Unikitty obsessively suppressed any negative emotions for almost the entire duration of The LEGO Movie, finally embracing them during the climactic battle against Lord Business' powerful Micro Managers. Unfortunately, it would appear that her mood has deteriorated after the arrival of aliens from the planet DUPLO!
70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy is probably the most ferocious version of Unikitty yet, taking more inspiration from a lion than a kitten! The model was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con and I think it looks fantastic in official images, due primarily to its spiky appearance. Hopefully its articulation will be similarly impressive.
The majority of Bricksburg's original residents from The LEGO Movie have been updated to reflect the challenging environment of Apocalypseburg, wearing appropriately rugged attire. Emmet, on the other hand, remains dressed in his orange construction fatigues! This uniform is almost identical to that from the original film, albeit with a few scratches across the reflective metallic silver strips and the black belt.
Emmet's personality also remains unchanged based upon his double-sided head, featuring a smile on one side and a terrified expression on the other! The same reddish brown hair piece remains intact as well. It would seem that Emmet still finds time to comb his hair, even following an invasion by DUPLO aliens!
Lucy abandoned the Wyldstyle moniker towards the end of The LEGO Movie and this minifigure has been accordingly updated, although certain aspects of her clothing remain intact. For instance, some striking magenta and medium azure graffiti decorates both sides of the torso and each arm. The hair includes matching streaks alongside a pair of goggles.
However, the heroine now features dual-moulded legs which represent her sturdy boots and a reddish brown headscarf fits around her neck. This component is quite similar to the scarf that was created for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie and it looks wonderful, including realistic texture and a folded hood at the rear. The head is decorated with two expressions, one of which appears happy while the other seems prepared for battle.
The minifigure also wields suitable accessories for combat, carrying a pearl dark grey crossbow and a quiver containing some additional bolts. However, my favourite element is definitely the shield which is based upon a classic stop sign. This has been customised and reflects Lucy's determination to defend Apocalypseburg from the alien invaders.
The Completed Model
One such alien from the planet DUPLO appears in this set and it looks marvellous. I love how standard LEGO bricks have been employed to recreate the enlarged scale of DUPLO and the printed eye, which can rotate when a Technic pin is turned at the rear, is quite intimidating. Moreover, the mouth opens on a hinge, revealing two studs which form teeth inside.
Unfortunately, the same DUPLO alien design appears in several sets from The LEGO Movie 2 which is slightly disappointing as we have already seen that there is considerable variation between them in the film. This lime green and blue colour scheme is unique and I think the figure looks good but an entirely unique alien would have been preferable, either in this set or some of the others.
Numerous different versions of Unikitty have been produced since 2014 and Ultrakatty is the largest by a considerable margin, measuring 21cm in length when the tail is extended. This model is based upon a lion rather than smaller cats so appears entirely different to the other angry Unikitty figures, although its red, reddish brown and flame yellowish orange colour scheme is familiar and I think that looks good here.
Ultrakatty's head is also similar in design to standard Unikitty figures, featuring an enlarged horn and ears along with a dark bluish grey helmet. The metallic silver studs which appear on Apocalypseburg Unikitty in 70831 Emmet's Dream House / Rescue Rocket are represented by a bracket on this model and I like the reddish brown spikes on either side of the helmet.
Many more spikes are fitted around the head, resembling a lion's mane. These blades were originally introduced for the Castle theme in 2007 but have not appeared in reddish brown before and they look fantastic. Each blade is attached using a clip so they can move back and forth which is very useful for creating dynamic displays and they line up nicely with the spines on Ultrakatty's back.
Furthermore, three facial expressions are included. These are printed on a new 1x5x2 brick which is interesting as remarkably few LEGO pieces are five studs wide. The expressions encompass a range of emotions, including an adorable smile, a frustrated expression and a third which seems extremely angry! A corresponding design appeared on the Super Angry Kitty figure from 70817 Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack in 2015.
There are several points of articulation, including a ball joint behind the head and on each hip. Hinges are found at the lower knee and ankle joints which is satisfactory, although ball joints would have been preferable at the ankles to ensure that the feet remain planted. I like the spiky texture that continues on the legs and four printed 1x2 curved slopes which are decorated with flames also appear just above the feet.
Ultrakatty is protected by some armour plating above her forelegs. These curved slopes are ingeniously attached using small wheel axles so they can move to accommodate the changing position of the hips. Two more stickers are applied between the legs, presumably representing leather padding which has suffered damage during battle against the DUPLO invaders.
Lucy can ride on Ultrakatty's back and grip the dark bluish grey reins. This looks pretty good but there are no dedicated clips to keep her weapons which is slightly disappointing. You can store her shield on the handlebars beside the saddle and removing the spikes in front would provide room to mount Lucy's crossbow there, although a proper storage area should have been included.
The hind legs and tail are both connected to a separate section of Ultrakatty's body that can move on click hinges. This is a welcome feature and the tail is extremely poseable, including four separate ball joints. In addition, viewing the model from behind reveals some reddish brown spines on the hind legs. They commonly appear on insects such as grasshoppers and are an appealing inclusion here, helping to convey how dangerous this furious version of Unikitty really is!
70827 Ultrakatty & Warrior Lucy is an outstanding set. Ultrakatty looks absolutely spectacular, bristling with more than seventy spikes of varying sizes and colours which appear deadly! The three alternative expressions are excellent and I appreciate the integration of a saddle for a minifigure to ride. However, the leg articulation is somewhat limited by the absence of ball-jointed ankles, unfortunately.
Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with this set and would certainly recommend it. The price of £24.99 or $29.99 seems reasonable and the minifigures are superb, despite being relatively common. In addition, many interesting pieces are included so I might even be tempted to purchase an additional set when it is discounted later in the year.
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