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#1 Masked Builder

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:16 AM

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Today I'll be reviewing a small World Racers set.  I bought this set at Target for a reasonable price.  It was sitting right next to the collectible minifigures.  When I initially bought this set I thought that it would have a crappy buggy but it turns out that the buggy was cooler than I thought.

Name: World Race Buggy
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Pieces: 31
Price: $2.99
Ages: 6-12
Minifigs: 1
Theme: World Racers
Year of Release: 2010

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The Review:

Bag:

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Front of the bag.  Some nice art of the Buggy in the desert and that cool logo of the world with a race track on it which I think is quite nice for this kind of set.

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Back of the bag.  A basic safety warning and art telling us that this is race 8.  Much like the Power Miners sets these are numbered.


Parts:

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Everything fresh out of the bag.  They're still nice and shiny!  Though they won't stay that way long as I’ll touch every single square inch of them by the time I’m done.

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Here's a nice parts layout for you.  Those curves are always nice to get and I was a bit surprised that there was no engine piece.  More on that later.


Manual:

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Front page.  It has the same art as the bag and what I think is a new Lego magazine add.  It also has a Lego service add.

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Back of the instructions.  Not really much new here.  A simple twelve step instruction manual with no art in the upper right hand corner of the right page like the Harry potter and Star Wars sets.


The Build:

Minifigure:

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First off you build the minifigure.  This guy is the reason I got this.  The awesome new tattered/flaming shirt is really cool.  I think I'll try using the torso with some of the agent stickers.

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The back of the minifigure has the cool flaming scull logo.  The back of the head doesn't have the mouth cover but a cool grimacing face that reminds me of Wolverine's.

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Not anything really new or interesting but I made a picture at step six just the same.  It uses some of these parts which are some of my favorite parts.  Because they can turn corners so well in tight spots.


Complete Model:

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Front view.  Not super aerodynamic but still has some neat curves.  I would not be driving this at all.  I would like to see some headlights here.

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Side view.  It slopes forward a bit like I would expect a buggy to be.

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Back view.  I would like to have seen some more of an engine back here instead we got a headlight piece which is a little odd in my book but nothing new for Lego.

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Top view.

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Flag.  Nothing super special here.  Though the round piece on the bottom is always nice to get more of.  On the bag art the round part had a black dot on it.  When I got the part out I figured that it was just a misprint.

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Complete set.  A nice flag for other kids to make a finish line with.


Final Thoughts:

Ratings:
Playability: 10/10 Very easily compatible with the other World Racers sets.  I’d combine this with 8896 for some more fun.
Design: 5/10 I was rather surprised that there were no extra parts.  Some more detail in the buggy would have been nice but at this small scale it might have been a little small.
Price: 10/10  Great Price Per Piece ratio.   Another reason I got it because it was such a good deal.
Overall: 25/30  I'd recommend this set for anyone wanting the Minifigure.  Or as a stocking stuffer.


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#2 KielDaMan

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:25 AM

Pretty neat review MB, it's really nice to see reviews of some of the less-popular sets like this one, I would have not known this existed until I read this review. Posted Image I like the duel-printed minifig torso on this one.

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#3 Masked Builder

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:29 AM

Not sure how the academy missed that but I've fixed it now.  Thanks.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 01:46 AM

Love this promotional polybag. I am a fan of these rare polybags as it is very uncommon. Definitely a nice cute little buggy.

View PostMasked Builder, on 23 November 2010 - 01:29 AM, said:

Not sure how the academy missed that but I've fixed it now.  Thanks.
So, you are telling us that we are giving you some slack? Maybe, we should be tough on your next review.  :devil:

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:01 AM

Great review! I like this set a lot. I like the SNOT shape, but I think it could benefit from an engine. This set's a nice one to keep on your desk when you're bored, and take it apart when you're bored of it. :devil:
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#6 Masked Builder

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:10 PM

Thanks guys!  It was very fun to review.

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So, you are telling us that we are giving you some slack? Maybe, we should be tough on your next review.  :devil:

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:laugh: No not really.  I was just surprised that you missed it.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:20 PM

View PostMasked Builder, on 23 November 2010 - 02:10 PM, said:

Thanks guys!  It was very fun to review.


:laugh: No not really.  I was just surprised that you missed it.
I wouldn't say I missed it necessarily,  more like left it for you to discover :laugh:

Seriously though, I'll be watching you like a hawk with night vision.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 02:27 PM

View PostBig Cam, on 23 November 2010 - 02:20 PM, said:

Great review too, Congrats on bronze!  Am I late on that?
Nope just got it yesterday.  And thanks. :sweet:

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:45 PM

Nice review, MAsked Builder.  I love these impulse sets.  Mostly because they fit into my budget.  

The buggy has a nice shape to it.  I really like the torso, though.  Perfect if one were to assemble a biker gang.  

View PostMasked Builder, on 23 November 2010 - 02:10 PM, said:

:laugh: No not really.  I was just surprised that you missed it.
Wouldn't have happened if I were grading.   :hmpf_bad:  

Just kidding, I would have missed it, too.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:54 PM

Very nice review of a neat little set; the buggy has a very Mad Max feel that a few of the other World Race sets have.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:40 AM

Thanks for the review! The head would be great for Post-Apocalypse MOCs...

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