Deep below the ocean surface, two sharks roam free - one made of flesh, the other of plastic. The Deep Sea Predator is on a mission to find the all-important crystals hidden along the ocean floor. Will he succeed? Join as we go deep sea exploring with this exciting shark submarine!
Set # - 6155
Name - Deep Sea Predator
Theme/Subtheme - Aquazone/Aquasharks
Year - 1995
Piece Count - 99
Minifigures - 1
Price - MSRP $22 US
Brickset, Peeron, Bricklink, Brickshelf
The front of the instruction manual displays all the contents of the set against a nice deep sea background:
The back of the instructions has another nice scene depicting the lone Aquashark minifig collecting one of the crystals. Hopefully he is allies with the nearby shark. The yellow corner could be cut off and used towards a subscription to the LEGO magazine:
Here we have a random page from the manual. There are no piece call-outs, so you'll have to pay close attention to each step to spot which new parts are added. Colour differentiation is perfect:
These are all the pieces included in the set. There is a wide variety of pieces, mainly in black and blue, and also some trans-orange:
The set includes a handful of wonderful printed pieces. The trans-orange shark cockpit has always been a favorite of mine. The second windscreen is black and non-transparent, and features some interesting blue and red printing. The Aquashark logo can be seen located on the tail fin. The blue computer with aquazone pattern is exclusive to only a few sets within the subtheme. There is a yellow version of the computer that can be found in a few of the Aquanaut sets:
Here are some other pieces of interest that are prominently used in this subtheme, and well as the Aquazone theme in general. Laid out here are some plant life, propeller and housing, pieces for making flexible arms, crystal container, crystal, and chrome plated harpoons and knives:
Included in the set is one Aquashark minifig. The front of his torso features the Aquashark subtheme logo print. There is no printing at the rear. Overall, he is not as flashy looking as most figs in other underwater themes, but he suits this subtheme perfectly:
Here he is with all of his gear on. At the back are two clips that can be used for attaching harpoons or knives to. He certainly looks like he is ready for action:
Also included is a classic gray shark. His jaws can open and close:
First up on the agenda is the container for holding crystals. Located on top is a magnet for added play. More on this feature later:
Construction on the shark sub can now begin. We start things off with a sturdy base and add "fins":
A cockpit for the Aquashark minifgure is added. This is equipped with a computer for navigation:
At the opposite end, the propeller and housing are added. The prop can spin freely when blown on:
Harpoons and knives are attached at various points. The arch piece helps create a low walkway from the front to the back of the sub:
We now assemble a pair of arms. The sections pop together and the end result is quite flexible:
The arms are attached and receive some upgrades in the form of grabbing hand and a magnet. A hinged canopy is added over the rear section of the sub:
With the front canopy added and the fin on top, the shark sub is now complete. It is quite menacing looking:
Here are some alternate views of the sub. If you imagine it without the arms, the overall shape is quite convincing as a shark:
As mentioned near the start of the review, the crystal container has a magnet on top of it. This allows you to pick up the box using the arm that is also equipped with a magnet:
When the rear canopy is opened, the crystal container can be stored in a holding area for safe keeping. When the minifigure isn't wearing his flippers, they can be attached to the arms along the sides of the sub:
The cockpit has plenty of room for the Aquashark figure to sit. Behind him is a passageway to the back of the sub, though it would be a very tight squeeze:
Here are all the contents of the set together and ready for action:
Pricing and value: At $22 US for 99 pieces when it was new, the price to parts ratio is quite poor. However, the final product is on par in terms of size with anything else in the price range. Overall value is satisfying.
Design/Build: The designers did a great job of creating a submarine that looks like a shark. Even with the arms attached, this thing just looks so darn cool. Construction is solid and promotes plenty of swooshing around. The build is short and mostly enjoyable - the arms however are slightly repetitive.
Pieces: This set contains four fantastic printed pieces. The two windscreens (especially the trans-orange shark one) are must haves. The minifigure is common throughout the theme, but his torso and equipment are nicely detailed. The rest of the pieces in the set are mostly common, but they are useful too.
Playability: Because this set includes the shark sub, a crystal to be found, and some sea life, plenty of fun can be had. The submarine is fun to swoosh around and the propeller is addictive to spin (preferably by blowing on it). The flexible arms are easily pose-able and the attachments on the end of them are useful for collection the crystal.
Verdict: 6155 Deep Sea Predator is a great introduction to the Aquazone theme. Great design and colour choice makes it look good on display, but because of everything that is included, it's a blast for deep sea play as well.
As always, comments and questions are more than welcome. Cheers!
Edited by WhiteFang, 07 April 2010 - 01:34 AM.