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#1 Kanal-K1

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:26 PM

1. BEFORE BUYING
Even if I am City fan, those new sized planes are really not mine cup of tea, my love to Lego is firmly frozen somewhere between years 1980-1995. Main reason to buy was, that I wanted to write a review at Czech Afol web Kostky.org. I bought it three days ago via web advertising, price was +- 35 USD.

2. AFTER OPENING THE BOX
As presumed, some very big parts and three bags, and as an additional bonus lot of Danish air free of charge. First sight told me, that this will be really short and easy building..

3. IMPRESSIONS DURING BUILDING
...and it was really true. 30 minutes of lazy building. Bag 1 - plane. Bag 2 - plane gondols with supports. Bag 3 - wings and propellers. When I saw the way, how is this plane made, I was strongly thinking to play Money for Nothing from Dire Straits as a music accordant with whole set.

4. IMPRESSIONS AFTER BUILDING - LOOKOUT
Juniorized creeps. This is my first plane in this scale and for 99% the last one. Lack of details, lot of ugly big parts, from whole set you can see the main development target - to keep RRP at some certain low level.
Inner space of airplane absolutely undone, no details, no luggage, no computers, nothing at all!! Just a lot, lot of air!  The very only details in whole plane are the stickered pilots desk and some kind of seat constuction.

5. IMPRESSIONS AFTER BUILDING - PLAYABILITY
But, what is playability at this set?  Hydroplane, which cannot float (as seen on enclosed photos) ? If TLC will make some new kind of big parts used for gondolas, to make the plane floating, they will for sure make no other damage. Juniorization couldn´t be higher. You even cannot drive across the carpet with the plane. So, how to play? Open the doors, open the cabin part, and turn with propellers? Weak, Weak, Weak!

6. RESUMED IMPRESSIONS
Sadly I must say, that at limited release sets TLCś boat seems to sailing to the worst part of the coast. After quite good 7344, perfect 7899 and 7900, strange, but acceptable 7998, juniorization came back with 7906, followed with this ugly Playmobilized 7732.

7. FINAL WORD
In fact, even 15 USD seems to be too much for this kind of set. 35 USD, expected RRP in our country, is really overpriced to hell. Neither set, nor minifig is not interesting. TLC maybe knows about juniorization as well, as nowhere on the box the number of pieces isn´t written. If you my AFOL friends want to spent your bucks, better give half of the price to African orphans. You will save your money, and you will have a good feeling!

All the photos you can see below, as I cannot upload onto this topic due to some limit..
http://www.kostky.or...c=15954.new#new

Edited by Kanal-K1, 16 January 2008 - 10:32 PM.


#2 Dr. Brick

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:44 PM

Ah great review Kanal-K1 (and welcome to EB!  :-D ), I was waiting for one of this set. Not that I was expecting anything good, I won't buy it.
I agree with thr playability, it does seem weak. What can you do with it. Swoosh it?  :-/
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#3 paul_delahaye

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:08 PM

I think this is one to leave on the shelf with the giant dump truck of 2006 and the hovercraft of 2007!

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 10:03 PM

A big thumbs down for me. This doesn't look like Lego at all :-|
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:54 PM

Howly cow!

This is  *y*  *y*  *y*  for you for making a review so fast! Thank you so much.  
Hope it keeps a lot of people from buying. :-|

View PostKanal-K1, on Jan 16 2008, 09:26 PM, said:

When I saw the way, how is this plane made, I was strongly thinking to play Money for Nothing from Dire Straits as a music accordant with whole set.
:-D LOL! :-D , great comment!

View PostKanal-K1, on Jan 16 2008, 09:26 PM, said:

This is my first plane in this scale and for 99% the last one.
This will never be my first or last plane and that for 100% :-X

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:02 AM

Review gets  *y* *y* , ugly plane gets :-X.

Thanks for the review!

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:14 AM

Thanks for the review, but Its an utter pass for me on this one - I already have a huge juniorized plane from the airport set - one is enough for me!  :-$
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:55 AM

I have the big passenger plane so I'll be passing on this one.  One big juniorised plane is enough for me!

If I didn't have the passenger plane though I'd rather get the Cargo plane.  There's enough Police in my city as it is!

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:22 AM

Am I the only that one that thinks it is not SO BAD???????????????????????What I am trying to say is wouldn't planes be this big in real life???I know it has a lot of big pieces but how would they make them any smaller,or how would they the big pieces into a bunch of tiny pieces?well any way I do think in some cases that if there is any "juniorized" involved it should be with duplo.                complaning OFF
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:48 PM

Thanks for the review!  *sweet* I am stunned at the lack of an interior... not that it makes much difference as I wasn't likely to want this set anyway as I own the passenger plane from last year. Sorry to steal your image, but I just had to post this!  :-P

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

Thks for this caustic review  :-D
I'll wait for the parts on bricklink.

I think you're a bit unfair with this small oversized submarine - oups sorry, I mean plane.
Here are some advantages I tried to imagine :
1. that's the first submarine with a plane nose,
2. That's the first unprinted nose,
3. That's the first shark that make me laugh, and which has a plain white fin
4. And at last, you should have notice that that the first submarine with a wing made of several plates

It is said that this set has more than 200 parts... Hide and seek !  X-D  You may have lost several bags
I'm eager that people buy this set a lot : I'd like to buy a lot of these new white 4x4x2 curved slope for my MOCs.

Can you take a picture of the plane crashing in the sink ? Is it fire proof ?

I think that will be too easy this year to decide what is the crap of year ...

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:52 PM

View PostSinner, on Jan 17 2008, 04:48 PM, said:

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This picture sums it all up and is quite symbolic.... Going down to Davy-Jones' locker for good.
Just pull the plug out of your bathtub. But wait... it won't fit through the drain because it's too big  :-(

Come on, they could have at least put one tiny little seat inside that horrible fuselage!

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 06:00 PM

Thanks for the review, unfortunately the pictures did not load for me! I have to say having seen other images, I do agree with your comments, the plane is far to big, and not enough details. That sums it up for me!
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 06:01 PM

View Postsimonwillems, on Jan 17 2008, 11:52 AM, said:

This picture sums it all up and is quite symbolic.... Going down to Davy-Jones' locker for good.
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#15 Kanal-K1

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 06:20 PM

View Postdaoudbazaar, on Jan 17 2008, 05:21 PM, said:

Thks for this caustic review  :-D
I'll wait for the parts on bricklink.

I think you're a bit unfair with this small oversized submarine - oups sorry, I mean plane.
Here are some advantages I tried to imagine :
1. that's the first submarine with a plane nose,
2. That's the first unprinted nose,
3. That's the first shark that make me laugh, and which has a plain white fin
4. And at last, you should have notice that that the first submarine with a wing made of several plates

It is said that this set has more than 200 parts... Hide and seek !  X-D  You may have lost several bags
I'm eager that people buy this set a lot : I'd like to buy a lot of these new white 4x4x2 curved slope for my MOCs.

Can you take a picture of the plane crashing in the sink ? Is it fire proof ?

I think that will be too easy this year to decide what is the crap of year ...


Great comments, ROFL, ROFL, ROFL. :-D  :-D  :-D  Concerning last sentence - I have seen or built hundreds of different sets issued since 1980 until now, but this plane is really a hot candidate not only for Crap of the year, but for Crap of the decade...
Last two days I thought about the sense of this set, and, finally, I was enlighted - I must call to my folks living in a small village, I am pretty sure, that they will be happy for a new house for their pullets.

Edited by Kanal-K1, 17 January 2008 - 06:31 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:56 AM

i have to agree with almost all of the replies here that This set is the most ugliest looking Lego Set I have ever seen. If I have never seen this set, and ppl showed it to me, I would have thought it would be some little kid's MOC or something (no offence!)

Huge juniorized pieces, bad color theme (i would say it would look better if the wing is white), no interior and huge DSS! I will avoid this set like the plague. I own the entire CITY line (except for the airport) and planning to get all the CITY stuff that Lego releases. But, this set will ruin my plans coz I will avoid it... unless someone gives it to me for free. haha  *wacko*

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:05 PM

View PostBrick Miner, on Jan 18 2008, 05:01 AM, said:

:-D - great picture
Agreed! :-D :-D Wonderful review, now I'll never even consider getting this set (not that I did before... X-D). Thanks for your insight!
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:15 PM

I'll probably get the nice green Cargo plane. But not this.

How can the same hull pieces be used for full size jets and what's supposed to be a small seaplane.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:40 PM

What I don't understand is what sort of crime this seaplane is exactly designed to fight that the multitude of other crimefighters in Lego City can't handle.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:26 PM

This still looks like a cool set but the price not so much.

Do all lego police set come with the polizei option or just ones from europe i have not bought a police set in years.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:59 PM

View PostLEGOMAN132, on Sep 11 2008, 07:26 PM, said:

This still looks like a cool set but the price not so much.

Do all lego police set come with the polizei option or just ones from europe i have not bought a police set in years.

LEGOMAN, why are you kicking a topic from the beginning of this year with such an irrelevant reply after all?!

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:02 PM

View PostLEGOMAN132, on Sep 11 2008, 06:26 PM, said:

This still looks like a cool set but the price not so much.

The price is now €20 in Ireland on S@H, which is reasonable considering the large fuselage pieces. Has anyone modded this set to make a reasonable looking plane? I am thinking of buy it to do so, but I don't want to take a risk and end up with lots of useless pieces. Aswell as -€20.
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