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Review LEGO Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

I know a lot of LEGO fans are curious about the #70840 The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! that became available for LEGO VIP members mid-month (general release will be on February 1st). The set looks striking with fallen Lady Liberty, clearly inspired by Planet of the Apes. On and around the crumbling statue lives a colony of post-apocalyptic survivors, including our friends from The LEGO Movie. There are many other pop culture references throughout the set, which makes it even more interesting and nostalgic. 🙂

While the set comes with lots of unusual color-combinations, building techniques, and design features, and in general looks super cool, it is also very large and expensive. So, it does make sense to spend a bit of time researching it before committing to buy. Fortunately, JANGBRiCKS posted a couple of speed-build videos and a couple of video-reviews of the set to help LEGO fans in making a decision. He even included comparison views showing the set next to previously released large LEGO models, as well as a price comparison – both of which are super helpful.

In player below, I have included all four videos. You can use the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the player to select the video you would like to watch, or just let them play one after the other. The first video is a quick 6-minute summary review. The second video is a full 30-minute detailed walk-through review of the set, discussing every aspect of the model. The third video is a 15-minute speed-build, which is sufficient when you just want to get a sense of what the building experience looks like. The fourth and final video is a longer and slower version of the same speed-build video. This is useful if you want to see how specific sections or details are built.

As you can see there is a lot to discover in the #70840 The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! set. I know as a kid I would have loved to have a set like this, with all the little nooks, corners, and hiding places! The post-apocalyptic setting also makes this set perfect for modern and futuristic scenes even outside of The LEGO Movie story. In addition, the set is a treasure-trove of pieces in subtle colors that are often hard to find in large quantities. On the other hand, the unique design, muted colors, and gloomy subject may not be as appealing to parents and adult LEGO fans as some of the more beautiful and colorful large sets in the same price-range. Overall, I don’t think it is going to be as popular, as the LEGO Disney Castle, the large LEGO Star Wars sets, or even LEGO Ninjago City, but I believe it will still do well with LEGO fans who like sophisticated and unusual builds.

Here is the official description of the set: Build and role-play with this huge The LEGO Movie 2 Apocalypseburg model! Enjoy an epic 360-degree play experience—and prepare for an alien invasion—with the #70840 The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! construction toy. An advanced building set, it has over 3,000 pieces and presents an awesome challenge even for master builders. It features a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in the head, café, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s/tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa, lookout platforms and loads more! Includes 12 new-for-January-2019 The LEGO Movie 2 minifigures: Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, ’Where are my pants?’ Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse, plus a rat figure. Measures over 20” (52cm) high, 19” (49cm) wide and 12” (33cm) deep. 3,178 pieces. Price: $299.99 – BUY HERE

As I mentioned above, the #70840 The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! set is currently available to LEGO VIP members only. General release will be on February 1st. You can find it, along with all the other The LEGO Movie 2 sets, at the The LEGO Movie 2 section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the #70840 The LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! and the other sets related to the upcoming film? Did you get any of them already? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Legostuff14 January 25, 2019, 11:34 AM

    I definitely want the welcome to apocalypseberg set , but I might wait to get it around summer time ( My birthday). Some of the smaller Lego movie 2 sets are starting to grow on me. Like $30 and below interest me. Right now I’m in a ninjago / city zone. I just finish building the ultra dragon set. Awesome!

    • LEGO MOC Builder January 25, 2019, 11:49 AM

      Remeber that instead of getting 3 $30 sets you can get like one $100 set.

    • admin January 25, 2019, 2:05 PM

      Oh, you built the Ultra Dragon???!!! How was it? 😀

  • TomTom January 25, 2019, 12:07 PM

    I so want to get this set. It looks really great. I’m surprised about the lack of play features though. I thought it has something interesting going on inside. But Jang said it’s just the support structure.

  • sammy January 25, 2019, 12:25 PM

    Everything about this set is so awesome!!! Can’t get over how cool it looks!!

    • sammy January 25, 2019, 12:26 PM

      The only problem is that it doesn’t fit with anything else so it will need its own display space. Or do you guys have ideas of how to integrate it with other sets?

      • admin January 25, 2019, 2:06 PM

        I could imagine it in some post apocalyptic scene, or in some crazy mash-up where it doesn’t really matter what’s included anyway. Or, how about in some kind of theme park? 😀

        • Håkan January 25, 2019, 6:48 PM

          Hmmm, it’s about half a metre high and a foot deep, so that kinda disqualifies most standard shelves, to begin with…

      • Melanie February 6, 2019, 2:31 PM

        I was thinking of re-doing my happy little Lego city into a Mad Max Pocky-clypse kind of thing, with this build as the center piece. But I’m not sure I can do that to all my little happy minifigures just going about their lives. 🙂

  • Legostuff14 January 25, 2019, 3:00 PM

    Oh, the build was interesting. To build the dragons four heads as brick builds was a lot of fun and they looked very well almost menacing looking. The flapping of the Wings mechanism is very cool. The down side was that the legs didn’t move. So, it is in a stands position all the time( you can move the feet ,to sort of have it look like it’s flying) all in all, its still very cool.

    • admin January 26, 2019, 9:29 PM

      Hm… yeah, JANG mentioned about the legs not moving as well. They probably did that to keep some structure and stability.

  • brickmaster January 25, 2019, 10:47 PM

    JANG shows that there is a Planet of the Apes sticker inside one of the rooms, so the resemblance is not accidental. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie!

    • Håkan January 26, 2019, 7:49 AM

      I guess it’s a pretty veiled reference, to avoid copyright problems…

  • Master Builder January 26, 2019, 4:01 PM

    I’m really looking forward to building this set. It has so many great details. And the colors are amazing. It is also the best Statue of Liberty face Lego has done.

  • LEGOJeff January 28, 2019, 12:55 PM

    Ninjago City is better value, and it looks good with the modulars, which is a big plus. But this set has all those tan and sand green pieces, exclusive minifigs, and Lady Liberty. But why no sewer babies??!

    • admin January 28, 2019, 1:45 PM

      There are a couple of Sewer Babies in the upcoming #853865 TLM2 Sewer Babies accessory set. 😀

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