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#1 Tea Weevil

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:27 PM

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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
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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.

The Pieces
Upon opening the box, two polybags and the instruction sheet fall out. There is no sticker sheet.
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Here are all the parts freed of their bags
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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).
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I really like the designs on the scarab's back. Here's a closer view--note the hieroglyphic LEGO brick.
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Minifigure
Here he is, Jake Raines himself.
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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.
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The Set
To start, here's a random page of the instructions.
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We start off building a small campfire. This goes by very quickly.
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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...
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Ah--that's more like it.
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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.
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Next to Jake, for size comparison.
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Conclusion
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.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:30 PM

Wow! Awesome pics! I like this set, but I feel it's a bit expensive at $6.99 Canadian :sceptic:

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:32 PM

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Man, am I on the ball today!

Thanks for the review. I was already sold on these sets as soon as the first blurry scans turned up and these shiny pictures just make them more needed!

The scarab looks so cute though, I think it may need adopting as a pet by the intrepid Jake and his team.

The juxtoposition of Johnny and Jake was a nice touch  :classic:

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:36 PM

A great review. Couldn't get much better, not many features to point out.  :thumbup:

I too think this set is complete. Most $5 sets, yea, they feel incomplete, as if thrown together from leftover pieces of other sets. But this one is just fine! A campfire (Although seemingly pathetic at first, a cup, chicken drumstick, and new flame are nothing to throw away) the main hero (Easily changeable for a more varied character) and a very nice scarab seems good enough to me! I would have thought Jake would come with a pistol, but, you know, a rifle is even better.  :grin: If I see this, I'm definetely picking it up.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:49 PM

Excellent Review!  :thumbup:

I got one yesterday and I actually think the scarab is one of the best designed creatures Lego has ever produced!  :cry_happy: It's like a mini-figure! It has no awkward pieces, its legs are movable, and it quite sturdy! I put the staff from the guardians set in his hands and positioned him so he's propped up on it, and I have to say it looks pretty bad-a$$  :laugh: (the eyes are the only thing that bugs me a bit but I'm sure I'll think of a way to get around this)  

I think this set is a total deal for 5 bucks, I mean some of the collectible figures cost that much around here! To me this set was an excellent addition to the guardians set and I will be incorporating the scarab into my army of mummies  :wub:  (and none of the other poorly-build "living statues") :tongue:

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:47 AM

Great pics and a very positive review that explains clearly and concisely why you like the set, good stuff!
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:37 AM

I guess that this set was printed but It's cool to know I was right!  Nice work with the review too. :thumbup:
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:47 AM

Hey nice set. I think I will get it if only to encourage the usage of printing. I could also really use those black exo force arms.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:56 AM

This is a great set, especially for that price. With the Impulse sets for various themes now costing anywhere from $3.99 to $4.49 and providing so much less than this set, I consider this to be an incredible steal for the $4.99 price. I've already purchased this along with the Golden Staff.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:35 AM

I need like four battalions of those scarabs. That is one excellent mini-monster. This set looks like great value for the money.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:46 AM

Nice review.
You've sold this set to me because now I love it.
I'm pretty excited overall for this new theme  :classic:

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:25 AM

Definitely getting this set - the scarab is just so cute!  :tongue:

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 04:47 PM

Thanks, everyone--glad you liked the review! I agree, the scarab has a certain cuteness factor. And Sirens-of-Titan, you put it really well when you say that the scarab is like a minifigure. I agree, and it is doubtless my favorite of all the brick-built monsters I've ever had.

I want to add that, after putting both this set and the new Atlantis Seabed Strider set together, I still prefer this set, even though it's half the price. It is rare to get a set that feels complete at only $5, as has been pointed out--most feel just thrown together. This feels more complete than even some $10 sets.

In addition, I really like Jake Raines. I had my doubts, but I think he's a worthy successor to Johnny Thunder.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 04:59 PM

What a great deal at $5, but I wish the scarab was about 169% bigger, HALO style.


From a reviewer standpoint, what a great review, and awesome pictures.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:44 PM

I do wish that I had my old Johnny Thunder heads (they're scratched up), as I think that the original face was more dashing than the Orient Expedition one, and would have made for a better comparison shot.
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:15 AM

Nice little PQ set! It's one of the smallest, if not the smallest, in the line but it really doesn't disappoint. The build of the scarab is pretty good, and the minifig is quite ok with new face and torso prints. Thanks for sharing this another wonderful review Mariko! Posted Image

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:33 PM

Great review! For the price, this set is really good. :classic:

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:15 PM

So, I just had a short play session with this set (that's what I love about action themes--I build my town for display, and I give the characters backstory, but that's about it. When I get an action theme set, I play with it, even at age 21). It was great! It really brought me back to the days when I was nine years old, playing with my first Adventurers sets. This may be partly because Jake Raines is stated to be an American and, at least here in the US, Johnny Thunder wasn't identified as an Australian until around Dino Island, so I gave him an American accent to start. But that's just minor--the experience of playing with this set made me want to collect a few more Pharaoh's Quest sets. What a great line!
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:39 PM

View Postprateek, on 22 November 2010 - 11:30 PM, said:

Wow! Awesome pics! I like this set, but I feel it's a bit expensive at $6.99 Canadian :sceptic:

Not really.  A regular 'impulse' set is $4.99 for us.  At least this one comes with a giant bug.   :grin:
(anybody else notice that Jake's hair seems to be the same as the series two weightlifter?)


View PostSirens-Of-Titan, on 22 November 2010 - 11:49 PM, said:

Excellent Review!  :thumbup:

I got one yesterday and I actually think the scarab is one of the best designed creatures Lego has ever produced!  :cry_happy: It's like a mini-figure! It has no awkward pieces, its legs are movable, and it quite sturdy! I put the staff from the guardians set in his hands and positioned him so he's propped up on it, and I have to say it looks pretty bad-a$$  :laugh: (the eyes are the only thing that bugs me a bit but I'm sure I'll think of a way to get around this)  

I think this set is a total deal for 5 bucks, I mean some of the collectible figures cost that much around here! To me this set was an excellent addition to the guardians set and I will be incorporating the scarab into my army of mummies  :wub:  (and none of the other poorly-build "living statues") :tongue:

I absolutey agree.  I normally can't stand the brick-built 'creatures' but, this one is quite awesome.  TOTALLY does the job, without being unnecessarily complex and totally looks the part, with lots of pose-ability.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:53 PM

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I absolutey agree.  I normally can't stand the brick-built 'creatures' but, this one is quite awesome.  TOTALLY does the job, without being unnecessarily complex and totally looks the part, with lots of pose-ability.

I agree. I didn't think I wanted this set - being more interested in the mummies. But this review has sold it to me. Thank you, i think  :tongue:
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#21 Tea Weevil

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:11 PM

View PostOgre, on 29 November 2010 - 09:39 PM, said:

Not really.  A regular 'impulse' set is $4.99 for us.  At least this one comes with a giant bug.   :grin:
(anybody else notice that Jake's hair seems to be the same as the series two weightlifter?)


That hair has been around for a while; I think it first appeared in dark brown at Mutt's hair from the Indiana Jones sets. It appeared in black not long afterwards (and is also available in tan and dark orange).
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:16 PM

View PostMariko, on 29 November 2010 - 10:11 PM, said:

That hair has been around for a while; I think it first appeared in dark brown at Mutt's hair from the Indiana Jones sets. It appeared in black not long afterwards (and is also available in tan and dark orange).

I thought it may have been but, a) I just noticed it, since I have those two figs in front of me and b) I was too lazy to go check.   :laugh:

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:29 PM

View PostCara, on 29 November 2010 - 09:53 PM, said:

I agree. I didn't think I wanted this set - being more interested in the mummies. But this review has sold it to me. Thank you, i think  :tongue:

You're welcome.  :wink:
Honestly, though, I don't think you'll regret it.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:46 PM

View PostMariko, on 29 November 2010 - 10:29 PM, said:

You're welcome.  :wink:
Honestly, though, I don't think you'll regret it.

It's 'bug-tastic'!   :grin:

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 05:44 PM

View PostOgre, on 29 November 2010 - 11:46 PM, said:

It's 'bug-tastic'!   :grin:

I wouldn't go that far, but that's because, as an English major, words like that rub me the wrong way :wink:
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