Since the 2012 Breakout webisode, most people have been aware of the strong bond between Furno and Evo. Now we get to witness their favorite hobby; fighting giant two-headed monsters! This is Splitter Beast vs Furno and Evo, set #44021 with 108 pieces!
About this creation
let's take a gawkin' on them pieces...
1 regular torso piece
1 miniture torso piece
4 grey five-long upper limb pieces
6 medium azure five-long lower limb pieces
3 grey four-long lower limb pieces
7 black three-long lower limb pieces
6 black single socket pieces
2 grey friction adders
2 black small "Beast" feet
2 black large "Beast" feet
1 black chest armour piece
1 gunmetal chest add on
2 black "Savage Planet" paw pieces
4 trans-orange size-three armour pieces
1 black size-three armour piece
2 black size-four printed armour pieces
3 gunmetal size-four armour pieces
1 orange printed short jaw piece
1 black long jaw piece
1 medium azure printed long jaw piece
1 black short jaw piece
3 black "Beast" spikes
1 light grey "H" technic pin connector
8 trans-orange "Savage Planet" claw pieces
and an assortment of smaller technic/system pieces
Included in this set are two minifigs this time; Furno and Evo. As always, reference the Evo Walker Review to see how these guys are built up in general.
Though these two characters are by no means exclusive to this set, it is the only set in the wave that comes with more than one minifig (unless we're counting the Beast larve as minifigs, then no.) Honestly, I'm glad to see Furno and Evo together, considering the Breakout webisode showed the friendship these two shared. I'm glad that they're following this whole thing up again. Between the two of them, they share a chain, which the bag art suggests that they'll use to trip up the Splitter Beast. I have no idea how they would be able to strong enough to hold their ground one the Splitter Beast leans on it. Ah well, a trans-orange chain is pretty cool thing to have.
The Evo minifig we've seen before in the Evo Walker, so this is nothing new. In my review though, I was so wrapped up in showing you this new minifig design that I forgot to leave my opinion of the minifig itself. As you may have realised, the HF figures have the exact same molds, so the only thing I have to comment on is the colour and the helmet. The colour is just the colour, nothing really to review, so I'll talk about the head. It's strange how the designers got this to look a lot like the larger mold and yet nothing like it. The little features and details are all there, but the proportions and shapes are so warped that it ends up looking nothing like the original mold, and yet it can still be recognised as Evo's helmet. Honestly, I don't mind it so much. I don't love it, it's not on the level of Stormer's or Furno's, but I think it has it's own little charm to it, so I'll give it a pass. He carries a Galaxy Squad gun, like the others, and a datapad, which I'm still confused as to why only Evo and Stormer have one, and the rest don't
The Furno Minifig has also appeared before in the Furno Jet Machine, and I already talked about him, so I won't spend too much time on him. For those who didn't see my review, I liked Furno's head a lot; it captured the personality of Furno well, whilst fitting quite well in such a small scale. Furno carries a flame sword, helping the tradition of the red guy carrying a fire sword which started with Tahu Mata in 2001. The sword I think has been released before in Ninjago sets, though I don't know for sure. The mold itself is flexable to remove brittleness, but not flexable enough to get bent out of shape, which I approve of. The only problem is that it blends too well with any surface, meaning if you drop it, good luck trying to find it.
And Furno can't be losing his sword when he and Evo goes up against...
(Dangit, I love these Beasts :3)
Right, here we go, the Splitter Beast! When I first saw the pictures of this set, my first reaction was: "Okay, that is freaking awesome."
My second reaction was: "Wait a minute, how is that a Splitter Beast?"
My question was answered by common sense. In fact, this is not one two-headed being...
...but two one-headed beasts! (Y'know, I should have figured that one out by myself)
So, I'm gonna look at these two characters individually first, and then see how it turns out when combined together. So, I'm gonna look at the big one first; Splitter Beast 1!
First, I'd like to bring up the colour scheme of this guy. To have the medium azure and the trans-orange together was a great idea! All the colour schemes of the Beasts are really good, with the bright glowing colours toned down by a heavy use of Black.
I'd like to point out we get in this set an even amount of non-specific printed armour pieces. I'm very greatful for this as a MOCcist, because it means I can actually use these pieces in a set, which is great!
One thing with Splitter Beast 1 though; it's wierd to see such a heavy amount of trans-orange and medium azure, yet there is absolutely none once you get above waist level. It doesn't help that Splitter Beast 1's head is opaque orange, which really doesn't really stand out. However, how the designers could have solved this problem by instead of including gunmetal grey on the shoulders and chest, which kind of ruins the organic feel of the set, by the way, and added maybe trans orange on the shoulders and medium azure on the chest. Sorry, it's kind of a nitpick, but it really unsettles me.
The paw design we've seen before, and although some are getting a little sick of it, I personally think it works really well on this one, it really helps the impression of massiveness that this guy seems to scream. It does work a lot better here than it did on some of the Battle Machines for instance.
From this angle, you can see that they're using the same method to have him hold the lamp post as the one they used on Ogrum to have him hold his flail. The addition of fingers really helps to create the impression of him hold it.
See, if you squint your eyes at this picture, you can really imagine him actually holding it. Ogrum, who did not have fingers, couldn't create this façade to the extent that this could.
Whilst we're on the subject, yes, he is doing that whole Flyer Beast thing of using part of a street or a building as a weapon. As I said in my Flyer Beast vs Breez review, it's kind of cliché, but it's kind of fun at the same time, and makes a lot more sense than these guys wielding specifically crafted weapons, like the Brain Attack Monsters.
One thing though; I did wonder about the size of the lamp post; I mean, it's giant compared to a minifig lamp post. But I did look around at the lamp posts I came across, and safe to say, there it's fine; most lamp posts are around that size compared to the HF minifigs, and is pretty realistic in terms of size. The posts on a motorway are huge, especially in Britain, so I'm fine with it.
Like I mentioned earlier, the fact that the Splitter Beast head is in opaque orange, and with the constant flow of trans-orange throughout the set, it does kind of throw the colour scheme off a little. It would have been nice to get a Translucent upper jaw, though I won't push that, because I imagine creating a translucent piece of that size would probably cost a lot. So whatever. If that was the case, I would have rather go with pure black if that was the case, anything to keep that dark feel of this thing.
The mold for the head is exactly the same; yet the designers changed the look of the thing entirely by flipping the head upside down. That, is genius. Now, instead of having these things look exactly the same, they were able to create a little variety between the beasts. I quite like the second configuration, whilst the first looked to resemble some sort of dinosaur, the second one seems more dragon like. (This is all my personal thing, don't moan at me if you can't see the resembelance) I think the little beard helps that though.
One thing I will bring up. That print is really, really wierd. Three eyeballs in one eyehole? What is going on?!
Right, on to Splitter Beast 2! Heh, you will have to regard this as a sort of table-scrap to really apreciate this. We are kind of in an Aquagon situation with the build; cringeworthy. Though, unlike Aquagon, the thing looks nice as a whole model.
This one looks a whole lot better on all fours really, than just on it's hind legs. The great thing is that though, even though it's tiny as far as lego action figures go, but compared to the two minifigs, it still looks large enough to actually be a decent challenge for them, which makes playability great.
It's funny how similar to this guy looks compared to Jaw Beast. Yeah, they have the same head designs, but the proportions really make them similar; massive heads, massive arms (they're the same build) and tiny legs. They both crawl on all fours, too.
Splitter Beast 1 and 2 combined together is great because Splitter Beast 2 is really used to solve the issues regarding Splitter Beast 1. It helps spread out that medium azure/trans-orange blend, coveres up Splitter Beast 1's back, and adds a whole lot more bulk and fearosity to the whole thing. This is perfect.
One issue though, The two heads do interfere with eachother, and it's difficult to bring them to a position where the two heads are on the same level looking forward. What I would personally recommend is changing out that 3-long bone piece in Splitter Beast 2's neck with a 4-long bone piece. It really makes all the difference.
I love these Beasts. It's a shame we only get three (or four). I'm going to rate this set in three different catogories; Toy value (how good it is to play with and pose ect.), Design Value (The design, including the colour scheme and how it was built) and Moccist Value (The amount of good pieces).
This is how this set turns out;
Toy Value: 5/5 (You pretty much get a playset here, with four characters. You have a lot of areas of customisation to this guy.)
Design Value: 4/5 (Colours are great, the combined beast looks great. The two individual beasts have their flaws, but I'm happy.)
Moccist Value: 4/5 (This set is a hive for medium azure and trans-orange.)
Total score: 13/15
Comments: As much as I liked Jaw Beast, I gotta say I like this one more; It's such a great "titan set", because they're not a titan. They're not the tallest of the beasts, but out of the lot, with all their bulk and presence, it's easy to tell these guys are the ones who are gonna do damage. A great pair of characters, and a great set.