Showing posts with label Monkie Kid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monkie Kid. Show all posts

25 February 2021

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80021 Lion Guardian

Aron Gerencsér (@_pohaturon) continues his 2021 LEGO® Monkie Kid coverage today with 80021 Monkie Kid's Lion Guardian, coming 1 March. Buying this set? 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.


Large quadruped creature builds are a returning staple of the more fantastical LEGO® themes, and Monkie Kid gets its first one in the March wave of 2021 sets with 80021 Monkie Kid's Lion Guardian. Coming in at 774 pieces it has a price of €69,99/ US$79.99/ 569.0 HKD/ 7280.0 JPY/ 99900.0 KRW/ 329.9 MYR/ 109.9 SGD/ 2599.0 TWD. Does this lion have a bite, or is it just roaring without teeth? 

The Parts

New Elements

80021 comes with three moulds that are new in this wave of sets, two of which we showed already in previous Monkie Kid reviews: a new minifig hair piece and an angled bar holder - it has a stunning 14 of this latter part in Dark Purple/Medium Lilac (6338503 | 72869). 


What is certainly going to intrigue builders, however, is a new mould designed to interact with another new-for-2021 mould, Brick Curved 3 x 1 with 2/3 Inverted Cutout that debuted in 10278 Police Station in in Brick Yellow/ Tan (6328182) and Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray (6329117) and later in Black (6328095) in 21325 Medieval Blacksmith and also appears in this set.


The new mould acts as a corner for the slope, with the corner rounded off, turned upwards and featuring a hollow stud. Designed to interact with the aforementioned slope, it follows the same geometry and so can interface with inverted bows. We get two of this new corner piece in Black (6338499 | 73682) in the set. 

This new piece didn’t get my blood pumping, perhaps since I’m not much of a System builder. It sure is an unusual addition for those of you who like making buildings and such, particularly Asian architecture, though I definitely intend to find ways to subvert its intended purpose. 


We also get a new plastic runner with a pair of flags, which are mirrored versions of the same design.

Recolours and printed parts

Interestingly, all non-minifig recolours in 80021 Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian revolve around prints or the lack of them to the point where, technically, none of these are actually newly recoloured. 

  • 2x Tile 2X4, Circle, No. 1 in White (6329902 | 66857) which previously only appeared with a print. Here, both instances of the part have stickers applie
  • 2x Round Plate Ø32X6.4 with print (6334575 | 3960)  
  • 1x Flat Tile 1X1, Round with Spider print (6334604 | 35381), new for this wave
  • 2x Voodoo Ball Ø10,2 with print (6334574 | 32474)

Notable and rare parts

Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian features quite a few rare and interesting pieces too. 

  • 2x Design Brick 4X1, W/ Bow in Bright Red/ Red (6301367 | 66955) which only appears in 71720 Fire Stone Mech which fellow New Elementarist Kev Levell recently reviewed and showed off some ingenious uses of this piece in MOCs
  • 7x Flame Tribal W/Shaft Ø3.2 Mm in Red (6253815 | 18395) which appears in just 2 other sets, in smaller quantities 
  • 6x Brick 1X3,Outside Half Arch,W/ Cutout in Black (6328095 | 70681) appearing in just 2 other sets
  • 2x Tile 1X1, Heart, No. 1 in Bright Bluish Green/Dark Turquoise (6293280 | 39739) appearing in only 2 other sets
  • 6x Flat Tile 2X3 W/ Angle in Red (6294045 | 35341) which appears in 3 other sets
  • 6x Plate 1X2 W/Shaft Ø3.2 in Dark Turquoise (6295286 | 60478) which appears in 3 other sets

80021 is also a great source for pieces in Gold Ink/ Metallic Gold. None are new in this colour, but the Lion Guardian might be an easier sell for many than 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech was. 

  • 2x Brick W/ Bow 1X4, No. 3 (6294504 | 67118) 
  • Weapon Hilt Symmetric (6294553 | 67131)
  • 6x Tile 2X2, W/ Bow, No. 2 (6294524 | 67124) 
  • 4x Plate W/ Bow 1X2X2/3, No. 2 (6294532 | 67128)
  • 2x Roof Tile W/ Lattice 1X2X2/3, No. 2 (6294514 | 67119)
  • 2x Gold Ingot, No. 2 (6294492 | 67117)
  • 3x Spoiler W/ Shaft Ø 3.2, No. 2 (6294519 | 67120)

The Minifigs


80021 Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian contains 5 minifigs with some new parts between them. Monkie Kid’s season 2 outfit features a hood piece that’s new in dark turquoise, while Huntsman’s fur collar is new in dark bluish gray. He also features a new mould for his hair. 

This is a decent selection for fans of the theme, including the protagonist and the main female character, Mei alongside the main villain of this wave, the Spider Queen and one of her henchmen. 

The Build

As mentioned in my review of 80020 White Dragon Horse Jet, great side-builds are a recurring feature of this wave of sets. I also mentioned one instance where the side-build suprasses the main model, and this is it. 


First up, we put together another one of the little spider drones, which quickly became a favourite little build of mine, and the Spider Queen’s vehicle-platform-thing. This is where all those new bar holders are used.


Then we move onto a fun little arcade section. Comprising three sections connected by hinges, we can close up the arcade to make it seem more like a building, or open it up for interior access. On the one side, we have a screen and control pad on the ground - both stickers - where our heroes can challenge the spider drone to a dance-off. 

On the other side is a claw-game with a very simple mechanism allowing us to knock little statuettes through a receptacle. Funnily enough, the faux-joystick is too far up for a minifigure to comfortably access it.


Considering the fun, bright design of this section, I’d have almost preferred getting a playset with a larger, more involved arcade location where our heroes are hit by a surprise attack while having some downtime - and I say this as someone who usually prefers wacky vehicles, mechs or creatures to buildings. 

Based on the above you might have already guessed that I’m not exactly a fan of the Lion Guardian itself. This archetype of creature build is so ubiquitous in the non-realistic LEGO themes that I would have thought the designers have it down to a science. 


We start by building the head, which is definitely the high-point of the process. The design is clearly based on the traditional lion statues that can be seen in Chinese architecture - not unlike the Nian creature from the Chinese New Year set 80106 Story of Nian . Wheel hubs are used to replicate the round mane motifs found on these statues, and the whole thing is quite effective. 


The head is followed by the torso, which is significantly less elaborate. This is to be expected, as it needs to facilitate a play feature and will also largely be obscured by the limbs. Nonetheless, following the particularly ornate head made the sudden shift all the more jarring.


Once both the head and the body is complete, we finish off the play feature. The lion’s lower jaw is connected to a sliding mechanism, allowing us to open and close it by pushing a section forward on its back. The jaw’s range of motion isn’t huge, but the feature works well enough.


Next up come the limbs, which feel the least finished parts of the design. This is where my feeling that the set could have used quite a bit more refining was solidified. While building this right after the absolutely phenomenal 80020 probably didn’t help its case, even when not accounting for those elevated expectations this lion just doesn’t clear the bar.


After the limbs are attached, we move on to the two drums above the lion’s shoulders, which double as missile pods. I appreciate the idea here, hiding the spring loaded launchers in the traditional drums, but the execution leaves much to be desired. The shaping is a bit awkward, there is a noticeable gap between the brown section and the white dish, and the mechanism intended to lift the dish out of the way compromises the looks. This is another section of the build that could have used some more passes.


Finally we add the tail and the flagpoles, and the lion is complete. 


The main model in 80021 definitely lacks that wonderful “oomph” I felt when finishing The White Dragon Horse Jet. Having also recently built 71719 Zane’s Mino Creature which feels very similar - quadruped fantasy creature, head-related play feature, ratchet jointed limbs - I felt like the Lion Guardian was trying to do a lot of the same things, but ended up being a downgrade. 

While we have two extra points of articulation - the shoulders of the forelegs - the armour on the legs and the wheel hubs on the head render the actual posability null. I’ve mentioned my grievances with the drum-weaponry, but the main issue here is that the model sort of looks unfinished - especially the limbs. I understand part limitations and budgets need to be considered, but when there is a large pool of similarly sized and priced quadruped creature sets that pull off the final look better, I can’t help but feel that this set could have ended up in better shape too. 

Switching to a more positive note - the chomping function works well and can be fun for younger builders, having the large lion taking a bite out of the spider drone. Plus, be my opinions of the lion as they may, the arcade side-build is a definite highlight of the set and have me thinking that the Monkie Kid theme should spend some more time exploring locations instead of vehicles - the Panda convenience store seen in Caz’s recent review of 80011 Red Son's Inferno Truck is another example of this theme knocking a location-build out of the park. 

Conclusion

Despite the criticisms I lodge against 80021 Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian, and it being the least impressive of the sets from this wave, it should be pointed out that this is a stance informed by the absolute stellar quality of its contemporaries. This is, by no means, bad. We have a nice selection of important characters appearing as minifigs, a fun side-build and a pair of exciting new moulds which hold quite a bit of MOC-building potential.

The main model definitely would have benefited a great deal from more refining, and its shortcomings are amplified by the fact that it can’t chalk them up to being experimental. We’ve seen this archetype done better, which is only more reason to focus on the location-based part of the set in future designs. 

Buying this set? 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. Available 1 March 2021, €69,99/ US$79.99/ 569.0 HKD/ 7280.0 JPY/ 99900.0 KRW/ 329.9 MYR/ 109.9 SGD/ 2599.0 TWD

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23 February 2021

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80018 Cloud Bike & 80019 Red Son's Inferno Jet

Aron Gerencsér (on Flickr) already has another 2021 LEGO® Monkie Kid review for you today – two little ones actually! 80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike & 80019 Red Son’s Inferno Jet. Buying Monkie Kid sets? 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.


With the first wave of 2021 Monkie Kid sets, LEGO® fans have a better selection of smaller, entry level sets than they did last year. Aside from polybags, 80006 White Dragon Horse Bike was the smallest 2020 set at 259 pieces. This time around, 80018 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike at 203 pieces retailing for US$24.99/ €19.99 and 80019 Red Son’s Inferno Jet at 299 pieces with a price of US$34.99/ €29.99 give the lower price points better variety. Are these sets a good introduction to Monkie Kid, or will they fizzle out?

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? 

12 February 2021

LEGO® Monkie Kid review & MOCs: 80011 Red Son's Inferno Truck

Caz Mockett reviews LEGO® Monkie Kid set 80011 Red Son's Inferno Truck and designs some MOCs of her own using its parts. Buying this set? 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.


80011 Red Son's Inferno Truck sits at the £89.99 / $119.99 / 99.99€ price point in the first of the 2020 LEGO® Monkie Kid releases. It contains 1111 pieces which enables the builder to make the impressively menacing two-part Inferno Truck for Red Son and his henchmen, along with two wonderful side-builds: a tuk tuk for Monkie Kid who is working hard to deliver dumplings for Pigsy, and the Panda Convenience Store.

I confess I haven’t been watching the animated series, so I can’t comment on how close these builds are to anything which has been seen so far. I was however intrigued by the pieces in the set, so let’s take a closer look at those.

03 December 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review & MOCs: 80015 Monkie Kid's Cloud Roadster

Today, Aron Gerencsér (on Flickr) reviews LEGO® 80015 Monkie Kid's Cloud Roadster and is inspired by its parts to create several MOCs. Buying this set? Consider using our affiliate links: USA LEGO Shop at Home | UK LEGO Shop at Home. 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.

Arriving in the second wave of the new-ish Monkie Kid theme, alongside 80014 Sandy’s Speedboat and 80016 The Flaming Foundry, is the medium-sized 80015 Monkie Kid’s Cloud Roadster. With five minifigures and 659 pieces, this vehicle is the second-largest set of the wave and retails for £54.99 / $69.99 / 58.48€. With an interesting minifig lineup, a promise of useful parts in interesting colours and a smaller villainous side-build adding play value, this set seems like a good time for kids and AFOLs alike. Let’s see if it can soar through the clouds, or if it’s left in the dust!

04 October 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review & MOC: 80007 Iron Bull Tank

We turn to Inthert once again for our next LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80007 Iron Bull Tank, and he has also reimagined the set by using it as a base to create his own version! The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.

Just one of the many enemies the Monkie Kid & co. will encounter, the Iron Bull Tank consists of 470 parts, includes 4 minifigures (although one is rather large to be deemed ‘mini’ – no offence Sandy!) and is priced at £39.99 / $49.99 / 43.86€.

27 September 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review & alt-build: 80008 Monkie Kid's Cloud Jet

Continuing our LEGO® Monkie Kid reviews, today we have Tim Goddard (on Instagram) examining 80008 Monkie Kid's Cloud Jet, as well as creating a couple of cute little alternate builds! The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.

This is the second of two Monkie Kid sets that I have been sent to review and compared to the other, 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck, this one is more to my liking. The Cloud Jet looks great, with interesting angles and vivid colours, and I found it to be much more interesting build-wise.


28 August 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80010 Demon Bull King

Our coverage of LEGO® Monkie Kid continues today with Inthert taking on 80010 Demon Bull King; examining its exclusive and rare parts as well as what interest lies in the build. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.


The suitably terrifying Demon Bull King comes with 3 minifigures, 1051 parts and is priced at £74.99 / US$89.99 / 77.97€.

24 July 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech – The Build

Now, in Part 2 of his review of LEGO® Monkie Kid 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech, Jonas Kramm takes a look at the various builds in the set and highlights the interesting aspects and techniques for you before giving his verdict. 

Last time, we took a detailed look at all the new pieces in 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech and were blown away by the crazy amount of Warm Gold Drum Lacquered/ Metallic Gold, so now it’s about time to see what they get used for.


22 July 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech – The Parts

Our next LEGO® Monkie Kid review comes from Jonas Kramm who takes on 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech over the course of two posts. The set is available now and sells for US$149.99/ £129.99/ 129.99€.

With 1692 pieces, the Monkey King Warrior Mech is the second largest set of the first Monkie Kid wave. Today we will take a look at what’s in the box, list all the new bits in the usual New E fashion and learn that King Midas might have been involved in the design process.

03 July 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review & alt build: 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck

Today we welcome back super-Spacer and co-creator of Lego Space: Building the Future (Amazon USA: affiliate link), Tim Goddard (on Instagram) for the first of our examinations of sets from LEGO® Monkie Kid. If you need an overview of this exciting new Asian theme check out our article, otherwise read on and see what new parts Tim found in 80009 Pigsy’s Food Truck – and enjoy his original creation, made from parts in the set!

Monkie Kid. It’s not just Ninjago with a lockdown haircut, apparently. Let’s see, shall we…


Pigsy’s food truck is a massive lump of a 10 module-wide food wagon. The scale is well off anything in the LEGO City range but you might get away with it put next to the new scale of Speed Champion sets. You will not get away with it next to a minifigure.

15 May 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid: new theme revealed

It's official: LEGO® Monkie Kid is here! The latest theme from The LEGO Group has just been announced and eight sets are immediately on sale in China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong – and worldwide sales commence tomorrow, 16 May 2020. An animated mini-movie and TV series has also been created.


The story is based on the 500-year old Chinese fable Journey to the West but with a modern twist, "authentic to local culture". The press release is not shy about making clear that this is TLG's first big foray into the Chinese market: "Never before has the LEGO Group launched a theme inspired by one culture and with so much attention to local details, values and traits."
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