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  1. It had been a while since my 33rd review. Let's go into the most anticipated Endgame set in 2019. Disclaimer: Only four infinity stones were provided in this set. I took the other two from 76131. Overview Name: 76144 Avengers Hulk Helicopter Rescue Theme: Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Endgame Year: 2019 Pieces: 482 Minifigures: 4 minifigures 1 big fig. Price: £54.99 / $59.99 / 59.99€ Box I bought this from my local Toys'Rus at RM299.90 as the sticker shows here. The scene in the box art sets in 2014 when the Chitauris attack Earth. They are fighting in the sky but I really don't remember any scene like this in the movie. Why is the moon there? Here we have the play feature of the set where you can 'shoot' Hulk out of his carrier and round tile shooters at both sides of the helicopter. Side of the box showing 1:1 Black Widow in Quantum Suit. I thought we already have the exact same one in the other set? Sticker sheet. The golds are quite majestic here and the rotors look nice too (I prefer them printed). Haha. The Build First, let's have a look at the villain's vehicles. Here we got a dragon with wings and teeth and an old ride with a slightly different design from the previous one. They still preserve the trans purple bullets and I like the trans purple panel in front of the laughing Chitauri on the dragon. To my surprise, that glowing green console is a printed piece with alien words on it. I like the tapered design of its tail making it looks very detailed. The wings are also well decorated with those quarter-circle gold parts and that trans purple dish. The Chitauri can sit on the dragon while the other can't. The dragon is really very well designed although it appeared dark dull grey in the movie. This is a comparison between the current design and the old one from 6865. They can still match each other with this dark tan and gold colour scheme! The Helicopter. Nothing special from the front and the back here but the trans orange rotors are very nice here. That Avenger tile is printed and here you can see the tile shooter loaded with three trans orange round tiles inside. The cockpit has enough space to occupy one minifigure with ample arm room. As a Hulk carrier, this Helicopter has a really large hollow space after releasing Hulk into the battlefield. I love the Caution sticker at the side warning you that something dangerous is inside the Helicopter. However, if you don't want to see the hollow space after Hulk left, you can swing the technic arm forward and make that Helicopter smaller and sturdier. I like it better this way. Loaded and unloaded view of the Helicopter from below. The trans orange 2x2 round reverse tile behind the main rotor at the top view picture is the 'button' to push Hulk out from the studs. If I have to choose between LEGO building and LEGO vehicle I will prefer the building but in this case, I am fond of the design of this Helicopter which is way better than other city Helicopters. Tada! The completed build. Trust me. They are gratifying. The Minifigures Newly designed Chitauris. There are two identical ones in this set. The torso print is nice with low cut armour showing the muscles. Head print is not bad with the gold rim helmet but why is it not continuous to the back of the head? Hmm... Comparison with the previous FORGOTTEN exclusive Chitauris. They are heavily printed until the legs although I still couldn't understand the design as the new ones are more movie accurate. Why is she even here? I thought she went to Vormir with Hawkeye? New batons. Not bad but I still don't like her being here. That's the exact same minifigure from 76126 Avengers Ultimate Quinjet. Comparison with previous black widow minifigures. Finally an exclusive big fig. After so many repeated torso and legs of Quantum suits, this one looks very special and nice on a big fig. Nano Gauntlet!!! Read on. I have another picture on that. Different versions of Hulk. Do let us know whether you have this condition in your copy of Hulk. Here we are. The Highlight of the set. NANO GAUNTLET!!! The red glove is very nice and it is PRINTED!!! The main excitement in the set is to collect all the stones and put them in the slots! Now we have left and right-handed infinity gauntlets! Now we are talking. This is my favourite minifigure in the year 2019. Pepper Potts in Rescue suit! As you can see in the back of the torso, this suit is actually Mark 49 specifically designed for Pepper. The little set back here is the enclosed helmet. However, the print on that purple helmet is impeccable! Torso and legs are fully printed with blue and silver on the purple minifigure. The orange hair is also an addition to the minifigure with two alternate facial expressions. The 'backpack' is quite heavy for her where she has to lean forward to stand on her own without any support. They are stickered but I'm not complaining. Favourite minifigure of year 2019. Purple! Oopss I forgot that green and purple stone is not in this set. The minifigures in the set. The pros outweigh the cons here, so I'm happy that I bought this set. Please teach me how to shrink this gauntlet. Now I can snap and own ALL LEGO sets! (Green and Purple stones are from 76131) Review summary Playability: 8/10 - Releasing Hulk, tile shooters and posing the dragon is quite fun for this set. Design / Building Experience: 9/10 - The Helicopter and Dragon are very nicely designed. Minifigures: 9/10 - Pepper's Rescue and that big fig in white is the main attraction here. Pepper saves the points here. Price / Value for money: 10/10 - Absolutely! Overall: 9.25/10 - This is a great set with exclusive Pepper Rescue suit, red nano gauntlet, Hulk in Quantum suit and a nice Helicopter and Dragon. What are you waiting for? Thanks for reading! I hope you like this review. Do share your thoughts in the comments below!  My reviews in Eurobricks. Review: 76060 Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum Review: 60134 Fun in the park - City People Pack Review: 70911 The Penguin™ Arctic Roller Review: 70818 Double-Decker Couch REVIEW: LEGO 76051 SUPER HERO AIRPORT BATTLE REVIEW: Short comparison of various sized Antman. Review: 9469 Gandalf Arrives Review: 31015 Emerald Express & 31054 Blue Express Review: 79018 The Lonely Mountain Review: 9474 The Battle of Helm's Deep Review: 21029 The Buckingham Palace [Review] 30611 R2-D2 Polybag Review: 9473 The Mines of Moria Review: 41103 Pop Star Recording Studio Review of City of Wonders Gift Sets in Malaysia. Review: 75030 Millennium Falcon Review of 76084 The Ultimate Battle for Asgard and 76088 Thor vs Hulk: Arena Clash Review of 76099 Rhino Face-Off by the Mine and 76100 Royal Talon Fighter Attack. Review of 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash and 76104 The Hulkbuster Smash Up Review: 75230 Porg [REVIEW] 5005254 - Harry Potter Minifigures (Bricktober 2018) [REVIEW] 5005255 - Jurassic World Minifigures (Bricktober 2018) [REVIEW] 5005257 - NINJAGO Minifigures (Bricktober 2018) [REVIEW] 5005256 - Marvel Infinity War Minifigures (Bricktober 2018) Review: 76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition Review: 70841 Benny's Space Squad Review of 76039 Ant-man Final Battle and 76109 Quantum Realm Explorers Review: 79003 An Unexpected Gathering The Fellowship of the Ring Collection. Review: 30452 Iron Man and Dum-E Polybag [REVIEW] 76048 Iron Skull Sub Attack [REVIEW] 40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In [REVIEW] Four SDCC minifigures
  2. Swan Dutchman

    Amethyst Geode

    As a kid I had a very small amethyst stone. What I really wanted though was one of those big beautiful amethyst geodes. The geodes are quite expensive, so I never managed to get one. Now that I am an adult gemstones still have my interest. The idea to build a LEGO version of an amethyst geode actually occurred to me during my visit to the LEGO House in Denmark. I was putting my Jewelled Egg Collection on display in the Masterpiece Gallery and I was thinking by myself “Wouldn’t it be nice to build something with transparent purple parts?”. As you may be aware the variety of parts in that colour is limited (there are no plates for example). To make it work I would need to build something a lot bigger than a jewelled egg: an amethyst geode! When I got back home I started designing the amethyst geode which took about a month. It took another two months to collect all the parts and build the model. The amethyst geode contains over 7300 parts. It is 56cm in height, 27cm wide and 15cm deep. I am very pleased with the final result!
  3. Dakar A

    [MOC] Purple Pharmacist

    Purple Pharmacist by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr What makes something a 'dark ages'? Is it just any time you take away from the hobby, or is it something that's up to the interpretation of the MOCer? Regardless, it seems like it's one of those things where you know it when you see it. And with that overwrought musing over, I'd like to jump back into this great old hobby headfirst with this MOC here, the Purple Pharmacist! Purple Pharmacist Sketch by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr Designed in the vein of the official modular buildings, and with a careful adherence to not go crazy with the unlimited pieces and unlimited space offered by LDD, this is a 2553 piece homage to the official sets. My process for designing started with a nascent idea that I wanted to try out some of the new purple pieces in the Friends sets- particularly Lavender. However, I found out that it is very limited in the number of pieces it comes in when those pieces are to be applied to a modular, and I thought that Medium Lilac meshed much better with the nougat of the brick bricks that I ended up wanting to use. Plus there are 1x2x3 windows in medium lilac/purple! With the simple idea that I wanted to use purple in mind, I delved into books, sketch paper, and Google image searches in order to put together a mood board of what types of architecture I'd like to pull from, as well as what colors I'd want to use. Then I came upon this: This italianate building in Cincinnati, Ohio's Over-the-Rhine district was almost exactly what I was imagining I wanted my building to look like. With all that in mind and planning finished, I built! Some of the trends from the modular buildings I took into account with my build were liberal use of striping, a primarily grey first floor facade, unique but meaningful color blocking, and a façade that is intricate in design, but not 'busy'. The ivy on the front was one big part of the 'intricate but not busy' paradigm- it added a lot of interest to the front and differentiated the top and middle floors, while not looking out of place and not clashing with the rest of the build. Purple Pharmacist by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr Outside of the façade I took some liberties though! I wanted to include a pergola in a build ever since seeing woooootles' Wasabi District Avenue Residences, so I did! Outside of that, the rear was mostly bland, as there will likely be little attention paid to it if this ever gets built. ;P Purple Pharmacist Rear by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr Purple Pharmacist roof by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr The way I designed the building posed a problem though- since I designed the façade before building out the rest of the building, all the way to the top, I had a design that I liked a lot, but it severely limited my options when adding the breakapart functionality of a classic modular building. It wasn't too bad between the ground floor and middle floor, or middle floor and top floor, but the relatively complicated and fragile structure of the cornice would have prevented adding in another plate layer. So I had to get creative- instead of popping off, the roof slides out! The rear wall and two outcroppings with tiles at the front hold the roof plates up, while the chimney actually serves as a 'clip' to hold the entire superstructure on! It works out perfectly, since the roof can be built entirely out of 4x10 dark grey plates. Purple Pharmacist Interior by Duncan Adkins, on Flickr Since I was trying to stay true to a limited part count for this one, only the first floor has a completed interior- but it's a fully stocked pharmacy with multiple shelves, a scale, a fancy curved desk for the pharmacist, and newspaper rack to sell people on while they wait for their prescription! On the residential side of the stairs, there is a bike rack and a hat rack, as well as the door out to the back patio. Unfortunately, it will be some time before this MOC has a chance of seeing the light of day. The 1x4/2x4 medium lilac slopes that are integral to the gable do not exist in any usable variety, and so construction is going to be held off until that piece...exists. Which is why I posted it here as only renders and screenshots instead of glorious full color photographs. In the mean time, you can look forward to my Police Headquarters MOC, which will be posted and explained in detail as soon as it's built! Constructive criticism welcome; it's good to be back!
  4. Hey there! Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to finish my cat. B entry in time, but instead I have something else for you... (maybe I'll finish the entry as a freebuild somewhere in the near future...) As you know(or don't) am I the founder of the purple city of Kyrrath. And for a big part, it's similar to other city's in many ways. But when you look to the expansion of Kyrrath, than there is a difference with other citys. Yes, there are some houses that are just build up from the ground, but since Kyrrath has declared loyalty to the spire, there has been a second way of expansion: In a lot of places there are citizens that would like to be loyal to the spire, but do live in areas where most of the population is helping the resistance out. But now there's something beautiful, something magical for these people... When they use purple amethystdust from Kyrrath, and paint their roofs purple, their houses will come to live, and move towards Kyrrath, to settle there and be able to support the spire, The true leader of Nocturnus! Oh, and when the houses come across pirateships, or other buildings loyal to the resistance, they don't doubt destroying them... Here are the photos: This build is also an entry for the finals of The Tourney, that is the reason why this ship design is based at the design of my enemy over there, W. Navarre. But it is a complete rebuild, using my own techniques and designchoises. Credits to him tho for the original design of the ship. And lastly a picture of the house itself, without a ship covering the whole front... I hope you enjoy my build, and if you also want to live in Kyrrath, don't wait any longer, buy some Kyrrath' amethyst dust and paint your roof purple.... C&C always welcome! Have a nice day, Jaap
  5. Hey there! Finally there's a new GoH build from me! It's been about a year ago since my last one... :/ But I got some plans for new builds, when I'll be finished with The Tourney contest at mocpages... I didn't have a great idea for category A of the challenge for a while, but yesterday evening I found one(and also one for cat. B), and I couldn't resist building it as I think it's stupidly funny . Anyway, here it is: Messenger: "Hey, soldier! I got an important message for Lord Kiarr. Where can I find him? The message should not be lost!" Soldier: "Oh, hey! Welcome to Kyrrath! So you got a message? Interesting! hehe... Messenger: "Sure I got a message, and it's really important! Can you tell me please where Lord Kiarr is? Soldier: "Sure I can, but first I have some questions, as I can't send everybody to my Lord..." Messenger: "It's a message from the resistance, with some very important information! If it get lost, The spire will rule over whole Nocturnus!" Soldier: "So it's an important message against the spire?!?..." Messenger: "Yes, the leaders of the resistance send me to Kyrrath to deliver it to Lord Kyrrath, so Nocturnus will get rescued from the spire!" Soldier: "As you can see, we got a special mailbox for important messages about the war against the spire. Put it in there, and no one that may not read the message will be able to get it out of it, hehe" (He didn't even lie) Messenger: "Great, that looks very safe! I'll put the letter in the box!" "Thanks for the help, and have a nice day!" Soldier: "I wish you a 'safe' trip back! As 'safe' as your message is! hehe..." When the messenger has left: Soldier: "hehe, stupid boy. The leaders of the resistance make it easy for us, the spire, if they keep using these stupid, less intelligent messengers..." "This way, there's not even a single reason to kill the messengers, if they are so stupid! And I didn't even have to lie to him! hehe... " And here's the build: GoH - Challenge A - The Mailbox! And here's the way we stop messages from the resistance in Kyrrath: GoH - Challenge A: The mailbox! Kyrrath for purple, Kyrrath for the spire! Quite a rushed build, but I think you get the idea, and I decided it was funny enough to build and share with you! Hope you enjoy! Jaap
  6. adde51

    MOC Fantasy tree

    Again, never really sure if I post things in the right place but hopefully I do. A fantasy-inspired tree to celebrate that spring is finally here (in Sweden)! Hope you enjoy it. Fantasy-tree (1) by Andreas Lenander, on Flickr Fantasy-tree (2) by Andreas Lenander, on Flickr Fantasy-tree (3) by Andreas Lenander, on Flickr Fantasy-tree (4) by Andreas Lenander, on Flickr
  7. Onepu the Protector

    Makuta the Mask Maker

    It's my MOC of Makuta in his Mask Maker form. Let me know what you think about it... And yeah, the minifig is supposed to be me.
  8. The Chosen One

    Fert the Mixel

    Hi all! After long break I decided to built a self-mixel (original idea belongs to Tremah). More description on Flickr (pictures are clickable). Any comments are welcome!
  9. Hey all! Here's my latest build to share with you! It's a battleship from the Kyrrath army, that defends Kyrrath from dangers from the swamp... Here are the Pics: I hope you enjoy my build! C&C Welcome! Jaapxaap
  10. Hey all! Kyrrath is growing and growing, and there are some ideas to make a trading route from Skarenport to Kyrrath, so from here all goods can be send through the rest of Nocturnus. But to make this work, it has to be kinda safe(for Nocturnus standards... ^^). This isn't easy to get but one of the problems to make a safe route is solved: From now on, there's a new ceremony in Kyrrath: Each Monday someone will be chosen and be fed to Bigteeth. So Bigteeth will have enough food and won't eat much innocents anymore. Normally a Criminal will be chosen(like this week) but when there isn't, there will always be a Mitgardian in between the borders of Kyrrath.... Here are the pics of my build: Here some pics of the background and Bigteeth: I've this build also made for the CCC, category Bring out your Dead. I hope you enjoyed my build and I want to thank you for your attention :) C&C always welcome! Have a nice day! Jaap
  11. Hey all! Have you guys ever considered to live your life as a hermit? Probably not, but after reading(and watching) this thread you maybe want.. :) Cause my latest build i just finished is a hermit house, located in Nocturnus, somewhere in the mountains around Kyrrath... Well, Here are the pics: It was pretty fun and challenging to build, and sometimes kinda frustrating :c It actualy is sturdier than it looks it is.... I hope you enjoy this build, and if you have C&C, feel free to post! I really appreciate feedback! Have a nice day! Jaapxaap P.s. If you want to see it in real life, This and other builds will be shown at LegoWorld 2015, in the Netherlands! If you visit please have a talk with me :)
  12. Hey all! Here I have a new Kyrrath build ready to share with you! I've build the mill for the Husbandry minichallenge, but also for my Legoworld 2015 layout(Utrecht,Netherlands) so if you want to see it in real life, headover to the Netherlands :) About the backgroundstory for this build: While there isn't very much food in Nocturnus, Birro, the son of a poor farmer somewhere in the Rakath Mountains, Is traveling through Nocturnus to find a job to get money to buy food for him and his Parents. After visiting many places without succes, he arrives in Kyrrath. Here, he hears that the miller of Kyrrath needs a servant to help him with the heavy work. When he walks up the path to the mill, He sees why the miller needs a servant: The mill pond is silted and there is almost no wind to let the blades rotate. When he knocks at the door, the miller opens the door. When Birro asks if he can be the servant of the miller, the miller tells him he can directly start his new job and tells Birro that he'll send some food to his parents. from that day on, Kyrrath has a new, hardworking villager and a happy miller! Well, here are the pics: The moment of my build is when Birro walks up the path to the mill: Hope you enjoy my mill! I hope to meet some of you at Legoworld2015! And have a nice day, jaapxaap
  13. Hey all! Today I've finished another freebuild! This time it's a borderbuilding for my city of purple: Kyrrath! This build will be shown at LegoWorld 2015(Utrecht/Netherlands), so if you want to see it in real life: come to the Netherlands :) well here are the pics: Hope you enjoy the beautiful purple! jaapxaap
  14. A row of townhouses in colours that are good enough to eat. I originally built one of these in Dark Orange, but couldn't resist using these delicious colours for the final street!
  15. Tijger-San

    [MOC] Ei-wing bomber

    To infinity and beyond! With her female crew and purple colours this Ei-wing may not look to intimidating but space cruisers beware! This is no ordinary bomber. She trows stinky bombs that smell like rotten eggs. Intoxicating her victims with a stench that can be smelled throughout the universe she is well known by her enemies and her allies! It is not uncommon that The Rogue Squadron asks for her help during a crisis. For those who didn’t figure it out already, This ship is based on the Y-wing from Star Wars. The name Ei-wing is pronounced the same way as Y-wing. The name is meant to be a little joke since in dutch the word ’Ei' means egg. This is my first spaceship since I was a kid (and that has been a while :P ) I’ve built it for a little Sci-fi contest organised by HJR Holland on Lowlug.nl. It’s my response to the Xyster from Ecclesiastes. I tried to build it as stud less as possible. The entire bottom has bricks on it’s side or upside-down (except for the holes for the stands). It is a bit hard to photograph. Any suggestions on how to photograph it better or how to improve my creation are welcome!
  16. Toa_Of_Justice

    {LDD MOC} Violet Bolt

    Violet Bolt is an electric female hero. She even has electric hair. Her weapon is a double-ended lightning staff. Violet has a ferocious hatred of Voltix and a crush on Mark Surge. She often fantasizes about giving Voltix the shock of his life while saving Surge from him. Click any picture for a larger version. {LXF File} - {Brickshelf Gallery} -Toa Of Justice
  17. When I saw that TMNT LEGO was going to be a thing, I knew I had to get something. After great deliberation (maybe a couple seconds), I decided to test the TMNT waters with this guy: Set Name: Shredder's Dragon Bike Set #: 79101 Theme: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pieces: 198 Minifigures: 3 Year of Release: 2013 (sort of) Price at Release: USD 25, CAD 30 Buy it? Inventory? Bricklink LEGO INTRODUCTION I'm not a big TMNT fan by any means, but it can be quite amusing. I'll be honest, the main reason for me to pick up a TMNT set was to get a Turtle figure, which, from the pictures, looked awesome. But then came the conundrum of which set to buy. I didn't want to spend too much, so that narrowed it down, but then none of the sets looked all that amazing (in fact, none of the sets look great to me, though the Lair is pretty alright). I decided on the Dragon Bike because of Shredder. Yeah. That's pretty much accurate. The smallest set is still 13 bucks (which isn't so cheap) and doesn't come with much, the Stealth Shell looks like crap and Fishface isn't a regular minifigure (which doesn't much appeal to me), so Dragon Bike won. I still wasn't happy about this set from the pictures, so let's see how it fairs in the physical LEGO… BOX The purple and lime color scheme on this baby packs a nice pop. Purple on a "boy" set though, what is the world coming too! Purple is one of my favorite colors (part of the reason I chose the set with Doni), so hey, I like. The artwork is your typical chase type setup; nothing too shmancy, but kind of gritty and fits TMNT. Not sure why the Foot Solider is running away, though. Let's talk size for a second. This box is the same dimensions as the box for the 20 dollar Spidey set, except skinnier. Less pieces, less box, more money required for purchase. That's LEGO, though. It's expensive, and even the box doesn't make you think you'll really get your money's worth. The back of the box has some great black splats going on; it's quite a fun layout. If you notice, both play feature shots are about the flickr missiles… doesn't bode too well. The action shot is nice, though. This time the Foot Soldier looks like he's doing his job. Here's the story of the set up close: Shredder has some map, Doni chases him and snatches it, then Shredder has super rage. Also the engine on the skateboard is facing the wrong way and Shredder only sort of appears to have shoulder armor, but whatever. Again the Foot Soldier seems a bit useless. INSTRUCTIONS They were a bit rolled up as usual. Here we can see a better view of the Foot Soldier fleeing for his life, and a flick-fire that seems to have discharged itself. Gotta watch out for randomly firing flick-fires; they are quite a hazard. I'd heard in some other TMNT reviews that there were problems with the instructions: bleeding through pages, bad color distinction, etc. I had no such issues. Just a plain lime background and your typical, 21st Century slow-as-molasses instructions. Here's another Foot Soldier oddity; in the final step, he runs alongside Shredder, sword held high. Is there some running joke with these guys that I don't know? MINIFIGURES Here's the reason I bought this set in the first place! We get Shredder, Donatello, and a (apparently crazy) Foot Soldier. The instructions actually have you put Shredder's cape under his spikes, but the boxart has it this way, which I think looks better. Everything about these figures is lovely. Great new parts on Shredder, as well as cool prints (though his arms really should be flesh to be accurate). The Foot Soldier has a useful torso and funky head too. And Doni… what can I say besides brilliant. He's in the bright green color, sports lovely prints, and the head-piece has simple lines, which I love. Good expression too. The shell backpack piece is wonderful as well. LEGO made it a perfect size, and the figure can still sit down, a big plus. I also love that the straps match the straps on the front of torso printing. The Foot Soldier has back printing that's equally useful as the front, and even a wrap around red stripe. Shredder has no back printing, which is a bit of a shame, but he doesn't actually need it. His helmet is cool from all angles, which maybe makes up for it. Isn't that helmet great? (Hint: the answer is yes.) Shredder's face is nice, and looks made to be Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I'm not a huge fan of his overall expression, though. His mouth is too similar to Bruce Wayne/Loki, which is bland to begin with. A slight grimace would be more interesting. Doni has a back print, but for some reason there's no diagonal stripe to match the front. I don't get it. It would've been better for Shredder to have a back print and Doni to have none; he really doesn't need it. I wanted to give you this close-up on the Foot Soldier because he has a little foot logo on him! Super cute. You might've also noticed here or seen in other reviews that Shredder sports a new cut of cape. The neck attachment is bumped out from the cape, so the cape falls more behind the figure and doesn't get wrinckled when used with other neck-armor. It works well, though I wish it was a tad longer. It made me think: knights in armor! So there you go. It's a bit odd looking because the cape is completely behind the figure, instead of slightly cradling the arms as normal capes do. Still, it's quite useful, and dark blue is a good color for royalty. MINIFIGURES with ACCESSORIES Everybody gets nice, fitting accessories. Shredder has two claw pieces that originated in Prince of Persia, which work well as hand claw weapons, as opposed to the Wolverine claws which seem more like part of the hand itself. Doni has a bo staff, which is really just a fancy way of saying a stick used to smack people. It's made of two pre-cut pneumatic tube pieces and a periscope, which makes it ginormous, but that's how all LEGO weapons are. The Foot Soldier is fitted with a regular katana, always nice, and the set comes with a spare. Finally, there's the lovely printed map that's integral to the set's story. Glad that one's a print (the flags on the bike are the set's only stickers). SET - By Parts Time we moved onto the set, eh? The build is rather quick, since this really isn't a big set. There's a bit of technic here and there, a bit of SNOT, and of course LEGO's new favorite: click hinges. This time they're used to SNOT the bike's spike, just like they're used (though I didn't show it) to SNOT the windshield in the SHIELD car in the Spidey set. It's a cool technique made possible by newer parts. Super Skateboard What else to call this vehicle? It's like a skateboard, but big and motorized. I assume there's something like this in the show, but you never know. It does look a little silly, but not at all sloppy. The colors work together, the choice of wheels is good, and the light on the front is a fine detail too. Not a bad little vehicle. Doni stand sideways and holds the lever to make the motor go (in imaginary land, obviously it's not a real functioning motor and Doni is a plastic figurine). There are some nice grey parts back there to make the motor look more powerful. The studs under the motor are metallic grey, which is a nice touch and more interesting than regular grey. While clips on Star Wars vehicles to hold lightsabers make absolutely no sense, a clip to hold a big wooden weapon is a bit better. Yes, in-universe Doni can probably hold it on his shell, but at least this isn't too ridiculous like lightsaber clips are. Shredder's Dragon Bike Now we come to the meatiest meat of the set, the dragon bike. The first thing you have to wonder is: what is this supposed to be. I tried to do some research into this thing and its show counterpart, but all I could find was an action-figure geared toy that looked similar, but was the size of a motorcycle. So… does that mean that in the show this is actually a motorcycle, but here it's hugo-gigantic!? Maybe. I'm not sure what else it could be. From this low angle, the bike actually looks a bit menacing. The front has a good dragon look, what with the fangs, orange eyes, and tons of black cheese for a sort of ribbing. The spikes sticking out from the wheel are nice touches too. Unfortunately, looking at the bike from a normal angle makes it look a bit mish-mashy. It's just bare overall, which isn't good. There's a lot of cheese, which is always nice, but it seems like it's trying to make up for a lack of substance. The light grey technic under the cockpit is kind of jarring, and the big spike is ridiculous the way it shoots up so high. Side views only make it worse. I do love the big firey smokestacks, but that's where my love ends. A bip problem on this model is that there's next to no integration between the wheels and the rest of it. There's no flaps over the wheels, or mudguards, or anything. It's just like: wheels, LEGO on top. The back wheel especially is so open, I can't help thinking somebody could just aim something sharp at it and easily pop the tire. This thing is so 'front-heavy' when it comes to details. There's barely anything at all around this back wheel, so while the size of the wheel itself is cool, it doesn't feel integrated into the model. All there is is the one flap way above the wheel. The last part to build is the dragon head on the front, which attaches on all at once, and when I'd finished it I went… 'that's it?' There's something about this model that feels incomplete. Maybe this is supposed to be a motorcycle, but since LEGO made it large for a bike anyway they needed to beef it up more. More armor, or at least more of a build on the back to balance the build on the front. (There are stickers for both sides of the flags, if you wondered.) There are no controls in the cockpit. I've found that 9 times out of 10, no controls in a cockpit on a LEGO set seems to be correlated to a crappy set design overall. I mean, really, why are there no controls? Does Shredder control it with his mind or his claws? There's even space right there, begging to be filled with some sort of controls. I know how much work goes into designing LEGO sets, but this still feels sloppy. Not everything can be a winner. The play features, obviously, are the flickr fires on either side that swivel around. I didn't bother illustrating what they do this time; you know what they do. Once again, almost anything looks cool from a close-up, low angle. Sitting in front of me on a table, though, this model is ugly. WHOLE SET and CONCLUSION There's what you get in its raw anti-glory. A mish-mashy, unfinished feeling bike that can't decide if it wants to be a big fierce bike or a motorcycle that fell in ooze and grew a bit, and a little skateboard build that's quite cute and fun. The minifigures are all stupendous, as expected, but apart from them I really can't recommend this set. Especially in comparison to the Spider-Cycle Chase and Arctic Batman sets, this set feels like a rip-off because you pay more but get models that are far less rewarding. Maybe I'm a bit harsh because I'm not in love with TMNT, but honestly this vehicle is junky. The stealth shell looks junky too from everything I've seen, and the Shellraiser is also a bit… strange. I'm not too unhappy I decided to get this set because what I really wanted was the figures and I love them, but I'd still be more satisfied if the bike wasn't so darn underwhelming. RATINGS Minifigures: 10/10 - A little gripe about Doni's backprinting not matching isn't enough to dock points. These guys are great. Parts: 7/10 - There's some ok stuff, but nothing amazing. A lot of cheese is good, as is the olive green motor, but otherwise this set isn't amazing for parts. Build: 6/10 - It kind of feels like it just ends. Getting the dragon head on straight is a little annoying because of how it's connected with a pin, and then after that, it's over before you feel the bike is finished. Design: 5.5/10 - No controls. Exposed wheels. Bare back. There's a lot wrong here. Price: 6.5/20 - More than the superheroes sets for less pieces and a far worse model just isn't right. On its own terms, 25 is to be expected I suppose, but this still feels like it should've been 20. Playability: 8/10 - Stuff rolls. That's always good, though the big boy wobbles a little. The flick fires are meh, as usual. You get the main baddie of the TMNT universe, though, so that makes it playable automatically. Overall: 7.1/10 - I tend to rank sets favorably, so this is low-ish for me. A low C, or just below average mark. That's how I feel. This set has some redeeming elements, like the great minifigures and the abundance of cheese, but overall it's kind of poor. On sale, this might be worth picking up if you want the parts as well as the figures. Otherwise, maybe look into getting Shredder seperately, and Doni if you want this expression on him instead of the gap-toothed one in the Baxter Robot set.