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#1 Tarfful

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:18 AM

This is a review of Speed Racer set 8159 Raxer X Vs Taejo. This is my second review and the first review of this paticular set and the only one on EuroBricks... at the moment X-D
So without further ado I present to you my review... (I like that saying so much I decided to use it again in this review, it's originally from my review of 8158, which can be seen here.)

Note: Sorry that this review got delayed, but there was a hostile takeover of the computer, X-O  don't worry everythings fine now. X-D

Set: 8159 Racer X Vs Taejo
Theme: Speed Racer
Price: $19.99US
Pieces: 237
Minifigs: 2

Note 2: I did not take photos of just the new pieces this time because they're the same "new" pieces as in 8158, just in diff. colors. If you want to see a picture of them click here.

First off pictures of the Box, Instructions, DSS, and Minifigs:
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Posted Image Not quite as many stickers as set 8158, but there still are quite a few.
Posted Image Can you guess which ones which? :-D
Posted Image Yes, Taejo's hair really is Red and Black, for Racer X's head TLG just reused the baddie's head from 7620. |-/

Now onto the build:
First Racer X's X Racer :-D (Thats not it's official name.. I think.) :-$
Posted Image Back end of the car.
Posted Image The cockpit, and yeah there are no seats for Racer X's hiny, just a flat 2x2 Dark Bley plate.
Posted Image The cockpit and rearend of the car connect using an S-shaped connector piece.
Posted Image The front part of the car.
Posted Image The fornt and the cockpit are also connected using an S-shaped connector piece.
Posted Image Adding some details including Yellow fenders.
Posted Image The underside of the car, so far.
Posted Image Adding some more detail.
Posted Image Newly added motor vents and smooth details.
Posted Image Adding a front bumper, amongst other things.
Posted Image Side view of the car, so far.
Posted Image "No backseat driving, wait a minute, there's no backseat!"
Posted Image The underside with newly added axles.
Posted Image Demonstrating how hubcap piece is put on the car.

Now onto Taejo's GRR (Glorious Red Racer) :-P
Posted Image Front part of the car.
Posted Image Cockpit, regular seats... check.
Posted Image Cocpit and rearend of the car connected using S-shaped connector piece.
Posted Image Adding some detail.
Posted Image The front part of the car.
Posted Image Front and cockpit connected also using the S-shaped connector piece.
Posted Image Adding some fenders to the car.
Posted Image Underside of the car, so far.
Posted Image Adding some smooth details.
Posted Image Taejos is the only car with an actual hood.
Posted Image Side view of the car, so far.
Posted Image Underside of the car with axels.

Now some finished shots of both cars:
First Racer X's fine Black and Yellow racer
Posted Image Reminds me of an older Ferrari from this angle.
Posted Image Up close and personal.
Posted Image I'm guessing the 3 holes are exhaust outlets.
Posted Image Racer X rollin'.
Now it's time for Taejo's Red racer
Posted Image "I could've sworn I ordered some hubcaps!" -guess who... Taejo
Posted Image Racer X admiring Taejo's fine red automobile.
Posted Image Up close with 'Big Red'.
Posted Image Rearend shot of the car.
Posted Image "I challenge you Racer X!" -Taejo
Posted Image Racer X bein' a complete badass and smokin' Taejo. >:-)

Now for some comparison shots:
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Posted Image (The Silver pocket knife is just to hold up Taejo's car.)
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Now a shot of the extra pieces:
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Now if you combine 8158 with 8159, you get this:
Posted Image "Go, Go, Go!"

Now it's time for the summary:
This set is an excellent buy at $20 dollars, it's well designed and has lot's of details, it also has very unique minifigs. (Which are always good in a set.)
It's only downfalls are the lack of acessories for the minifigs and that there are no cool contraptions on the cars, and by "cool" I mean lethal to the other racer(s).

Now to the scoring of the set:
Price:10/10
Pieces: 8/10 Too many stickers for such a small set.
Minifigs: 10/10 Unique and creative.
Playability: 9/10 Would have been perfect except for the lack of acessories and cool contraptions on the cars. (But both are easily modified/fixed hence the nine.)
Overall: 37/40 A great set!

Bonus: Try and count how many times my Silver pocket knife appears and win... the knowledge of knowing how many times the Silver pocket knife appears. :-P  :-D

This concludes the review, more pictures of either set 8158 or 8159 or both available through request, via PM-ing me. ;-)
See ya' next time folks... of course I don't mean that literally X-D ...


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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:32 AM

29 times!
Great review, these are some sweet lookin' rides. :-D Very similar to the other set, but still great. *y* Thanks!
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:35 AM

Those are some beautiful cars, thanks so much for the review! *sweet* Of the two, I like Taejo's one best, as red is my colour. >:-) A perfect car for you and the bird to roll round in. :-D

I like the windscreen pieces, they're new right?

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:11 AM

I saw ur pocket knife 20 :-D  times yay do i win 8-| mm anyway great reveiw can't wait til these come to my stores. Btw i don't know which one to get so could you reckomend me one? thanks and great reveiw! *y*
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:52 AM

Great review! I personally do not like the stickers very much. It's great that you show us the cars without stickers. Hehe, it look nice! Was thinking why other characters do not have a visor in front of their helmet

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 10:57 AM

View Postwhitefang_sg, on Mar 24 2008, 09:52 AM, said:

Was thinking why other characters do not have a visor in front of their helmet

Yeah, They're supposed to have see-through visors over their eyes like this:
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:50 PM

View Postiamded, on Mar 24 2008, 02:32 AM, said:

29 times!
Great review, these are some sweet lookin' rides. :-D Very similar to the other set, but still great. *y* Thanks!
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Curses! You beat me to it. :'-(  Anyhow, I saw it 29 times as well. I'm probably gonna get the truck and the Grand Prix. Racer X was a letdown; I expected a kickass awesome unique head and all I get is Bruce Wayne rubbed in my face again. *sing*  (that is me screaming)

Anyways, these sets look cooler and cooler! More reviews! I must see more! *y*
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 01:33 PM

Wow! Not as cool as the other set but awesome nonetheless...I can see that red car being a sportscar for City. And I hope that Bruce Wayne head does't become of liscened themes that the sunglasses face for City  :-|

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:30 PM

View PostRonan Nissen, on Mar 24 2008, 06:57 PM, said:

Yeah, They're supposed to have see-through visors over their eyes like this:
Can't wait for Speed Racer Lego!

Haha, thanks for the lovely pic. If LEGO had such helmet, it will be great!  :'-)

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:50 PM

A very good review, thanks GeneralTarful.  *y*
That´s an interesting set for sure, and especially the red car looks really fine. Air intakes, very nice....  :'-)

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speed racer GO! >:-)
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 10:29 PM

Thanks for the review General Tarful! I only saw the knife 27 times  :'-(
I like this set, but I probably won't justify the price, the other set has orange ( *wub*) and THE Mach 5, as well as better fleshie head I reckon.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:43 AM

First off I would like to thank you all for your feedback. *sweet*

View Postiamded, on Mar 24 2008, 01:32 AM, said:

29 times!
Great review, these are some sweet lookin' rides. :-D Very similar to the other set, but still great. *y* Thanks!
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I counted only 28 times. X-D  Thanks Iamded, and yes they are very similar.

View Postdragonator, on Mar 24 2008, 01:35 AM, said:

Those are some beautiful cars, thanks so much for the review! *sweet* Of the two, I like Taejo's one best, as red is my colour. >:-) A perfect car for you and the bird to roll round in. :-D

I like the windscreen pieces, they're new right?
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View Posthollisbrick, on Mar 24 2008, 02:11 AM, said:

I saw ur pocket knife 20 :-D  times yay do i win 8-| mm anyway great reveiw can't wait til these come to my stores. Btw i don't know which one to get so could you reckomend me one? thanks and great reveiw! *y*
Nope. :-P And thanks Hollisbrick. They are both really similar so it really depends on which colors you use more in MOC-ing, or which characters you like more. My personal choice is 8159 as it has cooler minifigs, except for Racer X's recycled head :-|, and the colors are more useful to me. Then again if you're like Batbrick the only thing that matters is if a set has Orange in it. :-P  

View Postwhitefang_sg, on Mar 24 2008, 03:52 AM, said:

Great review! I personally do not like the stickers very much. It's great that you show us the cars without stickers. Hehe, it look nice! Was thinking why other characters do not have a visor in front of their helmet
Thanks Whitefang_sg, I don't put the stickers on because they can be very valuable latter on down the road. Yeah me too, but in 8159 you get an extra black visor.

View PostRonan Nissen, on Mar 24 2008, 04:57 AM, said:

Yeah, They're supposed to have see-through visors over their eyes like this:
Can't wait for Speed Racer Lego!
When TLG makes a helmet like that, Hell will freeze over, we will finally get a proper open helmet Clone Pilot.

View Posttrooperdavinfelth, on Mar 24 2008, 06:50 AM, said:

Curses! You beat me to it. :'-(  Anyhow, I saw it 29 times as well. I'm probably gonna get the truck and the Grand Prix. Racer X was a letdown; I expected a kickass awesome unique head and all I get is Bruce Wayne rubbed in my face again. *sing*  (that is me screaming)

Anyways, these sets look cooler and cooler! More reviews! I must see more! *y*
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View Postdarthperson8, on Mar 24 2008, 07:33 AM, said:

Wow! Not as cool as the other set but awesome nonetheless...I can see that red car being a sportscar for City. And I hope that Bruce Wayne head does't become of liscened themes that the sunglasses face for City  :-|
Why is it not as cool as 8158? *wacko* Yeah me too.

View PostAsuka, on Mar 24 2008, 03:50 PM, said:

A very good review, thanks GeneralTarful.  *y*
That´s an interesting set for sure, and especially the red car looks really fine. Air intakes, very nice....  :'-)
You're welcome Asuka, and yeah the red car is fine.

View PostBatbrick, on Mar 24 2008, 04:29 PM, said:

Thanks for the review General Tarful! I only saw the knife 27 times  :'-(
I like this set, but I probably won't justify the price, the other set has orange ( *wub*) and THE Mach 5, as well as better fleshie head I reckon.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 08:09 AM

Again, nice review!

LEGO should have used this for their helmets, you can put a (protecting)glasses(don't know the name) in front of it:
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View PostGeneralTarful, on Mar 25 2008, 01:43 PM, said:

Nope. :-P And thanks Hollisbrick. They are both really similar so it really depends on which colors you use more in MOC-ing, or which characters you like more. My personal choice is 8159 as it has cooler minifigs, except for Racer X's recycled head :-|, and the colors are more useful to me. Then again if you're like Batbrick the only thing that matters is if a set has Orange in it. :-P  

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Thanks *y* probably will get this set although the orange..oh the orange peices 8-� haha anyway once again thanks for the reveiw, and meditate on the decision i will *yoda*  X-D
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Nice!  It is probably the only Speed Racers set I will buy - and I will buy multiples!  Those cars look awesome.
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Thanks for the review. And for giving me directions  :-P

I think the design of these two cars looks to be better than in the other set. The drivers are positioned lower compared to the windscreen and the design of the front on th red car is really nice.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for the review, mate. I may get this as well, so I can get Racer X. Axctually, I see what TLC's done here, splitting up the two more well-known characters, Speed and Racer X, so you have to get both sets.

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LEGO should have used this for their helmets, you can put a (protecting)glasses(don't know the name) in front of it:
Visor? I'd have to agree with you with regards the helmet. I would've preferred this, especially for Speed.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:07 AM

Speaking of pocket knives, I just got Speed Racer and Snake Oiler at K-Mart and might mod the helmet so it actually looks like the cartoon. The problem is - I don't want to shell out two bucks for a clear visor!  >:-( By the way, I know trans-clear visors are non-production, but where did they come from? a pick-a-brick? if so, what store? Well at least if I do go through getting the elusive clear visor, it's not as bad as the insane $25+ red vader helmet!

This set is great. I would have gotten this along with the one I purchased, but I didn't have enough dough with me to get both.

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Crap, now I want these sets!! Great review!

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:42 PM

Very good review! These sets are a lot better than I expected, and for $20, I might have to pick up both!  
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