I hope everybody is enjoying the LEGO Movie set reviews so far. For review today, I have one of the lower priced sets from the LEGO Movie selection, 70802 Bad Cop's Pursuit, priced at £24.99 or $29.99, and containing 314-pieces. I was pleasantly surprised with this set as from initial images, I had somewhat overlooked it. Now that I have it however, it is excellent, particularly Bad Cop's Police speeder, which is very sleek and has some nice features. The other main component of the set is the end of some railway tracks which originally spanned across the swamp presumably, and a pair of Super Secret Police crocodiles are also included.
Unusually, it is probably not the Minifigures that are the main draw to this set in my opinion, as only two are included, Emmet and Bad Cop, both of whom are great figures but not enough to get me particularly excited! The Police speeder model however is very appealing in particular, and I think that might be the most interesting element of the set.
Box and Contents
As with all the LEGO Movie sets, the box artwork is framed by a film strip graphic and the Minifigures are shown off in the corner. The back of the box shows some of the features including the collapsing railway bridge, the guns hidden beneath the bodywork of the Police speeder and Bad Cop's firing gun. Most of these sets have boxes which are very glossy and attractive, and I have to admit that I am a little under-whelmed by the rather thin cardboard used here, which looks dull and does not 'pop' in the way that others do on the shelf. No matter though, it is the contents that really matter of course...
A single instruction booklet is included which contains various advertisements for other sets and the film itself, along with three numbered bags.
As I mentioned earlier in the review, only two Minifigures are included, but they are all you need for this scene by the looks of it, and each of them is an excellent Minifigure, so I have no complaints. The first of these is Emmet, who appears in many of the LEGO Movie sets. This can be a little frustrating when you have a small army of him, but it cannot be helped and he needs to be in sets which recreate scenes containing his character, so this is not an issue in my opinion. He makes use of a couple of new parts, his hairpiece and the 'Piece of Resistance' which is attached to his back using a neck bracket. His face is printed on both sides, with a smile and an expression of extraordinary terror, both of which look great. His orange overalls (which are printed on the front and back of his torso) are particularly eye-catching in my opinion and the silver stripes which run across the torso and legs are a nice touch, as is the ID card which hangs from his belt.
No doubt, the more interesting Minifigure of the two however is Bad Cop, who is voiced by Liam Neeson in the upcoming film and is already my favourite character, as well as being exclusive to this set. I find the premise of a character who takes full advantage of the ability to change expression by rotating his head very interesting, and I hope that we will see a lot of him in the film. The Minifigure is not necessarily particularly engaging, but seems to be an accurate representation of his appearance in the LEGO Movie which is as much as one can expect.
He makes use of a new helmet, which is very slightly rubbery and cast in black with some white printing. The material actually makes it cling quite firmly to the head, and thus taking it off is a bit of struggle, but it softens once you have popped it on and off a few times. Bad Cop's head is of course printed on both sides, with his grimacing 'Bad Cop' face on one side, while his smiling 'Good Cop' face is on the other. He wears a pair of silver sunglasses on his evil face (which remind me a little of Kojak) and some simple spectacles on his good side, which is a nice contrast. His torso is printed on the front and back with some fairly standard Police uniform including various zips, a radio and the Super Secret Police badge, while his legs are plain black.
Bad Cop is equipped with an interesting accessory, one of the new firing guns which have also appeared in a few of the new Star Wars sets, although here in light bluish grey rather than black as elsewhere. I have to say I was not very impressed with these when news of their arrival first broke, as they are very bulky and look rather odd in the hands of a Minifigure. However in this instance, I quite like the gun as it will presumably appear in the film, and I am all for movie accuracy whenever possible. I think it is supposed to launch a homing device which then attaches to Emmet's leg (appearing in 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace) and the function works very well indeed, launching the 1 x 1 round plate with which it is loaded at least a metre if not even further.
As this is a fairly small set, the build only takes about half an hour and there are not many interesting techniques. I was impressed however with the construction of the Police speeder in particular as there are numerous instances of SNOT building and lots of curved shapes which are created using hinges. This may sound like a very basic technique, but these curves are so well integrated into the rest of the model that I cannot help but admire them. If you are looking for some good source material which might help you with constructing space and sci-fi related vehicles, this set might be a good place to start!
The Completed Model
As I have already mentioned, this was not a set which particularly caught my eye initially, but it is actually a lot of fun and has grown on me significantly. The pair of dark green Super Secret Police crocodiles are fun, thanks in no small part to the red and blue lights on top of them, and I am sure they will provide plenty of playability as well as being somewhat rare.
The railway bridge is also a nice inclusion, and contains a nice collapsing feature which works very well, allowing one to drop the end of the bridge or raise it again using a Technic pin which is controlled by pulling the red piece seen in the photo below. Underneath the railway bridge is a frog on a rock, and a pair of dark blue 2 x 8 plates which represent the water beneath. A couple more dark blue pieces would have been nice, but these are rare pieces having not appeared since 2008 in 10187 Volkswagen Beetle, and it is great even to get two.
Emmet can hold onto a handle at the end of the bridge to recreate a moment which is presumably in the film, where he is left dangling over the crocodile infested swamp after the bridge has collapsed. This collapsing feature works nicely and is not too intrusive due to how well it has been concealed underneath. I have to say I am a little confused about quite what the little aerial is at the foot of the bridge, I suppose it might be some debris which has fallen from a previous bridge collapse but it look a little out of place for me and I have in mind to remove it.
In case it was not obvious by now, I consider the Police Speeder to be the stand-out element of the set, and perhaps even the best vehicle in the entire LEGO Movie range. It is very nicely detailed and looks excellent from every angle, as well as simply feeling great in your hands due to its size and weight. The cockpit can be accessed by opening the top, which acts on a hinge, and inside is a steering wheel and plenty of room to seat Bad Cop. Behind the seat, one could easily place his gun, although it may rattle about a bit during play. On top of the canopy are some blue and red lights as well as a sticker with the code BC01, which presumably stands for Bad Cop 01 and to the rear is a spoiler and the thrusters which are nicely integrated with the bodywork of the model.
Under the bonnet of the speeder are some small guns which can flip out; there are more guns that can flip out on either side too. Both are very well concealed when retracted and are only visible from underneath, although even there they do not look out of place.
For me this is the surprise package of the LEGO Movie line so far. I think most people would agree that 70808 Super Cycle Chase (reviewed by DrDaveWatford) and 70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair were the most attractive sets at first, but I think the Police speeder challenges for the best vehicle of the series and this set is therefore well worth having.
The price is quite reasonable in my opinion and I highly recommend this set. The Minifigures are not especially appealing, although the set itself is excellent and the Bad Cop Minifigure should be popular as he looks to be playing a large role in the film.
Parts: 3 - There are few interesting parts in this set, although plenty of black and white which might be of use and of course those rare dark blue parts.
Playability: 5 - A swooshable vehicle and several fun features combine to provide a lot of playability, and I am sure the fact that this set recreates a chase scene will also add to the play value.
Building Experience: 4 - The Police speeder has quite an enjoyable build, but there are few notable techniques.
Value for Money: 4.5 - £24.99 is a perfect price as far as I am concerned, this is certainly good value for money.
Overall: 4.5 - For me, the Police speeder alone is enough to sell this set, and I do not think you will be disappointed if you do indeed decide to pick it up.
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