Wednesday, 22 April 2015

LEGO Simpson's Apu's Kwik-E-Mart Review set 71016

It's been a while coming, and I've been looking forward to this since it was announced, so here is our review of LEGO set 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart. Complete with 6 minifigures, the police car and a whole array of stock, this is another huge playset from LEGO.

LEGO Simpson's Apu's Kwik-E-Mart Review set 71016

Apu's LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016

LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016 box rear


The Kwik E Mart set is currently a LEGO.com exclusive with free postage, and is released to allcomers in a couple of weeks, LEGO VIP cardholders can buy it now. If you buy it elsewhere you are likely to pay extra for no gain. It's a tougher build with a recommended 12+ age range, and a massive 2179 pieces. This is a big build for your £169.99.

LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016 box contents

Inside the box we have the 'big book' format instructions, (although not as big as the book for the Sea Cow), 2 full sheets of stickers, 16 numbered bags and 11 grey base plates.
LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016 base plates 11

LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016 16 numbered bags

The bags numbered 1 hold Chief Wiggum, Snake and the Police Car. The car is in the same style as the Simpsons family car, and can sit two minifigures in the front, plus space for a rear passenger (or convict) in the back behind the security grill. It has an opening boot and front doors.

Simpson's Kwik E Mart  LEGO Review set 71016 Police Car Build

Simpson's Kwik E Mart  LEGO Chief Wiggum Police Car Build

The roof does not come off as cleanly as the Simpson's family car, but actually that's fine because it's more stable. You do need to remove the roof to put passengers in the back though.

Simpson's Kwik E Mart  LEGO Chief Wiggum Police Car detail collage

The minifigures are strewn throughout the build, with none in the same bag as another. As well as Snake and Chief Wiggum we have Apu of course, plus Homer, Marge and Bart. I love the faces on these, they're my favourite so far and I think that they really capture the characters.

LEGO Simpson's Apu Wiggum Snake minifigures Kwik-E-Mart Review set 71016

Then we get on to the real Kwik-E-Mart itself. One of the things I noticed instantly is that LEGO do not want you to get bored building huge yellow walls one after the other. In fact the build is a real to and fro between the building and the interior features. It is never boring or repetitive, and it means that almost  every bag contains special elements, printed bricks and treasure.

Simpson's LEGO Kwik E Mart  printed bricks squishee cups 71016

The Kwik-E-Mart has an immense footprint. It takes up a larger area than I had expected and actually matches the Simpson's House for size really well.


LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart building set 71016

The shop-fittings and stock are brilliant.  There is everything you can think of that was ever in the Kwik-E-Mart, coffee and Buzz Cola machines, a lottery machine, video games, heat lamp dogs, donuts and cash machine.

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop machines cash lottery coffee buzz cola set 71016

A lot of time has been spent thinking through the different machines and fittings, and it really makes a difference. They're excellent. The 3-part giant Squishee on top of the Squishee machine is the thing that draws your eye, but the actual construction of the machine is incredibly clever.

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop Squishee machine set 71016

The construction of the display gondolas (yep, I've worked in a supermarket, I know the technical term) is really effective. They are easily removed and really sturdy, and can store and display loads of goods. And loads of goods there are. So many printed bricks and rarer elements, it's like Christmas.

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop gondola displays stock set 71016

The walls of the Kwik-E-Mart are lined with a bank of fridges, more fridges, and all of the space in the shop is filled with an amazing array of goods. I doubt I'll ever hold this many printed bricks in my hand at once again...

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop printed bricks 71016

There is even a frozen Jasper in the fridge...

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop fridges and Jasper frozen 71016

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop video games buzz cola 71016

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart shop interior from above 71016

Outside there's just as much attention to the little details that make it special. The telephone booths and  the dumpster with it's shed are brilliantly designed to give maximum effect with minimal fuss - and nice use of the little skateboard wheels so that the dumpster can actually be pulled.

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart Apu's supermarket telephone booths71016

LEGO Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart Apu dumpster 71016

Just like the Simpson's House which we reviewed last year this is a build that is perfect for play. The Kwik-E-Mart opens right out, and my two little boys can both get in there to destroy my beautiful shop together.

71016 LEGO review Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart how opens up to play

The Kwik-E-Mart roof covers a couple of secrets below (and a hidden skeleton in our case) and still leaves enough room for play. It also houses Apu's secret roof garden. I'm not so impressed with the gardeniness, but the sky lights and fan are gorgeous!

71016 LEGO review Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart roof and Apu's secret garden

A final word goes to the shop frontage. It's really nicely done (although sliding doors would have been good). The brick built E of the Kwik-E-Mart was a joy to make, and the way the sign works makes it stable with a great shape (which I cut off in this photo for reasons unknown...)...

71016 LEGO review Simpson's Kwik-E-Mart frontage building

We love this set. It will get as much play as the Simpson's House, which is now covered in sticky fingerprints and missing several chair legs and a door. It's a fabulous set for the money, with great and ingenius design features, a ridiculously huge amount of shop stock, something new to see each time you look at it, and frankly, it's a set I've wanted since I was about 6.

Apu's Kwik-E-Mart is available to LEGO VIP's now (and to everyone else any second) for £169.99 with free delivery - don't spend more buying elsewhere. Becoming a LEGO VIP involves signing up for a VIP number and email updates, it takes two minutes and gives you access to exclusive sets earlier than everyone else, as well as giving you points which you can save up towards FREE LEGO - find out more here... 


All of my other LEGO reviews can be found on my LEGO page, including our two-part LEGO Simpson's House review, and our Simpson's Minifigures Series 1 review, and our Simpson's Minifigures Series 2 review (series 2 are available from 1st May).



We bought this one ourselves!

19 comments:

  1. OMG! They look great! I just show it to my son and we all love it!

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    1. Hahaha....good stuff! My boys are pretty smitten with it too :)

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  2. It is proper cool! I am blown away by all the details, I bet the person who designed it has just as much fun as you building it! LEGO rules! ;)
    Do I get to have a play tomorrow... inbetween work of course! ;)

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    1. Of course you can have a play - the boys have been playing this evening though, so it'll be a mess :)

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  3. What a gorgeous build, I love the level of detail, there's so much to see.

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    1. There really is an amazing amount of detail. I built it, yet I am still spotting things I didn't notice at the time :)

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  4. I love your disclosure :) I just showed this to Hubby and he said 'I WANNA REVIEW LEGO!!' hehe. This looks awesome, so many bits! x

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    1. Hahaha...you know you wanna. Takes aaaaaaaages to do the photo's though - that's the fruit of abot 15 hours work including the build! :)

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  5. This looks amazing!! Can't believe all the detail inside, you've been teasing me all day with your pics on fb, I had to come and read through the finished post!! This looks so much fun to build and play - absolutely fabulous set!!

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    1. Awwww, cheers Fiona! It's ace! If you are ever anywhere near here you can come and play :D

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  6. I absolutely love this. The minifigs are so great, especially Snake, and it seems like such a well thought out design.

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    1. It's lovely. I'm smitten. I love all of the little details. There's even a hidden mouse with some cheese ;)

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  7. Quite simply put, this looks awesome! *Adds it to the purchase list*

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    1. It's ace Kel. I just want to play with it and not do anything else :D

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  8. Wow this is fab! We are still saving up for the Simpsons house, looks like we will have to add this to our list, or we will just come over to you!

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    1. Hey, you are welcome any time, everyone else comes and plays with it!! :D

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  9. Have you notice what the time on the surveillance pictures turns into, when you turn the box upside down?

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    1. I hadn't! I see it says LEGO now! :D
      The rest looks like it should say something, too, but I can't spot anything. I'll be Googling that all day because they don't seem to ever just have anything purely 'random'. Thanks for that! :)

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  10. Wow this looks so cool. I love lego.

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