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Review: 30040 Atlantis Octopus


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#1 bxheist

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:19 PM

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Crawling (swimming?) from the depths of the impulse buy section of the Target checkout line, it's some kind of octopedal  sea creature!

Set #: 30040
Name: Octopus? There's no name but it does have 8 legs
Theme: Atlantis
Year: 2010
Piece Count: 42
Price: $2.99 at Target

The polybag provides a visual representation of the creature that lurks inside.

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A random instruction page provides all of the instructions.

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The pieces of the creature.

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The creature assembled.

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The extra parts.

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Design: 9/10: A creative little sea monster that makes use of some interesting techniques to make an imposing adversary for the Atlantis divers

Build: 8/10: Quick and fun, but the legs are repetitive, but it's an octopus, it would be weird for it to have 8 different legs

Playability: 8/10: Undersea swooshable but the dish on top tends to fall of if bumped too hard. It's size and terrifying beak make it a good foe for a diver

Price: 9/10. At a little less than $.07 a piece it's not too bad, although they are pretty small parts

Overall: 9/10. A great impulse set, you'll end up grabbing a handful of these things  if you happen to notice then hiding along the bottom of the impulse buy station of the checkout

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#2 RoryoCox

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:34 PM

Thanks for the review.
This lovely little set seems a good way to get some nice pieces to use in MOCs.
It looks realistic as well which is surprising.  :classic:

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#3 legitimatealex

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:37 PM

This impulse set sure beats the other Target sets like the Power Miners ones. Where did you find this set in the store?
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:45 PM

Cool. This will compliment any other Atlantis sets very nicely. :classic:

#5 bxheist

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:43 PM

View Postlegitimatealex, on May 4 2010, 07:37 PM, said:

This impulse set sure beats the other Target sets like the Power Miners ones. Where did you find this set in the store?

It was at the very bottom of one of the impulse buy displays by the checkout register, hidden under hot wheels and littlest pet shop packages, I'd never seen them at any other stores

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:33 PM

Thanks for the review 'bxheist' - COOL set eh ?
D.I.Y. octopus - SWEET  :grin:
Hope this one comes to the land of Oz !
Keep on bricking everyone ! :sweet:

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:43 PM

Great Review. :thumbup: This would go great with the Gateway of the Squid set! :classic:
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#8 legitimatealex

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:12 AM

Darn it I was just at Target and I'm constantly scanning for polybags because they're the only ones who ever stock them. Grrr darn them. At least I found new MnM Pretzels...Those were nice.
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#9 Svelte

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:15 AM

Thanks for the cute review!

I do like the other promo - the mini-sub - a bit better, but this is a sweet little set for parts.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 12:34 AM

When did they start selling these?  This is AWESOME, I love it.  I'm not a fan of Atlantis, but I love the giant squid in the Gateway of the Squid, but wouldn't buy the set just for the squid... but on my last bricklink order I picked up a handful of these tentacles, so I'd love to get a couple of these and add the long tentacles.

Yes, I know it's not a squid.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 02:19 AM

Great review!
Hmmm.... Interesting.... I hope they have these (or the Toy Story 3!) polybags when I go to Target... I probably will not get this one, though.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:30 AM

I picked up that set yesterday, fantastic for the price  :thumbup:

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:24 PM

Can anybody post the DPCI number from their purchase? It would make it a lot easier to find at a Target.

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#14 PerryDaPirate

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:00 AM

Love this little set. Perfect for black fantasy  :thumbup:
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

Great review! Not so impressive set on it own, but combined with one of the other sets it would blend in perfectly!

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:22 PM

Thanks for the review. Did they have any other polybags? Well, I think I'll be going to Target tonight.

#17 legitimatealex

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:26 PM

Why can I not find this set anywhere? It's so good and tentacles are always useful! Gah!
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#18 EspEth12

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:20 PM

neat little set. But the pirranha is much better IMO.

#19 ben9996

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:33 AM

I checked Target and they didn't have any. :( I'll have to check 2 more this weekend.

So where exactly did you find this? In the check-out line near the candy, chips, gum etc.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 05:39 AM

Reminds me of his brother from SW:
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:41 PM

View PostZzz, on May 12 2010, 11:39 PM, said:

Reminds me of his brother from SW:
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I agree it's like the underwater version.

I like the simplicity of the set but without additional Atlantis sets, this one would be pretty useless.

#22 ben9996

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 02:53 PM

I checked 4 targets in our area and on the fourth trip I finally found them! They had more than 50 there all along the cash registers.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:25 AM

Thanks for the notification of this set, bxheist! I'm a huge collector of polybagged promo sets in the 30000s range, and I had to have this one when I first saw it.  :thumbup:

It was near the check-out stands, in the bottom right of the shelf holding the non-candy items; there were about 10 or so at each check-out stand, so maybe 100+ of them per Target. No need to hurry!

Also, Club Code REG10 stands for "regular 2010", not "Regal Theatres", as some people had thought for the army man polybag in the Toy Story discussion thread. Hooray!

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