Review: Apocalypseburg Unikitty

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Unikitty proved to be among the most popular characters from The LEGO Movie and will soon be returning in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. However, it would seem that her cheerful personality has hardened upon witnessing the destruction of Bricksburg by DUPLO invaders, hence the emergence of Apocalypseburg Unikitty!

This figure was given away at San Diego Comic-Con in July, coinciding with the announcement of 70827 Ultracatty and Warrior Wyldstyle. I am looking forward to that set very much indeed but this version of the character, constructed at her traditional smaller size, looks brilliant too.

Minifigure

Apocalyseburg Unikitty bears a close resemblance to the Angry Kitty from 70814 Emmet's Construct-o-Mech, featuring an attractive red and flame yellowish orange colour scheme. I love the printed flames on the legs and Unikitty wears an intimidating headband which is decorated with a row of metallic silver bolts. The horn is attached using a 1x1 round plate with a hollow stud which has not appeared in dark bluish grey before.

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Two different facial expressions are included and these are printed on separate 1x3 bricks. The first is decorated with a severe grimace while the second appears extremely angry! I love the flames around Unikitty's eyes and the jagged teeth look superb. Another 1x1 round plate with a hollow stud links the head to the body which is interesting as the recent Unikitty! sets introduced a much sturdier method. On the other hand, this design does match the teaser trailer for The LEGO Movie 2, despite being relatively fragile.

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Unikitty's tail has been updated with three dark red spikes, reflecting a change in her personality. This new element looks brilliant and I like the pearl silver arrow which is clipped to the side of the figure too. Bricksburg has evidently become more dangerous following the events of The LEGO Movie and every character now appears more aggressive so the addition of a weapon does not seem out of place.

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Overall

An impressive selection of different Unikitty figures have been produced during the last few years and Apocalypseburg Unikitty is among the best designs yet in my opinion. Her new tail looks brilliant and I like both facial expressions, although the Rage Kitty variant shown below is particularly appealing.
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LEGO has already unveiled three upcoming sets based upon The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Apocalypseburg Unikitty does not appear in any of them. Nevertheless, I am very confident that she will become more widely available soon, albeit presumably with different facial expressions.

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18 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Hopefully all of the pieces for this figure will turn up in later sets so the scalpers get blown out of the water.

Con-exclusives = not a good thing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm assuming that being made as a SDCC exclusive collectable, that it would have been put together before the other sets with the updated neck were. Plus, given its a collectable figure rather then a toy as such, may not have needed the stronger attachment?

Hope this smaller version does become more widely available though,. Assuming it will given the new tail mould wouldn't be just a one off. Angry Kitty was my favourite bit of the original lego movie and the 'Ultracatty' is on my to buy list.

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By in United States,

I like it! Too bad about its exclusivity.

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By in United States,

I hope they use the new neck method used in the Unikitty sets for the Lego Movie 2 sets, because all of my original Lego Movie Unikitty's heads would always fall off so easily lol

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By in United Kingdom,

Its cool pretty mean looking... Like the missus lol.. i like it:

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By in Portugal,

I love this figure and its design with several exclusive pieces and a huge new printed pieces and a different facial expression for another situation.
I give a 10/10 to this figure.

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By in United States,

I often bristle at the term 'scalpers'. People pay what they want to; the market dictates the price. That all being said, I do agree that Con exclusives are bad; not good for the fan bases. It would be a bit different if they made these available at every major con in the world, but only having them in SD is only worse.
In any case I hope this figure appears in a TLM 2 set so it is accessible for everyone

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By in Australia,

It has the same expression on its face as I have when I here about exclusives.

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By in United States,

Hey, CaptnRex101, how'd you happen by one of these? Did you have to buy it?

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By in United States,

I love this particular figure and as everyone else I am looking towards its more ample inclusion.

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By in United States,

Its weird that they didn't use the new piece for the head attachment, I think that's a real problem that was fixed. I suppose because its an exclusive for collectors, it is a display so I guess that makes since.

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By in United Kingdom,

@madforlego The objection is to people who buy up stock with the intention of selling it on at a profit. The market pays what it will, because the people who actually want the set miss out on buying it because the 'scalper' already bought it, leaving them with a choice of not getting the set, or else paying the scalper's price. Scalpers make a profit without adding value - essentially they exact a tax for being the first one to get there.

If you buy Lego with the express purpose of selling it for a profit, I think you can't really complain when the people who want to buy it to enjoy it are annoyed - your profit comes out of their pocket, and you've done very little to earn it.

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By in Germany,

I hate scalpers and think they are even worse for the Lego community than other thieves like Lepin et al.
Because at least Lepin & co. create value for a certain group of buyers, even though using illegal methods.
Scalpers otoh use legal yet unethical methods, without adding any value other than personal enrichment.
TLG doesn't care, as they have sold sets, which is all they are interested in basically. If they really wanted to do something about this problem, they could set a limit of two sets per household for the entire range, or at least the rare sets, like they sometimes actually do on certain "Sale" items. Plus retailers should also not allow people to buy all available stock because other than scalping there is zero reason for someone to do so!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Your future president - Yes, I purchased it on eBay.

Personally, I do not consider selling an item like this one to be 'scalping'. Exclusive products carry a value which is dictated by the market and sellers are very unlikely to acquire a large volume of such items.

Whether or not one believes that LEGO should release exclusive products at conventions is an entirely different matter.

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By in United States,

Weird that LEGO allows certain (useless) new pieces to be made like the tail but then set designs have had to fight to get new useful pieces made.

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By in United States,

^I can't like this comment enough. Spot on.

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex - whether I agree with you on that depends on the availability of the set at the con. If there was enough for everyone who wanted one to get one, then people selling them online aren't doing too much harm, since availability is already artificially restricted. However, if there's a limited supply and half the people in the queue just want them to sell them, they're taking something away from the other attendees who were hoping to get one for themselves.

That said, I'm not sure how I feel about the exclusives. I'm not a collector, really so I don't much care if I can't get something like this. It gives the attendees something to be excited about, which is nice for them. But I can see how it's immensely frustrating for a completionist, who's faced with a choice between shelling out all the money needed to go there in person or alternatively paying the eBay prices.

But hey, it's all legal. People can buy to sell all they like - I just don't think they should expect sympathy when they get hate from the community. I basically grew up on discount Lego, and with people posting deals on websites and clearing shelves now with the hope of a quick profit, I'm not sure I'd have had anything at all if I was a kid today.

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By in United States,

@David1985: It's no more useless than other purely cosmetic character molds like Princess Leia's hair, Basil the Bat Lord's helmet, King Kahuka's mask, or the Minotaur's head. And I'm sure MOCists and/or LEGO designers could find plenty of other uses for this piece, same as they have with so many other pieces originally designed with one particular character or context in mind. Maybe as decorative flourishes on furniture in an evil headquarters, or as an alien plant/flower, or as pigtails on a brick-built punk guitarist, or two together to make a flashy sign/logo like the library sign in https://brickset.com/sets/41176-1/The-Secret-Market-Place, or as the feathery wings of a baby velociraptor, or as the back and tail of a cartoony dragon (similar in shape to https://wikirby.com/w/images/0/03/KDL2ArtIceDragon.png). That's six potential alternative uses that wouldn't need new colors or decorations, and I didn't even need to have the part in hand to come up with them.

And in any case, we can be pretty much certain it will appear in future sets on other Unikitty variants, which judging from the amount we saw this year may be quite varied and plentiful.

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