Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 12:52am by Jason, BZPower Reporter
It's been a while since we've pushed out some set reviews, so let's ease back into things with a look at 70847 Good Morning Sparkle Babies from the The LEGO Movie 2. BZPower Reporter Xccj has taken a look at this small set with a picture and video review. Is this worth setting out on a dazzling adventure to collect, or is it better left collecting dust beneath the washing machine? Read on to find out.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
It's a small-ish box, but for only 50 pieces I guess that's appropriate. It shows off Emmet, Wyldstyle / Lucy, the two Sparkle Babies, and a small landscape piece, complete with the LEGO Movie 2 Logo. The back shows off some of the action features in the set, which it does actually have. Inside, you get two bags of parts and the instruction, pretty standard stuff. It is pretty interesting that they have a set fully focusing on the final scene from the movie, so it's a bit of a spoiler. But I guess it's been long enough since the movie came out, and people are going to want to collect some Sparkle Babies, so its release was inevitable.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
You do just get 50 pieces and a few extras in a $9.99 USD set, so it's actually not a great value for the pieces. Still, they make it worth your while. Besides the figs, you have some uncommon elements in the magenta leaf, the orange leaf, 4x4 lime round plate, lavender 1x1 round brick, flame-yellowish orange / Keetongu orange horn, and 2x2 medium azure leaf brick. Meanwhile, the 2x2 "Everything is Awesome" album cover is unique to this set, as is the Keetongu Orange leaf element, the latter which could be appealing to collectors of foliage. Yes, it's a fairly limited selection, but some of these pieces can be appealing.
The set contains a lot of characters for such a low priced product; there are five of them if you count the Star. Emmet and Wyldstyle are a bit average; both of them appear in many other sets, most of which have more substantial builds. However, they're both main characters, so there's the appeal of getting both of them in an impulse purchase set. Their torsos and legs are unchanged from the other sets (and I mean this going back to their appearances in the original LEGO Movie wave) but they do get new heads with two facial expressions. Wyldstyle / Lucy also comes with her blue hair, which was previously only available in a Collectible Minifigure. (Granted, it showed up in a few of the other sets released in this wave, but this one remains the cheapest way to get it out of those.)
The title characters for this set are the two Sparkle Babies, which reuse the baby elements but in new colors and printing. I like the lightning bolt on the pink baby and the star designs on the teal baby. It is nice to have more variety, and it also acts as a supplement to the Sewer Baby pack that was released earlier; with all these babies, you can start building up your own diverse daycare. Finally, there's the Star character that includes a new face print and a bracket that allows the babies to ride on the Star's back. It's a small addition but adds to the role play value.
The landscape piece feels very much like an afterthought. It's mostly a mount for the launching mechanism with a few flowers added to it. I do like the design of the blue / purple flower, and the colorful leaves make a nice addition, but I still can't help but see these as spare parts. However, I do have to give kudos to the action feature build within this. A shovel piece is attached to a technic pin and positioned to launch stuff out of the gap in the hill. I haven't come across such a versatile use for a shovel piece like that, so I was pleasantly surprised by this feature.
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?
As mentioned earlier, there's one primary action feature built into the landscape, but it does require a bit of deconstruction. First, you take off the Star's faceplate and bracket, and then attach a boat stud to the back. One of the babies can stand in the center of the star as you place it in the hill gap, and then you can launch it into the air by pushing down on the shovel. Hurray! And I mean, the launch mechanism, while creative, isn't exactly powerful; the baby only gets tossed up a couple of inches. (And, by the way, it doesn't sound like a great idea to build something to shoot babies up into the air; might be a health hazard.) For such a small set, it's a surprising feature, even if it's not the strongest launcher we've ever seen. Mostly this set gives you the figs; the colorful scenery is far from the focus.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
Cheap way to get Emmet and Wyldstyle / Lucy
A few rare and unique colored plant elements
Surprising action feature for such a small set
What's not to like?
Bad value; 50 pieces for $9.99
Emmet and Wyldstyle's outfits are not unique
Pretty underwhelming landscape
Action feature promotes launching babies into the stars
This set has value; collections will be interested in the Sparkle Baby figs and unique plant elements, while it makes a cheap but fulfilling impulse purchase for kids who want to replay scenes from the movie. However, the low piece count and lackluster build is disappointing, and many of the more expensive models have more appealing builds. This wouldn't be my first recommendation for a LEGO Movie 2 set, but for certain people it will suffice. Of course, the Sparkle Babies are awesome; personally that was the main reason I picked up the set!