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The double-decker couch – Emmet’s invention in The LEGO Movie – was not particularly popular with Vitruvius and Wyldstyle. In fact, they said it was the worst idea ever. However the couch became quite handy later in the movie, and it even saved our heroes lives. While the minifig characters weren’t that impressed with this unusual contraption, the double-decker couch was an instant hit with moviegoers. I have seen many examples of people attempting to build a real-life double-decker couch for themselves and their buddies, so they can all watch TV together. Of course the issue is that humans have long dangling legs and smelly feet – something minifigs don’t have to worry about. :)

#70818 LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Versions

Emmet’s double-decker couch initially only appeared in the #70810 The LEGO Movie MetalBeard’s Sea Cow set. This is the largest set in the series with a steep price of $250. This disappointed LEGO fans who wanted to have their own double-decker couch, so this year LEGO re-released the same double-decker couch in the #70818 The LEGO Movie Double-Decker Couch set – a small and inexpensive set that includes the double-decker couch, Emmet’s little car, and five minifigures; Benny (who previously only appeared in the #70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! set), Unikitty with two different facial expressions (Unikitty collectors were extremely happy about this), Emmet, Ghost Vitruvius (unique to this set), and President Business. As you can see, this set is all about pleasing LEGO fans and give them what they asked for, so thank you, LEGO! :P

#70818 LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch

I recently got The LEGO Movie Double-Decker Couch set, and although I’m very happy with it, I felt that the design for the couch could have been improved. What bothered me particularly is that the ladders somewhat flair out to the sides, and they also easily fall over as they are not clipped in at the top. I also didn’t like how the ends of the couch were constructed; in general I lake sideways building techniques but I felt that here the construction was a bit too messy and too clever for its own good. So I set out to fix my double-decker couch and come up with a better version.

#70818 LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Movie Version

I started out by looking at images of the double-decker couch from The LEGO Movie itself. I wanted to see what were the differences between the movie version and the LEGO set version, and if I could incorporate some of those features. I found a very interesting comparison at the LEGO Answers forum on StackExchange. Member HaydenStudios recreated both versions of the couch in LDD (LEGO Digital Designer) and posted comparison pictures. In the picture below the LEGO set version of the couch is on your left, and the movie version is on your right (images by HaydenStudios).

LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Versions

You will notice several differences right away. The LEGO set version of the couch has studs on some of the seat-cushions so minifigs can be attached without falling off (1). Also the movie version has two layers of blue plates on the seats, whereas the LEGO set version has only one. In the movie there are storage compartments under the seats that our heroes used as hiding places when the Sea Cow got destroyed. The armrests are also different both on the top and the bottom level of the couch. Also the armrest in the LEGO set incorporates the attachment to the ladder, whereas in the movie version the ladder is attached differently (2). The ladders in the LEGO set version are higher up than in the movie version, and also note that in both version the ladder is not attached at the top (3). There are round 1×1 studs placed on the bottom of the upper level of the movie version, but none are found on the LEGO set version (4). I particularly like this feature because it truly looks like two full couches were placed on top of each other, so I was planning to use this feature in mine. :D

LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Differences

In the second picture you can see both versions of the couch from the back. This time the LEGO set version is on your right, and the movie version is on your left. In the LEGO set version the back rest have more layers of plates, which ensures that the construction of the set is sturdy (5). The 1×2 plates with bars in the LEGO set version are used to connect the backrests with their corresponding seats, whereas in the movie version they are not connected to anything (6). HaydenStudios mentions that because of this the seats on the upper level are simply suspended in midair, and the backrests of the lower level are just sitting there with nothing attaching them to the seats. This is why replicating the movie version 100% and keeping it together is physically impossible. Another difference is that in the LEGO set version the two levels are connected by LEGO Technic tubes which connect to 2×2 plates with holes. The two levels of the movie version are connected by long cylindrical columns, with minifig neck-brackets attaching them at the top (7).

#70818 LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Details

As you can see, there are quite a few differences between the two versions of the double-decker couch, and you can play with those features to make your own. For my version I decided to get inspiration from both designs and also include my own ideas. Some of the main differences are that I straightened the ladders and clipped them in on top, and also rebuilt the sides of both levels of the couch in an upright position. I feel that this is a simpler and cleaner design. While right now I’m using dark-gray clips for the cups I’m planning to replace them with light-blue ones to match the rest of the couch. Also, the 1×2 plates with bars used for attaching the ladders at the bottom are available in light-blue and I’m planning to replace them also. This way the sides of the couch are a uniform blue. I did some modification at the back as well, but it is quite minor.

LEGO Movie Double Decker Couch Changes

I have been keeping the double-decker couch on my desk and have been doodling with it whenever I take a break. I’m happy with my current version, and this was a fun little project to work on. If you don’t have the double-decker couch yet, I highly recommend getting it. It is really fun, includes a whole array of great minifigs, and it is only $15. You can get it directly under The LEGO Movie section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? How do you like the double-decker couch? Have you considered building a real-life version? Or did you at least build one out of LEGO yet? Did you make any changes yourself? Feel free to share your thoughts, and own ideas about the ultimate double-decker couch in the comment section below! ;)

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If you are a LEGO Marvel Super Heroes fan you likely know already that there are two versions of the Quinjet. One was released in the #6869 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Avengers Quinjet Aerial Battle set in 2012, and the other in the #76032 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Avengers Age of Ultron Quinjet City Chase in 2015. I really liked the 2012 Quinjet, but then I also like the 2015 version, even though they are quite different in several ways. I have been trying to make up my mind which one is better, but couldn’t, so I was very happy to find the following helpful video from the BrickShow, where Stephen compares the two Quinjets side-by-side. I’m probably not the only one who contemplated the question of which of the two Quinjets is better, so I thought to share this comparison with you. :)

LEGO Quinjet Comparison

As mentioned above, the #6869 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Avengers Quinjet Aerial Battle was released in 2012. Here is the official description: Defeat Loki and his forces with the super fast Quinjet! Loki is up to no good and is planning to destroy the earth! As he flies into battle on board his chariot, help the Avenger’s defeat their nemesis using the supersonic Quinjet! Fire the missiles, release the mini-jet and imprison Loki in the prison pod! With the high-tech Quinjet, the Avengers can’t fail! Includes Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Loki and foot soldier minifigures. 735 pieces. Original Price: $69.99. While this set is no longer available directly from LEGO, you can still find it on the secondary market for around $60-$90. See listings here: Quinjet on eBay and Quinjet on Amazon.

LEGO Super Heroes #6869

The #76032 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: The Avengers Age of Ultron Quinjet City Chase was just released this year, along with other LEGO Age of Ultron sets (see: 2015 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Sets Reviews). Here is the official description: Launch a Quinjet pursuit of Ultron to set the Vision free! Launch a high-speed pursuit of Ultimate Ultron with the Avengers in the iconic Quinjet. Place Black Widow at the controls in the cockpit and soar into the sky. Fire the stud shooters and release Captain America on his super-cool bike to take the pursuit to the streets. Iron Man MK43 is flying alongside the Quinjet using his thrusters, ready to take on Ultimate Ultron. When the time is right, make the perfect jump onto the truck to explode the sides and reveal the precious cargo. Includes 5 minifigures with assorted accessories: Vision, Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man and Ultimate Ultron. 722 pieces. Price: $79.99. This set is currently available at the Online LEGO Shop.

#76032 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

The most obvious difference you will notice about the two Quinjets is the different color-scheme. The 2012 version is dark-gray and dark-blue with black tinted windshields, while the 2015 version is white and dark-blue, with transparent blue windshields. I think the dark-gray makes the first version look heavier and more menacing, while the new version looks lighter and faster. The 2012 version of the Quinjet is definitely larger, especially because of the much larger engines at the back. The shaping on the top and the engines are in fact the features I like most about the 2012 Quinjet. The 2015 version has a very flat and streamlined look on top with some beautiful sculpting. Talking about sculpting, at least in my opinion, the 2015 Quinjet looks much better at the bottom, and the release function for the motorcycle (or whatever else you want to place into that bay) is a great feature. In the video-review below Stephen will show you all the other differences not just on the Quinjets themselves, but also the minifigs and other included accessories.

As you can see, both Quinjets have great designs and well thought out and executed features. Personally I like the color-scheme and the top section of the 2012 Quinjet and the back section and bottom area of the 2015 version. If I get really adventurous one day I may try to combine the two to make my own version of the ultimate Quinjet. :roll:

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What about you? Which one of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Quinjets do you like better, and why? Do you have either or both sets? Would love to hear your opinion and analysis on them, so feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! ;)

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