The bright and fun (but sometimes angry) Princess Unikitty debuted in 2014 in the beloved The LEGO Movie. In that time, she has grown to become a fan-favorite character - so much of one, in fact, that Warner Bros Animation greenlit an animated TV series based around her.
Unikitty! first previewed on Cartoon Network in the fall of last year, and premiered this past January. It centers on a different version of the character depicted in the film - almost as if this is the show where that character came from, in-universe. Unikitty rules the Unikingdom with a marshmallow fist, and one of the characters accompanying her is little brother Puppycorn.
LEGO has finally launched their first line of sets for the franchise, where one such set, 41452 Prince Puppycorn Trike, has the titular doggy race alongside some of his best friends. Is it worth speeding to the store to get? Let’s find out...
Puppycorn is a dog-unicorn hybrid, and Unikitty’s little brother / best friend. While he is slightly immature, curious and gets easily distracted, Puppycorn likes to have fun and his sister does her best to protect him if anyone tries to make him sad.
The figure is very simple, yet effective. You might even notice the coincidental Sonic the Hedgehog color scheme! He follows a very similar construction to Unikitty herself. However, he has a Technic ball tail instead, and the slope ears replaced by a new 1x1 tile with ‘flap’ extension. I cannot wait to see what others will do with this part!
And speaking of brand new elements, remember when The LEGO Movie’s Unikitty had to deal with her head falling off all the time when trying to rotate it? Well, worry no longer. With a 1x1 ‘nipple’ tile and a new, inverted 1x3 tile with bar-sized hole in the middle, your half-unicorn friends are now fully secure and decapitation-free!
Dino Dude is a recurring background character on the show, sometimes seen as a friend of Puppycorn and carrying a conspicuous Australian accent. You can identify him easily by his vibrant, lime-ish tone which isn’t represented very well by the figure. I still like him quite a bit, though.
The eyes on one side of the head are funny as well as accurate. I also enjoy the emotionless expression and while he does not have much articulation, the movable wheels definitely make up for it a little bit.
He is a worthy character to be included - given his mode of transportation - but not particularly exciting.
Kickflip is definitely the simplest model in the set, but is still quite cute for the seven pieces she consists of. You can even take her off the lime skateboard, even though she becomes immobile afterward. Oh, well.
I do like the new roof slope, though. Also, she has clearly seen some things...
The Completed Model
The first model built after the figures is your typical old crate, with some obligatory accessories like an orange ball, an ice cream cone, a pizza... you get the picture.
The most prominent and, in my opinion, best part of the set, is the titular trike. Granted, it’s not much of a tricycle, as it relies on four wheels instead of three. I’d like to think of it as a sort of go-kart.
Prince Puppycorn himself slots in pretty easily, ready to take on the day (and any race he may find himself getting into).
Still, with its sporting equipment themed wheels, smooth surface and consistent color scheme, I cannot think of much negative to say about the vehicle. I also like the flag propped up at the back very much.
However, while fun and easy to operate, I cannot help but wonder why random stud shooters were tacked on, as they do not exist in the cartoon. In this situation, they just feel superfluous - throwing in another play feature when there doesn’t need to be one. The shooters don’t blend in too well, either, and I fail to see why Puppycorn would need any to race against his friends... unless there’s some unseen tension built up inside of him, à la his big sister... too dark? Okay. ;-)
This is a great set, and a wonderful introduction to the line for those who are a little sick of Unikitty but still want to take a test drive (get it?) into her world a bit.
Like I said, the only thing that could have easily been improved is the addition of someone who Puppycorn would logically want to shoot at - such as Master Frown or his roommate, Brock.
Still, I cannot fault it much - and what, with 101 pieces for $10 USD, plus a couple exclusive characters and rare parts, it is perfect value for money in the United States. I cannot say the same for Great Britain and Europe, though; £12.99 / 14.99€ is slightly difficult to swallow, but waiting a little bit for a discount may bode well for you. Two paws up!
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Thanks to Huw for the photos.