Rogue Bantha) takes a look at 70163 Toxikita's Toxic Meltdown today, and creates his own toxic meltdown of sorts...
The sticker sheet is superb if you like interesting consoles and such. Two or three years ago these sort of stickers were few and far between, I know this because I was looking for them; there were some old ones from Exo-Force and expensive ones in Star Wars sets but at the moment TLG are on top form with stickers for this kind of thing. A nice sticker or two can be the icing on the cake for a MOC.
For your money you get a little laboratory, a marauding baddy helicopter type thing and a nice selection of minifigs. In fact the White hazmat suit scientist is what attracted me to this set. If you were a Federation technician in the future and had to deconstruct a radioactive spacecraft engine you really need a full hazmat suit, which means I need one too, and in White. There was just the issue of the printing on the head cover; more on that later…
The lab itself is a really clever piece of construction. I don’t really enjoy building sets these days, I’m mostly in it for the parts, but this bit was a pleasure. One side is a rotating airlock using the rare Trans-Clear [BL]/Tr. [TLG] half cylinder (Element ID 4641109 | Design ID 85941) which cleverly uses a four-wide turntable on the bottom and a two-wide turntable on the top.
buy the set to find out ;)
Toxikita's helicopter is bombastic in a Batman villain type way. The construct is good here as well; lots of nice bracket action and the half cylinder used as a cockpit window fits like a glove.
I’m going to need a bigger Ziploc bag for my Bright Light Orange [BL]/Fl. Yell-Ora [TLG] as this set has quite a bit. The half cylinder (Element ID 6082544 | Design ID 6218) and four-wide hollow cone (Element ID 6082546 | Design ID 4742) are new in this colour.
M:tron, Christmas has come early with loads of Trans-Neon Green [BL]/Tr. Fl.Green [TLG] (personally, I always thought it was closer to yellow). I had been concerned a few years ago that this colour was going to be killed off by Trans-Not-So-Fluorescent Green (or Trans Bright Green officially), which is also nice, but recently there has a been a bit of a resurgence in pieces. Here we have more set exclusives: two 6X4 bubble cockpits (Element ID 4622097 | Design ID 87752) and yet another colour of half cylinder (Element ID 6082545 | Design ID 85941).
I said I'd come back to the printing on the hazmat suit later... well, it’s Brasso time!
If you’ve been around the LEGO® community for a while you will have probably come across this. You can use it to polish out scratches on old trans parts or use it to remove unwanted printing. You also need a good dollop of elbow grease, some gloves and make sure to give bricks a good wash with water afterwards so they don’t dissolve on you over time.
That’s me about done. If you know who the main designer was on this set was give him a pat on the back. He/she has done a great job; nice design, good features, tight colours and interesting and useful pieces. Designers can get a bonus if a set sells well so consider buying this set if the above sounds like you would enjoy it, using the link from this site of course!
Our thanks to LEGO's Community and Events Engagment Team for supplying the set.
70163 Toxikita's Toxic Meltdown retails for US$39.99 / £34.99 / €39.99.
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