My favourite of last year's Chima sets was 70003, Eris' Eagle Interceptor, which sucessfully combined an organic eagle aesthetic with an aircraft design to produce something that was cool to look at and swoosh.
The Eagle Legend Beast is very much a miniature version of that set, which is perhaps not surprising given the same designer worked on both.
Not much to say about the box other than the eagle practically flies out of the picture.
The minifig is Eris who, like Gorzan in the Gorilla Legend Beast set, is the same as the 2013 version. This is perhaps a little disappointing, but I guess all the effort has gone into new species for 2014.
There's a good selection of new micro-joints, a couple of the new inverted curved slopes as well as a handful of 2x1 and 2x2 curved slopes. There is also a very nice new 1x1 beak/claw/tooth piece and printed 1x1 round tile eyes.
There isn't much to say about the actual build, which is straightforward. The finished model is impressive given the size of it and number of pieces. The talons are perhaps a little large but there's not much that could have been done about that considering the parts available.
The new joints have enabled the legs to be stable, compact and articulate although the hip joint (do birds have hips?) does not enable the legs to be moved backwards and forwards, only straight or splayed, which IMO is a shortcoming of their design.
It uses the same feather pieces as 70003 for the wings.
There's space on the back for Eris to perch, although, again, it was tricky or impossible to get her to hold her shield while seated.
I haven't applied the stickers but they are actually very nice, being a sparkly metallic gold and light blue. I should have mentioned in yesterday's gorilla review that the stickers in it are metallic silver.
Once again, I am impressed with this Legend Beast and can draw the same conclusion as I did for the gorilla (and probably will for the other three): there are a lot of new and useful parts; it looks suitably impressive once built, and it was a reasonable price, at £8.
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