8117 Storm Lasher
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Packaging & Parts
The Build (mini-robot/weapon)
The Build (vehicle)

Packaging & Parts: Here's another great set in the new Exo-Force Deep Jungle theme. Although it's little more than a jungle version of the original line's Sonic Phantom, there are a lot of cool pieces, a better cockpit and some unique building techniques. Here is a shot of the front of the box and the back of the box. Here's a closeup of an alternate model you can build with 8115 Dark Panther. There's only one book for the instructions with this set. As with all Exo-Force sets there is a sticker sheet instead of printed pieces. Perhaps this is how they keep it in an affordable price range. If so, that's fine by me because I'd rather have the cool pieces these sets comes with without printing on them. The parts are separated into two steps, 1 & 2. The first step is the figure and the mini-robot, the second is the vehicle. Like many of the new Exo-Force sets, this one comes with this cool new sloped grill tile. There are some Viking horns in yellow and Orc swords in light bley. The new spikey slope piece is here as well, this time in black and yellow. The end of the spike is flexible. There's a new exhaust pipe-looking piece that I've never seen before. Here is another view of it. The new three rotor piece is here too. I know we've seen it before, but I still think it's cool. There's a new hinge plate and a new 1 x 2 modified plate with two clips. This set has an average amount of spare parts. There is only one mini-fig included: the iron drone.

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The Build: Of all the sets I've picked up from this line so far, this one has the coolest mini-robot. It looks like a mutant dragonfly, or would if the wings were a little larger. The legs use a very cool configuration using the bionicle spines for the back legs. The wings are adjustable at all click-hinge angles to the body and can rotate as well. This is a fun, creepy, nightmarish mini-robot, my favorite so far.

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The Build: As I mentioned before, this is basically a re-make of the Sonic Phantom from the Original 2006 Exo-Force line. From the beginning of the build it seems that this will be yet another Exo-Force "flying gun." But the handle shape ends up being just an easy way to "swoosh" the vehicle and there is no launcher and trigger mechanism in this set, like the "flying guns" found in the Golden Temple and Sonic Phantom sets. The 8117 decal is very cool, I like how they snuck the set number in. You can also see how the new exhaust pipe pieces are used. I love how the rockets are actually launchable. Although not enclosed, this set has a very cool cockpit surrounded by rocket launchers and gatling guns, although where the power source is, I have no idea. That's a comment for my wanking walrus friend, Sinner. The jungle cutting blades are constructed very well, crossing the tri-rotor pieces on an axle. Here's a shot of the blades at rest and a shot of them spinning. They are rigged onto the axle pretty well and provide a good spin. Here is the completed model. The rotors are adjustable in two directions: example 1example 2example 3example 4 The overall set, although very similar to the Sonic Phantom is still a very cool set. It could stand to be a little more solid, but it's plenty sturdy and swooshes well. Stay tuned for a comic and overall rating...

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