And now for something completely different, I will return to my Unitron reviews, as we're only half way along in that but a brief diversion if I may. One thing about getting a new job with a higher wage is your Lego budget increases, as a result here we have a review of the Paradisa set 6414: Dolphin Point
Set Name: Dolphin Point
Set Number: 6414
Number of Pieces: 207
List Price: $33 according to Brickshelf £N/A If anyone know let me know!
6414 Bricklink Catalog
I remember seeing this set as I child and I wanted it. It would be perfect I though for Governor Broadside, on one side Fort Sabre and on the other side of the port this armed with a few cannons, it'd be beautiful. But it wasn't to be I remember my Grandma telling me that it had pink in it and therefore it was for girls! Now however it's mine so lets take a look at this set.
Lets start with the box, despite being a small box by modern Lego standards back in the day it was considered large enough to have a flap on it.
The back has a good selection of alternative models something which is so often lacking from our more modern sets.
Inside the flap
Having salivated over the box arts lets break open the box and have a look at what we've got for our money.
All together in a very pink box
Next lets take a look at the island baseplate, I really like this one, it's better than the pirate one in my opinion. It's a shame we don't get to see these very often now.
The island before any developer got there
The generic instructions picture, I'm starting to wonder why I take these to be honest
You get 4 in this set, I do fee the guy with the black torso and yellow arms is overused in these types of sets but otherwise I happy with what we've got.
Two men & two women amazing gender balance!
I felt the dolphin should appear in this section as well as it is Dolphin point isn't it.
Pink it's my new obsession (a bonus point to whoever names the artist first)
Now I told you my Grandmother dismissed this set when I was a child due to the pink in it, but before I started building I felt I should show you all just how little pink there is in this set. Not much is the answer!
There's hardly any pink! I think there was more light grey than pink
A quick small build to start with a little sail boat not much to say a fairly standard model, I do dislike the lack of a rudder attached to the tiller but you can't have it all.
Sadly you can't easily hold the tiller and see where you're going.
The lighthouse has a number of interesting details, though it is one of those board builds that I don't like to much to start with as I nearly always get the first few bricks in the wrong place but after that's overcome things went smoothly enough.
The Ice cream fridge
Sadly the previous owner seems to have decided to cut this sticker apart, though it doesn't look to bad when put back together.
After the fridge the next interesting detail is the plates for the dining table, now I hadn't seen these before but I now want to get my hands on some more.
How did I not know these existed.
After this the first floor was just about finished
Not looking to shabby?
The second floor was fairly standard there's a coffee machine which we'll see later but lets march right on to the lighthouse lamp. I though the constructions was well throughout and it fitted in nicely.
Open to see construction method.
Ready for installation
With all the parts in place lets take a look at the lighthouse
Fully built but a bit lifeless must be low season
Before we move onto the final round up lets take a look at some details
The ice cream fridge
The first floor coffee machine.
The roof telescope
All parts together
It really comes alive once you've got minifig in it
The Rating System
Figures: 9/10 (OK they're a little standard and the guy in the black shirt is overused but there are as many men as women, how rare is that!)
Parts 6/10 (I'd prefer the stairs in white and there isn't that much apart from the plates that wowed me)
Fun Fun Fun 9/10 (Plenty to do with just this set and you can have great fun with just a few more, did anyone say pirate raid?)
Design 9/10 (I fine design I must).
Price ?/10 (Lugnet doesn't like me at the moment and I don't have any other UK prices to that's be TBC'ed .)
Grand Total 33/40 (A high rating but a fine set deserves nothing less)
Was it worth the 15 year wait, well I can't say it was and I'd wait that long for it again. But it is a set I like there are a lot of things you can do with it and I'm sure things will start happening soon. Fortifications to deal with those pesky pirates, drunken student parities broken up by the police or maybe just a relaxing sailing trip it's all to be had with this simple set.
I think Paradisa gets overlooked but a lot of Lego fans, it's a bit to pink and conspicuous for town fans, and I doubt it has a huge number of fans of it's own. That's a shame as I think this set proves that Paradisa was well designed and had a lot of possibilities for play and modding. Will this cause me to buy some more sets? Well I might just do that but I can tell you right now I'm getting some more of those plates I love them. And to finish with...
Edited by TheBrickster, 17 August 2010 - 04:40 AM.