Lego Creator – Power Mech (31007) Review

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Lego Creator – Power Mech (31007): Perhaps its the nature of the other Creator series I’ve done, but I am actually a bit nonplussed about how in all the other of the series – there is often 1 build which uses all the pieces, and another 2 which are more subsets. Here however even the big mech build leaves behind more than a dozen or 2 pieces. On the other hand though I am actually a big fan of how the mech works and comes together.

 

Time to Knoll: 13 Minutes

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Time to Build: 19 Minutes (Mech)

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11.5 Minutes (Helicopter)

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14.5 Minutes (Truck)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 223 and 28, 31, 45 Steps – Manual for Mech, Helicopter, Truck (64, 45, and 47 Pages)
  • Price: (On-sale) $9.98 on Lego and $35.80 on Amazon
  • Weight ~300 grams (I forgot to weigh before sending back, apologies) value is based on shipping.
  • Combo Points: (9X18X3X3) = 1,458 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 48mm x 166.4mm or 255.59 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

To be fair I sort of see where the model was coming from – in short it’s trying to bank in on the Transformer appeal – the problem being that there are parts in all 3 types which are just not used in the other models. If you are looking for a real Transformer, check out this creation from Boyzwiththemosttoyz(about 1 minute in to see the transformation)


This is the sort of thing I wish Lego would do more of – they’ve proven very good at moveable parts, and I feel like their aversion is legal-based. However the above is only a single example of people making Lego transformers. I urge you to just take a look at MoCPages category page as there is just a bunch of great builds.

 

Remix: Well with all the nice green here my mind drifted of course to space. So at the need for wheels and limbs, and it was clear I was going to make a rover. Best of all I was able to use all the pieces in the model – and I only needed a common black circle axle – keeping well within my 5 rule.

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Final Thoughts: I feel this is more (especially with the current sale) a step to get some nice green pieces, some good limbs and bending parts – and the weird and rare corner 2×2 plate. While I do like the mech, the other builds feel kinda more tacked on as compared to other Creator builds, and I wish Lego had just release the mech on it’s own.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Star Wars – Ezra’s Speeder Bike (75090) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Ezra’s Speeder Bike (75090): A set picked up from another random lot – this one though had a bunch of weapons and helmets (but oddly no actual minifigs) which was odd – so apologies for that. Either way this is Star Wars – but is Star Wars Rebels which is a CG show that fits in between the original and prequel series. I’ve not watched the show at all – but who doesn’t like a good speedbike?

 

Time to Knoll: 12 Minutes

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Time to Build: 19 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 267 and 157 Total Steps – Manual (56 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $19.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 120 grams
  • Combo Points: (8X16X1X1) = 128 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 56mm x 96.0mm or 172.0 cm³ however despite my best efforts there are some bits that stick out, plus the pistons so it’s closer to 186.59 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

Normally I could go into something obscure but because I know nothing of the source material I leave that to those who wish to peruse Wookiepedia. I would however like to introduce someone for TopBrick. Now a long time ago something happened and despite my large collection of Lego – I too actually lost a bunch of minifigs, but not accessories. I still have a dozen or so – and one of them has agreed to join the cause here. Some say he can turn his head 340 degrees, and that he prefers to sleep on lightsabers – all we know is that he’s not the Stig, but he is the Stig’s Lego cousin. Called Jeff.

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Remix: Since this is a good vs. evil set and there’s 2 bikes – rather than a remix trying to combine the two which I think would be a little garish for color – I decided to try and make two powersuits – one from each (although for symmetry I swapped a few pieces to the other side) – And yes as Jeff shall demonstrate – it is mini-fig scale.

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Final Thoughts: While I overall like the design of these bikes – and am glad to add the nice dark green to my collection, I’m just not sure if this would be a set I want – even if I was a fan of Rebels.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006) Review

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Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006):  I almost didn’t review this – if the images are any indication there was a major issue I had with the set and the Pley service. Aside from there being about 3 other  parts which are the wrong color – the major thing is how wrong the color of the curved parts are. This isn’t missing, but instead of the white the parts I got were black – something I worry is not a mistake and is a ‘replacement in the hopes no one cares’ of which I very much do. First super cars in white is a personal favorite of mine – and being a site called TopBrick – we don’t like it when people mess with our toy cars.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 24 Minutes (Look how wrong that is – i mean if the black continued like a stripe maybe)

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Time to Build: 12.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 18 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 286 and 61, 43, 51 Steps – Manual for Speedster, Classic Racer, Tow Truck (72, 49, and 58 Pages)
  • Price: Oddly disappeared recently (like as I wrote this) on Lego and $35.69 on Amazon
  • Weight 220 grams
  • Combo Points: (20X40X3X3) = 7,200 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 128mm x 67.2mm or 275.3 cm³ but with a little more on the top and the wheels we get: 288.55 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So being a car I figured it was time to do a proper TopGear style review.

Is it Fast? Unfortunately it seems to only go 1 foot per second – which means it’s about 40 miles per hour – so no.

Is it Practical? While the speedster doesn’t seem to have space for a boot – the ability to turn into other car types means it’s quite practical despite the need for assembly.

Is it Green? No. It’s not.

Is it Economical? Of course there is some footprint in the ABS plastic; however it doesn’t use gasoline so it does have 0 emissions.

Is it Fun to Drive? Sadly this can only really go in a straight line which limits it to drag racing, and that’s not as much fun.

Will it Break Down All the Time? While some parts can fall off – repairs are easy enough though.

Can it Survive a To-Scale 75 foot Drop Unscathed?

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No.

 

Remix: So I had an original idea for this planned, but then the color totally ruined it so I decided to make a little modern style house. The only thing missing was the hubcabs of the 3 wheels which fits in my 5 rules.

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Final Thoughts: Again this was a set I looked forward too but with over a dozen pieces the wrong color (arches, lights) I just feel unsatisfied with this set in general. A sad fact considering how nice the classic car looks, and the working engine cover and gullwing doors on the super car.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars