LEGO Set 9461 The Swamp Creature (Written by Rich from Brick Fanatics)

All of this article was written by Rich, for his site, http://brickfanatics.co.uk/. You can read the rating and see the pics at http://brickfanatics.co.uk/Reviews-detail/9461-the-swamp-creature/

 

After my trip to LEGOLAND, I paid a visit to Argos where they had the new Monster Fighters in and I decided to get the smallest set in the new theme to review it for Brick Fanatics. Each week I will bring you another review from this rather interesting new theme from LEGO.

The sets are still not on general sale but this theme could be the dark horse of the year in terms of success. I have always liked the classic Monsters and shows like the Munsters and Addams Family, so when I found out this theme was coming out I was very excited but in a way the arrival of Lord of the Rings and Friends this year has over shadowed this theme. That was until they released news on the exclusive Haunted House that is due out in September.

I bought this for the RRP of £4.99. Which for a small set isn’t bad, I will be purchasing The Mummy set next. Also I am hoping this brings down the prices of the Zombie CMF as it is still fetching around £15 on the second hand market.

Introduction

So as I said this set will set you back £5 in the UK but I reckon that will come down when it goes on general sale. For your money you get 2 minifigs and 70 pieces. I like the fact you get two minifigures as all these sets are attached to the story line, with each monster controlling a moonstone. All the stones combined will give their own awesome powers and it’s down to the Monster Fighters to stop them.

In this set you get the Swamp Creature who controls  the green moonstone and Frank Rock on his swamp boat. The box is black with the swamp creature holding the moonstone in the bottom right of the front and on the back you have various images including the firing of the missiles from the swamp boat as well as the comic strip at the top of the box

The instructions have the same cover image with the back feature an advert for the LEGO Club, the parts that are included as per the normal, each page has the moon on it which is a nice touch. Also here is the official product description:

Defeat the Swamp Creature and grab the moonstone!
On board his swamp boat, Frank Rock is on the lookout for the Swamp Creature’s moonstone. If the Vampyre gets his undead hands on it first, he could use it to eclipse the sun and plunge the world into eternal darkness! Can he make it past his slimy adversary and snatch the stone? You decide! Includes 2 minifigures: Frank Rock and Swamp Creature.

  • Includes 2 minifigures: Frank Rock and Swamp Creature
  • Features swamp boat and swamp with green moonstone and fish
  • Swamp boat features spinning rotor and dual flick missiles
  • Accessories include moonstone and 3 weapons
  • Grab the moonstone!
  • Battle the Swamp Creature!
  • Drive the swamp boat!
  • The swamp boat measures over 2” (4cm) high, 2” (5cm) wide and 3″ (7cm) long

 

The Build

The build is split into two main parts one for the swamp area and one for the boat. Firstly you are tasked with putting the minifigs together, the swamp creature is one of my fav minifigs the scales and detailing are great and I like that they add a mask to finish his look of the eyes are very freaky and also they have added printing to the back of the head.  Frank Rock has a double head print and both the torso and legs have printing and the entire outfit are really good.

The swamp creatures layer is built in 7 stages with each stage adding 1 or 2 new elements to the build. Everything is rather simple and is easy to put together with the final stage is adding the moonstone that also has printing on it. Frank Rock’s Swamp boat then takes 17 stages to put together, again it is a pretty straight forward build with each stage telling you what elements you need and most have been 1-3 new elements per stage. The build is interesting and comes together nicely the addition of firing missiles is a bonus. You also get a place to place his guns while driving the boat.

Final Thoughts

Overall this is a very good set for the price. The minifigures in this set alone is worth the price tag and the build is simple but fun, I like the swamp boat and the addition of moonstones in each set makes this theme very playable and appealing to fans of all ages. If the rest of the theme is anything like this set then I am very much looking forward to building the large sets.

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