7774 Crab Crusher
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The Packaging
The Parts
The Build (Crab)
The Build (Sub)
Bianca & Gavin Meet the Crew of the Crab Crusher

The Packaging: Very cool box art! Great logo, reminiscient of the old Aquazone and Divers' lines. The only thing lacking, in my opinion are photos of alternative models. Sometimes there are none on the box, but some in the instructions and that's not the case here. Makes me wonder if people complained (or even sued) that you can't make all the sets on the box with the pieces that come with the set...stupid imaginary people. Here is the front of the box and the back of the box. Here is a picture of the box with a mini-fig for scale, to show you how huge the box is. I think the box is a little large for a set with 583 pieces. At the same time there's something nostalgic and great about getting a set in a box this size! The pieces are packages in numbered bags and come with decals (BOO!) as compared to set #7772 which had all printed pieces. I will say that my decal application skills are improving. Here is a picture of the front of the instruction manual. There is a nice product layout on the back of the manual. This is the first set of instructions I can remember where the first step does not include building the mini-figs.

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The Parts: The coolest new parts in this set are the printed helmets and torsos. Some of the pieces contained in this set which I have not seen before are the dark green pieces pictured here, including Exo-Force robots arms, dragon teeth and Piraka figure spines. This is the first time I've seen this piece in the click-hinge variety. Here is yet another use for the Jedi Starfighter piece and the first time I've seen this canopy in solid yellow. Space MOC builders will love all of the canopies and slopes in this set. I really liked seeing this piece in trans-white. The figures are very cool: Figure one is sporting the new printed torsos, which also have printing on the back! Figure two with his gear off, and all of his gear on.

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The Build (Crab): The more I build LEGO® creatures the more I appreciate them. This crab is very cool and like all other LEGO creatures starts out looking like a boat. The design of the pinchers using Exo-Force robot arms is rather ingenious. The body of the crab is surprisingly organic looking and uses some very cool building techniques. I especially like the spine of the crab. There's something a little too "blocky" about the claws. I found the same thing for the lobster in set #7772. The body looks very cool and then the claws detract from the model in my opinion. The finished crab is more Doc Ock crab than an actual crab. I find the eight legs a little difficult to maneuver and while the claws have a better range of motion than the lobster's did, it is still not possible to raise the claws with I believe would make for better defensive posturing or attacking. Like the lobster, I do think the animal is neat and the build was a lot of fun. Unlike set #7772 though, the animal is not the coolest part of the set. The submarine provided an even more fun build...

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The Build (Sub): I liked building the sub a lot. It is a very cool, very sturdy model that using some interesting building techniques. I say the quality of this sub is on par with the Divers line subs, if not better. The sub starts off, not unlike the crab, looking like a boat. At least this time, it's supposed to be in water. I was immediately impressed with the cool details that started emerging early on in the instructions. Here we see the engine and a helmet stand. The helmet stand placement is not obvious in the instructions because of the angle, so place it the way you see in the picture, in the center of the four studs. The interior of the sub is nicely detailed, moreso than what we were given in the Divers line. I enjoy a build where I'm eager to see what the next step is going to bring. This step, in particular, had me guessing what could possibly be next as the tanks and hoses looked like nothing I had seen in the pictures or would imagine, in my limited knowledge of the subject, would be part of a submarine. This is the complete contents of bag #2 constructed. Bag #3 includes this interesting little apparatus. It looks like a double harpoon gun armed flashlight to me. I'm describing it sarcastically but I do think it's cool and it works well as an accessory to the sub. I find it interesting the the new missles are flexible. The missle launcher piece is concealed under the front of the sub, rather ingeniously. I'm a huge fan of the head lamp fixtures. And check out the ingenous way in which the hood hinges are placed around the firing mechanism. The hood is supposed to carry the odd flashlight apparatus but when you try to close it under the hood it fires the missle at you. Not good if you're at eye level with it as amply displayed in a warning in the instruction manual. Here is another step where the placement is not obvious the way it's pictured in the instruction manual. There is no indication as to which technic hole the spear guns are supposed to connect to. I guessed that they are supposed to go into the second hole from the back of the sub. Here is a picture of the completed contents of bag #3 added to the rest of the model. Here is an excellent example of the dangers an Aqua Raider must face, skeletons armed with shotguns...Sets that come in numbered bags usually do have a greater number of extra pieces and this set is no exception, and for some strange reason there are also extra decals... The completed set is very impressive. It's a nice size with a lot of cool features and a very fun build. Click here to read my overall rating and summary

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