Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 3:00pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
It's not April anymore, but we've still got some Chima content to wrap up. Today BZPower Forum Assistant Sisen takes a look at 70128 Braptor's Wing Striker from the LEGO Legends of Chima line. Will this set make you go batty with enjoyment or will you run in terror from this fanged flyer? Read on to find out!
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
Allonzi! That box contains a high-speed air battle between Eris and Braptor piloting his Wing Striker. The rest of the general information on the box is subpar to the high skies action.
The top of the box shows Eris at scale, accompanied by some artwork of both Eris and Braptor walking the walk and talking the talk... Now on the back of the box there is a flighted fight going down over some chi.
Oh no! What's that? It looks like Braptor is about to clip Eris' wings. Snip snip snip. It looks like that functioning mechanism in the set could mean the end for Eris.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
The build on the wing striker is very easy. It is not a time consuming process and is fairly straightforward. However, for such a simple construction it does offer a nice technic function.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
This is one of the smaller Chima sets excluding the Speedorz and Legend Beasts. While there are a few new pieces, a majority of them are not new. The black claws are fairly cool, although they have been featured in other sets. They are not a common item that is widespread. Next up are the black wings that give the Wing Striker its bat-like element. As you can imagine these pieces have been used before in the Batman sets.
These smaller black bat wings are brand new, and look mighty cool. They put the bat in Braptor. Hopefully these wings will be used herein and made in a variety of colors.
There's also the newer cool black weapon blaster, which is just as awesome as the dual barrel guns being widely used in sets now.
There's also this neat green stem of grass. It's pretty cool. That little stem off to the side is non-conformist and the little loopydeloop at the top is fairly hip. And there's this olive branch...er leaf piece. It's been in some sets before such as the Werewolf (not to be mistaken for Worriz) and even some of the Lord of the Ring sets.
Oh hey look a dark bluish gray plate which is three by three.
TRANS BRIGHT GREEEEEN. As you are all well aware radar dishes. This is a new color for one of these inverted dishes. It isn't a huge change from the trans-neon green dishes used, but it is a welcomed variance. The same goes for the single 1x1.
Now the moment everyone has been waiting for. Purr- Pur- Purr- Purrrrrrple. Yeah, there's purple in this set. There's not a lot, but hey who cares really? PUR-hiccup-PLE!
There are a few of 1x6 tiles, a mudguard, and some grills.
However, we're missing one very important piece here. This curved wedge. While it is not a new piece being introduced, this purple recolor is a nice addition to the spectrum.
Let's take a look at the minifigs before examining the striker.
Eris is not a new figure. She has been featured in Chima sets before, but her torso and legs have received a makeover. This time around you get some great detail showcasing armor. While the only print that has changed is the body, the actual details on the head and head armor remain unchanged. It would have been nice to see a different Chima figure utilized in this set. While it is flying related, it does not necessarily mean Eris needs teamed up with the set. Scutter was utilized in Lavertus' Twin Blade.
Braptor is a brand new figure introduced with the bat, scorpion, and spider antagonists for Chima this year. He actually appears very similar to the other bat, Blista. There are a few small differences between the two. Braptor actually has armor style greaves, whereas Blista has a fur loin cloth. Some of the other differences are Braptor has a blue nose and some metal adorning his face. It is unclear if it is armor or metalwork done to repair old battle wounds. Either way, it looks cool and adds character. Being a bat gives you wings to flllllly.
Once again the large claws have been used in the cockpit, as previously mentioned in the Lavertus' Twin Blade review. This time the claws are used in a somewhat different manner. It appears like they are meant to be the controls for the wing striker, because there is no actual steering mechanism in the console Braptor stands at. It is sort of reminiscent of a skiff, like the one the Chitauri used when invading Earth in the Avengers.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?
SNIP SNIP SNIP
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The functionality of the set is the main playable feature it has, but it is a very effective mechanism. It is great seeing some technic pieces to create a device for some set interactivity. Beyond using the sliding action to ensnare foes, the playability is left up to your imagination as it should be.
If you want to see the playability of the set, I highly recommend you watch the video embedded above or take a look on the YouTube channel. It is hard to capture an interactive playability with stills.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- Highly detailed figures
- New bat figure
- New wings
- Ship playability and bat homage
- Good color scheme and design
- Braptor figure unique to set
- Place to put weapon while piloting
What's not to like?
- Reuse of Eris (even with a new armor print)
- Console mechanism
Chima has delivered another wonderful little set. If you are looking to collect a bat outside the speedorz, I would highly recommend picking up Braptor's Wing Striker. There is nothing majorly wrong with it and the set is a good value for the size. It just would have been nice if a figure outside of Eris had been used. All in all it is a nifty little bat contraption.
Nana nana nana nana nana nana Braptor!
Big thanks to Sisen for putting together this review - I hope you all enjoyed it! Comments and questions can go in the Talkback, as per usual. It may be May, but you can still expect plenty of LEGO set reviews and news, including Legends of Chima, right here on BZPower!
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