• Pet Shop

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    Awesome addition to modular buildings line!

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    This set is awesome! It has lots of cool building techniques and parts. The price is also great because it come out to being about 7.3 cents (US) per piece.

    Box/Instructions

    The box is huge. Since it is so big, there are lots of pictures of the playability features on the back of the box. The instructions are just like any other set, but it does come with a cardboard backing so they don't get folded/creased. Good thinking LEGO. (There are probably other sets with the cardboard backing, but this is the only one that I know of.)

    Parts

    The parts are normal, and lots of them come in hundreds of other sets. But the way they designed this one with those normal parts is amazing. The printed details on the dog and cat are awesome, and you don't find those very often. Also, they used garage door bricks (like the ones used in fire/police stations) to make the second floor of the actual pet shop look detailed.

    Minifigures

    The minifigures are not that special in any way, but if you need random civilians in stop-motions, these figures come in handy. Also, I like how they brought back the classic head. (Design #001)

    Overall, the minifigures are great!

    The build

    I got this for my birthday, as well as some Galaxy Squad and City sets. I built the other ones in about and hour. Then it was time for the Pet Shop. I built it in five hours, and only got up out of my chair twice. (I wasn't gone from my seat for over 2 minutes.) Awesome new building techniques were discovered when building this set as well.

    The completed model

    All I have to say about the completed model is that it looked epic and had lots of playability included.

    Overall opinion

    I give this set on average a 4.8 out of five stars. I would recommend this set to anyone. (Except kids 6 years or younger) That concludes one of the longest reviews I've ever written. So if a review on this set is this long, the set is probably really awesome.

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  • Genie Girl

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    Exactly what I wished for!

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    The second Genie in the theme. Is she better? I think she's just as good, in her own way.

    Box/Instructions

    Blah blah blah CMF packaging. Seriously, it gets boring after your first two Minifigures in the series. But it is quality packaging and the checklist pamphlet is good, too.

    Parts

    This one has some great parts. The hairpiece (shared with the Dino Tracker in Dark Brown) is the highlight, and the smoky genie tail returns, as well as the magic lamp.

    The build

    The build is very simple, especially since she has no neck accessories or skirts.

    The completed model

    She's great. Close in approach to I Dream of Jeannie, she looks unique and distinctly different from the Aladdin-themed Genie of Series 6. Her hair looks good in blonde, and it is the perfect hairstyle for the character. It's tied-back hair with a very long, straight, ponytail down her back. It has a Pearl Gold hairband printed at the base of the ponytail on the top of her hair. Her face has Dark Tan eyebrows, silver lipstick and silver sparkles on it, and she has a playful winking expression. Her torso is Light Aqua, and she uses dual-molded arms to give her short sleeves of the same color. Her top is cut short, revealing her midriff, and it has tassels hanging on the bottom. She has back printing depicting the same on the other side. Her belly button is visible, and a thin curve of Medium Azure is printed on the bottom of her torso to blend the tail with it. Her tail is the same color as the Genie's, but it now has silver sparkles printed on the front of it, making it appear more magical. The shape of the tail means that the Genie Girl can be placed on her lamp, and the tip of the tail can align with the spout to make her appear to be coming out of it. Some complain about the clutch of her tail, but that's the way it was created, with less depth in the hole of the tail. I haven't had problems with it, though.

    Overall opinion

    Phew! I wrote way too much! I like this Minifigure a lot! I would strongly recommend giving her a change, because she's got a lot of personality and is pretty versatile, since anyone could find her lamp!

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  • Mos Eisley Cantina

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    Han Shot First!

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    The size makes it one of my favorite summer 2014 sets. It has a lot of little features that really make this set special. Also I think that the set is worth the money. The set really brings back old memories of watching the movies, and getting the Cantina Band song out of my head.

    Box/Instructions

    The box is very wide, yet not very deep.The set comes with 2 medium sized instruction booklets. The front of the box has some very nice cover art.

    Parts

    If anything can be more unique about this set it has to be its parts. The parts are very detailed and interesting. There are many different parts to this set and most of them are really cool, and normally unseen. Such as the bars that go around the Bar part of the cantina, and also the bars that go around the front of Luke's Landspeeder. Even though there are a lot of stickers on the Landspeeder the parts are very good.

    Minifigures

    ?For the price of the set there are a lot of hard to find minifigures. Such as Greedo, The Cantina Band, Sandtroopers, and the Dewback.? They all have nice printing to them. The only thing that I would comment on is Luke's new overly detailed face, it just doesn't look right.

    The build

    The build was a pretty easy one. I think that the age recommendation on this set is very good. The parts are very cool to start with, and when you put great parts with a great build, than you get a great set.

    Overall opinion

    Overall I think the completed model of the Mos Eisley Cantina is very accurate. It's folding feature is very cool, and so are the slide out parts are very cool, and interesting. The minifigures are great, and so are the hidden features. Also the details are very accurate. Overall the set is a good one!

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  • Rescue Reinforcements

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    Reinforcements to the Rescue!

    Written by (AFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in Canada,

    Set #70813 Rescue Reinforcements: A total rip-off from TRU.ca when this first got released, the price was 10$ above MSRP, which was not fun, and yet I find myself willing to pay that for this set because it is just that good. Why? Read below and find out.

    Box/Instructions

    The box is massive, this set is the largest box next to Lord Business' Evil Lair and it shows. Unfortunately like with all of the sets from the first wave this did not include cardboard protection for the manuals, and since stickers are used for detail it's something to be aware of. I love the image on the front of this box, it really shows off the set nicely and the minifigs as well.

    There are Three manuals in this set, each numbered for each build. The first manual is for the fire mech and is a larger square manual, the second is the smaller rectangular design and it is for the Micromanager and the other minifigures. The third cube shaped manual is for the barn copter thing. Each manual is well designed and shows the steps for the builds decently. The third is where you'll find the piece breakdown, while ads for the other sets are located across all three manuals.

    Parts

    There are way too many parts in this set to breakdown into usefulness and not-useful. However I can name several off the top of my head that you may find interesting. Chain piece, hose pieces found on the fire mech, the ladder, air tanks and extra helmets for firefighters, the large brown barrel, windmill pieces, window pieces, red and green apples, a pig and a large number of red and brown/light tan pieces.

    Minifigures

    You will find five minifigures in this set and one large buildable micromanager, we'll cover this one in the models section because he is substantially larger just like the one in MetalBeard's Duel. So let's start with Lord Business' robotic cannon fodder.

    Robo-SWAT: This version has the same torso and leg printing detail as all the rest, and the same weapon accessory. However some new elements are introduced, first off this Robo-SWAT is wearing a knit cap instead of a helmet and a new tactical vest piece. This new piece is a fun looking one, with the SSPE logo on the right breast and the words Super Secret Police Enforcer on back. Honestly I love this new piece, the sculpt work is great and the details can be changed for any Police Theme or other minifigs that LEGO may wish to create. (Can we say UNIT?)

    Blaze Firefighter: I'm not sure what is different here from an ordinary LEGO City Firefighter. I believe the print here is, if not identical, than very similar to your standard LEGO City Firefighters. Still he's a decent enough Minifig for piloting the Fire Fighter Mech, and his expression is nice too with some sweat on his brow and a frown of concentration.

    Hank Haystack: This is one of the real stand out minifigs from the set, Hank here will look great next to the LEGO City Farm sets from 2008 or so (if I remember my release dates) and the design just looks great. He has a double-sided torso print with farmer's coveralls and one strap missing, and his facial print is scruffy with unkempt facial hair and a big open mouth smile showing off the fact he only has two teeth. His hat is a great piece too.

    Fabu-Fan: One of the crown jewels of this set is the Minifgure called Fabu-Fan, she's obviously a TFOL with her curvaceous looking torso print, and her shirt proclaims her to be a fan of Fabuland, one of LEGO's older Themes aimed at the female fans/collectors. Her facial print is double-sided. One showing a huge open mouth smile showing off her braces while the other is a scared look as she flees from the Micromanager. Her hair piece is the same one used with the CMF Cheerleaders.

    Blacktron Fan: Fabu-Fan's twin brother by the looks of it is a fan of Blacktron, the notorious Space Theme pirates/villains of the early to late 1980's. Like his sister he's wearing braces and has a double-sided facial print, with joy and fear being the two emotions. His hairpiece is a familiar one from the CMF series and his torso is just plain fun. A double-sided plaid checkered overshirt with a black tee underneath showing off the Blacktron logo. Both of these Minifigures was a huge draw for this set alongside the awesome builds. Let's move on to discuss them alright.

    The build

    Numbered bags for this set, bags 1-3 are used for the fire mech, bag 4-5 is the micromanager and the minifigures that are not associated with any vehicles and bags 6-7 are for the windmill/barn copter thing.

    I found the most satisfying build for this set to be the fire mech honestly, this build was solid and less prone to parts falling off compared to the build that makes the barn copter and the micromanager, while a slightly different build compared to the one in MetalBeard's Duel does share many steps with that build making it a bit repetitive.

    Each build being broken up between two to three bags means that you aren't forced to build everything at once, making it much easier to pick and choose who you tackle first.

    The completed model

    Micromanager: This model has a lot of similarities to the one discussed in MetalBeard's Duel. The legs and arms are built piece for piece identically in design and function although there are some subtle design differences. A third arm is given for holding a weapon of some kind, while the cube is much different as you get two panels that flip open to fire flick-fire missiles. He's the most armed version of the Micromanager character to date. And can capture minifigs without trouble.

    Barn Copter: A helicopter made out of a barn and windmill combination sounds great on paper, and this design is really evocative of the pieces this new Master Builder has used to create the attack craft. However it does suffer a little from the awkward aesthetic of the design. It's squat and chunky looking with some interesting features.

    On one side you can drop a barrel of apples. The other side let's you load up carrots to make the pig run the engines... Yep this copter is pig powered, don't ask me how well that works, personally I don't think it would run fast enough to keep the propeller spinning even if it was trying to get the carrot. You also have two flick-fire missiles under each stubby little wing, and there's a small anchor on a chain that can be used as a weapon or an anchor. You also have a chicken lookout, really questioning the use of that, unless Hank can speak chicken like a time lord or something. :)

    Fire Mech: This is the best model in this set, in my opinion, while the barn copter is loaded with play features and personality, the fire mech is a solid sturdy build that works as a vehicle turned robot build. You can tell this thing has almost all the parts necessary to build an actual fire truck. In fact I've seen MOCers try to make it into one.

    There are no weapons of any kind with this build, nothing to shoot, fire or launch, however it does have a working fire hose, a quartet of water sprayers that spins, a fist made out of fire hydrants to punch out the micromanagers, accessory storage for fire axes, walkie talkies, a shovel and broom, and spare fire hats and air tanks. It als has sturdy legs for battle poses. You'll also find a piece with a code on it for the LEGO Movie Video Game... Not sure if it's for consoles or just pc versions of the game, don't own it yet to try it out.

    Overall opinion

    Overall I'd say this is definitely one of the must own sets from this Theme, perhaps not as huge a priority as the Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!! but still one you can't pass up on. There are three great minifigures (with two ok ones), an awesome mecha, and the barn copter while quirky and a bit awkward looking is still great fun, also looks good next to the Creative Ambush bi-plane.

    Strongly recommend this set, although if you want to save try and get it on sale at TRU. This set is actually exclusive to them, which is probably why in Canada they charge 10$ over MSRP for it, typical. Oh yes, there are sticker details in this set, so be aware of that as the lack of cardboard protector for the manuals and sticker sheet means you might find one that's been shoved in and bent/curled or worse.

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  • Heartlake News Van

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    My build

    Written by (Parent) in United Kingdom,

    Gracie 4 years old from Little Posties says "I like the way the doors open in the News Van. The people are great and the boy figure has a cool camera. The van is quite fun to play with.

    Gracie managed to complete the set within about 35 mins and enjoyed building it. As Gracie is under the advised age of the set there were a couple of tricky parts that she took longer with but she loves to complete these by herself and followed it through well.

    Overall Gracie gave it a 5 out of 5 so she is happy!

    To see Gracie's Time Lapse build on video go to http://youtu.be/m8IhGQGuRqA

    ?Parents say "We managed to get this from a local Smyths store in the UK for £13.49 so a bit of a bargain, great value at that price."

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