Here is the box, I have to say I love the art on it. It's very colourful and makes the truck look a lot less crap than it does on the box. Plus, you have to love the "Missile launching action" bit right, am I right? Why are you all staring at me?
And here is the back. Pretty generic, but shows some nice details and so forth.
Oh dear! In turning around the box have I killed myself AND iamded!?
Okey dokey, up first is the best part of the entire set: the minifigs! Racer X is wonderful, though coming with a boring Bruce Wayne face. But it is Cruncher Block, his lady Driver Taejo that really shine. Look at those awesome suits! The cool faces! Taejo has a ripped shirt!
Now up is the first building part of the set, with me and iamded looking rather slick in X's car. While I'm not a big fan of yellow, it is very nice, and slopes in an underused colour is better than no slopes at all:
Front view, the new windshields are fantastic:
While a very cool car, it is rather silly of TLC to give us the exact same one we got in the smaller set. I didn't get the smaller set with this car, so I'm still happy, but it is a bad marketing move:
Sorry iamded, I know it's your birthday, but......VROOM!
Now for the second part of the build and my favourite, the front of the truck:
Annoyingly enough, this part opens up to shoot a pointless rubber projectile:
To do this, you open the roof (a nice detail btw) and pull back the mechanism, here:
Thus blowing the front part open and launching it.....well, not far really
The wheels and covers are pretty cool, and the front is nicely designed, the red looks good and the rear vision mirrors are a great touch.
And now for the most disappointing part - step three, the trailer:
(Note - Clicky joint piece not part of set, just used to hold it up!)
That's right, almost the entire thing is open, even the "filled in" side has holes! I'd certainly be cared to be back there, one bumpy hill and back you go!
I didn't put the lame computer stickers on, and the control area is pretty lame in general. Not to mention Taejo (who is depicted on the boxart as standing at the desk, would most likely just be sucked out the back at those speeds!
There are some pluses too though, like the ridiculously awesome minifig paintings I'll be using for Wayne Manor. Also note the "control" on Cruncher's desk that when turned, turns the gun at the bottom. It's an alright feature:
Here is an example, I've shot iamded on his birthday. What? It's a love ray! Haven't you seen the Care Bears?
And though I'm not a massive fan of stickers, this is just too cool. The little aquarium is very simple but very clever, using a printed piece between two clear windows to create the illusion of a tank:
It looks much better in real life, trust me, and here is a side view to better explain:
Now, to connect the two is a good thing, I like the way a simple technic piece assumes the job.
Oh, and behold my hand!
The completed truck, which, while a mixed bag, still doesn't look too bad (I guess):
Now the completed set, which, despite its unbelievable large flaws, still looks cool. (Warning, the kickass iamded and Batbrick figures do not come with this set):
More pics here:
All in all:
Minifigs: 5/5 - Racer X is beautiful, Cruncher Block and the Driver too, and Taejo has a ripped shirt, damn!
Design: 2/5 - Pretty poor considering the best part is available in a cheaper set, and only the front part of the truck looks cool, but still not truly awful.
Build: 3/5 - Despite having a bad trailer, it was a fun build and sometimes you need something that doesn't take ages to make.
Price: 2/5 - Overpriced easily, but Rogue Shadow is worse!
Fun: 3/5 - The mere concept of such an open truck kept me playing with this baby for hours!
Total: 15/25, not as bad as it would seem.
Overall I'm really glad I bought it as the minifigs are fantastic and the paintings and fish tank are cool. It's fun, stupid and downright ridiculous, but while not a great set by any means, certainly isn't as bad in the brick as it looks in photos.
Until next time, Batbrick Away!
Edited by Batbrick, 13 June 2008 - 12:20 PM.