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Mixels Series 4

binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
Has anyone else found any of the new Mixels? I recently bought the Orbitons tribe and, upon building them, was a bit disappointed that the parts used are not as they appear in the set images and on the packaging.

Based on the images, I thought the gold parts were matte metallic (official name Gold Ink) and the transparent parts were fully transparent. However, the gold parts are the more common Warm Gold, which is not metallic, and the transparent parts are Transparent Brown (i.e. BrickLink's Trans-Black). While the models would look better with matte metallic gold parts, the difference here doesn't bother me too much. The darkness of the clear parts, though, seriously changes the look of the models relative to the images. In #41527, the bits in the "brain" are difficult to see, and in #41529, the eyes are obscured by the darker domes.

The models are still fun to build and look pretty good. And on the plus side, the Nixel included is a clever design and definite improvement over the previous incarnations. It just bothers me that I didn't get what was shown on the packaging.

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  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,520
    If you look in the pictures on the links given, the colour looking through the part is much darker than the side of the same part, but in reality the part would look different, as you have found out, I get the idea that is a CG render rather than an actual photo.
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    I just found them at Fred Meyers, Issaquah, WA. On sale too!! $3.99 each! Got the full set!
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,520
    If you look in the pictures on the links given, the colour looking through the clear part is much darker than the side of the part, but in reality the clear part would look different, as you have found out, from reflections etc, I get the idea that it is a CG render rather than an actual photo in the pictures.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    In the image, though, the transparent area is only slightly darker. For example, on #41527, the white round plate at the top still looks quite white even behind the dome. But, as can be seen below, it's much darker in reality. Pardon the poor photo; I threw together a makeshift light tent to minimize reflections on the dome.

    image
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    Well that's a HUUUGE disappointment! I'll build these with my daughter over the coming weeks, originally planning to do the orbitrons towards the end of the building sequence, but now they are first up!
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,963
    That really is a big difference. As you said, it is the difference between clear and transparent brown. :-(
    Usually their images are not that off.
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    at least it's not all of the Orbitons, http://brickset.com/sets/41528-1/Niksput 's head piece is clear, not trans brown. FWIW. Time to send TLG a nasty letter and hope for future improvements.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Looks like he had a bad curry the night before.
    GothamConstructionCo
  • KralaskanKralaskan Member Posts: 208
    We found them in every Fred Meyer store here today, like 6 cases in each store.
    And they were $3.99 and buy one get a second for 40 percent off. All legos also have that sale in this store
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,912
    I wonder if the brownish tinted pieces was a production error. More importantly, I wonder if LEGO would correct it. They would definitely look better clear transparent.
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    pharmjod said:

    I wonder if the brownish tinted pieces was a production error. More importantly, I wonder if LEGO would correct it. They would definitely look better clear transparent.

    If you look real close at the Orbiton Mixel Max, there's brown translucency apparent, despite the obvious attempt in the CGI to eliminate the coloring.

    I feel it's very bad marketing, and definitely intend to fire off an unfortunate email to their customer service in the very near future.
  • oansunoansun Member Posts: 87
    Kralaskan said:

    We found them in every Fred Meyer store here today, like 6 cases in each store.
    And they were $3.99 and buy one get a second for 40 percent off. All legos also have that sale in this store

    anyone know if they share deals with Kroger Marketplaces? That sounds like a very excellent deal
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,098
    Yep. I was looking forward to the Orbitons due to the intriguing part selection. The smoke tinted domes are definitely not what I expected going by the packaging. I wound up only picking up one of them due to this issue.
  • KralaskanKralaskan Member Posts: 208
    Yes fred Meyer is same as Kroger stores
  • DedgeckoDedgecko Seattle, WAMember Posts: 800
    The Orbitons have landed!
  • goshe7goshe7 Columbus, Ohio, USAMember Posts: 515
    Kralaskan said:

    Yes fred Meyer is same as Kroger stores

    Same overall company, but I have rarely (never?) seen the FM sales running at Kroger marketplace.
  • koozkooz Connecticut, USAMember Posts: 158
    I just brought the Glowkies home--I love GITD. These are a disappointment. There is only one glowing element on each--the eye (okay, 2 eyes on Vampos). That's it. Those GITD cheese slopes for the "toes" are actually just a light greenish blue. The teeth do not glow. Can't help but feel that there is a missed opportunity here and that the marketing of these is a bit misleading. Oh well; $5/each. Not the biggest loss ever.
  • paul88paul88 Member Posts: 169
    I share the same sentiments about the dark grey trans pieces. FWIW, I display nurp-naut without the trans pieces and he looks just the same as the packaging that way. Actually, when I first picked him up, I didn't even notice that there was supposed to be a dome over his eyes. The light blue pieces on the glowkies not glowing is a disappointment as well. I probably would have known this if I had seen online, but the first I've seen these were at walmart over the weekend since I haven't been a big mixels fan.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,338
    I thought it was fairly obvious that the eyes were the only GITD parts on the Glowkies, admittedly I probably do spend quite a long time looking at stuff in the shops though so that might be why. I agree that the cheese slope pieces would have been nice as GITD but given that GITD plastics are generally more susceptible to damage and the nature of most of the broken parts complaints I've seen being about cheese slope pieces cracking this might have been a sensible quality control choice.
  • wayneggwaynegg Texas,USAMember Posts: 394
    I'm just thrilled for the earth blue pieces in in the Globies!
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