Shroud9 wrote:And also in limited avaliability in Canada's Tor 'R' Us...
Alas, however, not in any of the Toys 'r' Uses in my neck of the woods.
--which is not to say that I never got this set. The mass-order the North American CCers did was something I was quite happy to get in on. Because, unlike my brother: I am not:
Elephant Knight wrote:so glad this is the one that wasn't released in North America.
...because if you didn't want the set, you didn't have to buy it--obviously. Those of us who did want a chance at getting a rather exclusive fig (ie. those of us without money to buy the big chess set and get him that way) rather liked that this impulse set had a semi-unique fig. As a collection of parts, he's not bad--the sand blue torso, while plain, is a plain torso in a fairly rare, and nice, colour. As Lego wizards go, I quite like this guy. He's probably as nice, in terms of design, as the Majisto-fig was, and he's certainly a notch above the 10176. The hat-decals are quite nice, in my opinion, and while he would definitely be improved by a cape, he's not entirely lacking without one.
And as pieces for an impulse-set go, I don't think this is a bad bunch. Of course, no AFOL
ever really needs another owl, or crystal ball, or yellow gem--but I think that in terms of impulse set design and/or playability, this one's rather nice. Certainly on par with the Crownie soldier or troll impulse sets.
So, obviously, I rate this set rather high, considering it's an impulse set:
Design (contemporary): 7.5/10
Design (universal): 8/10
Nostalgia/Personal Bias: 8.5/10
Overall Score: 8.08/10 (B+