Today I bring you a review of 8968 River Heist.
So, let's move on, shall we?
8968 River Heist
Name: 8968 River Heist
Price: USD 19.99 | AUD 29.99 | CAD 24.99 | GBP 15.65
Chapter 1: Box
An action sequence picturing two boats, a gun, little plastic people, and money. What child wouldn't like this?
Also note how Dollar Bill is, like many other Agents set boxes, shooting his gun randomly.
The top of the box shows three minifigures. Two in one small slanted box, and one in the "Actual Size" box.
The back of the box displays the few features of the set and a somehow smoking safe that was no doubt stolen from the bank in the background.
Chapter 2: The Instructions and Stickers
Here we have the front of the instructions, the same art as the box, minus the part count, name, and "Building Toy" sign.
Here LEGO tells us we can not build LEGO in the grass. I will trust their judgment on this one. Whho wants grass stains on their new bricks?
Here we see our new minifigures and how they are to be assembled. I would think that anyone with eyes could see how to put four parts together, except maybe four year olds.
A picture showing some orange plates and orange inverted slopes being applied on the Swamp Boat.
LEGO included a couple of extra comics; but they aren't even from this set! The comics are from the boxes of 8970 Robo Attack and 8971 Aerial Defense Unit.
Page 1 and...
Page 2. Quite a lot of parts! Mostly orange(Oh, happy day!).
Not too bad. Picture courtesy of BrickLink! Ten stickers in all. Some of them are repeated, such as the caution stickers that go around the lime toxic gas tankards, and the timers on the tankards. Too many "t"s!
Chapter 3: The Minifigures
Three minifigs. Their names are Agent Fuse, Dollar Bill, and Dyna-Mite. Things of notice are the new Agent's armor piece, Dyna-Mite's Irina Spalko hair, which comes in an interesting red, and Dollar Bill's Count Dooku hair which we get in green. All over, these minifigures are unique, and brilliantly designed. Awesome work, LEGO!
Dollar Bill's back has a dotted $ on it, and Dyna-Mite's back has a bomb with Dr. Inferno's symbol printed on it. These are very detailed, and I'm rather proud of LEGO for working harder on minifigs this year; Agents, City, Power Miners, etc. all had super detailed figures.
This is Agent Fuse's bulletproof vest, a new mold for LEGO. I just wish it wasn't printed with a big "A" on it, or it would be great for SWAT teams and the like.
The back is not printed, thank goodness. There is a stud on the back, which makes it good for something to hook on to it, like the winch in Aerial Defense Unit.
A red Irina Spalko hairpiece, which I find rather interesting. The possibilities...
Dollar Bill's Hair
Green Count Dooku hair, very cool. My first piece like this. Very cool.
Three heads, from left to right, Dollar Bill's head is this with a diamond in one eye. Dyna-Mite's head has wacky sunglasses and black lipstick with a smile, most likely because of the money they just stole. And we get Agent Fuse's head, which is not really new, but here's his scared side:
Something has him spooked.
Dollar Bill's torso has a wad of cash shoved in his pocket, a coat, a chain around his neck, a pocket with the Dr. Inferno symbol on it, and a tie. Dyna-Mite's torso has a jumpsuit with a zipper, and an Inferno symbol on the chest. Fuse's torso is the regular Agents uniform.
Only Fuse's legs are printed, the other are just plain black leg assemblies. I'm kind of disappointed with this; LEGO really couldn't have printed the legs? Oh well, the torsos make up for the legs.
$300 dollars, a trio of dynamite sticks, and a golden gun. It appears Dollar Bill "borrowed" Gold Tooth's gun. A lot of loot here, I can always use some more dynamite! (I now have two golden guns!)
I'm one of those people that likes explosions and "BOOM!"s. Sue me.
Chapter 4: The Set
Let's start with the safe, shall we?
This safe will magically start smoking when placed(In this case, tossed.) in a source of water!
The safe can probably fit about five hundred LEGO dollars in there, if you stacked them properly. The safe is really big and bulky, and really looks ike a safe. Although I did like the one from Doc Ock's Bank Robbery better. But the electronic code panel is very nice.
Agent Fuse's Mini Speedboat
Speedboat with Agent Fuse
Agent Fuse can stand up or sit down; the handle bars are at the perfect height.
The boat itself has no way of moving; a rather bad move. Oh wait, I forgot, it can't move! The "No Way of Moving" thing is a major flaw in the set's design. But I'm sure young kids wouldn't really care, huh?
Time for our villains' escape boat! It's awkward, because this kind of boat belongs in a swamp, see here for more info.
If I had a video hosting site, I'd show you all how the propeller works, but since I don't, I have to tell you how it works. The gears you saw earlier with the tires? The small black Technic gear on there touchs another gear, and that gear touches another gear, and that gear touches the gear on the fan assembly. And when the boat is pushed forward, the wheels turn the first gear which makes the other gears turn as well.
Ha! Confused ya, didn't I?
This boat has most of the pieces in the set, and a treasury of orange, which is one of the best things a MOCer can get; rare colors! The only other sets I know of that currently have any orange are the new Transportation City sets and Power Miners. The propeller feature was a nice suprise, which I didn't know about until the set was completed. I don't recall it saying anything about it on the box. Either that or I'm blind.
Airboat With Minifigs
Chapter 5: The Complete Set
A very nice looking chase scene right here.
Playability: 8/10 - I'm sure any child would easily enjoy the set itself. The concept is nice as well. I got quite a few hours of fun out of it myself!
Price: 10/10 - The price to piece ratio is spot on. 203 parts for $20. Perfection.
Design: 6/10 - Too much Technic, the swamp boat leaves something to be desired, and the back of Agent Fuse's mini-speedboat has no way of moving except for "The Hand of God".
Parts: 8/10 -A lot of orange, black, some dark blue, and a bit of dark and light bley mixed in there too.
Minifigures: 10/10 - Believe it or not, another 10! The minifigures are the best part of this set. The new Agent vest is awesome, I wish they would have made them last year. The villains are perfect as well; two parts that previously only came in one color, are now in green and red! (Christmas colors! )
Overall - 8/10
The set is great if you have spare money or if you like Agents; it's an okay set. LEGO could have had the villains steal a bit more than just $300. Although, if you want it for just the parts and minifigures, I'd go for it. The set has a lot of colors, including some uncommon ones such as orange, and some dark blue. There's better sets available out there, but if you like Agents most of all, this would probably be a good choice if you're on a low budget.
(Inspired by Svelte)
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Edited by Striker, 06 September 2009 - 06:08 PM.