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 Gorilla Grodd goes Bananas
Gorilla Grodd goes Bananas
Gorilla Grodd goes Bananas
 
Posted:June 3, 2016
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Age: 19-24 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Bat-Meh
" If there's one thing I can say with certainty about this set, it's that this set is fine. It's not mind-blowing, and it's not terrible. Let's get into why.
Now, the minifigures are the highlights, in my opinion. Captain Cold is comic-accurate and looks nice and menacing (with a pretty nice cold gun). Wonder Woman is good too, and it's unlikely we'll be getting another Flash for awhile (although the mask seems to come down a little low on his face, the overall design is simple but pretty good). Batman is Batman (I think the minifigure's fine, but a bit superfluous in a set based mostly on Flash villains). Gorilla Grodd is a pretty interesting big fig. I expected his mind control device to be a bit more intrusive, but the print is more subtle than I expected and, overall, it's pretty great. The terrified banana truck driver is well- if simply-designed, and although I would have preferred to have a smiling alternate face, I think I'll still give this guy a pass.
The vehicles are kind of hit or miss for me. The banana truck is nice and simple, and is built around an interesting and unique action feature. The invisible jet is a little oversimple in some parts, and I'm left wanting a little more out of it. It's smaller than the Green Lantern jet from the Green Lantern vs Sinestro set. I'm not sure what I would have done differently, but it does feel kind of odd. The Bat-Mech is decades better in real life; I had my doubts about it based on pictures and the like, and although it does have some design issues (the legs only move in and out rather than forward and back so walking motion is pretty restricted. The arms are also a little underwhelming, especially the arm with the net-shooter, which feels very uninspired and doesn't really work all that well), it's not horrible. Maybe a five or six out of ten in my opinion. The use of the super jumper as a sort of "base" in the cockpit is pretty interesting; I've got the dual-molded leg Batman from Jokerland so this super jumpered Batman is a permanent fixture in the cockpit, but if you want your minifigs in perfect condition, you can leave the super jumper out and just put Batman in as-is. It looks a bit goofy, but it's not atrocious. For comparison in terms of mechs, my favourite is the Hulk Buster; it feels a lot more "finished"; the cockpit is better concealed, the proportions feel right, and the hands look a lot less clunky and redundant.
I think the set's pretty average; aside from the decent minifigure selection and banana truck, it seems a lot of the set's grievances come from a lack of inspiration and a rushed feeling in general, perhaps caused by trying to stuff too much into a set that really didn't need that much to be fun. Nothing too crippling or unforgivable, but if you want a "finished" feeling set that isn't too gimmicky, maybe look elsewhere. I think the set could have been culled down to a much smaller set with the Flash, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, and the truck driver and banana truck at a lower price frame. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
 
My Product Recommendations
The Hulk Buster Smash
4.5 out of 5(55)
 
 
 
 
 
From:  Canada
Age: 19-24 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Play Experience (Optional)
3 / 5
3 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
3 / 5
3 / 5
I would recommend this to a friend!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 
 The Avengers Quinjet City Chase
The Avengers Quinjet City Chase
The Avengers Quinjet City Chase
 
Posted:May 6, 2016
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Age: 19-24 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
All In Good Fun
" First of all, the Quinjet is, overall, a very nice design. It looks great, and the colour scheme works very well. The stickers on the wings are un-intrusive and work well with the design of the jet. The landing gear feels slightly superfluous to me, but it's easy to remove and it's well-placed and functional. The motorcycle bay is also a bit tricky to close once it's been opened. The cockpit looks nice, but the windshield's sticker gave me some trouble; I'd almost prefer a blank cockpit if a printed one would be too expensive to produce. The stud shooters, both on and under the wings, are very well integrated into the ship's design.
The truck looks pretty good, and the light blue stickers were relatively easy to place. Vision's case is very good looking, and fits in quite well. The truck can be a bit flimsy, but the action feature is quite good, and the overall design is nice.
The minifigures are a wonderful assortment; Black Widow's hairpiece is great, and Vision and Ultimate Ultron both look very good. Captain America is decent, as well, and Iron Man's Mark 43 armour is a neat design. I could have used a Hawkeye or the like in addition, but as this is the only Age of Ultron set I have thus far purchased, it's not a major gripe that Iron Man is included.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase. It's full of play features that are concealed well-enough to allow for dignified display, and all of the set's features are well-designed and easy to use. If you only buy one set from the AoU line, this should be it. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From:  Canada
Age: 19-24 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Build Time:
01 hrs
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
Easy
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+22points
26of 30found this review helpful.
 
 Jokerland
Jokerland
Jokerland
 
Posted:May 6, 2016
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Age: 19-24 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
More Fun Than a Duck-Themed Ferris Wheel
" First and foremost, this set was fun to build. Going in, I was worried about the stickers being a pain, but they fell fairly nicely into place, and none of them feel superfluous; the double-sided mirror stickers are a very nice touch, and the shape of the signs allows for fairly simple placement. The only one that gave me any trouble was the bat logo on the Batmobile, but that could just be my fingers.
The rides themselves are, overall, well-designed; I like the extra pieces at the bottom of the toxic pool, and the Penguin's ride has very nice use of studs to represent snow and ice. The shark fins are a nice touch, too! Harley's bike ride is a little shaky, although I'm not sure if this was intentional, it can either come across as weak or an extra peril-enhancing feature. Poison Ivy's free fall ride does hit the ground quite hard as well, just something to keep in mind.
The Shoot-O-Matic works fine for what it is; you're not likely to hit any targets, and its range isn't fantastic, but it's a colourful addition to the rest of the set.
The Batmobile is very well-designed; I love the well-hidden spring-loaded shooters. They are hidden enough to keep the vehicle looking stream-lined, but also exposed enough to allow for easy access. The sides, using some SNOT techniques, are a little "rattly", but I didn't mind that myself.
The minifigures are, while not THE highlight, certainly a cherry on top. The three Teen Titans characters all look very good, and we're unlikely to get these minifigures again. I like the addition of a snake for Beast Boy to turn into, as well as Starfire's energy blasts. The Batman in this set has the two-piece legs to represent boots, which I certainly appreciate in a set at this price point.
Overall, I was very satisfied with this purchase. It's a very nice set, especially in terms of play value, and it's such a colourful and visually appealing set that doesn't compromise aesthetics for action features. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
 
My Product Recommendations
The Avengers Quinjet City Chase
4.5 out of 5(15)
 
 
 
Doctor Who
4.9 out of 5(97)
 
 
 
Death Star™ Final Duel
4.7 out of 5(29)
 
 
 
 
 
From:  Canada
Age: 19-24 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Build Time:
02 hrs
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
Easy
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.