Hi. This is my first review here on Eurobricks, and as I was looking around, I didn't see a review of the Boulder Blaster. I may not have seen one, but it is the first (as far as I know). Anyway, on to the review.
I got this set at TRU, so naturally, it was vastly overpriced. Also, I took these pics only a few days ago, but the set was bought months ago, so, no instructions or WIP pics. Oh well.
Set Number: 8707
Part Count: 293
Theme: Power Miners
Price: (S@H, not TRU) $26.99
Minifigs: 2, engineer and Glaciator.
Ok, let's start out with the box:
Looks nice, you get a good view on the Blaster.
Top of the box:
Shows Glaciator and engineer, who is oddly holding a stick of dynamite. Why? The whole point is to shoot dynamite.
Bottom of the box:
Nothing much, just a shrunken picture of the front.
Back of the box:
Looks nice, you can see dynamite being shot, the shovelers on the front, and accesories. Good back picture, shows all the features.
And now, for the mighty Boulder Blaster itself!
Isn't it purdy?
I split the main 2 pictures- the dynamite cannon, and the base vehicle.
(The axle sticking out goes into the vehicle) It has 3 lights on the front, but the base vehicle has 2. Why so many lights? It doesn't look the best from the side, though. The best part is the mechanism. It's not flick-fire. You turn the wheel, and it shoots the dynamite. Pretty good distance too, if you ask me.
The base vehicle:
From here you can see the front grill, engine, a bit of the crate in the back, fuel tank, and treads. Now here are those features zoomed in.
Front Grill- I wanted to show that it can come off without much trouble, which adds to playability, without TLG even knowing!
Engine- I like it. It's overlarge and has one of those stretcher/elastic things bent over it. My only gripe is the stick. It's for lighting the dynamite, I know, but right in fron of the pilot?
Crate- Not much, but better than the usual clip for tools in this price range of Power Miners.
Fuel Tank- 3 stickers seems much, but it looks cool in that spot with the stickers on.
Treads- Beautiful. A cheap(ish) way to get them. However, it feels like some areas of the treads move easily, some others,not so much.
A final, parting picture:
And a story of how pathetic these rock monsters are:
Build- 8/10 Simple, but no repetition besides treads.
Minifigs/Accesories- 6/10 Glaciator we have seen many times. We get an engineer instead of a miner, kudos for that, but no helmet? Is he Two-Face's brother with that face sticking out?
Playability- 9/10 Have Glaciator break the front grill off, smash the engine, steal the fuel tank, or get blasted by dynamite!
Parts- 9/10 Many 1x2 lime and black tiles, those 2 shovelers, and the treads? Awesome.
Design- 8/10 It may seem odd to some. The stick in front of the roll cage can just be removed. However, the shovelers on the front are important, not to mention there's enough space for another crate!
Price- 7/10 This is what keeps people from getting this set. People do not realize, it has 100 more pieces than Claw Digger for a measly $5! The pieces may be small, but still worth it!
Overall- 47/60 A decent set. The main function is not as good as, say, the Thunder Driller, but the other, smaller features make this set a must-have for any self-respecting Power Miners fan or someone looking for a good buy.
Feel free to comment. (If you comment badly, know this, I still have this thing in one piece, and the cannon is perfectly functional)
Edited by SmurfFangy, 05 January 2010 - 08:00 AM.
Indexed and poll added