LEGO Monkie Kid has proven itself to be one of the most versatile themes in the LEGO Group’s portfolio, offering something for every type of LEGO fan. Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans, picks the must-have 2022 Monkie Kid sets.
LEGO Monkie Kid arrived on the scene in 2020 and hasn’t slowed down since. With yet another colourful and creative wave of brand new Monkie Kid sets on store shelves, there are a great many sets to choose from. From four wheeled vehicles like 80031 Mei’s Dragon Car to large mechs like 80033 Evil Macaque’s Mech, the Monkie Kid theme has something to offer any type of LEGO fan. Here are the best sets from 2022 that LEGO fans should consider adding to their collections.
80032 Chang’e Moon Cake Factory
80032 Chang’e Moon Cake Factory is not only one of the most unique Monkie Kid sets to date, but it also manages to stand out from among all the other sets from current LEGO themes. A factory that makes delicious cakes run by rabbits based on the moon? When has that been done before? Never. The concept behind 80032 is whimsical and fun, with almost everything being rabbit/carrot related. The moon cakes (a traditional Chinese baked good) are created in the factory then shipped to Earth via a carrot shaped rocket. To defend this operation is a defense vehicle shaped just like the rabbits that pilot it – ears and all. The minifigures are great too, with Chang’e the influencer and the Lunar Robot Rabbit stealing the show. LEGO fans can always purchase another wheeled vehicle, mech, or a flying jet. Or they can experience something totally different with the fun and whimsy of 80032.
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80035 Monkie Kid’s Galactic Explorer
If a LEGO fan was given the option of purchasing only one Monkie Kid set, 80035 Monkie Kid’s Galactic Explorer would have to be a top contender. A major draw is that most of the theme’s heroes are included – Sandy, Mr. Teng, Mei, Robot Mo and Monkie Kid himself. 80035 is an easy way to get them all, even if they all share the same spacesuit. Still, Pigsy and Mo the cat’s absence are felt (they can be both found in 80032). The true star of the set is the large spaceship that uses most of 80035’s piece count. LEGO City has given fans more realistic spaceships and rockets, but the colour scheme and style of Monkie Kid vehicles give this rocket a fresh and unique aesthetic that can’t be found in other LEGO themes.
80036 The City of Lanterns
80036 The City of Lanterns is the largest 2022 Monkie Kid set, and the LEGO Group has put its 2,187 pieces to good use. Taking inspiration from sets like 70620 NINJAGO City, 80036 is different enough to stand out in a collection. Packed with details, 80036 features different shops that can be taken apart and reconfigured in different ways. Among these small buildings are a hotel, a noodle shop, and even a LEGO store! A total of nine minifigures are included to interact with the sprawling city build, in which there is always something to do. One of the best play features in this entire wave of Monkie Kid sets is the three car train that can be pushed along its track in a complete circle around the model. For a relatively simple build, the train adds exciting movement to an otherwise static model. 80036 will most likely take its rightful place among previous large Monkey Kid sets that have excelled at just being good LEGO sets, like 80013 Monkie Kid’s Team Secret HQ and 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain.
Though an animated LEGO Monkie Kid show exists, no Monkie Kid knowledge is needed to appreciate any of these sets for what they are – great LEGO sets. From 80036’s sprawling city, 80035’s out-of-this-world rocket, to a food producing moon base run by rabbits, 2022’s Monkie Kid range has something for everyone. Does every LEGO fan really need to know the lore and the story behind the Monkie Kid theme to appreciate its LEGO sets? Find out here!