The Ice Cream Machine is another 2-in-1 LEGO Movie set which can be made into something relatively normal or something far from it, in this case an ice cream van -- which surprisingly is something LEGO has not previously made -- and a flying ice-cream shooting machine.
Here's what the The LEGO Movie Essential Guide book says about this set: "Ice Cream Mike and Ice Cream Jo usually serve the citizens icy treats, but their van is now a chilling flying machine. When Lord Business sees it, he will get his just desserts!"
The box front appears to show a minifig -- Cardio Carrie -- being chased by a Micro Manager, who is being pursued by the Ice Cream Machine. I'm sure it will all make sense once we've seen the movie :-)
Interestingly, the box, my one at least, is not as glossy as the other TLM ones, it's more like normal boxes.
The two models are clearly shown on the back along with pictures illustrating the action.
Inside, six parts bags, one vehicle plate, four hoses, three instruction manuals and one sticker sheet.
The ice cream sellers Mike and Jo are excellent. Mike has a full length pink and white striped apron on, while Jo has a matching pinny. Cardio Carrie is sporting her running gear.
All three have printed backs.
No two Micro Managers appear to be the same: this one is a flying 4x4 cube which shoots flick-missiles from the hole at the front.
There are three missiles: flick the bottom one and the technic beam drops to enable you to flick the next.
I built the Ice Cream Machine first, and here are a couple of pictures of it under construction:
The completed model:
Parts-wise, I don't think there are any new parts in it, but there are plenty of existing parts in new colours -- the tab cone (previously a Power Miners drill bit) and the 2x2 cones in a strange light green colour that LEGO calls 'Spr. Yel. Gree' and which has only been used for Duplo parts until now.
There are plenty of the new 1x1 ice-cream cones and ice-cream 'heads', in four colours.
The machine is armed with a cream squirting cannon mounted on the roof, and various ice-cream firing weapons on the wings and cab.
Here are all the components of the set, showing Mike and Jo in the machine.
Time then to dismantle the machine, and build the ice cream van. Note the fridge for lollies in the middle...
... and soft ice cream dispensers at the back.
The finished van looks great from the front. I can't say I've ever seen one with a massive ice cream on the roof but it doesn't look out of place. It probably doesn't do much for aerodynamics and fuel economy, though.
The roof lifts off to enable you to play inside.
The back looks a bit weird in my opinion. The sloped pink part at the back is normally used for train noses so we might now see MOCers making pink trains.
Mike and Jo pose for a photo in front of their van. This last picture illustrates the major design flaw of the set: it's far too tall!! I know ice cream vans need space inside for a man to stand and serve but this van is absolutely massive: the top of their heads barely reach the counter: what hope would a small child have?
If you can forgive the size issue, then the van is a really nice model with realistic features and it wouldn't take much to convert into something more to scale with City 'Great Vehicles'; dropping the counter down a brick or so and removing the oversized roof should do it. I shall have to give it a go.
- Parts - 4 - Nothing new but some great parts nevertheless and you can never have enough pink.
- Building experience - 3 - Both models are straightforward builds but are fun.
- Playability - 3 - Not a great deal to do with either models once they are built other than swoosh the machine around and flick a few ices.
- Value for money - 4 - £24.99 / $29.99 for 344-pieces is not too bad. A Star Wars set with a similar number would be £35-40, so the 'Hollywood Tax' does not seem so great on these sets, probably because LEGO owns the license.
- Overall - 4 - Great minifigs, fun models and lovely colours, what's not to like?
We have two more TLM sets to review for you; we'll get them published in the next few days...
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