"It's been a long time now since this tool was released. I have about a hundred of these. I'm hoping to make a GBC module with them soon.
I love the fact that these come in nearly practically non-trivial set these days. That makes them practically disposable, which is great because I can hide them away in every stash of bricks in the house. I'm never more than a few inches away from one of these things.
The tile remover is a great addition to this version of the tool, as is the axle remover. However, the shape of this tool doesn't work well for the "two brick separator" method. Others have told me they can get it to work, but I have had very limited success with it. The angle is wrong. That's why I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5. There is still room for improvement.
I would also love to see this tool in more colors. The green one is very useful for making slugs, monsters, etc. I would especially love to see this in blue and glow in the dark for finding it quickly!"
"Important note: Flex track only works well when attached to baseplates.
For my current display, my straight tracks are 4 studs away from the side of the baseplate. That doesn't leave enough room for me to fit a tunnel on one baseplate. So I needed to change the track offset just for that portion of the layout. I tried using curves, but two connected curves are only 31 studs long, and I needed them to be 32 studs long.
My solution was to use these flex track pieces to change the offset to 7 studs. Using 2x2 and 1x2 jumper plates, I was able to keep the flex tracks from moving while connected to a baseplate. The number of flex track pieces included in this set was the exact number I needed for each side of the tunnel.
Yes, flex track is loud, but when used properly, it doesn't cause derailments, noticeable slowdowns, or anything like that. It's definitely not a suitable replacement for straight or curved tracks, but that's not what they were made for. I would even argue that they should never be used at their full radius.
The only thing I don't like about this set is that you can't buy the straight tracks without buying flex tracks. Flex track is never used in large quantities, so it would be frustrating if I had to buy tons of these sets to accumulate straight tracks. If the two types of track were sold separately, I would give each a 5 star review.
"This is not the original green color. The picture is deceiving and the product description does not mention this: these baseplates are BRIGHT green, not regular green. As such, they are completely useless for anyone with a large collection of green baseplates because they will stand out like a sore thumb.
Increasing the price by 60% adds insult to injury.
Lego, please go back to the original green and back the price down a notch."
Good part, but 60% price increase makes it a no-go
"Lego's baseplates have always been great, although the newer ones don't seem to have as much clutch power. This is a good thing if you've built a big model on it and want to remove it without damaging the baseplate. It's not so good if you have one small piece that keeps falling off. So it's both good and bad.
Unfortunately, it's not worth the price. Until 2015, they sold baseplates for $5 each. Now, in January 2015, they're selling for $8. A 60% increase is not acceptable in any industry. I will no longer be buying these from the Lego Store."