LEGO Review: Mr. Freeze Ice Attack [70901]

Set Summary

Name: Mr. Freeze Ice Attack
Set #: 70901
Theme: The LEGO Batman Movie
Cost: $24.99 CDN
Brick Count: 201
Minifigures: 3
Release Date: January 1, 2017

Summary Review: 93%

VALUE: 90% (Really good value at $0.12 per brick.)
BUILD:
90% (Nicely designed, but I wish Mr. Freeze’s suit could stick to LEGO.)
MINIFIGURES:
92% (Well designed Minifigs, and excellent brick-to-fig ratio.)
ENTERTAINMENT:
100% (Really nice and fun design, great build time value.)

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LEGO 70901: Mr. Freeze Ice Attack box art.

Review

VALUE: 90%
At $24.99 in Canada, and with 201 pieces, you are paying $0.12 per brick. That is one cent below the current overall average that I calculated using the January 2017 catalogue (click here to read my analysis). That also puts it under the average cost of a brick in the LEGO Batman Movie theme. This set is a pretty good value, and earns a score of 90%.

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Mr. Freeze Ice Attack set [LEGO 70901]

BUILD: 90%
This is a really nice set. I like the Gotham Power Plant backdrop that comes with it. There is a lot of great detail in terms of pipes, levers, and valves. What is really interesting is that if you buy this set, the Joker Balloon Escape, and Scarecrow Special Delivery, the sets all link together to make a larger playset.

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Mr. Freeze’s mech suit [LEGO 70901], front view

The real focus of the set is Mr. Freeze’s mech suit. It is simple yet aesthetically pleasing, and has great mobility through multiple points of articulation. The attachment for the hoses is really clever too. The freeze gun is also well designed, and has an incorporated stud launcher. My only point of contention with this build is that even though it is built out of LEGO, it is not actually LEGO compatible. What I mean by this is that Mr. Freeze’s suit cannot be made to attach to a LEGO baseplate because the bottoms of the feet were designed to be smooth. I give this set 90% as a build score.

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Mr. Freeze’s mech suit [LEGO 70901], rear view

MINIFIGURES: 92%
This set comes with three Minifigures. Taking a look at Batman first, he is actually identical to the Batman that came in the LEGO Batman Movie accessory pack given away at the LEGO store earlier this year (click here to read my review). He comes with a Batarang and a buildable flame thrower. He gets 80% for design.

There is also a security guard included in the set. I am curious why a security guard needs and oxygen tank and breather, but he comes with them all the same. He looks a little more like a fireman than a security guard. He does have a double-sided face (neutral and screaming), as well as a front and back printed torso. His legs are plain black. In addition to the breathing apparatus, he has a pretty hefty shot gun. He also earns a design score of 80%.

My favorite Minifigure in this set is Mr. Freeze. Prior to this, I did not have this character in my LEGO world. There have been some nice Mr. Freeze Minifigures in the past, but I am glad that I waited for this one. He is super detailed. While he does not have a double-sided face, he more than makes up for it with the intricate printing on the front and back of his torso, as well as on the front of his legs and removable armour. I give him 90%.

Three Minifigures and 201 pieces gives this set a brick-to-Minifigure ratio of 67-to-1.  That is excellent, being well below both the current overall average (157-to-1) and the average for the theme (127-to-1). The brick-to-Minifig ratio score is a full 100%. When combined with the design scores, this set gets an overall Minifigure rating of 92%.

ENTERTAINMENT: 100%
This set took me 30 minutes to build. At $24.99, that means each minute of build time cost $0.60, which is actually a really good value when compared with other LEGO sets. It earns the set full 100% for its build time score.

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Mr. Freeze Ice Attack [LEGO 70901]

As for the set itself, I really like that it can be combined with other sets. That certainly increases the entertainment value for kids playing with this set. For me, it is not a stand alone set, but it could be easily incorporated as is into a chemical facility or lab of some sort just as is. I will probably not change it when I find the right custom project to stick it in. Again, it earns 100% from me in terms of enjoyment.

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Mr. Freeze Ice Attack [LEGO 70901]

Overall: 93%

This is a great set that I highly recommend. It is one of the lower priced sets of the theme to begin with, but it also comes at an excellent value per brick as well as for build time. You get three nicely designed Minifigures, and fun, detailed build. This set is worth the purchase even at full price.

Do you have this set already? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

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