Since TCW hasn't launched a review branch yet and I got my first Chima set the other day, I'm gonna share it with you here (in a minimalist form).
Here would be set 70005 Laval's Royal Fighter, the largest of Lion vehicles in the first wave of Chima.
And the back of the box:
The box is nice. Nothing too special, but it is really thin compared to other boxes with similar amounts of contents. I noticed this when I first opened the box, and later had to try to fit the unopened bags back into the box. LEGO seems to be conserving a lot of space this year in their boxes.
Now for the minifigs:
The set has three good minifigures included: Laval, Longtooth, and Crawley. Laval of course is the young lion prince, and the main character in the Chima series. Longtooth is personally one of my favorite characters in the series. His minifig overall is gorgeous, and his character in the TV series is just as awesome. Crawley isn't very special story-wise, but his minifig is very cool nonetheless. The olive green color is very nice—this being my first set with it, and hist printing is also top-notch.
Now to the set!
End of bag 1. Nothing special:
End of bag 2. Finishing the chassis:
End of bag 3. The head is amazing. Much better designed to look like a lion head with fewer pieces than anything I could have designed. The flame yellowish orange color is great for the lions, and this set is a great way to get your hands on some useful pieces in that color.
And now the finished model:
The set turns out very nice when complete. It doesn't have a real 'action' feature, but the features it does have are quite nice. It has a raising turret for Laval to ride in (which also rotates and can aim up and down), a working jaw for the vehicle to nom on some crocs, and of course treads!
- Great minifigs
- Lots of useful Flame Yellowish Orange pieces
- Great-looking set overall
- Just a tad bit pricey, but not too much for it to not be worth the money.
Edited by Meiko, Jan 21 2013 - 08:52 PM.