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LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Review

Celebrate 30 years of ghost-busting action with the iconic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car! Selected by LEGO Ideas members (formerly known as CUUSOO), this fun and iconic vehicle from the blockbuster ‘80s movie is fully loaded with all the paranormal detection equipment needed to track down those ghastly ghosts. It also features cool Ghostbusterslogo decoration, removable roof, tracking computer and seats for 3 minifigures. This unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing building instructions, selected images and behind-the-scenes details about the classic Ghostbusters movie. So if there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, strap on your proton pack and get ready to help Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore bust some ghosts! 4 minifigures with proton packs included.

Ghostbusters, like Back to the Future before it, is a film franchise still holds a certain magic even 30 years later. Lego Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) delivers yet again on its promise with a set Lego fans have been dreaming of for years.

Minifigures: This set was always going to live or die by its minifigures and one of its major successes is the inclusion of a figure stand. When you have such legendary actors represented, you need to put them front and centre. You get 4 minifigures here, each with double face prints and different torso prints. Each figure also has a buildable proton pack which looks surprisingly detailed for such a small scale. The figures are decent interpretations of Bill Murray et al but there is one glaring omission. Where is Slimer? This Ghostbusters set has no ghost! Slimer is one of the most iconic elements from the franchise and his exclusion here is a real misstep, especially for a £45 set.

Build:  This set includes unnumbered bags but it is still a relatively quick build. The proton packs take a little time to assemble and the inclusion of a figure stand makes the building of the minifigures a more important feature than in most Lego sets. The frame of the car comes together almost immediately with only the details such as the roof taking a little more time. There are some clever building tricks employed to recreate the famous Ecto-1 with the tilted side windows being a particular highlight and the generous number of chrome silver pieces which really help the overall look of the car. There are four printed bricks featuring the Ghostbusters logo (not a sticker in sight!) and we also get two printed Ecto-1 number plates. The car is unable to fit all four minifigures in a sitting position but I doubt anyone had planned to display them in this way. The final product looks fantastic and most fans will be happy with how well the set has turned out.

That being said, this should really have been the same price as the Back to the Future set. Yes you get four minifigures but the Ecto-1 really isn’t big enough or detailed enough to warrant the hefty price tag. This is a set aimed squarely at AFOLs who grew up with the Ghostbusters films and as such, Lego probably skewed the price a bit higher.  You do get a gorgeous instruction book which features some great Ghostbusters quotes on several pages as well as a brief look at the movie itself. A few extra details would have brought this set up a little higher. Most fans would have expected Slimer minifigure and even for £10-£15 more, how cool would it have been to include a Lego Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

Still, you can’t deny Lego have captured at least some of the magic with this set. The Ecto-1 car and the minifigures are both well designed and instantly charming.

3 out of 5.

The Joker Steam Roller Review

The Joker and his goon are causing havoc in Gotham City with their crazy steam roller and are destroying everything in their path. Batgirl and Robin need backup from Batman in his fast and heavily armed Batwing to end this crime wave. Use the Batwing’s 4 flick missiles to disable the rampaging steam roller and then switch the wings to attack mode and grab the bad guys before they can launch the laughing gas bombs! Can Batman and his fellow heroes save Gotham City? Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons: Batman, Batgirl, Robin, The Joker and Joker goon.

Minifigures: The minifigure selection is ok… we get the obligatory Batman minifigure, a new Joker minifigure complete with hat and flag gun. One of the Jokers goons, a new Robin (with short legs) and for the first time a Batgirl minifigure!

Build: The Steam Roller is a quick and straightforward build. There is not a lot to the Steam Roller, the rollers at the front, which are 6 pieces linked together, make the vehicle look bigger than the build suggests. The finished vehicle is colourful with some nice touches – the Jokers trademark smile below the cab and above the rollers and the two flick missiles which have the Jokers face inprinted on them!

The Batwing is a little more complex of a build and the finished build looks pretty cool. The wings can be pulled forward or positioned perpendicularly to the body.

Overall 3 out of 5. At £49.99 the set is a little over-priced for what you get. The Steam Roller is quite simplistic and the minifigure selection could have been better, maybe an extra Jokers goon.

LEGO Back To The Future Review

Build your very own miniature version of the iconic DeLorean time machine that Dr. Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown and Marty McFly famously used to travel Back to the Future! Selected by LEGO® CUUSOO members, this amazing model features lots of cool details, like opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display and 2 license plates. We’ve also included extra engines and wheels so you can recreate the different variants of the time-traveling car featured in the Back to the Future movies! Finally, this unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing production notes, original images and fun details from the movies. Includes 2 minifigures: Marty McFly and Doc Brown!

LEGO CUUSOO is a website where users submit ideas for potential LEGO sets. If the project reaches 10,000 votes LEGO review the proposal and decide if the prospective set will be made into an official LEGO set.

The Back To The Future Delorean is the fourth CUUSOO set to be released. It was designed by two Japanese LEGO enthusiasts, Togami and Sakuretsu, who together form Team BTTF! Team BTTF have also kindly donated all of their proceeds from the sale of this set to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Minifigures: The two minifigures included in the set are Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown.

The Marty minifigure is excellent. He comes with a purple skateboard and a double printed head. We have on one side a smirk and the other a look of fear. The printed upper body shows Marty in his trademark gilet over a checked shirt.

The Doc figure by comparison is a little disappointing. The hair is the same as Wolverine’s only in white and looks nothing like Doc’s straggly barnet from the film. The figure also has a double printed head – one side smiling the other a look of shock!

Build. The set includes 401 pieces, which works out at just under £0.09 per brick. I wouldn’t say the build is difficult, it is more convoluted if anything. There seems to be a lot of parts that make up the internal structure of the Delorean and as a result the finished model is quite heavy in comparison to similar sized LEGO vehicles.

There is a technic element incorporated in to the build for the wheels to swing round into the hover position.

The major difference between the initial CUUSOO design and the finished product is the original incorporates a 6 x 8 ramp as the bonnet whereas the LEGO released Delorean has a stepped bonnet. A lot has been made about the change and initially I was disappointed upon seeing the finished images a few months ago on the web.

But… the stepped bonnet actually makes the Delorean look a lot more sleek than the CUUSOO designed version and if you are still not satisfied adding the front box to display the Delorean in the Back To The Future III version hides the step completely.

Personally I am not a fan of stickers, they can be difficult to apply at times so I was relieved to learn that there are no stickers to apply on this build. There are 6 printed bricks in total. We have the three that make up the dashboard, the two number plates and the Flux Capacitor which has a spelling mistake in the word SHIELD. LEGO have said that the initial run would be corrected and future sets will have the spelling corrected.

All in all the set is very good. It is not without its faults but we give the set three out of five bricks!

LEGO Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman review

Mr. Freeze has trapped Aquaman in a block of ice and only Batman can release him! Speed to the rescue in the powerful Batboat with exhaust flames, deploy the missiles and release the bombs to bust that block of ice. It’s time to turn the heat up on Mr. Freeze! Includes 3 minifigures: white Arctic Batman, Mr. Freeze and Aquaman, all with assorted weapons!

Minifigures: The selection of minifigures is ok, we get Aquaman and Mr. Freeze which are both pretty cool but it seems kind of strange to have Batman in white! Mr. Freeze comes with a large backpack with two cylindrical tanks. The solitary piece also incorporates his helmet and torso though it would have been nice to have his gun connect to his back in a similar fashion to Hazmat Guy.

Build: There are only 192 pieces in the set so the build took around 20 -25 minutes. The main part of the set is the Batboat – which is featured in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The boat is of a catamaran design with the main hull positioned between two other hulls with a large Batwing type fin is positioned to the rear.

Either side of the cockpit there are disc launchers that can be fired and at the back there are two bombs that can be dropped on Batman’s enemies!

There is also the ice prison which encapsulates Aquaman which when built can be made to explode!

Overall: 3 out of 5. The Batboat and Aquaman are the best things about the set… the rest is a little underwhelming.

LEGO Spider-Man: Spider-Cycle Chase review

Venom has taken control of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. flying car and is making a super-fast getaway. Send Spider-Man to the rescue in his cool Spider-Cycle! Help Spider-Man catch this venomous villain and return the car to the good guys! Watch out for Venom’s vicious symbiont web attack! Use the folding wheels on both vehicles for the perfect high-speed pursuit in the air or on land.

Minifigures: The minifigure selection is fantastic! We get the obligatory Spider-Man figure, a long overdue Nick Fury minifigure and Venom… need we say anymore?

Nick Fury is a welcome addition to the ever expanding selection of Marvel minifigures and also looks well beside the rest of The Avengers team. The only accessory is a gun, which is the same type as the one that came with the Deadpool minifigure from 6866 Wolverine Chopper Showdown set.

The Venom minifigure is very well thought out. The tentacles are pieces that have appeared as vines in previous sets which attach to a clip that allows the tentacles to rotate while attached Venom’s back. We also get two seperate pieces of Venom’s symbiote shape-shifting organism.

Build: The Spider-Cycle is based on the the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon version which allows Spidey to reach his destination at a faster rate, relieving sustained muscle strength from his reliable use of slinging web shooters! It is quite a simple build of around 40 pieces using a few technic elements for the wheels, which split then swing out into a horizontal position.

Nick Fury’s hover car is much cooler, but I was disappointed that the two 1 x 3 bricks with bow were missing from the set as detailed in the instructions and seemingly replaced by two 1 x 2 x ⅔ lattice roof tiles – a common error or a random mistake?

Overall: 4 out of 5. The minifigures are what makes this set great

LEGO Clone Troopers vs. Droidekas review

Stop the droideka attack on the command station! Watch the horizon from the Clone Commander’s command station! Use his electrobinoculars to spot 2 droidekas advancing on their position. Help the Clone Trooper repel the rolling Droids with a hidden flick missile before they come within range! Recreate epic battles from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Includes 2 minifigures with assorted weapons and an accessory: Clone Commander and Clone Trooper.

Minifigures: The minifigure selection is this set is fairly good, however the execution is what lets part of the minifigures down. Included are two Attack of the Clones-style LEGO Clone Troopers (a Sergeant and a regular trooper), and these style Clones have been demanded by collectors for new versions for years. Finally this year the Attack of the Clones fans get their Clones the way they want them. Both Clones look good as far as the new armour and helmet printing goes, especially in regard to the new helmets. Major props to LEGO with the detailing in the new helmets. The Sergeant’s differences include green arm printing, a grey T-visor and green printing on the helmet, as well as a pair of binoculars. However, the disappointment in these minifigures comes in the new face-prints. I know most LEGO fans would disagree, but I think the printing of The Clone Wars Clone minifigures is better than the new Attack of the Clones ones. The expression looks really off and takes away from the overall look of these minifigures. I recommend displaying them with their helmets on as they look much better that way. As for the new Destroyer Droids, they’re not as good as the 2011 version released in the Naboo Starfighter set. The 2011 one is currently the definitive Destroyer Droid. These new ones are good, but are a step back from the 2011 release. The size issue is a bit better, but in fixing the size problem it doesn’t quite look or feel like a Destroyer Droids as much.

Build: Also included in this set is a mini-version of the Republic Command Station seen on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones. It was a very interesting and clever idea to incorporate a mini-version of this into a battle pack set, as we were never going to get the whole thing. The build is very simple and straightforward, nothing complicated about it, it’s just a simple and fun build. The build of the set mainly focuses on red, grey and white pieces, which all mix-in really well for the mini Republic Command Station, and the station looks really good on display after being built.

Features: The Republic Command Station has a couple of features, including every collectors need, a flick-fire missile, as well as movable parts of the station, such as the back part to reveal the hidden flick-fire missile and what’s being dubbed as “movable doors” on either side of the station.The Clones can also store their blasters on grey pieces at the back of the station.

Overall: 4.5/5. It’s a great set, nothing mind-blowing in this set for me and I do have minor issues with both the Clones and the Destroyer Droids, but they’re both still really good. The mini Command Station is a great piece and I’m really glad that LEGO made it.

LEGO AT-RT review

Battle the Separatists on the agile AT-RT! The 501st Clone Trooper is on patrol with Star Wars™: The Clone Wars™ edition Yoda and the powerful AT-RT™ walker when he spots a Commando Droid captain and Sniper Droid. Use the AT-RT’s swiveling laser cannon to attack the Droid! Take your blasters out of the AT-RT’s weapon storage compartment and open fire! Recreate your favorite scenes from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: Clone Wars edition Yoda, 501st Clone Trooper and Commando Droid captain.

 

Mini-figures: The mini-figure selection is decent. Not mind-blowing and not including anything spectacular, but decent. The Yoda mini-figure is nothing we haven’t seen before, but it’s still an ok mini-figure. Then there are the two new mini-figures in this set: Commando Droid Captain & 501st Legion Clone Trooper. The Commando Droid Captain is nothing really special. It’s mostly the same mini-figure as the Commando Droids in the 9488 Elite Clone Trooper vs Commando Droids battle pack, but has a little bit extra printing in the grey detail in the center of its head, which distinguishes it as a captain. The 501st Clone Trooper is easily the best mini-figure in this set and has been a long-wanted LEGO mini-figure ever since Revenge of the Sith first came out. The mini-figure isn’t without flaws however. The mouth part of the helmet is too high up, this seems to be a common mistake with new LEGO The Clone Wars Phase II Clone mini-figures and the visor parts just seem in-accurate on these new Clones, which is a bit of a shame. The 501st markings have been really well applied to the mini-figure however, and it still looks good. There’s also another of this same mini-figure in the 75004 Z-95 Headhunter set, so it won’t be hard to get.

Build: The Sniper Droid and the AT-RT, both of which require a good bit of building, are fairly simple yet enjoyable builds. Neither of them have any real difficulty in being built. Of course stickers can always be a tad frustrating to put on a vehicle, but as for building the LEGO pieces themselves there are no major problems. The finished product leaves the Sniper Droideka with a fairly unique design and the AT-RT looking pretty good too in it’s blue decor, though its legs are definitely over-sized.

Features: The AT-RT has three main features. It has a swivel/rotating cannon which you can move around, movable feet which are on kind-of hinge joints allowing the feet to move up and down easily and a slot behind the driver’s seat where you can place the blaster if you don’t want the 501st Clone to be holding the blaster while on the AT-RT. The Sniper Droideka also has a swivel/rotating gun while also having a movable head.

Price: The purchase of this set cost £19.99 which is a great price for this set. Considering you get two new mini-figures, though the Commando Droid Captain is only slightly new, a Sniper Droid which hasn’t been released before and a new AT-RT, which looks great and I like all the 501st details on the AT-RT! If any of you in the UK can get it for £19.99, then you’ve got yourself a great deal with this set!

Overall: 4 out of 5. Not an amazing set or the best of the wave by any means, but definitely a neat little set which I recommend you pick up!