Hello everyone! ChaoticTempleKnight here to legitimately review set number 8945: Solek
Oh boy do we have a controversial set here. I am going to be completely honest; I always wanted a Solek set when I was a teenage tyke back in 2008. For some reason I bought Tanma though... Anyways, since I just got this today, I figured I might as well type a review of it.
I'd dare say that Solek is one of the better Av-matoran sets when compared to Tanma and Photok
Obviously these are going to be my opinions (I cannot stress this enough).
- The color scheme is actually pretty good. Solek is an Av-Matoran in the G1 story line, but changes his armor to look like Kopaka of whom he looks up to. Obviously the designers of this set wanted to give Solek an Ice motif to go along with Kopaka and it works. White and grey are Ko-Matoran colors (despite Solek being an Av-Matoran). And this color scheme actually reminds me of the original Kopaka who was white and grey. Mind you the eyes could have been ice blue; but Solek is actually an Av-Matoran, so I will let it slide for now.
- The build is solid. Yeah, the build of the set uses chunk parts. But to be fair, they do give off a matoran vibe. I can say for sure that Solek is a matoran. Plus the choice of parts gives Solek realistic proportions which is always nice to see.
- We get a noble Akaku. I wish we had gotten more noble mata masks, but what we got are great. Anyways, it is great to see what the noble versions of the mata masks are. And the fact that they use axle connectors sweetens the deal. Don't let the CGI fool you, the mask is actually pretty small.
- New pieces. We get the jet pack, the Karda head, the Karda body, a new version of the mata feet, Karda limbs, new hands, and the noble Akaku.
- The limbs have potential. The limbs have 3 axle holes and 3 pin holes. Dang son, that is a lot of possibility. It's certainly better than the other Av-Matoran...
- This set can combine with Toa Phantoka Kopaka. While a little awkward at first, this set can combine with Toa Phantoka Kopaka. Definitely a good thing to see.
- The parts are brittle. DO NOT TAKE THIS SET APART ONCE YOU BUILD IT. The sockets are brittle and will break unless you are really careful. But don't worry about the mask, that won't break.
- The limbs are pre-bent. This would have been a dynamite set if the limbs could move. Tis a shame.
- No new weapons. I wish Lego had made new weapons for the Av-matoran. Seeing weapons from 2007 is a little disappointing.
- This set uses chunk parts. While it gives off a matoran vibe, the chunk parts have very little MOCing potential.
So would I recommend this set? Yes. If you are into retro sets and like what you see, definitely buy it. Just be mindful of the brittle sockets.