Toy Tattle Test Drives LEGO Chima Speedorz
The boys and I spent the first sunny evening of 2013, out on the patio, whizzing these Speedorz vehicles about, and we loved them.
What: LEGO Chima Speedorz Sets 70104 Jungle Gates, and 70100 Fire Ring.
Who: Sent to me by The Entertainer.
RRP: £10 each
I was sent these sets as freebies by The Entertainer, but as ever this review is all my own opinion – well quite a bit of it is the opinion of Son#1 and Son#2, but their opinions are far more important than mine in all matters LEGO-related.
Legends of Chima is a new line from LEGO. In the US they have a TV show, but alas it is not yet available in the UK.
Chima looks like paradise, but is actually the home of eight animal tribes, at war over powerful Chima energy crystals.
You can see the full range of Chima playsets and Speedorz currently available at The Entertainer.
Sons #1 and #2 are well up on their Chima knowledge as they get the freebie LEGO Magazine, which last month included a promo DVD.
We are also fresh back from a trip to Legoland in Windsor, where they are running a 4D Chima show in the theatre.
The Speedorz sets consist of a rip-cord powered vehicle and an obstacle to construct and then negotiate.
We were sent:
I didn’t get a photo of the Fire Ring set, as Son#2 was a bit eager with the package ripping, so that’s lifted from The Entertainer’s website.
It took us about 20 minutes to put everything together. I did the majority of Son #2’s set (he’s 6 and not patient), but Son #1, who’s 8, is a LEGO pro and had no problems doing it himself.
Each set contained:
* Chima collectors cards
* Instructions for assembly and game play
* A minifigure
* A Speedorz vehicle and rip cord (do not lose rip cord)
* Components to build obstacles
* 6 blue ‘Chima crystals’.
When you get the Speedorz out of the packet, it looks ready to go, but it isn’t. You need to remove the top, then insert some black rods, attach the minifigure, and put the top back on. The instructions are in the book.
When you are adding the minifigure to the Speedorz it is much easier to lie the figure flat, clip the top of the vehicle on, and then sit him back up again.
The eagle figure came with wings. They were incredibly annoying and kept falling off. I believe I may have ‘accidentally’ thrown them away with the packaging. There were no fiddly bits on Lennox the lion, and both figures were very pretty with plenty of printed detail. The boys really enjoyed swapping body parts and accessories between the two figures.
My first effort of constructing the ring was not quite right.
But after a little wiggling about of the hinged joints, I made a perfect circle.
As always when I help make the LEGO there were some bits left over.
Son #1 was busy building the Jungle Gates set while I was working on the Fire Ring, so I didn’t get any work in progress shots of that one.
Here’s the gates out on our patio:
And the professional image of the set looks like:
Genuinely both boys loved these sets.
It was really tricky to begin with. The boys are used to playing with Beyblades, where you pull the rip cord and let the Beyblade drop and spin. You can’t do that with these, you need to place the Speedorz on the floor. So you need to hold it in one hand, thread the rip cord, then pull with the other, then quickly lower it to the ground. But afte a couple of practice goes even I mastered it.
There are instructions for a game included, where you challenge each other to beat the obstacle, and there are some energy points and crystal trades involved. For us, just the mastering the obstacles was entertaining enough and we didn’t attempt the game. There’s a video at the end of this post where some American LEGO lovers try to explain how the game works.
There are some really unusual LEGO pieces in these sets which once the boys are bored of Chima, I’m sure will be put to good use in their freestyle creations. I was especially impressed with the hinged orange bricks that clipped together to make the fire ring.
How To Play Chima Speedorz Game
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