Lego The Lone Ranger – Comanche Camp (79107) Review

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Lego The Lone Ranger – Comanche Camp (79107): Alright wanted to finally do a non creator or ideas set, and thankfully Pley was happy to provide. This is actually our second Lone Ranger set, which again is sort of hit-or-miss about the movie, but is a delightful version of Lego’s former sets of the old west. I fully understand the plastic teepee here, but if I’m honest the way it actually functions as a set is just odd (likely how the flaps and such work in reality)

 

Time to Knoll: 13.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 17 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 161 and 24 Steps – Manual (34 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $29.96 on Amazon
  • Weight 138 grams
  • Combo Points: (3X7X1X1) = 21 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 28.8mm or 132.71 cm³ but with the rest 160.78 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So I figured it might good to actually check the archives to see what if anything has changed about the Teepee design here. One of the earlier designs akin is this set (6746 – Chief’s Teepee)

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From the initial look it does kind of seem the same, but there are 3 main differences that show the progression of the Lego company over the years. The first and easiest to see is that material is noticeable different. This new set has a plastic sheen to it, whereas the old one had a more cloth like almost sandpaper texture. Some would argue that in this case the old one was ‘better’ but it truly demonstrates Lego’s massive push for more sustainable products they can make.

Now let’s take a look at the mechanism, in principle what we see in the old set is this:

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Now that’s really not much different than the current method in terms of function, but what we see is how Lego has done 2 main things. First while Technic has been around for 40 years, it was really only in the 2000’s a few years after this set that Technic’s major shift to studless creation made the pieces used in our current Comanche set a much cheaper and viable option than the custom piece you see above. The design though of 2 pivoting poles with a connector between and a ball joint for the material remains the same.

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Finally let’s review the material, but for it’s usage not it’s properties. We see the main difference here being this is a single piece. This design allows for the center circle to work; however the updated version improves on this design in 2 ways. First by splitting the cloth into 2 pieces you can effectively fit more on a sheet than this single piece. Second while the circle may look nicer the flap design of the new version is both more realistic, but also of stronger design. Because it has a whole side firmly attached to the rest of the material it will remain connected unlike the circle design above which over time would likely rip off.

This little example is a proof that despite claims against Lego’s more modern production stripping away possible character from a set – the progress of design and engineering are essential to Lego’s developers.

 

Remix: So I’ve made a moth. Sadly the amount of Pokemon GO and Butterfree/Venomoth’s I’ve seen made me instantly see the canoe as a body with the plastic as wings. I’m sort of pleased with it, but I had a lot of trouble getting things to fit right and wanted a bit more small plates.

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Final Thoughts: The problem I have with this set is that I need to consider the price. And when you add 30 dollars (which makes a bit of sense on a retired product) to the mix you have consider if it’s worth it. This isn’t a great display piece or playset, and your cost to piece count isn’t great either. I’m fine with this being a rented set, but if I would never buy the set unless it showed up for a couple bucks in a tag sale – it’s not going to score well.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Topbrick Updates #5 C-C-C-C-Combo!

Heya folks, so for this week I finally put in action an idea I’ve been kicking around since the site started. In short how to gauge sub-assemblies on a model. As a chainmail enthusiast I can often find sub-assemblies relaxing. I originally tried to include them into ‘Steps’ but that got too unwieldy to do.

So I have now devised a system of (Sub Count X Sub Sum X Books X Rebuilds) which is essentially the number of sub-assemblies, times the sum total (aka if I have 2 x8’s then I have a sum of 16), times how many books there are, and finally times how many rebuilds there are (with instructions only!)

I have now added combo points to the Metrics section (it looks like this: (8X20X1X1) = 160 points) for every post. It’s a fun way to see if posts have a bunch of complex sub-assemblies or if it’s a more bespoke set.

With that in mind let’s compare the lowest and highest score. Coming in with the only 0 at the time of this post is the Seattle Space Needle – which has no combos, 1 book, and no rebuilds. As mentioned on that review though this makes sense because it’s still one of the few sets I feel fits the phrase ‘every piece in it’s place, no where else’.

Then by a landside victory we have the Minecraft 8-in-1 Crafting Box with a whopping score of 40,716. There sheer amount of small assemblies to build the ‘Minecraft Elements’ with the number of redesigns surely put this over the top.

That’s all for this week folks, take your bets though on how high a combo could possibly go with Lego!

Lego Ideas – Curiosity Mars Rover (21104) Review

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Lego Ideas – Curiosity Mars Rover (21104): I considered briefly trying to see what of this I could source myself, but despite a rare price tag I bought the full set via eBay and I’m glad it did. (Guy even gave me a little ‘Martian’) This is something I wish Lego simply did more of. I honestly have no idea why there isn’t an ongoing NASA line (I mean my wallet is happier), but it feels like a perfect match beyond just the Lego Ideas’ program, and a Discovery channel promo. It not only makes kids excited about space (I mean just imagine a kid building the ISS set because their dad is actually planning to watch for it in the night sky later), but adults who love science get awesome set pieces.

 

Time to Knoll: 16.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 27 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 295 and 43 Steps – Manual (78 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $165.47 on Amazon
  • Weight 246 grams
  • Combo Points: (8X20X1X1) = 160 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 128mm x 64mm x 38.4mm or 314.5 cm³ but add the rest and it’s 356.4 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

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What Else? Normally while there are a few things I could do about Mars (distance, how well this would hold up in the Martian gravity and wind, etc.) However I think it’s more important to fully underscore how insane the reality of this model is. Because while this looks fantastic – a real life Volkswagen size robot of this model really landed on Mars. I know that may seem blase now, but the actual mechanics of this still haunt me, and they should you as well:

 

Remix: So for this set I managed to get everything used, and I’m actually pleased despite some setbacks. With the weird mechanism for movement I wanted to see if I could translate that to a rube-goldberg machine where it would move along the wheels. Sadly I would have needed a few extra parts so while this has the spirit of my remix idea it is more of a complex slide than a true rube-goldberg machine.

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Here’s a gif of it working:

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Final Thoughts: I honestly am debating building myself a bonzai zen garden, but to slightly dye the sand and just plop this little guy inside it. For now he’ll hang out with Wall-E, but this is one of those few sets that I am just glad exists in this world.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars