• Hun Warrior

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    Huntastic Minifigure!

    Written by (TFOL) in United States,

    First off, apologies for the terrible pun...I couldn't resist. :P

    I ran to my local Fred Meyers as soon as I could after hearing that Series 13 had been released early at their stores, but unfortunately I could only find Series 12, but hey, it's still LEGO.

    The Minifigure

    This was a fantastic fig and I'm happy I got it. He comes with the default minifigure body, cape, shield, sword, and a 3-piece helmet. All 9 parts are very nice and can be used in a variety ways for MOCers like myself. I especially like the cape, as it is not the normal design but a narrower, almost rectangular, tattered shape.

    The front of the cape that wraps around his neck unfortunately does not stay down very well, and tends to fly up over his face a little. I'm sure there's a solution to this that I just haven't thought of yet.

    His dark tan legs are printed with some sort of brown cloth, which looked very nice until I flipped him around and found that there is no printing on the back of his legs. Now, I don't think there's a single minifigure out there with back leg printing but especially with this design (brown detail, tan legs) it looks quite unfortunately that he is not covering up his rear end. An unavoidable but awkward flaw.

    Despite these two problems the figure overall is still very high quality, and as long as he is oriented/displayed correctly he will look fine on display or in a MOC.

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  • Rainforest Animals

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    Visit a Rain Forest without Leaving Your Kitchen Table!

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    Gather your family and some friends and have a Rain Forest party without leaving your home! With the age range of 6-12, it is perfect for children and their grandparents. Hubby built the lizard, and I made the parrot with my set.

    The Rainforest Animals set is outstanding in many ways. As a Creator 3 in 1 set, it offers detailed instructions for three different builds resembling a parrot, lizard and fish with extras of a frog and a fly. The box has fantastic photos of these builds. A surprising number of unusual parts in bright colors provides lots of flexibility for wings, feet, jaws, tails and anything else that needs to bend. And priced at 14.99US, it is a good value because it can lead to hours of fun if you choose not to speed build it; take your time and laugh a lot as you assemble the parts. We chose Plan B because it was the end of a long, hard day starting in another state at 3AM for hubby and I had raked about a zillion leaves in the yard after a full day of work and watching our newest family member. We made lots of wacko mistakes, but had even more fun creating our own weird critters out of the leftover parts....a snake and a couple of UFO's with quite buggy eyes! Kids can go utterly wild with these parts, so turn off their laptops, tablets and cell phones, and pass out the boxes. A perfect family/friends activity for the holidays.

    It would be a blast to build these animals in other colors if we can find the parts. And there is no limit to the creepy critters that might crawl or fly into your rain forest party. Dig out the buggy invitations and invite your friends. We used to dress up for a Hawaiian Luau in dark February cold spells when I lived in Alaska because it broke up the frigid winter. Unpack your bright tropical vacation clothing and decorate your drinks with those crazy little pastel umbrellas. In the middle of winter it is Rain Forest Night at the Inn....let her rip!

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  • Malevolence

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    To your battle stations!

    Written by (KFOL) in United States,

    This is one of the biggest sets I have ever owned. This massive model is expensive, but it's worth it, says I!

    Pros

    • Massive model
    • Cool characters

    1. General Grievous: He is one of my favorite Star Wars characters. Between his four arms and strong body, he is truly a beast.

    2. Anakin Skywalker: One of the greatest Jedi in history, he was trained by Qui-Gonn Jin and Obi-wan Kenobi. In this set, he is protecting Padme and surviving onboard the Malevolence.

    3. Padme: She comes with a small pistol, and is being protected by Anakin Skywalker. She isn't my #1, but she is pretty fierce.

    4. Battle Droids: The droids are a nice touch. If there were more, that would be even better! The commander is pretty sweet, with the symbol on his head. And as usual, the good ol' regular battle droid. They are as strange as ever!

    5. Count Dooku: The big man, as General Grievous would call him. I really like his lightsaber, with the curved hilt. The expression on his face is strange as well.

    • easy pick-up lever
    • detachable front for cockpit access.
    • missile system
    • back cargo area

    Cons

    • need more droids
    • change out Padme
    • cheaper (if possible?)

    Overall, this set is pretty cool. I want even let anyone touch it!

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  • Star Slicer

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    A Formidable Foe

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    The Star Slicer, the Buggoids’ gigantic mantis, strikes an intimidating figure among the Galaxy Squad collection. While not one of the largest in piece count the stature of the set is very large, and done in vibrant colors. The set also comes with a small blue Galaxy Squad truck with detachable hovercraft that makes a handy opponent.

    PROS:

    Minifigures: As always I’m impressed with the Galaxy Squad minifigs. The human, Solomon Blaze, has a blue body and helmet and a double sided head. The blue robot is also nicely done, and I like the fact that its head resembles an Autobot from Transformers (whether intentional or not). But the dark red alien Buggoid is my favorite minifig in this set, as it is the only Buggoid of its color in Galaxy Squad.

    Overall Design: The Star Slicer is a praying mantis made large, flashy and frightening at the same time. The main sections of the body are well made, sturdy, and pleasing to the eye. I especially like the transparent red pieces. The purple cocoon sits securely on the back of the Slicer, and its four legs attach firmly. The head and front arms of the beast are what makes it most impressive. The Slicer’s cockpit blends in well to the head and has two transparent red pieces that resemble large eyes. The front arms are truly dramatic and can fold out to attack, or retract to a more passive stance.

    Shooting Device: A purple ball rests between two gray pieces where the mantis’ mouth would be. A squeeze of the gray pieces will send the ball flying – “shooting device.” Depending on how hard the pieces are squeezed this device can send the ball flying pretty fast over a surprisingly long distance. Unfortunately the ball sometimes falls out of the shooting device without any encouragement from the handler.

    Weapon Storage: The Star Slicer set has places for each minifigure’s weapons to be stowed. On the Slicer itself, the Buggoid’s blaster attaches on one side near the legs. Solomon Blaze’s twin blasters are attached to the front of the blue Galaxy Squad truck, and the blue robot’s large blaster clicks on to the back of his seat.

    Galaxy Squad Vehicle: This is one of the better Galaxy Squad vehicles included in an alien set. The truck seats both Solomon Blaze as the pilot and, behind him, the blue robot as the gunner. When needed the vehicle can split into two: the truck, still driven by Blaze, and a small hovercraft piloted by the blue robot.

    CONS:

    Legs: The Star Slicer’s four legs are a bit disappointing. Similar to the Crater Creeper each leg mostly consists of two or three large pieces, which detracts from the building experience. Most disappointing is the fact that the legs are totally fixed in place. It would have been fun for them to move some. A little bit of horizontal movement would add a lot to the set.

    Moving Head: The head has a curious tilting function that doesn’t seem to do anything but change the angle of the shooting device – and not by much. But there isn’t any way to lock the head in one position, so it gives in to gravity and defaults in the “down” position.

    All around this is a very enjoyable set. As with many of the Galaxy Squad pieces the Star Slicer is reasonably priced ($40) for its size and abilities. It easily dominates the battle field or makes an eye-catching display, depending on your preference. I recommend this to everyone.

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  • Jedi Scout Fighter

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    Sleek, Stylish, and Fun

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    The Jedi Scout Fighter set comes from the LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles mini animated series. Admittedly I’ve never seen the Yoda Chronicles – what I wanted from this set was just the Ithorian Jedi Master. The other three minifigures looked nice, especially the droids, so that was a plus. I was completely – and happily – surprised to find that the Scout Fighter itself is a fabulous ship, both fun to build and play with.

    PROS:

    Appearance: This set is very visually appealing with sleek lines and a nice white, dark red, and gray color scheme. And while the color scheme is nice it's neutral enough that the fighter could be a part of any fleet or group (if the round insignia pieces are removed). The tilt and size of the wings, pointed nose, and two sets of moveable rear fins make the Scout Fighter suggest it’s fast and maneuverable enough to handle any mission.

    Sturdiness: The Scout Fighter is a surprisingly durable set. Most noticeably, the long, thin wings are much more solid than they look. LEGO made the wings with three layers of tiles to create stability and strength while maintaining the sleek profile. LEGO used to take shortcuts with their wings (noticeably on the old B-Wings) making them thin with no thought to strength. There’s no such problem with the Scout Fighter.

    Cockpit: The cockpit has two functional canopies and seats two minifigures back-to-back. The interior is fairly roomy and easy to access. Due to his larger head the Ithorian Jedi has to lean back in order to sit in the cockpit, but not so much that it looks strange. Minifigs with standard heads and helmets can be placed more upright inside. The cockpit also detaches and can be used as an escape pod, which is pretty nifty.

    Storage: A panel directly behind the astromech droid socket lifts up to reveal a large storage area with a removable “hover cart.” The cart carries two boxes, each holding one holocron. There’s also enough space to stash the minifigs’ weapons alongside the cart. With a little modification I’m sure more things could be put into the cargo area.

    Minifigures: As mentioned above, my primary motivation behind buying this set was to get the Ithorian Jedi Master (silly, but the truth). The Ithorian minifig is great, with nicely printed Jedi robes and a newly made “hammer head.” The astromech droid is done in a cool dark blue and silver paint detail. The protocol droid is dark gray and silver, with a head that reminds me of a droid seen on the Death Star in A New Hope. Jek-14 is a pretty slick minifig, too, although I don’t get much use of him since I haven’t seen the series.

    CONS:

    Absence of Landing Gear: When the Scout Fighter is placed on the ground, table, etc. it sits partially on its wings. I wouldn’t advocate adding fancy fold-down landing gear, but a few pieces on the bottom of the hull could lift the wings off of the ground and reduce stress.

    Spring-Loaded Shooters: I feel like this is going to be my constant dislike of new Star Wars sets. The missiles launch much easier, faster, and longer than their predecessors. This can be cool, but they can be very sensitive if you leave the launchers loaded. One misguided tap could send a missile flying across the living room and hit a sleeping family member.

    Again, the Jedi Scout Fighter surprised me at how good of set it is, and I’m happy to have it in my collection. It’s fun to build and has some really great features. The sturdy design gives it lots of playability. While this set is probably even more enjoyable for fans of the Yoda Chronicles, it’s a great addition to any Star Wars collection.

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