I'm surprised to not find any review for Power Miner's flagship set. So I'm going to review it. It's my first review, hopefully you'll like it.
Set# - 8964
Name - Titanium Command Rig
Theme - Power Miner
Year - 2009
Piece Count - 706
Minifigs - 5 (including rock monsters)
MSRP - US$99.99
I'll go through the play features later.
It comes in 5 numbered bags and 1 unnumbered bag and bunch of other things. Bag 1 has been assembled already.
The minifigs. The miners are the standard crews. Not that interesting.
The red rock monster's left arm can function as a catapult. You trigger it with the switch on the back. The catapult arm on my monster is a bit loose. Not sure if it's just mine.
The small rock monster is in another bag. I'll show it later.
All minifigs have back print. Pretty standard for PM.
Two instruction books. It's weird that one is horizontal and the other is vertical. And they are different sizes.
If you can't see, it comes with 50 black technic pins, plus 3 extra. Just from this you can tell that this set is pretty technic heavy.
DSS. It's pretty small for a set this size. Not going to apply.
Bag 1 makes the frame. The printed keyboard piece is interesting.
After Bag 2, those wheels are HUGE.
Half way though Bag 3 and end of instruction book 1.
You can't see very well. But I hate the way the hook is done. If you want to take this set apart, you need to untie the knot. Else the pulley is stuck with the string.
After Bag 3, the crane is finished. And here is the blue rock monster.
Interesting way to do inversion. Although I'm not sure it's necessary here.
Bag 4 makes the tower. It's very sturdy with all the technic poles.
And finally after bag 5, it's done.
The best part of this set is that it TRANSFORMS. It not only transforms, after transformation all the functions still works. It's probably one of the best transformation design I've seen.
The only flaw with the transformation is that the control room is slanted when it's upward. But it's not that bad.
Now let's go through all the functions listed on the back
2. Main drill spins when moving forward. In fact the dark gray section of the drill spins in the opposite direction, which is pretty cool.
Here's how it works
There are wheels beneath. When spinning the wheels pull another set of gear-like things...
Which spins the black axle in the middle, which spins the drill.
And in its upward position, you can spin the gear with your hand and in turn spins the drill. So the drill works in both formations.
Clearer image of the wheel in the tower position.
3. The crane itself can be raise and lowered with a lever that controls a gearbox.
4. The hook can also be moved up and down with a gear. Again I don't like the way the string is attached on this section neither.
5. The other hook that I mentioned earlier can be used to err... hook onto things... Not exactly useful.
6. You can put the cage inside. And it's possible with both forms.
7. Throwing rock monster
8 & 9 flick fire stuffs (dynamite and net)
Also the control room's roof comes off.
I'm not going to give a score because I think it's meaningless. So I'll just talk about how I feel about this set.
Design: I love its design. The transformation and drill function are just great. The whole set feels very technic. I'm not a technic builder. I never had any technic sets. But I think technic design works great here. It gives the whole thing an industrial feel. It is a little shaky when you pick it up. But you can't help it when it's bigger than a modular house and with only 1/3 the brick.
Build: A little challenging, but in a very good way. It's not boring and repetitive. When you finish and see all the pieces and functions come together, it feels great.
Playability: If I'm still a kid, I'd be playing with this all day non-stop. With all the functions, this set is very playable.
Minifigures: Depends on what you have already. If you have all the PM figs, then it's just a repeat. I didn't have any big rock monster, so I wanted one. But after getting it, it's not as good as I thought. It's a bit unstable with it's tiny legs and large body. Plus the arms are a bit loose on mine.
Parts: Some parts are interesting like banana and printed keyboard, if you don't have one already. But overall there aren't any parts that stand out as rare and useful. There are quite a few rare but specialized parts, like the big wheel, the drill and the crane.
Price: I think $100 is a bit expensive for 706 pieces, especially when 50 are black pins . But I got it after a 25% discount. At $75, it's not as bad.
Overall: It's a great set with lots of cool functions and playability. I'd definitely recommend it when its on sale.
Some extra pics
The new rock monster is bigger than it's predecessor. But I like the old one better. It's much sturdier and less cartoonish.
Recreation of the cartoon from one of the magazine.
The Power Miners have to face off with the Crystal King.
Drill, Drill the hell out of the monster
Crystal King: ARRRRRRRR!!!
Edited by WhiteFang, 01 March 2010 - 02:06 PM.
Indexed and poll added