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Review: 8152 Speed chasing


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#1 The Cobra

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:54 AM

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Are you ready for the chase? Some say "it's better than the catch"

Set Data:

8152: Speed chasing
Year: 2008
Theme: Racers
Subtheme: Tiny turbos
Pieces: 142 (including extras)
Price: 10 USD / 10 EUR / ?? UKP
Building time: less than 20 minutes
MISB on review: Yes
More info: Brickset - Peeron

Box front and rear: Glow in the dark was the big news in 2008 Tiny Turbos; box rear shows alternate models and other TT sets of that year.
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Box sides: Since boxes are oversized, Lego always shows us a part of the set in 1:1 scale. That should usually be a minifig, but this can't be the case, so here's the runaway car. Also, learn how to write "Glow in the dark" in 5 other languages. As always, no Italian! (it should be: "Si illumina al buio")
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Box content: 3 separate bags, one for each model; instructions book, stickers.
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Sticker sheet: adding details. I wonder, does LR mean Lego Radio?
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Inventory pages: click to enlarge
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Random instructions page: SNOT technique on the Police car.
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Runaway car: Lime green and black, with red and glow in the dark cheese slopes and some chrome silver parts (that's a sort of chrome-y grey, not mirror chrome like some castle accessories). Building is easy.
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Runaway car: "Quad" mudguard on front, good ol' 4 wide mudguard on the rear. Slope Brick Curved 2 x 4 was a new piece in 2008; Slope Brick Round 1 x 2 x 2/3 with Flap and No Studs seems to be gone after last year. Yet, 2009 is a sort of comeback year for old pieces...
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Police car: Here we are again, two different mudguards. But the most original part of this car is the use of 8 "Brick 1 x 1 with Headlight" for those SNOT sides.
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Police car: (Trans) blue and red lights on car front, matching 2x1 tiles on the roof. Double red light on the rear (plate+tile). I would call this car a "low rider", if it wasn't for that rear spoiler. 2 Glow in the dark 2x1 tiles will host a sticker.
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Police car: Rear shot. This is the best model in this set.
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News copter: The lesser of the 3 models. It's just yellow, with black and grey and lights, no interesting pieces.
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News copter: Yes, there's GitD here too. It's that cheese slope right there on the front.
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Speed chasing: Comparison shot. Vehicles are now complete and ready to get stickered!
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Glow in the dark Cell pic. The best shot I could give at GitD elements. If you never owned any, let me tell you that they work great with solar light or some neon lights.
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Sticker time Final front shot
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Sticker time Final rear shot
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Alternate models: Overview (pic is different from the one on the box rear) and final building steps.
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Review:
A midi TT set, with more than one car and less than 6! Something that started good and turned out not-so-good, imho, with the 2009 storage containers. But, let's keep focused on this set. The police car is the stand-out model amongst the three. Classic black and white, surrounded by lights and with the GitD tile(s) on the front. The lime car is a bit weaker, mostly because of the heavy use of this color combo, started in 2006 and still used in 2009! The news copter is even weaker; I think the could have dared building a 3-wide, but that would have meant a massive use of 2x1 jumpers, and price increase. Still, it was something different from cars and trucks. And look at Street extreme, the Police copter looks a lot like this one.
The big news in 2008 TTs was Glow in the Dark; to me it looked simple and effective; I was hoping something alike would have happened this year too (chrome grey pieces would have been great; maybe some new colours) but that wasn't the case. Back to the point: this set looked appealing to me, along with cool colored 8151 Adrift sport, and was something of a plus because you could buy three (or, two and something) for the price of two. That price was even cut off throughout the year in Italy, so I could grab this one for 8 Euros only. A little of a steal!
I grew up with 4-wide cars, so it took a while to get used to TTs; I'm not fully addicted, I'm not even sure what 2009 sets I'll buy (if any), but I learned these sets are worth a look.

Rating:

Color scheme: 4,5/5. I Like both cars, though some might argue that lime and black has been used over and over again in Tiny Turbos. News copter is a bit boring, but it would have been hard to do something different on a 2-wide.

Minifigs and accessories: N/A. Obviously, neither.

Pieces: 4/5. I think GitD pieces are always welcome, so are trans 2x1 tiles. They are exclusive to this set (edit: they areo als available in the 7611 Promo), but they eventually turn into a 2x2 because of the sticker. GitD cheese slopes are to be found in 3 other TT sets (but you even get two extras here!). 8152 mostly consists of small pieces, that's why piece/price ratio is so high (14:1 if we count extras)

Playability: 4/5. Three vehicles and just two hands! I fear kids will soon forget about the news copter.

Design: 4/5. 5 for Police car, 4 for Runaway car, 3 for News copter.

Overall rating: 4,5/5. This rating is based on the comparison with 2009 sets, those with 2 cars and that folding box. This is cheaper, and comes with a copter. A sort of buy 2 get 3 offer that I really liked and TLC should consider.

The final words: Do you think 2008 TTs were the best in their line? So do I.

Edited by The Cobra, 31 May 2009 - 09:42 AM.
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#2 just2good

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:59 PM

Nice and short review. :classic:
But if the set didn't have GItD pieces, it would've been a been a poor set, mate. :sadnew:

#3 ILikePi

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:49 AM

Thanks for the review.  :classic:
I wish I could've gotten this set when it was on sale for around $6.
There's lots of cheese slopes, and some cool designs, too.
By the way, the set costs $12.99 when it was released, not $10. :wink:

I voted above average, since each car nowadays costs $5.

Edited by ILikePi, 24 May 2009 - 12:50 AM.

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