I hate sets with loose things.
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More specifically, a loose map tile. It drove me crazy. Just by moving the little rock formation around to take pictures, it kept sliding off. I’m talking about today’s polybag 30213 Gandalf at Dol Guldur and how it has too many accessories for its own good.
See that pesky map tile? That’s how the instructions show you how to place it. Just leaning up against the side there. Of course the picture on the bag has ol’ Gandy holding the map tile, see?
The rock formation has a bunch of clip but all of those are occupied by other accessories. A torch on this side. That spider there is just… there. You can attach it to the top of the skull, which I didn’t bother doing and take a photo, but that would be a logical place to put it due to the fact that there aren’t studs with enough clearance for the spider’s legs. Maybe I should have put the spider on the skull; it might have provided some friction to keep the tile in place.
Badly formed rock formation aside, Gandalf is the real star of the show gere. I can imagine a casual fan wanting a Gandalf the Grey minifig and this polybag is the perfect way to get just him. And him by himself with Glamdring and his walking stick make up a perfect polybag. Too bad the rock formation drags the quality of this thing down a couple notches. I’ll still give it thumbs up though ’cause you can build Gandalf and throw the rest of the set into your parts bin.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! Well, half of it rocks, but we’re rounding up today so it gets a pass.
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