Thursday, June 4, 2009

Toybox of FAIL: Military

First time here? Please take a moment and read the Toybox of FAIL Disclaimer. Thanks!

For better or for worse, LEGO has an established policy that they won't produce military themed sets. While this mandate is less and less clear cut every year (Star Wars and Batman themes both have new handguns, and the Agents sets are getting really, really close to military special ops, for example. Heck, the whole LEGOized Clone Wars line gives lie to the premise, doesn't it? Anyway...) there's nothing stopping the clone brands and, ultimately, the bootleggers from creating sets with a military theme.

Case in point: Today's FAIL. Simply called Military.

Oh, look it's another Race Car.

Well, almost. This set is actually very close in construction and parts to the strangely-titled CITY bootleg from LWD featuring a Mars Rover. Except this time the radar dish is apparently meant to be a mine detector.

I don't pretend to be as brave as those who decide to serve in the armed forces, but driving a car while looking for land mines seems like a foolish way to do things. Particularly when you notice that this guy isn't even steering - he's shooting his pistol into the air in celebration of his impending doom.

And it just me or does the driver's tiny rectangular mustache make him look a lot like Hitler?
(Okay, maybe that's supposed to be his nose. But I'm soooo not sure.)

The mini-figure is cast from the expected Best Lock molds, and comes with a removable vest. At least, I think it was meant to be removable. I had to struggle at it for a while, but I blamed that on the low quality castings that plague all the LWD bootlegs.

As for the vehicle....meh. It's poorly designed. Take a look:

When you try and seat the mini-figure the troubles begin. The combination of the figure's arm being in the way and the sad fact that the "megaphone" piece doesn't fit into the jumper brick at all result in a play-level FAIL.

Well, maybe Bootleg-Hitler will stop fooling around and look where he's driving now.

Wait. I take that back. I'd be much better if he did drive right onto a land mine. Then we wouldn't have to deal with the sad bootleg any more.

As always, many thanks to Joe from The Undiscovered Playthings for sending me this set to review.


Colchek said...

If this thing came at me across a battlefield, I wouldn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Peppermint_M said...

The vest is supposed to come off. I have a better quality one that came in a clone brand set modeled here by on of my custom figures

They also come printed for riot police. A rare moment of a clone 1 up-ing Lego releasing a useful element.

That is one poor bootleg.

Robin Hood said...


Poor design it maybe, but be cautious what you say about it. Because it was Lego that designed it. This is a direct bootleg of this set:

alltime reader said...

@Robin Hood

I have the exact bootleg of that set but the figure is different.(like always!>.<).

wf:volersts (wtf?)

Avacado! said...

Or Oliver Hardy.