Budget Brick Review – Enlighten #504 Little Launch Pad
I'll quite often find Enlighten sets available on Ebay starting at 99p with free postage. They usually end up going for more than that, but sometimes I get lucky.
I don't have any box pictures with this one, because the seller didn't send it in a box, just a packet. This particular seller never sends things in boxes, but they are coming all the way from China with no postage costs, so I can't really complain all that much, can I?
Anyway, to make up for the lack of a box that's the photo from the listing. Anybody know what that text says?
Ripping open the envelope, or if you're lucky enough to have one the box, you get this:
And turning it over it looks like...
There's also a fairly good, if crumpled, little instruction leaflet.
Now, Enlighten seem to specialise in copying Lego designs wholesale, if not for the whole set, then at least for all of the printed pieces, but I don't actually recognise the pieces in this one.
Anybody else recognise where those are from? I pretty much assume that any printed piece Enlighten do that doesn't feature their own logo is half inched from somewhere, so I'm guessing someone's got to know.
Oh, and that transparent green piece? It's not just the photo. It really is an odd colour. Also, the single stud cone piece isn't actually a direct clone of the lego original.
I think you could best describe it as the colour of a Lilt bottle. If you don't know what colour a Lilt bottle is then, um, I dunno. It would probably make a good lump of kryptonite.
The sandy coloured plate also doesn't match any Lego colours, but the rest are a fairly good match to actual lego pieces, so they get a plus for that.
On to the minifigure!
His face looks weird and his legs are a bit rubbish. The hat's a good clone of the Lego original though and the torso print is pretty good, even if the torso's shoulders are slightly too angular compared with the Lego equivalent.
Also unlike the drunken, exhibitionist pilot in the plane set his hands and arms are fully compatible with Lego ones. That's a nice bonus.
That just leaves the actual model then.
Does anyone think it looks like somebody just put together the left over spare parts from a couple of other sets or is that just me?
Anyway, that cable has quite a bend on it, doesn't it?
If we have a look at it from a different angle...
Woah! What stops that from just popping off at one end and making any unluckily placed minifigure shoot off across the floor?
I'll tell you what, absolutely nothing.
It's a shame that the actual launch mechanism doesn't have as much umph behind it. You see, what happens is you push down on that big see-saw looking bit and then, then if you're lucky the rocket falls over. If you're unlucky it just sits there looking wonky.
Generally, this set contains some well made parts if you ignore the scientist's head and legs and some of those parts are pretty useful, but don't bother trying to put the actual model together, because you will be very disappointed with the results.