||Review of 7624 Jungle Duel
||Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:24:45 GMT
||David "Fuzzy" Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org&spamless&>
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I wouldve added the lugnet.indianajones or the lugnet.licensed.indianajones
groups, but they dont seem to exist.
I would like to present a review of the 7624 Jungle Duel set
I just opened my 7624 Jungle Duel set today.
When I first saw this set, I was very happy that a $10 set had 3 Indiana Jones
MFs and some of the new ants. Today when I opened the box and looked at all
the pieces, I was even more amazed at the great selection of pieces. Thus I
felt compelled to write a review of this set to let others know of its splendid
The Minifigs (MFs)
Lets be honestmost people who buy this set are buying it because they get 3
Indiana Jones minifigs for just $10...and who can blame them? All of them are
flesh-tones, but besides that, theyre pretty nice. The 3 MFs in this set are
Indiana Jones himself, Mutt Williams and Irina Spalko.
Indiana, of course, comes
with his whip, a
man purse and his trakemark
fedora. All of his 3
accessories are new pieces, so hes quite a value-packed MF.
Mutt Williams has dark blue
legs and a decent black
leather jacket torso. His hair is a new
male hair piece, and its in
the new Dark Brown color.
Irina comes in a Light Blay
uniform. In the movie, Irina is part of the Soviet KGB, but LEGO doesnt want
to identify its MFs with such a dastardly organization thats part of real life
history, so Irinas uniform is fairly plain with 2 pockets on the front and a gold star belt
buckle. I think this plainness work really well in favor of cross-theme
playability. You can take off her head and use the body for a prison guard,
town deputy or hired thug. Irina also comes with a new
black hair piece. This new
hair is interesting in that it could probably be used for either men or women.
Im just waiting for someone to use it for that hero-custume-making lady from
The new ant pieces are
pretty cool. The ones in this set are a marbled mix of black and dark red. The
plastic that theyre made of is a slightly more flexible plastic that regular
LEGO ABS, but thats to be expected due to their tiny, thin legs.
For such a small set, you get a very nice selection of weapons. Besides
Indianas whip, which Ive already mentioned, both Irina and Mutt have bladed
weapons. Both the box and the instruction book show Mutt weilding a
knife, while Irina brandishes a
cutlass. (In the movie they
were both fighting with swords of equal size. Perhaps Mutts knife was some
sort of allusion to an earlier scene when he whips out a knife in a diner.) You
get 3 Blay cutlasses (2 regular, 1 extra) and 2 Blay knives (2 because its a
piece that still comes on a sprue). 2008 is the first year for the knife piece
to appear in Blay. Theres also a Pearl Light Gray
classic medieval sword and a
Pearl Gold katana. I dont
remember any cinematic reason for these swords being in this set, so well just
assume that theyre included because LEGO loves us. If you consider it a
weapon, theres also a yellow lightsaber blade.
The set is basically a camp in the jungle, so theres a campfire with food. You
can never have enough Dark Orange
turkey drumsticks, so that
piece is quite welcome as the campers vittles. When I opened the box for this
set, one of the bags had a banana in it. At first I thought it was a bad thing, because I thought that I
had gotten a bag in my 7624 set that was meant to be in a different set.
Luckily I was wrong. I didnt remember seeing a banana on the box, but there it
is in the set. Upon closer inspection, I found the banana on the front of the
box. Its hidden in a crate thats hidden in the tent. We also get a Pearl
Light Gray cooking pan, which
has only appeared in 2 other sets, and a red
Some of the other interesting parts in this set are the
cloth tent, a couple of
pieces, a new
non-neon trans-orange color of flame, a
couple of jewels, a
printed map tile and a
crate. There are also some
black plates and some 1X1 round bricks.
Overall I would have to say that the 7624 Jungle Duel set is a fantastic value
for $10. Since its fairly small, the playability of just the one set by itself
is limited. Sure you can have the dueling duo chop the table in half while
Indiana tries to cook a chicken leg and keep giant ants at bay, but sometimes a
sets true value is as a parts pack. If you dont have this set yet, you need
to get one ASAP! You wont regret it.
David Fuzzy Gregory
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