70822 Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER! comes with two fantastical residents of the mysterious Systar System and really captured my attention when the sets were revealed. Ice Cream Cone and Chocolate Bar both seem quite interesting and incorporate some brand new elements.
Moreover, this set contains another exclusive version of Unikitty and seems to offer reasonable value, costing £8.99 in the UK or $9.99 in the US. It should therefore prove to be an excellent counterpart for the outstanding 70841 Benny's Space Squad, focusing upon an entirely different aspect of LEGO building!
Several new sets based upon The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part contain Unikitty, although this version of the character is unique and appears similar to the design from the original film. I like the figure's pink colour scheme and two facial expressions are included on separate 1x3 bricks, one showing a smile while the other seems prepared to lick Ice Cream Cone!
Unikitty's head is connected to her body using a 1x3 inverted tile. This component was created for the Unikitty! theme and provides a secure link, allowing you to rotate the head with ease. The tail and feet, on the other hand, have not been changed since The LEGO Movie from 2014 and these bright colours definitely capture Unikitty's fun personality.
However, my favourite figures in this set represent new characters. Ice Cream Cone serves as Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's butler and looks magnificent, consisting of several printed pieces which correspond with a real ice cream cone! I am particularly impressed with the diamond texture covering both sides of the character's body and his articulated arms look fantastic as well.
A pink 3x3 dome forms the butler's head and this element may prove extremely useful elsewhere so I hope it will soon become available in alternative colours and without printing. The inverted cone at the base is also new and this figure stands on a trans-clear 2x2 dish. Ice Cream Cone comes with a white mug.
Chocolate Bar presumably hails from the same part of the Systar System as Ice Cream Cone, taking inspiration from its namesake. I like this character's large eyes and the chocolate is formed using reddish brown ingots which have not appeared in this colour previously. Furthermore, a bite has been taken out of Chocolate Bar! This is a fun detail and the irregular shape of the red wrapper works perfectly.
The Completed Model
Characters are the primary focus of this set and the actual model seems insignificant by comparison. This dessert cart appears similar to previous models but includes five white 1x2 rounded plates which could be used in other creations. A pink teapot, a mug and a large chocolate cake are placed on top, the latter of which causes me to wonder whether every sweet foodstuff is actually alive in the Systar System!
Unusual characters such as those found in 70822 Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER! might not appeal to everyone but I am pleased with this set. Ice Cream Cone and Chocolate Bar are interesting and the new pieces found in Ice Cream Cone promise considerable potential, despite being of limited use with these printed designs.
A more substantial model would have been welcome but the price of £8.99 or $9.99 seems reasonable in my opinion. On that basis, I would certainly recommend adding this set to your collection, although 70841 Benny's Space Squad occupies the same price point and should probably be prioritised.
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