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#1 metalandi

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:58 PM

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So here it is finally, my first ever review of a lego set..oh wait, it's actually 2 sets. So i don't really know how to do it right, but i'll try the best. (Sorry if some pictures are a litte bit dark, but i'm not really into photography and i got bad light here)

Let's Start with the Dwarf's Mine Defender:


Theme: Castle 2008
Set Name: Dwarf's Mine Defender
Number: 7040
Pieces: 86
Price: €9,99 (EUR)

First, as always, the box:

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The back, a few instructions on how the defender works, for those how don't know ;-) :

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And the instructions:

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We continue with the minifigs, sorry i forgot to make a closeup of the dwarf:

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And finally the mine defender itself, i personally think it isn't as bad as maybe some people think. The chain for the catapult is great i think:

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I kinda love those controls, the mechanism with the rubbe rband actually works pretty well, but only on a not-glossy underground.

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That's pretty much all of it, it's small but i like it a lot. So let's go on to the tower raid now, which would be my absolute favorite of those new sets.

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Theme: Castle 2008
Set Name: Tower Raid
Number: 7037
Pieces: 364
Price: €29,99 (EUR)

Again, first the box & Instructions:

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We got 2 sets of instructios here, one for the tower and one for the siege tower:

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The Minifigs, we got one archer and one soldier here, both with the torsos of the 2007 sets:

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Now thw orc side, starting with the great leader, with the new armor and the golden helmet (i love those pieces!):

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Closeup of the armor & helmet:

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Then we got another orc-knight:

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And the prisoner, with handcuffs!

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The Crownie Tower looks great overall, though there is something i don't really like about it, but later on that.

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Now the back, and that is what really bothers me, there areno walls on the first floor except the one with the wall-piece and the door, and theprison also is open at the back. The orc easily could jump out there:

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Not sure what these are all about, they really don't add much to the set:

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Enough rant now, let's go on with a pretty sweet detail, the golden crystal on the little table:

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The wall piece on the first floor you can ram in:

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And finally the very best thing of this set, the amazing orc siege tower!

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From the front:

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The great working ram, you can pull it back very far and it got pretty much power:

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Here we got another sweet detail, the siege "platform" that moves out by pulling a cord in the back of the tower:

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Finally a picture of a bit siege action:

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If you ram in the lower wallpiece, the brown shelfs of the prison-floor collapse and the prisoned orc is finally free!

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Summary:

Likes:

As i mentioned before, i really think that's the best ever produced siege tower, it's got so mich details and works extremely well, also the overall look of it is magnificant. The destroy-mechanism of the tower is pretty cool too, the brown door is a fine detail too. Nothing much to say about the mine defender, i like this little set, and there's nothing really to bother about it.

Dislikes: The Back of the tower. That's really the only thing that's a bit bad imo, they could have put there 2 more walls on the first floor and something to lock the prison easily.


Final Thought:

The Tower Raid for me personally is the best of the 2008 sets so far, it's got great playability and looks simply good. My opinion: Buy it!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:20 PM

Tks for these cool reviews metalandi !!

I love these orc sets !! I am so going to get these  ;-)

I'm happy to see that scared face again (I love it really !!) and the use of that handculfs !! That new armour looks really cool

That tower is really nice and I wont mod it that much which os cool and the battle ram is freaking sweet !!

Tks again for sharing  ;-)

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:23 PM

Great review, pictures and all!  Thanks for showing all the mechanisms of the tower, I didn't notice them from either the pics we had or the instructions--it didn't hit me that when you knock down the wall the second floor breaks.  That is a genius idea.  

This looks like a superb set, unfortunately my priority right now is the Troll Warship.  Still, if that really is U.S. $80, I might skip it and go for this instead, which is only $20 US.  

One note, though.  I think there might not be a back cage on the second floor of the tower so that the mechanism can work.  Did you try to see if the second floor ground still falls if you add it a fourth cage wall?  

Also, you could just pretend that the tower is built against a mountainside.  It would fit perfectly and add more defense to the Knights.  

Great review!   :-)

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:26 PM

Tks for those so much!! :'-)  *y*  Nice reviews!

I love that tower raid, and the defender, and will buy them both.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for these fantastic review.

It's the first time I take a good look at these sets.
There is a good chance I'll buy the Dwarf's Mine Defender, especially for that price.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:45 PM

This set didn't come with the new jail door piece? I'd have guessed it would have, since there is an orc in prison.

Nice review. I'm looking forward to picking up these sets.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 07:15 PM

Thank you for these fine reviews, metalandi.  *y*
There´re really some nice playable features in the Tower raid set, and all these
great Orc torsos, just sweet! And it even looks like that black Orc-armor´s a new
piece, lovely....  :'-)

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 07:34 PM

Cheers for the reviews.

They're both nice sets, and I think I just may have to buy both. Or maybe I'll get two of the dwarf set? The figs in each are really cool as well. The dwarf, well, they're just cool anyway, but the troll with the golden helmet and armour, that's just  *wub*
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 08:51 PM

Thanks for the double review, I like the Dwarf catapult but the real deal is the Tower Raid set. I love that Siege Tower and love that new armour, can't wait to get it.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 09:28 PM

The Tower Raid has the best price per piece ratio in the whole 2008 line.

Thanks for the review ^_^

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:08 AM

Thanks metalandi! These are 2 great sets, I'm definately looking forward to seeing these in New Zealand stores! The collapsing floor/prisoner freeing mechanism on the tower is wonderful, a great touch. Some slight modifications, like, some walls, will make this perfect. And the Dwarf's Mine Defender is a sweet little set, with some neat minifigs. Thanks for the reviews! *y*
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:40 AM

Thanks for these great reviews! *sweet*

The dwarfs mine defender looks interesting, the figs though are  *wub*
The only thing missing is a weapon for the dwarf and some shields

The battering ram and tower are awesome! 8-°
The Troll King with new torso, helmet, and body armor is simply amazing
I like how the troll is handcuffed  :-D

The tower shows nice detail except for the poor "brig" .
I love that gold crystal!

The battering ram is a thing of beauty!
$30 for the Tower and Ram and $10 for the Defender are very well priced!

I still want the Battle Wheel more though! Damn Exclusives! :'-(  >:-(

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:49 AM

Thanks for the review, I personally think the siege tower is probably the best one which Lego has ever produced.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 02:48 PM

Well, I don't think Orcs are that sturdy, seeing that they'd have to jump from the second level of the tower, I don't see survival as his chief objective! :-P  Awesome review! I'm loving these sets more and more! The Tower Raid is DEFINITELY the best and the cheapest set there! >:-)

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:41 AM

*sweet* WOW!! Another excellent review! Haha, that tower does reminds me of KK II of Mistland Tower =x
Well, overall, i love these 2 sets very very much  *sweet*

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:10 PM

Thank you for the nice review.

Pity the tower is not designed better, but I still want to buy these 2 sets. If only there were 2 dwarves in the DMDefender.
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 10:32 PM

I got myself today 3 Dwarf's Mine Defender and I have to say that sets does suck big time: the plastic rubber band doesn't do squat, and 3 wheels i really not enough.
I only built 2 of those and changed the front of it with 4 wheels and no plastic rubber band and I changed the 2x2 dark bley plate.

Its still looks good but the crappy rubber band system is really not well thought off.

Anyhow my Orc army is growing  >:-)

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:03 AM

View Postxwingyoda, on Mar 1 2008, 06:32 AM, said:

Its still looks good but the crappy rubber band system is really not well thought off.

*yoda* i totally agreed with your comments. The rubber system is not effective at all. I bought 2 defenders recently and i found out that when the wheels move, the rubber just stuck there without rotating the blades at the front  :-/ I have not really found a solution for mine yet. So far, i only took out the rubber band, placing the blades on the ground, removing of the red technic part on the left side. In this way, when the defender is moving on smooth ground, the blades will move too  ;-)

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

Thanks for the great review. *y*   The siege tower does look great.  I'll have to look out for these sets.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:35 PM

Hello Eurobricks!
My first post  :knight:
Yesterday i will buy this two sets!
I'm waiting for the packs!
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:54 PM

Well you didn't say anything wrong yet undead army officer  :thumbup:

I perfer using the Batle wheel to knock down the Tower's walls, not the seige tower  :knight:
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:53 PM

View PostThe Rancor, on Apr 22 2008, 05:54 AM, said:

I perfer using the Batle wheel to knock down the Tower's walls, not the seige tower  :knight:
I love all the siege machines the orcs have, they are certainly a much bigger threat than the skellies.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:19 PM

Yeah, the open towers are kinda funny, although they were also typical of (for instance) 90s pirate sets. The trolls' vehicles are cool though. They look evil. I can't wait to start collecting '08 Castle sets...(I didn't buy any Castle in '07, I only got one set for Xmas, so I'm catching up on the '07 stuff first before it's all sold out)
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:28 PM

Now that this topic has been brought up again, I just want to say that the rubber band on my Dwarf Mine Defender actually works  :sweet:

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:44 PM

:cry_happy: They're so beautiful... :cry_happy:  

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