Emmet formulated some unconvincing building ideas during The LEGO Movie and that tendency continues during The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. 70823 Emmet's Thricycle looks particularly outlandish, consisting of three black tyres which are arranged vertically beneath the driver.
This bizarre vehicle really appeals to me and the set contains 174 pieces, among which is a brand new tyre that was created for 2019. Its price of £12.99 or $14.99 therefore seems reasonable and I love the colourful DUPLO character opposing Emmet as well as the Octan petrol pump.
Numerous sets from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part include Emmet, as one might expect given his popularity and significant role in the film. The reddish brown hair piece was created for the previous movie and remains intact but the double-sided head is new, featuring a broad smile on one side and an intensely frightened expression on the other.
Emmet's orange construction uniform has also been updated as the metallic silver reflective strips now include some wear around the edges. I like these designs and the identification card on the minifigure's thigh looks marvellous. As usual, Emmet is accompanied by Planty and this small model is simplified in relation to the film as no leaves are visible.
The Completed Model
Emmet's unconventional Thricycle is a substantial vehicle, measuring 16cm in height. Its predominantly yellow colour scheme seems suitable given Emmet's association with construction equipment and I like how hazard stripes have been incorporated, suggesting that some standard construction vehicles were disassembled to build this one and reminding me of 70814 Emmet's Construct-o-Mech.
The vehicle stands on a single tyre so is unstable, although you can attach it to a stand which is useful for display. Furthermore, two Technic beams form kickstands which provide support to the model when the Thricycle is detached from its stand, as demonstrated below. This design is effective but I think the model looks more appealing when standing completely upright rather than being tilted backwards.
Each tyre is situated between a couple of Technic elements so they rest against one another. Rotating the lowest wheel will therefore cause the others to turn as well. This is an enjoyable function and I love these new tyres which seem extremely versatile. However, you can only grip the model from above the wheels and that does not feel entirely natural to me.
Emmet stands above the stacked wheels so appears rather precarious, although that seems suitable for such an odd vehicle! In addition, there is space for Planty behind the driver and a dark bluish grey ice cream cone, which is only available in three sets, forms the exhaust. The yellow ball cup elements on either side look slightly odd but further suggest that Emmet's Thricycle has been hastily constructed and they are new in this colour.
The stand is designed to form part of the Apocalypseburg landscape and I think it looks good, featuring a dark bluish grey rock with attachment points for the Thricycle at its centre. A fuel pump stands on one side and its retro design looks marvellous, resembling the pump found in 10264 Corner Garage. This is decorated with some Octan branding and the fuel hose is detachable, although a longer hose would be required to reach the Thricycle's tank!
A catapult is attached on the other side and launches a light bluish grey wheel hub which is surprisingly effective, consistently achieving a range of more than 50cm. Unfortunately, the DUPLO aliens are apparently impervious to such attacks!
Aliens arrived from the planet DUPLO towards the end of The LEGO Movie and they have returned for the sequel. These blocky creatures are available in three new sets and each version features a unique colour scheme. I like this red and orange design and the opening mouth looks superb, exposing a pair of brick-built studs inside. Moreover, you can rotate the printed eye using a Technic pin on the back of the model.
70823 Emmet's Thricycle is an enjoyable set, albeit one which does not necessarily stand out across the entire theme. The vehicle is delightfully unconventional and I appreciate the rolling function which connects the tyres. Furthermore, the Octan petrol pump is attractive and its retro design represents a pleasing change from similar previous models.
Emmet is extremely common across the range, corresponding with his relative popularity and central role within the movie. Nevertheless, another resident of Apocalypseburg would have been a welcome addition. I would recommend adding this set to your collection but think that 70822 Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER! and 70841 Benny's Space Squad are even more impressive.
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This set was provided for review by Warner Bros. but the review is an expression of my own opinions.