LEGO Toy Story 3 Review: Army Men on Patrol (7595)

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A toy of a toy made out of toys based on a toy in Toy Story? I thought that the Winter Toy Shop made of LEGO was meta, but this pack takes the cake.

Go out on patrol with the Army Men! There’s an important mission in Andy’s bedroom – time to send in the green Army Men! Hopping along on their removable stands, these brave toy soldiers never leave a man behind. Good thing they’ve brought their Jeep, stretcher and all their equipment with them!

Yep, it’s a LEGO set based off the Army Men in Toy Story. Does it make any sense? Not really, but when I stumbled upon this set on clearance, I figured it was worth $5 for four minifigures and a jeep – and at that price, it is.

Almost entirely monochromatic except for tires, steering wheel and a few hidden bricks you don’t see, this set is all green. And I mean all green. It’s weird opening a box of LEGO and seeing a pile of green bricks staring back at me.

All four of the minifigures are identical. Green hands, arms, legs with a torso that has a military suit printed on the front. Their faces are rather generic looking LEGO heads, except for the fact that they’re green too. A new piece is given for the figures to stand on to make them seem more like toy army men. The base is shaped like a peanut and is just a stylized 2×4 flat brick.

To set each LEGO army man apart, a wide assortment of accessories were included in the set. In all there are four helmets (one of them printed with a medic symbol), two rifles, two pairs of binoculars, two radios, a metal detector, a briefcase, a backpack and a stretcher. It’s a fine assortment, but seeing these all in green is odd.

The rest of the set consists of parts to build the jeep. The jeep looks great and the coloring would actually make sense for a military vehicle. An open cabin, the jeep can seat up to two figures. The wheels work great and the inclusion of a spare attached to the back is nice touch. The only thing that seems odd is that the figure’s stands have to be removed for them to ride in it.

I always found the Toy Story branded Army Men a hilarious marketing move. Seeing as a few dozen army men still only cost a dollar or two, it seemed dumb to release a bucket of them for $20. But I grabbed these figures even though they’re all green. They’re not bad, but it’s kind of odd that all the figures are just identical. With a few extra heads, these figures could easily be turned into regular looking army men. Oddly enough, this is the first time LEGO has released army-themed figures.

Written by jestergoblin

January 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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