When preliminary images of 2015's The LEGO Movie sets were first seen, 70818 Double-Decker Couch was easily the most anticipated of the three. Four minifigs, Unikitty and an iconic structure from the film in a low-priced set, what's not to like?
Unfortunately poor quality control has marred an otherwise excellent set.
Box and contents
The colourful glossy box shows the contents well. It's refreshing to see everyone happy and having a good time and not involved in some sort of conflict.
There are not many play features to illustrate on the back, other than putting Emmet in his car.
Can you believe it? Two new Unikitties in this year's sets. Actually it's nearer 2-and-a-half as I'll explain below.
In this incarnation she has her default pink 'outfit' on, a surprised look on her face and is sitting down. Like Super Angry Kitty the 1x3 plate above her eyes is printed with 'eyebrows'.
A second head and 1x3 plate are provided to give her a different facial expression although I'm not sure I can pinpoint what it is. Confused or dazed maybe?
As I said above you actually get 1-and-a-half Unikitties in the box because of the spare 1x1 pieces that are in every set. All that's needed to make a second one if the spare parts are used is another ear, a 1x3 white plate, a 1x2 pink slope, a pink 1x1 brick with one stud on the side and a tail. The latter will of course be the problematic piece to obtain. For the sake of a few pence LEGO could have included a second one.
Benny has a new double-faced head, eyes closed on this side...
And a daft expression on this one...
President Business also has a new head sporting different expressions but otherwise he's the same as from last year.
As you can probably guess by now, Emmet also has a new head, with a slightly different smile one side...
And a melancholy expression on the other.
Ghost Vitruvius is the most interesting of the figures. In addition to the ghost with headband shroud he also features a printed 1x2x2 brick for his legs rather than a 2x2x2 slope which is of course necessary to be able to fit the ghost shroud on him.
His cape is, I believe, the same as last year's although my two are framed behind glass at the moment so I can't tell you whether it's the same type of material as last year's or the new type that some people are making a fuss about.
This one however has a printed 1x2 radio tile so he can listen to 'Everything Is Awesome' while cruising around Bricksburg.
Finally, we come to the double decker couch. It's identical to that in 70810 MetalBeard's Sea Cow and suffers from two flaws. First, the ladders are not vertical. A couple of extra 1x2 plates at the bottom would have solved that.
And, far more disappointingly, the medium blue 1x2 plates and 1x2 tiles are a significantly different shade of blue than the 2x2 tiles, which also exhibit some colour variation. This really spoils the look of it in my opinion.
Here's the completed model, including a nice 2x2 printed waffle tile and a random sausage.
The set is priced at £14.99 and $14.99 which isn't quite the same exchange rate calculation that was used for the Super Angry Kitty set, but it's still not right. However I think few will complain at the price given the minifig density of the set: I can't think of another £15 set that contains 5, can you?
The five figures are new and represent all the major characters from the film, other than Wyldstyle, who shows up in the third set released this year, 70819 Bad Cop Car Chase and of course Batman who's in the Super Angry Kitty set so it really is a must-have set for LEGO Movie fans.
It's not without its faults, the variation in colour of the medium blue pieces in particular is disappointing, but most buyers won't notice or care about that.
As I said at the start, five figures and a major plot device -- the couch -- in a low priced set: what's not to like?