In my first review of the LEGO Disney 100 sets, we check out the “Up” House (43217) which is from one of my favorite Disney movies. The set has 598 pieces and retails for $59.99.
The set contains two minifigures, Russell and Carl Fredricksen. Russell is in his iconic Wilderness Explorer uniform where he is missing the Assisting the Elderly badge right in the middle of the torso. He has a double-sided head with smiles on both sides. The hair piece is also molded on to the hat. He has a brick-built backpack which includes a lot of his survival tools like his trumpet, pan, cup, fork, and binoculars. I’m surprised it doesn’t have the Wilderness Explorer flag.
Carl is in his suit with the torso also having printing of the Grape Soda badge. His double-sided head shows him with his grumpy face on one side and a smile on the other. He has a brick-built cane as an accessory.
Although not a minifigure, we also have Dug who has printing on his eyes and mouth. The tan color of the mold is tan although he was more brown in the movie. The collar is completely brown but I wish the middle was red to make it seem like he’s speaking but I can see it would be somewhat hard to LEGO do to that without making the set more expensive.
Before we get to the house itself, there’s a little lawn area with an inflation tank with some balloons next to it. There’s also the mailbox but it’s so tiny that there’s no space for Carl and Ellie’s handprints. Lastly, we have the squirrel that Dug has been looking for.
For Carl’s house, it’s very colorful just like in the movie. The window facade looks very nice and it is made up of panels that are connected on clips. There’s even the hose reel below the windows but there’s no hose. It technically should be on the inner panel next to the door but LEGO has it in the front.
Both sides of the door uses stickers for the details including all the locks on it. Next to the door is a small porch, however, Russell can’t really stand there because there’s not enough room.
The roof areas look nice but there was a trade-off on how much roof there was due to the size of the house itself, especially on the left side. There are some sand-blue tile pieces here and there for the shingles. The front roof has a weather vane using a teal chicken.
Finally what your eyes go to when you see the set is the chimney with the balloons. There’s only 25 different colored balloons pulling the house which doesn’t seem like a lot compared to how many it was in the movie.
The chimney itself is a long beam that is connected to the back of the house and it works well when you’re moving the house around.
For the back of the house, it’s an open concept so there’s a decent amount of playability by giving you access without taking things apart to get in there. Four rooms gives you glimpses of various scenes shown from the movie.
The top left room has a box with Ellie’s Adventure Book with the cover being a sticker. The inside of the book has a printed Once Upon a Time tile. In front of the box is a stickered television showing Movietown News.
The bedroom next to it has a colorful bed and a picture of Ellie on a bike. Other than those things, the room is rather bland.
The living room has the most details in it. We have Carl’s chair in the middle of the room. Above it are a lot of pictures of him and Ellie including their wedding photo. To the right is Elle’s mural of Paradise Falls and underneath that is the red bird and compass on the fireplace mantle. On the other side of the chair is a money jar for their trip to Paradise Falls.
The last room is the house entrance. Like with the bedroom, there’s not much here besides the clock on the wall, the plant, and a picture of a bird.
Overall, the LEGO Disney 100 “Up” House (43217) is one of my favorite sets so far this year. It is rather small but the price point isn’t too bad for it but considering how accurate it looks, especially the front of the house, I can’t complain too much. Somehow I wish LEGO would’ve made a larger house to have more details and balloons. One thing noticeably missing from the set is there is no Kevin for some reason. An Ellie minifigure would’ve been nice as well. Other than that, I feel this is a must pick up when it releases on April 1.
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