Review: 70107 Skunk Attack

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70107 Skunk AttackA new shopping centre opened within 1 km of my house recently and among the shops is a branch of The Entertainer toy shop.

I just happened to be passing today when I saw the new Speedorz sets on display, among them 70107 Skunk Attack. I'm not much of a fan of the Speedorz, but purely so that I could review it for you, I picked up one.

The main reason for buying the set (since actually playing with the Speedor is downright near impossible) is to get hold of the skunk, which is unlikely to feature in another set any time soon.

Read on to see if he's any good...

Like all Legends of Chima figures, he consists of normal minifigure parts, and an animal head that fits like a helmet over the minifig head. He has a somewhat gormless grin. The back of the head is much the same apart from his eyes which are half-closed.

70107 Skunk Attack

A skunk wouldn't be a skunk without a tail. Tails have appeared on several collectable minifigs (e.g. the dino-man) but none quite like this. It's mounted to the fig at the neck and from an angle, looks pretty good.

70107 Skunk Attack

Unfortunately, from the side it looks less impressive: there's a huge gap between it and his backside which is a shame, and I can't really think why it's been made like that unless it was due to a restriction placed on the part by the design of the mould. I guess you could try and bend the bracket to move it closer but I didn't try that. As you can see it's a 'black-and-white-swirly' colour.

70107 Skunk Attack

The rest of the set is (to me at least) largely inconsequential. I believe the aim of this mini-game is to launch the Speedor over the ramp and hit the target on the well-designed wolf's head, which causes its mouth to open and the ball to roll out.

70107 Skunk Attack

Here's everything in the set:

70107 Skunk Attack

So, was it worth the £10 I paid to get the skunk? Other than because it's enabled me to review it for you, not really. The skunk is okay, his head is certainly cute, and the tail quite ingenious, but the gap between it and his backside ruins it for me.

I'd have been better off spending my money on a proper set and waiting for this to go on sale, which it surely will in 3 months' time when the next batch of Speedorz appears on the shelves.

One for Chima completist only...

38 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for sacrificing £10 in order to be able to review the set for us :) that tail really does look awful and certainly puts me off going anywhere near the set. Could they not have made a piece which fits between the legs and torso?

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By in United Kingdom,

It is a shame the tail does not fit tight to the body. Maybe a single black round piece would connect the two?

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By in United States,

Please tell me they named him Pepe...

And if the set is "Skunk Attack", can he be seated in the speedor backwards? You know, to properly aim the real weapon...

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By in United States,

That floating tail is pretty darn weird. Does anyone know if LEGO has ever made a "waist piece" that would hook over the leg studs?

The skunk is wearing a green belt, so it would've been pretty easy to make a tail with a green waist attachment to hook over the leg studs. That way, when you sandwich the torso and legs together, the waist piece would've just looked like part of his belt.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, there is that piece that looks like a skirt that fits between legs and torso, but I can't think what it's called or what set it came in otherwise I'd link to it at BrickLink.

@Venunder -- no it's not small enough to fit in a 1x1 round brick.

@oldfan -- :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

^Would that "skirt" be the clone trooper 'kama' from the Clone Wars? It's in black and grey in many SW sets and dark red in one of the battle packs.

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By in United States,

I think the minifigure is EPIC!!!

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By in United States,

Nice review Huw. BTW can you add a link/picture of what the other side of his head looks like?

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks Huw, im using the speedorz to get one minifig of each tribe so have been waiting for this and the whirling vines set. I view these sets as a nice price for the mini fig/speedorz for display purposes and then using all the other bricks as spares, they are usually quite interesting parts. My 6 year old daughter has been waiting for this one to she loves the chima figs, it will be interesting to hear her view of "tail gate"

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw deserve a medal! You took a CHIMA set and wrote a great review.

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By in United States,

Thanks, Huw....what I had in mind was more of a rigid plastic piece, not soft rubber or cloth like a Clone Trooper kama or the CMF Hula Girl's grass skirt. In other words, the same thickness and rigidity of the plastic used for the neck loop here, but used around the leg pegs instead. Get on this, TLG!

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review Huw, I have picked up a Speedorz set for each tribe so far and will doubtless be picking this one up too.

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By in United States,

@lego ed- Nice!

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By in United States,

Aw--it's too bad they didn't design the tail to be a piece that fits between the legs and torso. Sure, it'd have added a little height, but it's a small price to pay to have something that doesn't look so gimpy as a final product (from the profile, anyway).

As usual Huw, great review. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I have been tempted by this one and Garzan, but will probably wait for my son to get them - he wants one character from every tribe - we like playing Speedorz! You need another one Huw so you can race them.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review. I like that they are adding in other animal tribes, but I think they already technically have too many characters to get attached to any of them. Meaning, I don't see the theme taking off like Ninjago.

The speedorz are okay, but really tricky to use. You have to have the ripcord at the right angle to make it work properly. How most children do it is beyond me. I can do it and it is fun to see the speedor zip around, but it doesn't go over the ramps too easily, let alone anything else it is supposed to do during the games.

The skunk is "cute" and I wouldn't mind picking them up, but that tail does turn a consumer off a bit. I didn't know tails originated from the neck instead of the waist area.

I was super excited for the Fox when I first saw him, but if the tail is the same way, then I will probably end up passing..

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By in Canada,

OT, but they've finally re-done Whiteley Village? I remember when it was an "Outlet Village" and consisted of nothing but some clothes shops nobody ever went in and a couple of very rubbish discount book stores.

Also, what's a completest? Sounds like a test you get complimentary with your purchase! Maybe you mean completist? :)

On topic, love the Skunk mask.. something like this would be great as a CMF (if they fixed the tail) - would go well with Chicken Man etc and Hallowe'en themes.

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By in Spain,

Well I maybe the only one but it looks good :)
I will be trying to get one maybe if it comes in a Polybag as I have all of his buddies :D
Agree with you Rik a Skunk Outfit would be cool.

Also I ordered this from Lego - quite good for a set I thought :)
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=850779-1

If they do a second with some more variants, this would also be cool.

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By in United States,

@Sethro- The tail is the same as Furty's (Fox tribe), just re-colored. Same ugly gap is there. :(

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By in United States,

Sorry you had to spend your money on this just to review it. But as always great review and I agree speedorz are impossible to use...

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By in United Kingdom,

I was thinking of the kama, and I think there have been similar parts used on Castle and/or City figs in the past, has there not? ISTR one in yellow or orange.

@RikTheVeggie, yes the outlet shops were demolished and we now have a brand new £84m shopping centre. Thanks for correcting my typo...

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By in United Kingdom,

I picked up a few Chima figures like the Gorillas from Lego bricks and pieces for my son, unfortunately the skunk comes to about £4 plus shipping and £10 for a speedorz is to much for me, as Huw says i'll be waiting for a sale to pick this up. Thanks for the review Huw :-)

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By in United States,

@oldfan- His name is Skinnet. :-P

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this little skunk! starting to look at the chima sets in a new light now!

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By in United States,

I live in Los Angeles, but after trying a Speedor in a Lego store in London recently, I though it was awesome and bought a two-pack. I was still in the UK over May the Fourth weekend, but ended up ordering 5 half-price UCS B-Wings to be delivered back home in LA. Each B-wing also came with VIP points and a brown Hoth Han.

When I got back to my LA apartment, I discovered that Lego had included a free Chima Speedor set with each of my orders. It was the same set that I'd recently bought. Unbelievably, they'd also shipped my Hans in separate shipping, and included the same Speedor set in each one of those. That meant I ended up with 10 free speedor sets, each with two Speedors in so now I have them coming out of my ears. 11 lion speedors and 11 wolf speedors to be precise.

Just in case anyone isn't keeping track, that was a UCS B-wing, Exclusive Han minifig, two Chima sets containing a total of 4 Speedors all for the grand total of under 60 quid or $95 (once 5% worth of VIP points are taken into account). Crazy good deal!

And just in case you think people in the US have it too good with the B-Wing still being a crazy price in the UK, you can at least console yourselves with the fact that you have Jabba's Sail Barge already and we don't :)

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By in United States,

I'll wait 6 more months for a real set to contain a skunk.

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By in United States,

I might pick this set up just for the minifigure head (under the skunk helmet). Add the hair from Disco Stu or the hat from the most recent CMF clown (white pointy one) and a really interesting clown could be created. Woot! More minifigure children to scare with a new minifig clown!!!

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By in Canada,

That skunk mini figure is awful. The tail doesn't even touch the back!

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By in United States,

I don't have a problem racing my Speedorz over the ramps through the targets. It just requires a bit of practice. These sets have a target audience that they do appeal to.

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By in Indonesia,

spending 10 pounds to review this? If I had to buy this to review it, I'd have to spend 23 USD...

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By in United States,

I don't like Skinnet, or the Foxes for that matter, because the tail is utterly disappointing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've never understood why Lego paint the normal Lego figure head with the animals facial features only to then make a moulded proper animal head to fit over it...Why not simply make one moulded head?

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By in United States,

I think the painted head could be an indication that other headgear, hats and helmets, could show up later in the line.

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By in United States,

"Gormless" is the perfect word for the base head. Well spotted, sir! Yet . . . I look at it and I think "clown?"

Impossibility of aiming Speedorz: Hrm. What can I say? I seem to be able to do it. Keep trying, guys. If the natural grip doesn't work for you, switch hands and pull with the other hand. And let it run for an instant, or even two instants, before you put it down.

My frustration with the Speedorz is simply that the robust, high-torque little motor is extremely difficult to mount in a MOC.

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By in United States,

@ Steve Jackson, I also have been having an incredibly hard time getting the speedor to pull something not to heavy, because it always ends with it going an inch or just going a centimeter and then turning around and stopping.

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By in United Kingdom,

Having just popped in to the said same shop Huw, I have bought this set - but next to it there was 70109 with Gorzan the Gorilla - so got that as well. Also they were handing out the Chima Worriz keyring with every Chima purchase.

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