I was surprised to find that my branch of The Entertainer in the UK had quite a lot of the year 2014 sets on the shelves (although it turns out I could have read about it in the forum a couple of days ago!) so I picked up the Legend Beasts.
I don't think there have been many reviews of them yet (apart from caperberry's look at the new joints) so I'll try and do all of them over the next couple of days.
First up then, is the gorilla.
They are packed in 12 x 14 cm boxes and look very fearsome on the shelf. The back shows the others in the series but The Entertainer plasters security stickers over the boxes so you'll have to take my word for it.
The minifig is Gorzan and I think he's much the same as last year's but with gold shoulder pads.
The set comes with plenty of the new micro-joints, the potential of which has been eloquently discussed by caperberry on his blog. There are plenty of the 1x2 and 2x2 curved slopes, which are a very nice piece, and the face is printed on a 1x2 tile and a 2x2 boat stud. There are stickers in the set but luckily they are largely superfluous: the finished model looks fine without them.
Here it is then, the beast. I think it captures the essence of a gorilla well: scary face, small back legs, huge arms and bulging pectorals, which perhaps come to think of it might have looked better in one of the browns.
The back is fairly well detailed. The black bracket in the middle provides studs to stand Gorzan on, see below.
To get it to stand in the pose below I had to use a blob of Blu-Tac under its foot because the design of the ball joint receptacle on its hips doesn't quite give enough flexibility to bend the legs any further to balance it. Also, there doesn't seem to be a way to get Gorzan to hold his shield as shown on the box while mounted on the beast's back.
Overall, I am quite impressed: there's loads of playability in it, particularly when combined with another Beast set (to give it something to thump); there are a lot of new and useful parts; it looks suitably impressive once built and it was a reasonable price, at £8.
I hope the other four are as good...
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