REVIEW: 4182 The Cannibal Escape
Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:01 PM
Set: 4182 The Cannibal Escape
Theme: Pirates of the Carribean
It has a nice fresh look to it, which stands out next to the other LEGO boxes. The presence of a human on the box is also new, and strange too.
The back show the play features, as usual...
...and the top shows all the figures!
Once opened, you'll find four bags, one containing a piece of cardboard to keep the instructions and poster flat.
The poster is dual sided, one picture to do with the whole the theme and the other the set itself.
The instructions are normal apart from a couple of things. It shows the play features of a certain area after that section has been built, for example. Atleast, I don't remember seeing them before!
There are pictures of the other POTC sets as well as Alien Conquest, and the new POTC game.
Bag 1 - Figures and Spit
The figures are beautiful, all with exceptional detail, and are all different! Jack's face and the compass highlight this fact!
Only Jack and Will have double sided heads, but all the figures have backprinting.
The new hairpieces feel like a new material, and look fantastic on the figures.
The spit looks the part, but swings far too easily downwards (with a figure on it) and thus looses the rotating effect. I suspect swapping for tighter technic pins may sort the problem out, though.
The spares of Bag 1 include another compass!
Bag 2 - Cage and Throne
As you can see, there are lots of bone parts!
The 'decorated' pieces are all printed thankfully, and this part is an example:
It fits the figure well and looks really nice IMO. The back hinges allow room for Jack's crazy hairdo.
The side spikes with skulls aare also click-hinged.
It's quite a complicated but repetitive build...
Another new instruction feature!
The figure fits perfectly standing up, so sitting down in it will be fine too!
Bag 2 spares...
More coming soon! My computer is struggling to keep up with all the photos!
Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:03 PM
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 04:45 PM
Lots of brown parts here that'd be great for MOCs!
Small bag contents:
The tree is fantastic. The build is fun, and the techniques and features are great!
The winch works quite nicely if you do it slowly. I like the use of cheese slopes to keep the chain in place, but why they didn't use 2x1 slopes I don't know!
It lifts comfortably.
The platform area is a nice addition too, it give it the fort look!
Here you can see the way the dark tan branches are attached to the wall.
It does however need an operator!
The 'interior' houses a box with two swords and a bottle (filled with rum I presume) and a backpack with an tin of some sort... it's been ages since I watched the movie!
Bag 3 spares:
All the spare parts:
Figures: 9/10 - Great selection of highly detailed figures, but another Cannibal would have been nice!
Parts: 10/10 - Fantastic range of parts perfectly suited for the theme and chosen very well by the designers!
Build+Design: 4/5, 4/5 - Not too challenging, not too repetitive! Great use of parts to maximise the feature quality!
Price: 6/10 - I think around £20 would be more acceptable for this set, but it was worth the money in the end.
Playabiltiy: 10/10 - Nothing much to say here, I think it's perfect for kids and AFOLs!
Overall: 86/100 or 86% I highly recommend this set to any LEGO fan! It really is a fantastic buy! Plus, if you end up not liking it, it's a perfect parts pack!
As you all might have guessed, being drunk doesn't affect Jack's fighting skills!
Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:25 PM
Convicted on Day 5 playing as Town member Geert Rotterdam in Sandy's Escape from Isla Paradisa
Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:27 PM
This set is probably my favourite one out of all PotC line. Love the minifigs, especially the cannibals; new pieces-some have appeared before but new to me-such as the leaves with 2 different colours, which I don't have, the bones (have these pieces appeared in other sets before?), and the bottom piece of the cage; and the back panel of Jack Sparrow's chair in that the picture is not a sticker!
Yes, the price is steep. The licensed sets are low piece count per price. The problem is, though, that people keep buying them, myself included.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:04 PM
Second, the little "Click" feature isn't new either, even though it rarely makes appearances in instructions. I'm most familiar with it from BIONICLE and other action figure themes. It's generally used to show explicitly where two parts that are already on the model are connecting, since they might not stand out as new.
I love some of this set's details, partly because I love Pirates of the Caribbean and partly because I loved Islanders, which this approaches in its overall aesthetic.
Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:48 PM
What is that white coupon-looking box in this shot? I can't make it out:
And I guess this set doesn't come with a card either. It's strange; I wonder why some sets have cards and some don't. Perhaps just the sets for the new movie have the cards?
Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:15 PM
That's the same for me
Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:14 PM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:14 PM
The cage has some useful tan sticks, the minifigs are great and it also has the nice bottle and sword holder.
I remember that TLG didn't want us to continue a contest with inappropriate minifigs, but actually I think barbecueing a human is quite inappropriate as well
Thanks for the review!
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 12:52 AM
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 02:29 AM
Posted 23 April 2011 - 08:47 AM
Another set that I wasn't interested in from the initial pictures, but now I'm rethinking. Looks like a good design, decent playability, and lots of great parts. I'm not overwhelmed with the cannibal minifigs though. If it goes on sale, I'll probably pick one up, but not sure about it at full price.
So if I bought four of them, could I enlarge the cage into a Mad Max Thunderdome style cage? Hmmm...
Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:42 PM
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