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#1 Plissken

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:59 AM

Name: The Swamp Creature
Setnumber: 9461
Theme: Monster Fighters
Year: 2012
Parts: 62
Minifig: 2
Price: €7,99

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At the moment it is hot as hell here in germany. I couldn't sleep so I decided to review two other Monster Fighters sets. I build the set a few days ago, so I didn't have pictures of the closed bags. Sorry.
Now here it is, my review of "The Swamp Creature". Enjoy.

The box of the Swamp Creature had the same overall layout of the other MF sets. It is very appealing as a Horror inspired theme. The old-style picture of all characters at the back is a nice touch also.
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The instructions and random page.
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The highlight of this set. The Minifigs. As I said in another review, the prints in this line are amazing. This set is no exception. Both figures got backprinting and doubleprinted heads. The creature is a very cool and unique addition to the Lego monster squad of the recent years.
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Pieces of interest. This clip piece isn't new, but in this color it is only available in 4 sets.
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The little environment build to hold the gem. Nothing special here, but nice parts.
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The Swampboat in build. Nice design, simple build.
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The finished set.
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Spare parts. Nothing unusual.
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Final thoughts
Playability: 7/10
Human vs. Monster, no playfeatures but a vehicle. Ok for a set this size.
Minifig: 10/10
This category is a total winner. The creature is beautiful designed and unique. Frank Rock got some awesome torso and leg printing. His face is also nice. Stunning figures.
Parts: 7/10
Nice selection but nothing to special.
Price: 10/10
Good value. This set is a great introduction into the theme. Very well put LEGO.

Total: 34/40 recommended

Other Monster Fighters Reviews:
9462 The Mummy
9463 The Werewolf

Edited by Plissken, 24 May 2012 - 08:57 AM.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:02 PM

Nice review, 'Plissken'! :classic:
I received this set last week, and it's really cool. I think it should of had a better play feature, but overall, it's an excellent set with the perfect price! :thumbup:

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:10 PM

This is a great little set.  The Creature is perfect and Frank Rock is cool too, although I question the sanity of any man who wears a sheepskin vest to go monster hunting in a swamp.  Two cool minifigs are all a set this size really needs - the fact that you get other cool parts, like a frog, swamp vegetation etc., are just icing on the cake.  I really didn't think the Monster Fighters theme would interest me at all, but this set and the Zombies set both look wonderful.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:17 PM

Neeeeeed this set!!! Love the swamp creature, Frank's a better fig than I originally thought, AND 3more pistols for my forest police!! Pure-- and CHEAP-- win!!!

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

Excellent review ' Plissken ', the best figure so far is the swamp creature ! :grin:
Does that hero look a bit Elvis-like ? :laugh:
Neat little set, if not dear I might buy it and give the swamp creature to my wife as a present ! :laugh:

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:56 PM

Cool review Plissken, I can't wait for these sets to come out.  Hopefully they'll be as reasonably priced *fingers crossed*

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

 Princess Muttonchops, on 24 May 2012 - 01:56 PM, said:

Cool review Plissken, I can't wait for these sets to come out.  Hopefully they'll be as reasonably priced *fingers crossed*
Great review Cheiftain

the minifigs are great. the Merman is totally epic! :) Did you say the price for this set? I may have overlooked it.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the review! The swamp creature is awesome, hands down, but it's also great to know that Frank Rock has a second face, as I don't have use for the sunglassed one. Definitely going to buy this one. Or two.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:15 PM

This is the fig I like best, apparently named Frank Rock. I may end up just buying the set, it may be cheaper than finding the fig by itself. This review was better, nice, clear, bright pictures, nice job!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

Thanks for the review. This being the cheapest of the theme, I will surely buy this. That swamp creature is beautiful. I wasn't too pleased on Frank Rock, but I like that he has a two sided head. That makes me like him a bit more. The piece list isn't that great, but for so cheap with two figures, go for it!
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:05 PM

Cheap set, great figs and pieces... I'm probably getting it.  :grin:  Thanks for the review!

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:21 PM

thank you for the review! this set is definitely is a must since it is the cheapest in the MF series and it has the swamp creature minifig which doesn't have an equivalent among the CMFs like mummy, zombie or vampires do

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:56 AM

Thank you for the review!
Not the best set and I'll probably save some money for a bigger set than get this one :tongue:
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:43 PM

I really like the Swamp Creature minifigure. I wonder if I can make an Ocean Master figure out of his headpiece to go with my DC Super Heroes?

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:48 PM

I must say that this review has confirmed my liking for this set.
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 04:09 PM

Thanks for this quite informative review! :classic:

Well, I have to say that while I'm a little disappointed by the Swamp Creature (I really hope that TLG fixes his eye alignment problem), I am pleasantly surprised by Frank Rock.
He looks like quite the badass and is definitely my favourite Monster Fighter.
His clothes are very Castlevania-esque, specifically the sleeveless leather jacket and the knee protectors.
When I get around to buying this set, I'll probably give him a chain whip to go with this look.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:34 PM

Great review cann't wait to pick this up!

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

Everyone should get it before the minifigs are worth there weight in gold after its discontinued. I have no use for him now but i got him because one day i will build something with a swamp and be glad i have him lol

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:31 AM

This set really is all about the figs, isn't it... :laugh: Nothing wrong with that, and i have to say this one is on my "must get" list - that swamp creature is awesome! I'm pretty happy with Frank's expression without the goofy sunglasses too.  :classic:
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:43 PM

So, somebody please tell me - am I getting one or two of this set? =)

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:49 AM

I clearly need this set (<<). Frank Rock's second face looks good, The Swamp Creature is  :thumbup: :thumbup:  Looks like a great deal.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:04 AM

Are Frank Rock's legs the new olive green color?  :sweet:

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:50 PM

Great review!  :thumbup:
The swamp creature looks creepy but perhaps he wants only a good beer!  :laugh:
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 Multiverse, on 05 June 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

So, somebody please tell me - am I getting one or two of this set? =)

Three.  :laugh: One to keep MIB, one to build up with the MF theme, and a third for parts.
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:32 AM

Nice review. This set looks small but interesting. :laugh:
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