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Set Review #1: Furno 2.0

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Set Review Feb 16 2011 · 77 views

Set Reviews
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Set Name: Furno 2.0
Part Number: 2065
Amount of Pieces: 30 LEGO Elements
Age Recommendation: 6 to 16 years of age
Price: $7.99 +Tax

Overview:
About a month or so back, I went out to a Target to check out some Star Wars sets and see if there were any good deals on discount BIONICLE sets leftover from Christmas rush. When I couldn't find any BIONICLE sets, I noticed they had some Hero Factory sets and I thought to myself, "Hey, maybe I should check one of these. And it wouldn't hurt and beside, the parts might be useful somehow." So I brought it then along with the new Battle of Naboo set.

I took them home with me and brought them to the basement, where after opening the canister by cutting the label with my nail, I dumped the parts on to the carpet floor of the basement. For a moment, I had stared at the pieces and was dumbfound by the lack of pin pieces. It was kind of an alien feeling that I bet a lot Adult fans of LEGO felt when they first gave the BIONICLE theme a try. It just seem kind of out there for me that there was no pin pieces involved, but by no means did it slow me down.

Rather instead, I quickly got into the building of model without even bothering to take a look at the instructions, nor the canister picture. Really the only time I even bother to check the instructions was after I got all the parts together and it had only been to check that I place the armor on right (Which outside of reverse armoring of the legs, I got everything right. I kept the armor for legs the way that I had it though since I like it to be symmetrical.). And to be blunt, this has got to be the easiest set I have ever build recently. Nothing was complex about it at all. So yeah, I can see what GregF meant that these were designed with a younger focus group in mind than that of BIONICLE's (Not that BIONICLE sets were that complex to begin with.).

The Canister:
Pretty much the canister is a clone of those used for Stars sets, so its rather meh. I kind of wish they could of taken a page from early BIONICLE and allow some form of playability to it since otherwise there is much of need for it, unless you needed something to hold the set. And considering how tight of a fit it is, even that not much of plus. However you don't have to disassemble it due to increased flexibility of these sets, so using it as storage container is quite easy.


The Building Experience:
As denoted above in the overview, this set is not at all complex. And the instructions are absolute not needed as there only one design with these parts alone that will look good and that design is the one that LEGO uses. However I do think that this easiness can be a bit of an advantage because you could have some fair speed building contests involving these sets. That and if person is buying this set for role-playing services, then the easy build would mean they can get to playing with them faster.


The Pieces:
Most of the pieces are brand new, which can be rather appealing to someone interested in making MOCs (I am not much of MOC creator though.). Of the new pieces though, I personally think the armor pieces and ball-socket skeleton are most useful pieces. I mainly say this because things like the head are kind of fixed to needing the head attachment to look even remotely good (I kind of hated the attachments and wish they had used pins to attach it or have the pins in the head part rather than the attachment.).


Playing with the Set:
This set is just plain fun to pose and this is second reason for why I don't regret buying this set (The first being that I could used the new pieces for something, if I get back into MOCing.). In terms of actually play, I can see this being quite fun to role-play with much like someone would do with an action figure.



Summary:

Pro(s):
- New Pieces
- Fun to Pose
- Ball-Socket Skeleton


Con(s):
- Price
- Lack of Pins for Head Attachment (It should be optional much like armor plating.)
- Way too easy to build (Understandable though considering I am not its target audience.)



Final Thoughts/Recommendation: Personally speaking, I would not recommend this set to anyone not new to LEGO. Its way too easy for someone that been building with LEGO for years, especially if they were previously BIONICLE fans. However if their interest is in MOCing, I would recommend them to get this set after it drops in price a little in December since $7.99 for thirty piece is a little overkill in my personal opinion.

Comments/Questions/Suggestions are welcome.

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