which I was hyped for ever since laying eyes on the box - is yet to come. 


When the main body of the jet is done, we move onto the two wings with the engine pods that feature an impressive green  gradient of hexagons, framed by the large white roof element. I’m trying to strike a balance here of showing off how great this sub-assembly is while also not spoiling it all - builders really ought to experience this kind of stuff first-hand. 

When the model was complete, I was almost sad the build was over - but we have a lovely jet in our hands, so it’s okay.

The Finished Model 


80020 has a surprisingly involved and unexpected building process, and the set still has a lot to offer when complete. 

A unique design with striking colours, the White Dragon Horse Jet has some fancy shaping going on and those engine pods are absolutely lovely. The ship is sturdy and highly swooshable, and the wings are attached with a pair of click hinges, allowing you to fold them up for landing. 


The transparent bright green sword piece works well enough as an exhaust wake, and the layered panels up top hide weapon storage for Mei’s sword. The blade of the sword is very much in plain sight, but being similar to the engine wake both in colour and shape ensures that it doesn’t look too out of place. The way the spring-loaded launchers are embedded into the wings means we don’t have clumsy, colourful bars sticking out of places they shouldn’t - even when the ammo is loaded. 


With an armament of two spring loaded launchers and two stud shooters, the jet is well armed for youngsters to blow up spider drones with. The golden highlights around the engine areas accent the white and greens nicely. Now, I’m not much of a set collector - I simply do not have the display space - so just about everything immediately gets disassembled. The fact that I’m contemplating keeping 80020 built despite this and its abundance of useful parts for MOC building is testament to its greatness. 

Conclusion

I’ve been reviewing stuff professionally for years, from video games to gadgets to LEGO® sets, and I always feel like a bit of a hack when gushing about something or unilaterally praising it - but dammit, I just can’t find a fault here. We get a main model that is very solid, study and amazingly designed with some techniques I’d sooner expect to see in top-tier MOCs than official sets. We have a fun little side build that feels completely justified, and packs a neat feature. We’ve got a hoverboard with a recoloured Constraction piece straddled by a cat; a girl hero saving a dude in distress; a funky spider drone with an exciting new mould for legs, uninvasive stickers which do not detract from the final model if not applied; well-integrated features for the kids that don’t compromise the aesthetics and plenty of interesting recolours. 

It’s only February, but we already have a very strong Set Of The Year candidate on our hands. More of this, please! 

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13 comments:

  1. The round tiles in the transparent brick was used in Ninjago City, for decoration on the Crab Grill.

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  2. Just like some other Monkie Kid sets, I like it but will most likely never buy it

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  3. "The circular indent at the elbow section is too large to clutch a bar"

    What a letdown this part is :(

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    1. I guess additional connections like that add all kinds of complexities for production and stuff... but Yeah, feels a bit mean!

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  4. Is there a returning head in trans yellow finally or am I wrong?

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    1. It showed up in this year's LUGBulk parts list, so it's definitely included in _something_. It probably should have been included in the rare parts list for this set.

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    2. Yes I spotted it in the list as well and so I kept looking on sets! I think it’s been several years now it didn’t appear, I’m so happy.

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  5. Good review!

    The working vending machine function is borrowed from Ninjago City Docks. I do like how this set exchanges the more basic "window" from that (which allowed you to see the sodas inside) for a more modern array of logos suspended in the transparent 1x2x5 brick. The logo choices are certainly a bit odd looking (a ladybug? an egg?) but I don't think they're meant to be sodas here—rather, the colorful caps and clear "capsules", combined with the sticker implying collectible mystery rewards, imply that this is meant to be a "gashapon" machine rewarding you with random toys in plastic capsules.

    The jet itself here looks like an absolutely fantastic build, so much so that I plan to get it even though the figs (besides the generic Si) are also available in other sets I have my eye on. The angles, colors, and shaping are all incredible.

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    1. Partswise, I'm also sort of eager to see what can be done by pairing that new 72869 bar holder with a part like 49755. The elbow joint in it will allow a construction like that to fold flat (unlike pairing it with 44873), which could allow for some interesting uses such as perhaps a foil or fabric wing stretched between 3.2 mm bars that can fold closed. Of course, it will also serve as yet another good alternative to other robot arm pieces for things like mech fingers.

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  6. I'm absolutely dismayed by the usage of trans-bright-green elements instead of trans-neon-green: I love the fluorescence of the latter, and was looking forward to use the canopy in my M-Tron and Blacktron 2 MOCs. 😭

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  7. Another set with a vending machine was Power Miners' Lavatraz.

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  8. The vending machine may remind you of the waffle machine in 10275 Elf Club House.

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