In our second review of The LEGO Movie sets, we have the Melting Room (70801). It is the second second smallest set in the theme coming in at 122 pieces. It retails for $12.99 with a $0.11/piece ratio. The box includes 3 un-numbered bags, one small instruction booklet, and a grey octagon plate.
There are three minifigures included in this set: Emmet, Wyldstyle, and a Robo SWAT. Emmet in wearing his orange construction outfit that we’ve seen before in previous reviews. He is also wearing the Piece of Resistance on his back. This version of Emmet also has a double-sided head with a smirk on one side and a scared expression on the other. Nothing too interesting here. We’ll see him again in other sets.
Wyldstyle is back in her usual black, purple, and blue hooded jacket but in this version, she has a separate sof plastic hood piece which is pretty cool. She also has a double-sided head with a smirk on one side and a stern look on the other. Wyldstyle has an axe as her accessory.
The last minifigure is a Robo SWAT. The torso has printing that you would see a SWAT member have. The legs also has some of the uniform printing. It has a grey robotic head with red scanner. The Robo SWAT has a cool looking gun that has a clip to attach a scope on top.
As the name of the set suggests, the set is based on the Melting Room although there are no walls at all. Maybe the set should be called the “Melting Area” instead. The room is set up to remove the Piece of Resistance from Emmet’s back by the Robo SWAT. On the left side of the room is a small platform with a tool rack with a pair of handcuffs. In the main area of the Melting Room, there is a table that spins and rotates to put Emmet into position. There are also a couple of chains to hold him down. To the right is the adjustable laser created with a Technic wheel and a red lightsaber connected to a hose. There is also a small control panel to operate the laser.
Overall, the Melting Room (70801) is a great little set considering the price you pay for it. At $13, you get a couple of protagonists in the movie as well as a bad guy. The scene depicts what may be a pivotal scene in the movie. For you builders, you get a lot of cool pieces and a lot of leftover pieces too after you’ve finished building the set (see below). The only downside to the set is that the play features are pretty limited. You can pick the set up at major retailers and on Shop@Home.