I didn’t think it would happen this soon, but a Movie set has already been struck by the discount hammer. Amazon is offering 70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair at a 21% discount down to $54.99 from $69.99 MSRP. No other Movie sets are discounted as far as I can tell. If you’re undecided about picking this up, Nick had the honors of reviewing this set.
There are some sets that make pegging value kind of hard, especially when they’re put up against other stuff in the same line. The Batcave in the DC lineup was like that. It wasn’t a bad set in its own right, but when you put it up against other things in the line like Two-Face Escape or the Batcopter, was your money best spent there? My favorite set from The Avengers was like that too, Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout, the set with the best sticker ever. It was a set in a price range that made it hard to justify compared to how good the sets below and above it were in the lineup.
Lord Business’ Evil Lair is like that for me. I honestly picked it for review for a couple of things, the wrestler and the unicorn kitty, and didn’t notice some of the little details that would have absolutely blown my mind if I’d been paying attention. It’s an odd set, one that doesn’t seem all that impressive when you look at it in the lineup as a whole, and that’s a shame, because it just does so many little things right.
At $70, this is one of the most expensive sets (Rescue Reinforcements is the same price), but at 738 pieces and seven minifigs, it’s certainly not hurting for justifying that price. It’s also a rare set that has you build things that just get you to stop and play with them, or remove from the finished set to use somewhere else.
LEGO has revealed all of The LEGO Movie sets on their Google+ page as well as the microsite. Now that we can see the full gamut of sets, these look to be some of the most fun and creative sets made. Some people have compared them to the parts-dump themes like Time Twisters, but these don’t strike me as being a parts-dump. I don’t have much of an opinion of the flying castle, but the ice cream truck and recycling truck look fantastic. These images also more or less confirm what I suspected all along in that there are alternate model builds for some of the sets.
I’ve included all previous images published before into the gallery below so that you can see everything at once. Enjoy!
LEGO Shop@Home updated their site with some entries for The LEGO Movie sets. There are only five sets listed out of the 11 that we know about. The LEGO Movie sets are part of the January 2014 assortment, but Shop@Home lists each of the sets as “Coming Soon on 29 Dec 2013″. Price and piece count information is listed as well as final box art.
70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace: 197 pieces, $19.99
70807 MetalBeard’s Duel: 412 pieces, $34.99
70808 Super Cycle Chase: 514 pieces, $49.99
70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair: 738 pieces, $69.99
71004 LEGO Minifigures – The LEGO Movie Series: 7 pieces, $2.99
LEGO sent over some more details on two more The LEGO Movie sets: 70807 Metalbeard’s Duel and 70809 Lord Business Evil Lair. Minifigs, price and piece count details are below
70807 MetalBeard’s Duel
Includes Skeletron, Robo SWAT and Frank the Foreman.
412 pieces, 3 minifigures and MetalBeard
SRP: $34.99 USD
70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair
Includes Emmet, Vitruvius, Ma Cop, Pa Cop, Lord Business and wrestler/Master Builder, El Macho Wrestler, and brick-built Biznis Kitty.
738 pieces, 7 minifigures and Biznis Kitty
SRP: $89.99 USD
LEGO.com has updated their site to include a new section for The LEGO Movie. The section has two subsections, Products and Videos. The video section has both trailers released so far for the movie. The other subsection, “Products”, showcases some of the new Movie-based setss. Two new sets have already been revealed in addition to the previous sets we’ve already seen with the others partially hidden under a cloth. It’s unclear how often the sets will be unveiled, daily or weekly, but if you can’t wait that long, you can view some pictures that Brickipedia has unearthed.