Continuing on with our reviews of the LEGO DREAMZzz sets, we take a look at one of the more quirky sets with Mrs. Castillo’s Turtle Van (71456). It has 434 pieces and retails for $47.99.
There are three minifigures in the set, Mrs. Castillo, Mateo, and Zoey, along with Z-Blob and a Grimspawn. Mrs. Castillo is a short character that is encompassed in one single mold. She wears a light blue dress with flower printing along with a scarf wrapped around. Her double-sided head shows her with a normal expression on one side and a smile one on the other. Her accessory is an hourglass staff.
Mateo we’ve seen before since he’s the main character. This time, he doesn’t have the green belt on. His double-sided head shows him with a smile and a smirk. His accessory is the same pencil staff.
Zoey sort of has on a rogue-type outfit with the dark blue and purple designs. The legs are dual molded for her boots. Her double-sided head shows her with a smile on one side and a smirk on the other. She has a slew of accessories including a bow and arrow in purple, a quiver, and an hourglass.
Z-Blob is in its tiny humanoid form. He has have the extra blob piece for his eyes.
Lastly, we have the knight Grimspawn that we’ve seen before. Underneath the oversized helmet is a standard head showing an angry expression. It is able to hold the spear underneath the arms.
The build is basically for Mrs. Castillo’s van for Tortuga’s Dreamcraft Shop. It has a full menu on the side with an awning. There’s really nothing too interesting here but you can open the roof to get to the inside.
The first transformation is what LEGO calls the party mode in which the van turns into a turtle., It has four legs coming out of the wheels and the large head is mounted between the front bumper. It is on a ball joint so there is quite a bit of movement there.
At the top of the van, there’s a lot going on including the carrot on a stick, a treasure chest, a palm tree, and a spinning cactus. Next to the legs is a weapons rack that fold out and it has some weapons there such as a spear, some swords, and a fish.
The other transformation is a flying submarine. The legs instead of walking, they are now turned sideways and simulate swimming. If you already built the party mode, you don’t have to rebuild the legs since they are the same.
On top of the van, there is now a red pepper on a stick along with a hatch and a periscope. It is now rocket powered so there are flames coming out of the back. There’s also some smaller separate builds with a tiny island that is able to fit the palm tree and the treasure chest. The Cat Cactus is now able to fly using a jetpack.
Overall, the LEGO DREAMZzz Mrs. Castillo’s Turtle Van (71456) is actually a fun set that I enjoyed building. The van itself isn’t bad at all and you can integrate it into a city layout since it is eight-wide. The two turtle forms aren’t too complex since the head and the legs are the same just turned 90 degrees. The price on it could’ve been a little cheaper but there are some larger parts and printed ones for the turtle head and Cat Cactus which may have contributed to the higher price.
Thank you to LEGO for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.
When you make a purchase or, sometimes, carry out some other action as direct result of clicking on a link at The Brick Fan, we will receive a small commission.
The Brick Fan is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.