(sorry for the amount of red in these pictures!)
So my second activity of 2015 was to build the Double Decker couch (my first being to make a cup of coffee… I’m not a complete monster!) – which, according to the movie, is “literally the worst idea ever”. Except of course, it really isn’t.
The cynic in me would suggest that the fact that the couch comes with Emmet’s car is because the designers wanted to get the couch out, but couldn’t work out quite what would go with it, so we end up with a compilation set not unlike a second volume for a movie soundtrack (you know, when there’s one cool song that didn’t quite make the cut on the first album, but there’s only twiddly dross to make up the second, but they make it anyway). But onwards – in fact, let’s start with the car.
Look familiar? Emmet’s new car is on the left, the “City Town Car” is on the right. Immediately it feels like we’ve walked into the car showroom and the new car is on the floor. So, new for 2015 we have wing mirrors (useful if you want to see the micro managers chasing you down the street… and…
There’s more boot space than before (so you can now fit two cases in there!) AND there’s a radio (I know, because it says “radio” on it!). So you can listen to “Everything is Awesome” all day! And that will never get annoying! But, by fitting the radio, the designers have decided that the LEGO battery (*not included) for the car won’t cope with the uprated electronics and so decided that….
… they’ll lose the rear brake light. But hey, now you can see the driver behind hit you because they didn’t see you stop!
Okay, sarcasm aside, what’s next? Well, we get Ghost Vitruvious.
To be honest, I didn’t check to see if the figure glowed in the dark, but apart from the printed skirt brick, there’s not a lot really that’s exciting about this figure, although the lollypop stick was quite a neat addition. I was really pleased with princess Unikitty though..
… because if you merge this one with the Unikitty from Cloud Palace you can go through three emotions with the same figure! Additionally, she is sitting, so provides a new position for the character to be! (and the unicorn horn is blue – it’s the red from the table cloth that makes it look all cool and see through.
Finally, let’s have a look at the couch – and from a technical build perspective… gosh and crikey!
The way that the separate parts clip together is quite ingenious, resulting in a couch that is a lot more sturdy than you might think. The ladders up the side are a little loose as they are only connected to the bottom arms, but they are purely decorative on this. But the complaint that Lord Business made (about feet dangling down) only works if you have legs that bend at the knee – and as you can see from the picture above, it isn’t a problem with the LEGO universe. Of course, there will always be those who would use any excuse to knock what isn’t actually a bad idea…
I guess I ought to mention the other figures that appear in this set. We have Emmet (I’ve lost count of how many of those I have now), Lord Business and Benny. An interesting mix of characters, but as noted before, I think that once the designers had put the couch in the box they had to make up the set with a few other things that they thought might add play potential.
Overall though, it’s a great little set and I’m glad I added it to the collection.