Review: 70818 Double-Decker Couch

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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.

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There are not many play features to illustrate on the back, other than putting Emmet in his car.

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Minifigures

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'.

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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?

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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...

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And a daft expression on this one...

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President Business also has a new head sporting different expressions but otherwise he's the same as from last year.

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As you can probably guess by now, Emmet also has a new head, with a slightly different smile one side...

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And a melancholy expression on the other.

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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.

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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.

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The model

Emmet's car, modelled on a Smart car, is the same as the one that was available in a Toys R Us in-store build last year.

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This one however has a printed 1x2 radio tile so he can listen to 'Everything Is Awesome' while cruising around Bricksburg.

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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.

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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.

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Here's the completed model, including a nice 2x2 printed waffle tile and a random sausage.

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Verdict

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?

43 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, what is not to like? My collection will have a couple of nice builds, but my Minifigure Shelves will suffer. They already won't have enough room for Simpsons S2. :-P

I'll probably get this, seeing as I only have four TLM sets - I need a few more! :-)

And I need a UniKitty. I only have one set (70816: Benny's Spaceship) that includes her, and even then, that isn't the original.

The UniKitty looks like she's upset on the second face. On the box art, she's sitting next to Benny, who destroyed her home. (Whoops!)

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By in United Kingdom,

TLG are the second group to produce a 'waffle' tile, the first being Citizen Brick. The unofficial tile (which I was planning to buy 5 of) has since been removed from Citizen Brick's website :c

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By in Australia,

The second Unikitty is one with tears about to well up in her eyes before she bursts into tears, as seen on the submarine after fleeing Cuukoo Cloudland...

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the extra expression on Unikittys head is that she is about to cry (maybe watching a sad movie together, hence the other expressions of melancholy)... And might explain the sausage and waffle... But why no pizza??

There was a very similar car released as a set a while ago, with the main difference being the wing mirrors and front bumper... Can't find the number off hand, but I think they were also included with the previous cargo train as well... A common vehicle in Bricksburg, or Lego City probably...

Also, are the white cups new pieces??

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By in United States,

I believe sad Unikitty and sad Emmet are supposed to represent the scene on the sub where Cloud Cuckoo Land is destroyed and Emmet tries to comfort Kitty with the couch. Everything else seems to be a fan-pleasing hodgepodge--my recollection is that the waffle only appeared in Emmet's apartment. Still a great set though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, I suspect you are right...

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By in Greece,

Can you remove the headband from the ghost??

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems TLG's marketing strategy department are in good form!
I've found that the Cardiff Lego Store lags behind other places when popular sets are selling out. I got the Exo-Suit from there a few days in to the fuss over the limited run was kicking off, and I picked up the 4x4 Crawler from there quite a while after it had sold out online and in other places.
So I didn't think being away for New Years would be an issue, got there at about 6pm on the 2nd, and the Slave I and this set had both sold out! I asked the store manager and he fetched one of two Slave Is that were out the back still, but I reckon I might be waiting a while to pick this one up.

In short - TLG have got themselves a winner! Yep, it's a fan-pleasing hodgepodge with bits from all over the film, but that's exactly why it's sold like hot cakes! It's as if the cast have come together to watch the movie!

I'll be putting mine in the Palace Cinema when I can track one down - the movie poster downstairs, a special promotional double-decker couch in the now-quite-handily-empty theatre, and the cast all there for the première... or a load of fans in cosplay I suppose!

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By in Croatia,

@ Woodywood - White cups were included in 6755-1: Sheriff's Lock-Up also.

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By in United Kingdom,

This set is a must-have for me. And my several of my nephews/friend's kids are waiting for me to get them one too :-)

@Woodywood
#3177 is the similar car without the wing mirrors and with a different bumper

http://brickset.com/sets/3177-1/Small-Car

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By in Netherlands,

This is a neat set and the only one I'll buy from this wave. It's great for the minifigures. I can always fit a new car in my town and I might put the double-decker couch in my dorm-moc. And last but not least: the waffle tile is AWESOME.

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By in United States,

I'm surprised the reviewer didn't realize it was sad Unikitty and sad Emmett. It is a pretty big scene in the movie.

Otherwise, good review. I'm not surprised by the color variation. That happens in EVERY set these days. You can't build anything anymore.

The set is a definite must buy considering the figure load. My daughter will love it. She just built Cloud Cuckoo Palace last night.

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By in United States,

I can barely see any difference in the medium blue pieces... And even if there is any, you can say that it is spots where the material has worn oddly. I certainly doubt that it is a set-ruining QC issue, but I will have to wait until I get this set to decide that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Whilst the ghost Vitruvius is welcome I think all three 'new' sets are a massive let down when you consider what has come before.

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By in United States,

I like to think that this set is a "hidden scene" at the end of the credits. Imagine the gang hanging out in Emmet's apartment having some snacks and watching "Where are My Pants?" reruns. All of the expressions make sense with this idea; Benny's cracking up, (because he's Benny) Business is politely trying to understand why it's funny, (now that he's actually watching the show) Unikitty doesn't get it, (and is upset) Vitruvius is generally ghosting about in the background, and Emmet's just happy to have friends to hang out with. The car, with the radio, is pure wonderful fan service. Heck, add a couple of the taco guys from the minifigs bags, and you have a perfect "Bro's Night" catered!

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By in United States,

Actually, at the top you said we get 2-and-a-half Unikitties, instead of 1-and-a-half. Otherwise great review!

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By in United States,

^ "In this years sets" So, 1.5 in this set, and another 1 in the other small set with batman.

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By in United States,

I think you'll find Unikitty's alternate expression in the scene where Cloud Cookoo Land is destroyed. (This is just based of memory, so it might not be accurate.)

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By in United States,

^Yes, it is.

I absolutely love this set. Five great minifigs, 2 of them brand-new. Perfectly formed little car and clever double-decker couch. A waffle. NO stickers at all. 193 parts for $15? A steal!

I think they included a sausage as a joke, referencing the similar joke in the movie about the size of LEGO sausages.

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By in United States,

How is the couch constructed in the movie? Does it exhibit the same non-vertical ladder problem?

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By in United States,

Now that we have an official sitting Unikitty, I can have sitting versions of all her other variations too!

Also, the edge-printed pink eyebrows provided in this set are *not* the same as the ones provided in the SDCC version of pink Unikitty. Anyone wanting to have Unikitty star in a stop-motion movie will have lots of expressions to choose from!

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By in Puerto Rico,

I am so going to buy this close to February (bills+house improvements (I will make a video of it later on:)+car issues).

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By in United States,

Buying for the figures and the radio tile. That's it.
I like how Benny , president business , and emmet all have new faces. That's probably , to me anyway , the best part of the set laying aside ghost Vitruvius. Also , unikitty's expression is supposed to be from when she cries her eyes out in the sea cow after the (spoiler) happens and (spoiler).
The couch issue doesn't really bother me. So what? My astro kitty had a slightly darker blue 1x3 plate which messed up the color but I didn't care (Then again , I also scrapped astro kitty to make a blue HK droid).

To me this whole set is a win , EXCEPT for that it doesn't include wyldstyle. It would've been nice to get her with a different head. I guess that was a decision by Lego to make sure that all the main characters weren't in one set. In any case , I'll likely end up getting this (if I ever find it - the only new Lego movie set I've seen in my area is the bad cop pursuit set).

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By in United States,

I never noticed the flaws. I like the set. It is a great set for the price.

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By in Thailand,

$25AUS here, we pay $5AUS for CMF so this is a good set given it includes the couch and a car!
Will be getting this and the Batman/SAK set for sure when they hit the shelves :)

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By in United States,

I have to say, it's a fantastic set for collecting things from the Lego Movie. Personally, and I've always thought this, the sad faced president business looks like the Grinch.

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By in Canada,

President Business isn't really sad, it's his look of realization when Emmet asks President Business at the end of the movie and gives him the PoR.

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By in United States,

As there are three more TLM sets that I want one of which I can't find this is one that is a most have

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By in United States,

Hey Huw, the second Unikitty face is she is crying, from when she lost her home. Benny's second expression would seem to be tears of joy when he finally gets to build his Spaceship. I think the general idea behind the set is supposed to reflect Emmets perfect ending where everybody is sitting around happy on his double decker couch eating waffles. It really is a strange and mostly pointless set there simply to give us all the really desired figs in one cheap set.

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By in United States,

@TheHastyTadpole- I gotcha ;-)

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By in United States,

It would have been nice to try and fit the hidden coolers under the seats. Still, a great set; my kids absolutely love to play with it.

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By in United States,

My couch set didn't have any color issues, but I did notice the T16 Skyhopper I bought had some 1x4 light bley plates that were obviously off-color. There is a lot of light bleed when held up to a light. Hope this isn't a wide-spread issue.

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By in United Kingdom,

Colour issues are becoming more common, I believe. I have a load of white inverted slopes from one set where some where white to my eyes and others were pink-ish. It was very odd!

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By in United States,

I saw this at our Target today, and I almost picked it up, but I'm waiting to see the Darkseid set and/or Green Lantern in their to go along with a purchase + coupon that I've got. It's a fun little set, and it'll be neat to have.

Thanks for the review!

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By in United Kingdom,

What is the "new type [of material] that some people are making a fuss about"?

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By in United States,

^ its a new fabric they are using for capes. Superman, Supergirl and Martian Manhunter all received this new style in the DC sets. ITs more like a cloth than the old capes so its very nice and flow-y. The problem is that its so thick, when you put the figure head on it scrunches up and hides the figure's neck. It looks awful. Some people are just not pushing the head all the way on which helps a bit. I did some trim work with fabric scissors and now they look great.

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By in United States,

Does Emmet's car have the appropriate pieces to "transform" like the TRU build? is the rebuild included in the instructions?

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ In which case Vitruvius's cape is not the new type. It's flow-y but thin, which it needs to be to fit under the ghost shroud.

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By in United Kingdom,

I had this idea that if the small ladder error was in the film it would be funny as it kinda shows that Emmet wasn't quite the Master Builder just yet as a true Master Builder wouldn't make that kinda mistake.

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By in Australia,

Any ideas when its out in Australia?

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