LEGO really likes to release an underwater theme every two years or so, and I'm totally fine with that. Especially their latest underwater series looks very well. LEGO Atlantis: a combination of vehicles and (hopefully) a drown city. A team of divers begins their search for Atlantis, but they better watch out for its guardians!
LEGO Atlantis has to be released in January 2010, but it's obvious that the sets are already available in many stores. I really like the color sheme of the LEGO Atlantis theme, and the idea is just great. The sets however, aren't that great in my opinion. I first thought they were going to be awesome, but after a closer look I noticed that not all of them are really good. For instance, some of them look very skinny (Typhoon Turbo Sub, I even thought the engines could be fold up) or are a bit too expensive (Guardian of the Deep, not impressive at all for its price). But the little sets look extremely nice, just like this one: 8057 Wreck Raider.
The set costs about 9,95 EUR with 62 pieces including two great minifigures. The boxart is really nice, although the Atlantis logo is really big. On the front the box also marks the new "collectable" rings which will work as keys, like in the Gateway of the Squid set. The back of the box shows the back of the vehicle and also the play functions: two flick fire harpoon shooters, which look actually nice, and the propellers which can be changed from direction. And now we also learn that there are 5 rings to collect.
Some of the new pieces, they are very interesting. The trident is made of a softer kind of plastic than normal LEGO bricks.
On to the best part of LEGO Atlantis: the minifigures. We get a tough diver and a fierce shark. I'm not sure whose the bad guy? Perhaps the diver who intrudes the home of the sea creatures, or is it the shark who defends his home?
When you take of the diving gear of the diver you'll see a clear look of his dubble printed head. He's a tough looking pirate, but when he encounters the shark he gets scared. Notice the beautiful printing on his torso, back, belt, legs and even his feet.
The other figure has a also a nice lookig print and a cool head. But, as not pictured on the box, on the top of his head there is a printed blue print. It doesn't look bad. The shark made me think of the shark head, included in 4762 Rescue from the Merpeople (LEGO Harry Potter). Of course there are differences, like the softness of the plastic and the amount of details, but they're both sharks. Viktor Krum's headpiece is made of normal LEGO plastic while the shark's head is made a softer kind.
Onto the main part of this set. The diving vehicle looks very nice. The colors match very well and the lime green bits are nice details. The design is very well, it's bulky and for once time the flick fire missiles are integrated well. And I'm not a sticker hater, most of the time I put them on the model. And in this set they really add to the detail of the nice vehicle.
The completed set is just awesome. I actually don't see any flaws of this set, but if I have to think of something: perhaps a harpoon for the diver and a little piece of rock with seaweed would make it complete. Compared to some other sets I think the price is matches the set. The color sheme and design of the 8057 Wreck Raider is just perfect. And the minifigures make it really good. In my opinion, this is a must get for the fans of LEGO action themes.
I hope you've enjoyed my review of 8057 Wreck Raider!
And here's a little extra: a keychain! In Belgium we get them for free with some of the Atlantis sets in the Fun, a toystore. (on a sidenote: in January we'll get Star Wars keychains, in March keychains of Toy Story)Together with the 8057 we get a diver, with the Guardian of the Deep a manta warroir and with the Typhoon Turbo Sub a shark. But like I've said, I'm not so fond of these sets so I'll probably won't get them.
Edited by WhiteFang, 20 December 2009 - 06:24 PM.
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