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    Post  VBBN on Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:36 pm

    Hey welcome back! Time for yet another review by VBBN! Today I'll be looking at Meltdown, who seems to be the most anticipated of the 4 medium-sized villans, followed shortly by Xplode. I've reviewed a couple heros, so let's see how the Violans stack up!

    Set name: Meltdown
    Set Number: 7148
    Price: 12.99$, 14,99 Euro
    Pieces: 50
    Year of release: 2010


    The Box

    Front
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    So, these medium sized villans that cost 13$ are actually replacing the standard toa-sized canister sets. However, they now come in Boxes as opposed to canisters like the Heroes do. Personally I prefer this, as it is much easier to store them(you can flatten them out). Meltdown's box art is FANTASTIC. It's bright, clean, and very attractive to the eye.


    Back
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    The back shows Meltdown fighting Stringer and the shooting function the set has.


    Sides
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    Two sides of the box I find interesting. One of them is a size chart of meltdown's head. The other one has the words "Liquidateur Meltdown" Why they put that there I haven't any idea, as there is no such thing on Rotor's box.

    Size Comparison
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    As you can see, these are the largest containers for 10-13$ sets we have seen so far.

    Opening
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    Now there is a tab that you can push to open the box by it's side, but I like to open them this way as it is easier to flatten them for storage.


    Contents

    Inside
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    As you can see here, the bulk of the parts are contained in a plastic baggie, with the technic pieces in a smaller baggie. The tubes and larger stuff are left out. Very similar to the Mahri's way of being packaged actually. There is also the sticker sheet, which I don't mind as it gives you the option to apply them or not. I put them on as straight as I could, took me about 10 minutes to get them perfect.

    Recolored parts
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    Before I get on with the recolored parts, I heard a lot of people saying that the Mantax claws were recolored. they are actually seen(2 of them) in the lego Exo Force set named "Storm Slasher." Now then, we have Metru limbs in mata yellow, which is fantastic. I really am sick of having to use Bitil's limbs for MOCing. We also have the mahri tubes in clear with lime green injection. Vastus had dark green injection. Next, we have the Ackar/Mata Nui shin guards in mata yellow(Mata Nui's were Keetorange) We also have a Kalmah tentacle in lime green, which is perfect for an alien moc. Next, the zamor sphrere is a shade of green that is slightly darker than the ones seen in jaller and Hahli inika. I thought it was the same until I put them side-by-side. Finally, we have the Thornax launcher pieces in black.

    New pieces
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    New pieces are equally as interesting. First we have his head, which is a very awesome sculpt. I must say something, IT CAN FIT ON A METRU HEAD. However it stickes out and looks ridiculous if you put it on. Next we have the Ben 10 limbs. While not new,I thought I would throw them in since most of the lego community doesn't care about ben 10 sets 9nor do I, I think it's terrible but that's another story to be told). The joints on it are really weird, I must say. Very thick in design. Anyways, next is the new torso which seems to be on almost everyone except for Von nebula. Next up, we have the new..well, whatever you want to call that yellow piece. Regardless, it's got some great mocing possibilities and I welcome anything Mata yellow into my collection. Next we have that strange new pin piece, like a shortened version of the piece that works in pistons in the titan sets. Finally,we have his toxic barrels. Man, they are fantastic. They are hollow so you can put extra amor or something in them, and they have an axle hole as well as two viking-horn sized holes ont he botton.

    Instructions
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    The instructions are standard fare for a Bionicle type of set. Strangely, it has a piece of paper that says "To be placed in building instructions" All it is, is the saftey warnings. :laugh:


    Buliding

    Start
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    .His build starts off with the torso and legs

    Adding arms
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    No cracked joints yet!


    Finished Set

    Front
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    Back
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    Posed
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    Meltdown's unique articulation can give him some very awesome poses,I must say.

    Bonus Images

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    Size Comparison
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    Meltdown isn't huge, but he hus faily bulky in the arms and has lots of little bits sich as the barrakki eye.

    Overall, Meltodwn is a fantastic figure. Sure, he's not the biggest set there is, but he's comprised of almost entirely new or recolored pieces, and the pieces that aren't, are still excellent MOCing pieces, such as the yellow mantax claws and skrall armor. His design is unique and the color scheme is excellent.

    Colors scheme- 10/10 (No complaints whatsoever.)
    Parts- 9.5/10 (Would have liked if the mask was compatible with Glatorian heads.)
    Design- 10/10 (Fantastic Looking)
    Articulation- 8/10 (He is limited with his arms, but it gives him cool poses in the end.)
    Quality- 8.5/10 (The mask and yellow chunky weapon things aren't as good of quality as the mantax claws and metru limbs are.)

    Overall: 46/50 Excellent

    As always, questions,comments, and pic requests welcome!


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    Post  Dutch on Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:20 pm

    Once more a very nice review. Very Happy


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    Post  VBBN on Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:31 pm

    Dutch wrote:Once more a very nice review. Very Happy
    Thanks for the frontpage! Perosnally I don't think this review is the greatest I've done, I feel rotor's review has slightly better images but either way, thanks! Wink


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