Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LEGO City #7279 Police Minifigure Collection Review

Theme: City
Name: Police Minifigure Collection
S/N: #7279
Year: 2011
Pieces: 57
Minifig: 4
Price: RM44.90, SGD16.90, USD9.99, GBP8.49
I found a lot of collector were collecting this theme and are building their own ideal city out from it. But they just got better in every reissue. Anyway, I found this set interesting and grab it. The front of the box shows the details needed and nice box art. The top side of the box shows a police minifig in actual scale while the back are pictures and words in different languages.

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The set comes with an instruction booklet and two bags of bricks. I do not expect much from a small set like this but the accessories are tempting me to get it.

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To view the instruction, please click HERE.

There is this new crowbar and new backpack. Both were the new accessories this year. This is the first crowbar that I have get for my minifigs.


This is a new dog which is are printed compare to the old dog that got no prints on it. The K-9 dog have different printing on the front if not mistaken when compared to the dog in the Pet Shop.


We get two police office and two robbers. They are not much of a new minifig but I think one of the robber got new torso so do the police officer which got the "POLICE" word printed at the back of the torso.

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ATM Machine
It looks very simple and I am not too sure whether it is a newly printed slope piece but it looks like a ATM machine that lack of a few features like keypad and card slot. Below the screen are some box which can be open and close and the crowbar can be put in a good use.

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Police ATV
The ATV looks small and bulky but I like it. It was a very simple build but was nicely design although I do have not see an actual ATV before. The police word are printed part. No headlight and rear light though.

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Extra pieces
These are the extra pieces left from this set.


Completed model
Will recommend this to the city builder if the police force are not enough. Is a nice set with a lot of minifigs and is affordable.


Playability: 4/10 Playabilty. . . hmm. . . moving ATV wheel and open and close ATM.
Building experience: 4/10 Is a small set, so is quite fun depending on your mood at that point of time.
Parts: 8/10 Most of the parts are for minifigs and accessories. So I should give a high points perhaps?
Value for money: 8/10 Is cheap as the minifigs compensate the price of this set already.
Overall: 6/10 Just grab them for fun if you got nothing to build or too lazy to build a big set.

LEGO Pharaoh's Quest #7307 Flying Mummy Attack Review

Theme: Pharaoh's Quest
Name: Flying Mummy Attack
S/N: #7307
Year: 2011
Pieces: 125
Minifig: 3
Price: RM119.90, SGD40.90, USD19.99, GBP14.99

Our box are different from those in the United States, and as such the front of the box just shows us the serial number and the theme together with the nice box art.  The side shows us all three minifigs that we get in this set and the diamond is shown in actual scale instead of minifigs. The back of the box shows the playability of the set and the special accessory that were included in this set.

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Inside the box are three bags of bricks and the standard instruction book and a sticker sheet that need to be apply on the bricks. Also the headgear for the flying mummies and the wings are packed separately.

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To view the instruction, please click HERE.

These were the accessories that can be use by the minifigs in this set. There are another two guns but they were attached to the plane. It can be said as few.


I have to snap the picture of the minifigs separately since the wing of the flying mummy are too big. Jake Raines got both side of his torso printed. The torso of the flying are same with the other mummy and yes, they are printed at the both side too and the leg are printed as well. The wings are nice too just that it is too space consuming.

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The obelisk seems very plain without the stickers on it but I believe it can looks better if we were to place sticker on them. The top of the obelisk are smooth surface and so the plane can grab the diamond easily.

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I am not sure why I am attracted to this set, probably the nice box art and nice minifigs, especially the flying mummy that attracted me. The biplane looks not bad but needed some stickers to make it looks better and it got no rear wheel. Plus the machine gun is placed too low and might have shot the propeller.

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The plane have working propeller that can turn but manually. So I guess is one of a small playability. Also the front engine part looks somewhat more details with the technic parts added.

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The cockpit have one controller built in for Jake Raines to control the plane.The cockpit is quite narrow and it fit only one minifigs in it. It would better if it can fit two and have a rear machine gun. Anyhow, not much to complain here and there is a transparent piece place in front as the windscreen.

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The biplane is arm with a twin machine gun on top. Guess it comes in handy when shooting the flying mummy but beware, you might destroy your propeller as well and end up crash your own biplane. I take this as a added details to the biplane.


Now the real playability, the grabbing function. Is just some technic part with the torch part attached on it but this thing work fine when come to stealing the diamond on top the obelisk. It can be swing 180 degree.

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Extra pieces
Below here are the few extra parts left after the assembly process.


Completed model
I personally thinks this is one nice small set but the treasures in this set looks way too normal as this part can get from any other set. The minifigs are great as well as the plane and obelisk. But is quite hard to display them unless you hang them. Overall is recommended to everyone.


Playability: 5/10 The playability is quite low but the design save the day.
Building experience: 5/10 Not much of a new building technique is learnt from this set.
Parts: 6/10 The parts with this light brown is quite hard to find.
Value for money: 5/10 The price still falls in the affordable range but is near to RM1 per piece but the minifigs is too hard to resist.
Overall: 5/10 Great set, I think the Pharaoh's Quest collector might wan to duplicate this set or grab it first as the first Pharaoh's Quest set.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

LEGO Star Wars #8095 General Grievous Starfighter Review

Theme: Star Wars
Name: General Grievous Starfighter
S/N: #8095
Year: 2010
Pieces: 454
Minifig: 3
Price: RM379.90, SGD109.90, USD49.99, GBP45.99

The box art do make me think twice before purchasing this set but due the very tempting offer, I just grab it and here goes the review. The front shows the common details a bout the set and added the minifigs details at the lower right of it. The top side of the box shows the ads and actual scale of each of the minifigs while the back shows you some of the functionality that the starfighter has.

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There are some detail on the ship that need to be added by using stickers and the inside the box are four bags of bricks that were numbered differently to make assembling easier. Also the important instruction book were included. General Grievous were packed separately from other bricks in bag 1.

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To view the instruction, please click HERE.

If you are a lightsaber lover and you just love to as much as you can, this set will provide you with five lightsabers. It also comes with a short blaster. 


We can forget about the medical droid which spoilt our day and thanks to the cool General Grievous, it just makes me happy. Although it is more customized but the thing is this Grievous is better than the previous one. Not to forget about Nadhar Vebb is just a Mon Calamari in disguise and his torso were printed on the both side.

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General Grievous look as good as he is even without the extra arm on. And yes, with four hand he can crawl he way out from the Jedi like he always do in the cartoon.

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Command Chair
To look at the bright side, this command chair and rack is a bonus to the ship or the bad side of it, to increase piece count and place a higher price tag on it. Whether is the bright side or the bad, I still like to play with the movable and rotatable chair.

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General Grievous Starfighter
My first impression on this ship is that it is ugly and I hate it and don't even bother to get a copy of it. However, it changed my mind after I fully assemble it. It was indeed a nice ship compare to #7656 that were release three years ago before it were reissue. This one is bigger and badder.

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What we have here. Hmmm.... First, is the blaster cannon that were placed on both side at the front and both of them are adjustable. Just push them upward and downward to get back to the horizontal position.

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Also, both of the side have a secret compartment that stores the missiles. So there are two playability here, revealing the hidden compartment and flick-fire missiles. Each side can store two missiles and it is indeed hidden missiles. The designer done a good job hiding them. +1 point for the hidden compartment. ^^

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The cockpit is just like the old one, which it slide open. Yes, you see it right, but in a more accurate way, which is only the windscreen that are sliding compare to the very first version of this ship. The windscreen is printed too. You can lighten up the cockpit with the stickers given.

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I did not manage to fit General Grievous with another two hand armed on him so only the two-arm General Grievous can fit into the cockpit. The size of the cockpit is just right for him.

Here's some picture of the detail on the engine (don't really know what it is call, repulsor or propulsor). The translucent light blue piece is making it looks more lively, the engine is on!! Another playability comes when the fin behind the ship can be push down and act as a landing gear to the ship.

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Finally, there is a big big missile armed right below the ship. Well it nothing special and more of a decoration as you have to detach it manually rather then drop it with a button.

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Extra pieces
What's left here are the spare just in case you break one or missing one.


Completed model
I very much like this ship and would recommend to all other collector (although is already too late) to buy it  (and donate the first version to me ^^). If the price here were right, I would recommend to the local as well but too bad, is just way too expensive here. You got nice ship which are more accurate and even nice minifigs in this set just the wrong price.


Playability: 6/10 Loving the sliding windscreen and hidden compartment.
Building experience: 6/10 A pleasant building experience I have here.
Parts: 7/10 Printed windcreen and a number of large slope piece which I hardly see in other set.
Value for money: 4/10 The MSRP here is still not right, this is some sort of premium toys here.
Overall: 5/10 Love everything in this set, except the price and the medical droid which I don't even bother to know his name.