It has been quite a long while since I last shared a LEGO City review with all of you and this time, I have decided to share this exclusive LEGO Airline set which I have bought in 2009 via Lufthansa Airlines. It was only made available in selected airlines such as KLM, Virgin Atlantic, etc on selected long-haul flights in the in-flight cabin sales and it normally will last for a year based on mine experience. I had never seen such an exclusive set made available elsewhere apart from BrickLink and eBay. Then again, I am very pleased to own this in my collection. Let's move on to see what is so special in this set.
Name: Airshow Plane
Theme: LEGO / SYSTEM / Town / City
Price: USD N.A, GBP N.A, SGD N.A, EURO 16
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink
An image of a 7643, Airshow Plane
Rear box's image
As you can see the dimension of this small LEGO set is compacted to fit the cabin trolley which was used to push along the aircraft isle and space was a huge constrain and is considered as a significant cost if the unit cost does not justify the occupying space in the aircraft.
The LEGO box is measured at 19cm length, 9.5cm width and 9cm height. A total of 119 LEGO pieces were stored in such boxes and if only the rest of our regular LEGO sets are packed in this manner, it could also help to save shipping costs when you import a MISB set via overseas.
Getting ready for another spectacular flying display
What I love about this set! I love everything in here with one exception and that is the pilot which I will explain in later section. This plane is specially designed for aircraft aerobatic display in those air show exhibitions and the spectators will enjoy a cup of cool ice cream to ease the hot temperature at the stand.
Not sure how many of you are reminded by this lovely 1995 Classic Town set, known as the 6345 Aerial Acrobats. Personally I felt that this set can be integrated together with this modern City approach. In fact, I believes such a LEGO City set could be even made possible with all of the elements put together.
The box contain two polybags and each contains quite a fair number of useful parts and uncommon colours like pink and lime green. Furthermore, what I like best was the nine tasty looking piece of silver cheese slopes.
Instruction manuals & Sticker sheet
This is likely my first time experience to see two instructions booklets for such a small set. On the left side of the picture, you will be able to observe the stickers sheet which is to be applied on the aircraft. Unfortunately in this review, I will not be able to show the aircraft with the stickers applied.
In this airline promotional set, you will get two minifigures and among them, there is actually one lovely female minifigure with the long brown ponytail hairpiece which I adore most. The torsos are quite plain but what annoys me the most was the male headpiece. I am not a big fan of this creepy looking beard smiley face. It could be better if it was replaced by some other male facial expressions. Even a generic Classic Town expression will also be most welcomed! Nevertheless, both minifigures are good additions to your City population.
An overview of the Ice Cream stand
This is a very simple booth that sells ice cream in chocolate and strawberry favours. How did I guess the favours? I am supposed it's not that hard to interpret by the 1x1 round studs.
This is a cute looking ice cream stand and it can also be integrated with other past City Impulse sets like the 8398 BBQ Stand and the female stall owner will likely to find herself a rival.
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Image above is credited to Eurobricks Global Moderator, Svelte (Click here for his review)
Different close up angles of the Ice Cream stand
Building the aircraft fuselage
As we moves on, this is the illustration of the building process. The base of the aircraft does reminds me of the classic standard for modern small aircraft. Do note that a wide variety of colour bricks were used in this construction including the single 1x2 green technic brick piece.
These are the completed pieces of the aircraft wings which are one of the key attributes to aerodynamics.
The landing gear may looks less complicated than the real aircraft but these small little white wheels are very much used in a lot of LEGO aircraft and vehicles. Simple it may seems but useful it can be.
Front view of the Airshow Plane
I am really amazed and attracted by the completed built of this aircraft. It is truly a beautiful piece especially with the nice colour combinations of red and white and a little silver touch at the sides along with the big black propeller. I did some "swooshing" and it is an enjoyable experience who loves small planes like this, unlike those recent huge mega commercial City aircraft.
Closer look at the aircraft rotor engine
Is this supposed to be for vehicular towing purpose?
I have been asking around for months and I don't have a definite answer to this. I am still wondering why that round ball is placed at the rear of the aircraft. Is it meant for "dragging" upon landing or "towing" for transportation from point to point. If any got an answer to it, I will be glad to hear from it.
These are the remaining spare parts available in this set. Not many useful parts except for the 1x1 colour round studs and cheese slope.
The pilot is controlling the aircraft steadily and...
He goes for the spin!
For the price that I have paid, it is definitely quite expensive but for the exclusivity, distribution channels and the relevance of the integration experience with my existing sets, it is definitely worth getting it! The feeling of purchasing an exclusive LEGO set above thousands of feet can be a nice experience too! Overall, I really enjoyed this set with the civilian minifigures and the addition of both the ice cream stand and the airshow plane made it worthwhile to put this into my shopping basket. What do you think? Will you get this in your collection?
Playability: 8.5/10 (It is fun to swoosh aircraft that is supposed to do acrobat stunts.)
Design: 8.5/10 (The overall design is very appealing to me and it is quite uncommon to get such designs nowadays.)
Price: 6.5/10 (It is expensive based on the given price but you ought to look at the other attributes of getting it especially when you are given a chance to buy it.)
Overall: 7.7/10 (If you are a City aircraft lover and is also a collector for City exclusive sets, then you should not give this a miss.)
I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours?
Hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Critics are strongly welcomed.
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Edited by Zorbas, 24 February 2011 - 05:14 PM.