Review: 70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

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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.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

The minifig is Gorzan and I think he's much the same as last year's but with gold shoulder pads.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

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.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

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.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

The back is fairly well detailed. The black bracket in the middle provides studs to stand Gorzan on, see below.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

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.

70125 Gorilla Legend Beast

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...

27 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting! Any word on The LEGO Movie sets and their pricing? I took a look in my local Entertainer today but couldn't see anything new at all!

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By in Canada,

Aren't those shoulder pads gold? ;-)

I don't usually go for Chima but I might pick up a few of these for parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yes they are and ^^ no not yet but I think they'll be available just after Christmas.

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By in Canada,

^ And did you by any chance see any of the new Star Wars sets?

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone spotted these in either the Uxbridge or Kingston branches of the Entertainer yet? I'd love to go pick a couple of these up for my MOC Boga beast (to go with #75040) with and I don't fancy a wasted journey! :-)

I've also heard that TRU UK have also put them out (which fyi, had #70134 Outland Base in it too as an exclusive). But I'd rather go a little further to my local Entertainer! :-)

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By in Switzerland,

Putting so many of the new hinges in one set is really nice of them. I also like the implementation of the head - no new, fancy part which will never be reused, but just printed plates. I will certainly pick up some of these sets just for parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

£8 sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Huw, how much the other sets availible in the entertainer recently?

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By in United Kingdom,

At £8 there isn't much to complain about for some nice/new pieces/parts. However, the build and minifigure just don't seem to fit well together as a set. The set would almost make more sense (aesthetically) without the figure, as a more Creator type thing. Feels as if the figure is there in the knowledge that figs sell sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

How many pieces total?

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By in Denmark,

Nice review Huw, thanks! I just added some details about the development of the Legend Beasts (including this one) to the Brick List of sets I've been involved with: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?5289 not much, just a list of names of who helped develop them really.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I thought I recognised it :-)

^^ It doesn't say and I'm not going to count :-)

^^^ Andhe, you are probably right but the figure does add a lot to the playability and of course the set's appeal to the target market.

^^^^ Not sure, but I'll check back there tomorrow.

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By in Sweden,

Some the new Star Wars sets are released in Sweden, at least 5 or 6 of them, but no others so far.

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By in United States,

Nice to see some good printed bits! Are all the face bits in these legends creatures printed?

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By in United States,

Good review! The set has 106 pieces according to this site: http://www.intertoys.nl/speelgoed/lego-70125-lego-chima-gorilla-legend-beast-599233.html However, I built it on LDD and came up with a grand total of 107 pieces. Obviously either the number is wrong or (more likely) I messed up somewhere.

I think the figure is included not just because "figs sell sets" but also so that kids understand that this is supposed to be a giant gorilla to accompany the Chima minifigures, not just an out-of-scale character sculpture like the Chima constraction sets from this year. The idea of the main Chima characters riding the Legend Beasts into battle is also pretty awesome, even for someone like me who doesn't actually follow the show.

I'm super-duper excited about the Legend Beast sets and look forward to getting them. The Gorilla Legend Beast is not one of the highest on my list, not because I don't like the design but rather because it has fewer of the new joints to play around with than the wolf and lion.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a pretty good set, So there Only eight pounds?, I might buy a few then:D:D

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By in United States,

Hey Huw - If I want to write a review, how do I go about doing so? Thanks for letting me know!

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw all the new Chima and most of the new City sets in TRU and the entertainer over the weekend. I picked up the lion legend beast and might also get the gorilla one next year but they seem to be the only chima I'll be getting!
I also thought that with seeing these legend beast sets, it might tell us what will be going on in season 2 of legends of Chima...
(Also, I think the new city sets are rather overpriced!)

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By in United Kingdom,

I just bought the gorilla - really cool parts, esp new joints and even got it at TRU for rrp of £8

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By in United States,

So what is TLG's theory on making half of the new joints dark bley, and the other half light bley? We all accept that we have to use generic bley parts that don't match the color schemes of what we're building, can't we at least get the SAME bley.

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By in United States,

This looks fantastic with a wonderful piece selection! I'm quite impressed that Lego provides a figure with accessories and overall parts this good in such a small model. It's somewhat reminiscent of that Ninjago red mech from early 2013, which is the only Ninjago set I own aside from the free promotional(s). The only Chima sets I own are the free promotional(s) and Gorzan's Gorilla Striker as well - I'm a fan of the gorillas and the included parts. :-)

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By in United States,

Some of the other beast sets (especially the lion and wolf) look a bit weird (at least from what I can see based on their boxes), but this one is actually quite interesting...

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By in United States,

Hmm, might pick it up for the pieces, most notably those dark brown parts are the new hinges. Wonder if anyone would buy the minifig for a few bucks...

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By in United States,

@ninjagoyo: Color coding is actually very useful sometimes, and I'm saying that as an adult — it's an even bigger deal for kids who might have difficulty differentiating between two similar parts at a glance. Technic has been color-coding pieces for decades. And you should be glad it's not like K'Nex or Tinkertoy where EVERY part tends to be color-coded!

In any case, I'm confident that both designs will be out in a variety of colors eventually, just like most Hero Factory beams.

@Dragon_Master_48: I've built the wolf on LEGO Digital Designer, with some necessary part substitutions, and it's actually probably my favorite. Very elegant shaping on that one. I made a post (http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=85794&st=375#entry1763535) on Eurobricks that links to a site where you can see alternate views of all the new Legend Beast sets.

@Isabella and LEGO Liker: That's great to hear! Each set has about 100-120 pieces, so it seems like a very equitable price.

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By in Malaysia,

You just cannot believe how many years I've waited for such LEGO mini balljoints to materialize.

Its an absolute game changer in my quest to MOC even more ambitious Transformers creation like combiners .

I'll be looking forward to snagging these creatures and amass myself a few dozens of these balljoints.

Returning back to the set, the flat faced gorrilla is a bit off-putting there.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's wonderful to see such great sub-£10 sets (that aren't City). These Legend Beast sets are all fantastic.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have just got mine, and is now on the roof of the Palace Cinema, King Kong must be showing.

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