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LEGO Encanto

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Another Disney Princess movie has arrived, this time in Encanto! LEGO didn't commit a lot of time to this wave, but once set in particular sets itself out from the pack. LegoLee articulates his thoughts on this small, yet very colorful collection of sets in the latest Disney-themed episode of Brickology!

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Parm know me as Lego Lee or Lego lead through to nine from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, paytrenny, name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. My throat is a little bit shot right now. I've had a little bit of some nasal dripping into my throat. I won't give you any more information about my symptoms there. It's, you know, obviously kind of a weird time and the weather's been whacked here recently, which I feel like is messing with my allergies. It went from being like thirty degrees to it's like seventy five degrees today, and now I'm just feeling a little bit congested. And I also just recorded an episode of my other podcast, are you not right before recording this one? So you're getting kind of the back hand of my voice being a little bit worn out. So I hope doesn't sound too bad, but I do want to get this episode out so I have kind of something for brick ology before the big spider man event episodes. Yes, I have been alluding to these episodes for the past couple of episodes here on the podcast. Essentially what's going to happen in preparation for spider man no way home, which I'm seeing like twelve days. I can't believe how close that movie is. But in preparation for said film I'll be doing not one but two episodes of brick ology about lego spider man. The first one that will come out before the movie is released, will be about the...

...original lego spider man sets based off these Sam Ramy Toby McGuire films from the early two thousands. Once I have seen no way home, obviously I'll do a review for it on the are you not podcast, a movie review, and then I will do a brick ology episode about Lego spider man sets from the mcu. So I have some more contexts for that new sentim sanctorums that they made this past year. I'm excited about that. So look forward to those episodes coming in the next couple of weeks and if I have time around Christmas, there will be an episode of Brick Ology. That is a Christmas special. Still figuring out some of the details of that, but look forward to that potentially happening as well. So December is going to be a jam packed month. But I have been very busy and I don't have a ton of time to do a big episode today. So I was like, you know what, let's do a quick brick alogy episode. Honestly, this episode could end up being the shortest episode of the podcast yet. I don't know. It's not going to be a very particularly long one, but I wanted to get something out for all of you to bridge the gap between that ghostbusters episode and then the spider and episodes coming out here in a couple of weeks. But before we get started with today's episode, of course, and he to shamelessly plug myself here for just a minute, go find me online. Like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, follow me on instagram. You can also subscribe to my Youtube Channel, support me on Patreon and, of course, whatever streaming service you're listening on, you can follow me on spotify. Turn notifications on so you know when the new episodes of this podcast come out. At the same time, if you're listening on apple podcast. I appreciate you for listening on Apple podcast and I would love it if you could write a review for this show, rate me out of five stars and subscribe. I'd love to hear your feedback on this podcast. And in addition, I have my other podcast. I have the very many muppet show where...

I talked about shocker the muppets, and then I have my entertainment and pop culture podcast. Are you not that I'm going to allude to here and just a second, because it kind of coincides with the thing I'm talking about here today on brick ecology. All right, Marti to destroy my voice. I need to slow it down. This a little bitter as my throat is going to get real scratchy, but let's talk about this week's episode of brick oology. So for today's episode of Brick Ology we're talking about the Lego sets based off the brand new Disney film in CONTO. I haven't really done all too many Disney proper themes on brick ology. I've done some Pixar stuff, I've done a couple of Disney live action movies. When it comes to animated Disney stuff, the only other episode I did was for riot in the last dragon that came out this past march. This is another similar Disney movie. It's an animated Disney pseudo princess movie. It is the sixty overall Disney animated movie, a pretty big milestone for the studio. And, like I said, it's a pseudo princess movie. Why am I saying pseudo? Well, the main character to this movie is a girl and she fits kind of the bill of Disney Princess, but at the same time she's not technically a princess. So That's interesting. But I feel like she's probably going to get grouped in with a lot of other Disney princess characters. So that's why I'm saying this movie is a pseudo Disney princess movie. It's not like Ryan the last dragon word, the character of Riya was actually a Disney princess. This character isn't a real princess, but I'm focusing way to heavily on that. The movie, of course, is in CONTO. It came out this past thanksgiving. I normally don't see movies around Thanksgiving. I saw this movie a little bit over a week late, which is why I'm a little bit late with this episode, but the Lego sets are actually released after the movie came out.

That is a rather unusual normally it's the other way around, but for some reason these sets actually came out on December one. So they are very brand new and fresh lego sets. And, like I said, if you want to hear my thoughts on Incanto, go check out the are you not podcast. I did an entire review for the movie over there. Go check that out. It was a very fun episode. And moving on, before we talk about the Lego sets themselves, I would love to give you guys a little bit of context about this movie, in the story of this film, before talking about the Lego sets, so everything makes just a bit more sense. Basically, the story of in CONTO is it takes place in Colombia, which is very cool and obviously that makes it the first Hispanic representation for a Disney sort of princess character, which I do love to see. But it takes place in Columbia. Very cool setting, really colorful, awesome setting for this movie, and it focuses on the Madrigal family. Essentially, this family lives in this place called in Conto that's surrounded by mountains on all different sides and they have this magic house. The House moves around, it helps them and it also grants these gifts to the family, and these gifts essentially are superpowers. Everybody in this family that's part of the main bloodline has some sort of crazy power. One character can shapeshift, one character is super strong, one character can control plants and flowers, one can like talk to animals. That the character has superhering. It's fun stuff like that. And then we have our main character of the movie, whose name is Mirabelle. When it's time for her to get her power, she doesn't. She's not get any power, which of course causes some conflict. It makes her feel worthless among the family, it makes everyone else kind of mad at her and everything starts...

...to fall apart because of this within the Madrigal home. I won't go into any more specific details about the plot of this film. Again, if you want to hear more of my thoughts on the film, go check out my episode about it on the are you not podcast. But we can use that as a transition into talking about the Lego sets based off this movie. Now, if you did listen to my riot and the last dragon episode from earlier this year. That episode we talked about three normal system kind of sets for Riya in the last dragon. That's movie got three normal sets. This movie got one normal set and then it got two other sets, so the same number of sets, but two of the sets are these weird, very atypical stylized sets that I wouldn't really consider normal system sets. So a little bit less love was targeted at in Conto than riot in the last dragon and honestly, in general I feel like in Conto, which is less hyped up then riot in the last dragon, I personally liked Riya a little bit more, but I think they're both pretty solid movies. So let's talk about these Lego and CONTO sets and how a couple of them are kind of weird and then the one we're going to say for last is actually pretty hype. So it's in the past year or so Lego and Disney introduced this new style of sets that are story books, where essentially you get this big specialized story book style of piece. It's a few pieces combined and you can open up said book and it's kind of like a popup book, which lego loves doing this sort of thing. We also got to pop up book from Lego ideas a few years ago. The LEGO Harry Potter sets earlier this year had kind of a similar key make where they were these books that could open up to have like rooms on the inside. This is the same sort of deal. These big books. You open them up and there's a small scene on the in side.

These sets retail for twenty dollars and they do include figures. However, the figures are not normal lego figures at all. They are these really, really small, almost micro figures. The lego actually refers to as micro dolls and they're a very cheapy style. If you don't know what she be is, it means like very cute, see big head proportion style characters. They're honestly pretty cute looking. I don't mind them, and they are so small that they can actually fit inside with the rest of these builds. So the first of these two story books they made for in Conto is called Antonio's magic door. It's a twenty dollar set with ninety nine pieces, so an awful price to part ratio. However, that's not really valid because there's a lot of very large pieces in this set that are very specialized for just this set, so don't the price is actually all that bad. Now you do get two of these micro dolls. You get the Marabel character here, who has her face with her eyes closed, which I think might be annoying. This is the only set you got where you got this Marabel character and her eyes are closed. That's not super useful, very very odd in my opinion. Be also get the Antonio character which, oddly enough, this Antonio Character, I believe, is the same version as the one that comes with the bigger, more normal scale set that we'll talk about towards the end of this episode. He is a child character in the film, so it makes sense that he would be smaller, but it's weird that he's actually the same size as marible in this set and then much smaller in the other set will talk about later in this episode. That's kind of a weird thing. You also get a small tiger piece for him here, which his gift. In the movies he does communicate with animals, so that makes a lot of sense. All of the tiger is rather small. It looks kind of like a kitten when it should be a large, actual size tiger character. Or maybe it's a Jaguar might not be a tiger that I'm thinking about. It kind of look...

...like a tiger, but no, it's definitely a Jaguar and I'm completely making things up. Moving on to the build of this set. You get the book, it's in kind of that interesting like pseudo lime bright lime green color, which I think looks pretty cool. These actually have a key piece to open the inside of the book, which I think is a pretty cool playability feature, and it opens up to reveal essentially what is supposed to be Antonio's room in the film. His Room in the movie is pretty cool. It's like this crazy wonderland for animals, and they represent that here. They really small tree build. You have a hammock made from a windscreen piece in an opaque kind of school bus yellow color. That looks very cool and my opinion, there's also a swing, some plants and their space for the small animals and figures to be displayed, and then a lot of sticker is used for added detail. Overall, I'm not the target audience for these at all, but I think they work out pretty good and when you close up the book there's a really Nice decal on the front that is basically what his door looks like in the movie. I think that was very well done and I think if you are young and a fan of and Conto, this definitely is a pretty interesting representation of it and does a good job at sizing down will probably would have been a huge set if they made it a real style set for this film. So overall, not a bad set at all, but death and not the best thing I've ever seen. Moving on to the next set, we have another one of these book sets. We have Isabella's magical door, also twenty dollars. A few more pieces here at one hundred and fourteen the figures. Here again you get Mirrorbelle. This time her eyes are open, so definitely more useful. Yasakat Isabella, who was kind of this efforsltly perfect character in the movie. She looks really good. I love her little small hair piece. And then you get who referred to on Bikapedia is Luisa,...

...not wearing an Alpha that Luisa ever wears in the movie. Doesn't really look like Louisa. I honestly and kind of confused what's going on with this character. At first as like this doesn't look like any character from the movie. I looked it up. Apparently it's Luisa. Like our con doesn't really say anything. It's not an Alpha that anyone wears in the film. Really strange figure gear. And also Isabella and Luisa are two of the main characters from the movie. You don't get normal mini doll versions of them and any other set. So it's kind of weird to get these characters only in this cheap small form when there's no counterpart in a more normal style of lego character. So that might be a bit annoying to some. As for the build of this set, it's a pink book. Another fantastic detail on the front for her door. Love that detail there. It's opens up again with a key piece. The inside is aggressively pink. Has All the flower details you could imagine for this character, which is very accurate from the film, and there's not really any designs in here to write hum about. There's a small turn table which works out okay, but for the most part I think the other one had a slightly better interior than this one. Again, I am definitely not the target audience for this kind of set, so my opinions here are not super relevant and I'm never going to buy these sets personally. Let's I'm like a humongous sale or something, but they are part of the encanto theme and I thought they were worth mentioning, although I think it would have been cool to actually get these rooms represented in bigger sets that could connect to the next set we're going to talk about, and the next set, the thumbnail set for this episode, which is essentially the main and contos set, and the last set for this episode is, of course, the Modrgal House itself. Now, look, they could have made more than one set like this for the movie. They could have made parts of the village, they could have made, you know, a specific rooms in this house into their own sets. However, if they were only going to make one in contos...

...set, this is the perfect one and CONTOS set to make. This set is fifty with five hundred and eighty seven pieces. That is a fantastic price apart ratio, especially for a Disney license set, and when comparing this to the price of the fifty dollar set that I talked about from the Riyah and the last dragon wave, it is ridiculous. I actually ended up getting this fifty ride in the last dragon set on sale and Amazon for thirty percent off for thirty five dollars, but that set was fifty bucks with two hundred and forty seven pieces. This set is the same price and literally has three hundred and forty more pieces. I have absolutely no idea how these sets of the same price. That is insane to me. But this set is an abnormally good value for a two thousand and twenty one Lego set, but I am not complaining at all. Now, moving onto the figures included with this set, they are, of course, mini dolls. I really don't talk about many dolls all too often here on brick ology because I hate many dolls. I think many dolls are stupid and ugly and I personally think it's awful that Lego is giving little girls the idea that they need to look like this mini doll that's like perfectly skinny and has a tiny waist and long limbs was super tall like that is dumb and I really wish they actually made mini figures for these sets, and I think these sets would have been so much better if they had norm mini figures and might sell better an appeal to bigger audiences. That being said, I hate many dolls. I will forever hate many dolls. I'm not going to rank about them anymore. Lego probably has some study or something that proves that many dolls should be the way to go for making figures for sets for little girls. So I've no idea why. I just don't particularly like them. But you do get three mini dolls in this set. The first one, of course, is Mirabelle. Great hairpiece, good...

Prince. I love her glasses. I love her glasses in the movie and I love them here. She looks pretty good so far as many dolls go, and you can reuse that hairpiece, which is nice. You also get Abuela here who, if I'm being completely honest, doesn't translate super well to the mini doll form because she's an old lady in the movie, but many dolls had big, big eyes, so it's kind of hard to tell she is an older character here. So not the best many doll, but her printing is still good. And finally you get Antonio, who is the exact same figure as the other sets, despite not being in the same style, which is very, very interesting. They're definitely should have been more mini dolls included with this set. I would have loved to have seen Isabella, Luisa and some other characters. Alas they are not included. But moving onto the build of this set, I bought this set for a reason. Did Not buy it for the mini dolls. I bought it for the build of the set and the build does deliver. This is a great representation of the Madrigal House. Now, from the outside it looks a good bit like it from the movie. Now, from the inside it definitely is a dollhouse style kind of facade with small rooms. But from the outside it looks very good and gets all the details across. I love kind of the Hispanic like South American style of architecture. We don't see that all too often. And lego and it looks really good. And the colors here, oh my goodness, the colors are fantastic. They really pop and it looks great and it has all the fun distinct different sections of the House that I love. Has the full leage. It has butterflies, little animals, flowers, all of these beautiful details. It looks brilliant from the outside. Moving onto the interior of the house, it has little rooms, very smaller plantations of rooms where you have the scenes from the movie that are built up pretty well, which I quite like. That is all pretty well done. Does not have kind of like the courtyard area that this has in the movie, but for the most part...

I think it looks pretty good and there are some fun features to kind of represent how in the movies into the House is alive and it moves around to help the characters in the film. There is that sort of thing represented here, which I like. So overall, great build and it's a great value for the price of this set. Maybe it had figures. This honestly might be like a top ten set of the year for me. Since it has many dolls, I'm not inclined to love it quite as much, but overall it's still a fantastic build. I just had to applaud Lego. Between this set and the three different rhyinal last dragon sets, these sets are not gender specific. I think guys and girls can enjoy them equally. They're just accurate to the movies, which is really fun to see. Just why I overall really like this set and I think it is a big improvement over some other very just specifically girly Disney princess sets they have made in the past. That is all she wrote for the Lego and CONTOS sets a quick episode of Brick Ology today. I hope you enjoyed today's episode of the show and I hope to see you guys next time for some awesome spider man content coming up. Get excited for those upcoming episodes. Have a great rest of your day, week, month, whatever it is for you. God bless peace out. Bye, bye,.

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