So, I went to Toys R Us today and picked up a few of the new 2011 sets. The first one I'll review is set 7305-- Scarab Attack, which I picked up for USD $5.
The box is nicely laid out. Since there is no action feature, the back of the box shows a very similar scene to the front. As a side note, it looks like the boxes this year are actually getting thinner! This doesn't affect smaller sets like this one, but many of the medium-sized sets have boxes that are the same thickness as this one.
Upon opening the box, two polybags and the instruction sheet fall out. There is no sticker sheet.
Here are all the parts freed of their bags
Here are the interesting/unique pieces. I haven't seen those claw parts in light grey before, and the pearl gold is different from the other gold that I have (the metallic gold from the Dwarf Mine set).
I really like the designs on the scarab's back. Here's a closer view--note the hieroglyphic LEGO brick.
Here he is, Jake Raines himself.
And here is Jake, standing next to the previous main adventurer character, Johnny Thunder. I have to say, Jake looks a lot more rough and ready, for the most part. He's not too smart, though, to be in the desert without a hat. They both have the weird sideburns, too.
To start, here's a random page of the instructions.
We start off building a small campfire. This goes by very quickly.
We then begin building the base of what will become the scarab. It doesn't look too much like a giant beetle statue right now...
Ah--that's more like it.
The completed scarab. I really like it--it looks like a statue that came to life (just as LEGO intended), and it really does look very much like a scarab.
Next to Jake, for size comparison.
This is a really neat little set, and a great introduction to Pharaoh's Quest. Although it is a shame that it doesn't have a mummy, that would have driven the price up. Besides, the scarab serves as the antagonist, so a mummy isn't really needed. The set is simple, but it feels complete and well planned out. Moreover, it doesn't feel like a throwaway set--sure, we get another Jake Raines, but that scarab is too awesome to leave out if you're going for the whole collection. A very satisfying set.
Edited by Mariko, 23 November 2010 - 04:59 PM.