This is the fifth, and last, review of the new Chima Legend Beasts that have just hit the stores (Smyths and The Entertainer) in the UK, priced at just £7.99.
Each Beast set consists of a minifig and a brick-built animal on which the minifig can sit, and contains a large number of useful and interesting pieces.
Have I left the best until last? Read on to find out...
The minifig in this set is Laval, who's much the same as in the 2013 Chima sets, but without a cape.
This set has a very large number of new ball joints: 4 per leg, plus 2 for the neck, so that's 18 in total. There are also new claws, new 1x2 and 2x2 slopes, and 1x3 slopes in dark brown, a couple of new teeth, and a couple of new designs of the 2x2 round tile in light grey.
As with all other Beasts, the face is printed and a sticker sheet with largely superfluous decorations is provided which, if applied, might enhance the look of the model but limit the usefulness of the parts.
The finished beast is very impressive looking and has captured the lion's characteristics well. I'm not too sure about the grey tops of the front legs, though. I wonder why they are not tan? Perhaps the 1x2 curved slope hasn't been made in tan yet.
From the side, it looks great although the grey shoulders do look a bit out of place.
Laval can sit on the beast comfortably with his shield. A black 1x1 round tile would have been better for his nose, but come to think of it, I don't think they've been made in black yet, have they?
I'm struggling to find something different to say in conclusion. Like the other four beasts, this is a superb set: great design, great parts and great to play with.
I can't really make a recommendation as to which of the five you should buy because, honestly, they are all excellent and perhaps much better than we might have expected. They could easily have been 'constraction' sets, like last year's Chima buildable figures, which don't appeal to everybody, but instead we have superbly designed models that introduce a number of excellent new parts that will appeal greatly to MOCers, particularly those who build mecha and robots, and there are plenty of those, aren't there...
However, there are some that I'll buy multiples of and others I won't, so purely from the point of view of parts usefulness, I'll rank them in this order: crocodile, lion, gorilla, eagle, wolf.
Price-wise, as I have said in the other reviews, £8 for around 120-pieces and a minifig is pretty good value in my book. If you're in the UK there's no reason not to treat yourself for Christmas and go and grab all five, if you dare brave the high street this week!
I don't know when they'll be out in the USA or what price they'll be there, but if I had to guess, I'd say $9.99.
Great job LEGO: if all 2014 sets are as good as these, we are in for a great, if expensive, year!
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