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Episode · 1 year ago

LEGO Ben 10: Alien Force

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest episode of Brickology, LegoLee takes a different angle with a LEGO theme by roasting the infamous 2010 line of Ben 10: Alien Force sets while also explaining the history of property and why he might have some secret admiration for it. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you're listening. Thank you so much looking me a part of your day. My name is Leeparm. That noise you might have just heard is Yoshi, my cat. He is not very cooperative when it comes to me recording podcast. I wanted him to be in the room with me. He was chilling the floor being super cute and as soon as I started recording he decided to jump up us are biting my microphone like a little freak, so I had to lock him out, but I don't lock him out too far because it can get to a litter box because I'm in my closet. I'm not going to explain all of this, but that noise was Yoshi. And you are listening to the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I apologize for that thirty minute little tangent. I went on about my cat, but he is a very cute and very good cat, but sometimes can be a little bit irritating and not great for podcasting. But thank you so much for joining me today back here again at brick ology. This is the official first episode in the s after our feeth episode special last week. I am super excited. We are more than halfway to one hundred episodes of this show and I am stoked for the future of this podcast. In season five, which we are currently in, is bigger and better than ever, and you guys really seem to be enjoyed the podcast. That fifty episode special will about Lego Bionicle, really did well. My streams went up this past week, which was nice to see, and this week's episode kind of continues on with a little bit of the story of bionicle and it relates back to it in a number of different ways. So stay tuned for how it will relate to last week's episode. But first, of course, go find me online. You can like me on Facebook, you can follow me on twitter, you can follow me on Instagram, you can subscribe to my youtube channel or maybe even consider becoming a patreon supporter. Literally, like one dollar a month goes a long way for more awesome content like the one you are listening to now. And I also have another podcast. It is called are you not? It's about entertainment and pop culture. I review TV shows, movies and music. I'm really proud this podcast. The instagram handle for that podcast is a really bad voice crack. There the instagram handle, the instagram handle for that podcast is at are you not podcast and you can also stream that podcast on apple podcasts and spotify. And, speaking of those two platforms, drew on spotify. Maybe consider following my account. I have a very disproportionate low number of followers compared to the number of streams. Also, if you're listening on Apple Podcast, subscribe to my podcast and consider leaving a review, a written review with a rating out of five stars. I would love to hear your feedback over there. All right, shameless plugs for all of my other accounts out of the way, we can now transition into talking about this week's topic for Briccology, and this is one of the most infamous leg go themes, I think, that has ever existed, and I am ready to...

...let loose and rant a little bit, and that's something I truthfully have never done on brick ology. I just I'm not much of an angry person. I don't rant all the time, but when the time calls for it, I can get angry, and I'm about to get angry because we're talking about Lego. Been Ten alien force. So what is been ten alien force, you may ask. Well, that is a fantastic question and every time I do an episode of brick ology about a license product like Benten Alien Force, I usually like to give a brief history of that intellectual property. The IP and bent ten is a show from cartoon network. Now Lego and cartoon network I've had an interesting relationship. They made a couple of adventure time things. They've made obviously stuff off stars the clone wars, because it's used to be where the clone wars are. But for the most part I would say cartoon network has not been a resource Lego has tapped all the time, but they do have some history and licensing with cartoon network. And been ten first premiered in the year two thousand and five and I was the prime age to eat this show up. I was eight years old when this show first premiered and this show it's right up my alley. It's fantasy, it's science fiction, it has aliens, that has monsters, it has cool creatures and fun superpowers. This show was definitely something that I should and I did enjoy back in the day and I was an og fan of been ten. So the premise of the show essentially is a guy. His name is been tennis sin. Yes, that is actually his real name. It's kind of on the nose, and he basically he's a ten year old boy and obviously the number ten is just very important with the Ben Ten and he has this device, it's called the on the tricks. It's basically like an alien watch on his left wrist and he can scroll through ten different aliens. Each of these aliens have specific skill sets and powers and he can transform into those aliens for a given amount of time and then, of course, fight crime, fight monsters, other aliens and creatures and Save the world. It was a very fun and entertaining show and I think the concept is honestly pretty great. So that's been ten. It's a very, very abridge, abbreviated kind of description of the show itself and I love the show when originally aired. Now lego did not make anything for this original been ten show. That show ran from two thousand and five until two thousand and eight, to just a few years, but that's a lot of my favorite shows at the time. This and Spongebob, which I will do an episode about Spongebob Lego here in your future. Those are like my favorite TV shows back in the day and at this time I was obviously a humongous Lego fan and I was dreaming of Lego to make sets based off this show, but it did not happen. But then they decide to make a been ten sequel show. The original show came to an end and they made a sequel show known as been ten alien forced. I've been an alien force. Essentially very similar plot, but this time been ten is no longer a ten year old. He is now a teenager and he has a different on a trips. What they new set of aliens, new powers, new creatures, all that fun stuff, and my fandom crossed over to...

...the show as well. I was still a pretty young kid. I was like eleven when this show premiere and I still followed this show, at least for a bit at the time. And this is what Lego made. There been ten sets based off of not the original show, Ben Ten, alien force, and honestly I think the original bent ten is a little bit better than Alien Force, but Alien Force I also have some nostalgia for and actually had quite a few toys that weren't even Lego from the show. I actually bought like action figures from the show, because that's how obsessed I was with Ben Ten at the time. Now I do have to emit my fandom of Ben Ten did end at a certain point in time. It is not something like star wars or Harry Potter that continued to me being an adult and growing up. I definitely lost interest in Bentin over time and I have not revisited the show in like a decade now at this point. And there are a couple of different Ben Tin shows are one called like Omni verse as a reboot called Benten where he looks kind of stupid that are, I think, even still currently going on on cartoon network. I have never watched those shows. I don't know anything about those shows and frankly, those shows don't matter today's episode. I want to get some context with the history of bent ten. But benten alien force is the specific era of Benten that Lego made sets based off of. So, like I said, I was a huge fan of this Ip and I remember being just stoked when I first saw rumors are probably on like Europe bricks at the time, where it was announced that we're getting Lego sets based off Pinten. My twelve year old brain was like, oh my gosh, finally we're getting Lego benten stuff. This is going to be insane and was one of my dream themes at the time. And things get weird from this point out. So here's kind of starting the history of Lego Banten, because this is a little bit rocky and not really what you would expect for this type of theme. So essentially it's late two thousand and nine. Bionicle just had kind of a weird year. They kind of rebooted bionicle somewhe with this year called the Colectorian. I will talk about that at some point in the future of this podcast. But the blood bonnicle theme was announced by Lego to have its final wave. Bionicle was getting canceled in the winter of two thousand and ten. The buncle stars was a wave of six bionicle sets and winter two thousand and ten that was going to be it for bionicle. A decade long run for that theme was coming to an end and Lego also announced at the time they're like hey, we're going to replace bionicle with a similar theme, also making, you know, construction style figures with the same sort of ball joint style pieces and people didn't know what that was at the time. Now, if you're a big Lego Fan, I haven't talked about this theme on Brick Ology, but I probably will at some point in the future. If you're big Lego Fan, you would know the thing that ultimately replaced bionicle is Lego hero factory. However, here factory had not been officially announced at this point in time. Now, I I was twelve years old and I wasn't nearly as involved with the Lego community in leaks like I am now, and obviously instagram wasn't like as big as thing this point in...

...time. But to my knowledge, at this point in time here, a factory wasn't even rumor or anything. No one knew what the heck it was. But, like I said, they had announced that bionicle was going to be replaced by a similar theme and a similar theme to bionicle was coming out and that was ben ten. So that kind of transitions. are talking about Ben ten as a theme, because Ben Ten is not a system theme. Now, when I was hoping and dreaming of Lego Ben Ten sets, I wanted Lego sets, I wanted LEGO system sets. I wanted the RV of Ben Ten's GRANDPA built out of lego bricks. I wanted mini figures of all the crazy and cookie alien characters. Becaut that that was so much potential there. That is not what we got. We got an action figure theme. Now, look, I don't hate the idea of an action figure style theme entirely. Obviously, if you listen to last week's episode of brick oology about Bioticle, I freaking love bionicle. That's one of my all time favorite lego themes and even crossing over to license products, I click a pretty much all of the constraction figures for Lego Star Wars like I love that stuff too, and it's still Lego to me and it's still super fun. Yes, I prefer minifigures and brick base things, but I still enjoy this kind of stuff. It's not my first choice, but I still think there is plenty of potential, especially for, you know, crazy aliens like Ben Ten, to make some pretty cool action figure style characters. However, there's a humongous butt with this line. These are hardly even Lego. I honestly don't feel like these look like Lego. They don't feel like Lego like a texture. The pieces were kind of weird and I'll talk about how odd the parts are throughout today's episode of the show. And they were extremely easy to build with very few pieces, more on that later as well. And every piece in this line was new like this is a very bizarre concept because obviously, like a makes new molds all the time. They were released tons and tons, dozens of pieces every year. They've never seen before, and that's fine, but normally they, you know, kind of incorporate those pieces in with their existing catalog of parts. That is not what happened with Ben Ten. They just went out there and make it entirely new pieces for everything. Now they were from the same style as hero factory and bionicle. They still use the ball joints, which is you know, that's all good, but all these pieces were new and they were all molded very specifically for been tens and didn't have a whole lot of crossover potential with other themes. And because all the parts were new, it kind of made the theme feel a little bit detached from the rest of Lego and feel like maybe an imitation of Lego bionical or hero factory and less like something that's actually made by the exact same company, and this definitely just gives off vibes of galador. Now, if you don't know what galador is, again, I always say that in brick oology at some point in time I will cover this theme because it's going to be a blast to talk about like a galador. But a very brief description of galador. Essentially it's a theme from the early s that's kind of a similar concept to...

Ben ten, where they made these action figure style sets with highly specialized pieces that did not have much crossover potential. Now, yes, you can still build the action figures and they technically could connect to normal lego pieces, but they did not feel like Lego and galador is historically infamously one of the biggest bombs in legos history. GALADOR was an absolute failure across the board. It bombed hard, so it was shocking to see lego attempt anything in this vein again. But here we are, not that long after galador. Less than a decade after galador came out, legos back doing another experimental action figure theme and to literally no one surprise, even though the intellectual property in the show was super popular at the time, Ben ten bombed hard as well. The sets did not sell very well. They were absolutely pan and hated by fans and Lego critics alike, and it was canceled after one brief wave. and honestly it's such huge wasted potential because I think bent ten sets with figures could have been something special. There's a lot of cool stuff that could have made in that show. I think it could have been a theme similar like teenager Ninja Turtles with cookie design finds, cartoonis stuff going on. It could have been a really, really cool theme, but instead they completely dropped the ball with the sets, and I'll explain why here and just a second. But first I also to tell you why I kind of have a soft spot for the ban ten theme. You probably weren't exparting to hear that, but Ben Ten did a lot for me personally. Now, obviously I bought a number of these sets because I was a huge bit tin fan at the time and I was kind of in denial about how bad these sets actually were. But I reviewed these sets on my youtube channel. I started my youtube channel in two thousand and nine. I think it was about October of two thousand and nine, just a couple of months before the Bin Tin sets were revealed and I reviewed a number of these sets, and these videos pretty much lifted my channel to the middle level. They have tens of thousands of views and one of them has over one hundred thousand views. And my first monties video ever on youtube was a combination model video of a couple of the different bent ten characters from this line, which has over a hundred thirtyzero views to this day. That video was the first time I ever earned any revenue off Youtube. So Ben Ten actually did so much to me personally. So I actually owe a lot to this theme and I kind of love this theme and had nostalgia for this theme because of it. But at the same time I'm a Lego critic and I know when Lego sets are awful and I am ready to thoroughly roast these lego sets. So further ado, let's talk about the Lego bin ten alien four sets. And here we go. All of these sets are released in the winter of two thousand and ten and, like I said, just one single wave. So let's begin. Here are the been ten sets.

The first one listed on brick set is spider monkey. This set retailed for fifteen dollars as the price for all of these bin ten sets, and he had twenty one pieces. Yes, that is correct, and it's time to elaborate on the piece counts of these aforementioned been ten sets. About the pieces here? Now? Normally I mentioned this all the time, price or piece. If you're a big Lego fan you probably know what this is. For those of you who aren't as aware, I'll kind of briefly explain what price to piece is. Essentially, it's how many cents you're paying for each piece in a set. So if you have a ten dollar set, you'd want that set to have about one hundred pieces. So each piece there will be kind of the golden ratio for Lego for a normal system based Lego set is ten cents for piece. When you hit that ten cents for piece ratio, you normally looking at a pretty good value to a Lego set. Now some pieces are much bigger and more specialized than others. Lots of bionical pieces fall into that category. So normal for bionicle sets, around fifteen to twenty cents her piece is a more respectable ratio and something those sets would always try to strive for. So bionicle sets being about twenty cents or piece was a pretty good value in and of itself. However, been ten does not fit into either of those categories. Now the spider monkey set out to talk about here is seventy one since per piece, and this is the second highest piece count of any set from this wave. There's one set we're going to talk about here later in this episode that has one of the worst price of piece ratios I've ever seen in a Lego set, ever, to the point that it's historically and hilariously awful. So horrible values for these. When it comes to the number of pieces, now I will say these figures were decently sized when you built them. They were like about ten inches tall. They looked like something that might retail for fifteen dollars, which is having so few pieces to not help anything when it comes to the value of these sets. And of course they had no minifigures. It's just the build of the figure. So let's talk about these spider monkey figure here now. Spider Monkey, the character, it's a pretty literal name. He is a monkey who is part spider. Shocker there for Spider Monkey. He has four arms, he has two legs. He has a monkey head but has spider eyeballs. Very interesting. And speaking of his head, the heads of these bin ten sets were probably the best part about these bent ten sets. They had very specially molded heads. They're actually dual mold of different kinds of plastic and printing to boot, and the details here were great, low key, very high quality plastic that she had screws and then that's how high quality they were. Low Key, the heads from these Benten sets are great and if you could kind of transport those heads to better designs for the bodies and the arms and the legs, you can make really cool looking figure. So the heads aren't bad at...

...all and they're kind of like a precursor to the Star Wars buildable figure heads that come out later and Legos history that were equally well detailed in the future. So the heads actually low key kind of Nice. Now for the rest of this build. Here I want to kind of explain the Benten style of build with this figures. I get it out of the way and just assume that the rest of the figures all pretty much have the same kind of base of build for their characters. So spider monkey here. He has an exception where he has four arms, but the arms are made from a very specific set of new pieces. They have a four arm piece, they have an upper arm piece and then they have hands and they actually use those pieces for the legs as well. And he has a weird handpiece. It's a rubbery hand piece with Claus doesn't look bad and was actually used on some hero factory sets in the future. However, when it comes to being practical, it makes no sense because there are no attachment so he cannot hold on to anything. Now all of these limbs were attached onto a new torso piece and the body mold of the exact same for all these characters. Now this torso piece has four attachments for arms, specifically just for the spiderncy character, because none of the other ones have for arms. It also has two places for legs and, of course, a neck where his head can go, and the body also had pin attachments so you could add some extra details to it as well. Now there is one big pin attachment in the middle of the chest where you can attach a chest piece which is a specialized piece for all of these characters, and the middle of this chess piece had the on the tricks bent ten logo, which was a sticker. However, this sticker was actually pre applied in the factory, but it's a circular sticker and it's kind of like indented and a lot of times the sticker wasn't printed well or it wasn't applied well and it was often off center and it looked really, really bad. The sticker did have a cool feature where it could glow in the dark, which was a nice little touch, but the fact that it was off center, which is horrible quality control on Legos part, and for some reason the torso piece here and kind of the upper arm piece they used as well, had this really weird texture. Some of the pieces for these lines had the normal lego texture and some of them had kind of like this grainy sand paper texture. I can't explain it. Obviously this is an audio podcast and you can't feel anything through me kind of just explaining the way things feel, but it did not feel right at all. Was not a very lego feeling piece. Now all these figures, like I said, use the exact same designs for them and there were some interesting pieces. There also were some interesting new pieces for the feet. The feet, I remember, were had a small and the figure was fairly top heavy, as which a for arms. So this one in particular actually kind of struggle to stand, which is another huge complaint about this. And one more new piece this one and a couple other characters have is a tail, which was a very soft rubbery kind of plastic piece that attached onto the bottom of the torso piece using a pin attachment,...

...and actually this piece has made its rounds through a lot of different lego stuff throughout the years and is low key a pretty useful piece that has some practical use as a lego piece. So this is probably the best piece that been ten produced and I won't explain these builds for the rest of these sets. I will kind of point out the differences, but I won't go through all these pieces again. And if I'm being real with you guys, yes, is not very lego like. However, it didn't look awful like when you just glanced at the figure, especially if you weren't a big Lego purist fan like me. You just have been ten fan. You saw this, he be like, Oh, that's spider monkey. It's a decent looking action figure of Spider Monkey. It resembles the character it has good colors and it has very good articulation. All the joints can move around, which is very cool, although the hands being rubber made the detached fairly easily from the arms. So it's kind of a mixed bag because it looks decent but it's a horrible value and it's very on Lego legs. so as a toy it's not the worst thing in the world, but as a Lego set it is one of the worst Lego sets and the world. And as actually the first one of these sets that I purchased, I believe, back at toys r us in the winter of two thousand and nine, a little bit early. So I did own this set. The next set I did not own, that is the fifteen twenty two pieces, so the highest piece count of any Lego bentenset, and that is swamp fire. Now, the swamp fire character is a fire and swamp mix. He's got kind of like these weird swampy vines going throughout his body and Lego recreted that with using mostly sand green pieces, a great color choice, and then also his head is kind of red black and has a little bit of accents of yellow, kind of giving off a firey vibe. I personally never really like swamp fire in their show. He was one of my least heard aliens that he look kind of stupid, so I passed on this set. And the build the extra arms is very, very similar to spider monkey. However, like I said, most of these figures kind of Similard, like the original bionicles, had one small detail that kind of set them apart from the rest, and the one small detail for swamp fire here is he has these leaf pieces that connect to holes on the limb. So they actually have mini figure size peg holes on the limbs of these characters that you can attach little added details to, and swamp fire had so these weird leaf pieces that never appear in the Lego set ever again, to my knowledge at least. Then they're in a couple different colors. Some were in dark green and some were in red, and the definitely added some interesting texture in detail to this figure gear. There also was like ten of them in this set, which is of course why this set ended up with a high piece count of twenty two pieces here, which obviously it's a terrible piece count. And one thing about these figures they are so simple. You can look at the box and you could build these characters by looking at the picture on the box. That is how simple the builds are. I think...

...most people, like most kids five or up, would not need an instruction manual. They did come with instruction manuals and they're very long and drawn out for how dumb and simple these builds are, but you definitely did not need them. But that added detail did boost the price of this character. Also, his feet are a different mold than the feet we talked about with spider monkey. Spider monkey had these kind of thin, very like alien looking feet. The feet they used for swamp fire were a lot wider, which would have better for standing up, which is good, and they have kind of like a rocky sort of vibe. And those are only used for two of the figures in this wave. The other footmold is used for four of the figures in this wave. Didn't get this figure, not my particular favorite looking one, but that is swamp fire. The next figure here is the other character from this line I did not get. I'm not sure why I did not get this one. Could actually like this character in the show, and that is chromos stone. Gotta love the name Chromostone just a pun on chromosomee. They're kind of a weird thing to pun in a children's show. The CHROMO stone here was fifteen dollars yet again, with twenty one pieces and the bill old. His character is in dark blue black with accents of hot pink. Great Color Scheme. This is seriously a great color scheme and even though this is a terrible theme, this color scheme is dope and I think they should use his color scheme on something in the future because it looks very, very cool, and he has a very geod like appearance, rocky and crystalline, and a very similar build once again to swamp fire. Different footpiece, but everything else is pretty much the same, however, kind of like how swamp fire had those added leaf details, chromostone here has kind of like the shards of crystal details, another piece that has never appeared, and Lego again. It kind of reminds me of the lipstick piece. It looks very similar to the lipstick piece, which did not exist at this point in time, and these shards are molded yet again in hot pink. And his head mold is very good too and also has one of those shards on the top, so great color scheme. Definitely a pretty good looking character, one of the cold looking characters in the show my opinion, and for some reason I have no idea, I did not get this figure. I probably should have, because I like this character. Back in the day, I remember actually having an actual action figure of this character back in the day. He was one of my personal favorites. I just skipped on him for some reason. At this point in time, however, mentioning that the rest of the figures from this wave I did own back in the day, and the next character on that list here is probably the most iconic one from this show, and that is is Hu Mungosaur. I love saying that guy's name. I just have the way he says that name in the show and bedded in my mind. This, yet again, was a fifteen dollar set with a whopping fourteen pieces. Literally, this set is a rare lego set that's not a duplo said duplo is like the Kitty theme, which the pieces are humongous and pressure piece is not matter for duplo. But this is a rare, non duplo Lego...

...set that is joining the elusive club of being more than one dollar. Per piece. It's not since per piece. This is literally dollars per piece, but in sincerpiece it's one hundred and seven since piece. What. What on Earth that? That is just insane to me. I can't think of anything else from Lego with that piece count. That is one of the worst piece counts ever. That is literally ridiculous if you ask me. Now the build of this set, let's give him the benefit of the doubt. The build of this set is interesting. He is in the show a humanoid looking dinosaur thing and he is Brown and Tan and the show, I mean his name is Humongosaur. It's a combination of humongus and dinosaur, and he's a Humongosaur. He's huge. He's very, very large. He is noticeably much, much bigger than the rest of the aliens that been ten can turn into. However, the Lego figure here is not much bigger. He's slightly wider because of a shoulder piece piece, and maybe his neck is a little bit taller, but they did not do anything to make him look significantly bigger than the other figures in this line, which is distracting. I think this set, if they're going to kind of go this route could have been maybe like a twenty dollar set and had longer limbs and been a bigger character, but unfortunately they did not do that. Now let's talk about this figure, because there's some really weird stuff going on here. The build here is probably the most unique of all these bin ten characters. Now, he does not actually use the same hand piece as the rest entire wave. Five to six of these characters use that same aforementioned rubbery handpiece. He does not use that. He has these kind of fist pieces that looked pretty cool, but they're actually just molded from the elbow and there is no wrist attachments. That's kind of why he has less pieces because he does not have risks. But they look pretty cool, but they're also completely hollow. So when you flip them around it looked really dumb. So unless you get this guy from the perfect angle, it looked pretty bad and kind of felt low quality in cheap. So definitely a mixed bag with his arms there. But easily the weirdest thing here has to do with his neck. And of course we're talking about his neck. Let's talk about his head. His head mold looks pretty good. It's very good, very consistent with the rest of these characters, some good texture and like the mouth they had on him. The head is perfectly fine. But you also had this additional neck piece which was to give him shoulders, broad shoulders, to make him look like a bigger character. And this piece has may out of rubber and it slips over the neck attachment on the torso piece and over kind of like the rest of the torso and this piece. Literally, if I showed you this piece out of context and you couldn't see the Lego logo on it and one little tiny place, you would be like what on planet earth my looking at nothing about it, literally nothing about it says it's Lego, like you would have no clue this was a lego piece.

It worked out pretty well for the figure, did its job decently well and actually didn't really hinder the articulation as much as you might think it would have. But it's very, very strange. It's a very, very strange concept and it's a really weird lego piece that's going to go down the history of Lego is one of the least lego wheat pieces ever produced. Now this is a pretty weird figure that definitely some flaws of the figure, like I pointed out. But my review of this guy's combination model, like I said, has one hundred thirty seven thousand views on Youtube. I owe a lot to among us or because my review of him has over like fortyzero views by itself. For some reason people loved my Hu Mongos or content. So yes, does this set suck? Absolutely, but did it do a lot for me back in the day? Also, absolutely. Our Pin ultimate character here is Jay. I remember jet raised voice reminding me a lot of star screen from transformer, just kind of like that weird kind of voice. Interesting little thing and I'm just kind of having a rush of memories about this show while I'm recording today's episode of brick cology. No, jet right here was fifteen dollars and had sixteen pieces, so he is slightly a better deal than he mongosaur ninety three cents for piece, so he is clearing less than one dollar per piece. Such as, I guess our bar for been ten sets now. The build here, jet Ray here, is red and dark red with yellow wings. The arms and the body are the exact same as spider monkey. The extra arms literally nothing to talk about besides obviously a different color. He had a pretty nice looking head mold, but really there was only one unique thing about this figure in particular and that was his wing piece. And Wast Wing piece was a very large piece, for the largest piece from this entire Bin Tin Wave, and it was molded in a very malleable rubber and had three different pin attachments. So the pain actually attached to the bottom of the torso where the tail might attach, but then it also attached onto the insides of the arms. So these arms you could flip over and there are pin attachments on the inside of the arms. That's where you attach the pins and gave him this wingspan. Honestly, it was kind of an interesting piece. I remember actually using this piece in some mocks to make kind of weird things and I love to see people use this very creatively. It's a very interesting lego piece and it looked pretty good and actually gave him articulation still while having these big wing pieces. So I commend legos designers who mold pieces for doing an interesting job and molding some pretty cool new pieces. While it's still doesn't feel like Lego to me, I don't love the whole bent ten system, I do had to give credit work. Credit is do not. Everything here is an absolute disaster. And finally, for Benten, the last set of this wave is big chill. This was a fifteen dollar set yet again with twenty pieces and the build here. He is made in blue, baby blue...

...and black. It is baby blue. I check. It's not the normal light blue. It's like the light light blue which I normally call baby blue. And Big Chill himself is a bug looking creature with ice powers. He goes in to my bilecle episode know that I always have a soft spot for the ice power characters and big chill was one of the original bent ten sets I remember buying back in the day. And yet again the exact same style build. Really not much to talk about here, but he actually had a couple of exclusive pieces. So he had these texture pieces that went on his upper arm and upper leg, pieces that added just kind of like a scaly bug like detail. Not really sure how to explain it, but it looked pretty cool. And the connected end of those pieces with the minifigure style whole connection piece, which worked out pretty well. But obviously he's a bug creature. The most notable thing about this character in particular are his big old wings. He had these wing pieces mold and dark blue. I also remember using these wing pieces on some like Batman mocks at the time because they kind of have like a bat style look to them, or bug wings, but they also kind of look like bats and they are dark blue, so they fit into an extent with some lego Batman stuff as well. And there are two wings on each piece. So one piece has a technic pin connection point that goes on the back and the two wings spinoff from that and he got two of those in the set. So there's four total wings. Now the wings have no articulation, which is definitely at Ale disappointing because they do move around a lot in the show. It would have been cool for them to be on a ball join or something so the guy actually kind of move around. Unfortunately, obviously this is a very weird theme and they did not include things like that, but they do look pretty cool and the wings here are so big on his back it actually technically makes him the tallest of all these Ben Tin figures, which it's kind of silly when you think about it, because you mangosare yet again just going back to that should have been the tallest of all these bent ten characters, but unfortunately he was not and we're left here with big chill. And that is it for the Lego binten sets. Like I said, it got cancel out or one wave, and I have no idea if a second wave was in Legos development plans. I kind of had to imagine that they thought about it, because there are ten aliens and there's four aliens they did not design. Those four aliens are Goop, which is a pretty ridiculous name. He's kind of like a lime green slime looking dude. I don't really think he would have translated super well to this style. But we also have brainstorm, who would easily have been the hardest one to adapt to this style. He's like this weird Scorpion looking creature with a very strange bug like body with a giant head. I honestly have no clue how Lego could have ever made him into anything besides like a special mini figure mold. We also have Echo Echo, who I think would have fit into this style pretty well. He's a very simple design. He just wouldn't need to be shorters or the opposite of you, Mongas or this character needs to be very short and finally there's alien x, and this song would have fit in...

...perfectly. He would have really fit in with the style and been a very, very simple figure for like a to make. I guess we'll never know really what their plans were for the future of Lego Ben Tana, because it was such a massive failure that it was canceled after one wave entirely. And that is all for Lego Ben Ten this was a fun weird nostalgia trip for me and it was fun to kind of row some stuff out Lego said, because obviously I praise this company all the time, but it was fun today to kind of sit back and look at something that Lego did that was actually not all of that great. So concluding today's episode. Thank you so much for listening. Hopefully next week is not as painful and actually could talk to talking about good Lego sets. But I hope you have a fantastic rest of your day. Piece out God blessed, but by.

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