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  1. REVIEW - 42094 - TRACKED LOADER INTRODUCTION Looking at the entire range of 1H 2019 models, this model seems to be the one packing the most functions. Your milage may vary, but yellow "construction-ish" vehicles are always welcome to me. And this one looks particularly unusual and interesting. Let's find out what it is all about. This review might be less detailed than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy it anyway! PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42094 Title: Tracked Loader Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 827 Box Weight: 1095 gram Box Dimensions: 38,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 7,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 59,99 Price per Part: € 0,073 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 8x Unnumbered bags BOOKLET STICKER SHEET BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS PANELS These panels are new in dark bluish grey. The also appear in the Getaway Truck. 20T DOUBLE BEVEL GEAR WITH CLUTCH This gear first appeared in the Bugatti Chiron and it's good to see it pop-up in another set. Quote from the Chiron review; it's basically the same as the regular 20T bevel gear, but it has a pin hole, instead of axle hole. And it has clutches on both sides. PART LIST The part list for the 827 parts. THE BUILD The chassis already shows some of the functionality in this set. One of the rear axles is connected to the mini linear actuator and the other is connected to the large turntable. The axles are extended to outside the bodywork. You can also see the manually operated winch. The cabin is placed on top of the big turntable and can be rotated 360 degrees. That is one mean looking grabber on the boom. The undercarriage for the treads. You can see two springs, but they are not used as conventional suspension. They are used to put pressure on the sprockets. COMPLETED MODEL After adding the treads and connecting the chassis to the undercarriage, here's the final model. Two logs are included. Brutalis does look brutal. What I like most, is the design of the cabin. And I love that it can rotate freely, without any limits. This picture shows the cabin 180 degrees rotated. At the rear you can see the lever to switch between "Rabbit" and "Turtle" winch modes. Not that there is much difference between the two modes, but I like this added detail. After all, that's what Technic is all about. The bottom view of the undercarriage and chassis. Here you can see the front of the cabin, which looks stunning. As I said before, the vehicle doen't have suspension. It simply looks that way because of the springs. The rear view showing the winch, and the locking mechanism at the bottom right. The winch is operated by the 12T bevel gear on the right. B-MODEL The B-model looks promising. Could have been the main model. SUMMARY This medium sized set perfectly shows what the Technic theme is all about. It combines the looks with a handful of nice features. It does not have interesting new parts, but the features and aesthetics make up for this. This set definitely gets my nod of approval PROS Great aesthetics Rotating cabin via 12T gear (360 degrees) Raising and lowering boom via 12T gear Manually operated grabber Operating the winch via 12T gear Switching between two winch modes CONS Nothing really, maybe lack of actual suspension SCORE How do I rate this set? 8 DESIGN I love the cabin and overall aesthetics. 8 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Enough functions to provide a fun building experience. 8 FEATURES Packs enough features to make it interesting. 7 PLAYABILITY The treads limit playability on smooth surfaces. 7 PARTS Not too many interesting parts. 8 VALUE FOR MONEY Genuine Technic set for a reasonable price 7,7 GENUINE TECHNIC SET FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  2. REVIEW - 42091 - POLICE PURSUIT INTRODUCTION Every year two new Technic Pull-back Racers appear in the line-up, so it's no surprise to see two new ones this year. What is a surprise though, is that TLG has chosen the "cops and robbers" theme from 2016 again. Obviously, kids love this theme, so it's understandable, but it feels like a cop get it?! The 42047 - Police Interceptor doesn't really look like its successor, although the stickers use the same color scheme PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42091 Title: Police Pursuit Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 120 Box Weight: 287 gram Box Dimensions: 26,1 x 14,0 x 6,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 19,99 Price per Part: € 0,17 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX As usual this model can be combined with the other Pull-back to create a combined model. This time it is a rather unconventional tank-ish vehicle. You can see the image on the back of the box. The combined models are often odd vehicles, but this one is taking the cake. CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Pull-back motor 1x 19L Flex axle 3x Unnumbered bag PART LIST The complete part list for the 120 parts. COMPLETED MODEL Looking at the completed model, I can't help but think; what exactly am I looking at?! "Don't worry about it. Just use a couple of panels and turn in into some sort of Police vehicle!". And this vehicle turned out to be a formula one style vehicle. Choosing formula one style isn't a problem. The actual design of the set IS a problem though. I bet that most AFOLs could easily come up with a way better rendition, using more or less the same parts. Basically this set is comprised of four wheels, a couple of panels and a pull-back motor. Looking at other (smaller) sets, I do notice that they heavily rely on panels. This made me compare the part count of this set with the version from 2016. The sets respectively contain 120 and 185. I know you can't judge a set by its part count, but buying (more or less) the same set, gives you 120 parts instead of 185. That's a difference of 65 parts, which is a major difference given the total part count. It's no secret I am big fan of panels, but this is pushing it. The fun of LEGO is building a model out of different parts. Using 120 instead of 185 parts greatly deminishes the building experience. It probably optimizes the profit though. Only the most-profitable is good enough. Move along, nothing to see here! And another picture of this wond.........drous vehicle. Turns our this is the bad guy after all. The usual left-overs. SUMMARY Being a pull-back racer, I didn't expect any functionality besides pulling it back and letting it go. What I do expect, is a decent design. I am very disappointed with the design though. Especially the use of panels, combined with the decreased part count. This set screams profit optimization. The combined model doesn't really help either. However, since the combined models are often quite odd I won't judge this set by that criterium. PROS None CONS Horrible design Part count seems intentionally low Horrible design Horrible design SCORE How do I rate this set? (Wow, I needed to search for images I don't use often) 2 DESIGN One extra point for the trouble. 4 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Done in a minute. 7 FEATURES On par with other pull-back sets. 7 PLAYABILITY I have rated other pull-backs the same grade. 4 PARTS 65 parts less than its predecessor. 5 VALUE FOR MONEY The low part count makes this set less attractive than previous versions. 4,8 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  3. REVIEW - 42082 - ROUGH TERRAIN CRANE INTRODUCTION The biggest set of the second wave of 2018 sets is the Rough Terrain Crane. Actually, it is THE biggest Technic set ever, with 4057 parts, surpassing the 42055 - Bucket Wheel Excavator, which has 3929 parts. This set contains 128 parts more than the BWE. Which immediately raises the question; has TLG purposely made this set bigger, so it has the highest part count ever? The reason I am asking out loud, is that there has been some debate in the Technic Forum about the growing size of the sets, related to the functions. Some say that the part count is intentionally high, without adding significantly more (or better) functionality. While I do see a trend in sets getting bigger (i.e. higher part count, thus higher price), I don't think that TLG designers are filling their workday finding out ways to add lots of unnecessary parts. I do like to think that the style of building is adapting/evolving to the contemporary standards/requirements. Of course, I don't want to sound too naive, because at the end of the day, it's all 'bout the money. It's all 'bout the dun dun do do do dumb. I don't think it's funny to..... Anyway, why not use this review to dive into this delicate matter. Before we start I like to point out that I do like big sets. The experience of opening the box and seeing the plethora of parts is overwhelming. On the other hand, with Technic sets getting more and more expensive, I can understand that people stop buying the (bigger) sets. In this review, I simply want to find out if this set could have been made with, let's say, 3000-odd parts while maintaining the same functionality. Another thing I'd like to address in this review is the use of extra elements (playable items), like a chains, tools etc. There has been some debate about this in the Technic forum, so I like to give you my opinion. If you see this icon, you can click the image on the left or right side of the image, to cycle through alternative images. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42082 Title: Rough Terrain Crane Theme: Technic Released: 2018 Part Count: 4.057 Box Weight: > 5kg (I forgot to weigh the box, because my kitchen scale couldn't handle it.) Box Dimensions: 57,5 cm x 47,2 cm x 16,5 cm Set Price (RRP): £ / $ 299.99 / € 229,99 Price per Part: £ / $ 0.074 / € 0,056 Links: Brickset, Bricklink So, with an RRP of 229 euro, the price per part comes down to 5,6 cent per part, which is a steal. It's even slightly less than the BWE (5,9 cents per part). This makes it one of the cheapest Technic sets in terms of price per part. Let's compare some stats with previous flagships. COMPARISON WITH OLDER SETS 2011 - 8110 - Unimog - 189 euro, 2048 parts, 9,3 cent per part. 2012 - 9398 - 4x4 Crawler - 169 euro, 1327 parts, 12,8 cent per part. 2013 - 42009 - Mobile Crane Mk II - 199 euro, 2606 parts, 7,7 cent per part. 2014 - 42030 - Volvo L350F - 219 euro, 1636 parts, 13,4 cent per part. 2015 - 42043 - Arocs - 199 euro, 2793 parts, which is 7,2 cent per part. 2016 - 42055 - BWE - 229 euro, 3929 parts, 5,9 cents per part. 2017 - 42070 - All Terrain Truck - 249 euro, 1862 parts, 13,4 cent per part. 2018 - 42082 - Rough Terrain Crane - 229 euro, 4057 parts, 5,6 cent per part. All of these sets have Power Functions, some more than others. The Volvo is literally packed with Power Functions, which explains the high price and low part count. A potential candidate for a comparison with the 42082 - Rough Terrain Crane is the 42009 - Mobile Crane Mk II. The 42009 packs 2606 parts for 7,7 cent per part, while the 42082 packs 4057 parts for 5,6 cent per part. So, the universally praised Mk II crane has a 37,5% increase in price per part. Or the 42082 has a 27,3% decrease in price per part, depending on how you want to look at it. That is 5 years ago, and I'm not taking inflation into account. In other words; for 30 euro extra you get 1451 extra parts. This comes down to 2,1 cent per parts, which isn't bad at all. Some of you might argue that this is not the way to compare two sets, but these numbers are based on RRP and part count, which are numbers we can work with. Since this set has four of the big Claas wheels, a gearbox, and not a lot of PF, I could also compare it to the 42070. But that set was way overpriced, so I don't think that would be fair. The average price of a part in a flagship, based on these 8 sets, is 9,4 cent. So for 229 euro you can expect 2155 parts. You get 1901 more than that. Thus drawing the preliminary conclusion that this set is big, but the price is more than reasonable. Of course, the original debate wasn't focused on the price per se, but whether the models are getting unnecessarily big. Let's carry on unboxing so we can find out. THE BOX The front of the box shows the model and its Power Functions components, a Battery Box and a Large Motor. No sign of new Powered Up elements yet. It also shows a picture of the model with an extended boom, measuring 100 cm high till the end of the boom and a chassis size of 48 cm long. Going by the size this isn't some two-bit crane. But size doesn't always matter. The box has the same width and height as last year's flagship (42070 - 6x6 All Terrain Truck), but it's a couple of centimeters deeper. INSIDE FLAP Like the 42070, this box also has the flap, common to flagship sets. The inside shows a big picture of the model, which is most likely almost 1:1 scale. It's pretty impressive, that's for sure. You can also see that the upper body with the boom can rotate freely, thus 360 degree. This means that most of the mechanics, and battery box, are probably placed in the upper body and not in the chassis. This makes sense, and we have seen it before. Another picture shows the boom can be raised up to 60 degrees. BACKSIDE The back is divided into two sections/sides. The left side shows the functions of the main model, while the right side shows the alternative model, a Mobile Pile Driver. I will express my love for the B-model later this review CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Inner box 1x Sealed pack with two booklets and the sticker sheet 4x Rim 4x Tire 25x Numbered bags (8 of which are in the inner box) INNER BOX The inner box contains the sealed pack with instruction booklets and sticker sheet. And it contains the bags for steps 1 to 4. INSTRUCTION BOOKLETS Two instruction booklets. One for the chassis and one for the crane. Makes you wonder if one person can start building the chassis, while the other starts working on the crane. STICKER SHEET Quite a few stickers to decorate this model. A construction vehicle just isn't the same without black and yellow stripes. And of course, a bunch of stickers indicating how to operate the functions. POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS A battery box and a large motor. TIRES These, so called Unimog Tires, seems to be very common nowadays, but they have only been used in two Technic sets before. RIMS Four big red rims, also used in the 42054 - Claas Xerion and the 42077 - Rally Car. TIRES ON RIMS Here a picture with the tires fitted on the rims. NUMBERED BAGS A total of 25 numbered bags. HIGHLIGHTED PARTS Actually there is only one interesting part in this set and that is the 11 x 11 Curved Gear Rack (or banana gear as some call them) from the 42055 - Bucket Wheel Excavator in a new color black. I am very happy that this gear has appeared in a color which can more easily be used in a MOC, for example an EV3 Robot Not sure why I forgot to take a picture of the part itself, but here is a picture of the subassembly. This set contains a total of eight of these curved gear racks. PART LIST A whopping 4.057 parts, but still only two pages with parts. THE BUILD Bags, bags, bags and more bags. Lucky for us, they are numbered. If you like a challenge, open all the bags and create a big unsorted pile. That will keep you busy for quite some time. I will simply go from step to step As expected we start with the chassis. And to be more precise; with the gearbox in the chassis. Really, orange pins?! Yes, really! Right off the bat, lots of gears are added to the chassis. A white clutch gear is used in the bottom of the chassis. This indicates that these gears/axles will be connected to the Power Functions. At the end of the first step the center of the chassis has finished. This chassis with center gearbox is kind of reminiscent of models like th 8110 - Unimog and the 8258 - Crane Truck. Lots of gears, densily packed in a small space. There's little room left. The bottom of the gearbox. This set contains the 5x7 frames in two colors, light bluish grey and black. This is what you can do with two different color frames. I am not really fond of these kind of solutions, but I understand it can be convenient. Ohhh, and then there's the green liftarms. Because we need green in a red vehicle. I reckon someone opened up the bucket with green dye, so we do need to use more of these of parts in green Actually, I am being semi-serious here. The Forest Machine uses these liftarms in green, so it's probably cost-effective to use them in multiple sets. We are seeing this with other parts as well. For example, the beforementioned orange 3L pins with bush and white 1L connector, etc. TLG tends to minimize the overall number of different parts used in (Technic) sets. I reckon this has something to do with optimizing their warehouse space. New parts are added every year and storage space is limited. Instead of using five different colors TLG uses one (maybe two) color. Doing this over the entire range of sets will save up a lot of space. Technic seems to be the ideal theme to use these kind of strategies. And it adheres to the "color vommit in the chassis" strategy. One of the wheel assemblies. As you can see there is no actual suspension. Not even pendular suspension. Which seems odd for an Rough Terrain Crane, but I am no expert. Here's the subassembly attached to the center of the chassis. An almost similar assembly attached to the other side. Instead of green liftarms, this one uses orange ones. This way you can more easily tell the sides apart. This is actually not a bad thing. I have mentioned it before, but I am actually a big fan of the color vommit approach. Altough I must admit that using these orange 3L pins with bush is definitely pusing it. Blue might have been a better choice, but that would have confliced with the Bugatti color scheme. Therefore, I think TLG made the decision to use orange in this as well. By the way; this set does also contain 40 of these 3L pins with bush in black. The picture below shows how you can align the wheels. After aligning them, you slide the 16T gear in position. When I was building the set, I wondered why there was space between the gear and the liftarm, but it soon made sense. A subassebly for the outriggers. I do like the design, but as with most outriggers on Technic models, they I would love to show you a video of the outriggers, but since it's Tuesday now, I don't have enough time to lower them before the embargo date of this review Just kidding of course. They do take a while, but since they are outriggers I find this acceptable. As long as the other functions aren't that slow. The chassis with front and rear wheel assemblies, and the front and rear outriggers. This is what you would expect from a crane this size. No unncessary use of extra parts so far. Next stop is the V8 engine with white oil filter and orange propellor/fan. I really like the oil filter. It's simple, but it adds detail to the model. The choice of orange as the color for the propellor seems odd, but it's likely a safety precaution. The emphasize that this is a part you need to watch, since it will be rotating when you move the crane. Not entirely sure, but it must be something along these lines. After the engine you will be building the connection between the chassis and the upper structure (crane body). This is done by using eight curved gear racks and an ingenious system in between. Click on the images to construct the ring. At that point you will attach the rims and the chassis is done. Worth noting is that the wheel caps in the rims use a lot of extra parts. Per cap approximately 12 parts are used, which boils down to 48 extra parts, just for the caps. This picture will be very hard to shoot with the crane attached, so I will give it to you now. This model implements Ackerman Steering Geometry. Or Reversed Ackerman Steering. Or even Reversed Reversed Ackerman Steering hehe. Not sure what the consensus in the forum was. I am no expert on steering assemblies, but Ackerman Steering boils down to the inner wheels turning at a different angle than the outer wheels, due to the fact the outer wheels have to travel a wider diameter. Ackerman Steering is something Technic fans like to see in models. For more information I suggest you start with Wikepedia and go from there SECOND BOOKLET This is an interesting part in the build. Reminds us of the 8043 - Motorized Excavator. Admittedly, I didn't think of this myself, but it has been addressed in the forum. Since the two 20T Bevel Gear with Pinhole have been placed on opposite sides of the actuators, this results in them turning in a different direction when the boom is raised (or lowered). Basically, this means that when the boom is raised, one of the LA's extends, while the other retracts. If one of the 20T gears was placed the other way around, this problem would not occur. Of course, the turning direction of one of the axles feeding the LA should be reversed for this to work. Since the gears attached to the LA's only rotate a tiny fraction when raising the boom, it leads me to believe that this is a calculated flaw. In this video I try to demonstrate the issue at hand. You continue to work your way back to the rear of the superstructure. Again, lots of gears and space which will be filled with gearboxes. This is the point in the second booklet where you can't build any further, untill you finish the first booklet. At this stage you will attach the upper section to the chassis. The boom is really massive. Feels solid like a rock. I am impressed with the sturdyness of this boom. It does a lot of panels and H-frames, so it's only logical, but I was still impressed. No wormgear to extend the boom this time. The other side of the boom with a white clutch gear for safety. The boom attached to the crane. Needless to say I am having a hard time getting the entire boom in the picture. The back of the upper section is closed with panels. The black ones can be removed for easy access to the battery. There are two gearboxes on the top of the crane. The left (bottom) one is to switch between crane and chassis functions. The right (upper) one is to switch between raising/lowering the boom, extracting/retracting the boom and lowering/raising the hook. The chassis functions are rotating the super structure and raising/lowering the outriggers. COMPLETED MODEL It is rather difficult to shoot decent pictures in the photo studio. I sure hope sets won't get much bigger than this. Looking at this model, I think TLG has done a remarkable job with this Rough Terrain Crane. The black chassis, with red elements, combined with the red super structure looks spot on. Lots of technic gears and elements provide an interesting build. I love how the two (or three) gearboxes work together. Here you can clearly see the gearbox on this side of the chassis is used to rotate the crane. Because of the weight, the chassis tends to bend a little, but nothing to worry about. The boom of the crane can exend way more than this, but that makes is impossible for me to take pictures. A close up from the front of the vehicle. The cabin door swings open to reveal the interior of the cabin. And one from the reaar. I'm sorry I don't have anymore pictures of the completed model, but I think you have seen most of it. You can find out more by building it yourself FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS This model packs features you would expect from a mobile crane. Raising/Lowering the boom Extracting/Retracting the boom Raising/Lowering the hook Raising/Lowering the outriggers Four wheel (Ackermann) steering Working fake engine Other than that there are some details like two cabinets which can be opened to store some gear. TLG has even added some walls which can be turned into part of a house or cabin. OUTRIGGERS Okay, let's get this out of the way. The outriggers are slow, really slow. I turned them on this morning and when I came home from work, they were halfway. Obviously, I am joking...I didn't go to work today. It's not that bad, but it would be nice if they operated a wee bit faster. You do need to use the four plates for them to properly reach the ground. STEERING AND DRIVING For a set this size steering and driving work properly. Even better than I expected. CRANE The thing I am most impressed with are the crane functions. These work like a charm. And, unlike the 42043 - Mercedes Arocs, this gearbox (or rather gearboxes) is very easy to understand. One look at the stickers is all it takes to be able to operate this thing. It offers a ton of playability. Linking gearboxes, instead of direct connection to a motor, can cause some slack. This can be seen when turning the crane. But this is just a minor gripe, just like the outriggers. DOOR A nice detail is the sliding door. PLAYABLE ITEMS It's time to talk about the added playable items, like this toolbox. Some people don't feel this is necessary and some even seem to be a bit annoyed by it. I have addressed this in my 42069 - Extreme Adventure review where I state that I like these added details. And I still do. The Forest Machine also packs some extra's like a chainsaw, some logs etc. Actually, I see it in most of the Technic sets. What I have seen is that this greatly enhances playability for younger LEGO fans. I am absolutely aware that this is a 11+ set, so it is not designed for a 5-year old. But seeing a 5-year old play with these Technic models and use all the extra items in the set for his "story" makes you realise that by adding playable items to a Technic set, it suddenly becomes a set for all ages. So, a handful of extra parts might be enough to prepare a 5-year old for Technic enthusiasm later down the line. After all, he (or she) is the future Technic target audience. Therefore, I am 100% in favor of adding these little details to Technic sets, even if these sets are 11+. PART COUNT And now for the part count discussion. No doubt this model could have been made using less parts. It you take away the playable items, wheel caps, grey construction panel and outrigger plates, you already save a couple of hundred parts. In the old days a Technic model used to be liftarms with gears inside. These days are over. Models are becoming more and more realistically looking, which means that less of the interior is visible. This also goes for the boom for example. In the old days we would have seen the interior of the boom and now it's covered with panels. I am not convinced that TLG is deliberately adding parts to the boom just to have more parts. I think TLG is doing this because they need to compete with other toys in the stores and these toys look like the real thing. Therefore TLG wants its models to look more like the real thing to, resulting in adding panels and other embellishments. Granted, TLG's marketing department won't mind having the biggest Technic set every year, so they can use this in Ads. Like I said in the introduction; I am a fan of big sets. I love putting together a 4057 part set. But I reckon people are more upset about the price of bigger sets than the part count. This can be a false assumption, because I know not all AFOLs think like this. But if TLG had used 3057 parts instead of 4057 they could have easily maintained the same RRP. 3000 parts at 229 euro is 7,6 cents a piece, which is still rather cheap. So my conclusion is that TLG might have upped the part count a bit, but still presented this set at a very affordable price. We already see this set popping up for around 179 euro, which boils down to 4,5 cent a piece, which is extremely affordabl for a Technic set. For me it would have been an issue if TLG priced this set at 349 euro RRP. Then I would have figured TLG was doing it on purpose. Basically, this is a UCS-like Technic set and you get it for 229 euro, or less if you do some online shopping. Personally, I think this is extremely good value for money. Of course your mileage may vary, but this is how I see things. B-MODEL The B-model, a Mobile Pile Driver, is a cop out, nothing more, nothing less. I mean, seriously?! 4000+ parts and we get a model that is 95% the same as the original model. And if that's not the worst part, it's ugly AF, as some people would like to phrase it. The Pile Driver extension looks like something I could have built....when I was four . Maybe, well probably, I am insulting someone at The LEGO Group, but I can only hope that they were lacking time and/or resources, so they came up with this at the last moment. The argument of time is rendered invalid, because this is what you can in a couple of days. Well, maybe not everybody, but @nico71 was able to turn this set into a front loader. Nobody will probably argue that this would have been a better B-model. Not sure what TLG's policy is regarding alternate models but the 42030 isn't in production anymore, so I don't see any reason not go for something like this. The rear view of the model. And even the grey construction elements can be turned into something useful. SUMMARY I am a big fan of this set. It packs a lot of functionality and parts, for a decent price. The forum contains pages and pages with potential improvements, but that's out of scope for my review. Almost every set gets improved by AFOLs, so that's no surprise. Bottomline is that this is great set for existing AFOLs and new AFOLs alike. I can remember coming out of my dark ages in 2005, building the 8421 - Mobile Crane, which had a whopping 1885 parts. I remember the endless quantity of parts coming out of the box. Imagine a set with more than twice the part count. And again, this doesn't automatically mean a better set, but you will be impressed when you open this box. Much has been said about the color vommit in the chassis of this model. I have grown fond of color vommit, because I like the variety in the parts. I do enjoy seeing all the colored parts. However, using orange 3L Pins with Bush is pushing it to the limit, especially on a red model. I would have preferred blue instead of orange. My final conclusion is that for around 200 euro, you do get a LOT of value for money. I can see myself getting an extra copy, just because of that. I would almost go as far a stating that this could be considered a UCS Technic set. PROS Good looking model Properly working functions (even Ackermann steering) Several (linked) gearboxes Great parts pack (especially for people new to Technic) Very affordable, almost cheap CONS Some slack due to drivetrains and gearboxes Outriggers operate very slowly No suspension No special parts besides the new curved gear rack in black SCORE How do I rate this set? 9 DESIGN I love the looks, color scheme, everything. 9 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Very enjoyable build with several gearboxes and other functionality. 8 FEATURES Great features, with some room for improvement. No suspension though. 9 PLAYABILITY Implemented features provide lots of playability. 8 PARTS Mostly common parts, but you do get a lot of them. 10 VALUE FOR MONEY Price goes down to 4,8 cent per part if you shop around. It doesn't get any cheaper than this. 8,8 UCS ANYONE? Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  4. REVIEW - 42090 - GETAWAY TRUCK INTRODUCTION The Getaway Truck is the "other" Pull-back Racer of 2019. Since TLG has introduced the "cops and robbers" theme again, this set is considered to be the antagonist, or bad-guy if you will. The picture below shows the previous Getaway Truck from 2016. That set looked Bad-ass with a capital A. The latest versions follows TLG's new design philosophy (for smaller sets anyway), which is using less parts and more panels. Check out the picture below to see all the cool details. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42090 Title: Getaway Truck Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 128 Box Weight: 297 gram Box Dimensions: 26,2 x 14,0 x 7,1 cm Set Price (RRP): € 19,99 Price per Part: € 0,16 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX As usual this model can be combined with the other Pull-back to create a combined model. This time it is a rather unconventional tank-ish vehicle. You can see the image on the back of the box. The combined models are often odd vehicles, but this one is taking the cake. CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Pull-back motor 4x Tire 2x Unnumbered bag HIGHLIGHTED PARTS The only interesting parts in this set are the dark bluish grey panels. The 7x3 Curved Panels on the left have been introduced in 2017, so they aren't new. But the #3 and #4 Panels on the right are new in dark bluish grey. The previous Getaway Truck also used these panels, but they were black with stickers. PART LIST The complete part list for the 128 parts. COMPLETED MODEL Granted, the completed model definitely looks better than the Police Pursuit. But like that one, this model also relies heavily on panels. It's basically six panels connected with some liftarms. Spared no expense? On the contrary. Spared all expenses and made it as cheap as possible. Where are the wheel hubs?! The mandatory bottom view. The pull-back motor is dark bluish grey, but it looks like old dark grey in this pic. The usual left-over parts. SUMMARY I will repeat here what I said in the Police Pursuit review. The pull-back models confirm my suspicion that TLG is drastically looking at ways to optimize profit, instead of delivering cool sets. One can argue that kids will hardly notice the difference when they get a pull-back set, but only using a couple of panels and liftarms is totally different than the setup of the previous Getaway Truck. That one had a very cool design and cool details. PROS The design is better than its Police counterpart CONS Mostly comprised of panels Simple design Way less detail than the previous version SCORE How do I rate this set? (most scores are copied from 42091 - Police Pursuit) 6 DESIGN Okay-ish. 4 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Done in a minute. 7 FEATURES On par with other pull-back sets. 7 PLAYABILITY I have rated other pull-backs the same grade. 4 PARTS 42 parts less than its predecessor. 5 VALUE FOR MONEY The low part count makes this set less attractive than previous versions. 5,5 AT LEAST IT LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL VEHICLE FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  5. REVIEW - 42096 - PORSCHE 911 RSR INTRODUCTION Not too long ago, 2016 to be precise, I wrote a review about a big orange Technic Porsche. Only 2,5 years later a new Porsche is added to the Technic range! This new Porsche 911 RSR uses the same wheel arches as the 42056, but slightly smaller tires. It's hard to qualify the exact scale, but for roughly half the price, we can expect less detail than the previous one. At first glance I am very happy with the looks and especially the color scheme. Looking at the name of the set, the color scheme wasn't a surprise, since this is how the actual model looks like. That diffuser means serious business. Edit: The wheel arches are a different size than the ones we already know. They are two studs shorter. Thanks to @LvdH for pointing it out. This review might be less detailed than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy it anyway! PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42096 Title: Porsche 911 RSR Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 1580 Box Weight: 2266 gram Box Dimensions: 47,7 cm x 37,2 cm x 9,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 149,99 Price per Part: € 0,095 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Sealed booklet 2x Sticker sheet 4x Tires 13x Unnumbered bag BOOKLET STICKER SHEETS Two sticker sheets, with loooooots of stickers. There is even a completely white sticker, without a print. Seriously?! TIRES BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS WHEEL ARCHES Okay, let's get the big black-red-grey-white elephant out of the room. If you know a bit about TLG's sticker policy you will know that TLG avoids applying stickers to curved surfaces. And by curved I mean curved in multiple directions. So, it wasn't (or rather should not have been) a surprise that the wheel arches are printed. But man o man....are you kidding me?! These look like stickers I applied after a couple of brewskies....several brewskies....lots of brewskies! I totally understand the difficulty of printing these parts, but I expect more from a company claiming that only the best is good enough. Two thumbs down for these arches. These wheel arches are slightly smaller than the ones on the 42056 by the way. I somehow missed this when I was building the model and writing the review CANOPY Clever use of the Windscreen 6 x 4 x 2 1/3 Bubble Canopy with Handle. 7 x 3 CURVED PANEL I almost missed this one, but it's the first time we get this one in white. 3 x 13 CURVED PANEL Thank you TLG for finally providing this part in white! BANANA GEARS We have seen these 11x11 Curved Racks in the Rough Terrain crane, but they are cleverly used in this set too. PINS AND CONNECTORS Not all of these connectors are new, but the Pin with Ball Joint has never been released in red. And the Pin with Pin Hole has never been released in white before. And the Axle with Pin Hole has never been released in black before. PART LIST The part list for all of the 1580 parts. THE BUILD Unsurprisingly, we start building the chassis, with the rear suspension. Here's the front suspension with steering rack. The chassis with front and rear suspension. The single seat and steering wheel have been added. The water-cooled six cylinder 4.0 liter boxer with 510 hp (375 kW) has been placed behind the driver's seat. Wheel arches and doors have been added. The car is taking shape. Yes, there is a sticker with track information applied to the inner side of the door. In case you get lost hehe. The front of the car looks spectacular. I love the usage of the "banana gears" and curved panels. I also like the canopy parts. I know they make the car look like a frog, but I still like ' em. They work for me. Like the front, the rear of the car looks stunning too. I absolutely love that big bad-ass diffuser. The hoses and panels complete the package, along with the big spoiler. Thumbs up for the rear. These are the left-over parts. COMPLETED MODEL We proudly present the Frog 911 RSR. I'm just joking, because I absolutely love the looks on this car. The color scheme is spot on. Maybe it's because I am working on a Mindstorms project with the same color scheme The gap behind the front wheel is actually present on the real car as well, so it's by design. Obligatory picture of the chassis. Isn't she a beauty?! I love this shot. What I don't like is the abundance of white stickers. And by white, I mean actually white. The color of the stickers don't match the white on the panels, at all. A very simple solution would have been to print the stickers off-white, instead of pure white. Printing the stickers in pure white even resulted in the need to apply a totally white sticker to one of the roof panels. A white sticker to match the other roof stickers, otherwise the color difference would have been even more obvious. I can't get my head around this approach, because a very simple solution seems to be available. Another approach would be transparent stickers, but I haven't seen those in a while. The doors and the engine cover open up. Combined with fake engine, steering and suspension, that pretty much sums up the functionality in this car. There is no HoG (Hand of God) steering, which is a huge let down for me. I can imagine the people at Porsche had a say in this. Makes you wonder whether the licensed approach, over proper functions, is the right path for TLG to take. The wind shield wiper is fixed in place by the way. The side view shows that the wheels are slightly too small for the car. Or the wheel arches are slightly too big hehe. The size of the wheels just doesn't feel right. Of course, there is limited choice in wheels, so I understand this choice. No biggie. All things considered, the car is eye candy! A final view of the rear, because this is most likely the part of the car that you will see most, unless you are a really good racing driver COMPARISON WITH 42056 This review would not be complete without a comparison with the 42056 - Porsche GT3 RS. When you are building this model, you get the feeling that you are building more or less the same scale, maybe because of the wheel arches. But looking at the comparison images it is clear that this model is indeed a different scale. This obviously explains the lower part count and price. Both fronts have that distinctive Porsche look. I like the canopy style headlights. This picture from the rear clearly shows the difference in scale. The orange one has a much bigger ass I do think the RSR's rear design is much cooler than the RS3's. I know it's not fair to compare a street-legal car with a circuit racer. I would love to see someone give a go at an RSR version in the same scale as the 42056. Actually, I am surprised I haven't seen one made by @JunkstyleGio in LDD yet, but I might have missed it B-MODEL Like the previous Porsche, there is no official B-model for this car. I'm sure some fan made B-models will pop-up. SUMMARY To be honest; I am torn between two opinions. My first opinion is that this is a stunningly beautiful car. I absolutely love the color scheme and looks on this baby. I can't stop looking at it and it looks so much cooler than the 42056. My second opinion is that the printed panels and stickers look horrible. This may sound confusing, because I just said it looks stunning. Well, it looks stunning from a distance, in a cupboard or something. You can see a lot of flaws from close by. The lack of HoG steering is also a bit let down for me. Basically, there is zero playability, so yet another display piece. The 42039 had some simple functions, which made the car fun to play with. Like the 42056, this is just another display model. A display model depending on lots of stickers. Would I recommend it?! You bet I would. Why? Because it's reasonably priced and I can't stop looking at it. I will probably get a second copy and have a go at a Porsche 911 EV3 PROS Color scheme Stunning looks Price (you can get a big Porsche for a reasonable price) CONS No hand of God steering No playability whatsoever Awfully printed wheel arches White stickers too white Too much stickers SCORE How do I rate this set? 9 DESIGN I love the design and color scheme. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Plain build. No interesting functions. 6 FEATURES Which features?! 6 PLAYABILITY Push the car back and forth. Hard to steer. 7 PARTS Finally, white wheel arches! Oh wait...they are printed...badly. 8 VALUE FOR MONEY You get a cool Porsche for a reasonable price. 7,2 GREAT LOOKING DISPLAY PIECE...FROM A DISTANCE FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  6. Ahoy, mateys! Longtime reader, first time poster here, so hopefully I’m doing everything right. I just wanted to share my own little celebration of the Pirates 30th Anniversary, a complete retrospective review series on YouTube of every set in the original 1989 wave, beginning with one of the greatest Lego sets of all time. I felt like the BSB was long overdue for a high quality, in-depth analysis. Hope you scurvy dogs enjoy it!
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    REVIEW: 75974 Bastion

    Bastion is one of my favorite Overwatch characters, so I was excited when it was announced that we'd get a Lego version of it. However, the first Bastion set that was released, the Blizzard exclusive 75987 Omnic Bastion, was a bit disappointing since the model was based on an obscure skin, was not small enough to be minifig-scale, and couldn't even really transform. Luckily, TLG seems to have fixed some of these issues by also releasing a UCS-scale model of classic Bastion in the main Overwatch line. But is bigger actually better? Let's find out! About Overwatch For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below for a brief summary: Set Number: 75974 Name: Bastion Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 602 Minifigs: 0 Price: £54.99 / $49.99 / 59.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: To learn Bastion and Ganymede's origin story, I highly recommend watching the beautiful animated short "The Last Bastion"! The Box The box designs for the Overwatch theme have been pretty unconventional so far, but Bastion's might just be the strangest one yet! The front features Bastion in recon mode guarding the first capture point of the Eichenwalde map which is a fitting location for Bastion. The top has the usual white Lego Overwatch banner and it has the set info underneath it on the left and a Blizzard logo in the lower right. What is odd about it is that it highlights a play feature of the set on the front of the box instead of the back by showing Bastion in its transformed sentry mode in a little box on the right. There is also a small notification in the bottom left letting you know that Batteries are included. Things get even stranger when you turn around the box to see its back. Like with the Dorado Showdown box, the back box art is in portrait format instead of landscape like the front and looks more like your usual front art than back art. It depicts Bastion peacefully hanging out at the edge of the Eichenwalde map with Ganymede sitting on its hand and the city of Stuttgart which Bastion was originally programmed to attack visible in the background. There is also a name tag for Bastion, the URL for the Lego Overwatch product page, and another "batteries included" sign. The right side of the box has another render of Bastion along with some copyright information and a small box demonstrating the light brick functionality which is an uncommon place to have such a play feature highlight. There is more info about the light brick's battery on top of the box as well as an ad for the Lego Life app and a 1:1 scale image of Ganymede. On the bottom there is mostly just a bunch of choking hazard warnings. Contents Inside the box there are an instruction booklet, a sticker sheet, and four numbered bags. Instructions The first eleven pages of the instructions booklet are filled with warnings and other info about the light brick battery. I guess they REALLY want you to be careful with this thing! The eleventh page shows you how to "arm" the light brick and how to replace its battery. The next two pages show you how to use the brick seperator, how to build the set using the numbered bag system, and how to download digital instructions using the Lego Life app. Here is a random instructions page. The steps are easy to follow, and like the Reinhardt & D.Va set, there are several illustrations of these hinges that can click in seven different languages. Towards the end of the booklet there are six pages that show you how to transform Bastion from its recon mode to its sentry mode. Each transformation step fills out an entire page, making the illustrations easy to see and follow. The last two pages contain the inventory. Notable Parts This set has a lot of parts in rare colors such as tan, orange, sand green, and light yellow. There's also that 1x1 round tile with the Overwatch logo printed on it again, and we get an interesting new part in black that looks like a 2x2 tile with a 1x2 plate attached to the top of its center at a 90 degree angle. And then there's the light brick of course which is not super rare, but always great to get in a set. Minifigs Gany-fig Sadly there are no minifigs in this set - however we do get a small brick-built character in the form of Ganymede, Bastion's little bird companion. This is the last thing you build, but I figured I'd get this out of the way before we focus on Bastion. Ganymede is constructed using some clever SNOT techniques and half the parts that are used are in rare colors. The head looks a bit big and lacks some detail around the eyes, but otherwise Bastion's feathery friend looks pretty good and makes a nice addition to the set. The Build The first bag contains a brick separator (yay? ) and the parts for Bastion's head and torso. First you build Bastion's pelvis which is almost entirely built with SNOT (studs not on top). Next you build the hips. This is where the new black bracket piece is used to hold the red ball joint socket vertically so that the socket points down. Once you connect the pelvis and hips, you finish the rest of the torso and the head. This is what Bastion looks like after bag 1: The second bag contains the legs. The way the legs are built fairly straight forward, although they do utilize some SNOT on the sides for stability and detail. The gray round 1x1 plate with a bar sticking out of it is used effectively here to add some greebling to the knees. These are the parts from the third bag. Can you guess for what these are used to build? That's right, these parts are used to build the feet as well as the gatling gun. Bastion's toes are built using an interesting SNOT construction involving two headlight bricks to get that angled-up look. The fourth and final bag contains the parts for the arms and Ganymede. The arms are comprised of multiple moving parts which are connected and then added to Bastion's body. Once Bastion has been "armed", you put together Ganymede and you're done. Spare Parts There are several little bits left over after the build including the Overwatch tile and some of the other rare parts like the round 1x1 plate with handlebar in gray and the rounded 1x1 tile in light yellow. The Completed Set Once completed, Bastion looks quite impressive. This big bot stands about 10” tall and feels very robust. The tan, sand green, gray, and orange color scheme looks great, too. When compared to the Bastion from the game, it holds up pretty well. Aside from some missing details and minor proportion issues, the set looks spot-on. I think the designers really did about as well as could be expected of them. There is only one big inaccuracy that bugs me. If you look at Bastion's back, you will notice that the ammo canister on its gatling gun is completely absent. This is a pretty big oversight considering it's almost as wide as the barrel of the gatling gun itself and I have no idea why they didn't include it. Instead, there is just a small gray tube with the Overwatch logo on it cap which is a nice touch, but doesn't make up for the missing ammo barrel. The ammo belt on Bastion's submachine gun is missing as well, although that's easier to ignore. Bastion actually has a few things in common with WALL-E in that they are the last operating robots of their kind who surpassed their original programming to save humanity and pursue their own interests. To give you an idea of Bastion's scale, here are the two robots having a play date with their pets. Play Features This set not only looks good, but it also has a lot of playability as well. Bastion has an impressive amount of articulation which is demonstrated in the following photo. The arms, shoulders, legs, and feet are all poseable. The hips can turn 360 degrees, the head turns and can look up and down, and the fingers can be put into a variety of poses thanks to being attached via ball joints. Bastion's thumb also has a jumper plate so that Ganymede can sit on it. The only thing that's not poseable as you might have guessed are the knees, but that's okay since Bastion doesn't usually move them much anyway. The arms can be fully stretched out, although it looks a bit awkward as the joint is on the upper arm instead of on the elbow. With such a wide range of motion you can put Bastion into all kinds of poses! You can even have Bastion enter "Rest Mode" by sitting it down. Bastion's eye is light blue when it's in peaceful mode, but you can have Bastion switch to combat mode by pressing the light brick button on the back of the head which is a pretty cool effect. However, there is more to Bastion than meets the eye as its main play feature is its ability to transform into sentry mode. As mentioned before, the transformation only takes six steps and is fairly easy to do. Below is an animated GIF that shows you how it works. The set's description advertises that the transformation can be performed without a rebuilding, and while this is technically true, you do have remove the head unfortunately for the transformation to be complete. DISCLAIMER: Toy does not actually transform by itself. Aside from having to remove the head, the transformation is pretty faithful to how it is in the game, although the energy core in Bastion's chest is not exposed by the transformation. I wouldn't mind if the Bastion in the game didn't have this weak spot either. Here is a picture of Bastion in sentry mode with the removed head beside it. It looks pretty good and about as accurate as it does in recon mode. The gatling gun is mounted on a Technic friction pin, so it can be spun, but not very easily. It would have been kind of cool if the designers could have found a way to incorporate a six-stud shooter so that the gun can actually shoot something, but I appreciate that they focused more on looks than playability. The lack of an ammo container is especially noticeable in this configuration though. It looks pretty good from the back, too, although the arms don't tuck away quite as neatly as in the game, especially the gun arm, so it just ends up sticking up into the air. Ratings Design: 4/5 - Bastion looks great and reasonably accurate in both recon and sentry mode, and Ganymede is a nice addition. I still wonder what happened to Bastion's ammo though. Build: 5/5 - The build utilizes many interesting SNOT techniques as well as some Technic and there isn't much repetition. A very satisfying build experience, even if the stickers are a bit annoying. Minifigs: 0/5 - No figs, no points, sorry. And no, Ganymede doesn't count. Playability: 4/5 - Bastion has a lot of poseability and the transforming feature pretty cool, althougyh not completely flawless. The light brick is a nice touch as well, but kids might be disappointed that Bastion's guns don't actually shoot anything. Parts: 4/5 - Lots of useful parts in nice and rare colors and even a new element. Not too shabby. Price: 5/5 - Over 600 pieces for just 50 bucks is incredibly cheap for a licensed set, even when you consider the lack of minifigs. Overall: 4/5 - It's a shame we don't get a minifig-scale Bastion in this wave, but this large transforming action figure of the character certainly makes up for it, even if it doesn't fit in with the rest of the sets. It looks great in both modes, is very poseable, and feels sturdy, plus it has a light brick and other neat parts. It would have been nice if some aspects would have been a bit more accurate or if it maybe included a minifig to give an extra incentive to buy it, but nevertheless I can highly recommend this set whether you are an Overwatch fan or just enjoy big robots. At such a good price, you can't go wrong. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? And do you think they should nerf or buff Bastion? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above!
  8. REVIEW - 42093 - CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 INTRODUCTION We do see a lot of licensed Technic sets lately. In that regard, this set is not special. What is special, is the scale of this model. At first glance, you might not notice it, but this is a rather small set, still packing lots of details. At a price of € 39,99 you basically can't go wrong. Let's see if that is indeed the case. But before we do that, take a look at what we are aiming for. This review might be less detailed than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy it anyway! PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42093 Title: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 579 Box Weight: 748 gram Box Dimensions: 35,3 cm x 18,9 cm x 9,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 39,99 Price per Part: € 0,069 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 6x Unnumbered bags BOOKLET STICKER SHEET BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS TECHNIC MUDGUARD 9 x 3 x 2 This new part is the slightly smaller variant of the big mudguard panel we see quite often nowadays. I am looking forward to seeing this part appear in other official sets and/or MOCs. One can get very creative with it. 11 x 3 CURVED PANELS I overlooked the fact that these panels are new too. Thanks to @Ngoc Nguyen for pointing it out. WHEELS AND RIMS At first, these parts don't seem so special, but they kinda are. The tires only appear in the London Bus and the rims are new in black. Both slightly smaller than the rims in and tires we often see in the pull-back racer sets. 20T DOUBLE BEVEL GEAR WITH CLUTCH This gear first appeared in the Bugatti Chiron and it's good to see it pop-up in another set. Quote from the Chiron review; it's basically the same as the regular 20T bevel gear, but it has a pin hole, instead of axle hole. And it has clutches on both sides. PART LIST I was surprised to see two pages, for the number of parts (579). This is because the smaller size of the booklet. THE BUILD The blue clutch gear is used to connect the HoG steering to the rear axle. The differential is (indirectly) connected to the crankshaft. Since this is a smaller scale car, it uses a different fake engine design. Here you can see the crankshaft, lifting the cylinders. The bottom of the surprises here. The left-over parts. COMPLETED MODEL There has been some debate about this car, and its resemblance to the real car. Obviously, it's hard to get it entirely right, but I do think the designer delivered a remarkably fine model! Especially with the scale in mind. If I have to name one negative thing, it would not be the front of the car. It would be the doors, or lack thereof. The side panels don't open up. Admittedly, the rear of the car shows a more characteristic Corvette look than the front. Just enough stickers to add some details to the car. Comparison between the front and rear. Bottom view of the entire chassis. What I absolutely love about this model is its working V8 engine. The cylinders are actually moving, and they are clearly visible. This adds a lot of value for me. Here are some extra pictures showing the Corvette in all its glory. B-MODEL Not the first time we have seen a Hotrod B-model, but who doesn't love a Hotrod?! It looks interesting enough to give it a go. SUMMARY This summary will be short and simple. I love everything about this model. Given the scale, the designer really made this model stand out. And for 40 euros you get a very fun little model. That boils down to only 6,5 eurocent per part, which is cheap. This is the perfect gift if you are looking for a reasonably priced Technic set. Two big thumbs up for this set! I sure hope we get more sets like this, which obviously is to be expected. PROS Price! HoG steering Working V8 Design New mudguard panels New rims and tires CONS Doors don't open (minor gripe) SCORE How do I rate this set? 9 DESIGN Perfect design, given the scale. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Enjoyable, but nothing really special. 7 FEATURES The working V8 engine is very cool. 7 PLAYABILITY It does what a car does, with HoG steering. 8 PARTS The new panels and tires/rims can be interesting for MOC builders. 9 VALUE FOR MONEY Can't go wrong for this price. 7,8 GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  9. [In Athena voice]: "Welcome to Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Prepare for review." This is the flagship set of this Overwatch wave and represents the final point of the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map. About Overwatch For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below for a brief summary of what it is: Set Number: 75975 Name: Watchpoint: Gibraltar Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 730 Minifigs: 4 Price: £79.99 / $89.99 / 89.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: The Box The box art for this set is very dynamic as it shows the rocket blasting off from the launchpad from a bird's eye view. I like how the tip of the rocket and the tower overlap the Lego Overwatch banner with Tracer at the top as it really makes the image pop. You can also see Reaper climbing the tower in his wraith form and Mercy gliding next to the rocket while Winston is... throwing peanut butter at it? Sure, why not. Maybe that's his way of christening the rocket. The Blizzard logo that is usually in the lower right corner is in the lower left this time in order not to cover up the launchpad. The back features a more straight-on image of the set that depicts the minifigs in a scene that much closer resembles an instance from the game where Pharah, Mercy, and WInston are teaming up against Reaper. A popular strategy in the game is to have a Mercy follow a Pharah around as she flies over the battlefield raining down justice from above and keep her healed and boosted the whole time. This comp is known as Pharmercy and it's great to see it being referenced on the box here. Like with all the Overwatch back box arts, there is also the set info again, name tags for all the heroes, and the URL for the Overwatch product page on The top of box features the set name in five different languages and a lineup of all the minfigs at 1:1 scale where Winstons left arm is awkwardly cut off on the edge. The bottom just has the usual choking hazard warnings. On one side of the box there is a render of the minifigs striking various poses while on the other there are just the Overwatch and Lego Overwatch logos. Contents All the contents of the box are inside of plastic bags. There is a bag with a sticker sheet and two instruction booklets (one for the rocket and one for the launch site), a bag containing Winston's body parts, a big containing roller coaster tracks and long plates, and six numbered bags, two of which both have the number 1. Instructions As usual with these sets, the first pages show you how to build the set using the numbered bag system, how to use a brick separator, and how to download digital instructions for the set using the Lego Life app. And like the other Overwatch instructions, these are clear to read and have a discreet light blue background. On the back of the final instructions booklet it lets you know that this set can be combined with 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker. More on this later. Notable Parts Which parts are notable in this set? A better question would be what parts AREN'T noteworthy! This set is chock-full of rare and completely new elements! There are a bunch of straight red roller coaster tracks including a short one that otherwise only appear in the expensive large Roller Coaster set in this color, space shuttle hull pieces in white and black, various plates and tiles in dark azure, 2x2 curved tiles in dark red, the rectangular shield in white, 1x1 round plates with a bar on the side in gray, 2x2 triangle tiles in black, and bar holders with handle and a 2x2 plate with 2 studs in blue. The latter is exclusive to this set in this color and there is no real reason for it to be blue as it is mostly hidden in finished set, but I won't look a gift plate in the mouth. However, the most exciting recolor strangely enough just might be the brick separator that is included in this set as it comes for the first time in the recently resurrected teal color! Never has a brick separator looked more beautiful and I wouldn't mind if they only produced them in this color from now on! But that's not all! We also get several new molds such as pair of 4x6 wedge plates in white and several pairs of 3x3 wedge slopes also in white. These seem like extremely useful parts and I hope to see a lot more of them in the future. We also get that new 2x2 tile with a 1x2 plate coming out of its center at a 90 degree angle in black like in the Bastion set and the new gun mold in dark gray like in the Dorado Showdown. Printed parts include the checkpoint marker dish and 1x1 health pack cylinder that are also available in the Tracer vs. Widowmaker set. Minifigs There are 4 figs in this set, so let's talk about them, ladies first! I am a Mercy main (meaning I play her the most) and Pharah is the only damage hero I am good at, so I am very happy to get both of these awesome heroines in the first wave and in the same set no less. Mercy is sadly the only support hero that we get in this wave (supports are always so underappreciated ), but she's a good choice since she's quite a popular character, even though she has been receiving some hate lately because of how easy she is to play and the countless nerfs (downgrades to her abilities) that she has received since the release of the game. Mercy a.k.a. Dr. Angela Ziegler is a brilliant Swiss medic and scientist who served as a guardian angel to the Overwatch team for a long time until she left the organization because she disagreed with its militaristic methods. Pharah a.k.a. Fareeha Amari is courageous Egyptian protector who grew up wanting to join Overwatch like her mother Ana, but never got the chance when it got shut down and started working for Helix Security International instead. Mercy has a great new hairpiece with her golden halo molded onto it and comes with a cleverly brick-built version of her Caduceus Staff with which she can either heal or boost teammates with. The set description on Shop@Home says that the set comes with her Caduceus Blaster as well, but I regret to report that no such blaster is included. Very disappointing. She has detailed printing that goes from her torso all the way down to her toes. Unfortunately, she is suffering from stormtrooperitis which is causing the flesh colored printing on her black head to appear pale. This is usually not an issue when the head is covered by a helmet, but it's pretty distracting here. Pharah has a great looking new helmet mold and blue Nexo Knights armor to represent her Raptora Mark VI combat suit which works surprisingly well. Like Mercy, she has detailed torso printing that extends down her legs, although the printing stops at her knees. She gets a stud shooter gun to represent her rocket launcher and it comes with two extra pieces of ammo. Comparing them to how they look in the game, they're pretty spot-on. Only Pharah could have been slightly more accurate with a new armor mold, but again, the Nexo Knights one works fine. Here is a side so that you can get a better look at the new hair/helmet pieces. Just look at the gorgeous metallic printing on the side of Pharah's helmet! Mercy wears a clear neck bracket with Chima wings attached to it to represent her Valkyrie wings. They don't look as mechanical as they should, but they do their job well enough. Pharah's wings are brick-built in such a brilliant way that they can fold all the way down when she's on the ground and can fold up once she's flying. Very impressive. Both of them have some nice back printing as well. Here is a picture of them without their headgear and wings so that you can see it better. You also get an unobstructed view of Pharah's face here which features the udjat tatoo under her right eye that she got to honor her mother's memory when she appeared to have been killed in action. Unfortunately Pharah doesn't come with an extra hairpiece for when she takes her helmet off like Reinhardt and McCree, but oh well. They also both have double sided heads with angry expressions. These ladies are not to be messed with! The other two figures in the set are a bigfig of Winston and a Reaper minifig. Reaper is the same as the one you get in the Dorado Showdown set, except he comes with a ghostly leg piece to make him exclusive and to represent him in his wraith form, a ghostly state that he can go into to become invulnerable for a short time. He also has his twin Hellfire shotguns again. Winston is a super-intelligent, genetically engineered gorilla from the moon because that's just the crazy futuristic world Overwatch takes place in. He is a brilliant scientist and the one that initiated the reforming of Overwatch. He was driven to this decision when Reaper and his Talon goons attacked him in his lab at Watchpoint: Gibraltar in an attempt to download the Overwatch agent database as seen in the animated short "Recall". Therefore, it makes sense for these two to be included in this set. Winston comes with a brick-built representation of his Tesla Cannon and a small health pack, both of which look fairly accurate as well. Being a completely newly molded bigfig, Winston looks pretty accurate to his appearance in the game, although he is missing some of the mechanical details on his spacesuit. As I said in my Dorado Showdown review, Reaper is also accurate except for his slightly scrunched-looking mask. Winston is more slouched down than other bigfigs and his arms are more stretched out. This doesn't allow him to rotate his arms fully, but it lets him lift himself up by his knuckles as a gorilla does. His arms lack any kind of printing which is a shame. Winston's jump pack is brick-built as well and mounted to his back. Reaper has his trench coat shaped cape again and it still looks nice and trenchcoaty. Like Bane from TLBM, Winston has four studs on his back which hold the jump pack to his back. Reaper also comes with a pair of black legs. Here is a picture of him without his cape so you can see his back printing. The Build This first bag contains Pharmercy, the teal brick separator (did I mention it's TEAL?!), and the parts for the front half of the spacecraft. You start the build with a boat hull and then add various wedge plates onto it. Pretty basic stuff. After you add a few more white plates and slopes, the tip of the rocket is finished. Bag #2 contains the lower half of the back section of the rocket. This part of the build is similar to the first, just a much bigger scale. What I like here is that the walls of the front are entirely made using SNOT tiles. Bag #3 has the necessary parts to finish the rest of the rocket. It also holds Reaper and his cloak in a separate box. Once you add the roof and the stabilizer wings, the last part of the rocket is complete. I like how they used they used the triangle tiles along with the Nexo Knights shield to form a larger triangle at the top and the pear-shaped build in front of it is pretty neat too. Next you begin building the launchpad. Bag #4 has all the parts needed for this. The construction of the launchpad is pretty simple. I like the use of a sideways 1x1x6 column as a pipe though. I see red for bag #5 because this one has the parts for the red launch tower. Once you add it onto the launchpad, the build is complete. Spare Parts There are several of the usual small bits left over after the build. Nothing too exciting, except for the teal brick separator of course! The Completed Set When you put the two rocket halves together and set the ship up vertically on the launchpad, you get a pretty impressive scene. The whole thing stands about 15.4” tall and over 8” wide! The rocket looks very sleek and cool. The launch tower is not bad either as it has some interesting details such as the fuel tanks, fueling arm, a satellite dish, an Overwatch logo, and a pipe going up its right side. For some reason the designers decided to use plates instead of roller coaster tracks on the back of the tower. Personally, I would have preferred the latter. The underside of the rocket looks kind of boring compared to the other side, but that's how it is in the game too. The rocket looks very lean and mean from the side. While the set is pretty big, it dwarfs in comparison to the setting from the game. Both the rocket and the launch tower are so massive in the game that it was difficult for me to get a good screenshot of the whole thing! The launchpad alone is so big that only heroes who can fly, teleport, or jump high can get onto it, so obviously the set is very underscaled, but with that in mind it looks pretty close to the source material. The tower could have been more accurate though. It needed to have a second fueling arm instead of the satellite dish and Overwatch logo, and it should have been taller than the rocket. The top of it also looks different. The rocket on the other hand is about as close as they could have gotten it. It's pretty clear where the focus in the design process went. Play Features Even though the rocket and launchpad are just background objects that don't actually do anything in the game, the designers managed to fit a lot of play features into this set. The cockpit at the tip of the rocket can be opened to seat a minifig inside, although if you want to use Mercy or Pharah you will need to remove their wings to do so. Right behind that cockpit there is a laser cannon that can be popped out and aimed in many directions thanks to being mounted on Mixel joints. It's a bit difficult, however, to lift this section up without pulling some of the white curved slopes off. Behind the laser cannon is a small room with a control panel which I can only assume is the gunner station and which can be accessed by removing the windscreen on top of it. There is only barely enough space for a minifig to stand here, but again, you will need to take off Mercy and Pharah's wings if you want to put one of them here. The cargo hold of the rocket can be opened up as well. As you can see in the back right corner, Winston has packed his favorite snack for the space trip, peanut butter and bananas. The left corner has some tanks which I assume are meant to be filled with oxygen. There is enough space here to put Winston inside, although he too will have to take off his jump pack to fit inside. The two halves of the rockets are only connected by one Technic pin and a pair of clip hinges and can therefore be split apart. This connection is surprisingly effective as the rocket holds together quite well, but you don't need to use a lot of force to pull the halves apart. It's actually a very satisfying feeling to pop the front off and on. Splitting the rocket apart will reveal a thruster at the back of the front half and another pair of laser cannons next to the gunner station on the other half. Remember that last page of the instructions that said that this set can be combined with 75970? Well, below you can see a picture of the payload having reached the final checkpoint (Victory!) and one picture where it has been attached to the rocket via the four studs on the black pear-shaped part on the back of the rocket. It may not be the most secure connection, but it works well enough. The boarding ramp and fueling arm of the launch tower can be folded up, and now the rocket and drone are ready for liftoff! The satellite drone XR-9 looks pretty good on the rocket. Since it has the same color scheme and shape, it looks like it could be an extension of the rocket itself. It's like a space shuttle riding on the back of a rocket and they are very swooshable together. Ratings Design: 4/5 - The rocket looks great and is very accurate, and while the launch tower is detailed and recognizable enough, it has a few inaccuracies and feels a bit like an afterthought. Build: 4/5 - A mostly standard build, but there are some interesting building techniques here and there. Minifigs: 4/5 - 4 figs is not a lot, but you get one tank hero, one support hero, and two damage heroes and they all look very good aside from some printing flaws. Even Reaper comes with wraith form legs to make him exclusive to this set. Playability: 5/5 - They put just about as many play features as they could into what was originally an immobile background object. Parts: 5/5 - There are tons of new and rare parts in this set! If you're only interested in the Overwatch sets for the parts, this is the one to get. Teal brick separator. 'Nuff Said. Price: 2/5 - 12.3 cents per piece is not a good value, especially considering how low the other Overwatch sets are priced, although it's kind of understandable with all the large parts and new molds. Overall: 4/5 - I really wanted to give this a 5/5 based on how cool the rocket ship and the minifigs are, but it just feels a bit overpriced for the amount of parts and minifigs you get, and the launchpad could have been better. I'm also disappointed with Mercy's face printing and that the set description lied about her blaster. Still, I can highly recommend this set to any Overwatch or Space fan, especially if you're looking for some interesting new and rare parts! That concludes my Overwatch review series. I think the first wave of this theme is very strong and I hope it will do well enough that we can get more sets in the future. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Most of the Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019, but this set is already available to buy on the US shop, so go get it if you're interested! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! And remember: Play Nice, Play Pharah. Oh, and if you're an Overwatch player, shoot me a PM with your player name so that we can play some games together!
  10. REVIEW - 42080 - FOREST MACHINE INTRODUCTION This has to be the least appealing set of the second wave of 2018 sets, when it comes to aesthetics. Of course, this is a personal preference, but the use of two different shades of green just doesn't cut it (you get it?) for me. And the RRP (recommended retail price) of 129 euro doesn't help either. Basically, this is a rather expensive not so good looking set. So, why am I interested in it anyway?! Because it packs some pneumatic functions, and even a new pneumatic valve (two to be precise). After longer pneumatic cylinders, TLG again listened to certain Eurobricks members hehe and designed new elements to work with the Pneumatic V2 system. And judging by some visible gears here and there, this set probably packs more than meets the eye. Nuff said, let's start our engines and do some logging...sustainable of course! If you see this icon, you can click the image on the left or right side of the image, to cycle through alternative images. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42080 Title: Forest Machine Theme: Technic Released: 2018 Part Count: 1.003 Box Weight: 1,67 kg Box Dimensions: 47,5 cm x 37,0 cm x 6,2 cm Set Price (MSRP): £ / $ 149.99 / € 129,99 Price per Part: £ / $ 0.15 / € 0,13 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX The front shows the model, with quite an impressive logging apparatus. You don't want to get cought in the claws of this bad boy. It will turn you into minced meat in no-time. As I said before, I am not a big fan of the color scheme on this thing, but I am very interested to find out what this thing is packin'. The right side of the box is already showing some spoilers. Not only does it pack a battery box and a large motor, like the Rough Terrain Crane, but it also contains quite a few Pneumatic V2 elements, including two brand new valves. I can only say....whoop whoop BACKSIDE Like the Volvo Zeux, the backside is divided in an upper and a lower section. The upper section, for the main model, tells us that this model has a Motorised Pneumatic Crane, Articulated Steering and the cabin with boom can rotate about 270 degrees. The bottom section shows the B-model, a Log Loader. At this point, I am somewhat indifferent about it. It utilizes the Pneumatic and Power Functions elements to have some functionality, but it seems to be more or less the same as the main model. CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Sealed pack with booklet and sticker sheet 1x Bag with tires and large motor 1x Bag with pneumatic hoses 7x Numbered bag BOOKLET AND STICKER SHEET The sealed bag with booklet and sticker sheet. BOOKLET A single booklet with instructions for the main model. STICKER SHEET The sticker sheet with various stickers. TIRES AND LARGE MOTOR The bag containing eight balloon tires and the large motor. POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS As usual the battery box comes unbagged, while the large motor resides in its own bag within the bigger bag. PNEUMATIC HOSES Pneumatic hoses, to go with the cylinders. How convenient. BAGS And of course, the numbered bags. Seven in total. HIGHLIGHTED PARTS This set does come with some interesting parts. PNEUMATIC PARTS First of all the new pneumatic valves. These are new molds and are an improvement over the older ones. We will see why later in this review. This set also contains two of the new V2 longer pneumatic cylinders and a small cylinder. I forgot to include the blue pump. TIRES Eight balloon tires. No sure why I am highlighting these, because they are quite common. Only 41 sets have used these in the past RIMS These rims aren't very rare either, but in this color you will only find them in three sets. Flat silver if I am not mistaken. BLADE AND SPIKES Here are two odd-looking fellas. One of 'em is a Circular Saw Blade, found in lots of themes like Ninjago, Power Miners, etc and the other is a 2x2 Round Brick with Spikes. The round brick with spikes has been used before, but this is the only set which has them in Yellow. PANELS I almost missed these ones, but upon building the model, I suddenly realised that these panels might be new in green. And indeed they are. These small panels are new in Lime Green. PART LIST The part list showing 1003 parts. THE BUILD The build starts with the front steering linkage. Here you can see the new valves attached to the back of the cabin. The main difference with the old ones is the axle going through the valve. This means that they can be operated using an axle (most likely with a gear attached). This gives us lots of opportunities for better pneumatic models. Like the old valve, it isn't very easy to switch. This must be due to the nature of the valve, but there is quite some resistance when you try to switch the valve. The new valve also implements the slightly smaller ends, to make it easier to attach the hoses. The battery box, motor and valve are neatly packed in the rear compartment of the vehicle. The rear is connected to the front using thew new large turntable. Both rear axles have pendular suspension. Albeit a very basic implementation, but it's worth mentioning. At this stage the front and back of the vehicle are done. The rear can be opened and closed to easily replace the batteries in the box. After building the crane, and some added details (two logs, a chainsaw, a small log and some sort of rest for the log) the model is finished! To be honest; I am not completely sure what to think of it. Still looks a bit messy to me, but maybe the functions can compensate for that. COMPLETED MODEL Here you can see the completed model, with the added extra's. You can click on the image to see alternate versions of the boom position. The picture below clearly shows how big the head on the crane is. It packs the grabbers/grinders and the saw blade. The weight is rather high, especially when you look at the size of the crane boom. It's not a real problem for the crane itself, but it does tend to get top heavy and it can easily tip over the vehicle over when moved to the side. These semi-new macaroni parts sure are popular. They come in every Technic set, don't they?! I do love 'em btw, so keep 'em coming. And one final image from the rear. It is interesting, and to some even useful, that TLG included two new green panels (not counting the lime panels) and green parts, but I think this vehicle would have looked better with a dark bluish grey chassis, and more lime green parts for the rear compartment. FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES Below are two videos demonstrating the functions. Both videos are basically the same (take 1 and take 2), but I figured I might as well include the both, so you will see the grabbers work at least once I have said this before in previous reviews, but to me, Pneumatic models often are proofs of concept, instead of actual working models. Admittedly, the big cylinders work like a charm. These have enough power to do the heavy lifting. But the small cylinder simply doesn't have enough power to operate simple functions. As you can see in the video, I sometimes have to help the grabbers near the saw blade to contract. Besides that, it takes a long time before they open and close. They are not very responsive. The valves are very hard to operate. You really need to apply a lot of force to the 12T gear, which makes you wonder whether the axle isn't breaking. I love the new design, but operating them by gear/axle doesn't feel safe or comfortable. I'd rather use the lever. The pump is located in the rear of the vehicle. When it's turned on, that part of the vehicle tends to move a lot. You can see it shaking a lot. This is caused by the lack of weight, but the suspension doesn't help either. The crane is rather heavy, so when you rotate it, the vehicle is bound to tip over. This is partially caused by the suspension and partially because the head of the machine is too heavy. All in all I am afraid that the functions don't compensate for the overall look of the machine. I really appreciate what TLG has tried to do with this set/model, but the execution is not that succesful. A full blown Forest Machine might have been a better choice, because the appearance and functionality of this model doesn't justify the price of the set. B-MODEL The alternate model isn't very exciting, an eight wheeled vehicle with a pneumatic crane. At a glance I had to look twice to see it's a different vehicle. It looks poorly executed and the placement of the battery box is rather awkward. It's not the worst B-model *cough* 42082 *cough*, but I do think it could have been better, if the designer hadn't focus on a vehicle with eight wheels and a crane. SUMMARY Before building this model I was hoping that the functions would compensate for the poor exterior of the model. Unfortunately, they don't. There are simply too much negative aspects to make me enthusiastic about this set. I would think twice, or thrice, before forking out 129 euro for a couple of new panels and some Pneumatic parts. Even at a decent discount I think it's better to order these Pneumatic parts via S&H or Bricklink. PROS New pneumatic valves Decent selection of other pneumatic parts Three panels in new colors CONS Doesn't look good, especially two different green colors Small pneumatic cylinder doesn't have enough power Valves are hard to operate Vehicle tends to tip over Rear sections shakes a lot when pump is turned on Suspension makes it wobbly/instable Price SCORE How do I rate this set? 6 DESIGN Color scheme and overall design is so so. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Kind of okay, but there is much fiddling going on. 7 FEATURES There are enough features, but they don't work very well. 6 PLAYABILITY Functions should work better to improve playability. 7 PARTS If you are into Pneumatic models (or MOCs), this is a nice parts pack. 6 VALUE FOR MONEY At 13 cents a piece, this set is rather expensive. 6,5 MEDIOCRE MACHINE Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  11. In this review we will be taking a look at D.Va & Reinhardt, or as I like to call it, the tank pack! Every good team composition in Overwatch should include at least two tank heroes, and this set gives you just that! About Overwatch For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below to get a brief summary of what it is: Set Number: 75973 Name: D.Va & Reinhardt Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 455 Minifigs: 2 Price: £34.99 / $39.99 / 39.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: The Box The box has the usual Overwatch styling and shows Reinhardt and D.Va in action in Numbani which is kind of a random choice for a location since neither of these heroes has any personal connection to this map, but I guess it doesn't matter since any hero can appear on any map in the game. The back of the box shows the two tank heroes striking poses in the middle of Kings Row. Again, this is a location that they don't have much connection to, except that Reinhardt was present during Tracer's first Overwatch mission here once. There are name tags for both of them and the image has a very processed look to it with glimmering light reflecting off their armor. The set info and a URL to the Overwatch product page on are also present. The top of the box has the set name in five different languages, an ad for the Lego Life app, and 1:1 scale images of the minifigs. The bottom of the box has choking hazard warnings in many different languages. On one side of the box there is a render of the minifigs where D.Va is doing her iconic shooting-while-somersaulting pose. The other side just has some copyright information. Contents Inside the box you will find three numbered bags, two instruction booklets (one for each tank) and a sticker sheet with a whooping 19 stickers. Instructions The first pages of the instructions show you how to build the set using the numbered bag system and how to download digital instructions using the Lego Life app, but the set is currently not available on there, so it won't work yet. Here is a random instructions page. The instructions are pretty clear and the different shades of gray parts are easy to differentiate. There are several of these large click-hingers and every time you put one of them together it shows you the word "click" in seven different languages. Notable Parts There quite a few parts of note in this set! Thanks to D.Va, we get several curved parts in pink that didn't exist in this color before, including the new gun mold. It's kind of a shame that these will all be covered in stickers by the end of the build. We also get a 1x2 panel and curved windscreen in classic trans-green which should make retro space MOCers quite happy. Other interesting parts include new molds for Reinhardt's shoulder armor, 1x1 brackets, unprinted gray BB-8 heads, and that 1x1 round tile with the Overwatch logo printed on it that appears in a few of these sets. Minifigs We only get two minifigs in this set, but they are quite excellent figs. Reinhardt Wilhelm was one of the first Overwatch members and also served as one of the Crusaders, a German military order of modern knights, during the Omnic Crisis. He has a larger than life persona and loves to fight for honor and glory. His minifig is basically a smaller version of his power armor and comes with the Overwatch medal that was given to him by his mentor Alderich Von Adler when he passed away and asked Reinhardt to join Overwatch in his place. Also, the lower half of his large rocket hammer can be reconfigured into a smaller, minifig-scale version for his minifig to hold which is pretty neat. He has a great new helmet mold and some detailed printing on his torso, but his legs are just plain silver. D.Va a.k.a. Hana Song is a very different kind of person. She's a young superstar and former pro gamer who now uses her skills to protect her home of South Korea in a mech suit. She is usually very cheery, but the trauma of experiencing war at such a young age gets to her sometimes. Her minifig looks absolutely adorable. She has a great new hairpiece with her headset molded onto it and her head comes with a "winky face" on one side and a face with a chewing gum bubble on the other. Her torso printing extends nicely down to her legs and she gets a pink version of the new gun mold with no add-ons to represent her Light Gun which works pretty well. There's some nice detail on the sides of their new headgear as well. I really like the gunmetal color and pink stripe on D.Va's headset. The figs look great from the back, too, as Reinhardt has some detailed back printing and D.Va's hair flows down her back beautifully. D.Va has so back printing, too, which you can see in the photo below. You can also see both of their alternate faces here. While Reinhardt has the visor for his helmet printed on one side, he has his unmasked face on the other and he comes with a white hairpiece to complete the look. This is a nice addition, although I don't think it captures Reinhardt's swept-back hair very well. It looks more like the hairstyle that he had when he was younger. The Build You start the build by putting together the first part of Reinhardt's power armor. The first bag contains his minifig and the parts for his armor's torso and legs. Similar to the two Hulkbuster armors that have been released, the torso is constructed laying on its back. It uses a lot of SNOT for both shaping and keeping it together. Here is the completed torso. Next you build the legs and attach them to the torso. This is what you have at the end of the first section: It's hammer time! The second bag contains the parts for Reinhardt's arms and rocket hammer. Once you "arm" Reinhardt, his armor is finished. His hands have clips on their palms so that he can hold his rocket hammer securely. Here he is in all of his (honor and) glory! The parts for D.Va's mech are not split up like Reinhardt's and are contained in a single large bag. And no, I didn't accidentally open the bag from a Lego Friends set; that's just how much pink there is in D.Va's mech. The cockpit for D.Va's mech is very different from Reinhardt's as it is essentially a box covered in brackets and built onto SNOT hips. Very unusual. The limbs of this mech are much smaller than those of Reinhardt's armor and are therefore built fairly quickly. A few building steps (and about a dozen stickers ) later, the mech is finished. Spare Parts The spare parts consist of the usual assortment of small pin, plates, and tiles, including an extra Overwatch medal. The Completed Set Once completed, both mechs look great. Reinhardt's armor looks a tad chunky, but I think they did alright considering the scale. D.Va's mech on the other hand is just gorgeous with its popping colors and smooth bubbly shape! Both characters are pretty spot-on if you compare them to the images from the game below. My only gripe with Reinhardt is that he is missing the recognizable orange glowing ring on his chest which could have easily been fixed with the inclusion of another sticker, but oh well. D.Va's mech has a bunny face on top of its cockpit where there is none in the game, and the window is not as organically shaped or even in one piece, but I don't think a better solution exists, so I think they did as good a job on it as they could without a new mold. Looking at their backs, Reinhardt's rocket engine seems to be too low and doesn't look as good as I had hoped. D.Va on the other hand looks quite good. She has two thrusters on her back that are mounted on ball joints so that they can be pointed in many different directions. On his left forearm, Reinhardt carries his lion head shaped shield emitter which looks alright, although all the details are represented by stickers. D.Va's fusion cannons have stud shooters at the front which is a clever way of adding playability while creating an excuse for the designers to not try to come up with a solution for a 3-barrel gun which would have been very difficult at this scale. One thing that I must criticize about D.Va's mech, though, is that it's a bit front-heavy and its toes don't really touch the ground, so it tends to fall on its face if it stands on an uneven surface. Play Features Speaking of playability, these mechs pretty fun to pose, especially D.Va's. Since her mech's arms are mounted on Mixel joints, they can assume all kinds of poses. Her legs are pretty posable too, although there are small black bars sticking out of the side of the hips which prevent you from lifting the legs up any further than they are in their default position. This is done so that the mech doesn't bend down inadvertently. Reinhardt is a bit more limited in movement. His elbows are constructed in a way that don't allow him to extend his arms out further than 135 degrees for some reason, so they're always at an angle, and his left arm can't even be fully retracted either since the shield emitter collides with the shoulder armor. Also, since he can't turn his elbows or wrists, he can't hold his rocket hammer with two hands unfortunately. However, unlike D.Va, his leg and shoulder movement is completely unrestricted. The shoulder pads are mounted on clip hinges so that they lift up when you lift Reinhardt's arms, although you will need to manually push them back down afterwards. Neither mech has any knee or hip posability, but that's been the norm for many years now, so there's no use complaining about it. Still, it's fun swinging Reinhardt's rocket hammer around and trying to recreate emotes from the game. Reinhardt's armor has a U-shaped piece with hinges on top of it that keeps the minifig from falling out and can be lifted up to slot him in and out of his armor. D.Va's mech has a hatch in the back just like in the source material and you can insert her minifig through here. The windscreen at the front can split open as well, even though it's not supposed to be able to do that. Unfortunately, D.Va can't actually grip the joysticks that control her mech and just lays loosely inside the cockpit, although it is possible to somewhat fix her in place by squeezing her hands in between the joysticks. It works well enough, but a more secure connection would have been nice. Ratings Design: 4/5 - The designers did a great job capturing the likeness of these two tank heroes at this scale, especially D.Va. I feel they could have done a slightly better job on Reinhardt, though, especially his back. Build: 4/5 - I like building mechs because they involve so much SNOT, joints, and interesting angles, and this set gives me two of them, so I'm happy, although there isn't anything too different from other mechs. The large amount of small stickers is annoying though. Minifigs: 5/5 - 2 Minifigs is a bit low for a set of this size, but the two we get are excellent. Plus points for the extra hairpiece for Reinhardt. Playability: 3/5 - Pretty standard posability for mechs plus stud shooters for D.Va. Parts: 5/5 - Lots of new parts in cool colors including some new molds. Price: 5/5 - 8.8 cents per piece seems very fair, especially with all the new molds and recolors. Overall: 4/5 - If you're a fan of D.Va and Reinhardt or mechs in general, this set will hit the spot for you. You get two great minifigs and lots of useful new parts for a fairly low price. I just wish Reinhardt would have been a bit better designed and more poseable. I guess that "precision German engineering" that he's always talking about is not what it's cracked up to be. Still, a fun set and a great addition to any Overwatch collection. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? And which of these heroes do you like better, D.Va or Reinhardt? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! Oh, and if you're an Overwatch player, shoot me a PM with your player name so that we can play some games together! Love, O.Ky Fun Fact: If you're the kind of toxic player who writes "GG EZ" in the chat in Overwatch, it automatically gets replaced by a random humorous line such as this one. It's even funnier if you imagine that it's the character they're playing who says those things.
  12. Lego 88006, 88007, 88008, 88009, 88010, 88011 Powered Up! components Thanks to Lego and EuroBricks for making this review possible! Since Lego is switching to a new system instead of Power Functions, they wanted people to check out the new parts. Name: Powered Up Set Number: 88006, 88007, 88008, 88009, 88010, 88011 Pieces: n/a Price: varies, see below Minifigs: 0 Theme: Technic, Train, Boost, and Creator Year of Release: 2019 These sets are technically new, but the parts aren't. They've been available in the Boost and Train sets for a while now, so lots of people have already looked at them. Sariel did x-rays of all the PF and PUP devices (and older too!) JopieK did a teardown of the PUP parts and posted it here on EB. treczoks is putting together documentation on the protocols and others are doing similar. This review will be different than my normal ones, since it's not a standard set. It's not really a "set" at all. I want to compare the new parts to the old PF system, both in function and design. So first, here's all the PF and PUP sets: A couple of them don't have any prices that I've seen online yet. The highlighted prices are ones that I saw listed on the Lego US site, but they're not online now (12/20/2018). Obviously, all the Lego electronics are pricey. But for comparison, to get a full train setup (speed remote, battery box, motor, IR receiver) you'd be at $55. The equivalent PUP setup (motor, remote, hub) would be around $90 (guessing at the train motor price). The bluetooth electronics are much more complicated and expensive than infrared is. A simple motorized set (something like the new Vestas windmill, or the Roller Coaster, or similar) would be very expensive in the PUP ecosystem, since there is no "dumb" battery box. It's possible that Lego will add one at some point for those set types, or they'd need to keep PF alive. There's also a few gaps in the lineup. The WeDo motor, which is PUP compatible since it's in the Batmobile set, is not available standalone. I'm actually really curious why they used that motor in that set instead of the "PUP Medium" motor. Also, there's only the one motor so far. There's no XL or other "big" motor, so we'll have to see if the PUP Medium motor is powerful enough to handle the XL's loads. The switch is not really needed anymore, since the hub has controls built in. I can see extension wires coming - I'm sure builders will want them, and it'd be simple enough. As for the much-desired adapter wires, that's a bit tougher. It'd be great to control PF motors from a PUP hub. However, the PUP system identifies the motors, so the adapter cable would have to identify to the hub that it's a PF motor. The hub would not know which motor it was. Enough of the talk, let's look at the parts. The Box Bags IMG_4289 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr These parts come in individual bags. Anyone who's ordered PF components individually will be familiar with them. These aren't sets that you'll find on a store shelf (except maybe a Lego store), so the outward appearance and extra space taken up isn't worth the cost to box them. The Contents IMG_4291 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr Here are the parts themselves. The Interesting Parts IMG_4291 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr I always have an "interesting part" section in my reviews to highlight new molds, colors, rare parts, etc. But here, they're all interesting so I just repeated the photo. If that annoys you, just keep scrolling and see new images below. The Manual IMG_4290 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr For a company that normally has zero text in their manuals, wow. Here's some of the paperwork that comes with these, because they have electronic parts. Each document is in THIRTY FIVE different languages, so each paper is only a couple sentences. Each of the battery-powered parts has a "how to put the batteries in" flyer. Every item had a paper saying "Protect the environment by not disposing of this product with your household waste. Check with your local authority for recycling advice and facilities." Yes, every single item had that included. Battery Boxes IMG_4307 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr Here are the current Lego battery boxes. From left to right is the 6 AA box, mostly used in Technic, then the Boost Hub, currently only used in the Boost robotic set which holds 6 AAA batteries, then the PUP Hub, also holding 6 AAA batteries, and finally the PF 6 AAA battery box, commonly used in trains. The new hub is the exact same size as the 6 AAA box, and it has the green power button in the same location. However, the new one has the connections on the end instead of on top. The Hub IMG_4302 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr First, we have the basic Powered Up hub. This is the 6 AAA box, which is 3 parts. The batteries go into a "cartridge" which snaps into the base. It might be possible for a rechargeable module to become available at some point, but there's no external charging port like the PF rechargeable box, so it'd require taking the box apart still. The Boost Hub IMG_4293 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr Likewise, the Boost Hub uses a battery "cartridge." However, it's part of the base so it would be possible to have a rechargeable battery module with a port in the bottom. The Motor Lineup IMG_4295 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr The new PUP motor (sometimes called the Boost motor since that's where it's currently available) is almost as large as the PF XL motor, but it's studded. The only pin connections are on the face of it. The PUP motors do have a big feature that the PF ones don't. They have built in rotary encoders, like the Mindstorm motors do, so programmable systems can see how much they've turned. The motor can actually be used as an input sensor too - put a tire on it and have a dial control! This only works with the Boost hub though since you need the programming capability to do anything with the information. The Train Motors IMG_4308 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr The new train motor is identical in shape and size to the PF one. The only outward difference is the cable- it's shorter and wider. The Plug IMG_4298 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr As you can see, the new plug is smaller, but the cable is wider. Overall it takes up less space, since once it's plugged in, the hard plastic sticks out one stud. The old connector was fully exposed all the time. It'll take a little different building design though, since the new plug sticks out from the battery box. The Sensor IMG_4300 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr This, to me, is the oddest part of the inclusion in this shipment. This sensor comes with the Boost robotics set. In that setting, it makes sense, and I understand why people would want to buy it alone (to add more sensors to their design). However, without the Boost set, it's usefulness is limited. It does nothing useful when connected to the regular Hub. When it's connected to the Boost Hub, it's a great color and distance sensor with lots of usage. I'm actually now trying to piece together a Boost set out of my parts collection to try all the Boost designs, since I have the Hub, Sensor, and Motor here. But to the majority of people using the new PUP system, they won't see any use for the sensor. Yet. What if, down the road, Lego sells a train set that includes the sensor and some software updates to the basic Hub? It'd be trivial then to have some colored tiles on the train tracks so that the train could be programmed. Make noises at certain locations, stop, etc. The current Duplo trains do that! So why not bring that functionality to the older kids and AFOLs? This DOES need a software update from Lego though, since like I said, the smaller Hub does not allow any programming or recognize the sensor, as far as I can tell. And the Boost Hub is too big for a standard 6 wide Lego train. The Remote IMG_4304 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr Speaking of trains and controlling them, here's the new remote. It is TINY! Granted, I'm a big guy (6 foot 3) with big hands, but this is small. It's certainly smaller than the PF speed remote. And personally, I'm torn on the functionality. If you're not aware, the Hub can detect what motor is connected and act differently based on that. If you connect the Medium motor, this remote acts like the old small PF remote - the buttons give you 100% power for as long as you hold them. Release the button, and the motor stops. If you connect the train motor, this remote acts like the PF speed remote. The + and - buttons step through speeds and it keeps running. The red button stops it. This makes sense for kids and keeps the line of parts simpler, but it removes advanced functionality. What if I want to run the medium motor at lower speed? I can't. The top center of the remote is an RGB LED. It lights up the same color as the hub to show what units are paired together. The PF system allowed 4 "frequencies" with 2 channels each. The PUP system has 5 "frequencies" with 2 channels each. This remote also removes the need for the PF switch. You can turn the button sections of this remote. So if you want one motor running reversed, just turn that set of buttons upside down. If you want to steer left and right, you can turn the buttons sideways. One thing you cannot do is modify the remote, the way the PF remotes would be modified, with addon parts. Lego themselves has done this - like the 9398 Crawler set: The new remote has some pin holes on the sides, but no way to attach to the buttons. The App IMG_4311 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr The big new function with the new system is the app. There's the Boost app, which allows programming the Boost Hub, and the PUP app, which controls the basic Hub. This app is very limited. You pick which set (currently the Batmobile, Freight Train, and Passenger Train), and then appropriate controls appear. It's all preconfigured and not modifiable. It doesn't allow you to design your own controls the way SBrick and others do, so if you want to make a new vehicle, you have to control it like it's a train or Batmobile (using those particular motors, since the hub knows what is connected!) I strongly suspect Lego will come out with another app (or a major update to this one) to control custom builds, and frankly, I don't know why they haven't yet. The Performance, Speed IMG_4573 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr I mounted a tire on each motor (both PUP and PF) and checked the RPM at full speed. Here's the results: As you can see, the PUP M motor is closer in speed to the XL than the other PF motors. The PUP train goes slightly faster at full speed than the PF train motor. I checked all the speeds, and it ranges from about 500 to 1800. The Performance, Power IMG_4574 by mostlytechnic, on Flickr I also checked the force each motor can generate. As I don't have a proper torque meter, I made my own rig. In the photo, it was trying to lift a heatsink from a computer. That was too easy, so I moved on to a heavier weight. The XL motor was still able to lift that, but none of the other motors could. The measurements on the train motors were at full speed. One thing I noticed - the PUP train motor would cut out after a few seconds at a stall. When I hit stop, it would be immediately ready to run again, so I don't think this was the internal thermistor cutting it out. I think the hub is monitoring the speed and shutting it off when it wasn't rotating. I should try having an actual train drag a load and see what happens... The Conclusion So, what's my conclusion? Overall, I see what Lego wanted to do with the new PUP system. It eliminates the IR weakness, removes the need for a separate receiver, and updates the system to be "app-enabled" like all the cool toys are now. I think that also brought some new limitations that Lego CAN remove, but hasn't yet. I'm looking forward to seeing the PUP system appear in Technic sets to see how Lego handles that. That will be a while though, since the only motorized Technic set in the first half of 2019 is the Stunt Racer, and it still uses the PF system. That COULD have been a great set to use PUP in, similar to the Batmobile, but for some reason they chose not to. I'm guessing the M motor doesn't have the speed for the stunt racer and they didn't want to put the WeDo motors in? That doesn't seem like great logic to me, and I really hope there's more motor options to come. The PUP M motor is too big and too slow for a lot of Technic applications. Right now we're in the transition phase and I hope Lego is listening to the various categories of users. AFOL train users want to connect multiple motors on the same channel to run big trains. Technic users need smaller motors. Creator needs a simpler, cheaper system. And almost everyone needs customizable app interfaces
  13. REVIEW - 42092 - RESCUE HELICOPTER INTRODUCTION It feels like yesterday that TLG released a small rescue helicopter, but actually it dates back quite a few years. I'm talking about the 8068 - Rescue Helicopter released in 2011, packing 408 parts. In the 2010, one year earlier, TLG released an even smaller (152 parts) helicopter. The 8046 - Helicopter, which is clearly a rescue helicopter as well. With 325 pieces, the latest rendition lives somewhere between the 2010 and the 2011 version. Let's take off for the review. PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42092 Title: Rescue Helicopter Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 325 Box Weight: 451 gram Box Dimensions: 28,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 5,8 cm Set Price (RRP): € 29,99 Price per Part: € 0,092 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Instruction booklet 1x Sticker sheet 4x Unnumbered bag BOOKLET STICKER SHEET BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS The white Axle and Pin Connector looks new, but it has already been released last year. The white 7 x 3 Panel is new this year though. PART LIST The part list for all the 325 parts. COMPLETED MODEL The completed model captures the shape of a real helicopter very well. I was surprised by this. The landing gear has some white details, where you would expect black ones. I suspect this is because these parts are already being used in other sets in white this year. And they are being used in white in the tail of the helicopter as well. TLG tries to limit the number of different colors per set, and over the entire Technic range for a specific release period (e.g. 1H 2019). We have seen this strategy before. It probably has something to do with warehousing logistics and obviously optimising profit. When I get the chance, I will ask one of the designers/employees. The rear section opens up, but unfortunately the life-bed can't be stowed on the helicopter. This is minor gripe for me. Maybe TLG could have designed a different bed, which would fit in the rear. It feels kinda mandatory to be able to store the bed. The usual left-over parts. B-MODEL The B-model looks like something well worth building. It's a Concept Plane with moveable wings. SUMMARY I wasn't expecting much of this set, but it looks really nice for such a small helicopter. It has some playability and the opening rear doors are a cool addition. When I noticed the doors could open, I expected to be able to stow the life-bed (stretcher). Unfortunately this is not the case. It comes with a B-model which is interesting enough to build. It even has a cool feature (moveable wings). PROS Looks great Opening rear doors Winch Cool B-model Affordable CONS Life-bed doesn't fit the rear section of the helicopter Usage of obvious out-of-place (white) parts on the landing gear SCORE How do I rate this set? 8 DESIGN It captures the shape and looks of a helicopter really well. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Fun to build, but nothing really special. 7 FEATURES The opening rear doors and winch are cool extra's. 7 PLAYABILITY It has swooshability, but the life bed doesn't fit the helicopter. 7 PARTS Mostly common parts and panels. 8 VALUE FOR MONEY The B-model looks interesting enough to build as well. 7,3 FUN ENOUGH TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY FOR A WHILE FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  14. Latest up in the fourteen-year cycle of remakes of the original Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series is the BTL A4 Y-Wing Starfighter. I reviewed the 2004 original back in 2010; it suffered for being over-long but scored praise for the use of gruelling on the ship's exposed innards. We’ll see here if the new offering has addressed the issues of the earlier version and how it compares to the movie original. Review: 75181 UCS Y-Wing Starfighter Name: Y-Wing Starfighter Number: 75181 Pieces: 1967 Figures: 2 Year: 2018 Price: GBP £169.99 | USD $199.99 | EUR 199.99 | DKK 1799.99 The Box A dramatic view of the Y-Wing in the obligatory Death Star Trench setting makes for a bold and attractive front. The box has the same frontal dimensions as that of the set’s predecessor 10134 - shown behind - but somewhat surprisingly it is deeper that the earlier version. The ‘ULTIMATE COLLECTOR SERIES’ designation has returned to prominence; it disappeared from the boxes quite early in the series’s run, around 2002 if I remember. Normally Star Wars sets share a box logo with all contemporary merchandise, LEGO or otherwise; this set’s logo is currently shared only by the new UCS Millennium Falcon, possibly indicating that it is expected to have a longer run than the regular sets. We shall see if this trend continues, and if subsequent UCS sets use the same livery. For a square-on frontal image click here. The ship is shown from a similar angle on the back, though the angle is reversed: There is less drama here. The ship sits on its stand in what appears to be a hanger, though the ground looks suspiciously like floorboards; I’m surprised that more wasn’t made of the Y-Wing’s return to prominence in Rogue One. A few features are demonstrated in insets. It’s a smart-looking box, and understated, with minimal clutter; on the top is a line-drawing of the ship with dimensions and a photograph of the figures, but there’s little on the sides worthy of comment. Contents I was surprised to find a smaller box inside the outer carton, and very pleased to find this delightful line-drawing of the set gracing the front and extending to the bottom and sides. There is a further outline sketch on the bottom, this time showcasing the ship's underside: Whilst it is not unheard-of for larger sets to contain inner boxes, I've never seen one with decoration before - a nice touch, though I suspect fans would rather pay a little less for a plain box, or at least one that doesn't require destruction with thumb-tabs. Accompanying the inner box inside the outer are eight polybags - numbered 2 to 6, 8, 12 and 13; insider the inner are a further seven (1, 7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11 - 9 and 10 are duplicated) and the large black tile for the stand. There doesn't seem to be much logic to the packaging, and you need to open the inner box to start building. Instructions Also in the outer box can be found the single instruction manual wrapped in plastic with the sticker sheet: The front view is a cut-down version of the box front, though they have managed to avoid cutting off parts of the ship. There's no cardboard backing, which seems no longer to be a thing, but the Perfect-bound manual has remained reassuringly crumple-free without it. Inside are some four double-pages of information not unlike the manual that comes with Architecture or Ideas sets. It opens with a foreword from the head of the Star Wars design team, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who I believe designed the earlier 2004 version. There follows a double-page spread of trivia about the Y-Wing itself: I'm not sure of the value of list of fictional statistics, but the schematics and cutaways, and Ralph McQuarrie concept art on the facing page are nice. The model shown bottom left in the picture shares several features with this LEGO version and I'm sure was used as a reference. Next follows an interview with set designer Jordan David Scott in which he is asked the question, 'How accurate is the LEGO Y-wing, compared to the real in-universe vehicle?' I will not spoil his answer, but will attempt to answer it myself during the review. There is also an interview with graphic designer Madison O'Neill, part of which is reprinted below: Mostly I showed this page for the further reference models; I will make reference to the top right picture later. The studio models (bottom right) appear to be in the process of being painted; they are largely coated in (presumably) a primer which looks to be a lovely sand blue colour: sand blue features quite prominently in this and the current System versions. The set construction is modular with two or three polybags per module, counting the engines separately, and a single bag for the stand; there are two pages demonstrating the modules so you can plan your build accordingly. The instructions are clear with call-outs and sub-builds (example), and I encountered no colour-differentiation issues. I felt it important to show that real starfighters wear pink, or at least contain pink as filler. I like the plain grey background, with white for the module header, blue for part call-outs and tan for sub-builds: smart and clear. The obligatory decal sheet isn't too terrifying this time, and unlike 10134 there isn't a large and fiddly cockpit canopy sticker - the sand-blue decals go on the cockpit sides, but the top and front are printed. The console is unfortunately stickered too (12 and 13). The information sticker contains similar information to 10134's, though rearranged somewhat, and it's a little less fussy. Parts The spread of parts is shown below in thumbnail form; you can click each for a close-up. They are divided according to module, which corresponds to polybags 1, 2, and 3; 4, 5, and 6; 7 and 8 respectively: I haven't found any parts which look new or especially rare; there are however a larger number of sand blue plates in 1x3 and 1x4 which I am pleased to see. There is a useful quantity of jumper plates, and some 80 1x1 round plates in flat silver, along with 22 grille tiles in the same colour. I like flat silver - it is an inexpensive way to make something look metallic when bluish grey won't cut it. There are also 26 light bley ingots, used to good effect here and useful for paving. Disappointingly, there are fewer pieces of flex-tubing than I would like (or expected, after the multitude of copper and long dark bley tubes of 10134); here there are only 6 in reddish brown, and most of the pipe-work is achieved with 3, 4, or 6L bars. Bags 9 and 10 are duplicated; one of each is shown here, along with bag 12: bag 11 is the same as 12 minus the figures. I wonder why they did that. The 6x6 round brick is new in light bluish grey and sand blue; it is previously available only in 2015's 60080 Spaceport. The corresponding 6x6 round plate is common but this is its first appearance in yellow. The large Viking Wagon Wheel is new in light bluish grey. The right-hand picture features bag 13 which builds the stand; of note here is only the four black 1x2 - 1x2 SNOT brackets; only two are necessary so you can easily pilfer two if you need to. Figs Two unique figures are included: a flat silver and dark bluish grey Astromech droid, and Gold Leader. The droid is unnamed in the manual, but the box top reveals him to be R2-BHD ('Tooby'), and who featured in and was created for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. His body is, I believe, the same as that of the droid R3-S1 who features in the latest System 75172 Y-Wing Starfighter, but the head is unique. Gold Leader, aka Dutch Vander, has a beautifully detailed torso with leg printing to match - vastly superior to the previous generic Rebel pilot torso, and the helmet is a thing of beauty with olive green printing on the top, crest, and even sides. No wonder he's grinning! He also has a scared face on the rear; his head also sports a detailed visor and microphone. The torso rear-printing is also an improvement over the older design, with a more detailed tabard and a buckle. He comes with a small blaster, not shown here. Here is Dutch (centre) next to his earlier incarnation from 9495 (left) and Jek Porkins from 9493 X-Wing fighter: I'm sure you will agree the new design is much more detailed and a great improvement over the older torso; whether it will remain unique and exclusive to this set remains to be seen. I'm still unsure whether I like minifigures in UCS sets, but they make nice extra collectors items, and in the case of this set you can actually seat the figure in the cockpit. Whether you should remains unanswered. Build Rather than an exhasutive trawl through the build process, I have selected a few pictures to demonstrate important features of the construction or interesting techniques; for a more complete set of pictures, see my flickr album. Like her older sister 10134, we start by building the main body of the ship. Here, midway through module 1, the large Technic block is lined with cross-axle bricks (green), and flanked with further Technic bricks; this will form the main receptacle for the wing pylons: Some greebling and an axle connector is left dangling at the front. Already some detail is added to the underside; the square hole will of course receive the stand, and some flat silver Technic connectors at the rear look like they should have some function, but they don't. Maybe they are bomb doors (it's a bomber, after all). See their construction here. It is not until module 2 that we start to add the serious greebling to the top of the body. The reddish-brown whip piece will fold forward and clip into two of the grey clippy tiles to make an interesting feature. Note the Ingots of Bley which are used instead of 1x2 tiles to add texture, and to good effect. Also note the 4x2 bley SNOT area at the side towards the front ... ... this is built on sideways to add bulk, with some nice usage of various SNOT parts: It is nothing ground-breaking, but adds interest to the build, and reflects the build-process in general which is never dull. You can also see here where the whip got clipped. Next we see how the wing pylons are attached: slotting into the Technic bricks on long axles and secured with pins: To see inside the pylon, click here. Much like 10134, the pylons are a sandwich of bricks inside plates, but the attachment with Technic axles is much more secure in this version. They are stop-end axles, so they will stay in position if you want to dismantle the set. Removing the pylons from the body will however not be easy, because the join gets built on. Under the dark tan jumper plates and dark red grille tiles at the rear are several long 1-wide plates placed over the join: The jumper plates are used to good effect to add features to the top. The 1x3 double-inverted slope in the inset will be attached upside down into the centre jumper plate, using a 1x2 round tile with bar and pin holder as a stud reverser. Just in front of the centre jumper plate is a shield under an inverted 2x2 round tile with hole, attached via a clip in a technique similar to the headlights of the CREATOR Mini and VW Beetle. Every so often you have to flip the body to add details to the underside, and this is done gradually so that you're building on a flat, stable surface ... ... at least until you add the two 1x4 arches via SNOT bricks to make yet another interesting feature. This is not done until the end of module 2 - and it's a good thing, as this little add-on is somewhat fragile. Module 3 builds the cockpit section. The angled sides of the head are attached via hinge-plates at the rear, and skeleton arms at the front, to make a reasonably secure connection. The sudden appearance of some minor Technic here surprised me; the axle at the rear will insert into the dangling connector we met at the beginning. Note the brown and yellow double-headlight brick constructions, which produce some downwards-facing studs ... ... allowing the whole underside to attach, studs-down. This leaves only a few available connections on the top surface; the 2x3 white slope attached to only one stud on its base, but it will be secured with a tile on top. The engines are formed from a central stack of SNOT bricks and green cross-axle bricks, to which will be attached some side panels; note the use of headlight bricks to reinforce the connection on the sides with the green bricks. The clever part is that the engine needs to be rotated through forty-five degrees relative to the pylon attachment for the long axles to sit correctly, and this is achieved using a large 4x4 turntable at each end - a wonderfully simple solution; see here for more detail. At the end of the long engines, the Viking Wagon Wheels are attached using pneumatic T-pieces pushed into the little holes in the front, and marrying up to Technic crankshaft parts which allows a half-stud offset. The remaining point of the T-piece is used to attach a curved slope to neaten the join, though it remains rather flimsy. Note the flag pieces, which form the 'thrust vectrals': the instructions are very specific about placing the pole half-way into the upper clip (inset) - the free end of the pole needs to be long enough to insert into the centre holes of the wagon wheel. The construction of these thirst victuals seems rather inelegant, but we'll see how well it works later. Finally, some panels will add detail and texture to the sides of the engines. Panels 2 and 4 in the picture below sit higher on four 1x8 plates; these connect to the headlight bricks on the green cross-axle brick faces of the engine centre: the sides that will connect to the wing pylons. Panel 4 has a hole ready for the attachment; panel 3 has the landing gear. There now just remains the stand, and we're done. I thoroughly enjoyed this build; little details and surprises abound, and keep it interesting at every stage. Even the repetition of the engines isn't particularly tedious. On a personal note, I found the construction of the side panels of the engines and the SNOT underside of the cockpit reminded me greatly of building the Bullfrog all those years ago. The Complete Set First impressions: the set looks smart, which is no mean feat for a ship with all her innards on display. The colour scheme works well; the flashes of white, yellow and sand blue stand out against the grey, with pipework nicely picked out in brown. The shape is good, and looks about right, but we'll compare in more detail later. Incidentally, the stand can be attached in-line (as here) or transversely, and has two positions: upright - as here, although it doesn't lock in this position - and tilted to about 20 degrees. From the front, and slightly above - the ship almost disappears when viewed directly from the front - we can admire the shapely head, although I am not sure the shape is quite right, and should perhaps be two studs wider - compare to the reference picture I pointed out in the manual earlier. I'm also conscious that the wing pylons are a little fatter than they ought to be, though that may have been a compromise necessary for strength; I do like the use of 1x4 groove bricks to make a stripe at the front of the pylons. Perhaps my favourite angle is what I might call 'Darth Vader's view': Like the 2012 X-Wing, the ship's exhaust is (correctly) pinky-red. Here we get our first look at the thirsk victories on the rear of the engines, which seem to have come out quite well, but we'll look more closely later. I was looking forward to see if this set had addressed perhaps the biggest issue of her predecessor: the length of the engines. I am pleased to find that it has: they look about the right length. The smartness of the colour scheme again stands out in this view; note the sand blue stripe along the side of the cockpit. From the top, the relative proportions of body, pylons, and engine look pretty good: Compared to the schematics, the proportions seem about right, though the head still looks too small. The front of the engines should perhaps be more conical (I think they are parabolic in cross-section) rather than flattened hemispheres as the are here, but that's a minor point. I don't think I've ever seen so much detail on the underside of a set before: Hats off to the designer for going the extra mile here, and acknowledging that it's nice to have something that looks good even on the top shelf! You can also see that the landing gear sits unobtrusively when folded. Take a moment also to appreciate the smooth SNOT of the cockpit underside, seen more closely here. Here is the 'real thing' for comparison: Picture from You can see here that the overall shape is good. The engines in LEGO's version should perhaps be a little fatter, but the length is about right; as you can see the wing pylons should be thinner and mounted towards the top of the engines rather than on their midline. Features Let's now take a closer look, starting with the head. No LEGO UCS ship would be complete without cockpit detail, though not much is possible at this scale; there are stickered panels, a seat back cleverly made from a flag piece, targeting computer, and I love the bucket handle control stick: And it will seat the figure! It shouldn't, of course; the scale is all wrong. The cockpit should also open sideways rather than backwards; no official LEGO Y-Wing has tried to correct this. There should ideally be more of a curve to the cockpit canopy, but this would be difficult to render with existing pieces. As it is, the cockpit comes out a little boxy - but the sand blue colour works well. There's a little surprise in the turret, which is otherwise similar to the System version. Remember the surprising Technic in the head section? It connects to the turret: Turning the turret moves the little 8-tooth gear in the neck; or, you can move the gear with your finger and the turret turns. It's not much, but I appreciate the little extra. The silver droid gets a little lost in amongst all the grey; and like all UCS ship droids he's still too small. However, let's not focus on him; as we move back, the greebling detail becomes quite impressive. The pipework steals the show here, but there are some small features at the side of the neck, and even the rear of the head section gets some greebling via a hinge brick sandwiched between two white flags. The flags don't quite line up with the slopes, but I can forgive this. Note the droid body forming some extra detail at the back of the neck. Now we come the really good bit. The use of various parts to form arcane equipment on the body of the ship is superb. I've taken guesses as to what it might do. Moving backwards from Tooby, there's a couple of bley ingots (battery?). Behind this, a couple of wheels on a Technic pin sit within some tan wall elements (starter motor), all a few layers deeper in the model. Behind this are two dark tan bucket handles sitting in corner wall elements, which look like switches or circuits and between them bley binoculars on a round tile with stud (distributor cap - you can see where I'm going with this). Over all of this runs the brown whip piece (HT cable); this passes rearward past a hinged grille tile (carburettor) and between an inverted ice skate (oil filler cap) and what looks like a cylinder head from a two-stroke engine to the shield-disc (air filter). I'll dispense with the lame analogy now. Moving ever-rearwards, you can admire the inverted double-slope, in front of a wheel hub and two binocular pieces sandwiched in. Either side of the flywheel are two mechanical claw parts best seen in the picture above, and another shield-disc behind. There is an incredible amount of detail covering every part of the body with barely a stud left exposed, and what is more, the height/depth of the features varies considerably: it is not simply a plate with lots of small parts stuck on. Round the back are two frames constructed from handlebars and fire hose nozzles, resembling rear-end bull bars; I hadn't noticed them on the real ship, but they are supposed to be there. Notice the vertical brown 4L pole on the right - there is space for one on the other side, but the instructions don't have you place one there. This is an opportunity to compare again to the 'real' ship, this time in the form of the Bandai 1/72 model: Looking towards the rear of this model, you can hopefully recognise several of the features I have pointed out on this LEGO version: the shield-disc, binoculars, flywheel, inverted double-slope, cylinder head, oil filler, carburettor etc. are all there in as much detail you could render in LEGO pieces. A splendid effort. I bet the Bandai model doesn't have landing gear. LEGO's does! It looks totally flimsy, but it is really quite sturdy, and does the job well. I don't recall any other UCS set having retractable landing gear; I'm sure I will be corrected if I'm wrong. The ski parts work well ... ... and the gear sits at a slant which looks better than the vertical stanchions you tend to see on System sets. As I have already shown, they fold quite neatly and are unobtrusive when folded; click here for a further picture. Now let's look again at the thrush vegetables, er, thrust vectrals: Despite the rather Heath Robinson construction, I think they work quite well. The curved slopes at the edge of the wheel are a little flimsy and easily knocked out of alignment, but the flag pieces are reasonably sturdy. I believe those parts are like rudders and should tilt around 'y' and 'z' axes rather than rotating around the long axis of the ship, but I can live with that - certainly a better solution than any other LEGO Y-Wing set. Comparison to 10134 I dug around in some boxes and rescued 10134 from retirement especially for this moment. The senior UCS Y-Wing was notable at the time for the extensive use of greebling, but when I reviewed her before I worried that the proportions were out. Principally, 10134's engines are far too long; 75181 gets it right here: I was surprised to the new set had used grey rather than white for the long engine struts, but I think this gives a smarter finish; they are attached more neatly to the nacelles too. The engine greebling on 75181 better resembles the original ... ... as does that of the body, and by a country mile: 10134's detailing is very much parts-stuck-on-a-plate, and there is minimal attention to accuracy; 75181 is the winner hands down ... ... as she is again on the underside: 75181's belly is remarkably detailed, almost pretty. Little effort was made on 10134 where plain plate undersides are all that is to be seen. Note also the colour schemes; again 75181's smart livery is a vast improvement over 10134's blocky, almost random colours. If there is one way in which 10134 edges it slightly over her younger sibling, it is the shape of the engine cones - closer to the real thing, though still not perfect. There isn't so much difference in the cockpit design, compared here without stickers. I prefer the tapered outline of the newer set, and the sand blue canopy, but if anything the scale is worse, going from a three stud to a two stud wide seat. Compare to this movie still (featured in the manual of the set): I think the System version is a better representative of the ship's size relative to a minifigure, and I would rather have had a wider cockpit on this UCS set and forego the figure altogether. Conclusion I confess I didn't have particularly high expectations for this set, mainly because the Y-Wing itself isn't the most interesting ship, but what 75181 lacks in functionality it certainly makes up in style and detail. The designer has gone to extraordinary lengths to recreate every mysterious lump or bump on the surface of the original in as much painstaking detail as possible with LEGO bricks, and for the most part has done a fantastic job. The colour scheme is smart, and attractive, and going by the various models around is close to the original; the scale of the LEGO version is much closer to the real ship than the older set, and it's a thousand times better overall. There remain some issues: some fixable, some less so; it may be difficult to render the thrust vectrals better, and the nacelle cones aren't perfect but probably optimal with the parts available; however, I would have traded in the new figure for a new side-opening cockpit mould, and I think the head shape could be better. Design & Accuracy 8 A great-looking set that is for the most part a faithful rendition of the original, with some wonderful detail. I remain uncomfortable with the scale, and I think the cockpit needs to be bigger; the shape of the entire head section isn't quite right. Build 9 An entertaining build process with minimal repetition and no frustration and several interesting techniques; it is well-structured allowing for you to pick up and leave off with ease. Parts & Figures 7 I don't think there are any new parts in this set, but there are older parts in new colours. The selection is all generically useful without being exciting. Some may be excited by the unique figures; they look great, but that's not why I buy UCS sets. Display & Function 8 The ship looks great on the shelf; it's one of those set that is a little tricky to tell from a distance that it is LEGO. There are a number of display options, with two stand orientations and two configurations; thanks to the landing gear, you can dispense with the stand altogether. The ship is well-balanced, sturdy, and reasonably swooshable; of course, there's also the turret function! Value 9 The older set 10134 cost £109 in 2004; that equates to about £165 now - for some 500 fewer pieces than 75181. £170 for 2000 pieces in a licensed set seems like good value; throw in a smart and informative manual and the price starts to look very good. Overall 41/50 (82%) This is an excellent rendition of the Y-Wing, good value, and a great addition to the collection. I wouldn't say it's a must-have, though sadly that's the problem with the Y-Wing herself - not perhaps the most sought-after of Star Wars ships. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the review. Comments welcome! Rufus With thanks to the LEGO Group for the review set. My flickr
  15. It's high noon! And you know what that means - it's time for a showdown! A Dorado Showdown to be exact. Dorado is a city that is located at the coast of Mexico and powered by giant ziggurat-like fusion plants and today is Festival de la Luz in Dorado, an annual celebration of the end of the Omnic Crisis, so let’s join the festivities! About Overwatch For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below for a brief summary of what it is: Set Number: 75972 Name: Dorado Showdown Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 419 Minifigs: 3 Price: £29.99 / $29.99 / 29.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: The Box I am detecting a pattern with these Overwatch sets where the front box art has the wrong background and the back has the correct one. This set is no different as the background isn’t even from the right map. It’s from the Dorado Deathmatch map, not the Escort map that the set is based on. Close enough, I guess, but still a strange choice. We can see Soldier: 76 moving the payload through the first choke point from the Escort map while Reaper is trying to attack him and McCree seems to be hanging on for dear life in the back. A very colorful and action-packed image. As always, you got the white Lego Overwatch logo with Tracer up top, a Blizzard logo in the lower corner, and the set info written in the in-game font on the left. Sure enough, the back of the box features the correct Dorado map in the background, showing the bridge right where it should be. The art depicts the set from a different angle and shows the minifigs with name tags locked in what I can only describe as a Mexican stand-off (get it? ). What’s a bit strange, though, is that the picture is in portrait format and therefore sideways, resulting in the two tabs for opening the box being at the bottom. The top of the box features the set name in six different languages, an ad for the Lego Life app, and a line-up of the three minifigs at actual scale. On the bottom there is a bunch of choking hazard warnings in different languages. One side of the box has a render of the minifigs striking poses with their weapons while the other side just has the Overwatch and Lego Overwatch logos. Contents Inside the box you will find three numbered bags, a sticker sheet, and two instruction booklets - one for the fruit stand and truck and one for the building. Instructions The first pages of the instructions show you how to build the set using the numbered bag system and how to download digital building instructions using the Lego Life app. I've tried it, though, and it doesn't work as these sets aren't available on there yet. Here is a random instructions page. Like with all the Overwatch sets, the call-outs are pretty clear and the light blue background is pleasant. Notable Parts We get a few parts in rare colors in this set such as dark red and yellowish orange. We also get that new candle flame piece from the Wizarding World sets, a bunch of the 1-stud brackets, and the new gun mold that is used for many of the weapons in this theme in dark gray. The only part that is printed in this set unfortunately is the 1x1 trans-light-blue cylinder with a slanted red cross on it. Every other decal is a sticker, like the silver decoration on the grill of the truck (sorry I forgot to take a picture of the part before applying the sticker). The minifigs We get three minifigs in this set: Soldier: 76, Reaper and McCree. It makes sense to include Soldier: 76 in a Dorado based set since he is seen serving as a vigilante in that city in the animated short “Hero”. Soldier: 76 a.k.a. Jack Morrison and Reaper a.k.a. Gabriel Reyes have quite a history together, so it also makes sense for them to appear in a set together. They were both turned into super soldiers by the soldier enhancement program, America’s initial answer to the Omnic Crisis. They joined Overwatch together and rivaled each other for the leadership of the team. After Overwatch’s headquarters got attacked and the team dismantled, the two were presumed dead, but later reemerged as the vigilante Soldier: 76 and Talon terrorist Reaper. During his time at Overwatch, Reyes also recruited outlaw Jesse McCree who was a member of the Deadlock Gang. I guess that’s why McCree is included here as the third hero. They all look pretty good, especially Soldier: 76 with his gunmetal jacket and pants. He gets a cool new ruffled hairpiece while McCree and Reaper each get a new type of cape to represent their poncho and trench coat respectively. The printing on their heads and torsos is nicely detailed, but McCree is the only one who has leg printing sadly. Soldier: 76's heavy pulse rifle and Reaper's Hellfire shotguns are brick-built while McCree comes with a standard revolver to represent his Peacekeeper. I don't mind these brick-built solutions at all, although Soldier: 76's rifle looks quite massive, even considering how big it is in the game. When compared to their video game counterparts, they hold up pretty well. It's unfortunate, though, that McCree doesn't have his signature cigar and belt buckle that reads "BAMF", but it's understandable that they wanted to make him more kid-friendly for the set. Also, Reaper's mask looks a bit scrunched and not as long as it should be, but I can see why they didn't want to create a new mold just because of that, so this is as good as they could do. However, I do like how the McCree minifig has one dark tan hand and one gray hand. That's good attention to detail. The figs look quite good from the back as well. Soldier: 76 has some nice back printing that shows his number and McCree's back has plenty of detail as well. Reaper's slim cape is probably as close as we will ever get to an official minifig trench coat, and it does the job fairly well, so I'm OK with that. Reaper has some back printing too. Here he is with McCree with their capes off to get a better view of their printing. None of the figs have an alternate face, but that's excusable. To make up for that and his missing cigar, McCree comes with a hairpiece for when he is not wearing his cowboy hat which is a nice bonus. While it may make sense for Reaper to appear alongside Soldier: 76 and McCree, it's still disappointing that he is in this set because he is exactly the same one that appears in the Watchpoint: Gibraltar set. Below you will see the full roster of playable characters that are currently available in the game. With so many to choose from, it's unfortunate that we already get a repeat in the first wave. For instance, Sombra would have made a better choice since she is from Dorado. Oh well. The Build The first bag contains the parts for the power generator, market stand, Reaper, McCree, and their capes in a separate box. These two builds are fairly simple and are finished pretty quick. Since we don't have a building to attach the string of lights to yet at this point, the instructions have connect them to the top of the power generator for now. That way the lights will have power until we can plug them into the building. The generator has SNOT plates all around it that not only look accurate, but keep it stable as well. I also like the little bull-shaped pinata and the way they used diamonds to represent low-poly light bulbs, although there are far too few lights on the chain. Like in the other location-based Overwatch sets, there is a small health pack included here even though there is none in this particular area of the map. Maybe TLG just wants to send a message to kids about how healthy fruit is. Either way, I'm always happy when these health packs are included. The fruit stand itself is pretty basic and the posts holding up the canopy are a tad flimsy, but it looks fairly accurate. The second bag contains Soldier: 76 and the parts for the truck. The truck is built around a couple of long Technic beams which keep it stable. Note the dark gray 1x2 plates with rail towards the front which are cleverly used to later hold the fenders in place without making the fenders look too thick. At the end of bag 2, the truck is finished and looks quite good with its mix of 1950's and futuristic aesthetics. I like how they used 1x6 tiles on the sides of the cabin to keep the back wall of it steady. The truck looks good from the back too, although it's missing its rear lights. I don't know what the regulations for hovertrucks are in the future, but I don't think this is up to standard. The flatbed of the truck has a 2x2 jumper plate that is used to easily mount the power generator at a 45 degree angle. The third and final bag contains the parts for the building. Lots of tan and gray here. Despite its size, this is a pretty simple build since it's mostly made out of large plates, bricks and wall elements, so I won't bore you with in-build shots of it. This is what it looks like when finished. It may be a simple building, but I do like how they used SNOT tiles to represent the archway and stepped window frames. The backside is open and completely empty aside from a single candle. There is no roof over the doorways on each side, making the roof look unfinished. While this hallway is empty in the game too, I think they could have at least included a few more candles. There are three stickers that you need to apply in this part of the build. One of them is on the right side of the building that depicts an ad for Lucio with graffiti over it and the old Overwatch poster that Alejandra removed in Hero, although it should have been on the inside of the bridge, not outside. Still, it's a nice reference. Instead, the inside of the bridge features a seal that reads "Justice" and "Jack Morrison" with a relief of Morrison in the center. There is no such seal in the game, but I guess they just wanted to add something to make these walls more interesting. Directly on the other side of the seal there is graffiti of Gabriel Reyes shrugging. The messy look of the graffiti provides a nice contrast to Morrison's nice and clean seal on the other side and fits Reyes' rogue personality. It hints at the idea that these two former leaders of Overwatch are in some ways two sides of the same coin. Pretty deep for a couple of stickers. Spare Parts The good news is that there are several of the usual small pieces left over after the build which include an extra candle flame, so at least you can add one more candle to the building if you have another white cylinder as well. The Completed Set Once you put it all together, you get quite a nice scene. It really looks like something straight out of the game. If you compare it to the image below from the game, they managed to capture the look of the Dorado marketplace and the payload very well. The truck is spot-on and is only missing its rear view mirrors. You can see the market stands in the back and the building with the archway on the left. If you look at the building in the screenshot above, you will notice some differences to the building in the set. There are no lanterns and instead there are some banners and street signs on its facade. That's because the building in the set seems to be based on the backside of the bridge rather than the market-facing side. As you can see in the screenshot below, the backside does have the lanterns and no banners, so if you compare the set to this image, it's pretty accurate, except for the missing plants and strings of light under the bridge. It's strange, though, that they chose to do this. Play Features Even though this is a playset, there aren't too many play features. The roof and windscreen of the truck are only attached by two studs, so they can easily be removed to seat a minifig inside. There's only one seat, so there's plenty of room to store the minifig's weapons. The truck has train wheels hidden underneath, so it can easily be rolled around, and the bridge has plenty of clearance for the truck to move through under it. I'd actually love to see a MOC of the entire map where the payload moves down its path on train tracks. Also, the shutters on the windows of the building can be lifted up so that the heroes can shoot out of the window. And... that's basically it. No trap doors, no flick-fire missiles, nada. I guess that's accurate to the game, but I was still expecting a bit more. Ratings Design: 4/5 - Visually, they pretty much nailed the look of Dorado. The truck is spot-on, the fruit stand is simple but serviceable, and the building, while based on the wrong side, looks accurate as well, although I wish they would have fleshed out the roof and back a bit more and included a few more candles and light bulbs. Build: 3/5 - Aside from a few good uses of SNOT, there is nothing too challenging in this build, but it's not bad. Minifigs: 4/5 - 3 Minifigs is a decent number, although only two of them are exclusive to the set. They look very close to the characters in the game, and while some minor details may be missing, the extra hairpiece for McCree makes up for it. Playability: 2/5 - You can roll around the truck and open the windows on the building. That's it. Not a whole lot of playability for such a decently sized PLAY-set. Parts: 4/5 - There is a good number of parts in rare colors. Price: 5/5 - At a mere 7.2 cents per piece, this might just have the best value for a licensed set I've ever seen! Overall: 4/5 - I think the designers did a good job recreating this part of the Dorado Escort map in such a fairly small set. You get a few good minifigs, some useful parts, and some decent looking scenery. There could have been more play features and details, and it would have been nice if they would have at least given Reaper a different skin or something to make him exclusive, but at such a ridiculously low price I can't even be mad. Even if you're not an Overwatch fan, the set is worth getting for the parts alone. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! Oh, and if you're an Overwatch player, shoot me a PM with your player name so that we can play some games together! Fun Fact: When there are two or more of the same hero on a team, it's referred to as a hero stack.
  16. Kon'nichiwa! Our next stop on our world tour of the Overwatch sets takes us to Hanamura, Japan, where we witness the epic fight between the two great dragons, Hanzo and Genji. About Overwatch For those of you who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below to get a brief summary of what it is: Set Number: 75971 Name: Hanzo vs. Genji Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 197 Minifigs: 3 Price: £24.99 / $19.99 / 24.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: This set is clearly based on the animated short film “Dragons”. There will be spoilers for that short in this review and it’s a great little short, so watch it before you continue reading if you haven’t already: The Box Even though the set is called Hanzo vs. Genji, you don’t actually see the two fighting on the box art. Instead, Genji is chasing after the henchman for some reason who is attempting to call for reinforcements just like in the short, while Hanzo is getting ready to strike from above. What makes it even more confusing is that the shrine seems to be located on the balcony outside of the dojo instead of inside. The top features the usual Lego Overwatch branding with Tracer in the upper right corner, the Blizzard logo in the lower right, and the set info on the left hand side. The back of the box looks much more accurate to the short as it shows Hanzo and Genji actually fighting and the background depicts the inside of the dojo. That along with the inclusion of the set info again here makes me think that this should have been at the front of the box. Hanzo and Genji get name tags and there is a URL for the Overwatch product page on at the bottom. The top shows the Hanzo and Genji minifigs at actual scale, but the two images overlap each other due to the thinness of the box. I’ve never seen that in these scale references before and I don't know why they tried to cram both of them into the picture instead of just using one minifig as usual. On the bottom there are just some choking hazard warnings. The choking hazard warning continue on one side of the box while on the other side there is another render of Genji and Hanzo. Contents Inside the box there are four unnumbered bags of varying sizes, an instructions booklet, and a sticker sheet with just two stickers. Instructions The first pages of the instructions show you how to sort the parts and download digital instructions using the Lego Life app (which currently doesn't work as the set isn't available yet). Here is random instructions page that shows how the arch is constructed. The instructions are simple to read and the light blue background makes them easy to see. The last page features the inventory and another reminder to scan the QR code on the front cover to unlock some the parts from the set in the Lego Life app. Notable Parts While there are some stickers in the set, many of you will be delighted to know that most of the decals are printed. The printed parts include a 1x1 cylinder with a slanted red cross, the 1x2 smartphone tile that is available in many Friends and City sets, a 1x1 round tile with the Overwatch logo to represent the medal given to the Overwatch members when they're invited to join, and 2x2 round tiles with the Shimada Clan seal - two in lime and two in blue - to represent Genji and Hanzo's spirit dragons. We also get a few parts in rare colors such as the banner in white, 2x2 curved tiles in dark red, and a 4x4 curved tile in brown, as well as an unprinted BB-9E head. The Minifigs We get three figs in this set: Genji, Hanzo, and a Shimada henchman. Hanzo is the oldest of the Shimada brothers and was meant to become leader of their clan when their father died. He killed his brother Genji when he refused to take part in their family’s criminal empire, or so he thought. Genji was able to survive by joining Overwatch and becoming a cyborg ninja. He has accepted his new body and forgave Hanzo who has come to regret his actions and has set out on a path to redemption. The Shimada henchman is the most important character in the game and I am so glad that he is available in such an affordable set! He is totally not just some random goon that Hanzo easily defeats in the short and whose inclusion in this set is completely pointless. Genji gets a new mold for his helmet and Hanzo gets one for his hair, and they both get a new bandana piece to attach to their new headgear, all of which look great, although Genji’s helmet looks a bit big on him. He comes with three shuriken, but unlike in the game, he can't hold them all at the same time, which is fine. Hanzo looks pretty good for the most part, especially his gunmetal legs, but the flesh printing on his chest looks a bit pale which is a common issue with bright printing on black parts. Hopefully TLG will figure out a fix for this soon. He comes with his Storm Bow and it’s cool to get the bow and arrow piece in dark blue. The henchman looks decent and has an appropriately scared face. He comes with a neat gun similar to those from the first Batman sets and a smartphone, although the parts he is made of are preexisting and pretty generic. When compared to the character models in the game, there are some notable inaccuracies though. For instance, Genji's white and nougat color scheme looks to bright and colorful in my opinion. I think dark tan would have been a better choice instead of that orangey color. Also, Hanzo's awesome dragon tattoo that stretches from the bare side of his chest down to his left hand is completely absent. With all the amazing arm printing Lego has been doing lately, it seems like they should have been able to include it easily, so why was this omitted? It makes his chest look so empty. For what it’s worth, the henchman looks spot-on, but that's not a huge accomplishment. Honestly, while I appreciate his inclusion, I would have much rather given up the henchman minifig in favor of another playable character from the game or at least some more printing on Hanzo and Genji. Genji has a sword holder on his back which carries his Dragonblade and it's nice to get the katana mold in lime green. The only thing he is missing is his wakizashi sword that he uses for swift strikes and deflecting enemy fire. There is an empty spot for another katana on his back, so they could have easily fixed this by just including one more katana in silver, but perhaps they decided against it since it would be in the wrong place on his back. Hanzo has a quiver in black. As you can see, Genji's bandana attaches straight onto the back of his helmet while Hanzo's attaches to the left side of his hair bun. There is no pin hole on the other side of his hair, so you can only attach it on this side. The henchman doesn't have anything on his back other than two printed lines. Genji and Hanzo have some nice back printing as well. Here is a picture of them without their neck- and headgear on. So what is hiding underneath Genji's mysterious helmet? Nothing. It's just an unprinted silver head, which might be useful for MOCs, but is very disappointing given the big twist at the end of the animated short that this set is based on. Sure, we never get a good look at Genji's face, but they could have at least printed his eyes. Hanzo and the henchman don't get any second faces either, so the henchman seems to constantly be in a state of anxiety, making him the most relatable minifig in 2018. The Build With the exception of the SNOT arch which uses an interesting technique to attach to the top of the wall, the build is pretty standard and it doesn't take very long. Here is a shot of it about halfway through the build. The Completed Set The finished dojo consists of a large wall with an arch and a banner and with a small hallway with stairs on each side as well as a small display with Hanzo's old sword and sheath on it which he swore never to use again after supposedly killing his brother with it. On the wall there is a slashed Shimada Clan seal and a banner with kanji on it. I'm impressed that TLG kept the blood splatters on the banner. The writing on the banner translates to "dragon head, snake tail" which is an idiom that basically means "anticlimax". It is believed that this is just Blizzard playing a joke on anyone trying to translate its meaning, but in the case of this set, I think it could also be referring to Genji's unprinted head. While the scene is fairly recognizable as the second capture point of the Hanamura map, it does have several inaccuracies. All of the black parts should be gold and the red columns should be a light brown color. That disc below the arch is much higher up and doesn't feature a seal. There are no balconies above the hallway in the game, just a big mural, the pots are down on the ground, not up on the walkway, and the stairs extrude out from the walkway instead of being recessed back into it. Also, the stairs in the set are each missing a step. I'm guessing this was done so that you can put a minifig on there, but it makes the stairs look broken/unfinished. The dojo looks quite boring when viewed from the back. Instead of being one continuous hallway like in the game, the section behind the wall with the arch is just empty, and the only interesting things in the two hallway sections are a small health pack on one side and an Overwatch medal on the other (which presumably belongs to Genji). There is no health pack in this part of the map in the game, but I really like the health pack because it looks just like the ones in the game, so I appreciate its inclusion. There is also a Technic pin on each side where you can store the extra dragon discs. The instructions don't tell you this, but that's what I'm assuming those are for. Play Features The only play features in this set are the disc shooters on each side of the dojo. One side contains Genji's spirit dragon, and the other Hanzo's. You can aim them by using a hinge and press the red tab on the back to shoot out the spirit dragon disc and try to hit a minifig. It works pretty well, although you can't angle the shooter very much without hitting the sword display. "Ryū ga waga teki wo kurau!" Spare Parts There are a few interesting pieces left over after the build such as an extra Overwatch medal, an extra shuriken (since they come in packs of two) and spare bandanas for both Genji and Hanzo. Ratings Design: 3/5 - While the scenery is recognizable enough, it's not completely accurate and looks a bit bland, especially from the back. The black, red, and tan color scheme makes it feel more like something out of Ninjago than Overwatch. Build: 3/5 - Except for the SNOT arch and maybe the unconventional stairs, the build is pretty average. Minifigs: 4/5 - The minifigs we get look pretty good and come with some cool new headgear and accessories, but I have to deduct a point for Genji's missing face and Hanzo's missing tattoos. Playability: 2/5 - The only playability this set has is two of the same play feature which is not bad, but not great either. Parts: 3/5 - There are a couple of rare parts and I like that a lot of the parts are printed, but it's nothing to write home about. Price: 4/5 - 197 parts with 3 figs for 20 bucks is quite fair for a licensed set. Overall: 3/5 - This set had potential, but it kind of came out just okay. Both the figs and the build, while nice, are not as accurate as they could have been and there's just not that much playability. The Shimada henchman was a nice addition, but kind of unnecessary. If you really need to have Hanzo and Genji in your collection despite their minor flaws or if you just want to add another dojo to your Ninjago layout, you could pick this up on sale, but otherwise I'd say this Overwatch set is pretty skippable. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? And who do you think will win this duel, Hanzo or Genji? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! Oh, and if you're an Overwatch player, shoot me a PM with your username so that we can play some games together!
  17. Cheers, Love! The cavalry's here! And by “the cavalry”, I mean Lego Overwatch sets! This is very exciting news for a big Overwatch fan such as myself, and I’m here to tell you all about my thoughts on these sets! About Overwatch For those of you who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below to get a brief summary of what it is: Set Number: 75970 Name: Tracer vs. Widowmaker Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 129 Minifigs: 2 Price: £12.99 / $14.99 / 14.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description: The Box The box art shows Tracer moving the payload across the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map near the start point while Widowmaker is… well, I’m not sure what she’s doing. It looks like she’s running away from Tracer which is very unlike her, plus she seems to be holding her sniper rifle by the butt. It would have made much more sense to position her on the platform in the back trying to snipe Tracer, but oh well. The top banner sports the Lego Overwatch logo on top of the white-to-light-gray gradient that is often used in the Overwatch branding and a depiction of minifig Tracer in the same action pose that she has on the box of the game which is a nice touch. There is a Blizzard logo in the lower right corner and there is some info about the set on the left in the same font that is used for text in the game which is also a nice detail. The back of the box looks a bit strange as it looks like it could be the front of the box. It has the same layout with the Overwatch logo in the upper left and the set info below it and another picture of Tracer and Widowmaker fighting over the payload. The only difference is the URL in the lower right, the name tags for the figs, and the inclusion of the minifig accessories and the stand for the payload. Also, is it just me or does this picture of the set look a lot more CG than the one on the front? The top has some copyright information and 1:1 scale images of the minfigs. The bottom has some choking hazard warnings. The choking hazard warnings continue on one side of the box while the other has a render of the two minifigs in action poses. Contents The box contains three unnumbered bags, a loose 6x8 plate, an instructions booklet, and a sticker sheet. Noteworthy Parts Even thought this is a fairly small set, there are several pieces of note. Those include some printed pieces such as a large dish to represent the drone's charging station, a 1x1 cylinder with a slanted red cross, and the good old white slope with a radar screen with controls. There are also a few parts in rare colors such as the A-Wing fins and a neck bracket in white, the ingot tile in flat silver, a 1x1 round tile with pin holder in red, and 2x2 plates in dark azure (not pictured). In addition, we get a new gun mold in black and white. Hmmm, I wonder which one belongs to the good guy and which to the bad guy? Instructions The first pages of the booklet show instructions on how to sort the parts and retrieve digital building instructions using the Lego Life app, although the instructions for these sets are not available yet as of this writing. Here is one of the instructions pages. The call-outs are pretty clear and the build pops nicely against the light blue background. However, I noticed an error on this page where it tells you to turn the build around even though the building step doesn't require you to do that. Are they trying to make the build last longer by making you do pointless tasks like this? Nice try, Lego. At the end of the instructions there is an image that lets you know that this set can be combined with 75975 Watchpoint Gibraltar and there is another ad for Lego life telling you to scan the QR code again to unlock some stuff in the app. The last two pages list the inventory. The Minifigs As you probably figured out by now, this set includes minifigures of Tracer and Widowmaker. I guess it makes sense including these two in a set together given the encounters they’ve had in the cinematic trailer for the game and the short “Alive”. For those who don’t know, Tracer a.k.a. Lena Oxton is a young British adventurer and hotshot pilot who was left with "chronal disassociation" after a failed test flight of an experimental aircraft. She would randomly disappear for long periods of time at first until Winston invented a chronal accelerator for her which allowed her to control her time-jumps and made her one of Overwatch’s best agents. She’s also lesbian, bringing some much needed LGBT representation to the Lego world, and she's kind of the mascot for the game, so it’s nice to get her in the cheapest set. Widowmaker a.k.a. Amélie Lacroix on the other hand is literally a cold-blooded assassin who used to be married to an Overwatch agent, but was brainwashed by the terrorist organization Talon to kill her husband and become a living weapon for them. So yeah, pretty much the polar opposite of Tracer. Both figs look great and come with cool new hair molds. This is a pleasant surprise especially for Tracer whom they could have easily just given Kai’s hair from Ninjago. I really like Widowmaker’s gunmetal goggles with red highlights and purple hair in the back. They both have nicely detailed torso printing which extends down to their legs. Widowmaker’s torso features one of the biggest cleavages we’ve seen on a minifigure to date. Are we sure this set is meant for 8 year olds? Here are some screenshots of the two girls from the game. Overall, I'd say they look pretty spot-on. The only thing that would have made them more accurate is dual-molded arms to represent their short sleeves and maybe some more printing on Tracer's legs, but I don't think it's necessary. For all the weapons in this theme, Lego decided to go with a brick-built approach using the new gun mold that I highlighted earlier which actually works quite well. Tracer comes with her pulse pistols and Widowmaker comes with her rifle which is known as the Widows's Kiss. She also has a grappling hook like she does in the game to get around the map. Sadly it doesn't come with any rope, so there's not much you can actually do with it, but I appreciate the inclusion nonetheless. Tracer also comes with a lightning bolt attached to her back to represent the zig-zagging trail of light that she leaves behind when she blinks in and out of time which is a nice touch. Both of their torsos have back printing with lots of nice silver details. Their heads are also double sided, giving Tracer a confident grin and Widowmaker a winking expression for when she's looking into her sniper scope. The good thing about their weapons being brick-built is that you can convert the Widow's Kiss from its sniper rifle configuration to its submachine gun mode by simply removing the barrel and scope. The Build Aside from a bit of SNOT, the build is pretty basic and quick. The Completed Build Once you finish the satellite drone and put it on its charge station, you're done. EZ GB (Easy, Good Build). As I mentioned earlier, the XR-9 is the payload of the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map where you need to escort it to the rocket so that Winston can launch it into space and re-establish Overwatch's communications network. Below you will see a screenshot from the game. I'd say they nailed the look of the drone and its charge station. One thing I noticed, though, is that they moved the "WP-G" text off from the center of the station since they can't print in the center, but that's okay. The way they used a hinged window frame to allow the drone's head to peek out of the hull is so simple yet brilliant, and the use of hinges for the engine intakes is pretty clever too. The whole thing has a very sleek look. I love how they used those black curved wedge slopes to round out the front of the wings and the nose. The only thing that bugs me a bit is how the stabilizer fins stick out so much at the back. It would have been nice if they could have used some inverted slopes to make the transition between the fins and the body a bit smoother, but oh well. I like the use of the profiled 2x2 bricks for the engine exhausts. It looks especially aerodynamic when viewed from above. Here you can also see that the engines are firmly held in place via Technic connections. Play Features Even though this is just a simple drone that moves from one point to another in the game, the set designers were able to fit some play features in it. The 2x3 tiles in the center of the XR-9 can be removed to reveal a small cockpit that you can seat a minifigure in. Of course, since it's an automated drone, it doesn't make much sense to have a cockpit, but I suppose it could just as well be a maintenance hatch with the drone's computer inside it. There is also a storage compartment in the back that contains a health pack like the ones that you find hidden around the maps in the game. Again, there is no such thing on the XR-9 in the game (unless there's some secret hack that I don't know about), but the health pack looks great and adds play value, so I'm fine with it. Spare Parts There are a few small studs and things left over after the build, including extras of the rare white neck bracket and red pin holder tile. Ratings Design: 5/5 - The designers managed to recreate the satellite drone from the game perfectly and the fact that you get one of the check point markers with it to use as a stand is great. Build: 3/5 - Aside from one or two clever part uses, the build is pretty average. Minifigs: 5/5 - 2 Minifigs is not a lot considering that you get twice that many in Star Wars sets of this size, but the two that we got come with great new hairpieces, double-sided heads, multiple accessories, and a satisfying amount of detail. Playability: 3/5 - You can swoosh the drone and open its secret compartments which give you decent amount of playability, but there's not much else you can do with it. Parts: 4/5 - There are more rare parts in this set than I was expecting. The printed elements and the new gun molds are especially neat. Not a bad for such a small set. Price: 4/5 - 11.6 cents per piece isn't ideal, especially with only 2 figs, but it's not bad, and the new molds make up for it a bit. Overall: 4/5 - This is a pretty good little set. If you're just looking to dip your toes in the Overwatch theme, this is not a bad way to do it. The minifigs are great, the set is accurate to the game, and it includes some cool parts, all for a decent price. Plus it's a nice addition to 75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar. See my review of that set to see how the two can be combined. Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order, so go and reserve your sets now! What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? And who do you think will win this duel, Tracer or Widowmaker? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! Oh, and before you flood the comments with "Maybe I'll be Tracer" memes, don't bother. I'm already Tracer.
  18. Hello everyone! This week I was lucky enough to find the new 75226 Inferno Squad Battle Pack early at my local hypermarket. This set is basically based on the campaign of the latest Battlefront 2 game. I really like all the Battlefront games and I want the main characters since the new one released. There could be find some really cool custom minifigures on the internet, but I always prefer the official ones more even if the custom ones could be much more detailed. So I was very excited, when the first rumours said they will come in a battle pack. Details Name: 75226 Inferno Squad Battle Pack Theme: Star Wars/Battlefront Year: 2019 (1H) Pieces: 118 Minifigures: 4 Price: USD 14.99 Source and more info: Brickset Box The size of the box is the common battle pack box size, which most of the bp's use. This set has the new 2019 box art, which features Darth Vader on the right corner and the Star Wars logo in black next to the LEGO logo. These two are in good contrast with the white background. The white background is nicely detailed by imitating a lot of actual pieces in white and this goes around each side of the box. The front shows all the minifigures and the build of this set in the middle of an action scene. According the background it takes place on the forest moon of Endor and this location was featured in the game too. The back shows the speeder landed with the figures in different poses and the vehicle's stud shooter in action. On the sides continuous the nice white background and besides the usual texts have the logo of the LEGO Life App and a minifig for size reference. Build As usual to the battle packs the box contains two unnumbered bags and a small instructions. The instructions book is smaller than the previous battle packs had. This new one is the same size that the Microfighters have and because of that, they don't have to folding it. The new instructions in 2019 have QR codes printed on the front and you could scan these with the LEGO Life App to use digital instructions. At the back of the book ther are an ad for the Life App and how to use the QR code, there are pics of other new sets and the minifigs of those sets, plus there is the partslist to. The set a lot of good different type and colored pieces, but nothing too special. The completed build of the set is a unique looking speeder. Just like some other small battle pack vehicles, neither this one based on an actual thing from the Star Wars universe, but it could fit into any collection. The designers made a good work to capture the feeling of imperial ships by the shapes and make an interesting looking speeder. The colors they've used reminds me the Corvus, which is the main ship of the squad plus they added a couple of red parts, which refers to the symbols of the team. The main part of the bps are of course the minifigures, so if you only need them, there are a lot of useful pieces for MOC building in this set. It has a lot of different kind of pieces, such as wedge plates and technic pieces. The model is very compact and uses several building techniques to get differently oriented parts. The wings are nicely angled with a couple of technic parts and the are quite sturdy. The main play features are the stud shooters on the side of the two wings. Besides them it has 4 imitated blasters too. The vehicle could fit only one of the figs, but the seat has only two studs and it makes very easy to remove the pilot.(sometimes too easy...) The only "weak" part is the engine at the back, what is heald just two technic pins. Minifigures As I've said before, in most cases you'll buy this kind of set mostly for the minifigures. Here they are the members of the Inferno Squad, which is an imperial special forces unit. In the video game it contains three person, Commander Iden Versio, Gideon Hask and Del Meeko. The story has a prequel as a book and there the squad had a fourth member, Syen Marana. The main character, Iden, got a new accurate headprintig and a recolored hairpiece, but she doesn't has a helmet. All the other figs have helmet instead of hairpieces. Since the introduction of the stud shooters, the figures in the bps usually comes with them instead the nicer, smaller blaster pieces. This is also the case here, but they tried to make some differences of the weapons by adding a couple of pieces to them. It's a good move, but still doesn't feel the best option. Iden has unique torso printing, the others have new printing too, but they all have the same design. In the perfect case this one will be Hask's and Del would get another different print. Del has more ammo packs and pockets on his armor, because of that the minifig got the Batman belt piece in black. This is a nice addition, it makes this one even cooler and fortunately in the set is a spare one of that piece, which is really useful in this color. The printed leg pieces looks great and all of them has the same. In this set only Iden has a new and double-sided head, but fortunately all the figures have different faces. I think the faces for Iden, Del and Gideon fits perfectly, but unfortunately the fourth one is just the generic male trooper head. Summary This battle pack is on of the better ones with a good selection of well made minifigures and a nice small speeder with a lot of useful pieces. It's a relatively cheap way to get main characters or just beautiful figure parts. If you like Battlefront 2 this is the perfect set for you, if not, even than this could be very special addition for anyones Imperial collection. because the new trend of putting named characters in battle packs, they lost the army building value, but I think in this case the minifigures could serve a nice base for your custom imperial members. In a perfect word all of figures would come with hairpieces and helmets too, but I think I'll give the generic troopers helmet to Iden and use the rest of that fig for customization. I recommend this set to any Star Wars collector, and even if you only want the figures. Play: 7/10 (The stud shooters gives the set the most playfeature, but the speeder is very swooshable too) Design/Build: 8/10 (Nothing too special in design wise, but the whole build feels sturdy and complete) Minifigures: 9/10 (They are the star of the set, would've been perfect with four helmets, hairpieces and normal blasters) Price/Value: 8/10 (If you really want these figures, it deffinetly worth the price, but for discounted price you couldn't miss it) Overall: 8/10 (Great set for both collections and playing) My whole album of the set: Bricksafe A bonus picture with additional hairpieces, blasters and custom Iden's droid:
  19. REVIEW - 42095 - REMOTE-CONTROLLED STUNT RACER INTRODUCTION This set feels like the successor to the 42065 - RC Tracked Racer from 2017. Like the 42050 - Drag Racer from 2015, this set also has two wheels at the rear of the vehicle, limiting the vertical movement. Something tells me that, unlike the drag racer, this model can actually do wheelies. And how about those new big sprockets driving the vehicle?! I can hardly imagine these sprockets have been designed specifically for this model. Thoughts about a new big excavator fill my mind. But let's focus on this set first. This review is shorter than usual, but time was limited. Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoy the pictures! PICTURES Pictures can be clicked to view hi-res versions. More pictures can be found in my Flickr album. DISCLAIMER This set has been provided by the CEE Team of TLG. It's not my goal to promote this set. It's my goal to give you an honest opinion about it. Therefore, the opinion in this review is my own and is in no way linked to TLG. SET INFORMATION Number: 42095 Title: Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer Theme: Technic Released: 2019 Part Count: 324 Box Weight: 784 gram Box Dimensions: 38,0 cm x 26,0 cm x 7,0 cm Set Price (RRP): € 79,99 Price per Part: € 0,25 Links: Brickset, Bricklink THE BOX CONTENTS OF THE BOX The box contains: 1x Booklet 1x Sticker sheet 1x Bag with Power Functions elements 1x Power Functions battery box 3x Unnumbered bags BOOKLET STICKER SHEET POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS BATTERY BOX BAGS HIGHLIGHTED PARTS TECHNIC TREAD SPROCKET WHEEL XL These two new sprockets are the XL variant of the Technic Tread Sprocket Large. Since these are new parts, it's safe to assume that the future (2H 2019?) will bring us a big (motorized) set, like a new bulldozer or excavator. POWER FUNCTIONS ELEMENTS This set contains a set of very useful PF elements. You get a battery box, IR transmitter, IR receiver and two large motors. Basically everything to motorize your MOC. BATTERY BOX Something which caught my eye is the new design of the battery box. Going through my collection, I notice this change has been implemented earlier. I remember discussing a slightly different version in the Arcos, so it might have been a couple of years. But most of the time I use one of my other battery boxes with batteries in it. This new design is much better, since you can get all the batteries out easily. COMPLETED MODEL I wasn't too sure about this model, but looking at the completed model, it is definitely growing on my. The yellow-blue color scheme is very vibrant and works really well. Especially with the XL sprockets. And it is no secret I love dark azure. I'm so glad TLG got rid of all the other shades of blue :laugh: Here you can clearly see how big the rear sprockets are. Just when you start loving this little bugger, you are presented with its rear end. Ouch, that hurts. This set is all about fun and performance, but a slightly more decorated rear end would have been better. Not sure if Milan designed this one, but he (or TLG) did a better job with the previous one. I don't think it will bother kids at all, but if I have to name a negative thing about this set, it's the rear end. Two 16T gears, an XL sprocket and an L-motor make up the drivetrain for each side. Minifig paint rollers as mirror pieces and a fishing rod as antenna. Cleverly done. Before I end this review, I do need to address the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of € 79,99. This set does contain lots of PF elements, but 80 euros seems kinda steep for a model this size, basically being nothing more than a small RC toy. If you can get it with a discount, it is a great PF package though. The left-over parts. READY, SET, GO This review would not be complete without a video. Here you can see the Stunt Racer in action. I have mentioned it before, and I will mention it again; I hope TLG will create treads made up of a softer (more rubber like) material. As you can see, the set is rather useless when you are playing on a smooth surface. Some time ago I bought a couple of these bags in LEGOLAND Germany. It would be great if TLG would include a bunch of these rubber pins with tracked sets. Especially the remote-controlled ones. As you can see the result is much better. It actually does the wheelies which it is supposed to be doing. B-MODEL If it weren't for the price, I would definitely get a second copy to build the B-model and have some fun with both. The B-model looks even more finished than the A-model, but the main model can do wheelies! SUMMARY This is a very fun little model that will keep the kids entertained for a while. Two things that I don't like about this model. One is the rear, with clearly visible cables. And another thing is that the treads don't have any grip on smooth flat surfaces. Maybe a third thing and that is the price. Seems a bit steep for a small RC toy. But these cons definitely don't mean I don't like it, because I simply love this cute little stunt racer! PROS It's great fun It does wheelies It drives really fast Looks nice (except the rear) It's great fun Vibrant color scheme New big sprockets Did I mention it's great fun?! CONS Cables sticking out Treads don't have much grip on smooth surfaces Price SCORE How do I rate this set? 7 DESIGN I love the front and color scheme, but the rear could have been better. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE Fun build, given the part count. 7 FEATURES Not so many features, but stunt driving is implemented very well. 8 PLAYABILITY So much fun! 8 PARTS All the PF parts you need to motorize small to medium MOCs. 6 VALUE FOR MONEY The price is pretty steep for what is basically an RC toy. 7,2 WAIT FOR A BOGO DEAL AND GET TWO COPIES FINAL WORDS Thanks you for reading this review. All pictures can be found here.
  20. SET REVIEW: 10254 WINTER HOLIDAY TRAIN (including Power Functions) Introduction It is my pleasure to present to the EB community a review of the 10254 Winter Holiday Train. This is the latest yearly installment in the Winter Village series of sets from The LEGO Group and promises to be an exciting addition to Winter Village collections which do not have the previous winter-themed train 10173 Holiday Train released in 2006. Since the release of that earlier set, we have seen many other trains released that fall outside the standard LEGO City theme, such as the Emerald Night and Horizon Express. I have been impressed with those models and so my hopes for this set were very high on hearing of the release. For many fans, a winter train that doesn't cost a small fortune on the secondary market is to be welcomed. I hope that this review will assist you all with considering whether to add this set to your collection. I have also included a segment on the adaptability to use with Power Functions, which I think is a really well thought out part of this set, although the set DOES NOT come with the Power Functions parts necessary to motorise it; these are sold separately. My thanks to EB LUG Ambassador CopMike and the LEGO CEE Team and Designers for the opportunity to review this set for the EB community. Set information Name: Winter Holiday Train Number: 10254 Theme: LEGO Creator / Winter Holiday Theme Year: 2016 Pieces: 734 Price: USD $99.99, GBP 69.99£, EURO 89,99€, NZD $179.99 Resources: Brickset, BrickLink Packaging I'll begin with some images of the packing for this set. The box is of moderate size (479x282x89mm) and features great detail shots on the back. One side features a layout of the included track including measurements of the size of the train and diameter of the circular track. The close-up shots on the back of the box give a good indication of the various play features this set has, which will be discussed later in this review. It also makes it clear that the set can be motorised with certain power functions sets, sold separately. Box Front Box Rear Box Close-Ups Box Contents The box contains 7 plastic bags of parts, 1 for part 1, 3 for part 2, 2 for part 3 and a separate one containing wheels and couplings. There are also 4 sets of 4 curved track pieces and two instruction manuals contained inside plastic packaging to prevent creasing. No cardboard behind the instruction manuals but they were unbent and in good shape. The set contains no sticker sheet. Contents Overall Individual Contents Instruction Booklet There are two instruction booklets with this set. The first is a small half size booklet containing instructions for the first part of the build: the station and presents. The second booklet is A4 opening along the long edge not the short edge and contains instructions for the full train. First Booklet Booklet Size Comparison Inside Sample Pages Minifigures The set comes with 5 minifigures, two children and three adults: the train conductor, engineer and a passenger. There is a nice variety of colours and unique prints here, with one face printed on both sides and four of the five torsos printed on both sides. The train conductor has some nice details such as the gold pocket watch. The choice of face for the conductor is my one criticism of this selection. While he could look old and serious, to me he looks grumpy, and this is particularly evident in some of the box art where we see him waving from the back of the train and helping load presents; he doesn't look like he wants to be there at all! It does at least add some variety to the usual cheery faces however. The female adult minifigure has the dual-sided face. The first side shows a big enthusiastic smile, perfect for posing with the playing children. The opposite side tells a different story; here we see a peaceful sleeping face, likely happy to have a moment to rest (I'm sure most parents can understand this one!). It works quite well in the box art with the woman sleeping on the train station bench while the children play around her. There is a good variety of head accessories with several different types of hair, so this set will add a bit of diversity to a Winter Village collection. Minifigures Front Minifigures Back Minifigure Alternative Face Interesting Train Parts I thought some of the train parts deserved a picture of their own before we get to building the set. There are a couple of different sizes of train wheel, with the biggest driving wheels in red and the engine leading wheels in red also with some black ones for one of the carriages. The rest of the carriage wheels are standard black train wheels that connect with a thin metal rod. The picture below shows one of each size, as well as a couple of other train parts such as the not so common pilot piece (cowcatcher) which will go on the front and the magnetic couplings, of which there are 5 in the set (1 for the back of the train and 2 for each carriage). I also included the white leaves because why not, I like them. Train Parts (and white tree piece) The Build - Part 1: Platform and Presents Now let's get on to the build. Part one contains the small station platform, two minifigures and all of the presents in the set. There are some interesting parts including a clear 2x2 domed piece, roller skates, a printed 1x1 tile with a number pad on it and a nice assortment of small coloured pieces. And of course we can't forget an orange brick separator! Parts contained in Part 1 We then move to building the station. The station is quite small but has a couple of nice details such as the snow tiles (always nice to have white 1x3 tiles) and the lamp post. As far as lamp posts go I wouldn't call this one my favourite, but it is nice enough and seems to be a compulsory requirement of most Winter Village style sets. This improves on previous single-lamp posts from Winter Village sets, trying a different piece for the glass rather than the two-part sphere pieces and uses the green life saver piece as a wreath, which is nice, with a touch of gold as well to brighten things up. The simple bench finishes the station off. Overall a simple little build, not intended to be a major part of the set but nonetheless it is a necessary one. Railway Station Next we have the present,s which are always a bit of fun. There is a nice selection of presents in the set, with three wrapped gifts, a robot, a boat, a spaceship, a fire engine and a windup toy. The robot is very cute and can hold items with its "hands". The child minifigure also comes with a radio piece suggesting the toys can be remote controlled for a bit of added play/imagination value. I like the design of these presents; they are recogniseable and also sturdy. Presents The whole first part to the build makes for a nice collection of items that will add to a Holiday-themed scene. There is a nice assortment of colours and presents in here, plenty to be delivered by train to the waiting children! Completed Part 1 Build Let's not forget the spare parts, this section comes with a few. Spare Parts for Part 1 of the Build The Build - Part 2: Locomotive Part 2 of the build is my favourite as now we get to build the locomotive! This part contains the engine and tender. The selection of parts for the locomotive presents a nice range of shapes and colours, primarily black, green and red. Some of the interesting train parts have already been noted. Parts contained in Part 2 The engine build was fun, not too complex but with some interesting parts used to create the shape of the train, such as axes and goblets. Build in Progress The driving wheels are on their own block, which includes a technic brick for the pin connection with the tender; no coupling here. Attaching the Driving Wheels The floating leading wheels have a couple of decorative features that stand out from the usual, including multiple colours (red and some small gold 1x1 round plates for a little extra bling) plus the distinctive pilot piece (cowcatcher) which makes the shape of this loco stand out. The Leading Wheels Now we just need to add the cab and finish the boiler! Completed Chassis with all Wheels The completed engine is a polished build with lots of colour and a distinctive small steam engine silhouette. The locomotive is categorised as a 4-2-0 with four leading wheels and two driving wheels. The design is based on a Jervis type engine. The scale is too small to replicate many steam engine features like the Emerald Night manages, but the shape has many distinctive features such as the cone-shaped funnel and distinctive pilot on the front. I particularly like the curve of the boiler which is a nice improvement from the 10173 set with its very angular boiler. The Finished Engine Some of the details include a smoke plume, domed safety valve, a gold bell and the cylinders for the pistons (although there are no moving pistons unfortunately). Engine Side The cab of the engine is quite cozy, with just enough space to fit a single minifigure. There are two brackets for tools and a generic printed train control panel which doesn't really fit the steam locomotive that well. An attempt at some valves and a safety glass would have been nice, although difficult in the limited space (potentially the white bar near the top could be a safety glass, use your imagination!). Engine Cab All in all I do like the profile of this engine, it has some neat colours and details for the size and the shape is easily recogniseable. One or two improvements could be made but on the whole it is an attractive build to have at the front of the train. Engine Front Profile Next in this Part is the tender for the engine. As far as tenders go, I again really like the side profile of this, it has a good shape that compliments the engine,as we will see. The Tender Looking inside, there is a little less detail. We have a single sloped plate with some black round pieces near the top to represent coal. The engine doesn't have anything resembling a firebox inside the cab anyway! The coal is only near the top edge, to be visible over the sides I imagine. Inside the Tender The back end of the tender has a few nice pieces to add some texture to what would otherwise be a black plate, so this adds some interest to the build. Her we have our first magnetic coupling piece to connect up to the wagons. Back of the Tender On the whole the tender has some nice colur and details; it serves its purpose. The inside is not as exciting as the outside, but to add any more detail to the coal piles would require a lot of smaller piece (which, with the part to cost ratio, may not have been impossible). Let's see what it looks like all connected up. Complete Engine and Tender Overall this locomotive is a great build. It looks good on display and will definitely look impressive with other Winter Village sets. It may be quite small compared to other Lego trains, but it fits well into the theme. I mostly like the colour scheme, although the white at the front stands out at me a bit much. In the design, the biggest flaw in my opinion is the coupling between the engine and the tender, which can be seen more clearly in the next picture. I really dislike that to uncouple the tender from the engine it is necessary to lift the tender off the tracks (unless you are really set on pulling that pin out of the tender piece). Two more magnetic couplings would not have gone amiss here, like on the Emerald Night between the engine and tender. Locomotive Side View Coupling aside, I do like this engine, and it is just the right size for a circular track too (often the bigger trains look very long on a simple circle). Here are a couple of pictures of it on some track before we build the carriages. Some of the genius of this design will become evident in the final segment of this review when I adapt the train to motorise it with Power Functions elements. Locomotive goes Choo Choo Choo Choo Off into the Distance And let's not forget the spare parts! Part 2 Spare Parts The Build - Part 3: Carriages The last part of the set is the build for the two carriages; a flatbed for presents (with a Christmas-train twist) and a small caboose. There is a wide assortment of pieces, shown below. Pieces in Part 3 We start building the flatbed first. I like the intricacy of this build for what is essentially a flat wagon, it packs some neat design features. Flatbed Build Progress The gold and dark blue elements on the sides (using a Studs Not On Top building technique) are nice touches, but what I really like about this carriage is that the Christmas Tree and miniature train on top rotate as the carriage moves along the tracks! This is so much fun and uses a worm gear to make sure it doesn't spin too fast. Christmas Tree Spin Mechanic The miniature train itself is very cute and curves around under the tree like so. Train on a train folks, does it get better than this? The presents from part one can be stored in the section on the right. With the tree added, it is a nice carriage, far more interesting than most rolling stock flat beds, the Christmas vibe is impossible to miss (although perhaps not the most practical carriage at other times of year!). Flat Bed Complete Next up is the small caboose, which is a nice carriage to sit at the back of the train. Inside is a small table with two chairs, a cup and what could be a lamp or a flask full of hot chocolate if you have that on your mind! Caboose Build in Progress The completed carriage is nice, small but with features including the raised roof in the middle, gold lanterns at each end and the white leaves with coloured baubles, replicated from the tender. The roof is easily removable to place minifigures inside. Completed Caboose As for swoosh-ability around the track, it gets a pass. Choo Choo Caboose! That completes part 3, so we'll end with the two carriages together. The carriages are good builds and fit the Christmas theme well; we have a tree, a place to store presents and a cozy table to sit around and drink a warm drink (ignoring that it may be a bit drafty with the gaps around the doors with the train is moving!). The single tan axle on the flatbed train really bugs me in terms of colour scheme, but other than that I don't have any complaints. Completed Part 3 Carriages Complete Set There we have it, all done! Before I move to the conclusion however, I would like to throw in the optional Power Functions elements, all sold separately. Power Functions (Sold Separately) One thing that really impressed me about the design of this set is how easy it is to motorise it. To do so, you will need the following four Power Functions pieces/sets which are ALL SOLD SEPARATELY. Alternatively, if you own a recent Lego City train set, you can raid the parts from that, like I did. For those of you looking to purchase these separately, the set numbers are 8879, 8884, 88000 and 88002. Power Functions Parts (Sets 8879, 8884, 88000 and 88002) The set includes instructions for pulling the locomotive apart to fit in the Power Functions elements. For such a small train, they manage to cram these parts in really well! Here is the disassembled engine to show what needs to be removed so that you can add the powered wheels and remote control hub. Disassembled Engine The modules come apart quickly and easily and the whole thing can be motorised within a couple of minutes. There is a hole in the floor of the cab for the cables to come up through, and then the rest of the cables just.. sort of fit in there. That's the only downside to motorising this set; some of the design features are lost and, due to the size, the grey Power Functions parts can't easily be hidden without changing the shape or using a lot more parts, so some of the aesthetic is lost. Motorised Train That said, the designers did a great job of not only incorporating the Power Functions but making it easy to do so, and easy to switch back too. As noted though, it is quite hard to hide, particularly the cables, which mostly do manage to fit inside the cab with some spillage. Cables After motorising your train, you are also left with a few parts to do with as you will, or to swap back into place for display purposes. Motorised Train with Spare Segments Overall, very impressed with the Power Functions conversion considering the size of the build. Conclusion It is necessary to come up with a score for the set, so here are my thoughts below overall. Design: 8/10 – The set is well designed and has some interesting play features. The spinning tree is notable and there are a lot of accessories to increase play value. This was a 7 as I do think improvements could be made, but I have given it an 8 as the quick adaptability to Power Functions really blew my mind a bit! Parts: 8/10 – An interesting selection of parts with some good colour options for use in future building. Build: 9/10 – The build experience is fun and engaging but not too complex. This would be a good set to build in an afternoon with the kids at Christmas. There is nothing repetitive and there are lots of fun features to discover as you build. Price: 6/10 – The price per piece is unfortunately a downside to the set, coming in at 0.136 USD per piece. That said I still value the build and design so I would not let this discourage you. It is a bit too costly I would say just to buy for parts, but certainly worth it for the build experience and display model (certainly an improvement on last year's Winter Village re-release...). Overall view: It's a great addition to the Winter Village series in my view. There are a lot of features, a lot of interesting and colourful parts, and the build is fun to do. One more carriage would have been a nice addition but other than that and the few design points noted throughout, the set is a great build and the adaptability to Power Functions is quick and easily done in a few minutes. Of course if you are more traditional and wish to push the set around yourself, it also works well for that. I would recommend displaying without any Power Functions on it if possible as they do remove some of the details and the battery box in particular is not at all concealed. As with many train sets, it does not come with much track (so as to keep the price down), but this can be expanded with additional track sold separately. Thanks for reading and do let me know your thoughts on this Winter Village installation in the comments below. Will you be buying it? Or have you already bought it? Feel free to share your views and your own pictures!
  21. It's a bird, it's an App-Controlled Batmobile, it's a... oh it is an App-Controlled Batmobile. Ok then! Set Name: App-Controlled Batmobile Set #: 76112 Theme: DC Superheroes - Batman Parts: 321 Minifigures: 1 Year of Release: 2018 Price on Release: 100 USD, 140 AUD, 90 GBP, 900kr, 100 EUR (varies by country) Flickr Set LEGO Brickset Bricklink (not yet) Thank you to LEGO for providing this set for review. The review is an expression of my own opinions. INTRODUCTION The latest in a long legacy of stunningly gorgeous remote-control LEGO sets, 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile rolled out to much skepticism and bewilderment when information first became available, at least from what I read online. "$100 for that weird looking thing? You've gotta be joking mate!" But actually, if you check that handy link to a list of remote-control sets on Brickset, you'll see that this one lines up perfectly with what's come before in terms of cost for content. And while I'm clearly being a bit sarcastic about some of the horrendous-looking RC models that have come before, it seems from the user reviews that at least a few people quite enjoyed them. So, how does this stack up? As a Powered Up (tm) set, one you build and then drive with your phone because you needed more screen time with your LEGO, is it worth your hard-earned pennies? Let's find out! BOX I don't think I've ever seen a LEGO box with a picture of human hands holding a smartphone on the front before, so that's very striking right off the bat (geddit?). They've also used a completely different colour scheme than the rest of the DC Superheroes line and a modern stylish Batman logo that evokes the Rocksteady Batman games logo because this set feels vaguely "inspired" by the Arkham Knight Batmobile. All-in-all, it's a design that will surely stand out on shelves for its uniqueness. However for a 100 USD product the box is quite small, compared to another recently released 100 USD product. It's interesting to highlight the difference, but this isn't a regular set. The back is quite sensibly all about highlighting the functions, though I have no idea what some of those symbols near the bluetooth hub are meant to be because they don't appear in the app or anywhere else. I do appreciate that it opens like one of the more premium sets, and it forces you to Hashtag because all of the kids these days are Hashtagging and LEGO is for kids didn't you know? In other words if you don't have Instagram don't bother buying this. PARTS and THE BUILD Inside the box you'll find three numbered bags (ymmv on if all of the numbering styles will be the same), four loose balloon tires, the bluetooth/battery box hub, and two motors. Plus the instructions of course, but honestly there's nothing worth photographing in these instructions so I'll just say that I found it interesting that there are no written directions for how to download the app, just a page showing the app logo and an arrow pointing to your phone, and the name of the app to search in your app store. Bag 1 contains a bunch of technic-type stuff, random bright colours you didn't expect, the minifigure, and the juicy bat-cessory pack which I've covered in depth in this separate article. When you're finished with Bag 1 it's quite a colourful mess that could be anything (besides like a castle but ok you get what I mean). Bag 2 contains parts to start building up the shaping and look, and also one 1x2 teal tile for no reason whatsoever besides that the designers seemed to get a mandate this year to use as much re-introduced teal as possible I guess. There's also a sand green hinge base and tan cheese slopes which in combination remind me of Harry Potter, and the opaque black windscreens which are slightly but not all that rare, especially compared to many of the other opaque colours for that part. Here's that teal plate sticking out quite conspicuously: And then it's gone, never to be seen again unless you're looking down into the open cockpit from behind. Bag 3 finishes off the model, so naturally it contains mostly black and grey, and of course the red windscreen which has come in three sets in that colour so is nice but not particularly rare. I was surprised to see that the Nexo-shield On button was printed, though it's a kind of raised print application that has the resultant effect of looking like a sticker. But we know it's not, so it's great! The single technique that stood out to me most in the build was the on button. It's activated using just the natural give in long plates - no hinge, technic bit to push, or anything. The button on the bluetooth receiver is designed to be pressed with just the lightest touch, so depressing a plate with a boat plate attached is enough to activate it. On the less nice side of things, the back struck me as messy right away even with the wires as neatly folded as I could get them. MINIFIGURE Sadly for Batman minifigure collectors, this set contains an exclusive, very detailed Batman, so people who fit that collector description will have to buy it just for the minifig. Or, y'know, Bricklink. I do love the level of detail here from the torso all the way down through the toes. From glancing at images I expected both torso and legs to be gunmetal grey, but the torso actually is moulded in black. The figure looks perfect from the front, but the difference in colour is a bit more noticeable and jarring from the back. The face has some nice stubble originally made for grimdark Batfleck, but now good for grimdark other Batmen as well. Batman comes with the typical one Batarang and one spare, which he brandishes with a grimace. THE COMPLETED BATMOBILE Putting aside the functionality, which of course we'll get to, the model looks... weird. I'm not super-up on Batman vehicles throughout the years, but I know that Batman has had a wide variety and recently several tank-like cars like the Tumbler and the Arkham Knight Batmobile. This one certainly isn't out of line with those completely. Still, it looks a bit awkward in person. From the back things get worse as it becomes apparent that the set is more built for the RC functionality than for aesthetic purposes, though it doesn't have a huge antenna sticking out of it so that's good! You probably wouldn't look at it from this angle ever in real life, but this isn't real life. From this low angle it looks quite aggressive. The bigger Bat-symbols don't do much for me but the little one on the front is ace. It's quite tank-like when viewed this way. Aaaand it's a bit stubby and odd when viewed straight from the side. The back also sticks out in a strange way. Like in lots of vehicles, Batman has to lie down quite dramatically to fit in the cockpit. Luckily in this instance he doesn't have to operate his Batmobile though, since the human overlord (namely, you) does it for him from the app. The cockpit also dangerously opens down into the wheelbase which is surely quite loud and unpleasant for Batman, but the tan trim and printed control panels are nice details that let you know at least a little bit of design work went into it. APP-CONTROLLING THE BATMOBILE By this point I've established that the parts in this set aren't too interesting, the minifigure is great, and the completed looks of the thing are so-so, but obviously the real test and also point of interest of this set is how it functions. It's easy to find the LEGO Powered Up app in the app store, which will hopefully work with whatever smart device you have, and once downloaded and opened it gives you the option to choose the train control app or the Batmobile control app. There's space on that screen for more, so I presume we can expect more sets coming with the Powered Up control system. I've never had any motorised LEGO before (besides ZNAP... don't ask), but I've watched the development of the various systems over the years and the amazing thing that strikes me with this set is how it relies on so few specialised motor-parts for the functionality. A battery box is a given, but most previous RC LEGO cars have had some sort of big base, while this just uses two motors which can be used for anything that needs rotation really. I know nothing about app programming but I know that obviously these two motors have to be rotating in opposite directions to get the Batmobile to drive forward as they're mounted 180 degrees from each other. That in itself is probably easy to achieve but to a newb like me it feels really built from the ground up out of parts that could do anything, which is exactly how LEGO should be. Of course, that all fails if it doesn't run well or isn't fun to play with, so that's what I'll be looking at now. The app has two different modes for controlling and driving the Batmobile. I haven't found official names for these, so I'll call the red one the Driving mode and the blue one the Function mode. Here's the Driving one. You can slide the controls up and down to change speeds, and hit buttons to pop a wheelie, sort of turn around, or quickly drive forward and then turn around. Unfortunately you can't use the button functions in conjunction with driving, so if you want to pop a wheelie you have to stop, pop a wheelie, stop again, and then continue driving. In Function mode you can't pick a speed but the Batmobile actually controls more easily. Every tap of the plus or minus buttons makes it lurch, or if you hold them down it will go forward or back, as you would imagine. The function buttons here allow it to kind of shudder backwards in a fright, pop a wheelie (of course), or vibrate and jitter around. But you want to see it in action, don't you! That's why I've put together a couple of different videos. The first shows me demonstrating the app with minimal editing so that you can just see how it runs. Overall, as you can hopefully see, it is fun to drive, but there are some annoyances. In Driving mode it won't run at any speed under 40, which makes the numbers under 40 a bit misleading (they're effectively 0). Also when trying to drive just one of the sides it only works sporadically. I've tested this on a nice carpeted surface too and it has the same result, so it's not a problem of it having too little traction on my smoother studio surface. Driving in Function mode works better and is therefore more enjoyable, but I wish the Driving mode worked better because in theory getting to choose speed is the way you'd want to drive. As far as the pre-programmed functions in each mode go, the ones in Driving mode are more useful in theory because it's nice to do various turns at the touch of a button. The various jerks in the Function mode are cute novelties but would get a bit old. Like I've said, though, you can't continuously drive and touch a button and have it go straight from driving into the pre-programmed turn. Instead, you basically have to take your fingers off of the drive controls to properly hit the button, and no matter what the Batmobile stops before doing the function. Therefore the turns are rendered a bit useless, and I think kids will have a better time with the blue Function mode overall given the problems with the red Driving mode. Perhaps LEGO will work on making the app better with updates, but we'll see. The other major thing to mention is speed. In either mode, at full throttle it just doesn't go all that fast. Now, you wouldn't exactly want it to because it's made out of lots of fiddly bits that definitely will fall off if you crash, unlike those old not-really-LEGO RC cars that were super sturdy and could survive crash after crash from what I've read. So on the one hand, I'd get frustrated if it went fast and I had to fix it all the time. On the other hand, you just kind of want an RC car to go fast. It's a conundrum. But don't get me wrong. It still is fun to drive it around especially given that you've just built something out a bunch of parts that looked nothing like a drive-able car when you opened the box, and now you're controlling it with your phone! What a world we live in. CONCLUSION & RATINGS Ultimately having built and tested the App-Controlled Batmobile, it's no longer perplexing to me like it was when I first got wind of it. It's proving the versatility of LEGO's newest motors and battery box system, and I can see the wisdom in LEGO making their newest RC car a tie-in because, while a plain RC Car is somewhat cool, an RC Batmobile for (every kid's favourite character) Batman to drive around in is awesomesauce!! The exclusive, highly detailed Batman minifigure is icing on that remote-controlled cake. The price, while high, seems justified in the context of LEGO's previous RC offerings and of RC toys in general. I did a few quick searches for other remote-controlled Batmobiles on the market, and you can easily spend more for a toy that you can't deconstruct and turn into something else, or at the very least customize with other LEGO parts! Still, there are drawbacks. First of all, the model just doesn't look that good and it isn't really recognizable as anything. I get why it has the short wheelbase and big tires that it does, but without those slapped-on new bat-cessories it wouldn't even look like a Batman vehicle. We'll see how it fares on the market, but I can't help but feel that if it was based on a Batmobile from some media, any media, it might have a better shot than it does now. The driving functionality and app also have a variety of negatives, as I've detailed above. Parts: 8/10 - Nothing exceptional, but the new Bat-cessories and a few other parts like the windscreen are nice, and the battery box and motors are obviously where it's at. Minifigures: 9/10 - The minifigure looks great from the front but odd from some other angles due to the colour difference between torso and legs, and an additional villain minifig would've been nice so you'd have someone to run over repeatedly! Build/Design: 7/10 - It's quite frustrating trying to fold up those wires while building, and the finished thing doesn't look great from a variety of angles. The fact that it doesn't look very Batty besides the Bat-symbols also brings this down. Functionality: 7.5/10 - Obviously as far as LEGO sets in general go this one has amazing functionality because, y'know, it drives, but the driving functions have a number of issues and the car just doesn't go all that fast. Value for Money: 9.5/10 - It can't be judged against regular sets; as a whole package, building a solid vehicle (without any particularly specialised parts) that you control from your device, plus a great minifigure, makes it actually fair for the money especially compared with other RC Batmobiles out there. Overall: 8.2/10 - Ultimately this score reflects that the App-Controlled Batmobile is not without faults in both model design and app functionality, but it's conceptually and functionally a strong and fun enough set that I would recommend it even at full price if an RC LEGO car or LEGO's Powered Up system interests you. They've come a long way, though there are improvements to be made yet. Until next time!
  22. Review: 42064 Ocean Explorer Name: Ocean Explorer Number: 42064 Theme: Technic Year: 2017 Pieces: 1327 Price: Euro 89.99€, AUD $169.99 Brickset: Extra Info Technic Early 2017 Review Series Welcome to the ninth in my batch of 2017 Technic reviews! I was offered all the small early 2017 sets for review late last year... but I ended up getting the bigger ones too! Thus I have a lot to review. I've been doing them in parallel and changing my process as I go so hopefully the latter ones will end up being the best. On that angle I'll probably retcon some of the earlier reviews if I improve my process. Due to this remember that I'm happy to take extra photos or provide extra info on request, and anything especially good will be added to the main body of the review. Do note though that sometimes the model may no longer exist if I have have made an alternate. On the subject of alternates, I will be making the alt model, if I have the instructions, think the model is worth making, and I have the time. Also I'll show mid stage construction only if I think it's relevant. Thus don't ask for construction photos or alt models if they aren't part of the review.... I am prepared to extract parts for detail photos though. Photos will all be hosted on Flickr so larger versions are available, and relevant videos will be on YouTube and linked to from here. I don't edit photos much; very rarely I'll crop one and almost never will "correct" them so the photos should be as natural as possible. I will try to not be repetitive; thus it's worth reading my other reviews. For example I'm not going to complain too much about the digital instructions; I'll try to complain about new things, or maybe not complain at all! Here's all the other reviews of H1 2017 Technic... 42057 Ultralight Helicopter 42058 Stunt Bike 42059 Stunt Truck (and 45058/42059 Combiner) 42060 Roadwork Crew 42061 Telehandler 42062 Container Yard 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 42064 Ocean Explorer 42065 Tracked Racer Mucho multi thanks to the EB LUG Ambassador CopMike and the LEGO CEE Team and Designers for allowing me to review these sets for Eurobricks. So onto the review! Packaging Front.... ...back. I don't plan to do the alternate. Mostly due to time, but also as I wasn't too inspired by this model. Here's the top. The scale pic is an interesting choice as it's the first time I know of in a Technic set where the picture has no visible Technic. (There's an axle inside.) Unboxing Standard punch box. Instructions were bagged, and the set is segmented. There's only the main instruction, with the cover being better stock than the main. We're into the big boys now! Parts list page 1.... ...and page 2. Semi random instruction page. Build One bags open! From these you make the accessory vehicles. First up is the little chopper. This has functioning main and tail rotors spun by a gear at the bottom and uses the new double cross-connector piece for the rotor shaft which helps make this remarkable small creation. <RETCON> No! not that piece, this piece! </RETCON> Also is the submersible. It has geared rotating props (not counter rotating though) and worm gear driven claws. These are the spares for the One bags. The rope surprised me. This is all of the Two bags... ...actually it not. I was part though assembling when I realised I was missing parts. Rechecked and found another bag.... ...and by the end we had this! There's a few features that become hard to see later so I'll highlight them now. First off there's the odd part here, the "5" print. It's actually stupidly common part so it's not special in itself, but it's a ship building tradition to do this. Keep this in mind for later! Here you can see the where the crane control shafts are geared up. The red gear is there simply because it's easier alignment than a 3 axle. Two Bag spare parts. I think this is the first time there's been a metallic one of these 1 high pin parts, but I suspect you'll be seeing them a lot more. Cosmetically the 2 long version was ruined (IMHO) by the slits and this solves the problem... Three bags! (Yes, I'm sure this time.) That finishes the model.... but the superstructure.... it's so... white... ...but before I rant about that here's the complete spare parts. (I forgot to take this photo; I'll take a better one in a few days.) While it's not featureless, the lack of colour make it look pretty close to it. Fear not! We have a vast sticker sheet! This adds loads of detail to the bridge mostly. Plus the chopper. (Nothing for the sub.) The ship gets a load line, which while arguably silly is educational (more on that later) and it tells the builder the intended waterline. The life boats are not improved much by the stickers though. But that's enough on stickers. For the sticker fans there's more photos in my Flickr page. The gear near the life boats controls the rudder. Here's the rudders and at full deflection. The mechanism is very similar to the steering in the 42062 Container Stacker set. It's more snappy than smooth. The steering circle is large, but that's arguably accurate. To the front is a set of three wheels to take the weight. The anniversary part is used to lock in the sub. Here's a video showing the functions. I've started mumbling in the videos which is useful if you can decipher it. Sorry if you can't. Most of my points I should re-iterate on in a bit. Size wise here's it on the largest LEGO hull; it's about the same size! (Stickers are old and self-disintegrating.) Didn't test if it'll float like this yet.... Ratings: Function: For a model of this size the functions are minimal. None are particularly impressive either. Showing the props would have helped, but arguably you can't see them in this quasi-waterline model. 3/10 Parts: Excellent really. Mostly structural, but there's still enough mechanical parts too. Oddly there's also some rare-ish System parts too. 10/10 Price: Considering parts only, it's probably the best value set of this wave. 10/10 Accuracy: The small models are very accurate considering the sizes. The chopper is probably too big for that kind of canopy though, but that's just being picky. 8/10 Fudge: This set does raise the question of what makes a Technic set Technic, and I think this one is a bridge too far. It's a shame too as some might recall that I have a thing for water based Technic, partially as there has been so little. But this is not what I had in mind. The focus is weird, even with the choice of using System as the scale display on the box. It's clearly form over function; the coin that is not easily seen in the final model, the fact that the helo-deck has cosmetic structure, the use of system to achieve what does not need to be achieved, such as hand rails and a mast, even the sticker load line. But the vision is inconsistent; the life rafts are an area where some system was needed, yet stickers were all that were offered, the bridge uses stickers to achieve windows when System would have done it better. When I first saw this set I was really looking forward to it, but now it just looks like spare parts. 0/10 Overall: My negativity aside, this is an excellent set for builders. Displayers... well it depends on if you like your Technic to be Technic. It does look pretty good, arguably better than the last ship. But to me it's in the group of "is the really Technic"? 6/10
  23. Hi everybody :) I got this new lego set for 2017 , the Lego Friends 41314 Stephanie's house and I am super happy with it. And I made a building review of it, I hope you will like it :) I also got the gift delivery and the pizzaria, and I will make building reviews of them to this weekend :) Thanks for watching and hopefully you will enjoy :) Have a great day !!!!
  24. Peter Blackert has released his follow-up book to How to Build Brick Cars. Now it is time to reach for the sky! Title: How to Build Brick Airplanes Subtitle: Detailed LEGO Designs for Jets, Bombers and Warbirds Author: Peter Blackert Year: 2018 Publisher: Quatro Publishing Group USA Inc. ISBN: 978-0-7603-6164-1 Content: 192 full color pages. Price: Around $17, depending on region. I have had the pleasure to get a sneak peek into the instructions in the book and have built a small selection of the models to see what it was all about. In this review I will give you an overview of the content of the book and dive into the builds of a handful of models from it. Content After a brief introduction and a guide of how to use the instructions in the book, there are three sections of building instructions: "Miniplanes", "Intermediate" and "Advanced". There are 7 miniplanes, plus the one from the free teaser instructions for the mini Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird which I presented here. In the intermediate section there are 5 airplanes, plus separate instructions for three of the engines. In the advanced section you will find instructions for the very, very big models of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and P-38 Lightning. Instructions for the engines of the P-38 are presented separately and the full model uses more than 2000 parts! Instructions The building instructions, and especially the part layouts, have undegone some transformations since the previous book; Parts lists are now shown in white in an appendix: Parts and color are written in tables in another appendix. In the previous book the part were shown in full color right before instructions of the individual model. I personally prefer the old way because I'm lazy and don't want to match color codes to parts, but I can see the advantage of saving some space and have more clear part images (white with contrasting black outlines are extremely clear in print compared to, say, brown parts). The instructions are fairly easy to follow. They are extremely compact with many "do this for both right and left hand side" and other shortcuts to save page space. There were a couple of times where I had to rebuild a small section due to mistakes, and a 1x2 plate shown upside down can be taken for a 1x2 jumper plate, but otherwise it went smoothly. Miniplanes: Fokker DR. 1 All models in the book are prefaced with an introduction that includes the history and other trivia. This first model you might know as "The Red Baron". A German triplane from The Great War flown by Baron von Richthofen. The instructions are simple, taking up only a single page. I believe the model itself uses less than 100 parts, but even with this minimalistic design, Peter has managed to pack some clever details. Details include how a 1x2 plate with clip serves as both the rear wing and rear landing gear, how the stabilisers between the wings are held using dual clips, and how 1x1 plates with pinholes are used for the front landing gear. The models in this section are a joy to build. I can build a complete model during the evening after work and the stand is reusable for all but the big B-2 bomber, which has found its way into this section. And remember you can always try out the teaser build: Intermediate: Mitsubishi A6M Zero When I was asked which model to build, the Zero was on the top of my list. I cannot remember the last time I saw one built in LEGO, so I could only imagine that it is not an easy model to get right. Please note that I failed to get some parts in the right colors. For this model the thin liftarm 5 for the landing gear have to be white, while the windscreen has to be transparent - not transparent black. Given how rare these parts are, (each both a available in two Star Wars sets), I believe the part substitution is forgivable. It took me three evenings to build the model. It is designed in sections and you can remove the wings for storage. The engine has its own section in the book and can be built as a separate display piece. The high level of detail for the engine, however, has a downside. I have not been able to mount it properly onto the body of the plane. It droops a little and comes off easily when the model is upside down. I will have to look further into this. The interior is nicely detailed - the best among the planes I have built. There is both a seat, control stick and instrumentation. The cockpit can be opened, although I am not sure it is intended to (it doesn't open like this on the real planes). A nice detail in the building instructions (carried over from the car book) is that transparent parts are highlighted when building sections, such as the window. The wings have all the moving details of the real thing. The ailerons move: And the elevators: And the rudder: The landing gear folds in and you can turn the 1x2 plates to lock them in place. Other details worth mentioning are how the curved slopes nicely form the curves of the fuselage, how the red pieces are mounted to form the red stripe on the tail, how the 9 sections around the engine connect and give it a very authentic appearance, how the cockpit window slopes a bit upwards like on the real airplane and how a 1x1 tile with pin should be used for the rear wheel. I have used a 1x1 plate instead, since I was unable to locate the correct part in black (transparent and gold seem plentiful). The building instructions show how to build the standard version of the Zero. It is up to you if you want to make the modification for the carrier version with folding wings. I think this is a truly beautiful model. I know Peter disagrees with me on this, but I can't think of a place in this model where he has 'cheapened out'. It is richly detailed, looks nice on display and I would have no problem having it on display at home despite of how it was used by the Japanese Empire during World War II. Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (Please note that it should not have olive green parts - I have failed to locate my dark gray ones) Now this is a fun model! Compared to the zero, this model is a bit more stable. There are a couple of hinges which can be difficult to work without having to reassemble some pieces, but that is a very small price to pay for having the "STOVL" version of the F-35 on display. The building instructions show how to build 3 version of the F-35. Even though I messed up a bricklink order and received 1x2 plates with handle in gray instead of dark gray (and the big dark gray slope pieces have vanished from my collection), I still think this version works out and the end result is a beauty. Here are a couple of screenshots from the book so you can see all the version - and in the correct colors: Let's start out with all functionality which you might expect from now on: All the wings can turn in fancy ways and the cockpit opens. The landing gear can even retract. Here is some wing action: The party trick of this model is something out of the ordinary. Open the necessary panels and it can turn into 'almost vertical takeoff' mode: The way that the landing gear folds in is also really neat: The keen reader might have spotted that I have used 4x4 dark gray plates with cutouts instead of the 6x6 ones, but I am also willing to bet that most of you have not noticed it before I just mentioned it. The 6x6 plates are rare and if you want them in dark gray, new dark gray, they come at a hefty premium on BrickLink. The 4x4 plates work just as fine in a hurry and I do not even notice them... perhaps because of the big olive green parts. The book mentions a service for getting the stickers for the model. They look nice, but I have not yet fully researched how to get them. Advanced: Allison V-1710 V-12 Engine Now it would have been great to have shown you the humongous 2000+ pieces P-38... but its two engines will have to do for now. The engines are standalone builds, just like the engine of the Zero. Here they are placed next to the Zero so you can get an idea of how big the model is going to be. I have had some trouble getting some of the yellow pieces for the rotors, but they should arrive by the time the model is finished. The engines have Technic V6 engines (V12 engines would be too big and non-technic engines wouldn't have the sweet moving pistons. I will update this thread with pictures once I finish this or other models. Final Thoughts When building cars from the previous book I was impressed with the mechanical solution packed away inside of the models. For the airplanes on this book I am even more impressed with the level of details shown throughout the models - even the small ones! It is simply more fun and rewarding to build these airplanes, than it was the cars. I can't tell you why. Maybe it is because of the modularity of the builds, or maybe it is simply because I'm not used to build airplanes. While Peter claims that old and new gray and dark gray parts can be sued interchangeably, I believe some purists might disagree, and this is where it might become expensive. Please check out the part lists before you start one of the larger projects. Some parts are rare and expensive because they only came in few sets a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I was given early access to the building instructions and have been promised a printed copy.
  25. Bob De Quatre

    REVIEW: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

    Introduction Winter is coming... And with it comes a horde of undead warriors the new Wnter Village set: 10263 Winter Village Fire Staion. So let's the spirit of Christmas and the smell of burning buildings surround us and let's see what Lego Santa has brought us! Thanks to EB and the LEGO CEE Team and Designers for giving me the opportunity to review this set! Set information Name: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station Theme: Creator Expert Year: 2018 Pieces: 1166 Price: $99.99, GBP 84.99, 89.99€ Resources: Brickset, BrickLink Packaging The box has an usual size for medium sets, at almost 50cm height, 30cm large and 10cm wide. It shows a very nice Winter Village scene in front of the fire station building, with all of the smaller builds included in the set. The back of the box shows detail pictures, describing play features of the set, with all the minifigures in action. Content of the box The box contains a sealed bag with a two instructions booklets and the sticker sheet. The seven bags are numbered from one to three. Instructions booklets The set comes with two instructions booklets, a smaller one with 51 pages, and a bigger one with 83 pages. The instructions themselves are simple and easy to follow... Maybe a bit too simple for a 12+ set. In the biggest booklet, the parts added to the assembly at each steps are highlighted in green. Build The first booklet will guide us through all the smaller builds of the set, using first set of bags. Here are pictures of each of those smaller builds: With bags number 2 we'll build the first floor of the fire station. And we'll finish the fire station with the 2nd floor and the roof using bags number 3. The build is pretty straightforward and not very enjoyable, except for the nice snot assembly of the white laticed windows on the tower on the left side. The completed set looks like a nice scene, with all the smaller builds adding life outside of the fire station, and will make a great addition if you already have some of the other Winter Village sets. The fire station feature a lightbrick on the roof, which can be activated to illuminate the 1st floor... well sort of... I think the lightbrick itself could have been a little more concealed. The roof can also be removed to have a better access to the kitchen and especially the coffee machine, that the chief officer seems to like a lot. To me the roof is lacking snow, with all the tan plates showing, something that could have been improved with a few whites plates and slopes. My favorite build is the fire truck, despite the too many stickers used. It's not a complicated build, but it looks nice, and could easily be modified to a more solid build. The christmas tree build is pretty simple but still interesting, using 4 wedged sides to recreate the conic shape of the tree. It could be improved to create a bigger tree, with more space for ornaments! The frozen fountain on the other hand isn't as nice as the rest, and could have been better with higher borders and more work on the firefighter statue pedestal. Minifigures The set comes with a nice selection of minifigures: a young girl, a baby (always protect your baby's hands with gloves when it's cold!), a ice hockey player, a musician with his saxophone, 3 firefighters and a dog. The three firefighters have the same pants and torso, and all minifigures have backprinting, except for the baby and the hockey player, but including the dog! Interesting parts The set includes some exclusive parts (for now): a few bars 6L with stop ring (63965) in tan, the baby with dark turquoise body and the firefighters' torso. The set also contains a big load of dark red bricks, which are always welcome, but I would have liked some dark red brick bricks (98283) as it would have given more texture to the wall of the upper floor. Conclusion Design: 7/10 - A nice design, but with some flaws like the back of the headlight bricks showing both the exterior and interior of the walls. Parts: 7/10 - Some new parts, but nothing too fancy. A nice selections of minifigures. Build: 6/10 - A basic build, with simple techniques for a 12+ set. Some improvements could have been easily included. Price: 7/10 - With a ppp of 0,077€, this set is rather average. Overall: 27/40 (67,5%) - A nice set, especially if you like the Winter Village sets. It makes a good playing set and may please children more than adults, but in this time of the year we're all children again, isn't it? Well...