Review: 2194 Nitroblast I love the smell of Nitro in the morning

Set Index: Nitroblast

I like the presentation of this line, especially the interesting background that isn't too distracting. I do have one complaint about this one in particular though; the right eye is glowing green... I realise that these images are always enhanced these days, but that's a case that could cause confusion and/or disappointment.


The punch-to-open-box lingers on to my annoyance. Other than that it's an OK rear, possibly too bland. Please note that the box shots have a different attachment position for the "fuel" hose than the instructions.


I find it interesting checking what TLG choose for the standard 1:1 shot. This choice is interesting as it arguably makes up for the cover implying the right eye is green!


De-boxed!


Random instruction page.


Set list; doesn't look like much as per normal with this style of set, but I think the piece size and complexity make up for it.


Here's the lot! The best aspect to me is the lack of pins/axels. This new line takes this genre in a new direction with panel parts being balljointed rather than pinned. It's an interesting idea and at the least it'll be great for MOCs. System integration could be harder with this line however.


This to me is the highlight; it's a great looking panel with great potential; in this case it's used as a flame thrower.


As you can see it's ball jointed; no pins, no studs. However the two sets of two holes do fit the standard bar accessories (such as claws), and they are a studs distance apart. Thus system scale has not been forgotten.


This weapon is interesting; note the two holes. This seems to be the new HF accessory standard. (Interestingly an axle is still included.)


Here you can see that it is system compatible.


Like all of this line, there is a printed part in each set. At a casual glance I thought that the villians parts were all the same, but upon being told I was wrong I realised that aside from the fire and lightning the exact designs are very different.


On the subject of sharing, the head is interesting. This is the "front"...


...and here is the "back". Two faces; this part is used in "reverse" for Jetbug. More on this later.


This is also one of the few new parts that is not ball jointed.


It's building time! I stopped at this stage to highlight how different these sets are. Ball joints galore and a reduction (but not elimination) of pin holes. Looking at this I can't help but think of the potential as a general mech frame.


Lower body panels fitted. They snap on firmly and are movable to a slight degree. (I got a bit confused and put one of the thigh pieces on wrong in this photo.)


It's hard to tell in this photo, but the colour issues with yellow don't seem fixed yet. (The top one is darker.)


The sole spare part! This is a negative side effect of the reduction of pins.


Finished! Like most of these figures, he looks great from the front...


...but not so great from the rear! In particular I find the "second face" a bit distracting.


The Zamor spheres are very nice in this set. It's hard to appreciate how interesting they are from just one view.


So here's more!


His head reminds me of the Aliens. (As in the Ridley Scott movie.)


The head however is too minimalisitic for it's size so off front it doesn't work as well.


It's an odd hobby of mine to look for differences between the box shots and the instructions. In this case the hose has been moved. I'm assuming it was done to avoid forcing the hose at a bad angle, but I prefer it the original way regardless. This photo also shows how the head really needs more bulk on the sides.

Ratings

Posability:
Very. The left are has additional reinforcement that does reduce it somewhat, but it's not a major issue. His big feet helps him balance as well. 9/10

Parts:
This set includes most of the new ball joint panel parts as well as some longer pieces that don't come with the heroes. All the parts go together well, and the new ball joint system seems more sturdy than the last. 9/10

Looks:
From the front he's perfect, from the side less so, and from the back he's a bit freaky. But that's nothing new for this line or for LEGO in general. Even so, I don't think the villians are as good looking as the heroes this time. 7/10

Fudge:
I (think I) realise why TLG did it, but the double head is odd. It's a great compromise... but it's a compromise.
8/10

Overall: He's my least favourite of the new baddies (I like DrillDozer), but I still think he's a good buy. 8/10

Thanks go out to TLG for this exciting new line.