Review: 70801 Melting Room

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Next up in our series of set reviews from The LEGO Movie is 70801 - Melting Room. This is the second smallest set (after 70800 Getaway Glider) with 122-pieces and priced at £11.99 GBP / $12.99 USD.

When I first saw The LEGO Movie sets, I was concerned that they were too stylised (or just plain crazy!). They have grown on me over time, and I now think that LEGO have done a very good job of creating models based on those created (or imagined) by children.

The storyline behind the Melting Room (from the set description) is that:

Emmet has been captured by Lord Business’ Robo Police who’ve taken him to the Melting Room. A Robo SWAT has chained and cuffed Emmet to a tilting, rotating laser machine and is trying to zap the Piece of Resistance from his back using a huge adjustable laser. Help Wyldstyle to slip into the Melting Room undetected, smash through the chains with the axe and free Emmet.

There are 3 minifigures included in this set, Emmet, Wyldstyle and a Robo SWAT, a decent number for the price and the amount of other parts included. Aside from the minifigures, the set features (who'd have guessed) the Melting Room itself. While it would have been nice to include another play feature, you do get a reasonable amount for your money.

The box

The box features the standard LEGO Movie artwork, which has been covered in previous reviews:

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The back of the box features a photo of the set in action, and a couple of detail shots, alongside an advertisement for the LEGO Movie Videogame.

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For reasons best known to LEGO, they have decided not to include the usual 1:1 scale image of a minifigure, instead putting smaller than life size photos of the three minifigures alongside a full size image of the Robo SWAT's cap on the top of the box.

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What's in the box?

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Inside the box we find three bags of parts, the instruction booklet (folded in half) and a grey octagon plate. Thankfully there is no sticker sheet. The parts included are laid out in the photo below.

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Wyldstyle's hood piece comes in a plastic 'China' bag.

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I've separated some 'pieces of note' below, either because they're new (or I haven't seen them before!), or are useful to have.

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After the set is built, there are 12 extra pieces left over, while nothing special, some are nice to have.

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The Minifigures

Included in this set are Emmet, Wyldstyle and a Robo SWAT. Emmet is wearing a hi-vis builder's outfit, which is slightly different to any featured in City sets. While it's a nice figure to have one of, there isn't a lot you can do with a small army of Emmets, which you will quickly acquire if collecting the LEGO Movie theme. I'm not entirely sure what the 'tuft' on the hairpiece is all about though... Emmet has a double sided face with normal and scared expressions. Unfortunately the hairpiece doesn't cover the bottom of the mouth on the scared face, so it is visible from the back. He is also equipped with the 'Piece of Resistance' (which is the focus of the whole set!).

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Wyldstyle is wearing her signature hooded jacket, with the hood up in this set. The new hood is an excellent piece, which I'm sure will be very useful for custom minifigures. Wyldstyle (and Emmet) would also fit easily into City layouts.

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The Robo SWAT is a much better figure than I anticipated - the torso and legs will be very useful for security/police figures. I can also see the cap being used for a variety of purposes. Aside from the parts, the entire figure is also a good likeness to the film, and while not entirely my cup of tea, I'm sure that the Super Secret Police will be very popular with kids.

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The set

The Melting Room itself consists of a 'tilting, rotating laser machine' which the Robo SWAT uses to (attempts to) zap the Piece of Resistance from Emmet's back. It certainly does what it says on the tin, there is a tilting, rotating laser, along with a tool rack. (It seems like a requirement for a LEGO set to get produced is that the designer includes a tool holder - a tip for those submitting Cussoo ideas?!) and the bed (for want of a better word) to which Emmet is restrained with chains and handcuffs. Luckily Wyldestyle arrives just in time, rescuing Emmet and fighting off the Robo SWAT with an axe (?).

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Once that scene has been acted out however, that's about as far as the play potential goes. There are very few play features, and little that can be done apart from acting out the scene from the description.

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However, this is a pocket money set so allowances can be made. It serves its purpose well, whether that is an impulse purchase or a gift to a child or almost AFOL, and certainly has the effect of drawing you in to the LEGO Movie theme (a slippery slope though - even before the movie has been released I'm feeling the urge to collect all of the sets...)

Melting Room is a great little set for the price, and certainly one to pick up if you see it reduced.

Edit: I've now (hopefully) corrected the formatting issues that were occurring on the new site - my fault for not testing on both sites!

21 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Great review, Matthew! I'm definitely getting this. :)

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By in United States,

I may get this just for the hoodie and the cap, at a later date of course (still need to buy Bad Cops pursuit and Super Cycle Chase).

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By in United Kingdom,

This set is at the bottom of the list. I much further intrested in city but that hood...
I'm suprised you didn't call the new pipe 'new'.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the review.

To me, my flavour it's part of this set is definitely the secret police officer and wild style too. The set looks okay as well but probably gets boring after a while.

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By in United States,

@TECHNIC222: Yeah, I'm not sure why nobody ever seems to mention the new hoses in reviews of the LEGO Movie sets. Perhaps there's just an assumption that it's shown up before in BIONICLE or Technic or Hero Factory sets (for the record, it hasn't).

Good review. This set doesn't interest me too much either. In the movie, it looks like the laser in the melting room is an actual life-size laser pointer, but unlike the tube of Kragle in Lord Business's Evil Lair, this set fails to reflect that. I do have to say that the set looks better in these review photos than in other photos I've seen. I think the darkness of the photos helps, better replicating what the set is supposed to look like. Pics that show it on a bright white background don't really evoke the same feel.

I think Wyldstyle's axe is not for fighting the Robo-SWAT, but for freeing Emmet from those chains. Of course, I'm sure an action girl like her COULD fight him off with that axe if she wanted to.

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By in United States,

This looks like a set that I would pretty much only get for parts and minifigures. Much prefer the other 12.99 LEGO Movie set.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review Matthew! Not a bad little set, I'll probably pick it up on Amazon for 20/30% eventually - mostly for that new hose piece, I could use a bunch of those...

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By in United States,

I'll probably ask for this set for Valentine's Day. I really like Wyldstyle's hood.

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By in Canada,

I think this is way better than the getaway glider
Probably getting it with others when the movie comes out
Matthew do u know what movie set will be reviewed next

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By in United States,

Strange...in the trailer it shows Wyldstyle blasting robo SWATS with a real-life (not lego!) laser keychain. I am almost positive this is from this scene. The keychain would take the place of this poor recreation of it in the movie. I'm not surprised they would use a laser keychain in the movie for the melting room laser, as they used a chewed sucker stick for that one guy's staff (I forgot his name) Akso, I paused the trailer at this scene and the 'bed' in the set is not an accurate representation of the one in the movie, which is a shame, as everything in the movie is made of existing Leto bricks, unlike the Ninjago series, where only the minifigs are made of Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

My brother has this set, is far is I can tell he really likes it and he plays with Emmet all the time, I don't have any movie sets, but
I think I'll get one when the new Argos Catalogue is out, which I think comes out on the 18th :D

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By in United States,

The tuft in the hairpiece is simply a dorky cowlick. I'm surprised that's not more obvious, since a number of reviewers have noted the same confusion.

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By in United States,

This and all of the other LEGO Movie sets are eligible for the current $15 off $60 at Toys R Us (in the US).
And in a surprising turn of events, they're marked at retail on toysrus.com.
With the right combination of sets, you can get up to 25% off, or 23% off if you want to hit the $49+ mark for free shipping.

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By in United States,

It is a fun little set, I do love the new "Piece to Resistance" piece. It will open up new building types and techniques.

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By in United States,

Awesome hood!

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By in United States,

This set reminds me of a James Bond movie sceen.

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By in United States,

@psycho13- Yeah, I was surprised to see the sets at retail for once at TRU...

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By in United States,

Love Wyldstyle with the hood up. Definitely getting many of this set!

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By in Indonesia,

Thanks for the great and detail review Matthew :)

Is it possible for someone to update the lego movie minifigures?
I'm curios how many different Emmet in this theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

ARE THE NEW LEGO SETS OUT END OF JANUARY 2014?

TIME IS GOING SLOW FOR ME LOL

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By in United States,

I think there are 3 Emmits: hardhat, Cloud Cukoo, and normal

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