A big red vacuum cleaner in the depths of Atlantis
Year Released: since December 2009 (2010 officially)
Piece Count: 493 (19 extras)
New parts : Red tile 1 x 3 (x3) and Dark bley brick 1 x 1 with stud on one side (x8)
Printed parts : minifigs legs and torsos, slope 45° 2 x 2 decorated with knobs and screens (x2)
Minifigs: 4, 3 divers and 1 manta warrior
List Price: EUR 64.99 (Amazon sells it for EUR 55.80 .. what’s wrong with Lego prices ?)
January sets are on shelves !
I planned to buy more #3177 but it was already out of stock when I returned to my toy store. As my daughters are found of sets with things that you can hang, hide, etc… I decided to come back with another Atlantis set.
It’s one of the biggest. Compare it to other Atlantis theme.
Same size as Winter Toy Shop.
Already well-known front.
Back displays as usual extra functions supposed to add some fun to the set : flick-fire missiles with lime round brick (4), trapdoors with tools on one side and spear guns on the other side, an aquatic scooter that I would call subbike, the car that you can park on the lower deck of the carrier. I must admit that the angle of view is great as all that you can see on this picture is what you get … and nothing more. I could stop my review here in fact.
Top shows the minifigs included
That’s the kind of box I like : it’s easy to open (just cut the seals, nothing to punch with your thumbs), easy to reuse for storage and easy to flatten.
This is a big set. The manual is divided into 2 booklets, and use piece call-out. Of course, you get an USS (useless sticker sheet), mainly intended to decorate the crappy technic panels. 4 numbered bags that YOU SHALL NOT MIX TOGETHER, manual says (but no fine yet if you do). Some loose parts : tipper drum halves in red and a trans bright green windshield.
As usual, just shake the box before opening and you will get a real mess !
USS and Instructions
First page with tables of the laws.
Last 3 pages.
Atlantis theme sets.
Sets in action.
For those with webcam, internet acces and time to waste and who like virtual and fashionable things.
The last and the most interesting. The inventory. It’s mainly dark bley and red.
Let’s open bag 1. Two smaller bags in it.
The building begins with minifigs, and then the subbike, the car and ends with the black manta.
Let’s open a bracket for minifigs
This minifig is my preferred one. He looks as a tough guy, a real adventurer, not an altar boy. He looks great in his diver suit ! He’s depicted as the biker, hung on the rear of the carrier on the front picture.
This one seems to be the brain of the crew. He’s the pilot of the carrier. He’s great too.
This one is the novice, the trainee. The young one that only look for racing on the bottom of the sea.
And now, new propaganda from Copenhagen. Stop polluting the seas otherwise you will turn to this ! It does not feel in great health. TLG issued a new headgeartant wouldn’t be easy to reuse in other themes.
It’s made of soft stuff like rubber and can be easily bent.
Manta warrior in full suit. How Schrecklich !
In fact he is ! There are 3 divres against only one manta warrior … but only divers can be frightened.
Oups ! I forgot to speak about the ring. It’s green painted with gold with a manta pattern.
Here we are at the end of the building. 7 extra pieces on the right.
The sub bike. Very smooth and simple design
The car. Nice and impressive …
… with a real car base !
and very few pieces in fact.
The black manta has a very classic but efficient design, with smart reuse of car pieces.
Two smaller bags in bag 2. Only red, black and dark bley parts to build the core of the carrier.
Lime round plates are hidden behind the hinges. You may see both decorated slope on this picture. The white one above and the black one below. 3 extra pieces on the right.
The top of the lower deck is smartly built with hinge plates. The correct angle is obtained thanks to black door rails plates.
But it’s time to open booklet 2
Only one smaller bag in bag 3, (but who cares ?). Only red, black and dark bley parts to build the lower deck of the carrier. You may see these 1 x 10 curved slopes in red.
And when attached to the former step …
(5 extra pieces on the foreground)
It’s time to open bag 4.
Two smaller (aso) … The pearl gold curved brick is hidden under the front hood … Lego is emptying some Indy stocks !
and tipper drum parts
Trapdoor made with this ugly crappy cheapplastic-looking technic panels. You’ve got tools on the left hand side. To leave them there is the better way to lose them as they are not firmly held.
That’s not the case for spear guns on the right and side.
At last, it does not look so bad. (4 extra pieces)
Front view. It reminds me of some star wars ship …
I like the design very much. That kind of big mouth with a slim nose
With vehicles and figs
3 tiles 1 x 3, design number 63864
8 bricks with stud on one side, design number 87087
The carrier is well designed, not too big, not too heavy. You don’t have to be “big-handed” to take it and the building is strong enough for several take off and landing from the air. The way the large propeller is held is not the best as it tends to move round his vertical axis.
A second manta warrior would have been great for playability. TLG is a bit stingy for a set of that size. In 2010, this set will be probably found between 45 and 65 EUR. In the same time a manta warrior would be sold for 2.65 to 3.5 EUR as an impulse … It's going to be cheaper to buy parts separatly ! (Most of 8075's parts are very common
Most of pieces can be reuse. Only technic panels are a bit useless and tipper drum parts for those who don’t have a city.
Red is dead. I have so many red bricks that I don’t know how to use them. May be I should build a giant Chinese flag …
Every time I see a set with a lot of red bricks, I hesitate to order only those I lack of.
The main flaw is the price. It’s not expensive … it completely overpriced, it’s thief. For the same price, I ordered on BL 6441 Deep Reef Refuge a 12years old collector item full of exclusive parts. And it was not produce by cheap workforce at that time (8075 is made in Denmark – I wonder what and for how long – China, Hungary and Czech R). So, happy Xmas TLG, that was my donation for this year !
There is (still) something rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark Just look what happen to Atlantis !
Edited by WhiteFang, 19 December 2009 - 06:33 PM.
Indexed and poll added