• Mobile Police Unit

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    60044: Mobile Police Command Unit

    Written by (KFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United Kingdom,

    I got this set for my birthday, and I'm glad I did. The set is great, but one little problem doesn't quite make it as wonderful as I wanted.

    Box/Instructions

    The box shows the Criminal stealing money and being chased by Policemen. There are three instruction booklets - Book 1 shows the Minifigures and Cab, Book 2 shows part of the Unit and Book 3 finishes the Unit.

    Parts

    The parts come in three bags - Bag 1 build the Minifigures and Cab, Bag 2 builds part of the Unit and Bag 3 finishes the Unit.

    Minifigures

    There are three Minifigures in this set.

    Policeman 1 - This Policeman has a surly expression, clearly showing he is fed-up of the Criminal escaping. He has a new Police hat.

    Policeman 2 - This Policeman has a smile, which shows that he has caught the Criminal, or has found a secret Hideout. He has a Cap rather than a hat.

    Criminal - The Criminal has a grim smile, showing he is plotting another escape. This is the second use of the Ball-and-Chain.

    The build

    The build took me about 45 minutes, some hard bits (I'm looking at you, Sticker Sheet), but is mainly easy and fun.

    The completed model

    The completed Unit looks great, have got it on my bookshelf in Display Status. A wonderful alternative for those who aren't quite lucky enough to have the Police Station - yet!

    Overall opinion

    The Mobile Police Command Unit looks great on display, and many Police fans will like it. The only problem I mentioned earlier was that the sliding screens in the Unit slide left to right if you move the Unit. This could have been fixed, but apart from that little fault, this set is a perfect Police Command Unit and a large improvement over the 2008 Mobile Police Command Center and 2011 Mobile Police Unit. I advise this set to all Police fans.

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  • Toa Lhikan and Kikanalo

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    Legendary Toa of Fire

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    Lhikan may be the single most important Toa in the BIONICLE saga. He was responsible for not only defending Metru Nui from the Dark Hunters before the rise of the Toa Metru, but he also created the Toa Metru to save the City of Legends after he himself retired from heroism and became a Turaga. The Lhikan and Kikanalo set was a special edition kit released in late 2004 as a tie-in with the movie BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui. It included a golden Toa Metru figure (back when gold was a rare color) and a huge rhinoceros beast for him to ride. The Kikanalo’s design was way ahead of its time as it was the first humanoid to include legs with extra reinforcement (a feature that the rest of the ’04 titans lacked that became common in ’06). The set had many pros and very few cons. First was the play features. Lhikan had gear functions and articulated limbs (like the rest of the Metru), an exclusive remolded Hau, and had two huge greatswords that could be combined together on his feet to make a surfboard so he could fly like in the movie. Kikanalo could of course be ridden on by any Toa Metru figure (and stand up under their weight) and he came with many useful gray parts in case you wanted to take him apart. The only minor flaw with this set is that (spoiler) Lhikan never actually rides a Kikanalo in the movie, making his set confusing for those that have already seen it. Still, this is a very, very minor problem and shouldn’t detract you from buying this incredible set. Go out and find one on eBay or Amazon, this is one of BIONICLE’s best.

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  • Boxor Vehicle

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    Mandatory BIONICLE Set

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    The Boxer was like a discount Exo-Toa back in ’02, only it surpassed the suit in terms of both playablility and price. It served as a Matoran add-on to defend the villagers from Bohrok when the Toa were off fighting the Bahrag. And at came with some really good parts. The whole idea of the Boxor in the storyline was simple. Nuparu and some of his fellow villagers were caught in a cave when their underground village flooded. To pass the time, Nuparu tinkered with some Bohrok armor, eventually turning it into a mech that he used to escape. The suits proved very effective at fighting the Bohrok swarms and the invention was a success, with the Matoran taking their Boxors to Metru Nui after the island was rediscovered. This set has so many things going for it I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll begin with construction. First off, this is a very TECHNIC heavy set. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it complicated. All you do is build some legs, an internal gear system, and some arms, and you’re done. The Boxor rides the line of being more complicated than a standard Toa Mata or Bohrok but noticeably less complicated than the massive Exo-Toa and Bahrag. It’s at just the right difficulty level that I think an elementary school-aged child and a preteen can enjoy. In other words, the perfect introductory TECHNIC set to get for a child who might be into robots. Next is the playability. Let me just start out by saying that I spent hours upon hours punching my Toa’s masks off with friends with this set as a kid. It was just so much fun because the Boxor’s play feature was so versatile. With the Toa, you had to stick your had on its back and turn the gear to fight, but with the Boxor, all you had to do was push down on either its left or right side to make it jab its hook at a lightning pace. Plus, the Boxor never fell down. My Bohrok and Toa always would, and it annoyed me. The Boxor had a nice, solid base to keep it standing upright during rough play. Another feature worth noting is the fact that all McDonald’s promo Matoran can fit inside to fight (I would always switch out my Nuparu for Huki and Maku). Overall, I think the Boxor is perfectly designed for the target audience and does everything the classic BIONICLE sets set out to do. I was lucky and got mine when they were still affordable (it had a golden 9.55c price per piece ratio in 2002), now you will probably end up spending at least $30 to get this set. Nonetheless, the Boxor is a quality product and mandatory for BIONICLE collectors and highly recommended for general LEGO collectors.

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  • Tarakava

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    My All-Time Favorite BIONICLE Set!

    Written by (AFOL) in United States,

    What is a Tarakava you ask? Well, it’s basically an aquatic lizard creature that fights by jumping out of the water and punching it’s victim’s masks off. It sounds dumb, but man does it ever make for an amazing set. This is the BIONICLE set I spent most of my childhood playing with. It takes the whole mask fighting game to the next level by basically turning your sets into Rock-em Sock-em Robots. Instead of awkwardly swinging a Toa’s arm to knock masks off, you took a rubber-band loaded arm and smacked the other guy’s Tarakava in the face with the magnitude of an AK-47. Yeah, these guys could pack a wallop and it made you wonder how the Toa ever stood a chance against them. The launchers of modern BIONICLE figures pale in comparison to the quick, hard hitting punching function of the Tarakava. Aside from having the best playability of every BIONICLE set I have ever owned, the Tarakava comes with some rare recolored TECHNIC panels and masks. You get a few teal and classic blue parts that are a nice bonus. The main complaint many fans have with this set is the lack of articulation, but I feel this set doesn’t need any. He just rolls around on a massive tread and punches things in the face. LEGO was even kind enough to add a shock absorber between the treads and the hand grips, which just shows how much effort and care they used to put into BIONICLE/TECHNIC sets. Personally, I would love it if LEGO produced more of these types of figures in the future for additional generations of kids to enjoy.

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  • Parisian Restaurant

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    Wow! Just wow!

    Written by (KFOL) in New Zealand,

    Box/Instructions

    The box is rectangular in shape and very big. The back of the box shows the minifigs doing things in the restaurant. It also shows the set connected to the cinema and the town hall [which are other sets in the modular buildings theme]. When you open the box there are 18 bags of pieces, 2 loose base plates and 3 instruction manuals. The instructions are thick and very well printed.

    Parts

    There are a lot of good elements in this set. My favorite is the whole turkey element.

    Minifigures

    There are 5 minifigs in this set, a chef, a painter, a male customer, a female customer and a waiter. I particularly like the chef.

    The build

    The set takes a long time to make and the build is hard but fun all the same. It took me about 2 days with breaks.

    The completed model

    The set looks amazing and must have been hard to design. So good job Jamie Berard!

    Overall opinion

    This set is astoundingly brilliant!!! You MUST have this set in your collection!

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