Bricking It) who is not only sticking with the Legends of Chima theme; he's sticking with the icy world of Sir Fangar!
Sir Fangar’s wheels (well, paws actually). Today I’m looking at his pad; his Ice Fortress, a set full of playful traps and some rather nice new elements, too. Let’s begin.
Flying Phoenix and Lion CHI temples (1,301 and 1,258 pieces respectively) but a still impressive 670 pieces in seven bags. The set comes with a separate Gorilla assault trike and the detachable plane pictured here.
All in all the build is fairly straightforward with minimal repetition. I’ll get onto the set design and features later on, though; let’s get straight to those rare elements.
Lone Ranger 79110 Silver Mine Shootout and because it’s cool. It’s the perfect addition to Wild West desert scene (cue the gorgeous canyons of The LEGO® Movie), a Viking stronghold or a creepy Hallowe’en scene. The element appears in this photo with two other interesting elements in White: the 1X5X4 arch piece that TLG have recently reverted to its original perfect curve (Element ID 6056259 | Design ID 14395) and is now cropping up in several colours but only in the vast 10244 Fairground Mixer in this colour, and the trapdoor frame (Element ID 6054973 | Design ID 92107) which is in two other 2014 CITY sets in White.
70135 Cragger’s Fire Striker, which Tim G reviewed recently.
70132 Scorm’s Scorpion Stinger and 70145 Maula's Ice Mammoth Stomper respectively. The curved 2X2 plate (Element ID 6046939 | Design ID 47457) appears in two sets, as do the pair of 2X3 wedge plates (Element IDs 6070135 and 6070136 | Design IDs 43723 and 43722) and jumper plate (Element ID 6037797 | Design ID 3794) both in Dark Orange. Also in Dark Orange is the curved 2X4 wedge brick (Element ID 6076683 | Design ID 43712) which has only appeared in the Flying Phoenix Temple previously. In short: if orangey-brown is your thing, this set’s a goldmine.
My last review praised the detail and styling of the current crop of Chima minifigs and their unwieldy weapons, and this set is no different. As the name suggests, we have Sir Fangar once again although he is more heavily armed here. Joining his (presumably evil) horde are the tiger Strainor and the vulture Voom Voom, whilst upholding peace and justice (I also presume) are the gorilla Gorzan and the wolf Worriz. It’s hard to pick a clear winner here but I’d go for the boss; if Sir F is in a bad mood I wouldn’t fancy my chances (unless I’d got a lot of CHI with me).
The set is suitably malevolent to look at. The huge curving icy talons that flank Sir Fangar’s throne room look disturbingly like a ribcage, and the detachable plane (a tiger’s head, when closed) hangs ominously over the gate, between the two forlorn skulls.
But the main point of this set is its Indiana Jones-like pitfalls for the unwary visitor. Even climbing the initial steps is hazardous – with one flick, the steps fly apart, propelling the intruder into the distance. This mechanism is crude but effective. Somewhat more advanced is the swaying rope bridge (a fabulous bit of design), which is overturned with a rack and pinion gear. Having made it past the bridge, the invader is defied by the solid portcullis, which winches upwards in another cunning mechanism. Finally, as the triumphant hero stands gloating in front of Sir Fangar’s throne, a final trapdoor consigns them to an icy dungeon below. Stirring stuff indeed.
There are only a few areas of the set that could have stood some more attention. The ground floor underneath the throne room is somewhat sparse, containing a meagre weapons rack and a strange anvil-looking piece of furniture whose purpose mystifies me... maybe if I was a more devoted Chima fan…
The two vehicles have some excellent features (there’s some clever angle-work on the plane), while the front panels on the assault trike are similarly well-angled, but other bits feel somewhat unfinished (the assault trike’s gun is somewhat floppy and the plane’s hood is cumbersome when open). But all in all, it’s an excellent set. My four-year old (I know; the age range is “a suggestion. They have to put that on there”) loves it; loves the traps, the scariness, the minifigs, everything. And I have to agree.
Our thanks to LEGO's Community Events and Engagement Team for providing the set.
70147 Sir Fangar’s Ice Fortress retails at US$69.99 / £59.99 / €69.99.