Review - Oxford Bricks MC 2000-5 Director
Time for another review and this time it's an Oxford set again.
It's another one of the Mini-Collection impulse sets that I reviewed a few weeks back and it's a pretty nifty looking set with that studio lamp and video camera.
Again, like the other sets I have from this series, the instructions are printed on the box of the box making them very hard to put down and lose, which is of course always useful.
Nothing surprising about the box then. Instructions on the back, a few nice pictures and a bit of text telling you who imported it into the country. All pretty much as expected.
As with the previous Oxford sets everything comes in the one heavy duty little bag, which as you can see has air holes so that the minifigure doesn't suffocate, something that not every company remembers to do.
Why do you think that guy looks so much like a zombie? That's right, Best Lock forgot to put air holes in the bag and he suffocated then came back as a member of the undead. Seriously, when will some companies remember how important it is that minifigures have breathing holes in their bag?
The director is a stern looking guy. I'm not sold on that torso design personally, but he has the same hat as the postman from the earlier review, so that's nice. He's got absolutely no moulding or printing issues at all. Other than that torso design he gets a big thumbs up.
The chair's a funky piece, even if it does have a bit of a rough finish on one edge. On the surface it's similar to Lego's standard chair, but it's different enough and the hole for swivelling purposes is an interesting idea. I'll definitely be using that somewhere.
The camera is also pretty neat, even though I'm not a fan of that kind of plastic. It tends to make things look cheap in my opinion. A nice black or dark grey would look better I think.
From what I've seen Oxford tend to be pretty good at avoiding any obvious moulding issues which makes that pretty disappointing really.
The parts for the lamp don't have any such problems though and the silvery plastic actually works pretty well this time.
In case you were wondering how well the colour of the lamp bulb matches any of Lego's colours...
...the answer is not that well, not that I can personally see a time where I would find that an issue, but, you know, some people might.
There a probably a whole load of additional uses for that lamp bulb.
Like turning it into part of a laser gun!
That grippy bit is pretty nifty and not something I've ever got in a set before. I'm sure I'll find somewhere to use that.
And there's the final model. The camera doesn't want to hold in place all that well as there isn't quite enough space for it to sit comfortably. I mean, it'll stay put as long as don't poke it or anything. If you poke it it'll fall right off.
You could easily fix that by swapping out the funky Oxford grippy bit with a Lego grippy bit sat on top of a single 1x1 plate. That would give it the little bit of extra room the camera needs to be properly stable.
The lamp's ball and socket joint gives it a nice amount of potential when it comes to angles.
And of course the director has a little red megaphone, which finally answers the question of where the one I put in the Commander's office in the comic originates from. This new one and my existing one are a perfect match, so if it's not an Oxford piece I've been using then it's a very good copy of one. Those pieces are funky and having two matching ones will be useful. There's a lot of things you can use those for.
Like turning it into part of a laser gun! Hehehe! :D
Anyway, yes. What's my overall opinion of this set?
It's pretty good. There are a couple of minor moulding issues and I would have liked it more if the camera used a different plastic, but all in all, yeah, I think this is a pretty good set and well worth the £1.99 it cost me, so yeah, thumbs up again Oxford.