Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 11:24pm by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
Speeding onto the scene, sirens blaring, along with his police alligators, the Bad Cop is in pursuit of our hero Emmet! Another set review from The LEGO Movie, the Bad Cop's Pursuit features some key players from the second trailer. Will the Bad Cop feed Emmet to the gators, or will the soft Good Cop take over and let him go free? You decide! Read, and watch, on for the review.
Of course, a special thanks to The LEGO Group for sending BZPower these sets from The LEGO Movie to share reviews with everyone.
Bad Cop's Pursuit is an especially neat set I wanted because of Liam Neeson's Good Cop/Bad Cop minifigure from the second trailer. Emmet is also pretty neat and the car looks awesome. Watch the video and read the review to see just how well the set met my expectations.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The box shows plenty of action, including the Bad Cop speeding towards Emmet as he falls off the train tracks towards the police alligators below. Bad Cop is in some sort of hovercar/boat and has some weapons on the side of his vehicle. Of course, the usual items are on the box (except for piece count and age recommendation), such as The LEGO Movie logo and the set's name and number. The back shows off a few more action sequences and play possibilities and well as advertise for the tie-in video game. Especially noteworthy is the Good Cop and Bad Cop faces and the new gun, the latter being demonstrated in the video.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Building the set is fun for it's use of various clips and hinges to add detail and function to the vehicle. The wrecked train track shows a clever use of a falling mechanism, like a trap door. And of course, nothing can beat the treat of making the alligators part of the police force with the red and blue studs.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
There are a select number of new pieces and some nice older ones comprising this set. Especially of interest is the Piece of Resistance stuck to Emmet's back. Also standing out are Bad Cop's new gun, and it's inserted piece to use it, and his two-toned police helmet. Emmet's hair is also new.
The collapsing train track structure is a nice addition to a set that, without it, would just be a cool police vehicle. It has some nice attention to detail, including the frog underneath and the police alligators gathering around.
The vehicle itself is quite awesome. It looks like a hover-car, but is probably a speed boat judging by the box. Folding out from the sides are some hidden guns (see next section) that look like they'd go “pew pew” to catch the bad guy, or Emmet more likely. Luckily, Bad Cop sits in the seat without a problem, and his gun can go right beside him.
The figs for this set are fantastic. They capture the characters seen in the trailer well, including Emmet's goofy scared face and Bad Cop's sinister Bad Cop face and friendly Good Cop side. Having these as part of a collection seems like a must for fans of the movie.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with.
Demonstrated in the video, Bad Cop's gun is a new design that actually fires! LEGO went all-out with this, designing something small but completely effective to shoot studs a significant distance with enough force to knock down a minifig. So cool!
The train track falls down at the pull of a Technic piece, sending Emmet to his peril at the teeth of the terrifying police alligators. If that isn't bad enough, those guns folding out from the sides of Bad Cop's vehicle might stop Emmet completely, as a blast from one of those can't be a good thing.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- Liam Neeson Bad Cop fig
- Bad Cop's gun
- Piece of Resistance and Emmet
- Good play features
- Well-built police vehicle
- ...with hidden weapon blasters.
- Police alligators!
What's not to like?
- The movie isn't out yet!
- Nothing else.
This is a solid set. With two figs, cool play features, and a neat vehicle, the $30 price tag is justified. Plus, its 314 pieces bring the price-per-piece ratio to about $0.10 each, seemingly unheard of these days. I would definitely recommend this set for fans of the movie, especially if they want the Bad Cop fig. Be sure to give this a look next time you see it!
Finally, don't forget about BZPower's LEGO Movie contest: Caveat Scriptor! The challenge is to write a short scene using LEGO Movie characters, and the winner gets free tickets to The LEGO Movie and a 6-month premier membership! Check it out for more details.
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