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#1 Big Pete

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 12:44 AM

My 2nd review (what a veteran) ... again, found this set via a shop assistant, in my local TRU (Portsmouth, UK) this evening.  Comes in at �44.99, which, is pretty steep, but, you get quite a bit for your money.

Front of the Box :
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Back of the Box :
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Back of the Box Closeup :
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Contents :
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It was a nice surprise to get numbered bags ... not had a large set with numbered bags for quite a while, at least in none of the sets I've bought recently!

Didn't take a close up of the stickers, but I was quite disappointed that the curved pieces had stickers ... if they could print the ATT curved pieces, why not these?

Minifigs :
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Oh ... and there's a nice backprint on the Pilot figure :
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Now, the build was pretty good ... you build the plane first (after the minifigures).  Quite an interesting build in a way, becayse for a while you think the back is the front ... and then you realise, heh!  Now ... I've not seen the film in a while, but I don't recall a guy flying a plane with a fishing rod ... don't flame me if this is what happens, see earlier point regards not seeing the film in ages!!  :-P

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After that, you build the temple in stages, starting with the entrance first, and then the holey floor section with the spears.  These spears are just loosely placed into technic holed bricks.  Quite easy to make em flick out but they can go anywhere!  hehe

Entrance :
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Holey Floor & Spears :
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These two parts are hinged and on an angle to each other and the gap makes for a handy bottomless pit, complete with pole for Indy to swing over with his whip.

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After that, you create the door and the ratchet mechanism to keep it raised.  After that, you add the runners for the ball and the swinging knives trap.

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Swords Trap - Before :
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After :
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Finally, you build the statue that holds the efigy.  Nice bit of construction here, especially the way that everything falls over once the efigy is removed.  Do be careful when putting the curved bits on though ... it appears one of the edges on mine has slightly bent when putting it on ... nowt noticable though.

Temple :
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Preparing to steal :
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Run!!
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You can see that the temple has toppled and debris has fallen all around ...

And then, as he goes through the door, the door falls (he gets his hat) and then the rock ball starts a rolling!

Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!
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The stickers were a pain though ... there's no room for a border around the sticker here!  Beware!!

After all that is done, you join all the pieces together and it makes more a really good playset.  Plenty of opportunity for recreating scenes here!

Idol Closeup :
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Total Set :
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Spares :
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Yet more spare stickers??!  (sorry, i've already put the spares in my box of bits!)

Overall, 8 out of 10 ... lots of play value and a pretty nice build.  Too many stickers though ... and defo poor arms for the skeletons!

Edited by imperialshadows, 01 June 2008 - 12:18 PM.


#2 Indy565

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 12:50 AM

Awesome!!! I want it soo bad!! :'-) How much was it?

Edited by Indy565, 16 December 2007 - 12:55 AM.


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Posted 16 December 2007 - 12:58 AM

Thanks for the review! This is certainly bigger than I expected! Can't wait to see your other pics!  *y*

#4 Big Pete

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:04 AM

View PostIndy565, on Dec 16 2007, 12:50 AM, said:

Awesome!!! I want it soo bad!! :'-) How much was it?

44.99, as it says in the first line of the review ;-)

Edited by Big Pete, 16 December 2007 - 01:04 AM.


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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:09 AM

Is the efigy a totally new peice, or is it made of smaller peices with some gold hair attatched? Sorry if I missed this  :-$

Nice review, just wish we had some more pics of the built set  :-D
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:16 AM

View PostBrickmaster, on Dec 16 2007, 01:09 AM, said:

Is the efigy a totally new peice, or is it made of smaller peices with some gold hair attatched? Sorry if I missed this  :-$

it's 1 moulded piece ...

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Nice review, just wish we had some more pics of the built set  :-D

i'll try again just now ...

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:33 AM

can you get a close up of the golden idol thingy?
looks cool!

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:38 AM

thanks for the pics cant wait to see more, oh btw when the camera charges could you pleese take a photo of everything falling apart when indy takes the idol? cheers!
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:49 AM

Great Review!This set has lots of play value I see
Too bad about the hovito though :'-(
One request:
-could we get some close up pics of the idol? Thanks very much

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:58 AM

Cool. Found it bit disappointed though |-/ ...
(Not disappointed about the review but the set)

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:58 AM

Wow! I took a peak at the pics in your photobucket, thanks very much! This is a wonderful set, full of details! Awesome! :-D  *y*  *y*
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#12 Big Pete

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 02:09 AM

View Postiamded, on Dec 16 2007, 01:58 AM, said:

Wow! I took a peak at the pics in your photobucket, thanks very much! This is a wonderful set, full of details! Awesome! :-D  *y*  *y*
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#13 Big T

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 03:59 AM

Awesome looking playset. Will probably not get due to price, and the fact I don't really need it. Good to see how everything works, but those DAMN stickers!

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:05 AM

View PostBig Pete, on Dec 15 2007, 06:04 PM, said:

44.99, as it says in the first line of the review ;-)

Yes, but I don't live in the UK. Any idea how much it might cost in the US?

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:27 AM

Thanks for that fine review, Big Pete!  *y*
A really adventurous set with a good playability and neat traps!
That mayaesque stickers also very decent.
I think that the box art of these Indy sets is pretty cool too with all these 'action scene' pics,
nicely done, TLC. Overall, a very lovely set indeed.... tomb raiding on! :'-)

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:29 AM

Thank you for another excellent review Big Pete!


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Posted 16 December 2007 - 04:41 AM

Thank you very much for another great review, Big Pete  *wub*

This is a good set, but I probably won't be able to afford it with all of the rest of the lego coming out in 2008 |-/

Oh, I watched this scene a few weeks ago, and the pilot is fishing while waiting for Indy to escape.

Thanks again you lucky lucky man  :-P

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 05:57 AM

Thanks for the great review!  I'll probably be picking this one up if only for the minifigs (how can you not complete your Alfred Molina minifig collection?) and the idol piece.

View PostTinyPiesRUs, on Dec 15 2007, 10:41 PM, said:

Oh, I watched this scene a few weeks ago, and the pilot is fishing while waiting for Indy to escape.
This is correct, and in pure serial film fashion, the pilot is has just hooked a big one just as Jones starts yelling for him to get ready to leave  ;-)

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:37 AM

View PostIndy565, on Dec 16 2007, 04:05 AM, said:

Yes, but I don't live in the UK. Any idea how much it might cost in the US?

$59.99 is the US price. Already up for pre-sale on Amazon.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 11:31 AM

View PostTinyPiesRUs, on Dec 16 2007, 04:41 AM, said:

Oh, I watched this scene a few weeks ago, and the pilot is fishing while waiting for Indy to escape.

View Postthe enigma that is badger, on Dec 16 2007, 05:57 AM, said:

This is correct, and in pure serial film fashion, the pilot is has just hooked a big one just as Jones starts yelling for him to get ready to leave  ;-)

Ahhh ... thanks ... now I want to go out and buy the Trilogy on DVD!  It's cheap too ... under 20 for all three at the moment.

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 11:33 AM

No hovitos? NO!
Ah well, if I get more pirate sets next year i'd use the Islanders as hovitos. In the video game they have the same torsos.

I'd really like to get this, maybe in June I'll have luck. :'-)

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 12:20 PM

this set is pretty nice i love the idol id probably buy the set just for that  :-D  lol is it just me or in the earlier concepts of this set we saw a native on the box? i wonder why they removed it  :-(  *wacko*

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:07 PM

Tks so much Big Pete for thisd awsome review of yet another fantastic Indy sets !! Its clearly one of the best lines of all times with SW  8-
That idol is superb and I love all the details of that set: loads of cool defense mechanisms, sweet vegetation and yeay another black carrot torch  :-P
And those MFs are really nice !! I am so happy to see Lego go dark tan  *wub*

Now I clearly can't wait to enjoy building this set  ;-)

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:28 PM

i just noticed another inconsistency between box art and the actual set ... on the box, the biplan has white wing supports (they're just plane windows without glass in them) and yet the set they are dark grey (or is it bley ... can never tell the difference without careful study).

Add to that ... the outer of the engine at the front is white on the box and black in the set.

We don't normally have this many inconsistencies do we ?

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 01:45 PM

This set is so cool... and another must buy!  :-$ I'm in trouble next year it seems... The figs are great!  *wub* I think the plane is only OK; perhaps they should have made that in a separate set as it needed to be a certain size to fit the figs, but that meant that the tail is way too short. Here is a picture of the actual plane so you can see what I mean. (Notice the pilot is fishing... ;-) )

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The temple is another story; I think Lego have done an incredible job with this, fitting in the key parts of this sequence without making an absurdly large model. Addtionally, there are many parts in this set that I haven't got so it shouldn't be too hard to justify. X-D

Thanks for another great review.  *sweet* I love the photo of Indy running with the idol and the boulder close behind.  :-P

View PostNaith, on Dec 16 2007, 10:20 PM, said:

lol is it just me or in the earlier concepts of this set we saw a native on the box? i wonder why they removed it  :-(  *wacko*
I recall that too.  :-/  

EDIT: Yes there was one...
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View PostBig Pete, on Dec 16 2007, 11:28 PM, said:

We don't normally have this many inconsistencies do we ?
Quite annoying ones too. I think the plane looks better with those being white.





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