Review: 7195 Ambush in Cairo
Posted 11 August 2009 - 06:33 AM
Crashing through the streets of Cairo, our hero Indiana Jones searches for Marion who has been captured by thugs. Dodging carts and market stalls, he finally catches sight of the abductors. But will an ominous swordsman bring his quest to an end? Decide for yourself!
Set Name: Ambush in Cairo
Set Number: 7195
Number of Pieces: 79
Price: 10.99 USD, 12.99 CAD, 19.99 AUD, 13.99 EUR, 9.79 GBP
Theme: Indiana Jones
Subtheme: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year Released: 2009
The box art displays a scene where Indy is dueling the Swordsman and Marion is hiding from the thug. The picture shows all the pieces of the set clearly.
The top edge shows the four minifigures that come with this set. The pictures are smaller than actual size, because of the small box.
The side shows a real-size Indy because it wouldn't fit on the top.
The back shows another scene. This one isn't too different from the front, but shows everything from a slightly different angle.
Box:: Thoughts: Fine box art, plenty of details on the sides, and a decent box size. It serves its function well.
Out come the contents! Only about half the box was filled.
Just instructions and two bags. No DSS or Lego Club Ads.
Exactly the same as the box art. The fold is not necessary and makes keeping them open a pain.
The minifig page and the start of the instructions. Yes, the first step is to put the Tommy gun in the barrel.
A random page where the cart is being built. A nice "burnt parchment" background is used throughout the booklet.
The parts inventory. I was under the impression they sorted it by color though.
An ad for the rest of the 2009 Indy sets. A review of one will be heading your way soon.
And the back. They changed one of the sets that you can enter win to the AAT. I've filled out the survey for every set ever since.
Instructions:: Thoughts: Fine backgrounds and no unclear steps. Folded manuals still bug me, though
The Two Bags:
Only two bags with no sub-bags. Nothing too fancy.
And they're open! Lots of nice yellow, tan, and purple.
The pieces in all of their Cairo goodness. I just love the colors.
The components of the minifigs. They make up a good chunk of this set.
The skin color for the Swordsman and the Thug is not quite Ugha and not quite Jones. I have personally never seen this color before, although it has appeared in other sets.
Pieces:: Thoughts: Excellent variety and colors. Who can resist a tan barrel?
Great printing and details. The Fantasy Era sword kind of kills it for me though. The turban piece isn't new but hasn't seen the light for a while.
Finally, the Ninja headpiece is back! Great printing as well. Do I sense a theme remake?
Underneath is the same head from Venice Canal Chase.
Now featuring a silver frying pan. More new printing, and the expected double-sided head.
This right here is my favorite part of the set. I just love the Cairo Indy torso. I'm just plain tired of getting the same torso over and over again. It definitely gives the impression of sweat which adds to the set because it is a chase scene in the hot Cairo sun. It's just one piece but it makes all the difference.
And a group photo. Lovely printing on all of them!
Minifigs:: Thoughts: This is one of the high-points of the set. 4 superb minifigs with great printing is just fantastic for a small set.
The market stall is built in 9 steps, pictured at 3 step intervals. No interesting techniques are used. You could practically build it using the box art.
The cart also takes 9 steps, and uses a slightly interesting technique for the sides of the cart.
Just two pieces leftover. Extra guns are always useful.
Build:: Thoughts: Quick and easy. No revolutionary techniques used. For a set mainly focused on minifigs, this is expected.
The whole set:
And the finished product! Lovely minifigs, nice cart, nice stall, lots of accessories, and a tan barrel. A match made in heaven.
The set also offers great playability with plenty of hiding spots and Indy can even take Marion on a hay-cart ride.
Now for those Totals!
Design: 9/10 The top of the stall looks odd, but everything else is fine.
Parts: 10/10 Nice colors and selection, and a tan barrel! I cannot emphasize that enough! TAN BARREL!!
Build: 8/10 Stall is slightly repetitive, but the cart is fun to build. A very quick build for a $10 set though.
Minifigs: 10/10 Exclusive figures with new prints. This gets a 10 without hesitation.
Playability: 10/10 Two good guys and two bad guys makes playing fun. Throw in a barrel to hide in, a cart, and a stall to crash through, and your score is perfect!
Price: 9/10 Good money value but in my opinion should be $9.99. I still feel it was worth it for the minifigs!
Total: 56/60 A great little parts and minifigs pack that stands strong as a playset as well. Great pieces and colors will delight MOCers everywhere. It's a bit overpriced, but $1 isn't that much. This set is simply a must-have for anyone.
Thanks for reading!
Posted 11 August 2009 - 11:41 PM
I'll probably pick this up if it pops up in my local Wal-Mart, it seems like a good deal.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:00 AM
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 03:18 PM
would you risk not just your own lifestyle (9-5 dayjob, pretty l'il housewife, 2.4 kids, Ford Mondeo),For just one oppertunity to say "i was there" or "that was me!". To leave a Legacy of pride and Honour,
At the risk of a "normal life" ?
Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:11 PM
Very thourough, you did the set justice! It has become one of my favorite Lego sets, and has some fantastic minfigures. I think the new face for Marion is more realistic and better looking, and the dark flesh color for the darker skinned figures adds a new level of realism to the new Indy sets. I'm hoping for a variety of faces (female too) in this and other colors to make a diverse Lego population...
The Cairo minifig of Indy has become my favorite version of him!
Thanks for sharing!
Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:25 PM
WHY must I always read the reviews of sets and want them after they've been discontinued and cost
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