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  1. Here is my review on LEGO Monkie Kid 80054 Megapolis City 5th Anniversary: THE GOOD: Very lively looking build! Interesting selection of shops and businesses. The best mini builds for Gacha machine and A Claw Game. Very authentic roast duck restaurant. Tons of cool references and easter eggs through out. Excellent selection of minifigures. A working elevator. THE NOT SO GOOD: The ferris wheel did not work as smooth as it should. Less coherent comparing to Lantern City which is a very similar sets. Some references/easter eggs are completely hidden. (why bother adding it? XD) Laziness in using the same head for both the Silver Horn and Golden Horn demons. It may not beat the Heavenly Realm or Legendary Flower Fruits Mountain but I'm generally surprised how much fun packed in this. I had a fun building experience and ended up liking the set in the end. First off, it looks big but actually it's not that massive but it is indeed very tall due to the antenna on top. It has a very stable structure on the centre main piece, it also comes a varieties of buildings consist of shops and businesses have not appear before. The highlight of this set is definitely these buildings. While I'm not a fan of stickers, this set has tons of excellently designed stickers, although I did find a few very difficult to apply mostly due to me building the set in the evening and there is one stickers sheet using the clear transparent materials. There are couple of shops I really like. The Osteopathic Clinic, Gacha Machine Centre and Pigsy's Roast Duck. For me, these are great mostly due to my cultural background and I think LEGO did a great job capturing the authenticity of these despite the very limited space. The Gacha machines are great build. (google what are these if you are not sure). The Roast Duck place, have every key elements you often see in these kind of shop while I admit the use of the Turkey piece may not be the best in terms of size ratio. In terms of the Osteopathic Clinic, the interior has some smart builds but more importantly, it allows me to make joke/reference on the not so legit massage places you often seen in some Hong Kong crime thrillers XD. The other shops have some great references too. For example, the record shop has a nirvana easter egg on one of the sticker with an excellent sign build. The Jade gallery has a very nice way on displaying gems. Now, this leave us with the Ferris Wheel and the elevator. The elevator is a smart build and it works pretty well although I wish it can fit more than one minifig but I guess I'll be asking too much. The ferris wheel might be the weakest from the excellent selection of buildings, not because it doesn't look nice but it doesn't work smoothly as I expected as one part keep getting contact on the piece holding it. Not sure it's by designed or just me haven't get the alignment right. BUT, at the side of the ferris wheel LEGO probably gave us the best mini build of a Claw machine. It's such an excellent build and it also comes with a green classic spaceman helmet! As with most Monkie Kid, this set comes with excellent selection of minifigures. I particularly like the silver and golden horn demons, clearly these are playing a homage to Daft Punk. Although LEGO is a bit lazy in terms or parts of these 2 minifigures, instead of 2 unique heads, they both share the same minifigure head. To sum this up, this is a good Monkie Kid set with the usual positives from most Monkie kid set, it may be as good looking as the other and I still think the Lantern City might be just a bit more superior than this one. But it has enough details and fun references to make me like it. And if you have bought the Lantern City and Monkie Hideout, you will able to combine them into a massive Monkie Kid set. LEGO did not provide the instruction but it's all up to you. At $300NZD though, this is very pricey and probably $250 a more reasonable price. While I recommend this set to everyone especially you are into eastern cultures, I would suggest you wait for double VIP or a nice GWP to offset the high price. For me, I used my VIP points =)
  2. Decided that for the IRL pics I would edit the original post and post the pictures here. The gallery with all the old versions of the mech still exists and can be seen here. Will be updated in 2024 with some newer parts but still wanting to share IRL pics as it's practically done anyways. (Sword Pics will be in 2024 though) Mainly wanted to get this out before the set version releases. Used Zane's Titan Mech as the template but heavily modified. Shoulder pads use the design from Mei's Dragon Jet Tail sadly needs the clear brick as it's too heavy to hold itself up Dual cannon arms and shoulder cannons. (Wish I could add more blasters but no idea where) Flip out blades. Cockpit closeup Detachable Jetpack and Mei. (Used the Nexo Knights Year 3 armor as that looks techy enough and attaches to the jetpack) Last pic. I might retake them to be bigger in 2024 but for now enjoy.
  3. Here is my review on Monkie Kid 80049 Dragon of the East Palace: THE GOOD: Looks great with excellent building experience. The sliding mechanism to reveal inside of the palace is great. Lots of nice references to the source materials. Love the bed build as it looks so authentic. Excellent minifigures collection with more than half are exclusive to this set. THE NOT SO GOOD: The stickers on the pillar can be hard to apply due to the mould injection point. Another epic location build from Monkie Kid. I think the official product image does not do its justice. This set is actually pretty massive and lots of depths. I was slightly surprised when I was building it. I had a blast building this and the end result just look great. Great us to the blue colour and interesting use of pieces to create the exterior design. The interior is full of details too, the bed is just great and so accurate in terms of portraying Chinese bed in the past. One of the best part is the opening mechanism, it just work so well and reveal the main area of the palace which looks great and really love how the windows are built. In fact this so called Crystal Palace area is very authentic to a typical Chinese palace. On top of that you get a good selection of new parts (I love the new glittering fern piece and excellent minifigures! I really need to build an army of the shrimps and crabs. At $320, the price tag is a bit steep but I think this set worth every pennies. It's definitely a recommendation from me. Now you have a location build on each of this area, sky, surface and now underwater. One can only hope LEGO do something for the underworld now :P
  4. Here is my review on 80044 Monkie Kid's Team Hideout: THE GOOD: Looks great. Great building experience with so much details. Love the bamboo builds. Lots of cool references from graphic designs. Maximum playability. Excellent minifigures. Unique Monkie Kid's weapon pack! Great pricing! THE NOT SO GOOD: When combined with 80036 City of Lanterns, it doesn't look as good because the some of theme just don't fit that well. This simply one of my TOP 5 Monkie Kid set, looks great, fun to build, lots of playability and great value! The set on its own, while buildings are open back doll house style, it still has so much depth. Beyond that, each areas have so many details and nice small builds incorporated into the design of this set. I personally love the bamboo trees. There are just so many nice reference to LEGO and Journey to the West. The minifigures are excellent and the new weapon pack is just so good for people who likes Journey to the West. Even the villain extension is great and in my opinion way better than Marvel's Vulture from Spider-Man sets last year. More over, you can even combine this with 80036 City of Lanterns. However, I do find this set looks better on its own because when combined, some of the buildings just don't look right with this set more traditional style buildings compared to the modern design in 80036. Having said that, this is going to be super cool feature for kids. At RRP $180 NZD, it's very good value considering what you get from this. Definitely a recommendation from me!
  5. Here is my review on Monkie Kid 80039 The Heavenly Realms: THE GOOD: It looks amazing! You have to see it yourself to believe it. Awesome building experience, there are ways to build stuff really blown me away. (A total show off from the designer in my opinion) The action with the clouds open up is truely heavenly! A set really brings out the essence of Journey to the West! Great minifigures with characters I would never have though Lego would make! Great they included the background stories in the instruction. THE NOT SO GOOD: I couldn't find any thing I don't like to be honest. I was so impressed with this set when I completed this. It's a truely amazing set and instantly became no.1 set for me in the whole Monkie Kid theme. Yes, it has surpassed the Flow Fruit Mountain and The Monkey King Mech. First, this set looks amazing, while primarily it is a front facing set but it was not just a facade, the product images don't do its justice. You have to witness it yourself to appreciate how great it looks. Simply it has so much depth you think you are looking a some 3D pop up books. The use of plastic films for the clouds is just brilliant and. you have to see it in action to get the feeling of something heavenly just happened. It works so well. Then the building experience, with other monkey kid sets, you still feel like you are building a retail set but this one has so many interesting techniques that you feel like you building some D2C builds. The bridge, the action, the peach garden entrance are just some of the highlight and I truely feel the designer is just showing off here. Most importantly, the set really captures the essence of Journey to the West, the original story that inspired the Monkie Kid theme. If you take our the Monkie Kid Minifigure, you can just call this a Journey to the West set. It has so many elements that accurately depict some iconic moments in Journey to the West. This is so important to be honest, and this time LEGO tries to highlight those inspiration in the instruction booklet, I really appreciate this decision because for a lot of people that don't know the story would not catch some of the references which make this set so great. As a minifigure fan, when you hear me say so much about the set more than the minifigures, you know it;s a truely great set. The minifigures are great too, there are godly characters in chinese folklores that I would never thought Lego would one day produce. This is a truely great set and I strongly recommend this to everyone. Unfortunately, in some region like AU/NZ you can only buy this directly from LEGO because the theme didn't sell well. I just hope LEGO continues to produce a few more Monkie Kid sets like this but it will be extremely difficult to top this.
  6. Here is my review on 80036 The City of Lanterns: THE GOOD: Looks great, the fact they gave a set full of open backed facade type build so much depth is sensational. Excellent frame with train using roller coaster piece. Great selection of shops which reflects Chinese culture very well. The shops are extremely well thought out as well. Great playability. Some awesome graphics design on the stickers too. Lots of design and techniques I like from other notable sets are being utilised in this set. THE NOT SO GOOD: Some stickers are extremely difficult to apply. Overall, this is probably in my top 3 of Monkie Kid theme. I enjoyed the building experience and absolutely love the end results. The fact they execute a collection of facade type builds and gave it so much depth is unbelievable. As a person who has a chinese background, the details of the shops & grahics design blew me away. The highlights for me are the Karaoke box, the bubble tea store, Hot pot restaurant & the lego store. The little details they incorporated in such small build are awesome. It's also nice to see Lego utilising roller coaster pieces as train is also smart. The possibilities to rearrange the whole build is endless, this just highlight how versatile the frame design and even when everything put together, it's also very secure. As with most other Monkie Kid sets, this set also come with some excellent minifigures. The only things I did not enjoy was that some of the stickers are extremely hard to align properly. Other than that, this is a set I would recommend to everyone and the pricing is surprisingly reasonable if you compare with other sets in the Monkie Kid theme.
  7. Here is my review on Monkie Kid 80034 Nezha's Fire Ring: THE GOOD: Great Fire Ring build with the use to roller coaster tracks plus lots of flaming effects. The Nezha's minifigure. The White Bone Demon throne also great build. Some interesting details in the Evil Macaque's ride. Interesting use of some new pieces in Nezha's ride build. THE NOT SO GOOD: High Price Tag. I wish the Nezha's ride have more mobility even within the fire ring. I had a good time building this set and the end result is better than I expected. I like it overall, I do think the Nezha's fire ring could have been much better than this if they designed to have the ship/ride to even spin within the fire ring. The fire ring itself though is quite awesome. Having Nezha appears in LEGO minifigure form is another highlight, somehow Nezha wears a more traditional attire than the other characters with more modern design. There are lots of details incorporated even into the smaller builds and it's quite interesting for me. The white demon throne seat looks great and is a great desk display. Apart from the price tag, it's actually a cool lego set. May be dropping the Evil Macaque's ride would make this cheaper? However, I do like 80032 Chang'e Moon Cake Factory more just because some of the graphic designs are much more interesting compared to this one. I still recommend this set to anyone especially if you like Journey to the West or have some form of connection cultural wise.
  8. Here is my review on Monkie Kid's 80032 Chang'e Moon Cake Factory: THE GOOD: Great Bunny Mech with refreshing building experience and great look. The graphics designs are great. Expanding to characters that inspired from other Chinese tales. Awesome Minifigures. So many nice details packed in the moon cake factory build. THE NOT SO GOOD: High price tag. Not so widely available depending on the region you live in. I really like this set. For someone who has an East Asian root and love the Journey to the West, having character like Chang'e materialised is just great. To be honest, this set is not limited to Monkie Kid but would be awesome for the Moon Festival too, especially with all the moon cakes. Usually I prefer printed parts but some of the graphic designs on the stickers are great. One of the best things coming from this set is the Mech itself. I got tired of mech built lately but this bunny inspired mech is truely great, looks good and fun to build. Also fun to play with as well. Of course the moon cake factory is also great, having the whole conveyer belt incorporated into the design is just brilliant. As always, the minifigures are excellent in this set. Chang'e of course is the highlight with a modern twist but that rabbit robot, now I truely want an army of this. I'm really satisfied with this set, I can't really find any faults on the lego set itself, the only thing is not that good is really the price. Monkie Kid sets are usually expensive, if you are in AU/NZ it's also LEGO online exclusive for now which means no discounts.... But other than that, it's definitely a set I would recommend and I do hope Monkie Kid would continue with excellent sets like this. And sometimes I feel bad Monkie Kid in general doesn't sell well down here in NZ because it has some truely great sets since it's started!
  9. So.... There's a new DC comic where a teenager takes on the mantle of The Monkey King, becoming The Monkey Prince. The story, set at least partly in Gotham City, features The King Bull Demon, Shifu Pigsy, Nezha, Red Boy, Princess Iron Fan etc.. I'm cautiously hoping it does well and expands on the Monkie Kid lore, hopefully making The Journey To The West more popular in America and Europe etc, so Lego may release the Monkie Kid sets in more places and continue with further seasons of the show so that season 4/the next special isn't necessarily the end of MK's animated adventures. "Introducing the newest hero in the DCU, the great sage, equal to the heavens, better than his predecessor the legendary Monkey King, even better than the Justice League—and definitely the Teen Titans—(actually, all the heroes combined), everyone put your hands together for…the Monkey Prince! Marcus Sun moves around a lot because his adoptive parents are freelance henchpeople, so this month he finds himself as the new kid at Gotham City High School, where a mysterious man with pig features asks Marcus to walk through a water curtain to reveal himself as who Marcus really is…someone who has adventured through The Journey to the West, can transform into 72 different formations, can clone himself using his hairs, and is called…the Monkey Prince!"
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    Monkie Kid TV Show Thread

    Apologies if this is out of turn, but I figured there should be a thread to discuss the (as of this writing) upcoming Monkie Kid TV Show. Thoughts so far? Personally, I love the new style; the CGI used for everything since Ninjago is getting kind of old.
  11. Here is my review on latest Monkie Kid set 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain. It started to appearing in local stores already =) THE GOOD: Look absolutely stunning. Great display piece. Excellent minifigures. Some very interesting builds like the bridge and pathway to the top of the mountain. I like how the water fall opens. Surprisingly amount of depth and space to place minifigures. THE NOT SO GOOD: The clear stickers are a challenge to align properly on a reflective piece. The apple tree is too heavy to keep it upright. Overall, I love this set. It is a very good looking set either with all parts combined or even each part individually. The quality of the minifigures are excellent too. The build itself is not difficult but there are a lot of small details incorporated into this. It may lack play features but as an adult collector, I prefer great looking sets and play features really are secondary. I also like the amount of references to the Monky King origin in this desing. And it's great to see Lego decides to go with a lovely terrain build instead of Big-Mech or Vehicles. The only down side is some of the stickers are very hard to apply, may be this is just me. Also I believe the apple tree issues might just my piece connection not the best. Other than that, I can't really find any fault in this. Yes it is an expensive set but I'm satisfied with the end results. It's also great to see this wave now available at local specialty stores as well as lego store, which means more likely to get a discount later =) Anyway, I recommend this set to everyone even you are not a fan of Monkie Kid.
  12. Here is my review on Monkie Kid 80006 White Dragon Horse Bike: THE GOOD: Monkie Kid and Mei minifigures are extremely well done Nice colour scheme on the bike THE NOT SO GOOD: OVERPRICED!!!! NZD35 seems to be more fair The build of the checkpoint doesn't add much value to the set While the bike looks nice but it's a bit too big for minifigures Overall, this set is very very pricey. Given this is Lego exclusives it's very unlikely you get much discount from it. While you get a nice selection of minifigures, you don't get much value from this. I do like the colour scheme on the bike but personally I'm not a fan of oversized bike compare to a minifigure. I also feel a smaller mech or bike for the bad guys would be better than a check point build. Only get this set if you want some monkie kid related components but other big sets are even more pricey. Otherwise, if you are just into the minifigures, better buy the minfigs off private seller.
  13. The Monkie Kid sets are unique and quite fun (and so is the TV show btw) but as usually always when it comes to small Lego mechs, they are quite lacking. The huge Monkey King Mech set contains a tiny mech as a side build for one of the Bull Clones. Unfortunately that mech is quite lacking in articulation and details. Well, nothing a few additional parts can´t fix: Monkie Kid Mech (1) Monkie Kid Mech (2) Credit for the frame go to Chubbybots and M1ndbender who inspired me with their work and with the mech frame (i´m terrible at mech frames :D) I used many of the outstanding parts from the original mech like the metalbeards, the black 1x2 slope thingies,the golden ring and also the overall color palette. The Mech now has prober hands to grab things and fight but it also has its trademark arm cannon. I always thought the metalbeard beards would be great shoulder pads and build them in a way so they can move a bit to extend the moving range of the mech`s arms. Monkie Kid Mech (4) Monkie Kid Mech (5) Hope you enjoy this moc, leave a comment if you like and have an awesome day.
  14. Here is my review on Monkie Kid 80014 Sandy's Speedboat: THE GOOD: Great Spider Mech. Brilliant design on the legs and overall shape. Excellent Spider's Queen minifigure. In comparison, a cheaper way to get Pigsy and Sandy's minifig/big fig in the same set. Love the cloud piece attached to Monkie Kid's surf board. THE NOT SO GOOD: Still pricey ... The speedboat not the star of the set, May be it's just me but that's how I felt after I built it. Overall, I like this set and think it's a good addition to the Monkie Kid theme. For those who knows about Journey to the West will definitely appreciate the Spider's Queen minifigure. Although the set is called speedboat, I do feel after building the set the Spider mech is way better in terms of design and look compared to the speedboat. Yes, the theme is overpriced but the contents often quite good. Great minifigures and parts. This set though, is a cheaper way to get both Pigsy and Sandy in one set. I do recommend this set if you like this theme or keen in getting a cool spider mech build, a few modifications would easily made the mech into a legit spider.
  15. Hey everyone, This is my first real Monkie Kid MOC Our heroes receive help from the Great Master Korin Mech, to stop Scream, the Evil Warlock Mech Rat from poisoning the land! Check out the Flickr album for more pictures: Monkie Kid and the Legend of Korin
  16. I have the following minifigure: Obviously, it's Princess Princess Iron Fan. But it's not the same as the one from the two sets in which she is known to be, 80010 Demon Bull King and 80016 Flaming Foundry, where she looks as shown below. Note the different torso prints. Also, and this could just be due to printing tolerances, her dress print is slightly lower in the minifigure above. The mystery minifigure (top) is LEGO, not some bootleg. I got it as a gift from LEGO. How come it has an alternative torso print? Is it from an as-yet unannounced set or with-magazine foil pack?
  17. Here is my review on Monkie Kid's 80009 Pigsy's Food Truck: THE GOOD: Great interior details inside the food truck. Great opening mechanisms for interior access. I like the graphic designs on the stickers. Excellent Pigsy minifigure. Interesting build for the Pig Mascot Machine Gun. Several elements that feed some dark humours for corrupted mind like me XD THE NOT SO GOOD: Because of the size of the truck, you can't just put it into a typical Lego City setting. I wonder if there is a way to replicate the excelling opening mechanism without visible gap for the joints. Overall, I think this is a good set. I enjoyed the building experience, the outcome and the minifigures. Thanks to size, the designer is able to put a lot of interior details into the food truck. I do feel the weaponised look is a bit over the top and too Zombie Apocalypse type of truck but it's ok the good parts overcome the little shortcomings and it's my personal preference anyway. The Pigsy minifigure is just great, can't wait to use the head with the torso and legs of the Pig Costume Guy XD. And I really wonder what's the idea behind using sausages on the grill and decorations while Pigsy is obviously related to Pigs. Also the back of the Pig Mascot on top, what do you think it looks like? XD. Despite a few flaws, I will still recommend this to everyone. It's not as good as the Monkey King mech but this is also good. And the price is probably one of the better ones in the overall Monkey Kid theme, in fact I found this set with the most reasonable pricing.
  18. Here is my review on the latest Monkie Kid 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech: THE GOOD: The mech is impressive both size and look. The building experience is interesting. The legs have very smart designs and love the use of tires to give more tractions. The head looks lively. Great cockpit design with homage to Japanese animes. Tons of shiny gold colour pieces. New printed pieces (e.g. the peach and the takeaway box) Interesting side builds especially the flying cloud. THE NOT SO GOOD: I wish the knees have a bit more movements. The 2 citizen minifigures would be better if there are exclusive prints. The price is high (but I'm satisfied with the end results) Overall, this is one excellent mech set. I agree the pricing is bit over the top but I'm totally satisfied with the end results. The mech itself is the star, it's authentic and massive. Some designs may be reused to make a LEGO GUNDAM possibly. The finished model is strong for various poses but I do with the knees have more articulations. As a fan of The Journey to the West, I love it. Originally I thought it's a bit too futuristic but this mech kinda work. The side builds and minifigures selection are excellent too. I'm now waiting for Bricks & Pieces to reopen so I can get more shiny gold pieces (the gold banana!!!!) Despite the high pricing, I do recommend this set and if you are looking to buy something from this new theme, this is the one to go for!