Today, we are looking at the White Dragon Horse Jet (80020) set. It hails from the third wave of Monkie Kid sets due on March 1, 2021. The LEGO® Group graciously offered me the whole wave of kits before their official release. Consequently, I have been building my way through the sets in size order. Previously, I reviewed Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike and Red Son’s Inferno Jet. While those sets were the most affordable of the range, White Dragon Horse Jet is where the collection starts to get interesting. While still not my favorite of the new sets, it has more to offer than its predecessors.
NOTE: The LEGO® Group provided this set for review. However, the provision of products does not guarantee a favorable review. I will use my usual rating system (click here to learn more) and provide my honest opinion.
WHITE DRAGON HORSE JET SUMMARY
- NAME: White Dragon Horse Jet
- SET #: 80020
- THEME: Monkie Kid
- COST: $69.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 565
- MINIFIGURES: 3
- RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
WHITE DRAGON HORSE JET QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 87% (Very good cost-per-brick and a good amount of build time.)
- BUILD: 80% (Great vending machine build and nice detailing on the jet’s exterior.)
- MINIFIGURES: 84% (Nice minifigs, but a set this size should come with more of them.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 75% (Some little bits of interest for AFOLs, but it is mostly a playset.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 82%
WHITE DRAGON HORSE JET REVIEW
White Dragon Horse Jet costs $69.99 in Canada. Additionally, the kit contains 565 pieces. Consequently, the cost-per-brick works out to $0.124. That is under my average of $0.14/brick across all LEGO® themes. As such, it earns 85%. It is also under my average of $0.137 for the Monkie Kid theme. Viewed in that light, it earns 91%. Therefore, the average cost-per-brick score is 88%.
This set took me one hour and 38 minutes to build (98 minutes total). At full price, that equates to a cost-per-minute of $0.71. Comparatively, my average cost-per-minute across all themes is $0.832. Therefore, Horse Jet earns 86% in this category. My average cost-per-minute for the Monkie Kid theme alone is currently $0.71. However, I have not built enough Monkie Kid sets yet for this number to be a reliable comparison. Taken with the cost-per-brick score, Horse Jet earns a total value rating of 87%.
Horse Jet includes four builds. Three of them are small. Firstly, the kit includes a spider robot like Monkie Kid’s Cloud Bike. Second, you assemble a small street corner featuring a streetlamp and vending machine. I like the design of the vending machine. Interestingly, it dispenses drink cans. Additionally, the design is easy to replicate in other colors for custom projects. Minifigures get drinks from the machine by paying directly with their cell phones. Shoving a cell phone tile into a small opening causes a drink canister to fall out from the bottom. I love functional side builds I can use in my own LEGO® city. The final small build is a flying device for Mo the cat. Sadly, that build is a waste of bricks. That brick count should have gone to adding detail to the street corner.
This set includes a functional vending machine build.
The main build in the set is the White Dragon Horse Jet. Compared to Red Son’s Inferno Jet, this plane is more believable in terms of proportions. Additionally, the build is sturdy and features nice details. I like the wings a lot. Each wing adjusts to different angles. The structure of the wing also incorporates a scale design that looks great. The plan achieves the look using the same tiling technique seen on the roof of the Medieval Blacksmith set from LEGO® Ideas. While it is a technique I have seen before, I enjoy how designers employed it in a new way. Simply put, this jet looks good. My only complaint is the cockpit lacks detail. There is enough space in there for joysticks or something. Instead, all you get is one printed tile. Since Mei leans back to fit inside, she cannot even see or touch the device.
Ultimately, White Dragon Horse Jet is a nicely designed set. I wish the jet interior featured more details, and I think Mo’s hover-thingy wastes bricks. However, the set has some nice detailing and interesting functionality. Additionally, it uses bricks in interesting ways. I rate the build score at 8/10 (80%).
White Dragon Horse Jet includes three Minifigures. Each of them consists of all the standard Minifigure parts. Additionally, they all have front and rear torso printing, while two have double-sided faces and two have leg printing. I like the spider Huntsman’s fur ruff and hairpiece. Both are very Ragnar Lothbrok if you are in the market for Viking accessories. On top of those, the set also comes with two sword blades, golden shoulder armor, Mo the cat, a printed cell phone tile, and a printed control panel tile. I rate the character design in this kit at 41/45 (91%).
Three Minifigures in a 565-piece set yields a brick-to-fig ratio of 188:1. Comparatively, my average brick-to-fig ratio across all LEGO® themes is 144:1. As such, White Dragon Horse Jet does not come with many minifigs considering the size of the set. I rate that at 71%. It fares a little better when compared to just the Monkie Kid theme. My average ratio for the theme is 189:1. Based on the data I have; this set earns a score of 80%. Averaging these ratio scores gives a ratio grade of 76%. Taken with the design score, White Dragon Horse Jet earns an overall Minifigure rating of 84%.
While I like the design of the jet, I have little use for it. It was an interesting build that I enjoyed. However, White Dragon Horse Jet is neither a set I want to display nor one that fits with my custom LEGO® city. I do not need more vehicles even if they are fun to build. As such, I would not have bought this set on my own. With that said, I do like the vending machine. That is a design I can employ in my city. Given that I liked the build experience and can use one of the small side builds, I rate the AFOL entertainment value at 70%.
The jet is a fun playset. I loved having aircraft for my action figures as a kid. This one features a solid design that will hold up to rougher play. Additionally, it has firing missiles and looks sleek. Finally, the main character in the set is female. Therefore, boys and girls alike might get a kick out of it. However, as with previous Monkie Kid sets I have reviewed, the characters are hard to relate to. Monkie Kid has yet to air in Canada. Therefore, kids are unlikely to feel any connection to the characters. I rate the KFOL score at 80%. Overall, that gives an entertainment rating of 75%.
OVERALL SCORE: 82%
White Dragon Horse Jet takes the third wave of Monkie Kid sets up a notch. The villain character is interesting, and the set focuses on a female protagonist and her awesome ride. The jet’s design is solid and features some interesting build techniques and nice details. My complaints are not major issues. They concern small details in the build and too few minifigs for a set of this size. I enjoyed building this set, but I will not keep it built, except for the vending machine. What are your thoughts on the White Dragon Horse Jet? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
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