Waiting 24 years to build a set you always wanted and then having it in front of you is a bizarre moment to verbalize, but I'll share some thoughts on the subject here.
This is (was) a NISB 6941 Battrax. Without going into specifics, this was my first three-figure Bricklink purchase - an indulgence I seldom practice - but it was time. The 6894 Invader
was the one other Blacktron set I owned, purchased from Child World at the Hanover Mall in Massachusetts (any Bostonians remember that store?!). So, as a kid at the time, that was the only set I was allowed to get, and sadly I had to leave the Battrax behind.
Cutting the seal while pondering just how long this box remained unopened is a unique moment, casting aside any care or concern for the 'collectibility'. Rewarding, too! Here's what you first see:
Without commenting either way on the packaging, times sure have changed!
Amazing how compressed the building steps are! You actually have to pay careful attention, but you spend a LOT LESS time flipping pages. The instruction booklet is surprisingly thin, only 6 pages:
Here's how transparent round 1x1s used to be, and a rare black/yellow printed vent:
The build itself was not particularly noteworthy, however, I was amazed at the condition of the parts. For some reason I was expecting to find signs of age in the pieces themselves, but found none. Then again, when packaged in the original poly bags, then dropped in the clear tray, there's not much room for shifting which causes all the scratching. Seems obvious, but this was my first 24+ yr old set, so I wasn't sure what I was going to find.
One major observation is the grip power of the parts! Whether it's by design, or because the ABS has ever-so-slightly lost some elasticity over time, the pieces grip REALLY tight. At one point I had to adjust the pilot's head inside the helmet and was forced to use pliers to get the head from the helmet.
So, here are a few more shots of the finished product, and a deep link to the gallery. I'll be happy to add more pics if anyone is curious about different aspects of the set.6941 Battrax Gallery
A slight modification to the pilot: