Monkie Kid returns for 2021 and we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the entire range of sets before its launch on March 1st! Australia isn’t Monkie Kid’s target demographic, that goes to the Eastern cultures, but I am without a doubt in my mind that Australia will want to get their hands on a Monkie Kid set this time around.
Monkie Kid, to me personally, has really levelled up this time around, LEGO is doing something really right with the theme. The bad guys are improving, the good guys are upgrading and the sets are becoming more fun that what there had in previous waves.
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LEGO 80018 - Monkie Kid's Cloud Bike
Screeching in at the first set, Monkie Kid jumps on the adrenaline-high battle-on-the-streets type conflict with two motorbikes going head-to-head in a duel on the streets.
First thoughts on this set for me were incredibly positive, the new baddie and their vehicle immediately make it clear that they are not to be messed with and the dual-purpose of Monkie Kid’s car to suddenly take off isn’t new, but is done a lot better this time around.
Focusing on the Cloud Bike first, it is immediately clear that it is the titular hero’s vehicle, the red/yellow aesthetic with hints of azure, tied in with the stickers to give it the rougher look. The size of the vehicle is large in relation to the figure, but it’s a signature look to this theme at this point. It’s not very obvious from looking on the box or in the promotional materials, but when MK’s bike’s wheels open up, the underside uses the technic wheels in a trans-orange to simulate an exhaust when changing to flight mode.
I was also initially curious as to how the 2x2 discs were launched out from the sides of the vehicle, considering you would normally just push on the half-exposed 'rear’ of the disc on the other side, but a simple technic beam hidden inside connected to an orange technic ball takes care of all the hassle and has it so that kids can easily shoot to the right or the left of the bike. I also really like the Monkie Kid exclusive cloud piece re-emerging in this set.
Spindrax, our villain of the set, rides on their own wheeled destruction to cause havoc, but they use the vastly more inferior stud shooters to take down their enemy. It is clear who is pitched to win in this street race, but credit where credit is due, the decals on the bike really save this model; the decals adds real strikes of colour that helps bring the whole aesthetic together with its rider.
If you look at the model at eye-level, the front of the bike looks a little goofy and unprotected, and it really shows the simplicity of the bike. On its own, it’s really, eh; but with the rider and decals, the bike looks a whole lot cooler. It’s a weird mix.
Sprindrax is also aided by a small techy spider, who it seems like its main objective is to capture the people of the city for nefarious purposes. As far as spider builds go, this is the next evolution in micro-spider builds. Monkie Kid introduces us to a new bent bar joint which are used for the spider’s legs in black. I dig it, and I’m sure this will prove to be a very popular part in the months to come for MOC’ers.
Monkie Kid returns in this set with his azure hoodie instead of his azure headphones, which I really prefer over his bulky headphones. This is a personal choice because both of these parts are still good parts, but it's nice to get a solid colour hoodie in a cheap set.
We are also introduced to Rui, our helpless damsel in distress. There isn’t ultimately much to really say about her, but her torso is from a LEGO Collectable Minifigure, seen in series 10. Otherwise, she’s a nice way to get another screaming head for your doomsday MOCs.
Spindrax is a new villain for 2021 and comes adorned in so much spider motifs that Peter Parker is a little concerned. Now, one thing that admittedly caught me off guard and it has no reason for doing so, is the fact that Spindrax is a girl. It was a subtle detail to give lipstick to the figure and the body shaping for female figures is hidden amongst the torso quite well, so I’ll be darned that that surprised me. Maybe I’m just too associated with Drax from GotG?
Spindrax’s shoulder armour is new in purple, and her helmet uses Marvel’s newer helmer design, but shredded out in some really darn cool spider decals. This figure is absolutely wicked and I can even see myself using her headpiece in Dungeons and Dragons as spider-like enemies in my near future…
Overall, this set gets big ticks from me. It’s an easy way to get some of those new parts, it has an awesome villain, and I’m sure there are some kids out there that will love a high-octane fuelled conflict in a box for sure.
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