The third of five Legend Beast I'll take a look at is the crocodile.
It seems that one of the tribes, the ravens, has been dropped from the Chima universe this year. Is the reason given in the cartoons? Perhaps they've just been retired for a while...
Whatever the reason, we have just five Legend Beasts this time round and this is the first proper quadruped I've reviewed. It should therefore be chock-a-block with new micro-joints...
The box is much the same as the others so I won't dwell on it. The parts selection however, is well worth dwelling on. In addition to the new joints there are eight of the new tooth piece and new 1x2 plates with three claws on. All these new tooth/claw/beak parts seem extravagant but of course LEGO is making more and more creatures, beasts and soon, Mixels, so they are obviously justified. There are plenty of olive green parts, too.
The eyes and tongue are printed.
The minifig is the same Cragger as in found in 2013 sets and this is my only criticism of the Beast sets: new versions of the characters would have been much better.
The croc's body is neatly articulated using the old-school 2x4 plate hinges. As well as being used for its claws, the new three-tooth pieces are used to good effect to form the ridges on its back.
Underneath you can see how the legs are articulated. The placement of the boat stud in the middle is a bit of a mystery because it just serves to make the body unstable when on a flat surface.
Cragger can ride on its back, as you'd expect.
And here are it's teeth in all their glory!
This then is another very satisfying Legend Beast, and apart from the minifig re-use issue, I have no complaints. MOCers will find much to like about it, what with the new parts and olive green, although it does contain only two of the four types of micro-joint.
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