Archive for June, 2010

Set review: Soldiers Fort (6242)

Posted in Set Reviews on June 23, 2010 by Mister Bones

Piece count = 367

The Good Stuff:

This set reminds me of some of the older pirate sets that had great playability.  The jail cell is pretty good as is the tower with the winch.  I like the overall look of the wharf and way the designers did the little arches at the waterline gives it a more piraty feel.  The 6 minifigures are good and who could pass up a monkey?  The set also includes a dark green alligator and a fish.  The nod to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was a nice touch as well.  The pirate using a banana to get the key from a monkey smacks loudly of bribing the dog with a bone to obtain the key as in the movie and ride.

The Bad Stuff:

The price, as usual.  This set is $50.00 US and only contains 367 pieces, so you are paying 13.6 cents per piece.  I was fortunate as I had just ordered the Death Star, so with the other VIP points I had, this set was free, and now I have the entire pirate line save that big assed Imperial flagship.

The MOC Stuff:

The pieces in the set allow for all kinds of MOCey goodness.  Lego designed this as a modular build which connect at the base of each module (You can see that in the picture at the base of the tower).  Now, the nice bit is one could easily expand this and create a Hugh fort.  The monkey has a banana, always useful as an, um……well, use your imaginations folks.  I also really like the Admiral’s outfit; one never knows when Bones might need some fancy duds.

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Collectible Minifigures (Series 1)

Posted in Set Reviews on June 7, 2010 by Mister Bones

Piece count = N/A

The Good Stuff:

These are some great minifigures.  Some we have seen in slightly different form before, like the Ninja, Forest man, and American Indian, but the rest are new.  I must say the Caveman, Zombie and Robot I really like.  All the figs come with some sort of accessory and the facial expressions and hair some have is great.  Even the price is pretty good at 1.99 each.  Toys R Us, of course, raised their price from 1.99 to 2.49 after a couple days when they saw how popular the figs were.  Leave it to TRU to gouge the consumer any way they can.

The Bad Stuff:

Not much bad here, the plastic seems slightly lower quality than other Lego products, but it is not that noticeable.  I noticed it the most on the Cheerleaders hair.

The MOC Stuff:

A Nurse, Cheerleader, Clown and Caveman?  Come on, these figs are just screaming for some AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) to whip up a hilarious MOC.  All the figs will be very handy to add to creations.  Even the Crash Test Dummy can be used to add some levity to a MOC.  I purchased 31 of the figs and have all 16 of series 1, so Dem Bones should have some new actors appearing soon!

Set review: Desert Attack (7569)

Posted in Set Reviews on June 2, 2010 by Mister Bones

Piece count = 57

The Good Stuff:

Well the minifigures, obviously.  You get Dastan, of course, with the cool twin katanas and the dual katana sheath.  Then there are the two baddies, the Hassansins.  Some nut with claws and a bigger nut with a badass axe, not to mention a rather cool face.  The head cowls are very cool on these guys as well.  Then there is the classic skeleton, we love that guy….obviously.  The horse is painted in a Persian style, which is rather nice.  Then there is a brown bush and a dark grey plant piece, both new colors in these pieces.  The rest is pretty basic, a couple gems and spears, then some standard tan pieces.

The Bad Stuff:

The price on this is $11.00 US, about 19.3 cents per piece, however, the minifigures are so good that I do not feel the price is that bad.  The one drawback here is the landscape portion.  That could look better and would have with a few extra pieces.

The MOC Stuff:

This is a good set to buy if you want to build a little Hassansin army, get some skeletons and a whole lot of Dastan pieces.  The Dastan fig comes in every set so far, so one could conceivably build an army using the torso and changing the head and hair.  The faces on the baddies will be great in other creations if you like to build on the spooky side of things.  I will probably pick up one more of these just for the figures.