Lego Unikitty!
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SubjectUnikitty!
Licensed fromThe Lego Group and Cartoon Network
AvailabilityAugust 2018–December 2019
Total sets9 (including promotional sets)[1]
CharactersBeatsy, Beau, Brock, Burger Person, Buzz, Cloud Berry, Dino Dude, Dr. Fox, Fee Bee, Hawkodille, Kick Flip, Master Frown, Penny, Puppycorn, Richard "Rick", Square Bear, Sssnake, Stocko and Unikitty
Official website
TV SeriesUnikitty!

Lego Unikitty! was a Lego theme based on the animated television series of the same name. It was licensed from The Lego Group and Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network and the series starred the character of the same name from The Lego Movie[2] and its sequel, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The theme was first introduced in August 2018. The product line was discontinued by the end of December 2019.

Overview

Main article: Unikitty!

Lego Unikitty! was based on the animated television series. The product line focuses on Unikitty and her friends in Unikingdom. As the ruler of Unikingdom, Princess Unikitty has various misadventures in her land with her brother Prince Puppycorn, scientist Dr. Fox, bodyguard Hawkodile, and advisor Richard. They also deal with the threats of Master Frown from the neighboring Frown Town. Lego Unikitty! aimed to recreate the main characters in Lego form, including Unikitty, Puppycorn, Dr. Fox, Hawkodile and Richard.[3][4]

In April 2016, Christoph Bartneck built a life-sized model of Unikitty from the Unikitty! animated television series. The Unikitty contained a total of 30,000 Lego bricks and was six feet tall.[5]

Development

During the development process of the Lego Unikitty! theme, Lego designers Yi-Chien Cheng and Janko Grujic explained the concept of the Lego Unikitty! theme. Yi-Chien Cheng explained, "It’s a unisex theme, for both boys and girls. I know Unikitty is pink, so that looks girly, but she's a very active character and there's a very exciting story. So we tried to use lots of colours and lots of crazy ideas, and created lots of cool characters with the new printed elements. So we hope the fans can use these to create something more. We look forward to seeing that!". Janko Grujic explained, "There's a lot of simple bricks, because we wanted to inspire kids to build, we wanted to inspire creativity, and to build in the simplest ways: Just stacking bricks. As Yi-Chien said, we definitely didn't want to exclude anyone, so there are sets that appeal more to the girls and sets that appeal more to the boys. But overall, we were trying to make something that would be for everyone."[6]

The initial concept for the theme originated in a rough sketch created by Ed Skudder, Lynn V Wang and Aaron Horvath in January 2019. The sketch reveals how Unikitty! was developed for television and how the character was refined to transform from 3D to 2D animation on screen.[7]

Characters

See also: List of The Lego Movie characters § Introduced in Unikitty!

Toy line

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released a total of nine Lego sets and promotional polybags as part of Lego Unikitty! theme.[1] It was discontinued by the end of December 2019.[16][17]

Construction sets

In 2018, The Lego Group partnered with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network. The Lego Group announced that the first wave of sets based on Unikitty! animated television series would be released on 1 August 2018.[18] The seven Lego sets[19][20] released included Dr. Fox Magnifying Machine,[20][b] Unikitty Cloud Car,[20] Prince Puppycorn Trike,[20] Party Time,[20] Dr. Fox Laboratory,[20] Unikingdom Creative Brick Box[20] and Unikingdom Fairground Fun.[20][23] In addition, two polypag sets released as a promotions were Unikitty Roller Coaster Wagon[c][24] and Castle Room.[20][25][26] Each of the sets featured seven core characters, named Princess Unikitty,[3] Prince Puppycorn,[3] Dr. Fox,[3] Hawkodile,[3] Richard,[3] Master Frown[3] and Brock.[3] The sets were designed primarily for children aged 5 to 12.

Collectible buildable figures

Unikitty! blind bags series 1 - Complete was released on 1 August 2018 and included 12 characters based on the Unikitty! animated television series. The twelve collectible buildable figures were Rainbow Unikitty, Angry Unikitty, Shades Puppycorn, Dinosaur Unikitty,[27] Shades Unikitty, Dalmatian Puppycorn, Dessert Unikitty, Camouflage Unikitty, Alien Puppycorn, Sleepy Unikitty, Queasy Unikitty and Dessert Puppycorn.[28][29][30]

Web shorts

Fourteen web shorts have been released on YouTube for the Lego Unikitty! theme.

# Title Release date Notes
1 Hide and Go Sparkle with Unikitty[31] May 21, 2018 LEGO Unikitty! stop motion series
2 A Ruff Race with Puppycorn[32] May 21, 2018
3 Mad Science Fun with Dr. Fox[33] May 21, 2018
4 Boppin’ and Bashin’ with Hawkodile[34] May 21, 2018
5 A Day in the Life of Richard[35] May 21, 2018
6 Bumpin’ Around with Master Frown[36] May 21, 2018
7 Snack Shack Snack Attack with Brock[37] May 21, 2018
8 Making Stop-Motion Videos[38] May 21, 2018
9 Evil Unikitty, Lab Experiment Gone Wrong[39] July 30, 2018
10 Evil Unikitty, Party Crasher[40] July 31, 2018
11 Evil Unikitty, Unikingdom Park Under Siege[41] August 1, 2018
12 Evil Unikitty, Fairground Frenzy[42] July 27, 2018
13 Unikitty vs. Evil Clone, Final Showdown[43] August 3, 2018
14 Throwing Down[44] October 21, 2018

Unikitty! TV series

Main article: Unikitty!

In May 2017, Warner Bros. and Lego announced that Unikitty, a character from The Lego Movie, would get a spin-off animated television series on Cartoon Network.[45][46][47][48][49] For the show, she was voiced by Tara Strong. The premiere date was January 1, 2018 and the show's executive producers were Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Jill Wilfert and Sam Register. Ed Skudder (creator of Dick Figures and co-creator of Dogsnack) and Lynn Wang (co-creator of Dogsnack) were producers, while Aaron Horvath was supervising producer.[50][51][52][53][54] The series aired a Halloween special/sneak peek entitled "Spoooooky Game" on October 27, 2017.[d][55] The series aired a second sneak peek titled "Sparkle Matter Matters" on November 17, 2017 and a third and final sneak peek/Christmas special titled "No Day Like Snow Day" aired December 1, 2017. On August 27, 2020, the series concluded with a two-part finale entitled "The Birthday To End All Birthdays".[56]

Publications

In November 2018, a book titled Unikitty: Unikitty's Guide to Being Happy based on the Lego Unikitty! theme was published on 1 November 2018 by Scholastic.[57][58]

In 2019, Independent Published released several coloring books from the Lego Unikitty! such as Unikitty Coloring Book : Coloring Book for Kids and Adults,[59] Unikitty Coloring Book : GREAT Coloring Book for Any Kid with HIGH QUALITY IMAGES and EXCLUSIVE ILLUSTRATIONS!,[60] Unikitty! Coloring Book for kids ages 3-12[61] and Unikitty Coloring Book : An Amazing Coloring Book For kids Of Unikitty.[62]

Reception

Unikingdom Fairground Fun (set number:41456) was listed as one of the Bullseye's Top Toys of 2018.[63]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Puppycorn makes a non-speaking cameo in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part during Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi's "Not Evil" song sequence.
  2. ^ Dr. Fox Magnifying Machine is an exclusive set.[21][22]
  3. ^ This polybag set only available at online shop in May 2020.
  4. ^ "Spoooooky Game" aired on this date before the series officially premiered on January 1, 2018 (Although "Sparkle Matter Matters" also aired on November 17, 2017 as a second sneak preview, and "No Day Like Snow Day" also aired on December 1, 2017 as a third sneak preview)

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