Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:22 AM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:31 AM
That's like that with a lot of the licensed sets. Star Wars at least gets less of that because the vehicles are almost as cool as the figs and characters. But many of the rest of them are at best stages for the figs. (Hulk Helicarrier set anyone? Mines of Moria?). Lately it seems that the licensed waves (excepting Star Wars) Seem to feature one really good solid building or vehicle set that stands on its own (Helm's Deep, Bag End, Quinjet, etc) and the rest tend to be more of play settings for some really good figures. Outside of Star Wars the only other license that seems to have a really strong track record of having a good balance between set quality and figure quality is Batman. And that's because Batman is still all about the wonderful toys. Batman sets tend to have wings and wheels and not simply walls. (Although granted Arkham looks to be an exception to this. The building has almost as much character and presence as the Joker.)
The Turtle sets are almost predestined to suffer a bit in this regard. In the new cartoon the Turtle vehicles are supposedly made mainly of junk. Well when you try and make a Lego vehicle based on source material that is designed to look like a pile of junk, then by design the end product looks a bit junky. (Kind of the root problem with the new Shellraiser vs the classic Turtle van.)
Edited by Faefrost, 07 December 2012 - 06:33 AM.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:18 AM
Thanks, Neville! I was thinking of eventually getting Fishface through BrickLink but only if the orange part could be removed. As it can't, I won't get this minifig.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:08 PM
On One level Chima is really not a theme targeted at AFOL's nor one they have any real strong opinions on either way. It has some neat parts, figs and designs that will grab the attention of some. And it's overall animal war theme may turn others off, but outside of a small group, it really isn't anything deeply argued. Many AFOL's will pick up some Chima sets and figs. But there are plenty of other new sets they will get first.
Now TMNT is an entirely different situation. There is no ambivalence here. The problem is less Chima and more this interpretation of the Turtles. It's kind of taunting the AFOL's. AFOL's have no mental investment in Chima. It's something new for the younger target audience. But the Turtles! Well that strikes right at the nostalgic heart of AFOL's. but the problem is while kinda close and similar, these really aren't the AFOL's turtles. These are these newfangled retread Turtles, with a pink fish guy, and some sort of Crash Bandicoot stupid lookin guy, and a Krang that just isn't their Krang, and no Rocksteady and Bebop and... Well Shredder is still cool. So the sets are cool, and they are something that the AFOL's have wanted for years, but at the same time something is not quite right for them. On some level, and for some AFZoL's its like listening to Mozzart played very well on an untuned piano. It's great stuff, but still not right to your ear.
Is that making any sense?
And I say this as someone who grew up loving - LOVING - the old show.
I think the sets, taken just as Lego sets, might have their flaws, but all my Turtlefan buttons are being properly pushed by the minifigures (even Fishface and Dogpound).
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:10 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:28 AM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:48 AM
j2g you lucky SOB. Not only do you get the sets I have been lusting over, first, your MOM goes out and buys them for you. Some guys have all the luck...
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:15 AM
Also, she confirmed that these were from Toys"R"Us. The prices were crazy inflated. Kraang was around $20, Stealth Shell was around $30, and the Shredder Bike was $40.
Speaking of which, here's my final video review:
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:15 AM
Holy crap! That...that's just crazy talk. Looks like Lego.com will be getting my money. I don't order from them often due to their ridiculous shipping fees (which will be waved for this order) and the last time I did it took almost three weeks to get my sets. Anyone know if this is the norm? Or does Lego typically ship faster than what I experienced?
It looks like Shop at home just changed the release dates for these sets from December 17th back to December 24th. That is lamesauce.
Edited by djmangunz, 08 December 2012 - 03:19 AM.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:43 AM
Edited by just2good, 08 December 2012 - 03:44 AM.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:10 AM
I don't know, maybe they didn't think they would be able to ship the sets by Christmas with that time frame. My only other hope is Amazon, tax free and quick shipping. The only downside is that they won't have the Baxter mech.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:05 AM
Edited by gundamz, 08 December 2012 - 06:05 AM.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:11 PM
Dang I'm good.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:13 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:59 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:09 PM
Oh, and I forgot to ask this, but does anyone have any picture requests for me on the three TMNT sets I own? I'm not too busy today...
Edited by just2good, 08 December 2012 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:02 PM
Edited by Hawkman, 08 December 2012 - 07:04 PM.
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