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|Elvendale has its own fire-breathing dragon and she matches Azari's 'fiery' personality!
Let's go for a ride, explore a cave and learn what dark elements have come to test LEGO Elves.
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|Adventure awaits the Elves and their human friend - as depicted on the box back.
Center bottom shows the evil Elf Witch Ragana.
|The tail section is assembled next and attached. The legs teach the builder a bit of "studs-not-on-top" when bricks are
turned sideways for the sculpting effect of the body part.
Legs and feet are meant to be built then attached with the ball & socket connection;
I opted to build them all first -- then attached. It just seemed more intuitive.
I love the Tail! The teeth pieces for dragon scales are perfect!
|The dragon's head fits onto the jaw piece by placing it "straight-down" from the top;
you can't push it on at an angle.
It connects very sturdy and its articulation gives you 3 position between open and closed. The inset
image shows the ball and socket connection of the head to the neck.
The magenta Horns are made of the same rubbery material as Elves hair and don't fit into the hard head
100%, yet are secure; try not to squish them out of shape.
|Here I have laid out all the dragon 'sections' that you assemble somewhat separately --
to show the overview.
As I mentioned before -- the instructions call for each section to attach as you build it.
It was easier, in my opinion, to do it this way and have less picking up the dragon.
When it is whole, it is *very* articulated!
|Here she is! Miss Zonya and her Elf minder, Azari the Fire Elf. They make a hot duo!
Zonya's legs have 4-way articulation. Her neck's ball & socket can move enough for any activity, plus a little side-to-side.
Her tail can curl, up and down, and the curvy-spiked tip can whip on its own arc.
Her wings can go up 90-degrees, and down about 40; they also have a slight pitch, if you need it.
The dish pieces making the pads on the bottoms of her legs make it slightly difficult to 'stay' in a specific pose, yet not so much that I
would remove them. Her saddle and gemmed forehead make her very stunning in person!
|The cave front is certainly not drab! The green 1x1 side teeth bricks convey a green growth from the dark within.
The crystals have their own function -- to hidea secret entrance!
The pink branches, mushrooms, and super-cute
Salamander sticker really liven up this spot. Salamanders are known as "cave dragons" too.
|Here is the cave outside, with its Lava flowing. The additional tiling down the side of the rocks,
adds another dimension to the trans-orange Lava curtains.
That is the end of the building ~ now for the story.
|Parched from the flight, Zonya needs a drink. They find a fountain and give her a bucket of water ... 'ahhhh' that should be quenching right ...
|The map of Elvendale may also tell a story if you dare to see. There will be adventures and Dragons to save!
From the instructions page and the new tiled map placed for reference.
|Azari and Emily - the first human Azari ever met, likewise, she
is the first Elf Emily ever met.
Both Azari's top is a new design, as it Emily's outfit -- of course
she has her Grandmother's medallion, or else she
couldn't visit Elvendale.
|All the lovely extra pieces -- small ones can easily get lost, yet it is the very 'small' details which give
LEGO Elves their magical, imaginative quality.
|2016 has new dragons, as shown on this page in the instructions. Happy new friends and baby dragons too ... yet there is a darkness
creeping in from the upper right.
Evil Elf Witch Ragana has imprisoned the Queen Dragon Elandra. Let's hope bravery will save her and no evil can get to our special
dragons ... or is it already happening?
Dragons and caves with Lava, oh my, I didn't think I would enjoy this set as much as I am. The Dragon design,
pieces, articulation, pose-ability, sturdiness, colors, markings and obvious personality are winning! The cave is
something that can be built upon and the techniques are clever, whimsical,
and pack so much interaction in a medium LEGO set.
The improvement in details for this dragon (now I can't wait to build more) from the Harry Potter dragons, which
had no forearms -- is evidence of the meticulous design details the LEGO Elves team has created.
Even if you prefer buildings or vehicles, again, the parts in this set are very attractive for MOCs. One sprang to
mind when I was adding Zonya's legs.
Although, I can't imagine taking her apart any time soon.
|Oh No! The water was poisoned by that cursed green crystal! Zonya has been affected by the evil that is darkening Elvendale.
Her pink gem has been turned into a green dark magic gem! She is becoming aggressive toward Azari and her friend Emily!!
"Hurry Azari and use your Fire magic to warn Zonya,"
while Emily pulls off the green crystal mask to break the magic spell and change the water back to fresh, blue water!!
|Now we build the cave and Lava slide assembly for function -- complete with Fire element tile.
Inside the cave are 2 beds of "moss" for Azari and Emily to sleep, and a torch for light.