REVIEW: 7307 Flying Mummy Attack
Posted 27 November 2010 - 07:29 PM
A mysterious Obelisk in the Egyptian desert... a blue topaz jewel of ornate splendor... flying mummies, and a biplane that may hold the key to unlocking the riddles of Flying Mummy Attack.
Yes, I find Pharaoh's Quest set 7307 Flying Mummy Attack most intriguing from both a mystery and a set design aspect. This review will shine some light into the mystery.
Set Name: Flying Mummy Attack
Set Number: 7307
Theme: Pharaoh's Quest
Year Released: 2011 (early availability in Dec 2010)
Piece Count: 125
Price: $19.99 (USD)
Flying Mummy Attack brings high-flying adventure to the Pharaoh's Quest theme with a hot new adventure biplane and some flying mummies for added swoosh appeal. I absolutely love the Pharaoh's Quest boxart especially with added pictures on the boxart. A rear view of the biplane is pictured on the back of the box with Jake in bomber jacket holding the treasure of the set:
Opening the box, I discovered three bags of pieces and a few extras:
Individually wrapped were the prized "Mummy Wings". Made of hard plastic (not the soft cheap variety), these wings are certainly a great new mold that I look forward to seeing in different Egyptian Desert MOCs. They are attached to the Minifig neck piece like a backpack:
Just when I thought this new adventure theme would not include stickers, I was disappointed to find a sheat within to be used on both the biplane and obelisk columns:
The sticker sheet leads me to Mystery #1 regarding Flying Mummy Attack. The airplane is obviously a biplane of the Sopwith Camel variety (see the red and blue circled bullseye decals. Why the Spirit of St. Louis decals? I'm not an aviation historian, but aren't these entirely different aircraft eras?
Let's talk about Jake Raines in bomber jacket a bit. I love the traditional brown bomber jacket look Jake has in this set. Wearing old-fashion goggles, LEGO created a nice fig here with added wings and a fine back-of-jacket design. Strangely, I can't help to ask what "SMH" stands for. Perhaps some of you may recognize the initials, but I'm at a lost - Mystery #2. Is SMH Smithair of Georgia (in the US?) or perhaps Sydney Morning Herald, Australian newpaper? I suppose we need a little more info on Jake.
Continuing, Flying Mummy Attack also includes two of the same type of two-faced mummies, but this time with Ra headpiece. As mentioned above, the wings fit over the neck like a backpack secured by pushing down on the head. NOTE: the wings are not attached to the headpiece.
The main structure in the set (aside from the biplane) is the rather tall obelisk. Unfortunately, the column pieces require decals. On its top is a 2x2 area that you can place the gem and its dark blue holder/base. The idea is to have the biplane swoosh by with retracting arm and grab the gem from the obelisk (all while avoiding attacks from the flying mummies with spears):
The reason I bought this set was definitely for the new biplane. Let's take a look:
While the new dark red color looks great, I must admit that I am a bit disappointed with the biplane. I expected something a bit longer with a better design. Rather, the biplane seems like something that should be a stand-alone $5-$7 set, similar to 5928 Bi-Wing Baron from the Adventurers Desert theme. Compared to previous adventure bi-planes from LEGO, like the one contained in 7417 Temple of Mt. Everest (Orient Expedition), LEGO missed the mark on this one. Turning the propeller blade upward gets in the way of the machine gun - another criticism; plus, my propeller doesn't seem to turn smoothly (even after tinkering). The overall shape just seems short to me with a large propeller area. I do like the wheels on each of the wings making the plane more realistic. It will be interesting to read how all of you like the bipane.
Maybe it would look better with decals (which I don't generally use). The below boxart image pictures the retracting arm used to grab the gem from the obelisk:
So let's recap this review.
- Jake Raines in bomber jacket minifig
- Two new-mold mummy wings
- Ra headpieces
- New fresh color (dark red) used for bi-plane
- Curved wing plates
- Wheels on wings of bi-plane
- Stickers (esp. for the columns pieces of the obelisk)
- Value for the money. I think a stand-alone bi-plane under $10 would have worked just as well - although treasure may not have been possible.
- Short and stubby bi-plane design
- Compared to Desert Adventurers, the obelisk doesn't look as good (doesn't open either)
$20 (USD) is a reasonable price for a LEGO set, and a price range that I particularly like. I couldn't wait to buy this set for the bi-plane. For me, early airplanes/bi-planes just add fun to an adventure theme, reminding me of classic adventure movies like Lost World and the People that Time Forgot. At the same time, I was a bit disappointed with the overall size of the little bi-plane. Having something like the Indiana Jones bi-plane (a two-seater) in 7198 Fighter Plane Attack, would have made this a fantastic set! Rather, the little bi-plane is just okay. Overall, I rate this set a 4. Perhaps after some swooshing, I'll like it more. I hope you enjoy this review and comments are always welcome.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 07:36 PM
I thought this was a great set, and was on my list as number one.
But now that I see up close of the bi plane, it kind of disapoints.
I hate to say this, but while the PQ sets look great, the features and structures are very disapointing.
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Posted 27 November 2010 - 07:41 PM
Posted 27 November 2010 - 08:07 PM
This was almost my No. 1 for 2011, but now I think it is really bad.
Those round tiles (targets) aren't printed.
Only good thind are flying mummies.
Now, I think that Pharaoh's Quest isn't as good as I thought.
I won't buy it, I am really dissapointed.
Ok, I will have more money for SW.
Edited by Stardusty, 27 November 2010 - 08:08 PM.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 09:03 PM
One point: there were a lot of early biplanes whose machine guns fired straight through the propellor. They used interrupters to synchronize the gun so it wouldn't shoot the propellor off. So that is authentic, even if the proprtions aren't right overall.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 09:38 PM
I love the wings, and want to try them out on the angels in my nativity (One of whom currently has huge wings of fire made using Dastan's backpack) to see if they work any better. It's got some tommy guns in, which I've never had before, as I tend to steer clear of licensed themes, and lovely minifigures, some good parts in dark red as well. Oh, and it looks like a good chance to pick up a few more new castle windows in a non castle set.
It's just a shame that the Obelisks aren't printed (I'll just end up using the unstickered pieces to build up walls) and that those RAF circles aren't stickered, or they'd make great medieval targets for archery. Those ones I probably will sticker, with multiple times and a steady hand...
But, yeah, not as disappointed as other people seem to be.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:48 PM
I agree with you on the bi-plane, I feel that the gap between the wings is not enough and the wing span is too short as well, plsu the machine guns are upside down.....sounds like MOD time.
The flying mummies are very cool as well.
Come on 2011 and keep on chasing mummies !
Posted 27 November 2010 - 11:10 PM
The mummies are nice, although they are the exact same mummy torso/face from every other set, I wish it had some diversity, but that's reserved for wave 2 I suppose...
The biplane is actually pretty neat, and once you remove that ridiculous gem-snatching technic piece from the bottom it is very pleasant to look at; it's simple but effective, and the Tommy guns on top are very cool. Now if they include another airplane with the next wave it would be great to build a squadron
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Posted 27 November 2010 - 11:18 PM
Great review as always . I can imagine the circular stickers being used in plane mocs.
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 03:47 AM
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 03:55 AM
I like the bi-plane. I've always loved bi-planes that look rounded and cartoony, and this one reflects such a personality perfectly. Sure, it's not as large and detailed as the IJ bi-plane, but for an affordable little set, it looks very good. Much better than the old adventurers planes anyway, which may have been cheaper, but also more juniorized.
As for the rest, yes, it would have been nice if there was a secret compartment or something at the base of the obelisk, but the fact that it comes with two of the flying mummies makes up for it. Other sets of this price range in themes such as Atlantis and SP3 usually only come with one baddie. The minifigs look great, especially Jake who looks better than the Series 3 Pilot in my opinion. And the addition of the feature with the grappling arm is neat too, although I'll probably mod it out to improve the look of the bi-plane.
Posted 28 November 2010 - 04:07 AM
I rated this Outstanding.
Posted 28 November 2010 - 02:01 PM
The obelisk is a little bit of a let down seeing as how it's basically just scenery, but I think the figs more than make up for that - the flying mummies are excellent, and Jack's bomber jacket is fantastic - looks like there's more than a little bit of Harry Kane from the old Adventurers theme in him.
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 04:03 PM
Heavy nostalgic taints means I am buying so much of this theme, the pictures just make me more excited for it. I love that era of flight and history, more than any other time. I can tell that these sets will create similar feelings for children today as I had when I was young. This is great, considering of late TLG seems to have been going down the franchise route over the own merits method.
This theme is so going to be the best of the year!
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Posted 28 November 2010 - 04:41 PM
This set will definitely be one of the affordable army building sets for the Flying Mummy. It also comes with this nice looking bi-plane. I love it and I am glad this theme is offering so much fun for all of us.
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