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life in plastic: LEGO NINJAGO – Masters of Spinjitzu – Hover Hunter (70720) review

August 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“LEGO NINJAGO – Masters of Spinjitzu – Hover Hunter (70720)” gets five stars for its price, playability and its unique, yet simple vehicle!  Worth owning!


LEGO SET: LEGO NINJAGO – Masters of Spinjitzu – Hover Hunter

ITEM #: 70720

PIECES: 79

PRICE: $11.99

AGES: 7-14


 Fight to escape the Nindroid Hover Hunter and protect the Techno-Blade!

The evil Nindroid is chasing down Ninja Cole in the fearsome Hover Hunter, featuring a computer dashboard, claw clamps and an adjustable spike seatbelt. With the Nindroid in the pilot’s seat driving at top speed to make the front saw blade spin and rip up the streets, Cole is in great danger. Help Cole dodge the Hover Hunter’s flick missiles and don’t let the Nindroids grab his valuable Techno-Blade. Includes 2 minifigures with weapons: Cole and Nindroid

  • Includes 2 minifigures with weapons: Cole and Nindroid
  • Features Nindroid pilot cockpit with claw clamps, adjustable spike seatbelt and hi-tech dashboard plus front attack spinning saw blade, 2 laser flick missiles, translucent thruster engine, twin jet engines and saw blade motifs
  • Weapons include exclusive translucent green Techno-Blade for Cole and 2 attack blades for Nindroid
  • Fire the Hover Hunter’s flick missiles
  • Speed ahead and make that huge saw blade spin!
  • Fend off Nindroid attacks with Cole’s Techno-Blade
  • Measures over 1” (4cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide

THE REVIEW:

For LEGO fans of “Ninjago”, you can’t really go wrong with any of the releases, especially those that are under $14.99.

You tend to get more bang for the buck and the same can be said with the “Hover Hunter” which comes with a Cole minifigure and a Nindroid.

The set comes with the evil Nindroid’s Hover Hunter which comes with a saw blade that spins when you roll it and its menacing blades and two flick missiles.

But fear not, as always, the Earth ninja, Cole can take this Hover Hunter down with his green Techno-Blade.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the minifigures:

Cole sure has gone through several transformations.  No longer sporting the Ninja wrap for disguise, his suit showcases the golden emblem featuring the Earth element symbol and the gold metallic paint is nicely painted.  The green techno-blade is translucent and while I will miss the black katana and staff of the Dragons, this is still a cool weapon to take on the nasty, nindroid pests.

The Nindroid is menacing and also features a metallic silver paint on hits head and body.  I find it interesting that these Nindroid is powered by the shuriken in the middle of its back (also featured on the Hover Hunter).  It can utilize the blades that are on top of its Hover Hunter.

As for the vehicle itself, I absolute love thinking beyond the box for LEGO vehicle engineering.  I like how the vehicle, when rolled, moves the spinblade.  There is a lot of thought that went into how to make this vehicle can become functional, cool and inexpensive.

I like the use of the purple, silver, red and black…the signature color for the Nindroids.   If anything, I love the overall look of the vehicle and the parts featured in this set is quite unique and its quite interesting to see the enemies receive a cool, menacing vehicle such as the Hover Hunter and even better when you can find it at a low price.


The “LEGO NINJAGO – Masters of Spinjitzu – Hover Hunter (70720)” is yet another NINJAGO set that is priced just right for LEGO fans and fans of the series.  You get two minifigures and a vehicle, a cool, menacing one at that!

Children will find this LEGO set to be cool, parents will find it to be affordable and if you can find it for under $10, you are definitely getting it for deal!

While you may still find the Hover Hunter at retail stores, it has sold out on LEGO SHOP online.  But for fans of the “LEGO NINJAGO” series, this set is definitely worth owning!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO CITY – Demolition Starter Set (60072) review

May 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“LEGO CITY – Demolition Starer Set” gets five stars for its price, playability, accessories but it’s also more bang for your buck!  Recommended!


LEGO SET: LEGO CITY – Demolition Starter Set

ITEM #: 60072

PIECES: 85

PRICE: $9.99

AGES: 5-12


 

Join the demolition experts in LEGO® City!

Join the demolition experts! The demolition of a derelict building is near completion, and with only a small part of the bathroom remaining it’s time to finish off the job! Operate the powerful jackhammer, swing the heavy sledgehammer, then jump aboard the awesome front loader and scoop up the rubble and remaining debris. What a busy day! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessories: 3 demolition workers and a foreman.

  • Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessories: a foreman and 3 demolition workers (2 men and a woman)
  • Features a front loader and a building section with toilet, water and pipes
  • Accessories include 2 warning cones, jackhammer, sledgehammer and a megaphone
  • Join the demolition experts!
  • Operate the awesome front loader
  • Clear the debris
  • Front loader measures over 3” (8cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide

THE REVIEW:

There are times when you can find a very awesome LEGO set for under $10.

And for Spring 2015, one of those awesome LEGO sets is the “LEGO CITY – Demolition Starter Set (60072)” which features four LEGO minifigures (a foreman, driver and construction workers which include a male and female), a front loader tractor, toilet with pipes and a few tools which include a sledgehammer, jackhammer and a megaphone plus two warning cones.

All this can be completed in a half an hour.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the minifigures:

Typically for a set that is $9.99, you are going to see two minifigures. But for this Demolition Starter Set, you get four!

All figures have printed torsos and each comes with a helmet, while the female character has her helmet and hair connected and the other demolition worker with head phones.

I have to give LEGO big kudos for the inclusion of a female demolition minifigure.  While there are female characters, you usually find them in big sets or are often the damsel in distress, the rebel or the thief in LEGO City sets.  So, it’s good to feature the female minifigure in the demolition starter set.

Everyone minifigure is smiling in this set, except the driver, who has a smirk and beads of sweat coming down.

As for the vehicles, the front loader tractor is pretty cool  As a smaller tractor, the loader can swivel up and down and set the tractor up to lift particles from the ground.  It’s a simple build but works very well.

Of course, I also enjoy this inexpensive playset for the addition of the front loader but you also get a bathroom set with pipes bursting.

In addition, you get a few power tools as well with but the overall playset is quite interesting and a great addition for those who need to build a toilet and it’s cool that you get extra parts included.


The “LEGO CITY – Demolition Starter Set” has been one of the best under $10 LEGO sets that I have reviewed.

Not only do you get a vehicle, a playset, extra parts but also tools!  But one of the biggest and major plus is the inclusion of four LEGO minifigures.

Parents can’t go wrong with this set for their children and for the young at heart, along with the vehicles and playset, you also get four characters and powertools, which is a major plus!

With many LEGO City minifigures in sets focusing on law, repair or other areas.  It’s great to have a set that focuses on those who do repairs or demolishing.

Overall, “LEGO CITY – Demolition Starer Set” gets five stars for its price, playability, accessories but it’s also more bang for your buck!  Recommended!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO Legends of Chima – Gorzan’s Walker (30262) Review

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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I have not been disappointed by a LEGO Legends of Chima polybag release at all. Each of the minifigure releases showcase a character with wonderful sculpting for the helmet and awesome detail. And you really can’t go wrong with these releases being priced at under $4-5.


LEGO SET: LEGO Legends of Chima – Gorzan’s Walker

ITEM #: 30262

PIECES: 34

PRICE: $3.99

AGES: 6-12


THE REVIEW:

Available at TARGET stores is the LEGO Legends of Chima – Gorzan’s Walker (30262).  Gorzan is the leader of the Gorilla Tribe in Chima.

Let’s first take a look at the LEGO minifigure.

As Foltrax and others are included with the LEGO Legends of Chima – Flying Phoenix Fire Temple (70146), this is the first in the Phoenix Tribe to have an orange head to match the wings.

As the set is quick to build, you get a few extra pieces when all is done.

Like other LEGO Legends of Chima minifigures, Gorzan comes with a crystal and also a helmet. Gorzan’s body features printing on both sides of the torso.  But I love the detail of the helmet.

But when you remove the helmet, there is no doubt that Gorzan has one of the menacing faces of a minifigure from Chima despite being one of the good guys in the land.

The Gorzon Walker is a nice, simplistic and miniature vehicle.  The arms and legs extend and you have two controls in the front for Gorzan to control.  Blasters at the side.  So, despite its simplistic look, you know this vehicle can crush things and blast the enemy!

Of course, if you want the best vehicle operated by Gorzon, then you definitely want Gorzon’s behemoth vehicle, the Gorilla Striker!


I have a theory of LEGO polybags (with minifigures) and that they are so quick to sale if you see them at retail and that if you see one, you best buy it ASAP!

And so far, I have not been disappointed by a LEGO Legends of Chima polybag release at all. Each of the minifigure releases showcase a character with wonderful sculpting for the helmet and awesome detail. And you really can’t go wrong with these releases being priced at under $4-5.

With Gorzan’s Walker, the walker itself is simple but the minifigure is definitely worth owning! I really got lucky I found one at a Target store as polybags are hard to come by. So, if you do see it at your retail store, definitely pick one or two up!

RATING: **** (4 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – Space Swarmer (70700) Review

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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The “LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – SPACE SWARMER” is one of the cheapest sets you can find online but with this set, you are definitely getting more bang for your buck!  Featuring two minifigures and one of the best vehicles I have seen under $11.99! Recommended!


LEGO SET: LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – Space Swarmer

ITEM #: 70700

PIECES: 86

PRICE: $11.99

AGES: 7-14


From the LEGO website:

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Zap the alien buggoid before he nabs the Galaxy Squad’s robot!

The evil alien buggoid is buzzing around in his Space Swarmer. Don’t let him capture the Galaxy Squad robot sidekick with the ship’s grabber mouth! Help him to blast away from the buggoid’s sonic gun with his jet pack! Get to safety, then aim and fire the blasters to stop that swarming space critter! Includes 2 minifigures with weapons: alien buggoid and robot sidekick with a jet pack.

  • Includes 2 minifigures with assorted weapons: alien buggoid and robot sidekick
  • Features grabber mouth, opening cockpit, moving wings and poseable legs
  • Also includes jet pack, alien sonic gun and a blaster
  • Dodge the Space Swarmer’s grabber mouth!
  • Blast that bug!
  • Dodge the beams of the alien sonic gun!
  • Measures over 1″ (4cm) high, 5″ (14cm) long and 3″ (10cm) wide

THE REVIEW:

In 2012-2013, LEGO released their latest Space theme titled “LEGO GALAXY SQUAD”.

With 2011 featuring aliens and UFO’s, this time featuring humans and robots working together to fight against alien insects in the galaxy.

And the set I’m going to review is the LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – Space Swarmer (70700) set which was released in 2012 and features Blue Team Galaxy Squad robot taking on an Alien Buggoid and its Space Swarmer.

First, let’s take a look at the minifigures!

The Blue Team Galaxy Squad Robot has a large blaster, jet pack with two space guns and an antenna.  While the minifigure does have printing on both sides, of course, the jet pack will cover it up and obscure it.  The helmet is the head and for the most part, it’s a unique looking minifigure.  I like the detail on the outfit but also how these usual parts were made into a wonderful weapon to take on the Space Swarmer!

As for the Alien Buggoid, these are the pilots and carry a blaster.  Printing are on both sides of the torso, while the head is nicely sculpted.

The Space Swarmer is a very cool vehicle.  From its arachnid legs, its wings and cockpit, spiked mouth in the front, its no doubt a menacing vehicle.

I love the creativity that went into making this vehicle and its color scheme.

There are a few stickers to put on, such as the front portion and the instrument panel but it’s definitely stickers that add to the look of the Space Swarmer!


Overall,  I was quite pleased with the LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – Space Swarmer!

During the holidays, this set was priced at under $8, so it was a steal!  You get two minifigures and one of the coolest vehicles I have seen under the $11.99 pricepoint!

And I have no doubt in my mind that I will be purchasing more LEGO GALAXY SQUAD as I love the creativity behind them but also the sci-fi aspect to the entire set.

Definitely recommended!

RATING: ***** (4 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO STAR WARS – Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack (9488) Review

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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The “LEGO STAR WARS – Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack” is an awesome set for the ARC and ARF Troopers alone!  But you also get two Commando Droids and a cool, much smaller Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon.


LEGO SET: LEGO STAR WARS – Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

ITEM #: 9488

PIECES: 98

PRICE: $12.99

AGES: 6-12


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Bombard the Separatist forces with the Republic artillery cannon!

The Separatists have sent a new droid enemy to attack the forces of the Republic, but the clone army’s elite troopers have a new weapon of their own: the powerful Republic artillery cannon! With elevating turret and flick missile, those clankers will be running for cover! Includes 4 minifigures: ARC trooper, ARF trooper and 2 new enemy Commando Droids.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: ARC Trooper, ARF Trooper and 2 Commando Droids
  • Features Republic artillery cannon and 5 blasters
  • Republic artillery cannon features flick missile
  • Elevate the turret!
  • Fire the flick missile!
  • Republic artillery cannon measures over 5” (13cm) long and 3” (8cm) tall

THE REVIEW:

As part of the STAR Wars Clone Wars series, the Elite Clone Troopers featuring the ARC and ARF Troopers were one of the cooler looking characters on the series (season 3).

And sure enough, in 2012, the Elite Clone Troopers were released in a cool LEGO set for $12.99.  You get an Arc Trooper, an ARF Trooper, two commando droids and Republic Artillery Cannon.

But first, let’s take a look at the minifigures!

With this set going for $9.99-$12.99, immediately as a collector, I see this set as a bargain! With minifigures literally being sold for around $5 each or more online, the fact is that you get four, which is great for those who like to army build.

You get one ARC Trooper and an ARF Trooper.  The ARC Trooper has different colors with the blue and red cloth cape. The ARF Trooper has some blue but has an all white outfit with red shoulders and arms.   Both sides are well-detailed but I love the sculpt and design of the helmets.

Faces for both figures are the same.

The Commando Droids are better looking than the older LEGO droids from a decade ago but remain basic but I do like the better head mold.

You get a much smaller Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon which can hold one minifigure.

The Cannon takes about a half hour to build and you get a few extra pieces included.  The legs are stable and unlike the 2014 releases, this cannon does not shoot pegs out, but does have flick firing missiles.

The weapon can easily rotate and its legs are easily bendable. The back side of the weapon can fit a single minifigure which can grasp onto bars.


Overall, this LEGO STAR WARS set will entertain the Star Wars collector, LEGO AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) and children.

For one, you get four minifigures and a weapon that can shoot Lego pieces for less than $13. You get extra Commando Droids for army building and you get a very cool looking ARC and ARF Trooper!

While the set will most likely appeal to the fans following “STAR WARS – The Clone Wars”, I still feel the set is worth the purchase as it is the first to include a Commando Droid and ARC Trooper minifigures.

While I think the more recent sets are cool with their peg firing cannons, I can see AFOL’s purchasing this set primarily for the minifigures.

But the “LEGO STAR WARS – Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack” is an cool set and it was recently retired by LEGO (I found it at our local TARGET after it was retired), so hopefully you can find this set for a very good price on online auctions.

RATING: **** (4 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu – Ninja Glider (30080) Review

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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I have not been disappointed by a LEGO NINJAGO polybag release at all. There is no doubt that the Ninja Glider has a cool factor associated with it and if you are a fan of the series,  you really can’t go wrong with this polybag release being priced at under $4-5.


LEGO SET: LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu – Ninja Glider

ITEM #: 30080

PIECES: 26

PRICE: $3.99

AGES: 6-12


THE REVIEW:

Once available at TARGET stores and also released with the SUN Newspaper in the UK as a promotional item is the LEGO NINJAGO – Ninja Glider (30080).

The polybag features the character Zane and was a popular polybag that people snatched up in droves back in 2011 and the only way to get it was on eBay.

Let’s first take a look at ZANE, the Ninja of Ice.

The minifigure features ZANE in his original outfit with his ninja sash belt, his golden emblem which represents the Element of Ice.  Printing is only one side for this minifigure and he comes with a black katana sword.

The wrap is removable from his head and is nicely sculpted all around.

The ninja glider is pretty cool as these blades act as wings.  The blades are moveable and  Zane’s hands grabs hold of the glider through the front.

I have to give it to LEGO for creating a cool but also interesting polybag set.  While one can’t fathom how blades can act as a glider, for LEGO NINJAGO, anything is possible and for fans of the series, the LEGO NINJAGO – Ninja Glider looks too cool to pass up!


I have a theory of LEGO polybags (with minifigures) and that they are so quick to sale if you see them at retail and that if you see one, you best buy it ASAP!

And back in 2011, with ninjas always popular with kids, the LEGO NINJAGO – Ninja Glider was snatched up quickly. While the minifigure is not as detailed as today’s ZANE or other polybagged minifigures, the bladed glider in combination with the minifigure was too cool to pass up!

I have not been disappointed by a LEGO NINJAGO polybag release at all. Each of the minifigure released showcase a cool ninja factor that all kids and even AFOL’s like to see, especially when sold for under $4-5.

If you are a LEGO NINJAGO fan and find these cheap on online auctions, the LEGO NINJAGO – Ninja Glider is worth checking out!

RATING: **** (4 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO Legends of Chima – Frax’ Phoenix Flyer (30264) Review

January 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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I have not been disappointed by a LEGO Legends of Chima polybag release at all.  Each of the minifigure releases showcase a character with wonderful sculpting for the helmet and awesome detail.  And you really can’t go wrong with these releases being priced at under $4-5.


LEGO SET: LEGO Legends of Chima – Frax’ Phoenix Flyer

ITEM #: 30264

PIECES: 32

PRICE: $3.99

AGES: 6-12


THE REVIEW:

Available at TARGET stores is the LEGO Legends of Chima – Frax’ Phoenix Flyer (30264).

Frax is a member of the Phoenix Tribe and is a pilot under the command of Foltrax.

Let’s first take a look at the LEGO minifigure.

As Foltrax and others are included with the LEGO Legends of Chima – Flying Phoenix Fire Temple (70146), this is the first in the Phoenix Tribe to have an orange head to match the wings.

As the set is quick to build, you get a few extra pieces when all is done.

Like other LEGO Legends of Chima minifigures, it comes with a crystal and also a helmet.  Frax also comes with body gear and features printing on both sides to showcase that he is a pilot.

The body gear holds the two wing pieces and when you remove Frax’ helmet, you see his stern face.

But still, you can’t help but like the crafting of this minifigure from his sculpted helmet, its colors and detail.

The Phoenix Flyer matches the colors of FRAX.  While it does look a bit basic, considering you are paying under $5 for this polybag, the Phoenix Flyer is interesting in the fact that it features parts in different colors that are not usually available in other sets.

But the basic flyer is easy to put together and I like the simplicity of it.


I have a theory of LEGO polybags (with minifigures) and that they are so quick to sale if you see them at retail and that if you see one, you best buy it ASAP!

And so far, I have not been disappointed by a LEGO Legends of Chima polybag release at all.  Each of the minifigure releases showcase a character with wonderful sculpting for the helmet and awesome detail.  And you really can’t go wrong with these releases being priced at under $4-5.

With Frax’ Phoenix flyer, the flyer itself is simple but the minifigure is definitely worth owning!  I really got lucky I found one at a Target store as polybags are hard to come by.  So, if you do see it at your retail store, definitely pick one or two up!

RATING: ****.5 (4.5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown (76008) Review

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown” is a set one can find cheaply but it does feature IRON MAN in a cool suit of armor, while Mandarin’s vehicle has parts that probably can be reused to make something more different.  It’s a simple set and even better if you can find it under $8.


LEGO SET: LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown

ITEM #: 76008

PIECES: 91

PRICE: $12.99

AGES: 6-12


From the LEGO website:

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Defeat the Mandarin with Iron Man!

It’s a Mandarin Face Off at the Miami dockside in the final battle between Iron Man and the Mandarin. Take on the ultra-tough armored car and its rotating flamethrower with dual flame flick missiles! Fly circles around the bad guy and don’t let him scorch this super hero! Includes 2 minifigures and a weapon: Iron Man with Heart Breaker Armor and the Mandarin.

• Includes 2 minifigures and a weapon: Iron Man with Heart Breaker Armor and the Mandarin
• Features the Mandarin’s armored car with rotating flame thrower with dual flame flick missiles and large wheels
• Weapons include a pistol
• Rotate the flamethrower!
• Fire the flame flick missiles!
• The Mandarin’s armored car measures over 5″ (13cm) high, 3″ (9cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide


THE REVIEW:

With each Marvel Super Hero film comes a LEGO tie-in and for “IRON MAN III”, LEGO released “LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown”.

With this set, it’s more about creativity and something for the children, rather than being movie accurate.  But let’s take a look at this set but first, let’s start off with the minifigures!

Included in this set is Iron Man and the Mandarin.  Iron Man looks cool with his blue pulsars and the blue (flame) emitting from his feet should look like he is in flight.

The costume for Iron Man looks very cool as it is printed on both sides and the same can be said for the Mandarin.

Removal or lifting of the facemask reveals a ticked off Tony Stark, while the Mandarin…I have to admit this is one antagonist, bad guy LEGO minifigure that I don’t dig.  His green outfit… while having printing on both sides is quite boring.  His slicked back hair and long black beard doesn’t look right.

In fact, it would have been cooler to give him the Mandarin robe, the long moustache and make the character look much more menacing, but instead he looks like a hillbilly.

Meanwhile, to make the Mandarin much cooler is to give him a HYDRA flame-shooting vehicle that shoots out flames and other weaponry to capture IRON MAN!

I know other AFOL’s feel the vehicle is silly but I look at the children who probably would dig this for its vehicle and flick missiles.

The vehicle is the most time consuming part of the set but one probably can build this entire set in a half hour.

While you get a few extra LEGO building bricks and special accessories as well!


I know many people may have purchased this set when it was sold for $7 on Amazon.  It’s a simple set with two minifigures with cool IRON MAN and not so cool looking Mandarin.  But the set makes up for creativity, especially in coming up with weaponry that gives Mandarin command over his rivals.

Overall, “LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown” is a set one can find cheaply but it does feature IRON MAN in a cool suit of armor, while Mandarin’s vehicle has parts that probably can be reused to make something more different.  It’s a simple set and even better if you can find it under $8.

RATING: *** (3 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040) Review

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040)” is a fantastic, inexpensive set for under $12, especially if you can get it for under $8, that’s a steal!


LEGO SET: LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush

ITEM #: 70040

PIECES: 90

PRICE: $11.99

AGES: 5-12


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Repel the Dragon soldier Forest Ambush!

Help the brave knights to repel the Forest Ambush! Take the chest of gold and treasure safely back to the castle on the armored cart. When the path through the forest is suddenly blocked by a fallen tree, fend off the Dragon soldier ambush! Draw your weapons, fend off the flick-missile attack and return the gold safely to the castle! Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: 2 King’s Knights and 2 Dragon soldiers.

• Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: 2 King’s Knights and 2 Dragon soldiers
• Features armored cart and a forest base
• Armored cart features turning wheels, flags and treasure chest with gold and treasure
• Forest base features flick missile and falling tree function
• Weapons include spear, crossbow, axe, sword and a spiked mace
• Accessories include 2 shields and a dog
• Chop down the tree and stage an ambush
• Fire the flick missile
• Protect the treasure
• Armored cart measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 2″ (6cm) long, and 1″ (4cm) wide
• Forest base measures over 3″ (8cm) high, 2″ (7cm) wide, and 1″ (5cm) deep


THE REVIEW:

While many AFOL’s have grown up with LEGO KINGDOM and past incarnations of the popular LEGO medieval toys, I found myself wanting to give “LEGO CASTLE” a try!

While I have said I wanted to strictly focus on LEGO CITY, somehow my priorities have went astray during Black Friday and found myself purchasing the “LEGO CASTLE – FOREST AMBUSH” set.

But before we begin, let’s take a look at the LEGO minifigures included with this set.

Included are two King’s Knights (Silver and blue) and two Dragon soldiers (black and red) including a dog.

I love the various helmets as they are quite detailed all over.  There is also plenty of weapons that come with the minifigures, as the Knights have a spear and sword, while the Dragon soldiers have a mace and axe.

Each figure has printing on both sides and is very detailed, while the Dragon soldiers also have two types of facial express (front and back).  It would have been nice to see the Knight’s also have double printing on the heads but I’m quite content with their confident look.

As for the dog, it’s your usual tame brown LEGO dog.

The Knights have a wagon which dons their blue and gold flag, the King’s shield, while a chest is full of gold, goblets and other cool things that the Dragon soldiers definitely want in their possession.  While one is to guard, the other must pull, while the dog walks alongside with them.

It would have been nice to have one more Kings Knight as one can pull and you have two defenders.  Otherwise, one Knight pulling and only one armed, really…that’s one easy target.  Unless, their dog is trained at going after Dragon soldiers.

Meanwhile, the Dragon soldiers have all this weaponry including flick missles aimed at the King’s Knights.  As they hide behind a makeshift plant, with a swing with the axe, the cart is blocked and the Dragon soldiers have a clear shot to overtake the Kings Knights in battle.

So, they think?

As quick as the tree is cut down by a Dragon soldier, lil’ Kujo (which I somehow named the dog that way), goes after the soldier, giving one Knight the opportunity to fight and take the Dragon soldier down, while the dog sees its pray…but who will emerge victorious?

The Kings Knights + dog or the Dragon soldiers?


Suffice to say, despite the small size of this set, for the $8.00 I paid for it, with four minifigures, a dog and extra accessories plus extra parks, you are getting your money’s worth!  I really like the design of the minifigures, so much it entices me to purchase more of the LEGO CASTLE sets.

I like the outfits, the weaponry but also the imaginative accessories such as the chest/cart and the Dragon soldiers forest hideout.  I like how the tree falls down but also the hidden weaponry around the trees, while you get a lot of things to put inside the chest and extra parts that make this set worthwhile.

Overall, “LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040)” is a fantastic, inexpensive set for under $12, especially if you can get it for under $8, that’s a steal!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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life in plastic: LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034) Review

January 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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The “LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034)” is a fantastic set for children and the young at heart.  Recommended!


LEGO SET: LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane

ITEM #: 60034

PIECES: 262

PRICE: $39.99

AGES: 6-12


From the LEGO website:

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Fly to assist the explorer with his husky sled in the LEGO® City Arctic Helicrane!

Provide aerial back-up for an expedition of discovery with the cool LEGO® City Arctic Helicrane! Head out into the wild with the Arctic explorer on a husky sled equipped with a camera, light and radar screen. Scan the huge ice block for hidden crystals frozen inside and then contact base camp with the walkie-talkie to call in the awesome Helicrane. Hover above the icy terrain and use the winch to lift up the container with the mysterious block of ice before flying back to base camp for more investigation. Includes Arctic explorer and pilot minifigures with assorted accessories.

  • Includes Arctic explorer and pilot minifigures with assorted accessories
  • Features a cockpit, spinning rotors, winch function and a container
  • Also includes a husky sled with camera, radar screen, crate, light and 4 huskies plus a translucent blue ice block and a crystal element
  • Accessories include a pair of snowshoes, scanner, ice axe, walkie-talkie and Arctic explorer hood
  • Speed into the wilderness with the husky sled
  • Scan the ice for hidden secrets
  • Call for the Helicrane on the walkie-talkie
  • Roll the ice block into the container and winch it up!
  • Arctic Helicrane measures over 6” (17cm) high, 14” (36cm) long and 12” (31cm) wide
  • Husky sled measures over 6” (16cm) long, 1” (4cm) wide and under 1” (2cm) high
  • Combine with the 60036 Arctic Base Camp for the ultimate Arctic research and discovery mission

THE REVIEW:

I have gushed about how I am enjoying the LEGO CITY Arctic sets.

At first, I ignored them because frankly, the LEGO CITY that I was focusing on were in city or town areas.  But after reviewing two sets, I had to check out the “LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034).

Let’s begin with the minifigures!

The “LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane” comes with two minifigures (arctic explorer and pilot) and four huskies.

One of the reasons why I wanted this set is because it had a female arctic explorer and also a pilot.  Both have wonderful detail/printing on both sides.

I like the color combination with the orange and blue for the arctic explorer minifigures and love the hood.  And the pilot looks natural with its pilot bomber jacket, sunglasses and brown pants.

You get four huskies that look the same but for an arctic expedition, it’s great to have these huskies included with the set.

As for the vehicles, let’s take a look at the arctic explorer’s sled.  As the sled is connected to the four huskies, the sled itself has a navigation/radar console near our fearless explorer.  In front of her is a tool box with a variety of arctic tools such as snowshoes, scanner, ice axe, walkie-talkie, metal detector and more.

On front of the sled is a DSLR camera to help record her expedition.

The minifigure can hold one minifigure standing and they can hold on to the bars on the side of the sled.

The connections to the huskies are well thought out and the good thing is that none of these parts break down easily, although with these many tools in the brown case, if you have children, you may want to keep these in a good place as they are small and children can easily lose them.

The set also comes with an ice block with a crystal inside.  It can be put on a container which has a winch holder which the helicrane can hold onto  and be transported by air.

I will say that the container is possibly the most fragile part of this set as the columns are easy to come off.

As for the arctic helicrane, the helicrane is not too difficult to create.  The pieces are much bigger for children to put together, while the stickers can be a bit of a pain, but for the most part, the bricks hold its place nicely and doesn’t break apart.

If there was one part that may be difficult for some younger children, it would be the main rotors. The way they stay in place is different but as long as they follow the instructions, children should be able to build the rotor easy.

The sleds on the bottom of the helicopter can easily pivot, the rotors can be spun and you get a hook/winch that can hold onto container.

As for the pilot, he can only get in if you take off the front cover of the LEGO Arctic Helicrane.    It would have been nice to have a console next to the stick but that’s me being a bit picky.

After all is done, you are left with a good number of extra, backup parts.


I absolutely enjoy the LEGO CITY Arctic sets so far.

With the LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034), you get more bang for your buck with all the minifigures, huskies, vehicles and accessories this set has to offer. The set is not too difficult to build and aside from the container, everything else holds together quite well.

There are a few stickers that need to be applied but other than that, this is a wonderful set!

While the female arctic explorer can be found in the Arctic Supply Plane, Arctic Base Camp and the Arctic Icebreaker sets and the huskies can be found on the supply plane and base camp sets, this is the only set where you can find the arctic pilot with sunglasses, container and helicrane (the base camp comes with a smaller helicopter).

I like the pricepoint as the set has gone down between $34.99-$39.99 and was able to purchase this for a good low price during the Christmas sale.

Overall, the “LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034)” is a fantastic set for children and the young at heart.  Recommended!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

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