Name: Magma Mech
Theme: Power Miners
Price: USD 19.99
Hello there. I picked this set up during the Black Friday sale at the Lego store, and since there was no review of this set here yet, I thought I'd make one. Let's start with the box. On the side it has ads for the Lego Club and the Clutch Powers DVD movie, and unlike last year's PM sets, it has the number of the vehicle on it in large, lava-colored numbers.
The back shows some of the play features and a close-up of the sweet new helmet.
Inside the box you will find 3 bags, 1 loose cable, 1 instruction booklet, and 1 sticker sheet. Unlike previews PM stickers, these don't glow in the dark.
This set is a treasure trove of extra-ordinary pieces! Here are all the new pieces in this set: One of those old wedged pieces and mudflaps in lime green, the smooth dome piece in trans blue, the big drill piece in blue, a new 4x4 round brick which doesn't have Technic holes and fits onto the new turntable piece, a dark bley 2x2 jumper plate, lime 1x3 and bley 2x4 tiles, the new 1x1brick with a stud on the side, and best of all - metallic silver tread links! This is one piece that would be great to have in large numbers!
The figs in this set are excellent as well! Both the rock monster and the miner with a metal plate on his head are evolved versions of their former selfs. Firax has black body parts instead of dark bley ones and a transparent, flaming head. Metal Plate Guy has a shiny new outfit and armor.
The miner without the armor:
And finally, here is the mech itself:
You can extract the claw arm by pulling the blue trigger underneath it. Here it is in mid-motion:
And this is it fully extended. It moves very smoothly and can be retracted easily by pulling the trigger back again. However, it falls almost 90 degrees while extending.
The cockpit is brick-built and can be opened.
The Magma Mech compared with the Mine Mech:
Firax screamed in agony and pain as the Magma Mech forcefully grabbed him and started spraying him with ice-cold water...
When all else fails, the big, heavy feet of the Magma Mech don't!
Hi-res pics here on Flickr.
Build: 8/10 Even though it was nothing too challenging, it had little repetitiveness and was enjoyable.
Design: 9/10 The new color scheme works well and is easier on the eyes than the bright lime/orange combination. I just love that V-shaped cockpit front and it was nice to see a brick-built cockpit instead of the usual one-piece one. The overall shape looks good too. When you try to move the arms, the whole cockpit bends a little, and some of the parts on the mech tend to fall off if you're not careful, so it could have been designed a little more stable, but it's fine as it is.
Playability: 5/10 Although the Extend-O-Claw is a neat feature, you can't really do anything with except knock Firax over. The water cannon spins, but there's nothing to spin it with. It would have been nice to have a knob like on the Mine Mech to easily spin it with from behind. But the worst part is that the legs barely move except on the hip. Due to the engine pieces behind the legs and the mudflaps around the ankles, the feet can barely bend. And the knees don't move at all. But the claw mechanism works well, the cockpit opens, and it's somewhat posable.
Parts: 10/10 Lots of new parts and awesome minifigs! What could you want more?
Overall: 8/10 While the mech isn't perfect, it's still a neat set, and an awesome parts pack! The things that bother you can be easily fixed by simple mods. I'd prefer this set over two Fire Blasters any day.
Edited by WhiteFang, 29 November 2009 - 08:57 AM.