Saturday, 31 January 2015

Lego Minifigures – Battle Goddess (Series 12)

Series 12 – what a series it was! I don’t think I’ve been so pleased with a Minifigures set since probably series 5 or 6.

Today, we take a look at the Battle Goddess. Though she’s not explicitly identified as such, I think it’s a fairly safe bet to say she’s based on Athena, ancient Greek goddesses of wisdom and war. Lego could have really sealed the deal by including an owl with her, but I suppose it may not have cost out.

The figure’s dominant colours are white, gold and brown – white for her dress, gold for her helmet, armour and other trappings (including lipstick) and brown for her weaponry. Her hair and helmet are all one piece, which I believe is a new one. We can probably assume that we’ll see this piece again in future; perhaps a female warband in future Castle sets.
As for other accessories, she comes with the same spear we’ve seen many, many times before, but it’s now got a gold tip. She also comes with a round shield, which has a Greek pattern around the borders and a Greek-style Pegasus at the centre.

The Battle Goddess also has a softgoods skirt, which I have mixed feelings about. Though the design is cool, it doesn’t sit as evenly as it should (they rarely do) and it doesn’t quite protect her modesty either. Points for the idea, but one docked for its execution. Doubtless there’s a customiser out there already working on an improved version.

The Battle Goddess is a really fun, if somewhat obscure addition to the collection. She’s a cool companion for the Medusa from Series 10 – who I now feel like I should track down – as well as the Minotaur from series 5 and the Spartan from all the way back in series 2. But the real drawcard for me here was the idea of getting several, and using her as some kind of Amazon honour guard for Wonder Woman – who is, of course, an Amazon herself. So far I have three (thanks Scott!), which I think will do (though if anyone wants to sling more my way, just let me know!).   

Lego Minifigures Series 13 (Part Three)

Without further ado, here's part three of my reviews of Minifigures Series 13!

The Goblin

I wasn’t sure about the goblin when I first saw him. Not because he’s a bad minifigure or anything, but because I don’t really know where I’d put him in my collection. I don’t own any other orcs or goblins at present, never really having invested in Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit sets, which makes him a bit of an odd figure out. But I am a bit of a sucker for any minifigures that look like they could be used in a game of Dungeons and Dragons, and so I caved shortly after buying most of the rest of the set.  

Armed with a nasty-looking jagged blade (one can safely assume it would be covered in rust, were it real) and holding a filthy bag full of loot, the Goblin is a sinister but cute little creature. He’d fit in reasonably well in the background of a Lord of the Rings display, but I actually think I’ll use him as a minion for one of the Evil Wizards I own. He could fit the role of either comic or sadistic sidekick quite well.  

Galaxy Trooper 

Another series, another Space figure. Not that I’m complaining, mind you – I am always glad to see more of these guys. We got the Galaxy Patrol minifig in series 7, but he looked like more of a commander, or general hardened veteran. In my book, this guy better lends himself to army building. Part of this is due to his less bulky chest-piece, which is an all-new mould. It has more of a regular grunt look than the one from series 7 did. 

He comes equipped with two pistols, both of which can clip onto his “backpack”. Naturally this leaves his hands free for close quarters combat. He's also got two printed faces -- I prefer the more "cyborg"-looking one, though the human one is nice and generic for those looking to army-build.

Hot Dog Guy

Here he is – the figure most likely to be the popular favourite from this series. And indeed, he’s pretty cool. Surprisingly – but happily – his outfit has been cast out of hard plastic, rather than the soft PVC we often see for accessories. Given that it’s a unique and fairly large new mould, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this costume again in a City set, perhaps in a slightly different colourway.  
Beneath the costume he’s just some dude with no distinctive clothing. No printing at all, actually! But this is part of his charm, of course -- the hot dog costume can be easily repurposed to fit a plethora of characters.

Though not my personal favourite from the set, I still think he looks pretty great. Figures like this typify the best of the Minifigures range – an unusual character that might not find a home in a “regular” Lego set, but nonetheless has display potential. 

Evil Wizard

We’ve had an awful lot of pop culture references over the course of the Minifigures range – Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Conan the Barbarian, Dracula, The Mummy, Jane Fonda…the list goes on and on. Series 13 continues this trend with a figure who is so clearly “inspired” by Ming the Merciless it’s a wonder that Lego haven’t found themselves in legal trouble.  

He’s been given an accessory to differentiate him and move him into more Castle territory – a flaming staff, presumably powered by evil magic. It's a pretty cool accessory actually, and may end up going to another figure at some point. 

Of course, now that Lego has produced Ming, they really need to produce a Flash Gordon to go with him – perhaps as a “Space Adventurer” or some similarly generic title? Who knows what wonders Series 14 may hold? 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Funko POP -- The Crow

Funko POP – The Crow

It’s the face that launched a thousand goths – The Crow!

Based on a 1980s comic by James O’Barr (which I really must read eventually), The Crow is the tale of Eric Draven, a young man who is murdered alongside his fiancé by a group of street thugs. One year later, he returns from the grave as the titular Crow and wreaks bloody revenge on those who killed him and his love.

O’Barr had experienced a great deal of pain in his personal life – including his own fiancé’s death – and channelled it into the creation of the work.  Not long after publication, Hollywood came knocking and the film was released in 1994. It will be hard for younger readers to imagine, but in the early 1990s there weren’t actually many comic-based films doing the rounds – aside from the Tim Burton Batman films – so in many ways The Crow was quite lucky to be made. 20 years on we have Guardians of the Galaxy ­(an almost aggressively obscure property) topping box offices around the world and an Ant-Man movie on the way – how things have changed!

Watching The Crow late last year, I was surprised at how dark the film actually was – violent death, teen homelessness, sexual assault, incest and revenge all get a look in. I’d previously seen it when I was about 15, and had forgotten most of this. Or perhaps the version I saw on TV simply cut a few things out, and my own teen angst-based feelings stayed with me more than the actual film had.  
Yet for all its darkness, the ending is quite hopeful and upbeat – good triumphs over evil, and justice (or at least revenge) is meted out to the wrongdoers. It captured the public’s imagination, was a big hit on release and has retained an enormous cult following. Unfortunately, star Brandon Lee was unable to enjoy the fruits of his labour – he was tragically killed in an on-set accident.

All of this lengthy backstory naturally leads us to the subject of today’s review – the Funko POP version of Eric Draven, aka The Crow.

There seems to be a POP based on his original comic appearance floating around, though I'm not sure if it's an official release. There's also a glow-in-the-dark version of the one reviewed today – a Hot Topic exclusive, I believe.

Sculpted in one of his most iconic poses, with arms outstretched, he comes complete with his signature leather trenchcoat. The detail that's made its way onto the figure are quite impressive -- his fiancé’s engagement ring is present on around his neck, as is the electrical tape and wire. They've even managed to work in the buttons on his high-waisted pants. 

Though the detail is great, the paint is moving towards sloppy again -- if not quite Wonder Woman sloppy. There's some missing paint around his temples where the hair meets the head, and the right eye is a little fuzzy.The skin colour on the hands is also a little on the thick side. Still, as I've said many times before, this is just how it goes with Funko -- for every Creature from the Black Lagoon, there's many, many others who are a little off the mark.   

Nonetheless, The Crow is a very satisfactory POP. The only thing really missing is the actual crow. At certain points, the movie implies that Draven can transform into a crow, though it also shows him alongside one. It’s never clearly explained, but you just let it go as it's pretty cool. Though the crow wouldn’t have been able to sit on his shoulders, given his massively oversized head, it might have been cool if Funko did a variant where he has one perched on his hands or something. Nonetheless, he's definitely a great figure and a worthwhile investment for any Crow fan.  

But who's really more dark and tortured? 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Lego Minifigures, Series 13 -- Part 2

Unfortunately, it's been a whole between drinks here at the LBC. January has been a surprisingly busy month, what with the return to work and a mini-holiday. Still, things should be a little more back on track soon, starting with today's installment.

Here we are again with more minifigures. I wasn't too sure how many I'd pick up from this series, in spite of my overall happiness with it, but I've ended up buying 14 of the 16. Additional coverage to come soon (hopefully!)

Samurai (female)

We’ve had a Samurai before, but not since 2011 – all the way back in Series 3. I can see this female version being quite the cult hit among Lego fans. She definitely looks the part of badass anime character, but for myself, I’m a little cold on her. She is fine, but lacks the X factor to push her up to “spectacular” in my books. I may even just take her armour to use on the Series 3 Samurai, seeing as hers has been painted with a really cool design, whereas his was just plain grey.

(Unfortunately, my minifigure also somehow ended up with breadcrumbs all over her, which seem to be impossible to remove. It's a pain.) 

Perhaps more importantly, with every Japanese-themed Minifigure that Lego releases it just makes me desperately wish they would reissue the Ninja from Series 1 – or even better, a Feudal Japan subset of Castle, as happened in the 1990s. But more likely is a kunoichi in a future series of Minifigures.

Alien Trooper

Well, the most obvious new piece here is the Alien Trooper's head, which is highly Cthulhu-esque in its appearance. Put this head on the Swamp Creature’s body, and you’d only need to find a set of wings to complete the image.

Examine more closely though, and he is quite cool in his own right. His outfit is not dissimilar to Vegeta’s from Dragon Ball Z, which is a good look, and no doubt fodder for customs. He is armed with what I assume is a rifle repurposed from the Star Wars sets, but it's differentiated by the attachment of a small translucent green disc to its front. 

The Alien Trooper has great potential as an army builder but for my own (admittedly small) collection of Space stuff, I think this guy will serve as a neutral party -- a bounty hunter, roaming the Space galaxy in search of fortune and adventure.

The Carpenter

Returning now to earth, the Carpenter follows in the tradition of other “regular job” Minifigures like the Mechanic, the Welder and the Butcher. Equipped with a saw and a 3 x 1 piece painted to resemble a piece of wood (genius!), he also wears the same hardhat piece as Emmet.  Fun in his own right, this guy should fit in really well with the new Construction subset of City.

The Classic King

Though I own a few Castle sets, I never actually bought the last Castle that Lego released, back in 2013. I kind of regret that now, but some of that regret has disappeared thanks to this guy being released – the Classic King!

Straight off the set of the nearest Christmas pantomime, this king is suitable for just about any Castle or Kingdoms display. His gaudy stripes and (no doubt for decorative purposes only) golden sword catch the eye, and although he’s a little more OTT than the king included in the most recent Castle, I think he serves as a good substitute.  

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

LEGO Minifigures Series 13 (PART ONE)

Well Lego, you’ve done it again. Series 13 of the ever-popular minifigures have arrived in Australia!
This feature should be part one of several, but how many remains uncertain. I’m still unsure as to whether or not I want to get all of the figures. There are some great ones in the range, but there’s one or two I’m just not sold on, and I don’t have my obsessive need to BUY ALL THE MINIFIGURES any longer, the way I did back in 2011 or 2012. But enough philosophising – it’s time to read about Series 13!  


Within a year, Lego has released two different palaeontologist minifigures, and both of them are female – well done for progress!  

The first came with the Research Institute set, released in 2014. She was an adequate minifigure, but didn’t necessarily scream “Palaeontologist” outside of the context of her accessories. This one is much more in line with what I (and probably the general public too) think of when the words “Dinosaurs” and “Palaeontology”. Take away the trilobite and she could also fit in pretty well with the Pharaoh’s Quest theme too, as an archaeologist.   

The hat looks to be a new (or at least heavily retooled) piece. It’s a pith helmet, with a long braid hanging down the back. It’s not quite perfect; the paint on the hair is a little sloppy. Fortunately it’s confined to the underside of her hat, so it’s not immediately visible – but of course your own mileage may vary, and you aren’t able to check prior to purchase.

She comes with two accessories – a bone, the same as the Wolfman came with – and a fossil piece. It’s the 1 x 1 circular piece that has previously been used as Homer’s donut (among many other things) but the paint app is new. It looks like it’s an ammonite, cephalopods that inhabited the seas They’re one of the most common fossils found, so it makes sense that she comes with one. Initially, you may think that some of the paint app is scratched off in one spot – however, this is how it’s supposed to look. It’s either debris still stuck to the fossil, or a spot where the sands of time have worn it away. Now we need a trilobite fossil too – and some more dino skeletons too.

The Sheriff

I watched an absolute excess of Westerns in my youth (Channel 9, Sunday afternoons), yet have still managed to see almost no John Wayne films. And I have always been a little disappointed with myself that I missed the Western theme when I was a kid, so I’m really pleased when one of these guys turns up in a minifigures set.       

Looking like an extra from Deadwood, the Sheriff has rolled into town to administer some justice from the barrel of his trusty Smith & Wesson six-shooter. He’s got two accessories – the aforementioned pistol, cast in a nice shiny metallic silver (close to Boltgun Metal, for any Warhammer 40k fans reading) and a wanted poster, printed on a 2 x 2 flat plate. The “WANTED” poster is a neat little Easter Egg for long-time collectors – it features the Bandit from all the way back in series 5.

He’s a solid, if not spectacular entry into the line. His hat is also perfect for customisers wanting to make a Rick Grimes figure, and his moustache could do quite well for those looking to create a Jamie from Mythbusters minifig too.

The Fencer

En gardé!

The French have given us some pretty cool stuff over the years – croissants, savate, Asterix and Michel Foucault among them – but fencing has a special place in my imagination, perhaps because I used to find the masks terrifying. Blank, revealing no facial expression or emotion while its wearer bore down on you with a thin but deadly sharp blade – though other masks were frightening on their own merits, very few could compare to the fencing mask.   

Of course, this fear has long since passed and I was very pleased to see this guy show up in a series. In a particularly nice touch, he has one white (gloved) and one yellow (bare) hand. Little touches of “accuracy” like this are what really elevates Lego above the rest of the pack.

The only real downside is that you can’t have just one fencer. Two are required for a duel. I expect that there will be some kind of shortage of these guys in the coming months, as collectors and anal retentives like myself scour the shops looking for them. Get it early while you still can, to avoid inflated eBay prices later!  

The Egyptian Warrior

Perhaps I’m too rapid in my assessment, but this guy was my favourite when the series was first announced and has remained so now that I have most of the series in hand. I do not exaggerate in any way, shape or form when I say I would like at least ten of these guys, to build a miniature Egyptian Lego army. However, I will probably content myself with the two I have – maybe a third.  

He comes with a golden sword, and a golden shield with a stylised pyramid and sun printed on it (perhaps this guy was serving under Akhenaten, or is simply a member of the Illuminati). He also wears a nemes – it’s less elaborate than the Pharaoh’s, and looks to be an entirely new mould. Hopefully this signals more Egyptian stuff to come in the future!  

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Masked City Hunter Predator (1/4 Scale)

Company: NECA
Year: 2012
Series: Reel Toys/Predator 1:4 scale


Predator 2 is much maligned, and there are some good reasons for that. While it has some good points (Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, the Predator’s design), it feels a lot cheaper than the original, even though they spent waaaay more on it. But nonetheless, I’ve got a soft spot for it – probably because I watched it before the original.   

Since 2013 I’ve bought a few NECA Predators, so naturally I wanted a City Hunter too. But it has been an exceedingly difficult thing to achieve. NECA has been pumping out Predators for some years now, covering a whoooole buttload of them. Unfortunately, distribution has not been equal across the board. The City Hunter – namely, the masked version of him – has been particularly difficult to find, in spite of having two separate releases. And if you can find him, you’ll be paying far more than you should. So it was actually easier and more cost-effective to get this ¼ scale version – thanks must go to my wife for getting it for me for Christmas!   


This guy came in a giant window box, which echoes the colour scheme of some of the smaller figure blisters. In terms of colour scheme and design, it’s also fairly similar to some of the Predator 2 posters. It’s a great-looking box, and it’s a bit of a shame it’s not really collector-friendly – it would be great for storage!

Unfortunately though, the plastic window cracked quite easily, and removing him from the box means destroying a lot of the elements that hold him in. There’s not really any space wastage but there are a whole bunch of twist-ties that need to be removed when you take him out. I would strongly suggest that you have a pair of wire cutters handy. Ordinary scissors may not be enough to get it done and you don’t want to damage anything via twisting and pulling.    


First things first – the City Hunter is massive. I'm never going to pretend I'm the world's best toy photographer, but this guy was particularly difficult to get a good, well-lit shot of, just because he's so big! Time for me to get a proper (large) lightbox.

That size translates into weight. He’s got a good amount of heft behind him, too. The sculpt is by Kyle Windrix, who’s done a huge amount of great stuff for NECA. It’s top-notch, capturing all of the essential details – at least to my eye. I can’t find a clear photo of the costume from the movie, so I can’t vouch that it’s 100% screen accurate, but NECA tend to be quite good with these sorts of things.  

Instead of going with the painted netting that features on the 8” figures (which can be pretty mixed in its execution) this figure uses plastic netting. It’s somewhat similar to the netting you sometimes see on bags of fruit, though thinner and with smaller gaps. It’s a good alternative, though I wonder if fabric – like on the Hot Toys version of the City Hunter – might have been better still. You’ll want to be careful with it. I’ve seen a spot on the right arm where it looks to be weakening, but I’m not sure whether it was already like this before opening or not. No breaks yet, but I’m expecting some, which is annoying for a figure that cost $140AUD.

As for articulation, here’s what he’s got:

*Ball-jointed neck? (It only moves like a swivel though)
*Swivel-hinged shoulders
*Swivel-hinged elbows
*Ball-jointed wrists
*Ball-jointed hips
*Double-hinged knees
*Ball-jointed ankles

The motion of the hips is pretty restricted, due to the loincloth and associated leg armour, though you can figure out workarounds. As always with NECA toys, be careful when you first move the elbows and knees – some joints will be tighter than others. Also, it seems like there’s no motion in the waist, though it’s clearly a separate piece to the hips. If it does loosen up, I’ll update this review later.  
I was recently reading a review of the NECA ¼ scale Batman, and it mentioned the figure (and indeed, pretty much all recent NECA ¼ scale figures) were very top-heavy – so much so that it was very difficult to get it to stand. Though I was able to get him standing relatively easily, I was always a bit hesitant in letting him stand on his own, as I wasn’t sure if he’d stay balanced. He’s pretty heavy, so a fall means he’ll hit the ground hard. Investing in a stand seems like a good idea if you plan to keep him displayed full time. 

One thing to note: the figure comes with no instructions – there’s nothing terribly complex that you shouldn’t be able to work out, though. My main concern was in relation to the Plasma Caster, which I mention in the accessories section below. 


Broadly speaking, paint is off a similar high quality to the smaller 8”-scale figures, but the downside is that the minor errors you wouldn’t notice on the smaller figures are greatly amplified and much more noticeable. For example, where the left wrist meets the left hand is a little wishy-washy – there are a few similar spots dotted about the figure; incorrectly painted dreadlocks, slightly sloppy gloves on the hands etc. With so much sculpted detail, it’s not really surprising that there’s the odd mistake or two. This isn’t Hot Toys quality, but granted, you’re not paying Hot Toys prices. Overall, it’s impressive and well-executed, with some room for improvement.   


City Hunter comes with three accessories – an extra left hand (to hold the Combi-Stick), a Smartdisc and a Combi-stick. His plasma caster is also a separate piece in the box, but it clips straight into the rail on his left shoulder – just be careful when you slot it in; the rubber of the rail will stretch and hold, but the plasma-caster stand is a little more fragile.

Out of the box, the hand designed to hold the combi-stick is a little too tight. You’ll need to ease it in gently, adjusting the fingers one by one as you go. Don’t force it, as you don’t want to break the hand or the combi-stick. Speaking of which, the real star accessory is the combi-stick – almost as tall as the Predator himself, it’s fully extendable.

The smart disc is really cool to have – particularly since it plays a fairly important role in the movie itself – but it doesn’t actually stick into the holder on his leg properly, and it’s tricky to make stick on his (right) hand.  

Three accessories is a lot for a NECA figure (even one as big as this) but I think it would have been good if you got a right hand that could hold the combi-stick, as well as the skull and spinal cord that the Predator takes from Bill Paxton’s character. That would have let people really re-enact this scene.

I'm lead to believe that the 1:4 Scale Predators are released on a fairly limited basis -- about 5,000 figures worldwide each. Nonetheless, most of them still seem to be reasonably easy to pick up for retail price. You might have to pay a premium for postage, but that should be about it.   


Though wildly impractical in terms of storage around the home, the City Hunter is a great figure. I’m very satisfied with my purchase, and provided I’m careful with it can’t see there being major issues in the future. I don’t see myself venturing any further into NECA’s ¼ scale line at this stage, due to expense and the sheer room they take up – though in about a year’s time I may be dipping my toes in again. Now I just need to find an 8” one at a reasonable price, and for NECA to release a Danny Glover figure too.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Universal Monsters Funko POP – Frankenstein’s Monster (Glow in the Dark variant)

Perhaps the most iconic of all the Universal Monsters (it’s even on the logo featured on the box of these guys), Boris Karloff’s version of Frankenstein’s Monster has been a massive influence on popular culture – arguably more so than Mary Shelley’s original novel – so he was a natural shoe-in for inclusion in the Universal Monsters Funko POP range.  

Regular readers are probably aware of my predilection for glow in the dark items. I was always going to get myself a Frankenstein’s Monster from this range, but discovering that there was a glow in the dark version was the icing on the cake (currently he’s the same price as the regular version, but don’t be surprised if he ends up going for drastically more on the secondary market). One Christmas present later, and he was in my possession – thanks must go to my sisters!

The sculpt is an excellent rendition of the Monster in the cutesy Funko style, complete with all the signature elements like the bolts in the neck, the staple on the forehead and the outstretched arms. He’s a nice return to the simple style of some of the older figures, providing a nice contrast to the more intricate sculpts that have been appearing lately (though I do love some of them too).

The figure is made up of multiple pieces – one for the head, one for the neck/torso, one for the legs and separate pieces for the arms. The legs are not inserted into the torso properly, which leaves a gap around the base of his jacket. I would suggest checking yours carefully before you purchase it. As for the paint, it’s fine, but shows some traces of that Funko sloppiness around his hairline (though it is still much better than many of the older ones). Just check carefully before purchase.     

The glow effect is solid but not spectacular. Both his face and his hands glow, but as as they are cast in a fairly dark green, they seem to need a longer charging period, and they don't retain their glow for as long as other more run-of-the-mill glow items, like stars or Nightfighter RoboCop.

Overall, Frankenstein’s Monster doesn’t grab me in quite the same way as the Wolf Man and the Creature from Black Lagoon. Still, the glow in the dark aspect bumps him up a few notches, and he’s a fun addition to the collection overall. I’m curious to see if they do a “Son of Frankenstein” version in future; they could re-use the head and put a robe over the rest of the body. Another solid effort from Funko!     

Friday, 2 January 2015

Lego Review -- Arctic Ice Crawler (60033)

Set: 60033

Pieces: 113

Theme: City (Arctic sub-theme)


Build Time: 30 min


I've really taken a shine to Arctic sub-theme that came out last year. All of its sets are worth owning, and while it's territory Lego has covered in years past, it's been more than a decade since the last Arctic sets, and I think it's now being covered in much better fashion. Today I look at one of the smaller sets in the series, which I received as a Secret Santa late last year (thanks TK!) -- the Arctic Ice Crawler


The Arctic male minifigs appear to use a generic body, with only the face different from figure to figure. They don't appear to have individual names, so feel free to make up your own. This guy has a green visor, a slight smile and stubble on his face, so I suppose Professor Green should be as good a name as any.

Professor Green comes with two accessories -- an icepick and circular saw. Obviously, he can also use the crane, the ice block and the mysterious crystal too.


The build is quite simple, but it's still very entertaining. The little details, like the rear-view mirrors, the radar and the down-facing lights on top of the cab are all a lot of fun, really enhancing what could have just been a basic block on tank treads.

The set has a great, chunky feel, somewhat akin to a Tonka trunk. This beast looks like it would definitely be able to stand up to the demands of Arctic terrain, crawling across the snowy plains in search of great treasure, lying deep beneath the ground.

As might be expected, the crane is one of the set's best features. It's not quite articulated enough to pick the ice block straight up and dump it on the back of the truck, but it's close enough to fudge it. The hook doesn't hold the ice block particularly tightly, but this the same across the board for all the Arctic sets that feature a hook. Play carefully!   

Just a side note -- though the truck cab has doors, the minifigure is actually most easily slotted in by removing the roof. You could probably fit two figures in the cab, but I don't think you'd be able to get them clicked in together. The interior makes it primarily a solo vehicle, though I'm sure ambitious customisers could kit it out to seat more.


The Arctic Ice Crawler is a great addition to the Arctic subtheme. It's available at a good pricepoint, and it's also entirely possible to use it as an "army builder" of sorts -- there's no reason why your Arctic expedition couldn't make use of several of these vehicles. So if you've been hesitating, I'd say you should definitely take the plunge.

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