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Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

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Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby Staff » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:04 am

70800 - Full Set


I've covered this in reviews before, but small sets are the hardest ones to review. It's pretty easy to figure out if a larger set is worth the money, either through the number of parts or exclusive value. Small sets, on the other hand, can be tough, since there are fewer parts to draw it, and an "exclusive" figure loses a bit of the polish when getting him costs as much as a couple of combo meals at McDonalds.

Getaway Glider is a glider that includes a couple of robots (one named "Not-a-robot"), a horse, and the glider. There are some interest parts at the first glance, like a rooster in flat silver and small dark brown rounded slopes. It only runs $13, the same as 70801 Melting Room, but is quite a bit smaller, or at least it feels smaller. It has 104 parts, which makes it one of the few sets in the line that dips below the mythical, arbitrary (and often unfair) 10-cent magic number.

So the real question is how does it fit into the line that is going to be begging for so many of our dollars, and is it worth grabbing this one over one of the other sets like it.



I bet I'd feel more up on this set if I built it first, instead of last, in the long line of reviews that I've done. It wasn't one that I'd looked at all that closely, and the pictures I did see lost me as soon as I saw robots in cowboy clothes. I love Western theme, and yes, I'm still bitter that Lone Ranger robbed us of proper sets. I don't mind robots, but I'll have to swap out a lot of heads and hands to make these guys work. We actually get three figures here, two Robots and Emmet, because he's the "Batman" of this line (funny, because Batman is in the movie).

 70800 - Emmet 70800 - Emmet Back


Emmet is still Emmet. If you're reading this one first and want some opinions on the minifig, check out the reviews for the half-dozen other sets that have him in there.

 70800 - Deputron 70800 - Deputron Back


Okay, I'll admit, reading that this guy's name was Deputron softened me a little bit to him. I'll still get rid of the robot part, because it's just not my thing, but the torso and legs for this guy are just great. Even though they have a western bend, there's certainly some posibilities for the legs into something else. Also, you could sort of go all Cylon with the head, I guess.

 70800 - Sheriff Not-a-robot 70800 - Sheriff Not-a-robot Back


The big bad is Sheriff Not-a-robot, who is obviously not a robot, what with the metal skin and grey hands. He's actually a great minifig, with an excellent torso and legs, a handlebar mustache accessory (you actually get an extra), and that great hat. My first inkling with this was to swap in a fleshy head and turn him into a Mr. Strickland figure from Back to the Future 3. Okay, yes, his hair was white/blond in that, but we can only hope and dream that they give us that mustache part in a rainbow of colors.

70800 - Glider

The namesake of the set is the glider, which I suppose Emmet uses to make a Getaway from the western robot killer world. As a thing by itself, it's mostly slapdash and simple. Pretty much all of the set goes into making this, and it's not overly impressive. Worse, as it's designed, it can only hold Emmet with his big red brick backpack on.

70800 - Glider Back

There are some nice parts to it, small slopes, the stickers can be used for a saloon custom, bar-holding pegs, a barrel, the rooster, and a small chain. But everything to it is fairly small, with the two big wings and those brown plates the only thing bigger than a 2x2 (okay, the long staves are longer than 2, but still). When you empty the set, it's just a couple of small bags and you'd almost thing something is missing. But it's just a really small set with an inflated piece count.

 

70800 - Horse and Cactus

You also get a horse, which for the first time that I remember, it uses a brick with an axle hole instead of just a solid brick, and some parts to make a small cactus. I can't quite put my finger on why, but something in the horse I got felt off. It feels slightly lighter than the same horse in other sets. I can't find any real difference (though the head was slightly lose on mine), but it just didn't feel quite right when I held it. Could be my imagination, but I'd be curious if someone else with the set (and another of these horses) noticed the same thing.

This set is the same price as 70801 Melting Room, in the same line, with one of the same figures, yet is so much less. Yes, you get a horse, and yes, you get a couple of nice robot cowboys. But for the parts, it's nowhere near the value at that same price.

What I Liked:

  • Cowboy Robot Minifigs are great, and would be even better when you swap in yellow or fleshy hands and heads

  • I can always use more Handlebar Mustache accessories

  • Stickers will have some utility in other builds


What I Didn't Like:

  • Value just isn't there. Part count is artificially high because of small parts (and the horse)

  • Did we really need Emmet in both of the $13 sets (and the $20, $30, and $70 sets)


Verdict: 2 (out of 5). This guy will be worth it on a good sale, or if you want the robots. But for the money, 70801 Melting Room is a much better buy.

You can pick up 70800 Getaway Glider (and 70801 Melting Room) on Lego Shop@Home right now.


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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby gomek » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:13 pm

I agree with you about the robot minifigures. I would much rather have gotten an other yellow headed western figure to go with my others. or even a "fleshy" figure to go with the Lone Ranger figures I bought despite never having scene the movie. (In fact as i like the LR figures, I may specifically avoid the movie so as not to ruin my enjoyment of them.

Anyways, I'm sure the whole robot thing is important to the movie, but i just wish they would have found a reason to include an alternate head.
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby dWhisper » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:33 am

One update to this set that I totally missed in the review is the addition of the longhorn horns. You actually end up getting three of them with the set, but not even that can really bridge the value gap. That and I need more cows to put them on.
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby majortom » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:08 am

I was being facetious about the cow horns, but the inclusion of cow horns of any variety wouldn't be enough to make me buy this set, although those robot heads are kinda tempting...

As you said the plastic surgery laser room area set at the same price point looks like a better was to spend a tenner.

I must say I didn't care much for the movie before reading your reviews. I've now marathoned all available LEGO movie material on YouTube, and now I can't wait for the February release.

Btw, Mywallet says thanks for making me suddenly feel the need to buy almost the entire line of sets...
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby dWhisper » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:08 pm

That's the problem with internet sarcasm, always so hit-or-miss on transmission.

I was in a similar boat for the movie, and honestly most of the sets. It looked like something I'd eventually watch, probably on DVD, and get a few sets for parts. Now, I want them all, multiples in some cases, and will certainly see the movie when it comes out and drag my little 18-month-old (by then, anyway) to it with me. Partly because it's the kind of movie where I can get away with that!
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby murphquake » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:22 pm

how about this: parts replacement charged a lugmate $2.69 EACH for those same horns a few weeks back o_O
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby dWhisper » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:19 pm

For that price they should include the whole cow...
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby Ultron32 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:51 am

Thanks for the review. I'm a location guy more than a vehicle guy so this was already lower on my list than the Melting pot but your description puts it even a bit lower.
One of the few sets from the main theme (by main theme I mean the ones that include mainstream characters and not just generic vehicles) that I don't plan to necessarily get.
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Re: Review: 70800 Getaway Glider

Postby dWhisper » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:32 am

If this was a $10 set, I'd rank it higher, even just as parts. But at $13, I can't justify it, even with a mustache.
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