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70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« on: July 04, 2022, 23:55:47 »
Hi all, this is a review of the Bat Fairy Ruins set. I know there is interest in it since it has Steck castle parts and other interesting bits. I am hosting images on my own site that doesn't have extra security so if images don't show up for you I have put a link directly under each photo.

The Box front:


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807box.jpg

Pretty standard for this theme for the box.

Open box with bagged contents:


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807open.jpg

Happily they have left enough room in the box you could put a second unassembled complete set in there for storage  :hmm:

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2022, 00:03:16 »
The set assembled from the inside view


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807set.jpg

Note the gargoyle is the same color as the walls and is a unique color to this set so far (as are the walls - more on that in a moment)
Also of interest is that the floor of the ruins is a new piece and has slots for the ladder and the shield grip. You can pick up the set without the ladder falling off.

The other side of the set


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807setback.jpg

One thing I really like about this set is how it is a nice complete scene from all sides. It is especially good from the long front and back but works from any angle.

Many bats in this set, plus a pair of crows

The thing I dislike about the set the most is that the larger tree is not molded to fit the root piece. Both have been used before and the tree was made for directly on a landscape plate not to fit on top of that root piece. It looks awkward and wrong to me, the one part of the set really that just doesn't work.

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2022, 00:09:48 »
Here is the wall color in comparison to a regular light grey rock on the left and classic castle Steck wall attached on the right


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807walls.jpg

The set comes with 2 of the round tower window wall sections, one double female connector, two corner connectors, one three way connector, the broken round wall with window piece, the short broken wall top piece, the small end short broken wall piece, the gargoyle and a small adapter for the gargoyle to sit on. All in this blue grey color unique to Steck parts. The instructions are online at Playmobil and all part numbers can be found there.

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2022, 00:17:28 »
The Steck connected unique parts for this set.


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807steck.jpg

The large dark grey rock piece has a place on the bottom to fit a battery operated LED light fixture to light up the holes in the rock. There are special pins for that to be seen in a moment. It also has a hole that requires a lid to cover on the end. Not super useful in regular Steck construction.

The smaller rock piece is a more useful shape, but has gold printing on it. The printing looks great and could be erased off, but you will be paying the price of a printed piece from DS for it.


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807rockpt.jpg

The floor fits nicely in a half round tower and could be useful any time you area construction such as this. Note it sticks out in front of the wall on the left.

The tree is the most useful bit in my opinion.


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807tree.jpg

Note it is a little taller than one Steck unit high. Looks great though and has a few holes on the sides for attaching to as well as that nice length to the branch sticking out.

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2022, 00:25:46 »
The light feature on the large rock is interesting. It is a very bright light. That is because you fill in all the holes in the rock. The set comes with pins that fit in the holes. Some are in milky trans light blue and the others in the dark rock color. A surprising and wonderful aspect to the set is that they have given you enough of each pin to fill all the holes in the big rock. The instructions say to use three crystals per side of the rock. You can change that however you want though.

The rock pinned with the light on in the dark:


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807light.jpg

Extra pins in the rock compartment


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807hole.jpg

Some of the extra pins in front of the outside of the rock


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807pins.jpg

These pins are a standard size. That means you can use them to fill any hole that is designed to fit a typical small plant stem. Here they are on the baseplate from the lava scorpion set.


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807stone.jpg

The dark grey rock pin could be super useful to diorama makers who need something to fill in obvious baseplate holes. Hopefully it will come out one day in other rock colors. I hope the designers realize how useful this piece is and do reuse it. It would be a shame if this is the only time we ever see it.

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2022, 00:28:40 »
Another feature to discuss is the hanging candelabra that has short candles on it. The candles are separate pieces that will fit any small pin location, like has been used for the taller candles in the past. The bottom section of the light is the right width to hold Klicky feet. This is shown in a box photo, so the bat fairy hanging upside down is a planned feature of the set


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807upside.jpg

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2022, 00:34:07 »
Some other interesting parts in the set


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807parts.jpg

Unique color on the flame pieces. The spider in magenta is unique.

The shields in the Ayuma sets is a new mold, different from the old castle small shields. This set has the only black example so far. The bat heraldry is a sticker.

The crystal casket seems to be a new piece as well. The part number isn't in PlaymoDB yet at least. It's a cool piece. Has it been done in another color previously?

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2022, 00:39:49 »
A couple of additional random photos


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807forest.jpg

The little plant bit the bat is sitting on is a unique number and is in dark green


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807runes.jpg

The braided type plant piece is also a unique number and possible color in the dark green
The purple cobweb window insert was in a Novelmore Violet Vale set previously but is uncommon

There are a surprising number of unique colorations in this set. This seems to be true of many Ayuma sets. Using a unique color palette really helps the theme a lot I think. The sets feel dark and magical in mood and really work for a deep forest setting as is portrayed in the video series.

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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2022, 00:50:10 »
The two Klickies and their spirit animals


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807klick.jpg

The green Fairy is named Loxy, and the Bat Fairy is Xamira
Loxy has the wing style of a Knight Fairy but the coloration of a Forest Fairy. A militant Forest Fairy? No hand weapons included  in the set, just the large fire weapon.


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807klickyf.jpg

Xamira has a narrow cape


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807klickside.jpg


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807klickbk.jpg


http://animobil.info/playmo/70807/70807klickbk2.jpg

Xamira has the magenta bat ornament on her waistband.
The warthog is in really interesting colors with nice print. They have created a new mold for the tusks which is unique and attractive in the gold. The baby spinosaurus in black with magenta paint is an interesting choice. They are Spirit animals so I suppose they can be anything.  Hmm is my avatar Tiermann the Dinosaur my spirit animal??
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Re: 70807 Ayuma Bat Fairy Ruins
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2022, 00:55:45 »
Overall I love this set. It is not in the top most tier of prices but maybe the next tier down. I would prefer Ayuma be more normally priced, so I just wait for good sales on them.

This set has all sorts of things to love about it, but some odd choices as well. Why mold the walls in a unique color instead of normal light grey? I guess it has to do with the color theming of the series to make it darker and rich looking. Still it limits the usefulness of the parts to diorama makers and castle customizers.

The Steck tree branch is great, the rock pins are great, the interesting flame colors are cool, lots of bats and interesting unique animals. More than enough good to make up for the few negatives to me personally.
Let me know if you have any questions I can answer on things here.
Thanks for reading - Tiermann