Welcome aboard and fasten your seat belts, today we have the...
Set Name: Jet Airliner
Set Number: 6368
Year released: 1985
Brickset BrickLink Peeron
I was never a really big fan of Lego Town, just as I have never been a fan of the 80s Lego sets. Most of them are just sort of too old in their looks. So while I don't remember how exactly I stumbled upon this set, when I first saw a picture of it some time ago, I immediately knew that I had to have it. Coincidentally enough and quite luckily, I found this like-new copy just shortly after on eBay for real cheap. Let's see how the Jet Airliner holds up in reality, especially for its age. It's almost antique, isn't it?
*All pictures are links to their full-scale versions on my flickr*
I adore those yellow LEGOLAND boxes.
They are the fold-out variant. While they need loads of space when entirely folded out, they are rather small in closed mode.
Nostalgia, anyone? Also included is a piece of paper for ordering service packs. I didn't take a picture of it, though, because it really is not that exciting.
These guys are fabulous, I definitely love them very much! The prints are great and both are classic and iconic minifigures. Not the "classic" like in old or sparsely detailed but more rather the one in timeless and lovely. Also, two is a respectable amount for a set this size. The civilian tourist dude is quite rare, as he only appears in five sets. The pilot guy makes a great German WW2 general. Oh, did I forget something? Of course there's no backprint for both of them, the set is from 1985!
PIECES OF INTEREST:
Everything is printed goodness. The rear stabilisator is unique to the set.
THE BUILD:I took the pictures in an interval of 2 from the building plan (beginning with Step 2). Step 13 is included too for you curious bastards.
As you'll see, the instructions move on quite fast!
Seems like it's getting kind of narrow in there!
Yes, the front wheel utilises a turntable.
Oh, it opens!
Oh, this opens too!
THE JET AIRLINER:
Nice from all angles is what I would say at this point...
THE COMPLETE SET:
In all its glory. A passenger looking forward to crashing, eh? Just kidding, of course: NO crashs with LEGO AIR!
Can you read the LEGO?
SOME "RANDOM" SHOTS:
"My friend doesn't like you..." - you always meet twice in life!
"Hey, Zidane! Psst... what about an autograph now? Nobody's paying attention..."
Design 10/10: Great. I love it. A sleek and elegant plane, and that in the middle of the eighties? What else can one hope for?
Minifigures 8/10: The set comes with two very nice minifigs. I know there could be a third passenger, but I am already pleased with what we have here for real. It could be so very much worse.
Parts 8/10: If you're interested in building planes, the pieces are useful for sure. That being said, I wouldn't recommend buying a 25 years old set for parts only.
Build 9/10: A light build without any difficulties. Although there are no advanced techniques that make you go Ahhhh, the construction is clever and well thought-out. It's great fun to build the Jet Airliner!
Playability 8/10: It does not only fly but also roll smoothly! Come on, you gotta admit it, that thing is swooshable to the bone! Also, you've got two minifigs and two opening chambers.
Price 10/10: The original retail price of 13 bucks was superb. For that little amount of money, the aeroplane is really big. Awesome value! I myself got it for under 10 euros.
Overall 9/10: If you like Lego aeroplanes, then this is for you. It is a great model. If you've got a chance to get a good deal on it, don't hesitate to strike: snatch it before it is gone! The set really deserves the good marks it gets from me.
I hope you had fun reading this review and I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions about the set.
And last but not least...
PEOPLE INJURED IN THIS REVIEW:
Stupid cheap plastic! That issue is getting serious...
Edited by Enpaz, 29 January 2011 - 12:19 AM.