Set Name: Easter Bunny
Set Number: 40005
Price: $US9.99, $AUD10.99, GBP4.99
Links: Shop @ Home, Brickset
I was surprised this set came in a box - I expected a polybag. A soothing, generic looking background with random sparkly balls! Where are the fertility rites? The pagan orgies? This is Easter you know!
The rear of the box shows the one play feature - a Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist'-type spinning bunny head! Excite and then terrify your children!
Instructions and sticker sheet! You can apply the eyes in any direction you want. My bunny's mood: quizzical
A solid mix of brown and tan parts.
Two bags of parts. Price-wise, it's just OK in AUD at $10.99 but $USD9.99 seems very pricey for this set. UK customers can rejoice at the 4.99 price and buy lots of these to compensate for their 40% hike on Exclusives
The only really interesting pieces are the two black brackets which used to come a lot in Space sets:
The base of the bunny. The legs attach via the space brackets - clever. Notice the many subtle and varied shades of brown. It's been 3 years since red-browwn went to hell and we are *still* getting basic parts in shockingly bad colours? LEGO's quality control sucks these days.
Look at the horrendous difference between the slopes where the eye stickers are attached and the 2x2 bricks below. This bunny looks like it's been punched in the face - black eyes! I do like the wabbity overbite.
The finished model! It's very cute, if a little oddly designed - what's going on with the paw on the right side of the pic? Stumpy much? I like that the foot-paws are showing the underside of the plates
However the quirky design is really let down by the appalling parts quality. There are at least 3 shades of red-brown in this model - unacceptable for such a small set with brown as its main colour. It's been 3 years since LEGO moved to in-house colour mixing and it's still a big fat failure. Very disappointing.
The Linda Blair 'The Exorcist' spinning head play feature. I'm sure someone will post a video on YouTube. Or master Photoshopper and Academy Teacher def can add a spinning head effect to this pic
The flopsy white tail also spins on a Technic pin connection, but this is not mentioned as a play feature. LEGO obviously doesn't want to encourage kids to play with the behinds of their real pet bunnies - only their fluffy little necks.
A special promotion running at the Grand Emporium during the Easter season!
(Actually it looks a bit unstable; I hope it doesn't fall and kill that Johnson Willoughby 'window-washer' fig )
All kneel before the great bunny! The pagan idol of fertility finally gets his due from the citizens of LEGO City.
(If Sieggy had done this review that pic would be 200% more explicit )
Design - 7/10 - quirky and different - I like it better than the malformed Xmas Santas, which have never appealed to me.
Parts and Price - 5/10 - not that great a deal for what you get, but OK
Quality - 3/10 - Shockingly bad problems with red-brown persist and really shake my faith that LEGO will ever do anything to fix them
Overall Rating - 5/10 - Fun but hardly essential.
Thanks for reading! Have a great Easter!
Edited by WhiteFang, 13 March 2010 - 08:22 AM.