This is one of the largest movie sets released so far, and consists of three quite distinct models.
Inside the box we have:
- 3 x numbered instruction booklets
- 7 x numbered bags of parts
- 1 x Sticker Sheet
- 2 x firehoses (one is spare)
There are 858 parts in this set, as shown in the full inventory.
There are no new parts in this set, just a few new prints for the minifigs and the pig. There is also a printed 1x4 tile with a unique code printed on it. The back of the box indicates that this code can be used in The LEGO Movie Videogame to unlock a "Surprise Item". I am still waiting on my videogame as the Australian release dates are so unfair... plus for some reason there is no Steam release... so waiting for my snail mail to arrive :(. In the meantime, I'm still publishing this review but ask people not to steal my code :)
There are five minifigs in this set: Blaze Firefighter, Blacktron Fan, Fabu-Fan, Hank Haystack and Robo SWAT. Not much to say here, I guess the Blacktron/Fabuland references will win some fans.
Build - Robo-Firetruck
There are three main models in this set, each of which get their own instruction booklet. First up, we have the Robo-Firetruck. It makes use of the ball/socket joints to provide some great flexibility while remaining rigid and stable.
The right arm has four water canons, while the left arm has a large claw. The use of the flexible hoses really works here to give a good impression of water flowing around its body. The legs look great but I felt the feet should be a bit bigger to give just a tad more balance. The two yellow 2x2 round bricks sticking out of the back of each feet are obviously there to help with the balance, as are the small wing parts sticking out the sides.
The entire body is able to swivel around 360 degrees, but the hoses in the back prevent it from doing so. This isn't a bad thing, and gives it a more realistic feeling when you turn the body. The finished robo-suit is actually quite large, easily larger than Metalbeard from Metalbeard's Duel.
Build - Micro Manager
The Micro Manager in this set is also quite large. Although it is very similar in design to the one from Metalbeard's Duel, it is a tad larger due to the additional greebling on the sides. Plus it has three arms.
It comes with the standard flick-powered missiles, accessible once the sides of the robot are raised.
Build - Flying Farmhouse
The third model is quite interesting with a few nice features. There is a basket of fruit hanging by chains on one side. The other side has two saloon style doors. Once opened, the tray of carrots inside can be slid out which causes the carrots to fall through a hole in the bottom of the tray to bomb anything below. It's a bit fiddly to actually use, but a nice idea. There are two flick-powered missiles under the bottom wings, as well as an anchor for some reason. Not sure what that is for considering it's a farmhouse converted into a helicopter.
The pilot controls are made from pneumatic T-pieces and fit the farmer's hands perfectly. The top and rear rotors turn effortlessly, with the rear rotors turning independently of each other.
Of the three models in this set, my personal favourite is the robo-mech-firetruck-thing. It definitely looks like it was built from pure firetruck parts, while still looking great. The flying farmhouse is interesting and fun to play with too. The Micro Manager makes a good bad guy to be destroyed by the two good guys, but is otherwise much the same as the other movie set ones.
Check out the rest of the photos taken during this review at my Bricksafe page.