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)
Price: USD 9.99, GBP 8.79, EUR 11.99
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!
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 Back of the Box
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 same image as on the box is present on the cover of the instructions...
...and the colors are fairly easy to tell apart, as they seem to be in recent sets' instructions...
...the parts manifest is present and accounted for, as usual...
...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
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.
All 68 parts in their bags...
...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.
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.
As one may see, the vest has a stud on the back, and only Gold Tooth has back printing.
A few extra parts: more cheese slopes are always welcome, as are extra pneumatic t-connectors.
The vehicles are...rather mediocre, not really jumping out at one but not falling flat on their faces, either.
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.
One may see here more clearly the missiles and the actual structural frame.
And with the Agent on it.
Gold Tooth's Motorcycle
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?
One may clearly see the Technic structure of the motorcycle from here, with multiple liftarms forming the frame.
Motorcycle With Gold Tooth
And with Gold Tooth on it.
The Golden Dinosaur Statue
I would buy the set just for the minifigures and this guy; he's quite nice actually.
Final Thoughts & 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.)
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.
"You're under arrest...for the violation of the laws of PHYSICS! By the way, how do you keep that hair on? Doesn't it weigh an awful lot?"
Brickshelf with a few more pictures
Edited by WhiteFang, 08 July 2009 - 06:44 AM.