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Roller Coaster (10261) – A Review In Parts

roller coasterRoller Coaster (10261)
Released: June 01, 2018
MSRP: $379.99
Pieces: 4080
Minifigures: 11
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In the event that you don’t know me personally, and I thought that you would let me talk for more than ten minutes throughout the past year, then you’ve probably heard me utter the words, “LEGO Roller Coaster! It’s comin’ dude! Bank on it! I promise!” give or take an expletive. When the aptly named Ferris Wheel (10247) appeared on shelves, rumblings began to whisper and quickly disappear about a roller coaster set. But then it was quickly dismissed, because there would be no possible way that LEGO could make such a thing img_2133without compromising their product quality standards. It was unimaginable!

And then, Carousel (10257), arrived and it was clear that amusement park themed sets were here to stay. What could be next? A goddamned roller coster, that’s what! But again, that was just a theory. And then Joker Manor (70922) came to fruition, and while that has a roller coaster as part of the set, that wasn’t enough. But! BUT! In that set, they showed us that they had been working on a new system, a way of making a LEGO roller coaster possible. All that needed to happen now was a stand alone set where the train of the coaster made it up the hill without direct human interaction. And then, more roller coaster elements appeared in other sets: Rhino Face-Off by the Mine (76099), Ferrari Ultimate Garage (75889), and a Friends set or two. All we needed now was some sort of chain system, like those used in the Ice Tank polybag set that came out at the end of 2017 for The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Coming in at 4080 pieces, Roller Coaster (10261) was released to LEGO VIP Members on May 16th, in the year of our President Business, 2018. The official release date is June 1st. Bags are numbered One through Eleven, with generally three bags per “Step,” with Step 11 being reserved solely for the 200+ links in the chain. There are eleven minifigures, two trains with three cars to a train, and yes. You CAN motorize the set into full-on automation. Over the next however img_2135long it takes us, we’ll be sharing with you our experience in constructing this massive set.

STEP ONE:

Bags 1 through 5 construct the taller end of the roller coaster ride. The entire base sits, roughly, on a basic baseplate and a half (48 studs, give or take) by three baseplates (96 studs, give or take). With the first set of bags, you set the base for the taller end, build a cotton candy cart, and build three of the eleven minifigures. The three minifigures are named Child (twn322), which is also featured in the beach themed minifigure pack, Child’s Grandfather (twn327), and Cotton Candy Vendor (twn320). These two adults consist of parts and colors that have been released already in various sets, except the hairpiece for Cotton Candy Vendor. The short tousled with side part hair comes in bright light yellow, and has only been released in this set and the brand new City Hospital (60204).

The cotton candy cart is a fairly studs-on-top build with the newer trans-clear wheelchair wheels, trans-dark umbrella, and the new beehive element in bright pink coupled with a bright pink minifigure head to complete the cotton candy. The cart also as a 1×1 light bluish gray printed calculator tile for minifigures to swipe their credit cards for their purchases.

Along with laying out the large green plates, connecting them, and setting up the base for the coaster, this end of img_2137structure also has a small body of water consisting of trans-dark blue tiles. A green frog calls this small pond home. While on the other side of the tracks, a brick built bench utilizing two 1×4 on a 1×2 base vehicle spoilers, a brick built tree with the newer six stemmed plant element introduced in 2016, and the new three leaf green plant piece. Also, in the same area, there’s a simple map using a couple of 1×1 round bricks and a panel piece, to hold a sticker displaying the aforementioned Carousel and Ferris Wheel with the Roller Coaster.

The base of the structure itself is pretty basic studs-on-top construction consisting of plates, tiles, and modified plates. It sets the stage for some fairly redundant building in the future, a drawback that we’re probably going to touch on a few times while discussing this set, but LEGO did their best to break up the monotony, by having you move around the structure while you build. Also, building this set in stages, rather than in one shot, appears to help break up building the skeletal structure. Because of the monotony of some of the building and the starkness of the construction, we’re also going to be combining some of the steps, or numbered bags. Make sure to check back often and soon as we continue to cover various LEGO projects and so much more!

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Cowboy Costume Guy – (15 of 17)

71021-15Minifigure: #15 of 17 – Cowboy Costume Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 7
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So, here’s why we cover the collectible minifigures so much. First of all, they’re plentiful and collectible. So, it gives us a lot to talk about and we love collecting things. Secondly, they’re always full of new parts or new colors of parts, and while the list of new things is continuously growing to immeasurable lengths, we want to show that there’s more to LEGO than just the big and blunt red bricks. Also, variety to your collection makes what you have unique. So when you’re showing off your displays, img_2072all of your firemen could be from space, or all of your hospital staff could be Disney characters.

Cowboy Costume Guy wears a tan cowboy hat. How’s that for a transition? It’s a fantastic new element, and we’re excited to get so many more cowboy hats in so many other colors, in the future. The minifigure head is similar to Race Car Guy’s in that it has the hair coming down the sides. But instead of fuzzy muttonchops, these are manicured reddish brown sideburns. There is no alternate face due to the lack of coverage from the hat.

The front half of a horse hangs from the torso stem like so many of the backpacks, air tanks, and whatever else. The horse is reddish brown with black and white printing for the eyes, hooves, and a patch of white hair between the horse’s eyes. It’s an interesting element with two clearly defined front legs. We’re not sure what exactly, but we have a feeling that there’s something that can be MOCed using this piece. Maybe a western themed restaurant where the horse is leaping out of the front wall of the building, or something.

The dark turquoise torso is a great contrast to the bright yellow arms and hands, as well as img_2073the great print on the front and back. The black and white cowhide print with a tan fringe are great. There’s a little bit of red to represent a bandana, which we would have loved to have seen continue a bit on the back. And a hint of yellow is on the front to show off the cut of the shirt. While it doesn’t cover the entire torso, and why would it due to the horse head you’re going to hang there, the print is just about perfect. The costume tail hangs from the hips and legs assembly’s studs as most minifigure tails do. The style of the tail is new in reddish brown to match the hips and legs. However, these hips and legs are exclusive to this figure because there’s black print on the feet to represent the rear legs of the horse.

While we understand that there are budgets to these projects and this figure already has a lot of new parts and prints, we would have liked to have seen one more thing. Maybe the minifigure could have had a revolver, despite LEGO’s aversions to implements of realistic violence. Perhaps a lasso or some other sort of rope to wrangle cattle could have finished it off nicely. What you get is perfectly fine and really well executed. We just would have liked this particular minifigure to have an accessory to hold.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Flower Pot Girl – (14 of 17)

LEGO-Minifigures-Series-18-Flowerpot-Girl_553xMinifigure: #14 of 17 – Flower Pot Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 5
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Between the weird print choices and the large parts, we find it hard to believe anyone’s really going to want anything to do with Flower Pot Girl, beyond completing this series. That doesn’t mean we don’t like her. Let’s check her out!

Look at that ridiculous headgear img_2042element. Look at that weird thing. Look at it. It’s dual-molded in green and magenta. Don’t get us wrong, it fits just fine with this particular minifigure, but what’s going to happen beyond this? It’s so big and such an odd shape, there’s no way that this part is ever going to be used ever again. So, maybe that’ll drive the collectible value up in the secondary market. It just seems like a waste to us.

The minifigure head has printing on both sides. On the one side the face is happy and bright, which fits this ridiculous costume of hers. However, it is unclear what the secondary face is supposed to be. The eyebrows and freckles are done in dark orange, and there are pink lips printed on either side.

The torso and arms are molded in bright green and come with lime hands. The printing is in dark green and black, and it leaves a little to be desired. It’s of a single vine growing up with leaves, leading into the head piece. Because it’s a plant, you see. And while the vine printing doesn’t reach all of the way to the edge, that pretty much gets hidden by the flower pot element.

And that’s exactly what that is. A big dark orange flower pot looking element with two img_2043holes for the hips and legs to fit through. We dare anyone to find another use for this element that looks aesthetically pleasing and makes sense. We’ll pay you a dollar if you can!

The hips and legs assembly are molded in reddish brown. Orange baseplate.

While we acknowledge that this review was written to sound completely underwhelming, we can’t gush for the sake of gushing when it isn’t warranted. Flower Pot Girl is a great minifigure. She comes with two pretty big molded elements that LEGO designed for this character and this character alone (bank on it). And to look at her from a distance, she’s unmistakeable.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Race Car Guy – (13 of 17)

s-l300Minifigure: #13 of 17 – Race Car Guy
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 10
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Everything about Race Car Guy, the thirteenth minifigure in this series, is LEGO. He’s bright, he’s vibrant, he’s fun. And if you’re lucky enough to find him in one of these blind bags, he has a couple of uses. How fun is that?! Let’s take a closer look at this little guy.

Going in our usual top to bottom coverage, weimg_2044 start with the classic blue helmet element that we’ve been collecting since 1987; when Blacktron and Futuron sets hit the shelves. It’s not the style of helmet that you would see on Benny any time soon. However, this is the mold that allows for the visor to flip up and down in a sleek looking fashion. And Race Car Guy gets one of those visors in trans-black, nothing new here. However, that red and white checkered print on the sides of that helmet looks fairly sharp.

The facial printing on the classic yellow head is a neat exclusive print. Race Car Guy comes with muttonchops that span the entire height of the face, and he sports a little soul patch. The facial features are relatively unremarkable, but the quality of the print is high as usual. Coupled with the dark brown hair printing, this minifigure head should be sought after to add to the variety of minifigure heads available. There is no secondary facial print.

The torso mold is in blue with the arms in white and the hands come in red. The black lines on the torso are fairly crisp and on point. The white and black of the belt look great, and we like the faded white print of the “RR” logo on the chest. The printing on the back with the new racing team name “Clutch Drive” is a nice little nod to the strength of one LEGO element connecting and holding on to another LEGO element — or its clutch power.

The hips and legs assembly comes in the fairly common blue mold, with the black printing from the torso continuing down into the legs for the texture of most racing suits. There’s also printing down the sides of the legs along the seams, as racing gear is usually all color and logos. We also want to point out the logo for “Cross Axle” on the legs, where the “x” is clearly a reference to the top view of a technic axle, another nice little LEGO reference tucked away in this figure.

Before we get too carried away gushing about this race car, let’s get the other things out of the way: orange baseplate, two trolley wheels and axles in black that have come with a bazillion other sets, and one 1×1 half round tile (commonly referred to as a tooth piece), in flat silver with black print (you got two of them if youimg_2045 bought that Catwoman heist set from the LEGO Batman Movie first wave of sets).

Look at this fun car. We like it so much, it makes us want to curse. Naturally, Race Car Guy can wear this car as intended. And that looks great. But if you remove Race Car Guy’s legs from the equation, those axle and wheel elements are fully functional. He looks like he’s riding around in a little car! Are you serious?! And tell us how bad you want to use this car as a little amusement ride. Go ahead, tell us. We’ll wait. You know we’re going to be seeing this mold again at some point. It’s so great. The potential of future sets with this part is just so exciting.

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LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series 18 – Cat Costume Girl – (12 of 17)

CAT COSTUME GIRLMinifigure: #12 of 17 – Cat Costume Girl
Released: April 1, 2018
MSRP: $3.99
Pieces: 7
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While Cat Costume Girl ticks all of the boxes that one would come to expect with a Collectible Minifigure, there’s just something about her that we find off-putting. Perhaps it’s the garish mask, or some odd printing choices, or maybe simply because she’s a stupid cat and they’re the worst. Let’s check her out!

The mask is hideous. It’s molded in black with white highlights and whiskers and a pink nose. It img_2053definitely says, “CAT!” But it’s just too much. We would have preferred something less. Whether it had been a minifigure head mold with ears, or the use of something smaller on top of the head ala Black Panther (sh466), this element is just too much. The faceprint on the yellow head is so much more adequate, it gets lost under the mask. That’s why we think something smaller for the ears would have been better.

The black torso with the white furry printing is fine enough. This torso printing shows off the hips-print that we were talking about with Cactus Girl far more distinctly. There is no print on the back. Also, looking at the print on the front, it looks more like maybe a dog’s chest than a cat. The arms are dual-molded, black over white, with some white printing on the black so that the fur isn’t so severe. Yet, the printing doesn’t quite match the white of the mold so it looks a little off.

Sitting between the torso and the legs is a black tail with the two holes that fit over the studs of the hips assembly. This style of tail has been used numerous times, but this particular mold has only been used three times; the flying monkeys from The Ultimate Batmobile (70917) in sand blue, a minifigure from Lex Luthor Mech Takedown (76097) in bright light orange, and a img_2052Simpsons Collectible Minifigure in Scratchy (colsim-14) in dark bluish gray.

The hips and legs and dual-molded in black over white. They’ve tried what they did with the arms to similar effect. The white feet under the black legs look fine, until you look at the white furry printing on top of the black mold, that printing doesn’t end up being the same shade of white as the mold. It makes the print look faded.

There is a silver lining to this figure. The fish accessory that the minifigure carries is a very old mold. It’s come with so many sets and so many figures before. However, this is the first time this mold has come in medium azure. Collectors will love it.

Orange baseplate.