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 features the standard LEGO Movie artwork, which has been covered in previous reviews:
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.
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.
What's in the box?
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.
Wyldstyle's hood piece comes in a plastic 'China' bag.
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.
After the set is built, there are 12 extra pieces left over, while nothing special, some are nice to have.
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!).
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.
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.
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 (?).
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.
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!
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