• Rotor

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    Blades and all!

    Written by (KFOL) in United States,

    I just put this set back together after over 4 years of being disassembled. My overall opinion is that this is just an awesome set because it is the most like a Bionicle Titan model of all the Hero Factory sets.

    Parts

    Not the best parts I've ever seen, but they make him look really cool. Most of them had already been made for Bionicle, just in different colors. There is something I don't like about one part. The mask has no eye holes and looks kind of fake.

    The build

    Pretty simple build for a Titan-type model.

    The completed model

    Very nice looking. They didn't put too many features on him. Pretty much just the helicopter jet-pack, the gun that shoots the plasma ball, and of course the articulation.

    Overall opinion

    A few minor things I don't like, but overall a very good set.

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  • Winter Village Market

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    Winter is upon us. Let's ride a carousel?

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    I always look forward to the Winter Village sets. They are one of the few guaranteed purchases sight unseen. With that said, I was a bit confused as to what this was representing. Being from USA, I am unfamiliar with this tradition. Looking up the event online, it shows it is quite common in Europe (which it is a European toy).

    Either way, I like it. It is a collection of smaller builds making up a bigger Christmas market. Since it is disjointed, it does look much smaller than what the piece count represents. But when all put together, it has a lot of little details that are quite fun to enjoy. Plus, it has a great price/piece ratio.

    Pros:

    -Clever use of gears to make the game and the carousel connect with the crank. (My favorite part).

    -Great representation of what I'd expect a winter market to look like.

    -Colors used for roofing bring out those pops of color. Although I do miss the all white roofs from the early series.

    -New horse print!

    -New candy cane print for a lollipop.

    Cons:

    -Constant minifigure torso re-use! Why can't we get some variety? I only purchase Modulars and Winter Village for City themed sets and I have all of the torsos/heads a few times over.

    -Disjointed appearance. Maybe putting it all onto a larger white baseplate might help give the connected feeling.

    -Another lamppost design? really? At least it looks decent, but no consistency is upsetting.

    Overall:

    Price may feel a bit steep, but it is worth it in the end. A very enjoyable set. I don't normally play with sets, but my daughter had a fun time with the carousel.

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  • Ghostbusters Ecto-1

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    I called. They answered!

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    I loved this movie as a kid. I never imagined LEGO would be able to release something like this. As an adult I don't love the movie as much, but the set brings back so many of those nostalgic feelings, it makes up for it.

    Box/Instructions

    The IDEAS boxes are wonderful. They really give you value for your money. Be careful when opening it so it doesn't rip out the tab though.

    Parts

    There are a lot of useful pieces for MOCs. The end result shows what you can really do with LEGO. I like the new 1x1 dark red round plate with hole. Very useful! And the silver metallic color is useful.

    Minifigures

    The figures don't really look like the actual cast, but I always welcome new minifigure prints and hair in new colors.

    The build

    Very clever build techniques. Especially the window angle. The rear fins work really well at this scale. SNOT building at its finest.

    Overall opinion

    I would highly recommend this set. I don't know how well the play value is considering it just sits on a shelf, but some of the details look like they might fall off easily.

    Display piece = YES

    Light play = YES

    Rough play = I'd rethink it.

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  • Celestial Stinger

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    Distinctively different in Space

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    The Celestial Stinger is one of the larger mid sized Space Ships Lego has put out. It has a nice sleek design, some rather interesting theme specific parts, and a kinda questionable gimmick that seems to work in context.

    Much like Mtrons Stellar Recon Voyager this is the Insectoids largest space ship. Their flagship set being a ground crawler. It's crewed by three. One Insectoids and 2 droids. The droids stand out as they both sport the trans clear 2nd gen space helmets. I think the only time those have appeared in a trans color? It gives them a really cool look.

    the most noticeable element of the ship is the electronic "Stinger" that the whole thing is built around. It's a big piece about the size of a TV remote. In appearance... Let's put it this way, I had to back peddle and explain to my wife that "no there was not some sort of exotic "adult toy" sitting on my Lego bench". She didn't believe me at first. The bulk of it is a large tapered slightly pointed shaft with two engraved clear pieces up the sides, which ends with a square Lego brick base. The shaft holds batteries and there are three buttons on the side which produce flashy lights and spacey laser sounds. Hours of enjoyment until mom yanks the batteries out to get some peace. The Stinger is by itself the front third of the ship.

    Behind the stinger sits the main cockpit for the Insectoid pilot. It is a partially enclosed cockpit in a neon green. The bulk of this area is constructed using dark grey Explorians type wing pieces. Behind and to either side of the main cockpit are two faux cockpits, which is one of the ships bigger disappointments. It would have been nice to seat the droids there. Everything from the three cockpits forward is modular and can detach to be a sleek fighter blasting away with the stinger.

    The back section is a somewhat open cargo area with a cargo pod to hold energy crystals. Also in this section are two of the sets cooler features. The large blue insect like wings and the mini flyers. The wings are very adjustable but give the ship a sleek variable wing look. Somewhat resembling an F 14 Tomcat. They really are striking. Sadly they are also designed around the last generation of finger hinges, making the parts that hold them on among the most fragile Lego has ever made. I can't image the hinges held up well under heavy play.

    Alongside the wings we have two neat little flyers held to the sides if the ship via Mtron magnets. The neon green 4x4 golf ball type domes give a nice impression of alien nacelles when docked. These also provide the seating for the droids. Sadly this seating is sideways. So you have space sick droids. You will find yourself obsessively popping these on and off to swoosh around.

    The rear is dominated by a loading platform for the cargo pod (based on a trans blue half cylander) and a pair of mechanical grasshopper legs to maintain the whole insect look.

    Overall not a bad set. It is sleek yet exotic, with just a touch of an organic feel. I far prefer it over the later Galaxy Squad insect ships, which tend to just make me itch. The sets biggest cons are the stinger so dominates the set and there really isn't a lot in the way of interesting build. But it's got a rather varied grouping of unusual and interesting parts. (Granted not always the most useful, but interesting)

    i think ink my biggest complaint with this set is I wish they had gone bigger. It's a nice mid sized set. But if they had poured a bit more budget and resources into it to make it the flagship it would have been one of the most memorable Space sets ever. I might take it on as a MOC / MOD project to scale it up and flesh it out. Fully realizing the three cockpits. It's got such gorgeous lines to it. It kind of reminds you of something from classic Anime like Macross. Not a perfect set, but good and affordable even aftermarket on Bricklink, and will stand out on your shelves.

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  • Stellar Recon Voyager

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    The chunky yet attractive trash hauler

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    Ah Mtron. If only they would revisit Legos delightful merchant marine corp. the 6956 is the largest regular flyer of the Mtron theme (the Flagship being the wheeled Mega Core Magnetizer). I'm not sure if the Mtron "super ship" is technically larger as I never had a chance to build that 3 into 1 design.

    This baby is Lego Spaces one true dedicated trash hauler. Moving goods across the solar system. As such it lacks the sleekness of the explorers and war fighters. Yet that just adds to its charm. It sports that reach out and grab you Mtron color scheme of red black and trans neon green (yellow?) that just makes the whole thing glow like the cover of a bad 90's comic book. (Google Tony Stark, mullet).

    it sports a crew of two, but the cockpit is spacious enough for a few more. The basic lines of the ship somewhat recall the 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager, with the chunky angles in the corners and its mostly wingless linear design. The SRV is a bit sleeker than 6985 however. Sporting an assortment of fins and sensors and antennae all slaved around a rear biplane type small wing arrangement that really prevents it from being too boxy.

    There are 4 magnet connect points on the ship. One on the rear cargo lifter, two on each side of the cockpit for small cargo boxes, and one between the nose mandibles to hold a small magnetic cargo mover buggy. Basically a space forklift. The front position of the buggy is strange and off putting at first, but it grows on you. It more than anything else is what grabs you and screams this is a working cargo ship. It emphasizes that this is civilian and not another space fighter. The use of the red lattice fence pieces along the cockpit also add to the distinctive non combat look.

    The back half is aesthetically odd. It is a large open enclosure made from those angled space wall/window frames with no glass. Sitting inside is a strut with a magnet sitting on top of a hinge plate. This acts as a cargo lifter. It tilts down to grab the cargo pod from ground level and lifts and holds it in the bay. The downside is the rear bay has a lot of unused real estate even with the cargo loaded.

    The he ship, much like the Deep Freeze Defender sits on an array of small jet engine pods that act as landing skids. Not my favorite design but effective in this case.

    Cons, other than they probably could have made better use of the cargo bay by forgoing the lift crane, my only other negative is it rattles a lot when swooshing. All of the cargo is simply dangling from magnets without actually sitting supported on anything. But once again it adds to the charm. This is a chunky hauler. Not a star fighter.

    Overall a spectacular mid sized ship. It only suffers in comparison to its theme mates because of how awesome the entire theme is. It's a great ship but happens to be parked between the Particle Ionizer and the Megacore Magnetizer. Two of the all time great Space sets.

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