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Set #8061-1 Gateway of the Squid

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« on: January 03, 2010, 12:01:58 pm »

I got this set the other day as a late Christmas present from my grandmother.  I built it with my cousin, which was fun, but she messed up some parts from time to time.  Now onto the review!

Packing:

This set has 3 stickers, which is good, considering the size of it.  It contains 3 bags.

Building:

The instructions are pretty easy to understand.  It was an interesting build, with the tentacles and new minifigs and all.

Pieces:

As the box says, there are 353 pieces in this set, but I'm not sure if that includes extras, which there are about 10 of.  There are 8 pieces of seaweed, 2 rubber Barraki tentacles, new diver outfits, new squid trident, head, torso, mask, and legs(which are actually tentacles).  There's also 4 jewels, which are green, blue, red, and transparent.  Also included is a gold treasure chest, 4 gold cones, 2 gold gate pieces, 2 yellow rubber bands, and a blue Atlantis squid map/shield!   I found some other interesting slope and curve pieces!  There is also  a new rocky circle piece!

Other Notes:

As the box advertises, there is a trap door where the treasure chest is, but it's not that good.  The door goes UP instead of down, that means that the diver would have to walk into the hole.  If the trap went down, however, the diver could be opeing the chest and then "WHOOSH!", he'd plummet to his doom.  The door opening mechanism works pretty well, and it can't operate properly unless the key is pushed down into the rocky circle piece.  You can then open the gates by twisting the rock counter-clockwise.  I have found a problem with it, though.  The rubber bands are smooth, so there is not much traction between it and the wheel it spins to open the door.  I'd reccomend using different rubber bands.  The doors also get stuck by the 1x2 plate with 1 stud and a gold cone on top of it, so I removed them and put one of the plates on the front of the gate's 2 open studs, so they divers would have a harder time to break in.  On the side of the building, the is a white squid on a hook, who's tentacles can be used as a cage for an unsuspecting diver.  It could be a trap with a neat design, or an actual squid!  You can make that decision yourself!  The larger squid can be placed on the top of the building as a monument, or you can take it off and use it as the real thing!

Summary:

All in all, the set is amazing, despite the piece/price ratio, and it can be used for hours with no boredom!

Here's a pic!

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