(My apologies if you notice the yellow tint to the shadows; my digital camera decided to be rather yellow when taking these pictures, and using GIMP to re-balance the white left those yellow shadows as an artifact.)
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
We see our protagonist, Timmy, riding in the eponymous racer through a rather dark, stormy backdrop. Pretty awesome. We can tell right off the bat that this isn't a very large set (seeing as the price was only $4.50 when it came out).
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Not very challenging at all. The build took only a couple of minutes and was fairly straightforward, seeing as there were only 15 steps. All 55 pieces are included in the above photo, and it's not surprising that they don't take very long to assemble.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
Nothing too sophisticated here. The body is based on a bracket piece that saw use in the Xtreme Team windsurfer/buggy set. The propellers are pretty cool in their functionality (yes, they do spin). A simple buggy/car set with a few modifications.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?
All aircraft report!
The propellers are the coolest part of this set. They are connected by an axle to a smooth base that sits on the back tires, as seen in the above photo. The tires, made of rubber, grip the smooth base of the propellers on one side, and as the tires spin, the propellers spin. Now, on my set, this works well for the (Timmy's) right-hand propeller, but not the left. I think this may be because the bricks on top are not completely aligned over the hole for the left propeller, and thus the axle grips the pieces. I'm not sure though. It's still a cool bit of functionality that I'm impressed they thought to incorporate on such a small set. You really don't see that much on newer small sets.
Beyond this, though, the set is mainly for you to roll on the table and go "Vroom! Vroom!"
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
Since the original price was $4.50, it's not a bad set for that price. I got mine for $4.00 with the other Time Cruisers sets, so it wasn't a heavy additional monetary burden for my wallet. If you see this set floating around for a low price, pick it up; you get a Timmy minifigure and a few cool MOC pieces/a cool race buggy.
What's to like?
- Timmy minifigure
- Cheap set (BrickLink has one for $1.00)
- Neat functionality despite being small
- Decent variety of pieces
What's not to like?
- Not incredibly exciting, but it is a small set
Thanks for sticking around for my review. Next time we'll head into the realm of the villainous Time Twisters.