Thursday, December 26th, 2019 at 9:39pm by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
The LEGO Movie 2 came out earlier this year, and now those sets are on sale to make room for whatever 2020 brings us. One such set you might find discounted on the toy store shelves is 70824 Introducing Queen Whatevra Wa'Nabi, a smaller set with a few key characters and some pink parts not too common outside the Friends theme. Is this set worth your time, money, or gift wrap? Read on, and watch, to find out.
First, a thank you to LEGO for sending BZPower this set to review. Here's I'll share my own opinions on it. It is a $20 USD set with 115 pieces, so already it seems a little overpriced. It has three minifigs (well, two being mini-dolls) and two more brick-built characters. The pieces might make it worth it, though, so read on.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The box has all the standards: Just the right size, all the proper logos, the name, piece count, part number, and age suggestion. The back shows that Queen Wa'Nabi can easily change from her equine form to her more natural, relaxed shape. General Mayhem also has a hair piece if you take her helmet off.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
We start by building Banarnar, the banana character. The set does a good job getting a banana shape just right, and then sticking eyes and legs on it. It is kind of hard for him to stand up, but I guess that is to character.
We get two sets of instructions for the Queen: Her horse form and her more “natural” form. Both are pretty standard studs-up designs and colorful.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
The most stand-out parts are in magenta and medium azure. The magenta ones come with some printed designs for the Queen's eyes and smile, which can look suspicious at times of course. The medium azure round plates are nice, as more variety of that color is welcome. Also of note are General Mayhem's space suit accessories and her hair, Susan's cape, and the Queen's crown, a new piece that has made its way into several sets and colors over the course of this year.
I love the build for Banarnar, with his thin legs and googly eyes making him look like a banana Mixel. As stated, he doesn't stand up too well.
Taking a look at the queen, we see a mix of colors and pieces used, which is quite suitable for her character. We get instructions for both her horse form and her more natural form, but we know from the Build Whatever set you can go wild with the shapes she can take, these two being mere examples. The printed parts allow for different expressions on her face, but unfortunately only when viewing her left side. The mouth is only printed on one side of the 2x2 inverted slope. You can also swap out the eyes from open to closed, and there is a 1x4 brick with another smile on it.
Of course, this set is all about the characters, from minifigs and minidolls to the brick-built ones. The LEGO Movie 2 sets were the first to have both minifigs and minidolls in the same box, which is quite a cool feat. General Mayhem stands out the most, and Wyldstyle looks just like here 2014 form. Susan has a nice princess look, separate from the Disney sets. But General Mayhem's space suit appealed to me most. Unfortunately the armor only fits on a minidoll neck, and I probablhy would have avoided the set entirely if I realized it would not fin on a minifig. Still, the helmet is pretty awesome.
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.
With the array of characters and facial expressions that comes in the set, you can replay a few favorite scenes or add these to your collection for more variety as characters interact. Queen Watevra's pedistal turns 360-degrees, for a very regal display.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
Array of colors.
Great cast of characters.
General Mayhem's space suit.
Currently on sale.
What's not to like?
Space suit only fits on minidolls.
Poor price-to-piece ratio.
Ultimately, this is a $20 set with 115 pieces. Luckily you can find it on sale right now as stores make shelf space for the upcoming 2020 sets. With the array of colors and pieces, plus a few unique minidolls and space helmets, this might be worth your while if it fits into your budget.