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#1 Holodoc

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 11:49 AM

Due to a larger BL order in the U.S. I couldnīt resist to add two Hopper Waggons to my train layout.
Hereīs a review of this fantastic set.

The box. Well, thereīs nothing really special about it.
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The open box with three polybags.
Note, that there are only three different colors used in that set (actually there are 4, but you canīt see the dark grey ones). Great color composition by the way. *wub*
And - NO STICKERS !!! - :-D
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Oooops - I opened the bags too fast. Help me, Iīm drowning! *sing*
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Not following the instructions, I built the wheels first to get the larger pieces out of the way.
Keep on rolling.
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This is the load of the hopper waggon. 11 round bricks altogether.
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When I opened the set, I was curious if it was a new colored set or an old one.
Luckily enough it was an old one, with old dark grey. I donīt know if TLC ever produced this set with bley.
From the following pic you can clearly see, that the set is an old one. Look at these slope bricks.
See what I mean?
All bricks are looking exactly the same!
Buy a set today means get at least three different textures on the slopes and maybe even more shades of tan. :-X  >:-(
I have said that in many other threads here and Iīm saying it again:
Back to the roots, Lego! You were able to produce good quality. Show us you can still do it! *sad*
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But now to the building.
Itīs a 6 x 24 train base plate youīre building on. Did I say I liked the colors? :-D
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This is the mechanism to unload the waggon.
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Built in the waggon with open gates...
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... and with closed ones.
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Almost done. This is the first time, I realized that minifigs actually can step on those ladders. :-$
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A short lift and the wheels are fixed.
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This darn mechanism! Wait, Iīm coming with my monkey wrench! >:-)
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Who opened that door again? Do I have to do it all on my own? :'-(
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Finally the work is done. Now have a brake.
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One shot from the front/back. You can see the car is really huge! 8-° I put it behind the red car of the 4512. Posted Image
That sure looked very strange.  *wacko*
The set fits a lot better to the other cars of the "My Own Train" theme than to the older ones.
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The Score:
Brick selection:             10/10   excellent color and brick selection (these were the days...)
Playability:                     9/10     great unloading mechanism
Price/piece count ratio:    8/10     at peeron it says 20$, I got it for 39,95$ -> 30€/228 bricks. Not really cheap, but worth every cent! :-)

Overall rating:               9/10    and a definity "must buy" for rolling stock lovers.
Sad enough itīs not available on S@H any more. But there are still sets on BL and ebay.

Thatīs for now folks, thank you for reading.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 11:58 AM

Great review of a great set!  *wub* I look forward to more!





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Posted 15 August 2007 - 12:53 PM

Great review. Very funny with "little you" helping with the building. I got the wagon myself, i really like it. What more did you get?

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:01 PM

View Postmorten_sonne, on Aug 15 2007, 01:53 PM, said:

Great review. Very funny with "little you" helping with the building. I got the wagon myself, i really like it. What more did you get?

Morten

Loved the review

Does anyone know if "My Own Train" sets still available in shops in the UK or just from ebay, BL, etc?

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:56 PM

Wow, youīre pretty strong, especially for a hologram.  :-D
Thanks for that neat and funny review of a very fine set, Doc!  *y*

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 02:26 PM

View PostAsuka, on Aug 15 2007, 03:56 PM, said:

Wow, youīre pretty strong, especially for a hologram.  :-D
Thanks for that neat and funny review of a very fine set, Doc!  *y*


Lovelly review, great minifig aswell. I don't think LEGO ever produced these with bley.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:55 PM

Nice review about a nice set (I like this wagon, but don't buy it, because of the size, compared to my other wagons...).
Poor minifig who had to build an entire set! :-D

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 02:45 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 15 2007, 01:49 PM, said:

Oooops - I opened the bags too fast. Help me, Iīm drowning! *sing*
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very nice review for a set I'm not really interrested in. :-)

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 04:06 PM

*wub*  *wub*  *wub*  *wub*  *wub* Holodoc, I seriously have some love for your review!! You're in it and using a Fabuland wrench!!! Such a clever review with a great sense of humor!

I really liked this train set and it adds so much to a train layout, especially when you buy multiples. TLC is throwing away a potential gold mine by discontinuing this line. :'-( It is also nice to see those beautiful consistent slopes in that picture. It really is sad that TLC is letting quality slip. They don't seem to be responding to the issue they way they did the bley/frown fiasco. perhaps we AFOL need to make more of a stink! To the embassy!!! >:-(

Again great job Holodoc and thanks for sharing *sweet*  *y* What an excellent and fun review!!

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:27 AM

Thank you guys for your nice reply. :'-)

I have to add two pics of my freight train showing a bit more clearly what the size matter is about:

This is what it looks like when you put the Hopper Waggon right behind the red car of 4512.
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It looks a lot better without the red car!
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I had a lot of fun with this review and I will add another one (look at the 2nd pic  ;-) ) the next days.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 09:00 AM

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 17 2007, 05:27 PM, said:

I have to add two pics of my freight train showing a bit more clearly what the size matter is about:

This is what it looks like when you put the Hopper Waggon right behind the red car of 4512.
I see your point. It looks slightly out of place.. :-P





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Posted 17 August 2007 - 03:26 PM

Great review. I hope you mini-self is OK after all of that LEGO burying him  :-D

This is one of the great sets that LEGO has produced, since forever.
I think more sets like this should be manufactured  *wub*

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:20 PM

Excellent review Doc - Iīm glad you can get out of the holodec *y*!

I could see this done with other colors than blue also *sweet*!!

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 11:39 PM

View Postcopmike, on Aug 17 2007, 08:20 PM, said:

I could see this done with other colors than blue also *sweet*!!
Different colors?
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 11:45 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 20 2007, 08:39 AM, said:

Different colors?
No problem:

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:19 AM

Photoshopīs your friend...  *skull*

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:27 AM

Great review!  I loved the pic of your sigfig buried under legos  :-D
It's too bad Lego did not continue to make more of this style of set.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 11:30 AM

Great review,  *y*

I have just bought my first 9V motor and you have convinced me, I will buy a least two of this set.  :-)



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