Okay, but not as good...
Science was a bit less believable, MST3K Mantra applies. Besides, hey, kirbytech.
Most of the charm of the first movie did come from building the tech - it was like a more geeky version of a training montage, after all.
All things considered, it was about as good as it could be, I think. Although the new element business was over way too fast, in my opinion.