I just picked up the Thunder Driller at Target tonight. It was the only Power Miners set they had, so I had to grab it. It was the first time I had seen any Power Miners in stores. I really want to get back to my Pirate Ship Project but I've still got one more big test tomorrow, so no heavy duty building. Instead, I thought this might be a fun little diversion for a bit.
Of course, the first thing to do is to get the little rock monster out of the bag:
I didn't apply the stickers, so this is what I had left over:
(See how nicely the TNT fits in the monster's mouth? It fits well enough that he can fully close his mouth.)
A strange feature:
The set is designed so that fire is shooting towards the pilot's crotch. I don't know what to make of this.
Another shot of the Minifig Backs, where I tried to show the alternate faces:
Sorry for the photo quality on that one.
Well, I wanted the rock monster pretty bad and he is really neat, so that's good. I guess this one is called Firox. He is a great little figure, and can easily eat a crystal or some TNT. Only time will tell what other bits he can eat.
I'm happy to get new colored crystals. Also, more TNT never hurt anyone. (Well, actually...)
The minifigs are pretty sweet too. The two sided torsos are good, the printed legs look great, and the heads are pretty good too. Both sides of the clean shaven guy's head look good, and the front (regular) expression of the other guy is pretty good too.
As for the vehicle... It's really freaking green. Lime green. Also, the bright orange highlights help to make this thing even more subtle.
Aside from the colors, it is actually kind of neat. I hate to admit that. The drill mechanism is quite clever. When you roll the whole thing forward, the drill spins, but the other drill piece spins in the opposite direction. Essentially, when the machine is coming towards you, you see the light gray piece spinning counter-clockwise and the dark gray piece spinning clockwise. The headlights look pretty good too. Also, I like the new vented slope piece (you can see it in the fire crotch picture) but I wish I had them in black instead of lime green. Even these big wheels are neat, though I have little use for them in the long run.
All things considered, this set probably wasn't worth $30. I would be happy with it for $20, but $30 is hard to justify. Especially considering I can get the rock monster and crystals (in different colors) and the TNT in smaller, cheaper sets. I may well pick up some of the smaller Power Miners sets if I see them, but I don't see myself getting the biggest one, unless I come across it on sale.
Edited by WhiteFang, 23 May 2009 - 06:52 PM.