Here is a review of the new Monster Dino creator set with power functions
First lets start with the box which is much larger than it needs to be!!
It is one of the new style re-closeable boxes rather than the rip the sides style.
This set is typical of creator and comes with three sets of instructions.
The Monster Dino a kind of spider and a Crocodile
The set comes with two of the new motors one small and one large, a sound module plus the new IR controler and receiver.
There is a mix of techniques in this set the core is mainly studless technic, there are some studded technic parts and most of the details are standard creator style.
There are two mechanisms one to control the legs and one to control the head and arms.
The leg drive is from the large motor
and the arm and head are operated from the small motor
The completed mechanism will stand on its own without any detail added
The detail is added to the base unit to complete the model.
The operation of the Dino is very good the design for the motors and drives is very compact and well thought out. The walking motion works well although there is no steering and it will fall over it it encounters obstacles.
The sound module is built into the head so when the mouth opens the Dino roars (sort of)
Glyman made the comment that this set is ugly as sin and I tend to agree I think there are too many colour variations with different shades of grey, black and that lime green :-P which confuses the look of the finished model but I guess it might apeal more to younger kids.
I also do not like the spikes along the back, which glow in the dark, because the are loose and keep falling off.
This set is not cheap at ï¿½70 but I guess this is because of the motors and IR controller. While on this I was surprised how good the range was on the new controller it would still operate ever when not in direct line of sight.
I would give this set a 10/10 for playabilityit has kept the kid amused for hours
I would give it 6/10 for value for money it is a bit pricey
Overall 8/10 It took approx 3 hours to build and has been well played with
I have posted some more images and some videos of the finished models on my brickshelf page HERE
If you have any questions please ask
Edited by WhiteFang, 23 May 2009 - 06:28 PM.