Despite approaching the ominous Systar System with trepidation, several steadfast characters are quickly spellbound by Catchy Song. 70848 Systar Party Crew includes three such heroes and these exclusive minifigures appear excellent, featuring appropriately bright colours.
Stardust Benny seems especially interesting and attracted notable appreciation while on display at the LEGO House. That minifigure alone might be sufficient to justify purchasing this set for many LEGO fans, although MetalBeard and Unikitty should definitely not be overlooked.
LEGO has produced comparatively few Benny variants, despite his appearance in ten sets. Stardust Benny is accordingly appealing as this minifigure represents a significant departure from his standard design but maintains important features, such as his distinctive cracked helmet and the Classic Space emblem. The blue oxygen tanks strapped to this minifigure also remain unchanged.
However, this torso features some metallic silver decoration beside an attractive blue star. The dual-moulded legs look superb too, although comparing Benny's white boots with the printing on his torso demonstrates poor colour matching. I love the expressive double-sided head though and a pair of star-shaped glasses connect to the helmet, allowing them to be raised and lowered like a visor.
Disco Kitty seems even more outlandish, wearing enormous platform shoes which are formed using 2x1x2 slopes with printing on both sides. These look brilliant and replace white 1x1 plates that appear on the majority of Unikitty figures. The printed pink tail appears equally striking and two 1x3 bricks are supplied, featuring different facial expressions.
While her platform shoes are certainly distinctive, Disco Kitty's most remarkable feature is the unique feather boa! This fabric component feels incredibly soft and lacks a solid core, contrary to my original expectations. It looks fantastic and can easily hold its shape around Unikitty's neck, as demonstrated below, because the material adheres loosely to itself.
The Completed Model
Catchy Song compels characters in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part to dance, hence this set contains a colourful dance floor which is simply constructed but looks good. I like the black speaker system as well, although those shown onscreen are significantly larger. Three lovely smoothies are also included, corresponding with 70847 Good Morning Sparkle Babies!
MetalBeard appears in several The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part sets but this variant, known as One-Man-Metal-Band seems most comparable to the version from 70810 MetalBeard's Sea Cow. The model measures 15cm in height and feels extremely tactile so is perfect for play. I love the combination of purple and pearl gold and the humorous replacement of MetalBeard's traditional weaponry with musical instruments is delightful.
The head features a new smiling expression while MetalBeard's famed beard is now pearl gold rather than pearl dark grey. His hat remains unaltered though and the articulated hooks are similarly familiar. These can reach the keyboard situated beneath MetalBeard's head and his body parts, comprising a bone and a red sausage, are kept inside a golden treasure chest.
Considerably less detail is visible on the back of the figure, although the colour scheme appears consistent and I like the textured clam shell element. Furthermore, a golden flag is attached here and MetalBeard's shoulder armour has been augmented with a record player on one side and a metallic silver 2x2 dish on the other. This component is particularly appealing and a spare is provided too!
An impressive musical instrument is connected to MetalBeard's left arm. The official set description suggests this is intended to represent a trombone but it most closely resembles a trumpet and looks reasonably realistic, including another metallic gold dish which forms the bell. The other hand seems slightly more conventional, featuring three articulated fingers and an opposable thumb so the figure can grip accessories.
Both arms include ball joints which provide an excellent range of motion and the legs are connected using similar parts. MetalBeard's idiosyncratic peg leg now features a trans-purple jewel and his other leg has been replaced with an attractive piano. This incorporates a new printed 1x4 tile which can also be found in 21319 Friends Central Perk, forming a minifigure-scale keyboard.
Countless fantastical characters populate The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and 70848 Systar Party Crew excels in that regard, featuring exclusive versions of three notable heroes. Each variant differs dramatically from the standard designs, reflecting the garish Systar System environment, but these characters still capture the essential features of Benny, Unikitty and MetalBeard.
I am particularly pleased with One-Man-Metal-Band, who includes numerous interesting pieces, while Stardust Benny wears wonderful glasses. This set costs £17.99 or $19.99 which seems reasonable in my opinion, although others from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part offer superior value so I would suggest waiting for a discount before purchasing this set.
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