On my next review of the 2021 wave of LEGO Monkie Kid sets, I have the Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base (80022). The set has 1,170 pieces and will retail for $119.99.
There are six minifigures in this set, Monkie Kid, Monkey King, Pigsy, Spider Queen, Syntax, and Jia. Like with some of the other MK sets, Monkie Kid is wearing the newer jacket with the Monkey King face on the front and the word sky on the back. His double-sided head shows him with a scared look on one side and a determined look on the other. Note that his eyes on the determined side are blank like he is changing to the Monkey King. His accessory is the Golden Staff.
The Monkey King wears a yellow robe with a teal scarf and a strap going across the chest. The legs are dual molded with his black shoes. He also has a new rubber tail piece that is able to hold the staff as well. He has a double-sided head with a smile on one side and an angry look on the other. His accessory is a pair of handcuffs.
Pigsy seems to be strapped in for battle as he is wearing a vest filled with some sausage bombs and chopsticks. His head and chef’s hat is the same as before. His accessory is his rake.
The Spider Queen has on a very elaborate dress with lots of detailing on both sides of the torso. This design also goes down to the dress piece where there’s a huge web covering a majority of it. She has a plastic cape with a web design on both sides. Her double-sided head shows her with an evil smile on one side and a mouth armor on the other. Her headdress is a large spider that is rubbery. This kind of reminds me of the one that Hela wears in Thor: Ragnarok. Her accessory is a large staff with the spider logo.
Syntax has a very lab doctor feel to him. He has a on a black lab coat with an ID badge around his neck. The thing that makes his look are the robotic arms. There’s four of them and one has a radar dish, another one holds a coffee cup, and one has a sharp weapon. He has a double-sided head with an evil smile on one side and the other has a breathing apparatus over the mouth. The hairpiece also has some spider eye goggles molded on to it.
Lastly, we have Jia who is wearing a blue vacation shirt with the same printing on both sides. His double-sided head shows him with a smile and a scared look.
There are a couple of smaller builds that accompany the set. One of them is a small jet that is said to be made from the Golden Staff. The cockpit is in the middle with some sticker control panels. The wings are also stickers and are angled backwards.
The other small build is the robotic spider that we’ve seen before. It’s nothing too interesting about it.
On to the Arachnoid Base itself, it is way larger than I expected. The green, black, and purple color scheme works quite well on it. The head shows it with six large eyes with two smaller eyes. Near the mouth area is some venom dripping down.
The front two legs actually has a nice play feature that you don’t really notice if you just look at the giant spider. There’s a mechanism where the stickered banner is at which allows you to move it back and forth to move the legs. This is achieved by using some Technic steering gears that attach from the bottom of the banner pin to the legs. The rest of the legs are the same and uses a lot of stickers which is a theme for this set. I do like the use of the trans-green pipes and flex tubes to make it very mechanical looking.
The abdomen of the Arachnoid Base is seemingly a large area but there is a ton of playability on and inside of it. At the top of the abdomen, there’s a holding area for the Monkey King between the two pincers. The back of it has a couple of stickers showing the holding area sucking the life force from the Monkey King and powering up the base. Right under it is a place for a chest that holds some bones of some poor soul.
The abdomen opens up to reveal a whole new play area that features a holding cage in the middle. Above it is a hinge plate that reveals a lab for creating the numerous robotic spiders that you see in the MK sets.
There’s also some displays set on each side of the abdomen door with some interesting Easter eggs. The main ones are the Lofi Girl on the top left and the Tetris on the top right. The other displays show WYMM which could be a proposal and one shows a UK dish called Parmo.
Overall, the LEGO Monkie Kid Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base (80022) is a really fun set for this wave. The giant spider is really menacing looking especially if you just have it displayed somewhere. The building aspect is okay and the legs were the most tedious part. The minifigure selection is also decent but not too exciting.
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