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LEGO Movie 70809 Lord Business Evil Lair

This is the last of the first wave of LEGO Movie sets that I am reviewing and happens to be the only one I built after watching the movie, thanks to some very backwards release dates in Australia.

Box Contents

Inside the box we have:

  • 2 x Numbered instruction booklets
  • 5 x Numbered bags of parts
  • 1 x Sticker Sheet
  • 2 x Flex hoses (one is spare)
  • 1 x Cardboard-backed bag with minifig capes

There are 737 parts in this set, as shown in the full inventory.

It's good to see the minifig capes in a cardboard-backed bag to keep them from being bent, especially Lord Business' cape which is huge!

Minifigs

There are six minifigs in this set: Emmet, Vitruvius, Pa Cop, Ma Cop, El Macho Wrestler, President/Lord Business, and there is also Biznis Kitty.

The President/Lord Business transformation sees him come completely apart before being put back together, reusing only the head and torso parts. Everyone except the Wrestler have dual-sided printed heads for two expressions.

I'm surprised Mr No Pants didn't turn up in this set, given that his studio is in it. Luckily I got one in a random minifig bag (along with two Presidents, I suck at picking those bags).

There are quite a few new parts and prints, all found on the minifigs. Lord Business' legs have a special extender inserted into the feet of the standard leg part, which widens it into a 1x2 connection to the rest of his leg. Without this, the standard 1x1 foot connection would be far too weak to support his giant legs. The other new parts are hair pieces, the Unikitty prints, and the super-glue baseplate part holding Ma and Pa Cop.

Build

There are three main features to this build. The first one built is the office room with the master builder cages on the top. The room features an office table with four swivel chair which is quite nice and simple. The minifigs can be placed in the cages with the studs at the back of their legs. Unfortunately, the Wrestler has a cape which half covers those stud connections so gets a bit bent while trying to fit him in.

The next build connects to the office room via a couple of pins, modular building style. At the bottom is a door which the glue-ray can extend from. It is cleverly attached to the inside of the door so that it swings open/shut when you push the ray at the back.

Above the glue-ray is a platform with the portal that Emmet jumped through in the movie. The balcony on the platform can be pulled out which causes the tile under the portal to drop away and cause whomever is standing there to drop away. A pretty cool 9V battery is attached to the platform via some string, and has a stud to attach to Emmet's back in place of the piece of resistance. At the top is the Kragle, which looks pretty neat. It is held in place by some claw contraption which seems a bit out of place to me.

The third part is the camera studio for the "Where are my Pants" show. This is basically a frame, a couch, and a camera.

Summary

I'm usually not that interested in open-plan building models like this, but it did provide plenty of play for my kids. Especially after watching the movie, they re-enacted many scenes with this set and pulled various minifigs and models from the other sets to complete it (e.g. Bad Cop/Good Cop, No Pants Guy and Metalbeard because he's cool!).

The Lord Business giant-fig is pretty neat and will make a nice addition to my desk at work :)

Check out the rest of the photos taken during this review at my Bricksafe page.

This set is now available for sale for USD $69.99 via Amazon, eBay, LEGO Shop, or check the country specific links on the set's details page.

The following video can be found on the LEGO product page for this set:

I'd like to thank Kim from the LEGO Community team for providing me with these sets for review! I know it has taken me a while to get through them all, but I like to take my time and enjoy myself while doing the reviews :) Time for everyone to say goodbye!

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