Posted by: Draddog | January 4, 2013

Review: Laval’s Royal Fighter (#70005)

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Legends of Chima is the new big theme for 2013 and was originally suppose to replace Ninjago. However, LEGO recently announced that they would continue to produce Ninjago (at least set wise, no word on the cartoon). LEGO has made a bad habit of discontinuing popular sets (Bioncle for example) to roll out new themes. I’m pleased to see them finally come to their senses and keep producing popular lines, though I’m curious to see how they will support both Ninjago and Legends of Chima at the same time.

Legends of Chima (LoC from now on) focuses on “animal tribes” who use CHI to power their weapons and vehicles. The vehicles are fashioned to resemble the animal of the tribe – Lion heads and Eagle talons are abound. The mini-figs come with ‘masks’ which cover over the normal round mini-figure head.

We are attracted to this line for several personal reasons as well. LEGO Universe (which I worked on) was originally going to have a Chima expansion (at least as far as I knew). It would have made a really cool addition to the MMO.

Also, two sets in the initial release were designed by a close, family friend – Primus of Brickcommander.com. Primus actually worked on LEGO Universe with me and now is a full time set designer at LEGO in Billund. Having built many of his ‘Mechs and star ships, I have been looking forward to building and playing with his first “official” LEGO sets.

The first of his sets is Laval’s Royal Fighter. Laval is the main lion character (and likely one of the main characters in the cartoon). You can also check out this Designer Video featuring Primus himself!

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Posted by: Draddog | December 8, 2012

Review: Swarm Interceptor (#70701)

Galaxy Squad is the latest addition to the LEGO Space line.  The theme of humans versus alien space bugs is similar to the 1998-1998 Insectoid’s line.  The Swam Interceptor is the $20 small set coming with two minifigs, an alien flyer and the Swarm Interceptor and lot’s of playability.

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Posted by: Draddog | December 8, 2012

Review: Vermin Vaporizer (#70704)

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The Galaxy Squad Vermin Vaporizer is one of the larger sets in theme. Coming in at $59.99 US, the set continues on the split function of this theme, breaking into a “battle buggy” (to quote Shop at Home), a mech and a laboratory. Also included is an Alien scorpion and three minifigures.

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