Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter Update

Back in November, the LEGO® Group announced the 2021 Chinese New Year sets. Along with the announcement, they teased the first set from the upcoming wave of Monkie Kid sets. Today, more details surfaced concerning the Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter set. Interestingly, the set’s name changed since the last press announcement. The LEGO® Group previously advertised it as a “quadcopter” as opposed to a “dronecopter”. Personally, I think quadcopter suited the set more. Images clearly show the craft is piloted by onboard Minifigures. A drone is defined as an un-manned aircraft. But, I digress…

Monkie Kid's Team Dronecopter set
Photo used with permission. ©2021 The LEGO® Group.

In terms of set specifics, fans can expect:

  • NAME: Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter
  • SET #: 80023
  • THEME: Monkie Kid
  • COST: $199.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 1462
  • MINIFIGURES: 8 + 1 big-fig
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.137 (average value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 162:1 (satisfactory number of characters based on set size)
Monkie Kid's Team Dronecopter minifigs.
Photo used with permission. ©2021 The LEGO® Group.

My initial impression is that Monkie Kid’s Team Dronecopter is a fun playset. Additionally, the build experience will probably entertain and may include some interesting build techniques. However, I find it unlikely that this set will remain built for very long should it find its way into my collection. The brick selection looks good though. I like the panel pieces used for the sides of the shipping containers. I have been collecting those for a future MOC. The set comes at an average value too, making the high price easier to digest. Subsequently, waiting for a sale is a great way to get some good bricks and Minifigures.

The shipping container look of this theme is interesting, but where is the series?

When the teaser image came out, the LEGO® Group announced that the third wave of Monkie Kid sets would include six kits. Presumably, all sets will come out at the same time. Consequently, expect more set announcements in the coming weeks. I still feel like the Monkie Kid theme has a lot of potential. However, the longer North America goes without the accompanying show, the less pull the sets have. My intrigue is still up because the sets present an interesting style. But, a theme like this needs character development and plots to better relate to the style and builds. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

Monkie Kid's Team Dronecopter
Photo used with permission. ©2021 The LEGO® Group.

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