Review: 41192 Azari & the Fire Lion Capture

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It's the fourth year for Elves, and this year we have a new villainess in Noctura with her accomplices the mischievous bats. What I've been really looking forward to are the brick built creatures that are featured in this year's storyline. We'll check out Noctura in a future review; today we'll look at the middle priced set in this first wave, 44192 Azari & the Fire Lion Capture.

The cover art on the box shows Azari astride Rowan, the Guardian Fire Lion Dragon. She's using her power-up hammer to keep those mischievous bats and their bat capture vehicle at bay. The art in the upper right hand corner shows Emily Jones with what looks to be a magical sword, along with Azari and Naida facing off against Noctura. Rowan is shown in the background. The lower left of the box shows insets of Azari and the two bats, Vespe and Molo. The back of the box shows a short story through a series on insets, Rowan being captured by the bats and Azari coming to free Rowan despite the interference from Vespe and Molo.

Inside the box there are three numbered bags, a small bag that includes the top part of Rowan's head, a small sticker sheet and two instruction booklets. For the first time in a long time there was a piece missing in my set. It didn't affect the final build, but observant readers may notice a certain flame yellowish orange 1x2 plate missing in the pictures.

Azari the fire elf is the only mini-doll in this set. Her torso and legs are both new to this set. Azari wears a sleeveless top emblazoned with several stylized flame decorations and has a dark yellow cross body belt. She has a flame insignia marking on her upper left arm. She is wearing a reddish violet skirt with a jagged hem accentuated in yellow orange. The look is finished with dark red boots that have some terrific stylized flames printed on the front. The adversaries in the set are the bats, Vespe and Molo. Both have great printing on the front, including very expressive faces. I particularly like the use of opaque accents in solid colours for the ears and wings of both bats. Vespe does manage to look somewhat menacing, or at least somewhat discontented while Molo (in purple) looks to be very happy for an evil bat.

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Azari's main accessory in this set is her power-up hammer that she uses to help free Rowan from the bats.

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Both bats have accessories of their own - Vespe has been tasked with bringing water to the water catapult on the capture machine, while Molo is going for a ride on a small glider. This glider also attaches to the capture machine as we'll show later.

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The set includes a small bat cave for Molo and Vespe. The entrance to the cave is accessed through a large spider web guarded by a spider in my new favourite LEGO colour, cool yellow. The spider has been seen in this cool yellow only a couple times before.

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The spider web can be flipped to access the interior of the cave, which reveals a chicken leg roasting over a small fire. Who knew that bats ate chicken?

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Turning the cave around, we see the campfire again as well as the bat beds provided by 1x1 plates with vertical holders.

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The bats have the capture vehicle at their disposal to try to catch and subdue Rowan. As is common with Elves sets, there's plenty of detail and features packed into a somewhat small build. In the front of the vehicle you can see Molo's glider.

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On one side there's a catapult for water - this is apparently a distraction strategy for the bats to enable them to get closer to Rowan.

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The back of the vehicle has a map, a storage area for water, a clear mug (how to do the bats drink from this?) as well a storage spots for a snack - in this case some cherries. I'm unclear whether the snack is for the bats or for Azari and Rowan. The main feature of the back of the vehicle is a long arm that's controlled by a knob to throw the chain over an unsuspecting Rowan.

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The main part of the build is Rowan. I have a fondness for brick built animals, so I enjoyed this part of the build, even if building the legs was a bit repetitive. If you have any of the Elves Dragons from a couple years ago, building Rowan is quite similar. Of course, there's a new mold for the lion's head. The printing is quite nice and accomplishes the desired effect of making the lion look friendly and adorable. I really like the snub nose of the mold, even though I didn't get a good shot of it in this picture. There's space for a fire diamond on the top of Rowan's head.

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Rowan is quite a striking figure from every angle, especially because of the seven fire pieces that are used for Rowan's mane, his wings and the fiery tip of his tail. Dark grey is still used for the ball and socket joints which is somewhat distracting from the overall effect, but there are enough of them that they can be considered accents to the overall colour scheme.

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There's room on Rowan's back for Azari to ride, along with a compass and a cherry cupcake for a snack. I think it's clear this time the snack is for Azari.

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In case you're wondering about the bat capture function, it is possible to ensnare Rowan in the chain, though he doesn't look happy about it at all.

There are a number of newer parts in this set that are either unique to this set or have only been introduced this year. For a set inventory click here.

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Overall thoughts

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If you enjoyed the dragon builds released a couple of years ago you will enjoy this build as Rowan is the primary feature. Overall I think this set is attractive, but for some reason it didn't wow me as other Elves sets have. I enjoyed building Rowan and I think his colour scheme is quite striking, though one doesn't normally think of a flame yellowish orange colour going well with the pink highlights that we find here. It does though and it works, despite the dark grey joints.

There is some play value in this set but I suspect the greater value will be when this set is paired with others of this wave. For the price (360 pieces, £24.99 / $29.99 / 29.99€) it's not bad value for money from a piece perspective but the finished product feels like it should be something more substantial.

What do you think? Do you like the brick built animals that Elves has introduced this year? Let us know in the comments.

 

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18 comments on this article

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By in Ireland,

It’s really annoying how this set comes with one mini doll and Andrea’s Park Performance comes with two. I wish fans of mini doll sets would be more vocal so we could get more characters included. :/

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By in United States,

We have been excited with the new animals. This has been on our list of must get, but we bought the one with the turtle first.

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By in France,

My 8 old daughter is very fond of this one. She chose it first for the fire flying lion and she likes it very much. The only issue with it in her opinion is that Rowan has no teeth molded on both jaws, which would have add a little more realism, and I agree with that. The compass (and what seems to be food supply?) on the lion was surprising too, and a bit weird for the second in my opinion. The two bats are really cute, and their lion capture machine proved to be more complex and complete than what we had originally thought when we saw the first pictures (map, food and drink, a place to rest for the two bats also hidden in the spider's lair). And as usual with Elves sets, the colors are so diverse and beautiful, compared to my overall grey SW sets, it's a real delight for the eye and on display. This new torso, with striking contrasts, nice colors and printings on Azari is really nice too. Good play value overall, a nice little set, and for a good price. Thanks for the review Megan.

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By in United Kingdom,

Rowan’s build is very similar to the fenris wolf from Ragnarok!

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By in United States,

I got to review an Elves set for The New Elementary and I have to agree, these are fantastic sets and they're so much fun. What I like most is depending on which set you get, you have different little modes of building. With Nocturna or Aira &Song of the Wind Dragon you get some fun architecture building in there, Song of the wind dragon also has some lovely landscaping elements to it. Then you get a little vehicle to. These sets are also a plethora of exciting parts and colors. I'm definitely a fan.

I'm also really happy they're branching out into other animals, and not just doing dragons now. I hope lego keeps this trend going for next year and beyond.

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By in Poland,

The wings look BAD but rest of the set is great. Those bat beds are genious and are also in other sets!

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By in United Kingdom,

Not interested in this apart from the new parts.

TLG REALLY, REALLY, need to do those joints in a range of colours.
In my view all the brick built animal designs are compromised by the grey joints.

Except for Grey animals, but even then the wrong grey is used for some pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Agreed, joints in more colours needed. Thanks for the review.

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By in Australia,

I don't much care for the turtle or the eagle sets, but I quite like this one. This one and the fox.

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By in United States,

Overall, I think Elves has been one of the better lines in terms of creativity and price. This year all the sets seem to be lacking some pizaz. I like the buildable animals but they don't seem to have much else.

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By in United States,

I'm a big fan of nocturas tower and the song of wind dragon building. Not a huge fan of any of the animals from this year though . It's disappointing because sapphire and ashwing from last year were both awesome and made numerous improvements on the 2016 dragons but the 2018 line has gone backwards, hoping the wolf and bat in the next wave will be better. The elvenstar tree certainly looks cool at any rate!

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By in United States,

@Soupperson: While I definitely could appreciate more Elves characters, it's not like price point and figure count directly correlate in every case. This set's price-per-piece is cheaper than Andrea's Park Performance's, probably in part due to more of the budget going into the build and less into pricy mini-dolls. I also don't really know what role a second mini-doll would fill in this set—the lion only has one seat and the trap vehicle is pretty effectively crewed by the two bats.

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By in United States,

We both love the Elves theme. The sets are so imaginative, well detailed and colorful.

However, while my 4 year old loves building and playing with them her dad wonders how much further Lego can push the intricacy. These sets - and others like the SW ones - are so damn fragile dad is constantly reattaching pieces before they disappear into the void.

On a related note, the hair for all these minidolls has such poor attachment to the heads that I went and did something; I glued them all on.

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By in Czech Republic,

I hate how such charming theme turns into nothing else than fight, FIGHT, more conflict! I miss builds like treetop village and magical bakery.

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By in United States,

The lion looks like the griffin from Latitude Zero.

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By in United States,

@Ivan_M--I agree there does seem to be an increased emphasis on confrontation, but I'm not sure there *has* to be conflict. The goblins and bats are cute enough that they could be treated more as pesky little brothers instead of mortal enemies--a nuisance rather than a danger. Kids of either sex who aren't into constant conflict could IMO quite easily use these more recent Elves sets to play out peaceful attempts at negotiation or diplomacy, which wouldn't be an option with Star Wars or Super Heroes sets. It's all in how the elements are used, after all!

Meanwhile, at least Friends continues to offer plenty of non-confrontational sets.

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By in United States,

@Soupperson: I don't especially mind the low number of mini-dolls in this and other Elves sets as long as they make up for it with a decent number of animal characters. Even talking ones, in Rowan's case!

Anyway, love this set and series! The lion is not my favorite of the new animals (I prefer the turtle and fox), but it's still very majestic and powerful looking, and lots of fun to pose. The new pink and yellow flames are also an absolute delight — that color combination is just so wonderful! With all the new animals I'm also struck by how wonderful the metallic blue irises with streaks of the head colors look. That, the diamond motifs, and the white underbellies all help unify them and indicate that they are special and important.

The bats' capture wagon is really nice as well, and it's interesting how water — which might ordinarily seem like a fairly harmless weapon — starts to seem more strategic when employed against a fire creature. The little flyer on the front of the capture wagon is a bit superfluous, since it doesn't pack any obvious weapons to give it usefulness to an already-flying creature other than faster flight, but it doesn't use too many pieces and is a decent way to use the bat wing motifs on the wagon without them being purely decorative.

The cave is nice as well, and I love the idea of the upside-down bat beds! It'd be neat if more of the little bits of Shadow World scenery besides Noctura's Tower had Bright Bluish Green mushrooms like that set has, though. The bats themselves are fun new baddies. I love their pairing of black and bright colors, their little spiral motifs, their metallic silver printing, and how each one seems to have a different personality!

The main characters' new designs this wave are utterly gorgeous. I love that the Elves all get boots, armor, and awesome brick-built fantasy weapons. Azari also remains my favorite of the Elves. I'm not sure if this will be the Elves theme's last year (I hope not!), but these redesigns and the nature of the conflict help sell this as a climactic battle, whether or not it's meant to be a grand finale.

Thanks so much for the review! I look forward to seeing more Elves set reviews!

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By in United States,

I've been a huge fan of the Elves series (as are my kids, 5 and 7), ever since season 2 and the dragons, which remains the center of my daughter's play with her friends. My son (7) also loves the series, which I consider a very big success that it appeals across genders. Anyway, this set is very nice but repetitive of the fire dragon set. If you missed that one, this is a good replacement.

Btw Megan I assumed that cave with the chicken leg was a trap for luring the lion.

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