REVIEW: 6569 Polar Explorer Bonus Pack
Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:28 PM
Polar Explorer Bonus Pack
Set #: 6569
Year Released: 2000
Piece Count: 76
List Price: $10 (USD)
In 2000, Lego introduced a new theme called Arctic. It was something completely new and different for Lego as no mini-fig scale sets and/or adventurers had ever ventured to the Arctic. The set offered new orange pieces and combined elements of blue and white pieces to provide a number of sleds, vehicles, a mobile outpost (6520), and even a large polar base (6575). The theme was unfortunately short lived and did not see 2001.
This particular set is a "value pack" that combines sets 6578 (Polar Explorer) and 6586 (Polar Scout) at a reasonable price of $10 (USD). I may have even paid a few dollars less at a discount toy store back in the early 2000s.
A picture of the "Bonus Pack" with the two sets combined within the box:
The backside features an advertisement for the Lego Club and pictures of other Arctic sets:
Starting with the smaller set, The Polar Explorer (just a tip of the iceberg ):
Front of Box
Back of Box
Both sets include the same minifig, an Arctic fig with glasses and a thick arctic coat:
Here's a shot of the fig with his hood on. I always thought the hood is a nice piece that would work well for Hoth Rebel snow scenes.
The set includes a few nice accessories:
The set actually creates a small ice/snow formation that can even be placed on water to represent an iceberg:
Here's a close-up with the blue ice spider:
The complete set:
Next, the Polar Scout:
Front of Box
Back of Box
The Polar Scout instructions picture the same image as the box:
But I really like the real arctic imagery on the backside:
The set includes a small sheet of decals:
Included are some great arctic accessories:
And some interesting arctic creatures, like this neon orange scorpion in a ball of ice:
I love the polar bear, a great addition to snow scenes:
But the best part of this set is the orange and black sled:
The back sled attachment (U-Haul) has some tools and a removable storage cover:
The top comes off easy to store tools and equipment:
Here's the arctic fig with a great metal detector (or other snow research device):
And the sled itself:
Lastly, a picture of the complete Polar Scout:
I'm a little disappointed that Arctic was a short-lived theme. At the time, I wasn't too interested in the Arctic, but I still regret not buying the large Polar Research Base after seeing it at a discounted price. I was able to pick up this set and the Mobile Outpost that I never opened.
I'd be interesting in reading your thoughts in regard to this set and the Arctic Theme.
Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:43 PM
Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:03 PM
I really like how this two small sets create an intense and adventurous atmosphere
against the backdrop of a pretty exotic region.
The sets´re well designed and very nice with a fine amount of rather unique and
well fitting gear. The whole theme offers a lot of playability in a set-up that´s a
little different to TLC´s standard sceneries for sure.
And... it always reminded me of 'Who Goes There?', too...
Posted 31 August 2008 - 06:36 PM
On a slightly random note I do know that at least one Lego minifig did make it all the way to the real artic with a research team, sadly I don’t have any pictures to offer you.
Posted 01 September 2008 - 01:44 PM
I really miss the Arctic theme. I didn't own any of the sets, but after looking at the pictures in this review and reading the instructions on Brickleys words and Brickfactory, I want them.
Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:28 PM
The Arctic theme is very nice. The minifigs have a great look to them especially with the hoods. The colors for the Arctic sets I have always liked, and somehow the idea of minifigs exploring the arctic is fun to me.
Posted 01 September 2008 - 07:03 PM
I voted both times for Outstanding because:
I really the Arctic theme. I only bought the ice sailor but otherwise no sets because of money and place reasons and because I already collect four themes (City, older Castle, Western and Star Wars Old Triology). But a comeback of the Arctic theme - perhaps as addition to a winter sports and winter rescue theme would be very welcome!
I really all sets - the little and the big ones. In my opinion they all were very well designed (not too big vehicles, not too little and not minimalitic, great minifigs and very nice and lovely details and accessory).
Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:42 PM
Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:56 PM
I rember reading a book once based on the theme which stated the scorpions and thespiders and such were aliens .
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