I've always wanted to do a review here on EB, but since Switzerland isn't quite the country that gets new sets first, I've never had the chance to review a set nobody else had... But this time, I have the opportunity, so here's my review of 8190 Claw Catcher:
First, some general bits of information: I ordered this set on s@h alongside the other 2010 PM- sets and this one was 60 CHF, which is about 40 €. I guess the US-price will be about 30 $.
Now onto the boxart:
The box is about the same size as 8960. On the back are some action shots and a pic showing the accessories that come with the set, as usual.
Now that's the most sensible thing to do while exploring the center of the earth
Here we have the contents of that box: 3 bags, 2 of them numbered, one containing the wheels and Infernox, the instruction booklet and the sticker sheet (or shit, as some of you like to call it )
A random page of the instruction booklet and the inventory pages, nothing special here.
And here's a pic of the parts you get in this set, there are some useful pieces in lime and a lot of technic stuff, which isn't necessarily a bad thing
I don't think that these are new parts in general (I guess the claw parts have been in some Bionicle sets, but there's no inventory on bricklink yet to prove my assumption), but they're at least new to me. BTW: there are also one 2*4 and two 1*3 tiles, but those have been mentioned in several reviews so far, so I guess there's no need of taking pics of them.
Next topic: the minifigs
I really love the new figs, I even prefer them to last year's versions (and that's saying a lot ) The accessories are neat as well, we get a crystal (who would have guessed), a pick-axe, a shovel, dynamite, binoculars, a frying pan and a sausage. Those details are one of many reasons why I enjoy this theme so much
On this pic you can see how the mechanics work: pull the lime green part at the back and the claws close (and rise if you keep pulling).
And here's the completed model, it's a real beast
I love this sticker
And here are some leftover parts:
Now some action shots:
The mechanism works very well I have to say, but sometimes Infernox lands inside the cockpit:
Revenge is coming....
I love the whole 2010 PM line and this set in particular, it has a great look, neat parts, excellent minifigs and a fun play feature. I don't give it a rating since I don't think that kind of final verdict is useful (it's pretty hard to juge if the minifigs e.g. deserve 9 or 10 points, and what does it matter anyway?). So I just say it's highly recommended, especially if you are a PM fan (in that case you'd buy it anyway though )
Edited by WhiteFang, 10 January 2010 - 06:51 AM.
Indexed and poll added