REVIEW: Atlantis 8061: Gateway of the Squid
Posted 16 December 2009 - 12:19 AM
I think the Squidman looks more like a Squidwoman when the head isn't showing. The bottom looks like a skirt growing into tenticles especially in the sideview this seems more apparent. Then the hair area from a side or back view looks like a woman's hair tied back turning into tenticles. I like the figure. It's too bad that it's the rubbery material. On ebay I bought the Harry Potter set with Dobbie because I really wanted him and then when I got him I was a little disappointing that his head was a rubbery material.
Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:08 AM
Cthulhu really looks fantastic from every angle and with his "feet" facing forward or backward. So far, no matter how hard I try, I just can't find a flaw. It's that good a fig.
On this shot it looks almost like Ctchulu! I can see two yellow eyes xD
Thanks for new pics!
Posted 16 December 2009 - 04:16 AM
Chris from Reasonably Clever picked it up at a TRU for $US42.99 so I imagine it's real price would be about $US39.99
Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:05 AM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:24 PM
Yesterday, I first built Creator Log Cabin. That Creator set had about the same brick count as this set. But it was almost totally standard bricks, kind of ho-hum really. No really interesting pieces, just a couple drumsticks and trans-orange pieces.
But Gateway of the Squid? Completely the opposite of the Log Cabin. This guy was hands-down the weirdest Lego set I have ever put together. You start by building that white…thing. Some sort of dead octopus skeleton, maybe? A cage? Who knows.
Then there's the big squid. I was a bit disappointed that the longer tentacles were a couple of really long rubbery pieces. It's for the best as far as playability goes, but I was thinking it was made of several shorter pieces linked together, which would be great for MOCs. And I have to say, the stickers in this set are the worst. I'm one of those people who refuses to leave the stickers on the sheet: the set must be built as intended, or it's some sort of cosmic slap-in-the-face to the designer. I know, I'm weird. But that curved surface was pretty harsh, and my second sticker ran off the edge a little. Well whatever, I can't see myself using that piece much for MOCs anyway.
My gate doesn't seem to work that well. One side sort of opens all the way, doing a 270 degree arc, and then the other side opens just a little. Kind of funny. The trap door at the end of the set is strange too. I had the same reaction most people had - the divers can just swim around to the treasure and don't really need the special blue key. I have a feeling the set was originally designed to have the treasure raise up out of the trap door, or something like that, but they probably changed the design to cut corners (save money) or something.
In the end, it was a little better than I expected. The squid tentacles are really cool. I may not buy any other Atlantis sets (well I want that upcoming temple set for 2011), but I really see the appeal. There are some cool pieces to be had here, such as the teeth/bones, tentacles, and seaweed. There's little chance I would have bought this set at full MSRP. I'm glad I found it on sale so I could experience the strangest Lego set ever. :)
I can't believe I rambled on so much. Time to go do something useful in the real world now.
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