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REVIEW: 8967 Gold Tooth's Getaway


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#1 Dark Wanderer

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:32 PM

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Gold Tooth seems to be obsessed by gold; he even goes so far as to have a golden gun and gold hair, and now even steals gold dinosaur statues from museums and rides away on his motorcycle, closely pursued by the Agent Swipe. Will the villain escape due to the inefficiencies of Swipe's tricycle, or will his motorcycle disintegrate under close scrutiny, allowing him to be captured? Will the entire getaway crumble, or stand proud? That is up to you.

Name: 8967 Gold Tooth's Getaway
Theme: Agents 2.0
Year: 2009 (summer)
Pieces: 68
Minifigures: 2
Price: USD 9.99, GBP 8.79, EUR 11.99


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Gold Tooth's Getaway: one of the smaller Agents 2.0 sets. Does Gold Tooth 'get away', or is he captured and brought to justice? This set has many facets of being, all of which must be examined closely. So what are you waiting for? On to the review!

The Box

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This set comes in a rather long and thin box; on the front, Gold Tooth, closely pursued by Agent Swipe, is hightailing it away from a museum, which he appears to have parked his motorcycle inside and had to drive down the steps to make his getaway. As an attention-grabber, it works quite well, with many shiny parts and swooshing motions. Of course, the Agents mini-comic is present, as always.

The Mini-Comic
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The Back of the Box
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The back of the box details Gold Tooth running away from a strangely smoking motorcycle while pursued by Swipe, along with the ever-present flick-fire missile system and the lineup of this summer's Agents 2.0 sets.

The Instructions

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The same image as on the box is present on the cover of the instructions...

Random Page
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...and the colors are fairly easy to tell apart, as they seem to be in recent sets' instructions...

Parts Manifest
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...the parts manifest is present and accounted for, as usual...

Extra Comics?!?
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...but there are the comics for both 8970 Robo Attack and 8971 Aerial Defense Unit?

And of course the "Win Lego Products!" page is present on the back.

The Sticker Sheet

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The sticker sheet's not too bad this time around and does add some interest to what would otherwise be blank areas, so I'm willing to tolerate it. Tweezers make these so much less painful.

The Parts

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All 68 parts in their bags...

Parts Unbagged

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...and out in the open. Interesting bits are the orange telescope (a delightful little thing, though I haven't found a use for it yet), the gold bits (the hair, the fire hose handle, and the dinosaur statue) the minifigure flick-fire gun-things of Space Police fame, and the new Agents vest.

The Minifigures

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Both fronts; Swipe's head appears to be a modified head that commonly appears in Town and was in several Mars Mission sets, while Gold Tooth is unchanged from last year. However, an interesting fact comes up at this point: Gold Tooth's hair appears to be gold. Wouldn't that weigh quite a bit? Either he has bizzarely strong neck muscles, or he's in direct violation of the laws of physics. The same goes for his gun. Neither head is double-sided, and the vest is printed.

Minifigure Backs
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As one may see, the vest has a stud on the back, and only Gold Tooth has back printing.

Extra Parts

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A few extra parts: more cheese slopes are always welcome, as are extra pneumatic t-connectors.

The Vehicles

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The vehicles are...rather mediocre, not really jumping out at one but not falling flat on their faces, either.

Tricycle Front
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The tricycle is quite simple, essentially three wheels on two Technic liftarms; the flick-fire missiles are attached to the Space Police minifig flick-fire devices, and can rotate freely....almost a little too freely, in fact.

Tricycle Back
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One may see here more clearly the missiles and the actual structural frame.

With Swipe
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And with the Agent on it.

Gold Tooth's Motorcycle
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Gold Tooth's motorcycle is essentially the motorcycle shell stuck onto a Technic frame; here one may see the orange telescope mounted on the front of it as a ....gun? Light? Odd orange thing? It's up to you. But of course, there's one major problem. No handlebars. Gold Tooth must have some pretty good balance, yes?

Side
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One may clearly see the Technic structure of the motorcycle from here, with multiple liftarms forming the frame.

Motorcycle With Gold Tooth
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And with Gold Tooth on it.

The Golden Dinosaur Statue
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I would buy the set just for the minifigures and this guy; he's quite nice actually.

Final Thoughts & Ratings

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The Ratings

Minifigures: 10/10 (Shiny gold hair? Agents vests? Back printing? What more could one want?)

Playability/Swooshability: 10/10 (One may have endless chases, until finally the villain is caught; the vehicles can roll freely, so playability is good.)

Design: 7/10 (The vehicles just seem to be lacking something that could really make them stand out. And no handlebars?)

Price: 8/10 (68 pieces for $10? I'd rather that it was $6 or $8.)

Overall: 8.7/10 (You might want to save your money for something bigger.)



Thoughts

This set I find mediocre: for one's money, one acquires two mini-figures, one exclusive to this set, and two decent vehicles, along with a golden dinosaur statue. I would recommend that if you want the Gold Tooth and Agent Swipe minifigures in a reasonably cheap set, go for it. However, if you're hoping for neater vehicles, more figures, and essentially more long-term fun, save your money for something like 8970 Robo Attack or 8971 Aerial Defense Unit. I would think twice before getting this set; while it has two nice figs and three gold-colored pieces, its vehicles aren't that great. (Would it have been that hard to put handlebars on? Really?) As a cheap(er) source of an Agents vest, it's fine, but taken at face value it's not the best. If you want it, spring for it, otherwise consider wisely. And with that, my time with you is done: fare thee well.

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Edited by WhiteFang, 08 July 2009 - 06:44 AM.
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#2 DoctorDude234

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:35 PM

Nice review. The set itself is awful, or at least the design is, but it seems to be a good way to get exclusive figures. I imagine these sets as escorts of, bigger, better wheeled sets. I can just see the Goldtooth jeep rumbling through the jungles, followed by 2 motorcycles. But, I plan to make a star wars speeder based on the bike, so thanks for the pics.
Oh, and one last thing. I believe that Gold tooth has a wig. I mean, hair doesn't come gold. Either that or its dyed.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:57 PM

*Sigh*  Wish the body armor didn't have any printing on it.

The trike looks cool, but the motorcycle not so much.  Need to snag a gold baby t-rex.

Good review.

#4 Dark Wanderer

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 02:36 PM

View PostUsernameMDM, on Jul 7 2009, 05:57 PM, said:

*Sigh*  Wish the body armor didn't have any printing on it.

The trike looks cool, but the motorcycle not so much.  Need to snag a gold baby t-rex.

Good review.

I might actually grab another one of these just for an experiment with removing the printing; I've found that rubbing it with an ordinary pencil eraser makes it wear off.

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 05:56 PM

Brasso is good too.
the MCW is a great place for print removal tips.

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 10:05 PM

Thanks for the review, I'll surely get one of this set once it hits the stores here.

You forgot to mention that Agent Swipe's tan hairpiece is unique to this set too, though.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:18 AM

Another interesting fact is that (as his name may suggest) Gold Tooth has... gold teeth! I think these are more than just gold fillings, so that would present a problem. Whenever he eats, it measure on the Richter scale! :pir-laugh:

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:58 PM

View PostDark Wanderer, on Jul 8 2009, 10:36 AM, said:

I might actually grab another one of these just for an experiment with removing the printing; I've found that rubbing it with an ordinary pencil eraser makes it wear off.
:cry_happy:  yes! does it work completely? If so I may buy this set to supplement with space police!

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:50 AM

View Postdannylonglegs, on Jul 10 2009, 07:58 AM, said:

:cry_happy:  yes! does it work completely? If so I may buy this set to supplement with space police!


It's quite a bit of work, unfortunately; the piece is hard to hold on to, and even more difficult to erase, but slowly and surely it's coming off.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 01:13 AM

Looks like a nice little set. The vehicles do seem to be lacking something.

I hope they make Swipe's face without the headset sometime in the near future. I'd like to use it for my sigfig.
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#11 MayTheBricksBeWithYou

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:48 PM

Thank you for this review. It made me go for the Agents 1 Mission 1 instead of this one for my little nephew. Might not be new, but it looked much better to be honest.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 01:37 PM

Thanks for the reveiw

Im not sure wether i will grab one ,  :sad:
But ifi do it would be just for the dino and the other gold elements.
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:05 PM

I am sure glad I read your review before I purchased your set! Now this set looks like a hunk of junk with the only bright spot being the body armor.
Imagine... a motorcycle with no handlebars... :sick:

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:55 PM

I am sure posting in old threads is not a good idea, but I had a quick question about Gold Tooth's motorcycle. Does the T-connector do anything in the bike? Doesn't seem to connect to anything. Not that I can get it out anymore.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 05:15 PM

View Postlego40k, on Aug 8 2009, 06:55 PM, said:

I am sure posting in old threads is not a good idea, but I had a quick question about Gold Tooth's motorcycle. Does the T-connector do anything in the bike? Doesn't seem to connect to anything. Not that I can get it out anymore.

The t-connector just stabilizes the connection a little, so the bike doesn't rock on its attachment point quite so much.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:08 PM

View PostDark Wanderer, on Aug 12 2009, 12:15 PM, said:

The t-connector just stabilizes the connection a little, so the bike doesn't rock on its attachment point quite so much.

Ah I see. I didn't notice that. Thanks a lot.



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