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Review: Jasmine’s Exotic Palace

Posted by xccj , in Review Feb 07 2015 · 399 views
Jasmine, Aladdin
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The Disney Princess theme has reused the Friends Mini-doll design, but while the characters were recognizable, I never really got into the theme last year. But then they released an Alladin set, 41061 Jasmine's Exotic Palace, and since itwas one of my favorite Disney movies, I decided that I should pick this one up.

There are quite a few small builds, and most are fairly unimpressive. There’s a tree, a stand for the lamp, a fountain, the magic carpet, a shopping stand, and a palace entrance. Most of these are small landscape builds, and while they’re not particularly bad, I felt they lacked substance. (But maybe it works for the target audience, of which I am not.) The palace entrance has a somewhat decent build, and I wish some of the other parts had been sacrificed to make that part a little more impressive. However, my favorite part is the magic carpet, which has a basic flat design but some lovely printing. (Stickers are used elsewhere in the set, which I didn’t apply, but the tiles used on the carpet are printed.) The original carpet has the slot for Jasmine to wedge her legs onto, and a stud for the tiger, but I revised it a bit in the image above.

Jasmine is a decent mini-doll figure, although the generic face seems a little off to me. The hairpiece is excellent; it’s rubbery but highly detailed, and looks just as good on a standard fig too. The torso and legs also have printing to really pull off the character’s look. She also comes with her tiger, Rajah, but he is was too small to be the fully grown tiger from the movie. More likely this is the tiger cub version after he got transformed, but since that was not a fun time in the movie for them, let’s just pretend that this predates the events in the movie and he’s only just a cub. (Oh, I think it’s just the same tiger mold used in the friends jungle sets last year.)

The set comes with 143 parts for $19.99. It’s not an amazing value, and there aren’t any spectacular pieces here either that demand such a price, so it must be entirely the licensing cost. There are a fair amount of pieces in tan, medium lavender, and gold. Interesting or unique pieces include the 1x2 foot plate in blue, 2x4 blue printed tile for the carpet, 4x4 plate and 1x2 plate with clips in Keetongu orange, 1x2x5 medium lavender brick, medium azure 4x4 round plate, speckled trans purple 1x1 round cone, gold 3x3 quarter dome, gold cream top, gold lamp (probably not THE lamp, just a replica), and a white inverted dome. So while a fair amount of rare recolors, the set does seem a little costly for what you get. Maybe if they had made it $10 more and made the palace most substantial, it would’ve been nicer. Or, alternatively, get rid of some of the some of the smaller models (or the palace bit entirely) and have Jasmine and the carpet for $10 less.

Overall, I don’t think it’s the best set you could pick up, especially compared to some of what the Friends line has to offer. But the character is recognizable and popular, so that’s what will probably make this set sell. Maybe we can look forward to a larger palace set in the future with maybe Aladdin and the Genie included? Wishful thinking, maybe.



Review: Ezra’s Speeder Bike

Posted by xccj , in Review Feb 06 2015 · 401 views
Star Wars Rebels
Onto more quick set reviews!

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Today I’m looking at 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike. This is from the new Star Wars Rebels cartoon, which is actually pretty decent. It features Ezra, the main character and a Jedi-in-training, along with ally Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian, against a generic Stormtrooper. Ezra and Stormy have appeared in last year’s Rebels sets. (In particular, this exact Stormtrooper, who I guess has some slightly different printing, including blue vents, that makes him stand out from others.) Sabine, however, is the last of the Rebel crew to appear in minifig form. While Ezra’s character looks close enough to the cartoon version to work (although maybe a little taller than he should be. . . guess they don’t want to give him short legs) Sabine’s character looks a little off. The hair piece especially seems too large for her (and I do believe it is a new mold?). Maybe the slenderness of her character didn’t translate into fig form very well. Normally that doesn’t bother me, but it does this time. :shrugs: She also doesn’t have her colorful Mandalorian helmet, but it sounds like they’re saving that for a pricier set this summer, so maybe she’ll look better then.

As for the bikes, my first reaction was disappointment when I realized both have the same designs with just different colors. Like, it’s not even a Toa Inika kind of thing where the structure is the same with some different armor and weapons; these bikes are completely identical, with only color differences to set them apart. But after building the bikes, I find that this doesn’t bother me too much, because they have some excellent builds. There’s a lot of interesting SNOT designs (studs not on top) and a bunch of curved slopes that really makes the vehicle have a smooth exterior. I know I’m not a very knowledgeable Lego Star Wars fan, since I really only started collecting a few years ago, but these are the best Speeder Bike designs I’ve seen. (And I’ve bought like 3 other sets that came with one, so at least I have some experience on the matter.) As it is, I’m totally fine having the same design repeated twice, because it’s a good design. (Like the Bohrok. . . although I won’t be buying twelve different speeder bikes just for a completion’s sake.) Anyway, they’re stable and relatively swooshable, and having two of them means you have a fairly even field as far as the chase goes.

As far as pieces are concerned, you get 253 in a $19.99 USD set. That’s actually a pretty good value, as far as Star Wars sets are concerned, even if a lot of those are small detailing pieces. You get a bunch of SNOT bricks and brackets, and a fair amount of curved slopes, including a few exclusive ones in dark green. Plus, the trans bright green 1x1 studs for Ezra’s stud launchers, which are still a fairly uncommon piece. Oh, and Ezra has a light-sabor coming out of some binoculars; this makes absolutely no sense unless you’ve seen the show, but there is a reason for it. IMO it looks cooler in the show.

Anyway, it does seem like kind of a niche set for those who watch the cartoon and not so much for those who only follow the movies. (But hey, they’ve been doing Clone Wars cartoon sets for a while too, so nothing new there.) Still, good characters (or passable, in Sabine’s case, even if she could be better) and great bike designs make it worthwhile. If you’re interested in the material anyway.



Review: Heartlake Hot Air Balloon

Posted by xccj , in Review Feb 05 2015 · 414 views
Hot Air Balloon
I’ve gotten a few new sets recently, and since I’m not up to writing full front page reviews, I’ll provide a couple of short ones in my blog here.

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Let’s start with 41097 Heartlake Hot Air Balloon from the 2015 Lego Friends line. This is cool because we haven’t seen a hot air balloon since the days of the Adventurers line, and this one gets some new pieces to help pull off the look. While the balloon pieces are obviously designed for one purpose, they offer enough connection points that I could see them being used elsewhere, and look forward to what creative uses people will come up with. (I currently don’t have any ideas off the top of my head, I think I’ll just keep it as a balloon.) You also get two of the inverted done pieces in lime (used as the weights on the balloon) which is currently exclusive to this set. While there’s a fair amount of good pieces in tan, green, medium azure, brown, and such, there aren’t really any other new molds or unique colors here. Looks like all the new piece allotment for this set went into the balloon itself. And can’t really complain about that.

The mini-dolls included here are Andrea, one of the core cast of characters, and her friend Noah, who is one of the rarer male mini-dolls (oh, they do have a slightly different torso mold) and is exclusive to this set. There’s nothing really remarkable about him except that he comes with Kai’s hairpiece, which is fairly uncommon. The balloon itself has a nice basket that can fit multiple characters, even if it’s a bit snug. Granted, it is way too large for the balloon (or rather the balloon is too small for the basket) to realistically float, but I can ignore the realism for the otherwise great design. The set also comes with a little landscape bit, which I think is just filler to add to the piece count and boost up the set’s price. This includes a little hill with a stream, a picnic area, and a campfire complete with marshmallows to roast. I guess it’s fairly substantial for an outdoor landscape piece, but it just looks lackluster next to the balloon. Still, it offers a destination for the balloon, and adds to the play value.

The set is 254 pieces at $29.99 USD. Not exactly a great value, but the balloon totally makes up for it, so I think it’s fair. It definitely stood out to me as the Friends set to get in the winter 2015 wave, and it’s not too pricey either. Now I want to see if I can fit the entire cast of Friends characters in that balloon; it could squeeze in four without a problem, I think, but five might be pushing it. Somebody might have to hang on the outside!



Rest of the Toa Masters Short Reviews

Posted by xccj , in Review Jan 21 2015 · 323 views

So I’ve completed my collection of the Toa Masters. (Is calling them Toa Masters fine? That’s what I’m going to do anyway, I forget if it’s been used elsewhere.) I would post short reviews with pictures… but Majhost has been down for over a week, so I don’t think that’ll work, since I don’t feel list hosting blog images elsewhere. So text it is. . . if you want to see them, you know where to look. ;)

First off is Gali. My first reaction is that she needs more of that lovely dark azure. I might buy a second just to get more of those armor pieces. The thing that really bugs me about her is her shoulder armor. They attached it to the rotating beam that’s supposed to be her gear function. WHY? Not only does the armor look kinda meh (seriously, what’s the need with shoulder armor that extends above the heads?) but now it also messes up the arm functions. It has since been removed.

I’m also not a big fan of her trident. Sure, it’s a somewhat decent design, but it’s waaaay too big, especially considering she’s one of the smaller Toa. I instead broke it down into hatchets, more similar to what they wanted me to use on Lewa. (But I refused on him.) I think the new axes closer resemble her original hooks, of which I was always a fan of. Plus, their size is more manageable for her. I also took out one of the extra gears that was used in her function. She initially came with two in order to provide the friction to hold the trident, but when I got rid of that, it was a little too much friction, so I took one out to give her a little more room. (As fun as those added friction gears are at keeping things straight, they totally take away the fun of quick arm flailing by spinning the gears on the back, which is something I liked. . . but maybe that’s just nostalgia again.)

Without the bulky shoulder armor or giant weapon, Gali feels more properly slimmed down and looks quite good. Heck, I’m even getting used to the mask, which I guess invoked more of the MoL Kaukau shape. I mean, it’s still a far cry from the Kaukau and Kaukau Nuva, but it feels recognizable. (Lewa’s, however, is still a far cry from any of his previous appearances.)

Next I picked up Kopaka. I was always used to the tall and narrow versions of Kopaka, but I can dig the muscled-up version too. I do like their shoulder design for him, which fills in the gaps nicely but also doesn’t really affect his gear system at all. On some of the other Toa, I was disappointed when there was only a gear function for one of the arms, but for Kopaka this method makes sense. I do wish he had a slightly better sword (or rather a spear, I think) and shield. The pieces are good and all, but I wish his shield was more circular. (It reminds me more of Glatorian Mata Nui’s scarab shield, which is not a bad design, just for me it’s not Kopaka. Again, I think that’s mostly nostalgia.)

The elephant in the room is Kopaka’s legs. They used those 3L beams with a ball joint in the center to position armor on the front and back of Kopaka’s lower legs. I like the attempt, and the pieces are great, but gosh it looks ugly when viewed from the wide. The porportions are just entirely wrong. I quickly just put the front armor on straight to the leg joint. He’s not as armored, but it flows better. Also, his upper leg armor comes with stickers, which I regretfully applied, since armor in that style only appears in white here. But the design looks great on Kopaka, so the stickers stay. Oh, and the mask is great, probably the one that closest resembles the original. (Granted, it doesn’t quite have the circular look of the original Akaku, but looks like the Nuva. And really, if the three lenses are there, it’ll be an Akaku no matter what. Those seem to help make all of Kopaka’s masks recognizable.)

Then I bought Tahu, who is again the Toa who’s hogging all the limelight. He again has his shoulder armor attached to his rotating shoulder, which I dislike. It was easy enough to switch it around a bit so it’s connected to the front body piece, but is still kinda annoying that they designed it that way. The connection for the gold swords on the back is pretty nifty, although I preferred them angled down instead of up. His swords are a great design, resembling Lhikan’s quite a bit. It was always a shame the original Tahu didn’t have his own lava surfboard, and Tahu Nuva’s doesn’t quite compare to this new style. They make for good melee swords too. However, like Kopaka, his lower leg armor is pitiful. Those giant torso armor pieces look good from maybe one angle, but from the side or back they just look too empty. Not a bad Toa, and his mask is clearly based off the Hau, but I guess not quite my favorite.

Finally, I come to Onua. Man, Onua’s been hulked up. Like, seriously, that chest piece was originally used on the Hulk. I like their method for extending the arm functions, and adding function to it with the socket piece on the back. It slows down the motion considerably, but when he’s holding onto his massive hammer, that helps, and makes it feel like there’s some force behind his swings. I do like the design of his hammer, with the Ben 10 foot piece fitting in quite well. Meanwhile, his weapons are very versatile. I like how they act as claws and armor individually, but their combination into the hammer is very awesome. Onua does come with four, but I could definitely use more. Speaking of the shoulder armor, its design allows it to cover the shoulders and gear function quite well without actually disrupting it.

Onua’s color scheme is a little out there. I love the inclusion of purple, although it would’ve been nice to see more of the trans purple limb elements included, since they appeared on the legs but not the arms, where the gray version of the piece was used. The gold armor is supposed to fit with Onua’s gold, powered up form, but I still think those pieces would look better in silver. As soon as I can get some extras, I’ll be switching them out. His torso piece also uses a sticker, unlike any of the other Toa’s torso designs, but in this case I’m fine with it, since I don’t see myself repurposing that torso armor anytime soon anyway. His mask also closely resembles a Pakari is design, but seems way too small for such a large character, especially since the original Pakari was a sizeable mask.

So all these Toa definitely have their ups and downs. The colors are all great, including a fair amount of rare shades, even if that does make MOCing in that color very difficult. The gear functions work on all of them, pending some shoulder armor redesigns. I think I have made slight modifications to all of my Toa, some more than others, because each one tended to have something about their design that I didn’t like, and also making it really hard to pick a favorite, because I have issues with them all. Still, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of collecting and building a Toa team again, which I haven’t really done since Tahu and the gang last appeared in 2008. So worthwhile sets, and now I have all six Toa on display, guarding my apartment.

I should also mention that the Skull Spiders are nice. I kind of wish the green ones had been in a more common shade, or that made of them had included stinger tails like the ones that came with Pohatu. They’re kinda meh on their own, but now I’ve got my own small swarm collection, and they’re trying to take over Benny’s Spaceship now. See, fun! I’ve also built a simple display stand for the gold masks, although having seen better ones posted online, I might redesign it.

I’m still considering purchasing the Lord of Skull Spiders and the Protector of Earth, and then maybe an extra Pohatu and Gali for their pieces. And then I need to think of some cool ways to MOC with these new pieces. (Maybe, my Toa might not come apart for a while.)



Lewa and Pohatu Masters Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Dec 27 2014 · 503 views

Target had some more Bionicle... in fact it was one of the few Lego shelves that was fully stocked. So I bought some more. Muhaha. Now time for a quick review.

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First things first, did I either not read the Lewa reviews closely enough or did none of them mention all the new technic goodies that he came with? +oo rods and 1 length rod spacers? First one was from last year and relatively uncommon, and Lewa has four, and the spacers are new, I believe!

Since I already started... Lewa seems fairly well done. I was especially impressed with how they did the shoulder spikes, which I expected to just be another random ball joint connection, since Hero Factory did that a few times. But the proportions, weapons, general colors... all Lewa. Except for the mask, which totally ruins it. I also wish he had longer handles for his axes; I'll probably throw in a rod myself to make them that way, but the official version just seems to have him gripping them too high up. They don't quite look as good as wings as they could, but it's a nice attempt, and the duel swords work. Wish he had more green; it could totally replace the Keetongu orange without issue.

Pohatu's a nice combination of armor and lack of armor for sleekness. While his mask looked like one of the best in promo images, I think it's a little too small. The trans neon green and burnt orange isn't my favorite combo, but I like the pieces in those colors. (I again wish we'd seen more of the primary color. You could've replaced those silver shells with burnt orange.) The Boomerang weapons are fantastic and I'm tempted to buy another Pohatu just for more. (Oh, yes, and in the picture I flipped him upside-down so his hips are wide and have the gear joints.)

Speaking of gears, I generally like how they did it. The big, Boxor gears are used for the direction change of the spins, but the smaller gears do a wonderful job of stabilizing it. Plus, I like that a different technique was used between the two, and I know that some of the other Toa have different designs too, so props for multiple creative uses and not just one-size-fits-all. Although Pohatu should've been allowed to move both his arms. Or, you know, had his motion translated to his legs. But I guess that doesn't work quite as well as it did with the original sets.

Another thing that does bug me; the masks seem to fall off way too easily. I know that's supposed to be a function, but it seems the connection is just really unstable. And I feel this is the same across all the masks; skull spiders, Kakama Mask of Stone, Miru Mask of Jungle, and the Protector masks. And with such a unstable connection on the heads, I don't know if they'd be stable enough for MOCs. Sorry, I'm just not impressed. I wish they could've included axle holes or something so we could attach em if we wanted to, but I guess that takes the challenge out of MOCing with new pieces.

And now that I have four of em, I want to MOC with the dark blue spider masks. I'm more of a fan of the scorpion spiders that came with the stone characters; it's a shame that none of the others seem to have tails. With the tail, they seem a bit imposing, less so with just the legs.

I guess I also got the protectors. Decent characters, I guess, but mostly parts packs. Like the flame pieces in different colors as their weapons. Not a huge fan of the Gatling guns, but they serve their purpose. The masks are nice in the two tones, although that will make MOCing with them a bit harder. Plus, 4 burnt orange shells with the stone protectors. Sadly, the shells are trans green on the jungle protector; could use more shells in bright green. Seriously, if they're going to introduce a new color into constraction, they need to give it more parts! (Technically I guess they're doing that with Lewa since Green Lantern Ultrafig has CCBS parts first... but still, I want more of them if I'm going to MOC in that color.)

I'm aiming next for Onua and Gali, although I'll eventually grab Tahu and Kopaka as well. Maybe also the purple Earth Protector, the other three don't really appeal to me, besides their masks, and currently the sets aren't worth the masks alone.

And that's my ranting about the new Toa. They still have to grow on me some more, but they're not half bad.



The Real Death of Vitruvius

Posted by xccj , in Review Dec 25 2014 · 329 views

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Read set review here. Spoiler: you should buy this set. Also, Vitruvius dies, in case you didn't catch onto that already.



Review: Series 12 Collectible Minifigures

Posted by xccj , in Review Nov 03 2014 · 303 views

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Well, THAT was more work than it was worth. I mean, I don't know if anybody's really excited for these anymore / wants to know how to feel for them. But then, I kind of feel the same about all reviews I do lately. Like, is it really worth stressing out to get these done quickly when other sites have done the same thing already and nobody here really gives a care anyhow.

Granted, it's the only time I seem to do news anymore, so I guess I need to do it if I want to keep my job here? (Unless that's also against the public consensus :P )

I'm going to go back to sleep now and get ready for my real job tomorrow.



Buyer's Guide: 2014 Ninjago

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Review Sep 29 2014 · 399 views
My Opinions
On the heels of my last Ninjago review for the year, I have to admit that I was a fan for this wave through and through. And I also had the budget to buy most of them. (Well, except for the Ninjago City Temple, which is still on my wish list... waiting until October for double VIP points) But just saying "Buy em all" is a poor buyer's guide, so I should think on a more limited income level. So here's a quick rehash of my opinion of what Ninjago sets to get this year. In case you hadn't decided yourself yet, of course.
  • Thunder Raider - It comes with two Ninjas and two vehicles for each (which can combine too.) Plus a decent Nindroid to boot, although he's totally outclassed. At $30, I think it's a nice, affordable way to get multiple Ninjas and an enemy character.

  • Kai Fighter - You only get one Ninja here, but it's Kai and the new hairpiece is a win. Plus a decked out General Cryptor. The jet is also an excelent design. A little similiar to Jay's previous jet, but good all the same, and nice at $20.
  • 3: NinjaCopter - This is probably my favorite vehicle of the wave, plus exclusive battle damaged Zane. You also get Pixel and Nindroid and a drone (which is kinda lamer than a full Nindroid), so good deal there too. At $60 it's a tab pricey tho.
  • Destructoid or Ninja Charger - I don't have either of these so this is a toss up really. You get good figs in each, a mid-priced Nindroid vehicle in the Destructoid (they're a little lacking in vehicles in that size), and a cool red car with Kai in the Ninja Charger. They're a little pricier ($35 and $40 respectively) and IMO the designs aren't as good as the others. But still probably fun builds.
  • Hover Hunter - The cheapest set is a bit lackluster; the drone is a lame verson of the Nindroids, and Cole's a repeat. But it's the only way to get the green techno blade, and the spinning blade function worked better than expected. Still, even with the price, it's not high on the list.
  • Nindroid MechDragon or Battle for Ninjago City - I have the former and plan to get the latter. These two are pricey: $90 and $120 respectively. But each comes with a plethora of characters (including at least two exclusives) and great designs. The MechDragon makes up for the reletive lack of Nindroid vehicles by looking super rad and awesome. Meanwhile, the Ninjago City temple is an awesome design that improves upon previous Ninjago buildings (or so it seems from the picts I've seen.) I'm sure both these sets are must haves, but at their cost I doubt everybody could afford one. If you have enough budget for just one of these, you could get it and potentially ignore the rest of the theme. But if you're tight on cash, you can still enjoy Ninjago with some of the smaller sets without needing to go bankrupt for these.
  • OverBorg Attack - Yeah, this is at the bottom of my list. It's the cheapest way to get Lloyd and only way to get Cyrus Borg, but the latter is not that exciting of a fig compared to the other Nindroids, and if you can save up for one of the pricier sets then you also will get Lloyd. Beyond the figs, the vehicles are pretty meh-worthy here, with nothing too exciting. It does kind of capture the essence of the Ninjago theme here, but I think some of the other cheaper sets do it better, and this seems to just be a cheap way to grab Lloyd if you can't get him in one of the pricier sets.
Anyway, those are my opinions, feel free to disagree or whatever. Or take my advice and purchase away! It's been a fun year of Ninjago, and I'll be interested to see where it takes us next year.



Spikels Mixels Video Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 27 2014 · 263 views

What is this?

Totally not just a video rehash of what I said in the review, plus a little bit of song and dance thrown in.



Exo Suit Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 26 2014 · 390 views

I wanted to review the Exo Suit from Lego Ideas for a while, especially after the hassle it took for me to get it. But alas, Black Six beat me to the punch and posted his review. (And to be fair, I didn't really vocalize my desire to review this, cause I've been busy with other stuff.) So instead this will get the less-than-stellar treatment of a blog review! Yay!

To start off, I should probably give my history on this model, or rather lack thereof. I was not familiar with Peter's Exo Suit before Cuusoo, nor did I really vote for it (because it looked way too specialized and fragile, didn't think it would translate well into a set.) I guess the main thing that won me over was the green space men/women. But I'm approaching this review more from a constraction MOCist point of view, and not a nostalgic Lego space fan. Heck, I'm not even a classic space fan; that was before me time, and I guess some of the space themes of the late 90s were a little too "out there" for classic space fans or something?

(Pictures to come when Majhost stops being stupid and comes back online)
A lot of nice pieces here, including those T bars, the plunger piece in light gray, and the round 2x2 tiles with holes in the center. Most of it is light or dark grey, but I like the splashes of trans yellow, and the green space figs are lovely as ever. I can't really compare them based on the nostalgia factor, because aside from Benny, these are the first classic space figs I've ever owned. But GREEN! I like colored suits, and my favorite color is green. Therefore, MUST HAVE. I also appreciate that we get a male and female. And while we're on the extras, the little turtle bot is a great, compact design.

And here's the Exo Suit. I am glad it's not mono-colored like the original; a little shading is a good thing. The design does seem to be a bit different than the original, to make it legal by Lego's standard, which was a given. Of the ten main articulation points, eight are ball joints, which I think help land this mech in constraction territory.

The body design is quite decent, with lots of SNOT all over the place. (SNOT= studs not on top, just to be clear.) I especially like how the extensions from the legs use the nozzle piece to connect to the cockpit; that was a connection that caught me by surprise and probably goes a long way in adding stability. There's room for a minifig to stand inside... as long as they don't move their arms forward. It's a little tight in there, but I suppose it works.

The limbs... um, yeah. The legs are a basic design that uses liftarms and socket pieces and ball joints to create a leg with a knee. I think it's kind of a simple and lackluster design; I say this because it's a concept I utilize a lot in MOCs, so clearly it must be underwhelming. There's some greeble added on, but it feel just like that: slapped on. There's no real function to it; it's just there to add "flair" or whatever. And it still leaves some gaps that would get mocked in the BBC. To be fair, I guess it's not supposed organic like Bionicle, but that's just how I view constraction / technic limbs.

The feel have a lovely, compact but technical design. The problem is that they attach to the legs via a friction pin. This is bad. For a brand new piece, it serves to hold the model up, and I know with time that will weaken. Since the base of the foot is only 1 stud wide, I don't know how this could be fixed. My solution would be to make the foot 2 studs wide, and use a brick with an axle hole for a firm connection. But alas, that's not what's going on here. It can balance on one leg, but just barely.

The arm design is kind of cool, because instead of a balljoint at the elbow, it uses a rod, and makes excellent use of the 2x2 round tiles with a hole in the center to fill out the space. I know lots of people complained about the barrels, but combined with the two plunger pieces, I think they make a great arm. The hand concept is okay, but one we've seen before, both officially and unofficially. But the shoulder armor... ugh, worst part of the set. The old space arm element has always been weak, but I feel like mine were pre-worn, because they could hardly stay on a stud new out of box. It's just something with the design of the piece. If they had a bar to go through them to help stabilize them, then maybe. But as it, this piece of armor shatters with ease, which takes away any "cool" factor it could possibly have.

In conclusion, this model has it's ups and downs. Sometimes they've used real innovative methods to connect things, and other times they've used techniques that seem rather odd or downright dumb. The greeble on the body and feet is excellent, but it does not translate over to the limbs quite as well. It has decent mobility, but the fragile armor and weak ankle hurt it. I suppose it makes for an impressive display piece, which is what a bunch of people are probably after. And really, why worry about what the kids think when playing with it: based on the sales history, none of those kids will probably ever get their hands on it, and the entire inventory will remain with adult collectors, nostalgic for the theme from decades past. :P

So, honestly, while it's a nice set, it's not a must have. Unless you want green space men and women. Then IT MUST BE BOUGHT! Oh, and robo space turtle is cool too. It has good parts as well, although it's a little much to be considered purely a parts pack. :shrugs: And really, at this point, if you wanted it, you already bought it, and if you haven't, you're out of luck (until the next release, anyway. I swear they underestimated the response to their "it will be a 1 production run only" comment.)

Now to build the female scientist Research Institute, which I did vote for and have expectations that will probably not be met either!


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Is that the light at the far end of the tunnel, or just the train.
~ Owl City

Lisztomania, think less but see it grow. Like a riot, like a riot, Oh.
~ Phoenix

I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
~ Foster the People

Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
~ Oh Land

On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
~ Train

But even the sun sets in paradise
~ Maroon 5

Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
~ Train (Again?)

So make now your ally, and leap before you look
~ Nothing's Carved In Stone

I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
~ Passion Pit

Just believe in far away, ikiru tame ni sore wa
~ Song Rider

Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
~ One Republic

I live my life in shackles, but I'm borderline-free.
~ Tove Styrke

Silver Lake, Mercury Mining, This Mistake, No Silver Lining.
~ Alkaline Trio


Ha Ha

You scrolled to the bottom.

I now control your mind.