Lego Movie – MetalBeard’s Duel (70807) Review

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Lego Movie – MetalBeard’s Duel (70807): Alright now that my Minecraft gifts have been settled, let’s get back into some other reviews. This time we review from the critically acclaimed Lego Movie with one of my more favorite characters – Metalbeard. I must say though – I feel like this set caused an argument at Lego – normally sets have a ‘way’ about them to not include extraneous pieces and instead find clever ways around it; however this throws that right down the drain.

 

Time to Knoll: 38 Minutes (One of the longer Knolls)

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Time to Build: 17 Minutes (Police Mech) / 18.5 Minutes (Metlabeard)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 412 and 20/31 Steps – Manual (49 Pages)
  • Price: $27.98 on Lego and $36.09 on Amazon
  • Weight ??? grams (Sorry folks lost this setting up new desk)
  • Combo Points: (7X16X1X1) = 112 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 86.4mm or 398.1 cm³, but adding the other parts 407.89 cm

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So I realize that despite this site being active for more than 6 months now – I’ve yet to barely mention let alone formally review The Lego Movie.  For those who don’t know released on Feb 7 2014 (nearly 2 years ago wow). Despite being snubbed at the Oscars for animation at the end of the day a review of this movie is simple: Pure fun. The movie is visually stunning and the attention to detail where everything is made of bricks was a perfect choice. The blend of multiple properties and locations is also well handled to not seem fatigued.

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If I have any issue with the movie – the plot is ‘while lampshaded’ a bit standard hero’s journey. I also am wary of how this leads to more products of less good intentions and attention. Considering Lego Dimensions and a Lego Batman movie those fears are not diminished. At the end of the day though if you like animation, or Lego in any way the movie is well worth your time.

The Lego Movie: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Remix: I rarely utilize the ‘add up to 5 pieces’ part of the TopBrick remix rules, but making a Mad Max style vehicle to utilize the chaos that is the pieces made available to this set, and I’m pretty pleased with it (especially the sword prow, and working Gullwing doors). However as you can see I did need to add the 4 wheels.

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Final Thoughts: The best part about this set is certainly the piece diversity you get from such a unique character as Metalbeard. It’s satisfying to see how well it stands with the weird peg-leg, and the fact it corresponds to the movie is a welcome plus. That being said – while I like the movie itself I’m not sure if this is a display set.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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 The Long Ranger – Stagecoach Escape (79108) Review

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Lego The Long Ranger – Stagecoach Escape (79108): I will admit that no – I have not seen the Disney’s new take on the Long Ranger. Mostly because I’d seen Will Smith’s Wild Wild West and decided that was enough ‘odd’ western movies for me. However I was intrigued by this set, because I do love a good western theme, and the stagecoach is nice. The set itself does a few things I like most notably the play in the wheels of the coach.

 

Time to Knoll: 11.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 32 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 279 and 87 Steps – Manual (Although the steps are set in a bunch of substeps) (68 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $53.00 on Amazon
  • Combo Points: (7X14X1X1) = 98 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): Now see this was a bit harder this time because of different types so I split it to be more accurate. First the blocky part, 64mm x 80mm x 72.0mm or 368.6 cm³ Then the round parts for 10.81 cm³+ 12.82 cm³ + 3.217 cm³+ 0.9425 cm³ = 27.79 cm. Finally I tried to find a nice way to measure of the volume of a horse, and ended up in an article about horse sized ducks and forgot what I was doing. So we get a total of 396.39 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars – Western is sadly common.
  • Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars – This does look nice for a display.
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So despite the fact that initial estimates had The Lone Ranger losing 190 Million. We instead have values that it actually lost 95-120 million instead. Now let’s make a few assumptions. First while right now Amazon has only 16 sets from Lego at the price of 53 USD (with other sellers having as low as 46 USD) let’s assume that all other resellers had the same price as Lego.

Let’s also assume that the 225 million of the original movie is how much it actually cost, and that the Lego sets were included in that (they weren’t). And that each Lego set sold was pure profit to make back the 94,748,943 dollars we need to break even. How many sets would we need?

About 1,787,716. Now when I considered this exercise I thought it’d be cute to have an image with an icon to show the stagecoach and then have the image go off the screen, but my image program crashed trying to do that. So let’s just go with a lot.

 

 

Remix: Anyway I am as always tasked to do a remix, and sadly I was a little stumped on what to do here. Too much of it was unique (even considering I don’t include minifigs – which I extended to the horses). So I went with an iron giant/Laputa style mecha, but while I’m pleased with some of the things I did on it – I’m not proud of it as a whole

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Final Thoughts: Overall I think my favorite part of this set is how much thought and good design went into the wagon itself. It perfectly captures that rickety feel to the parts and movement without it feeling weak or loose. Minifigs aside this could be any stagecoach really, and that’s something a lot of kids I feel would want, but then again they didn’t grow up with Johnny Depp in their western movies…

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars