Review: Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi
Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (IQWWN from here on out) came at a deal that was too good for me to pass up. I had not intended to buy this set, but I did want the characters in it. When I found out the set was being liquidated at Walmart, I sped on over and picked it up. I got it for 45% off. Now, it’s time to see how it measures up. As always, if you are curious about how I generate scores in this review, you can check out my rating system by clicking here.
NAME: Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi
SET #: 70824
THEME: The LEGO® Movie 2
COST: $24.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 115
MINIFIGURES: 1 + 2 mini-dolls
OF INTEREST: 2 buildable characters
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2019
SUMMARY REVIEW: 75%
VALUE: 41% (Way overpriced at regular retail price.)
BUILD: 70% (Some nice aspects, but some not-so-good ones too.)
MINIFIGURES: 90% (Nice designs, great brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Fun characters for display and play.)
IQWWN retails for $24.99 in Canada. With 115 parts in the kit, you are looking at a cost-per-brick of $0.22. That is really expensive. My current average is $0.14/brick. At full price, I would rate this set at 62%. Luckily, I did not pay full price for it. I bought IQWWN on liquidation at 45% off. That brought the price tag down to $13.75, which brings the cost-per-brick down to a more reasonable $0.12, and ups the score to 90%.
In terms of build time, I spent 18 minutes building this. That included disassembling Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi and putting together her alternate build (it took 13 minutes to build the basic model shown in the box contents pic above). At $24.99, it would have cost me $1.39 per minute of build time. That is a terrible value. My current average is $0.84/minute. At best, I would give IQWWN 20% in this category. At the sale price that I got, this set cost me $0.76/minute of build time, which is MUCH better, and earns 80%. So, averaging the cost-per-brick and build-time scores at full price gives IQWWN a failing score of 41%. At a liquidation price of 45%, I would rate it at 85%.
You put together two buildable characters with this kit, as well as the rotating pedestal on which the Queen makes her first appearance in the film. The pedestal is the low point of this set. It looks good on one side, but the the base is not a complete circle. The second semi-circular plate that would have made it a full circle was not included in the design. Consequently, the back of the pedestal looks bad. Another point of contention that I have with IQWWN is that the Queen’s mouth pieces on the horse build are only printed on one side. If you turn her around, she no longer has a mouth.
Otherwise, I quite like the characters. It was great to get two alternate builds for Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, and the Banana was a fun character in the film that is also awesome to have. Both are true to their film counterparts as well. I am also impressed at how well the Banana is able to stand up on his own given his awkward shape and spindly legs.
I rate the build for IQWWN at 7/10 (70%) because I don’t like:
- The incomplete look of the pedestal. (-1/5)
- The lack of printing on half of the Queen’s mouth piece. (-1/5)
But, I do like:
- The characters included. (+1/5)
- The alternate builds for the Queen. (+1/5)
- The resemblance of the characters to the film. (+1/5)
- The Banana’s design and ability to stand. (+1/5)
Strictly speaking, you only get one Minifigure in this kit, and that is Lucy (a.k.a. Wyldstyle). However, you do also get two Friends-style Mini-dolls in the form of Sweet Mayhem and Susan. Only Lucy has a double sided face, but that is to be expected since Friends dolls have more molded heads. All of them have front printing on their torsos and legs, as well as some arm printing. Only Lucy has any back printing, but the dolls have accessories (cape and jet-pack) that make up for it. Based on design alone, I would rate these characters at 28/45 (62%). However, you get the aforementioned cape and jet-pack, Mayhem has a gun and extra hairpiece, there are handcuffs (two sets) for Lucy, and two golden goblets. Those bring us up to 36/45 (80%) for design.
With three figurines and 115 pieces, you are getting a brick-to-figure ratio of 38:1. That is excellent, and earns a ratio score of 100%. Averaging that with the design score yields an overall Minifigure grade of 90%.
As a set, I do enjoy IQWWN. It comes with some key characters from the film at a lower cost that you would have to pay from some of the larger sets. I think that kids would have fun playing with this set for that reason as well. I also think this is a neat kit for getting pieces, particularly hairpieces. I am not a collector of the Friends, Elves, or Disney Princess sets. But the hairstyles that come with those themes are compatible with regular Minifigures. I like my LEGO® townsfolk to have varied looks in my city, so this kit gave me two new styles without having to buy themes I wouldn’t normally collect. I think this kit is fun, so I will give it 100%.
Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi is without a doubt a fun set in terms of the characters that you get. It is also cheaper for parents of children who want the movie characters without having to buy bigger sets. However, this kit is a really bad value. I think that despite the fun characters, you are paying to much for this set at full price. I would not even consider a modest sale of 20% off to be worth it. I’m happy with the 45% off deal that I got. At $13.75, this set earns a much better score of 86%. How do you feel about Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi? Feel free to comment below.
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