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    Discuss This Story ReviewSunday, March 9th, 2014 at 7:34pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    LEGO is expanding the offerings of Legends of Chima this year with a new subtheme called 'Legend Beasts.' Today we're taking a look at 70126 Crocodile Legend Beast, an olive green motherlode. Let's read on and see how this killer croc stacks up - we've got video, pictures, and more!

    From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

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    The box of the Legend Beasts are a bit different from the other Chima sets this year, to help separate it as its own subtheme. The crocodile and Cragger take up most of the space, and the Legend Beast logo lets you know this creature is not to be taken lightly. The back of the box shows off the other four beasts and has a CGI image of our croc. There's also an ad for the Legends of Chima Online game, and a card included in the set lets you unlock the crocodile in the game.

    Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

    At only 122 pieces, there's not much to this build. I was slightly disappointed by the abundance of stickers, which slowed things down. There's a little bit of SNOT in here, but for the most part you're using basic techniques and the set will be done before you know it.

    Set Design
    Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

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    This set is quite the treasure trove of pieces. It's a pretty good source of olive green plates and curved slopes, as well as some of the angle plates that are very useful for SNOT building. Of course, it also has the new ball joints, featuring five pairs of balls and sockets. All-in-all, it's a good variety of parts.

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    This set is most definitely a crocodile. From all angles you can see teeth, claws, and scales, which is just like I feel it should be. The curved slopes give it a good organic flow, like you'd hope for an animal. I think the only thing I would have liked to see changed is the prevalence of dark green - there should either be more of it or none at all. The couple of pieces are nice accents, but they take away from an otherwise strong color scheme in my opinion.

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    I'm not a huge Chima collector, so I don't know if this is a new or unique version of Cragger. He's a great fig though, with lots of printed details on the front and back of his torso, a double-sided head, and printing on his legs and toes. I love that there's a face underneath the crocodile helmet/mask/head, as it gives you additional uses for the fig outside of Chima MOCs. His accessories are nice too: they're simple but the gold and trans-light blue stand out and compliment the minifig.

    The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

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    The crocodile has seven total points of articulation - the jaw, hips, tail, and four legs. This allows you to pose him in a wide range of positions, not all of them things you'd see a crocodile do normally. I would have liked some more leg articulation, but for a croc that would be difficult at this scale.

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    Once you add the harness pieces, Cragger can hop on board and use the croc as his mighty steed. This definitely adds some roleplaying options to the set, but without any enemies, scenery, or anything else, there's not much to do. Of course, using your other Chima sets and/or your imagination, the possibilities are endless!

    Final Thoughts
    Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?

    What's to like?

    • Lots of olive green
    • New ball joints
    • Good selection of pieces overall
    • Definitely captures the crocodile look

    What's not to like?

    • Limited articulation
    • Not enough of the new ball joints

    When I went to the LEGO Store, I had wanted to pick up the lion or wolf Legend Beasts, but they were both out of stock. I had to settle for the crocodile, but I really don't feel like I ended up settling at all. It's a cool-looking set, and when I'm done displaying it the parts should prove very useful. At $10 for 122 pieces, I'd say it's a pretty good value as well. I'm glad I ended up adding it to my collection!

    Thanks everyone for reading and watching - I hope you enjoyed the review. Any questions or comments can of course go to the Talkback thread, where I'll do my best to respond. We've got plenty more reviews in store for you all, so keep checking back, right here on BZPower!

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