Review: 70127 Wolf Legend Beast

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Welcome to the fourth of five reviews of the new Chima Legend Beasts. Today I turn my attention to the wolf which is of course another quadruped and thus likely to be packed with the new micro joints.

When I first saw the picture on the box I thought that this might be one set to buy multiples of because the wolf is light grey, and that's one of the more useful colours for MOCing.

However, I was quite shocked when I opened the box to find it full of white pieces, it certainly didn't look white on the box as you'll see after the break.

See what I mean? I can see that the bricks are lighter than the minifig, which is light grey but they don't look white, do they?

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

The minifig is Worriz who I don't think has adorned gold shoulder pads before. The weapon is new to me, but it might be in some of the 2013 Wolf sets, I don't have them all.

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

As predicted there are plenty of the new joints, in fact one more than shown because I found a couple more after I had photographed them. The bracket is relatively new, older versions were two bricks high.

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

The completed beast looks suitably ferocious and the joints provide the limbs with a lot of movement allowing the animal to be posed naturally.

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

But he's actually a bit of a softie and will roll over to have his tummy tickled :)

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

This side view shows what a great job the designer has done in capturing the look of the wolf. It could form the basis for making a model of your own pet, minus the spikes of course.

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

Worriz sits on the back quite comfortably with his shield.

70127 Wolf Legend Beast

So, despite me expecting the wolf to be grey, I was not disappointed with this Beast. Like the others, it's well designed and full of useful parts, and the price, £8, can't be faulted.

19 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Great review, Huw! Just one thing, it's a she. :P

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By in United States,

I knew it was white from the beginning, I guess I can pick colors out more naturally.
And I'm with Coson, this is the Mother Wolf!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Yes, I'm pretty sure it's a girl too :P
Looks like a pretty good set, I think it's my favourite Legend beast:D

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh, and Huw, the weapon is in #70009, but it appears x3 in trans-red there. This is the part's first appearance in trans-light blue. And yes, I was caught out by the whole grey thing too. My favourite Legend Beast. Such a shame I dismantled mine to use the joints for a Boga MOC.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's wonderful to see such great sub-£10 sets (that aren't City). Against all odds, I've got hugely into Chima in the last half of this year. These Legend Beast sets are all fantastic, Beautiful model with outstanding minifig, for £8? WOW Christmas has truly come early!

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By in United States,

So it's female... Must admit I didn't check under its tail :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Possibly my favourite Legend Beast so far. I do have a soft spot for those wolves.

The image on the box (both here and in the database entry) look white to me, and so it's what I was expecting. However I have not seen the box in the flesh so cannot comment on the colour of the real thing.

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By in United States,

@Huw All you'll find under the tail is a white 2X1 hinge piece! Doesn't give away too much...

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By in United Kingdom,

Not too keen on the wolf legend beast I think I prefer the lion one. Anyway great review as always Huw! ;)
I've also got to say that the legend beasts are a lot bigger than I expected them to be.

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By in United States,

@GreenNinjaCP: I was thinking the same thing. Must be some sort of British expression. :)

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By in United States,

I stand by my opinion earlier, after reading this review: When viewed from the top and side, and even a bit from the bottom (although, IMO, that's the best view for it), the body is awkwardly shaped (I think it's a bit too "flat"). The paws, contrarily, are a little too "bulgy" around the ends (with the "leg" parts being too thin compared to the "foot" parts)... and I feel as if the printing, for the face and even on the legs, looks a little bit goofy when compared to the other beasts. Overall, my main complaints are the proportions between the body/legs, and the printing.

That being said, I still think that the designers gave a lot of effort when designing this; I think the problem mainly results from this (and the lion) being a quadruped (and the crocodile, the only other quadruped, being less mammalian than the others, obviously :P).

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By in United States,

Ah, Huw, these reviews make all of these look good! I guess I'll end up getting this one too, although not as high on my list as the previous two you reviewed.
Bley would have been nice over white, but either is nice. I also like the metallic grey 1x1s with the spikey thing. :P

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By in United States,

Without the decals, the other sets could pass as regular animals, shame the eye printing on this one is sorta stylized. Still, a minor complaint, I have zero interest in Chima but might pick these up.

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By in Hong Kong,

The wolf looks strange on the boxart but looks nice from other angles. Perhaps the main flaw is the head's design?

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By in United States,

This is probably my favorite of the Legend Beasts, and not just because it and the lion have the new joints in the greatest quantities. It's got a very attractive color scheme, great shaping for the body and legs, and loads of potential for creative poses.

I had no trouble telling it was white from the box art myself, but maybe I'm just very used to how LEGO colors tend to look in CGI images like this. I had a harder time identifying the Medium Stone Grey and Dark Stone Grey on the package, since the Dark Stone Grey looks almost black. Thankfully we no longer have to worry about that in the instructions now that TLG has gone back to the classic white outlines for black bricks!

The weapon (http://brickset.com/parts/?design=13549) is not brand new as a mold — it appeared in 70009 Worriz's Combat Lair this year. But of course at this point, the wolves were still an "evil" faction, so it only appeared in Tr. Red. The Tr. Light Blue one is therefore new. It's kind of a funny part, isn't it? Brickset calls it a sword, but it almost looks more like some kind of laser saw to me.

I think the shape of the body might be slightly improved with a saddle piece like 41854 (http://brickset.com/parts/search/?query=41854). This piece would allow the streamlined shape of the body to continue even with the cavity where the minifigure sits. A Dark Red one would work especially well with the color of the armor patterns on the face and sticker sheet.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir:
Aaah, I see we are still on opposing sides of the body/leg shape debate...

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By in United States,

Yes, she is the mother wolf according to the TV Series.

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By in United States,

She is a girl. She's the mother wolf of the "pack" pardon the pun, she's the ledgend beast and one of her teeth is the mother tooth

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