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REVIEW: Indiana Jones 7199 The Temple of Doom


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#1 TheTacoMan

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:26 PM

Name: The Temple of Doom
Set: 7199
Theme: Indiana Jones
Subtheme: The Temple of Doom
Year: 2009
Pieces: 654
Minifigs: 6
Price: $129.99 AUD (on Lego S@H Australia)

Hi there, here is my quick, lightweight review of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom! While Svelte's review was incredible and all-encompassing (how could i top that?), I aimed for mine to be a quick 'What's what' concerning this set. I hope you enjoy it!

First off, the front of the box:
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And the Back:
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The contents of the box, 6 bags, 2 booklets, 4 curved track pieces and 2 sloped track pieces:
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The cast of this episode. Left to right, Willie Scot, Indiana Jones, Short Round, Mine Foreman, Cult Member and Mola Ram
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A close up of the Gaurds:
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Mola Ram is the real star of this set. His helmet is spectacular, and his shirt AND head are double side printed:
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A close up of our Heroes, Willie, Indy and Short Round. Willie and Indy are new Prints (well, Indy is only PARTIALLY a new print, as his shirt is a 'new' design as it is missing one sleeve):
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A close up of Willie. Everything about Willie is new (except for her face, which is from the Shanghai Chase set). New hair mold and new body/legs print:
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Like the Shanghai Chase set, Willie has a double sided head. Oh noes! Screaming Willie! Grab your ear plugs:
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A close up of a mine cart. It is designed so that the 'carridge' area can swing back and forth. I quite like the design on these:
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The first 'Trap'. As Indy and Willie's cart goes past the little lever on the left
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It swings around, placing planks of wood on the track. This mimics a scene from the movie, where Indy throws planks of wood on the track behind him
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And the cult members meet their High Speed doom!
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The second trap. As Indy passes below an abandoned mine cart, he sabotages it
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Pulling this pin out triggers the trap:
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Overhead shot of the same scene, showing the 5x1 bley cylinders that drop to crush Indy's enemies:
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And when the trap is triggered!
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When i built the set, it was kind of difficult for minifigures with long weapons (such as Indy's sword, or the cult member's shot gun) to fit underneath this mine cart. I made it easier by moving the track a single stud to the right, which you can see here
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Last of all, there's a cool little features at the end of the track. Here we see Indy furiously trying to slow his speeding cart
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To no avail! SMASH! It crashes into the barrister at the end, causing it to snap backwards.
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An overarching shot of the temple. It's supposed to sit over the right end of the track, but it is fairly easy to pick up and move independently.
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The Sankara stones have a cool little play feature where you can move them in and out of the skulls mouth/eyes. Here they are at the back
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And here they are brought forward:
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The knob on the left controls the trapdoor. What i really didn't like was the placement of the trapdoor over the mine cart track. In the movie, the trap door was a sacrificial pit that let to a heartless (pun intended) death of fire and brimstone. In this set, the helpless victim drops down to... a mine cart escape!
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So of course, I had to move the temple for this shot. Those two cool looking flame pieces at the bottom actually came with the set!
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Here's a closer shot of them:
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Here's a couple of vain attempts of me trying to photograph the whole thing. This set is WAY too long! It almost doesnt fit on my desk!
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This one is better quality, but the end is cut off:
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Lastly, i received the special edition GOLD minifig Keychain with this set! I think it looks quite cool, and was a nice little bonus ^^. Here's a picture:
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Here are my final scores:
Minifigures: 5/5 - They are all brand new prints (except short round, and partial Indy) and they are phenomenal!

Parts: 3/5 - The new track is very cool, but there are not that many other good parts. At times, it almost feels like it is just a mish-mash of random 'left over' parts and colours (such as the base of the temple)

Build: 4/5 - I'm not a big fan of building things in order of numbered bags, I'm an old school Lego fan, who likes to put all the pieces in a big pile and sort through them myself. Other than that, it was still fun to put together, very little repetitive monotonous stuff

Play Values: 5/5 - You can re-create many key scenes from the movie, plus the mine carts are fun as heck to play with!

Price: 5/5 - I was expecting to pay $150 at least for a set with this high piece and mini figure count, but it was only $130!

Overall: 4.2/5 - A solid set with few drawbacks, and a great price! It also has a couple of mini figures (Mola Ram, Temple Guards) that are bound to remain exclusive to this set for a long time

#2 sologuy369

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 02:38 AM

Your review only makes me want this set even more :wink: .Thanks for the humor.Hope to see your future reviews :tongue: .
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#3 Whittleberry

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 09:11 AM

View PostTheTacoMan, on Jul 22 2009, 12:26 AM, said:

To no avail! SMASH! It crashes into the barrister...
Say what now?
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#4 prof1515

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 11:08 AM

View PostWhittleberry, on Aug 3 2009, 03:11 AM, said:

Say what now?

He probably means barrier.  A barrister is a British word meaning a kind of lawyer.

#5 Inconspicuous

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:14 AM

Excellent review, The Taco Man! I know it's awfully hard to go up against Svelte's reviews (I've done it myself  :tongue: ) but I must admit, this is still a great review! After a while, you forget the little things, and repeat reviews can refresh them. I didn't even know that one of Indy's sleeves is missing! Once again, thanks for the review.

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#6 Nuju Metru

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:14 PM

Nice review, very nice... This set looks like a fun one, with a lot of cool minifigs. However, I doubt I'll pick it up, due to both the large price tag and my already long wish list.  :tongue:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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#7 samthelegoman1

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:39 AM

That Mola Ram fig better come in a smaller set!




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