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Mini Review of Set 7036 Dwarve's Mine

Postby The Brick Rat » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:45 am

The good news is I bought 7036 Dwarve's Mine at Target last night.
The bad news is I don't have a digital camera, so no pics. :( (I have no doubt though, that there will be a pictoral review from someone by the weekend).

The Mine.
It was the minifigs that caught my eye initially - the mine itself just seemed so-so. But I throughly enjoyed putting this set together and was impressed with the end result. Of course there is the obligatory catapult, but I like how it's put together and it's fun lobbing that big boulder piece. On the right there is the wheel that raises and lowers a bucket and on the left there is another bucket that slides on a piece of technic tube (it can dump it's load down the chute in the front or into the mine cars in the back). There are 4 gold crystals and 4 silver crystals for the buckets and mine cars. There are 2 mine cars that are a neat little build and each use a right and left car door in dark green.

The Figs.
The first thing I noticed when opening the box was that the gold winged helm was loose in the box. It appears there was a packaging error. The instructions list 2 winged helms (one in gold and one in silver). There are 2 winged helms in silver sealed in the bag. My guess is the error was caught early enough that they just added the gold helm loose in the box (which means we get an extra silver helm, but be on the lookout for the gold helm when you open the box).

The dwarve beards are great. Unlike the current wizard beard which just covers the front of the fig, the dwarven beards cover the front and back of the fig. The front is the beard of course and in the back it looks as if the figs hair is flowing out the back of his helm. The split beard has a pony tail in the back and comes in black and a color that I believe is sometimes called butterscotch. The full beard with two braids has three braids in the back and comes in a new dark brown color. It's darker than old brown and I think looks better than either old brown or reddish brown. (It also appears in then preliminary pics of the Troll's Ship set coming out next year).

The orcs...err I mean trolls look good and as has been noted elsewhere come with the Shadow Knights helm. There is only one troll shield, but it appears to be new (at least to me). It is rectangular like the Knights Kingdom shields, but it does not have the stud on the front like the Knights Kingdom shields - it has a smooth front.

The giant troll has four points of articulation instead of two as I thought it would. The arms are attached with blue technic pins and the hands have a molded pin that fits into a hole at the wrist (the hands come preattached, the arms do not). So, both arms move at the shoulder and both hands move at the wrist. The hands are designed so that they can hold minifig accessories and also a minifig foot (the back of the box shows a giant troll holding a dwarve upside down). One minor quibble: the holes in the armor/helm take viking horns, but are shallow so that the horns don't sit flush. The armor and helmet are not removable.

In the end I think if you have been looking forward to this set you will not be disappointed. If you have been on the fence about this set I would recommend getting it - I think you may be pleasantly surprised.

That's it for now. I'm sure someone will have a pictoral review up in short order. In the meantime I hope this 'mini' review satisfied a little of your curiosity.

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Postby DNL » Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:03 am

thank you very much !


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Re: Mini Review of Set 7036 Dwarve's Mine

Postby Morgan19 » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:29 pm

The Brick Rat wrote:The dwarve beards are great.


Are the dwarf beards made of plastic (like the old beards) or the rubbery ExoForce hair material?

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Re: Mini Review of Set 7036 Dwarve's Mine

Postby The Brick Rat » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:29 pm

Morgan19 wrote:
The Brick Rat wrote:The dwarve beards are great.


Are the dwarf beards made of plastic (like the old beards) or the rubbery ExoForce hair material?

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They are like the old beards.

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Postby Paradosis » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:33 pm

Thanks for the review! Look forward to getting the set...
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Postby Athos » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:53 pm

Great review. Got to go to Target this weekend to see if I can snag this set.

Here are some pictures from eurobricks:

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Postby wallgorn » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:14 pm

Great review!
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Postby Bruce N H » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:53 pm

Are the dwarf torsos printed or blank?

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Postby HeartOfDarkness » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:18 pm

That troll looks ugly as heck. Still, I guess you can't expect anything more from a troll.
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Postby Athos » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:32 pm

More pictures from hinckley39 at eurobricks:

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Postby DNL » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:05 pm

they are beautiful :D
i like it that the torso's are printed!


EDIT: MORE PICTURES: http://brickzone.net/reviews/7036.html


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Postby Lord Tyler II » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:42 pm

WAIT WAIT! THESE SETS ARE OUT?!?!?! SINCE WHEN? *deep breath
I thought these were coming out in 2008! What's up?
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Postby Sir Vincent » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:54 pm

Troll wrote: Uuuhhh, I think I broke it. I'm gonna go find another one.

That's what the troll would say after it smashed a dwarves head against the ground over and over and killed it. :D
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Postby HeartOfDarkness » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:12 pm

Those goblins/dwarves/helmets/shields are so beautifull! Man, the sheer awesomeness is jtitreing myy fingingrers!
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Postby Tower of Iron Will » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:56 pm

HeartOfDarkness wrote:Those goblins/dwarves/helmets/shields are so beautifull! Man, the sheer awesomeness is jtitreing myy fingingrers!


Spot on! I usually avoid Target but might have to take a look to see if they have them. I must have them. I MUST HAVE THEM. NOW!!! This set is, well, motivating, to say the least.
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