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Set Review: Ewar's Acro Fighter

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Set Review, LEGO Feb 10 2013 · 128 views

I've decided to post this review here, as I'm not sure this fulfills the requirements to actually post this in the LEGO Sets forum.

Presentation
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

 

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It's a polybag. The front features the set's picture and a picture letting you know that the eagle character you get is Ewar. The back is full of legalese, as per usual, and has a cutout option for a free child ticket to LEGOLAND.

Building
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?


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At only 33 pieces, this set does not take long to build.

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Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

 

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I would first like to point out that this set came with about 10 extra trans-light-blue round tile pieces, which I thought was ridiculous, but I'm not complaining. The vessel is pretty simple in design, but still rather cool in my opinion. It's like someone combined a snowmobile and a jet ski...and made it fly. The really cool thing about this set, though, is Ewar.

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First off, Ewar is an anthropomorphic eagle, which ranks up there in awesomeness with anthropomorphic echidnas. He also has a really simple but clever wing-mount that reminds me of the armor of the old Hydronaut figures. This also allows his wings (and those of the other wingèd Chima races) to be poseable, unlike the winged mummy figures from Pharaoh's Quest. I like Ewar's flip face as well; one side has goggles and the other is just his bare face, which has nice detail on it. The design on his torso reminds me a lot of ancient Egypt, and his helmet (head piece?) is really cool as well.

Playability
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?

 

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Woohoo! Cowabunga, dude!

While it is a small set and, thus, is kinda limited on playability by itself, I'm sure that it makes a nice addition to any larger set if you're building some kind of Chima army or need a new high-tech hover vehicle for your utopian LEGO world. Ewar himself is a cool minifig that also allows for some fun play time.

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Hey, Einstein, I'm on your side!

Final Thoughts
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?

 

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Alas, jetski-snowmobile, you are the only one who listens to me.

This set was originally released as a free promotional with a $75 set order from LEGO S@H. It's now on BrickLink for about $5 USD. I don't know if I would personally spend that much money just to get him, but I'm glad I was able to get him through LEGO's promotional. If you're a fan of Chima, go for it.

Pros
What's to like?
  • Ewar is cool
  • Lots of extra pieces
  • Jetski-snowmobile
Cons
What's not to like?
  • Small
It's a cute little set. If you want to see the gallery, go here when public.

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farmstink buttlass
Feb 11 2013 12:54 AM
The Acro-Fighter is nice for what it is (ie free), but there's a reason Ewar is the character in the free polybag so early this year. The dude sucks, relatively speaking. He's exactly like another eagle, Equila, but with a much barer head.

I kind of feel that LEGO accidentally made twice the number of Equilas they needed and just decided to pass them off as some new character. Ewar. Is. So. Boring.

The actual vehicle is okay. Unlike some people I only got two extra round tiles and not ten, so that's a downside.

I got it with a bunch of other actually good Chima sets with actually interesting minifigures, so I wasn't like super bummed out with it, but yeah. It is a pretty lackluster set even as a polybag.
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I AM MELON LORD!
Feb 11 2013 01:14 AM
You and your anthropomorphic echidnas... Everyone knows anthro foxes with multiple tails is where it's at.
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Akano Toa of Electricity
Feb 13 2013 12:10 AM
Demons: When I made this review, I was looking at the set not from a Chima fan's standpoint, but from a general LEGO fan's standpoint. I honestly have no desire to get any of the other Chima sets, but I am glad that I got this one and was rather pleased with the the way the minifigure looks. Whether or not he looked like a clone of one of the other characters, to me, was irrelevant when looking specifically at this set (I was also completely unaware of this, and looking at both their designs there are some differences). The bottom line is that it's a freebie promo set, and it got me a free minifigure, so I can't complain. :)

Tekulo: Sure, sure...you just keep thinking that. :P

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