The Kazi branding in my humble opinion, when direct translate from Chinese to English will be “Open Idea/Knowledge”. Therefore is interesting that Kazi offer a range of military series that are quite affordable in terms of pricing and selection. Most of their range are labelled under the World War 2 Era.
For today’s post, I will be doing a review of the Kazi’s Hummer. Written on the front of the box, at the bottom left corner,
- United States Marine Corp
- World War 2 Classic Vehicle
Item Name: Kazi Hummer (KY82004)
Year of Production: Unsure (Got it in 2015) Made in China
Regular Retail Price: Unsure (Got it as a gift) but should be relatively cheap in pricing.
Fairly nice cover ..with cool background where the vehicle is positioned.
Firstly I did a search over the internet to verify if this Hummer design is legit/accurate to be the real deal that was introduced during the WW2. The results did not return any similarity that match the design and model that Kazi featured. Therefore I assume this is a imaginary base design from Kazi. On the box art, the AMG hummer tile was shown. Rightfully AMG could be interpreted as AM General, the developer of High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle aka HMMWV or Humvee. Officially the Humvee didn’t start its preliminary design work till 1979 by AMG.
Above on the top > shown the military type Humvee, below > shown the conventional Hummer
Okay let me proceed with the review now.
The 7 packets are not labelled. Therefore all of the packets needs to be open in order to start the building process. The set does not come with any sticker sheet. The instruction sheet is just a sheet of folded paper.
Now to begin the build experience….
Looks cool and can be compare to a Light Strike Vehicle (LSV), shown below — instead for a Hummer.
The mounted weapon on top, just doesn’t add in well with the overall Hummer look. The weapon looks too futuristic and how should it be operated to fire…handles look too high for the mini-figure to hold.
Overall the built duration took about 45 minutes…I need to look hard over the instructions because some steps can be misleading in the diagram (as usual to what Kazi instruction is known for — creating “Building steps illusion”), that’s a point to note. Parts can be quite hard to snap on or connect together. Luckily this is a small set and fairly simple to build through.
Well their helmets design are really ugly. They do have nice printed torso and legs. They have that expression over their face, they are extremely keen and will be enjoying their ride on the hummer. However, why do Kazi provides three mini-figs without issuing their personal weapons to them ?!??!?! (A big let down on this) One binocular doesn’t help them much with the rightful fire power each soldier should have. To me…they are helpless on their own in the battlefield. Is Kazi – “Open Idea/Knowledge” trying to mock me to open up my mind, think out of the box and generate imagination. Maybe …damn these soldiers knows “kung fu” or any sort of martial arts to defend themselves…just maybe…well good try Kazi…but I ain’t a fool. A rifle each will do justice to them. Shake Head
The first front guy will be the driver, by his side the second guy will be the observer holding the binocular. There is no seat for the third guy at the back (but I still squeezed him in)…he is generally useless….as he couldn’t reach out to the “weird” weapon system above him. Come on Kazi..give them a chance not to die too early when war starts. Shake Head Again
The vehicle does travel smoothly on flat surface. Generally this hummer will be a good scouting vehicle if the soldiers are nicely equipped with relevant weapons. Is more of a light strike vehicle with quick speed mobility. Overall I had a fair amount of fun factor when pushing it around. The mounted weaponry looks more like a high power laser emitting system than a bullets firing type. Is definitely not from the WW2 era too. More like a modern type vehicle.
I hereby want to thank my friend for giving me this set and thus inspired me to do this virgin review.
This concludes my review on the Kazi – Hummer. Any comment, please feel free to drop a message. Thank you for reading.