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#1 GriZzliQ

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:56 PM

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Year of release: 1996
The article: 6190
The name: Shark's Crystal Cave
Theme: Aquazone - Aquasharks
Quantity of elements: 258
Quantity of minifigures: 2
MSRP: $50.00

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The 6190 "Shark's Crystal Cave" is the largest set in Aquasharks subtheme of the Aquazone.
The set consists of two major parts: the underwater structure located on the baseplate and amazingly detailed submarine.
Let's take a closer look at the set.

MINIFIGURES.


The set includes two minifigs. Their outlook is identical except the faces and hands: one hand is replaced with trans-neon green pirate hook - rare element.
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Both divers have black aqualung headgear.
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Some chrome silver knives and harpoon projectiles, as long as flippers included.
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The lonely, hungry and angry shark.
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The seaweed is made of three elements - the red and green gives it a pretty "underwater" look.
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The main objective of Aquasharks: chrome silver crystals.
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The set includes two boxes to keep crystals, both have magnet pads attached.
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THE BASE.


The key element of the underwater "base" is the raised baseplate - this part goes only with this set (and at the BL of course)
The underwater structure is used as kind of submarine bay/pad.
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The stairs is used by the minifigs to get into submarine's cabin.
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And the cage under the pad has enough room to keep the shark (check out the blue BURP!).
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THE SUBMARINE.

The submarine is the state-of-the-art, it's LEGO's masterpiece.
The front view.
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The windscreen with "shark" pattern is brilliant!
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The front cockpit has place for one minifigure.
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There's 2*2 slope brick with printed (!!!) control panel.
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Flexible manipulators of the sub - it's a pity LEGO has given up producing these parts.
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One of the "hands" picks the crystals up from the sea-bed...
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And puts them into container attached to the "hand" with magnet.
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The tiny underwater scooter goes along with the sub.
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And the scooter is stored in the main compartment in the middle of the submarine's body.
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The trans-neon orange octagons are used to cover the sides of the main compartment.
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The steering wheels are used as valves to operate the side sections. They can be opened...
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Some accessories attached to the body of the sub give it a very detailed, "real" look!
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There's another cabin for the member of the crew in central part of the sub.
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It's covered with the hinged element.
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And has transparent windows on the sides.
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Surprize! There's luggage compartment in the tail!
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It's used to store the crystal containers. One can store one...
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...or two containers at the same time.
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The tail of the sub has...
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Two turbines. Is this enough?!
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The compass is located on the top of the upper propeller coverage. Does anyone cares of the compass here?
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Trans-neon orange propellers are nice and useful.
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The bottom of the sub.
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Let's take a look at the submarine with all it's features!
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Some nice and easy to use parts in trans-neon orange.
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Some additional photos from different angles.
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CONCLUSION.

Despite of its age - 13 years old - I consider this set to be more beautiful and functional than most current sets. It's marvelous! So many features are made using less than 300 pieces! And you'll never find so many useful pieces in any set - so grab one as soon as you'll have the chance!

This set is for everyone:
- high playability
- lot of useful/rare parts
- the must have for any LEGO collector's shelf display

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Edited by WhiteFang, 19 October 2009 - 04:21 PM.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:24 PM

This is a wonderful, yet very strange set. Your review is top notch BTW, you should enter the Academy. :thumbup:

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:42 PM

Brilliant review! I'm not a huge fan of the aqua series in general (I've always liked the minifigures though :wub: ) but your review makes me like the theme a bit more. Thanks again for a great review.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:28 AM

This set was always one of my favorites of the aquazone line. This review sure does bring back memories. I always used the center cabin as a prison cell for captive hydronauts. The price is pretty steep $50 for less than 300 pieces, but Lego was more expensive back in the mid 90's comparatively. Lots of unique pieces as was stated above. Great review!

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:04 AM

This review is one of the best I have ever seen.
Lots of great pictures, tidy and informative!
Set is excellent, I could not find it here when I was a kid. This review brings it closer to me! Thanks!
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:57 AM

Great review, that's made me want to buy this set, great pictures in the review aswell!
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#7 GriZzliQ

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:46 PM

View PostDestroydacre, on Oct 19 2009, 09:28 AM, said:

This set was always one of my favorites of the aquazone line. This review sure does bring back memories. I always used the center cabin as a prison cell for captive hydronauts. The price is pretty steep $50 for less than 300 pieces, but Lego was more expensive back in the mid 90's comparatively. Lots of unique pieces as was stated above. Great review!

Sorry,I`am new here & what academy you talking about?
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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:27 PM

Nice review  :wub:

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Sorry,I`am new here & what academy you talking about?
We have a special reviewers academy for training members into making standout LEGO set reviews. However, you don't need to go there because this review is perfect. As far as I'm concerned you could teach at the academy.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:45 PM

GriZzliQ, your review is great, but your signature is large! (on IE7; Opera tiles pics vertically.)
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#10 GriZzliQ

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:26 PM

View PostBonaparte, on Oct 19 2009, 08:27 PM, said:

Nice review  :wub:


We have a special reviewers academy for training members into making standout LEGO set reviews. However, you don't need to go there because this review is perfect. As far as I'm concerned you could teach at the academy.

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The only problem is translating the text fron russian into english(((
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 02:46 AM

Love and enjoyed this review. It's now embedded into our index.  :thumbup:

A nice and unique way of presenting this review. We don't get much Aquashark review over in EB, and this is our first official review that has been added to our index. If you are interested to take part of the Reviewers Academy programme, feel free to sign up. Bonaparte and I will grant access to this hidden training ground.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:34 AM

View PostWhiteFang, on Oct 20 2009, 06:46 AM, said:

Love and enjoyed this review. It's now embedded into our index.  :thumbup:

A nice and unique way of presenting this review. We don't get much Aquashark review over in EB, and this is our first official review that has been added to our index. If you are interested to take part of the Reviewers Academy programme, feel free to sign up. Bonaparte and I will grant access to this hidden training ground.

Lastly, welcome to Eurobricks!

I think I will do some more reveiws and then will enjoy the Reviewers Academy programme)
So, I have all Aquqazone sets and can make reveiws to all of them)

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:38 AM

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:43 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reviewing this, I had never seen it before in my life, and to see it with such a great review is nice.  Your skills are very good, you should enter the reviewers academy, I think you'd do well.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:51 AM

This is probably my favorite set among the entire Aquazone line. The sub looks very sleek and is shaped just like the shark the set comes with. It also has a lot of interior room and includes a large number of rare pieces. Most of the trans-orange windscreens are actually unique to this set, as are the blue BURP, black tail piece and printed 1x4x3 hinge panel. The only downside is that the "cave" is not much of a base at all. The blue crater baseplate is great, but they could have done a lot more with it.

The set was surprisingly cheap on ebay and BL a few years ago, and I got two unopened copies for around $35 each. The prices have gone up since then though.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 01:27 AM

Great review of a great set of yet another that I never knew existed until now! :grin:

The blue printed "moon" baseplate suits this set so well! I like how the designers used the craters as spots to place the plants. The bumpy part of the baseplate looks just like a dirt hill, too.

The blue BURP is beautiful. :wub:

Keep up the good reviews!  :thumbup:

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 05:16 AM

The set is good like many of the undersea sets.But its a little "Bulky".

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:18 AM

Still have this one laying around. made me really happy back in the day.




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