Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Star Diamond Blocks Soldier Deformation: 5-in-1 Robot set PART TWO

This is the 1st robot in that big box i got containing Star Diamond's biggest box of robots in brick form.

The unboxing post is here: Unboxing the Beast

The day I got the box is described here: A ton of bricks

And here was my first non-Lego robot: Ausini Guarder


Unboxing the Red Robot:

Opening the huge box gave me 5 smaller boxes inside.  Each box contained the parts for an individual robot.  A good assortment of bricks were inside the box.  And what do I see but something similar to Lego's brick removing tool.  That's awesome because you normally only get the brick remover from big costly Lego sets.  This box had 5 of them, 1 for each robot!



The instructions were in really nicely produced sheets.



There were two sets of instructions as the other one contained instructions for combining this robot with some of the other robots in the set.


When you open the manual it shows a colorful and well illustrated step-by-step guide to complete the model.


And here are the brick pouches again.  A nice assortment of reds and blacks.  And I still find it extremely satisfying to get that green brick remover tool.



I think it's great that everything is disassembled.  You need to connect almost everything.  Even the hinges.  Lego for one already has the hinges pre-constructed.  With Star Diamond they make you assemble them.


Lego has always had great rubber wheels.  In fact they are one of the biggest manufacturers of rubber wheels on the planet.  Star Diamond is tops as far as the Chinese manufacturers go in terms of wheel quality. Most of their models have rubber wheels similar to Lego (some of the small kits now contain plastic wheels unfortunately).  And the quality of the tires and mags are at Lego levels.



Building the Bot: 

Following the instructions sheet we start with the legs.  It is great to note here that despite not using toothed gear parts for the leg joints they provide a surprisingly stable and tight set of joints. This is a far cry from the loose joints of the Sluban flamingo transformable model I made a few weeks back (Here's the review for that one: Space Flamingo ).


Nice!  Even with the body attached it can still stand up on its own.

Here we have the body almost done.  The whole structure can still be supported by the legs.


And here we have the gun for the mecha.


The arm and the gun
We are almost done building this bad boy.

A couple of folks mention that he looks similar to the Transformer's Cliffjumper.  Yeah I can definitely see the resemblance there.

One arm attached

Even with one arm connected the model can still stand on its own.  That's a good sign.

One more arm and this journey is done.


The complete bot:

With the tight joints you can put the completed robot in almost any pose you can imagine.

Now complete!




It is a pretty handsome looking bot once everything was done.

Face front!






Nice!


With the gang:

Posing it with some of my other stuff for a size comparison.

The review of the yellow Guarder robot is here: Guarder

From left to right:  Star Diamond robot, Ausini Guarder robot, Gundam Farsia, Lego Green Lantern
 

Another picture with the gang!




One last group pic!  Green Lantern is happy in the back!


My decision to buy the big 2,000 peso box was well worth it.  If the rest of the robots in this set will turn out this way then I am in for a treat.

Watch out for the other 5 bots as I finish building each one.