LEGO Chima Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker review

by admin on August 20, 2013

in LEGO Legends of Chima

(Written by Chi-bacca)

Today we are going to be looking at one of the most interesting LEGO Legends of Chima sets that has been released this summer; the #70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker. We will check out all the details, interesting building techniques, the minifigures, and whether the set is worth the price. So let’s begin with the minifigures! ๐Ÿ™‚

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan's Gorilla Striker

First we have Gorzan with very nice printing both on the front and back of his torso, as well as on his legs. His head is also printed on both sides with different expressions – a standard for the Chima line. Gorzan comes with a CHI-harness in dark-brown, which is exclusive to this set. His weapon is an awesome sledgehammer with a new hammer-head piece.

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan

Grumlo looks very much like Gorzan, but in gray. He also got a CHI-harness and a sledgehammer. His has different torso-printing, including a banana in his belt!!! That’s worth the full price of the set right there! ๐Ÿ™„

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Grumlo

Gโ€™loona is a nice little minifigure with short legs, as she is a child. She has very nice printing with a lei. She has no CHI-harness – probably because she is not old enough yet to use the CHI, but she does have giant metal fists (new for this summer-wave of Chima sets) which make her kind of intimidating. The fists have the same kind of grip as the wolverine claws.

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima G'loona

Rizzo the Raven is the same as in other LEGO Legends of Chima sets, so I won’t go into detail about him. One thing to note though is that you get enough spare pieces in this set to make an exact replica of Rizzo’s gun and give him twice the firepower. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Rizzo

As far as the set itself, let’s start with the Raven perch. This is an extremely cool build full of details, especially considering it isnโ€™t the main focus of the set. The top section spins around and has two lightsaber-blades (useful for Star Wars fans such as myself) that are used here as laser-guns.

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Raven Perch

The โ€œflying bird functionโ€ works reasonably well, and as a plus, you can also use the Gorilla Striker’s rotating arms to get the raven flying! There is room underneath the perch for a minifigure, or for storing those cherry-bombs (as I call them). And a standard LEGO catapult is also included to fire the cherry-bombs. One other thing to note is the very rare dark-red tree-branch pieces attached to the perch!

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Set Details

And now the section that youโ€™ve all been waiting for; the Gorilla mech! It was really fun to build it and I can say from firsthand experience that it is quite sturdy. It survived being crammed into its box that we had to squish a bit to fit into our luggage, a 2 hour flight, and British airport luggage people! The Gorilla mech of course looks like a gorilla with Gorzan’s trademark colors. (See this post for Williamโ€™s coverage on zoomorphism: LEGO Legends of Chima Polybags)

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan's Gorilla Striker Review

There is quite a lot of SNOT (Studs-Not-On-Top) techniques used, which is pretty standard for LEGO mechs, but always interesting to build. There are also some very unexpected use of LEGO elements; such as the car engines as nostrils and car bonnets located on the arms and legs. As far as the functions of the Gorilla mech, the banana-cannon is the more powerful one and is powered by (surprise) bananas!!! Gruโ€™s minions will love that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorilla Mech Details

The back of the Gorilla mech has multiple โ€œactivators”, one of which moves both of the arms at the same time. The other four fire the flick-missiles. โ€œFlick missiles?โ€ you say. โ€œWhere are they?โ€ Now, that is a good question. Just below the nose is a hatch that hides the missiles, and this is also where the mech’s CHI-core is located. The top two are fired individually whereas the bottom four are shot in twos.

#70008 LEGO Legends of Chima Gorilla Striker Back Review

The Gorilla mech also has a clip at the back, which comes quite handy to store Gorzan’s sledgehammer when he is riding the mech. Another detail is the blue hoses that are connected to the back of the mech’s hands and round to the shoulders – they do fall of quite easy. Check out this video-review of the set by the BrickShow for more details.

In conclusion I would say that I’m very pleased with the LEGO Legends of Chima Gorzan’s Gorilla Striker. The minifigures are very nice, the Raven perch is a surprisingly well done little side-build, and the mech is epic with lots of play-features. The only thing I didn’t like is the hoses falling off easily. Also that the back of the mech is quite plain. However adding more details to the back would have either made the set more expensive or we would have gotten less play-features. So yes, it is worth the price! To check out the LEGO Legends of Chima Gorilla Striker and other currently available LEGO Legends of Chima sets, you can visit the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Legends of Chima Gorilla Striker? In your opinion is the set as good as I made out? Did I miss something? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO) and this is my first article here at theBrickBlogger and my first blog-post ever. I hope you liked it and your feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Bug August 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Great post! This set is as nice as you say!


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Yes it is a very nice set with some very cool exclusive stuff thrown in which is always good ๐Ÿ˜€


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Should I do Jek-14s starfighter or eglors twin bike next?
Or maybe something completely different! Providing I have it ๐Ÿ˜‰


ninja of stealth August 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Jek-14 starfighter! i’m interested in that set and I want to see how good it is. by the way nice picture! how do you get pictures on here anyway?

also I wanted to add great post, that was pretty funny for you to bring up Gru’s minions! bananas!!!!!!!!! and its weird how the feet on the mech are so small!


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Yes Jek-14s starfighter is an interesting set (I think it’s the first LEGO starfighter with black being the dominant colour)
As for the picture, your talking about the one by your name right?, go to create an account and use the email address you use here. Then just pick a photo either from the Internet, your computer/mobile device or a premade one already on the site. Choose it and then it should come up whithin a couple of minutes on here and on any site that features Wordpress. Voila! ๐Ÿ˜€ The feet are so small because gorrilas are all about the upper body which is why the legs/feet are small. A con to this is that it makes standing it up a little tricky as you have to sort of angle it.
Oh and I love despicable me! ๐Ÿ˜†


ninja of stealth August 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

thank you! but are you sure I can trust the website? I never go on a website I cant trust


ninja of stealth August 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

not to sound winy but, whew! that website is too complicated for me!


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 5:14 AM

Well it did take a while for me to figure out but I suppose it didn’t help me being on my ipad! But it did make having the picture easy as I took it there and then ๐Ÿ˜€


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I think you should do Jek’s Star Fighter!


admin August 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I would also vote for Jek’s Star Fighter! ๐Ÿ™‚


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Ok then, it’s coming up I’ll probably write it tomorrow but of course plan it well right now!


benny the padawan of the grand army August 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

WOW chi-bacca pretty impressive for a first post, *whispers* its as good as admins posts. I think you should do jek-14 star fighter as im the biggest star wars fan from coruscant to the unknown regions and back ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ .


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

LOL and thank your a SW fan eh (well it was kinda obvious because of your name) me to hence the bacca.
But the true test is here ๐Ÿ˜€
Disney bought Star Wars what’s your opinion?
When did LEGO start making SW sets?
What is the largest LEGO SW model?(doesn’t have to be commercially available)
What is the name of the first clone?
And what species is yoda?
Anyone else feel free to reply if you can answer any of the questions oh and no looking it up because i’ll know if you have ๐Ÿ˜‰


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I promise I didn’t look these up!
1: I not upset about it as long as there is no Mickey Mouse!
2: 1999
3: Yoda Choronicles 1:1 scale X-Wing!
4: my guesses are Null- class ARC troopers and 99
5:Wookiepeidea classifies his species as Yoda’s Species last time I checked!


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

All I’m gonna say is 4/5 so well done ๐Ÿ˜€
Hang on you said you didn’t look it up yet you mentioned wookiepedia :/


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Can you tell me which one was wrong?


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Oops you said last time you checked……….which could have been 2 seconds before ๐Ÿ˜‰


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I promise last time I was on Wookiepeidea was like a week ago and last time I looked up Yoda was like one month ago!


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Just messing with you ๐Ÿ˜€ and number 4
(Everyone can get at least one as the first is just a matter of opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ so there’s a little cheat)


benny the padawan of the grand army August 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

ok then its on, 1. my opinion on disney buying star wars is bad i hate disney lucasfilm had it perfect with star wars 1616 coming out next year (now cancelled) they stop season 6 of clone wars half way through i hate disney for that and disney will make next film terrible. 2. i know part of this eventhough im a tfol ( but only just) im sure it started limited edition in 1999 but got good sales so they kept it 3. largest lego model well i dont know as im only just not a kfol id say b-wing 4. the first is boba then the second clone isnamed im sure its null arc 10 (i think the numbers that) he is called ordo and he was named by kal skirata after tried to shoot a kaminoan, i read that in my star wars novels, 5. yoda’s speceise is unknown but is named yoda speciese by some fans. more info that proves im biggest is all born null arcs r prudii jaing ordo mereel kom’rk and one i forgot. i play swtor and cwa. best is i know alot if mando’a for example ki’kut is idiot and buir is father/mother again i read that. oh and also some deserters on imperial wanted list are cor and atin of omega all of yayax, alpha arc maze , barden justic aka. bard’ika, commander levet. and star wars books i read are republic commando: hard contact republic commaando: triple zero republic commando: order 66 ,choices of one and currently on imperial commando: 501st! if u dont believe me ur not obe with the force and midi-clorians either hate u or they just werent there when u were born ๐Ÿ˜€


benny the padawan of the grand army August 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

not i didnt look up before at what that guy said


benny the padawan of the grand army August 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

typo i mean no i didnt


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Wow that’s alot there you definitely know more than me!
Anyway you got 4/5 (hint: the largest model doesn’t have to be commercially available-meaning it doesn’t have to be one you buy.)
Admin, has he beaten my record for longest post? ๐Ÿ™‚


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Umm comment not post cause that goes to fikko and his 3,000 odd word contributors page! ๐Ÿ˜€


admin August 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

There are actually some really-really long comments in the Ninjago section. Last year there were a bunch of kids writing stories, expanding on Ninjago – some of them were like a book with several chapters! Those were the good old days… BTW, I heard a rumor today that a Ninjago castle is coming. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 5:16 AM

Cool, but I want to see the mech dragon!


benny the padawan of the grand army August 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

i remember the x-wing it was on the news and you could see the guy had made all the peices out of smaller peices then obviously used the instructions!!!!!

and in the back of my galaxy squad eredicator mech there was that ninjago poster saying we will be back


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Ordo was Null-11


admin August 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

LOL! You don’t have to whisper, Chi-bacca is an awesome writer and he also took great pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚


Chi-bacca August 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Thanks, my trusty (but small) Samsung has served me well ๐Ÿ˜€


ninja of stealth August 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

hey admin! do you know when new ninjago sets are coming out?


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 5:17 AM

(Puts on disguise) they are coming out in December/January ๐Ÿ˜€


admin August 21, 2013 at 8:36 AM

No announcement has been made as of yet, but so far what I have heard in 2014.


D.B. Bricks August 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Admin, I just got The Death Star so I was wondering if I could Review it?


admin August 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

You did???!!! That’s one of the best SW sets! Sure you can review it, if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 5:21 AM

If you get round to it……….DO IT! ๐Ÿ˜€
But I have a feeling it’ll be over the 1,000 word limit……….


D.B. Bricks August 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

It’s hard for me to get the right words, but I’ll still most likely split it into two posts. Part 1 minifigures, TIE Advanced… Part 2 The Death Star itself!


Chi-bacca August 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Nice idea, your pretty lucky to have such an awesome set ๐Ÿ˜€


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