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Lego UFO Abduction – Review (Set 7052)

Lego UFO Abduction 7052 BoxThe Lego UFO Abduction set (7052) is part of the Alien Conquest theme from 2011.

The theme is based around the concept that Aliens have come to earth to take over the planet and also abduct humans as part of their nefarious plan.

The UFO Abduction set is important to the fulfilment of that plan and includes an alien ship (in the classical UFO tradition) which can “abduct” a human minifigure complete with glowing lights to pinpoint hapless farmers.

Lego UFO Abduction Details

Lego Set Number: 7052
Pieces: 211
Minifigures: 3 minifigures: alien defense unit soldier, farmer with pitchfork and alien trooper
Price: US $29.99 / £25.99
Ages: 7-14
Released: July 2011
Theme: Alien Conquest
Instructions in PDF: Available at Lego.com
Best Prices: We recommend Amazon for this product (Free Shipping) or  Amazon UK

Lego UFO Abduction

Lego UFO Abduction : A Little Background

Lego UFO Abduction 7052The UFO Abduction set is a smallish set but includes alot of playability, if your kids can get over the concept that Aliens are abducting humans for unexplained but no-doubt unpleasant reasons.

Perhaps it is just me but I have one too many images in my head from movies like Steven Spielberg’s War Of the Worlds where people are abducted by aliens and used as a fertilizer.

While my kids haven’t seen that movie (and I know it is just a movie) I still shudder a little when I see the human minifig being taken into the ship…

What can I say? I have an overactive imagination :0)

Lego UFO Abduction : A Closer Look

The Spaceship

Lego UFO Abduction 7052 ShipThe set includes a UFO ship clearly based on B-movies from the 1950s and 1960’s; round and flat they were known as “flying saucers” – quite dissimilar from the ships most kids would think of if asked to describe an “alien spaceship”.

This “old-time” element certainly takes the edge of the sets and makes them more “cheesy” and child-oriented than the aforementioned alien abduction scenario.

So I guess I can relax…

The set contains stickers which will require a bit of care to apply, especially on the large rounded pieces that make up the center of the space ship.

Lego UFO Abduction DetailUnderneath the ship is an open area with four soft spiky pieces first seen in Exo-force sets. These soft pieces are used to grab onto the human when the space ship is placed on top of the minifigure (see the detail to the right).

The play function is quite effective and holds the captured figure firmly.

Your alien could safely fly in just about any position and the poor frightened human wouldn’t fall out-yay!

Minifigures

The set includes two human figures and one alien minifigure.

The humans in the set are a hapless farmer with a pitchfork, another reference to B-grade movies and a trooper from the Alien Defence Unit (ADU).

Lego UFO Abduction 7052 Minifigs

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The farmer has a scared look on his face but I am sure he could wield that pitchfork with ninja powered finesse and the ADU trooper, despite setting up a rather ineffectual roadblock (for a flying space ship?) looks ready to take on the Aliens with his laser gun.

The alien is pretty cool but looks like he could really use a visit to a chiropractor.

I am sure his crooked-neck adds to the very grumpy look he has on his face (Notice I am assuming the figure is a male-is that xeno-gender-based discrimination?)

The figures are very appealing and I really like the detail on all the torsos, especially the farmer. Just like the world in general, the Lego world could always use more farmers!

Light Function

Lego UFO Abduction 7052 LightThe space ship also has a cool light power function which is used to represent a laser tractor beam to zap the humans up into the body of the space ship.

While the mechanism to activate the light is a little fiddly, the effect is rather cool!

A red light is activated by pressing a button on the side of the ship which illuminates the figure below and even casts an “X” pattern over them!

“X” as in “X marks the spot!” – So don’t try running away anywhere because you are now under evil alien powers – Mwa ha ha ha ha!

Lego UFO Abduction: Review

Our Recommendation: Recommended 

This is a cute set if you or your child are into the Alien Conquest theme.

The ship is well designed and has the extra appeal of play and light functions.

The three figures balance the set out nicely and make it a self-contained play set right out of the box.

With their existing Lego, kids can make their own ADU vehicles to combat the alien ship or even a whole armada of alien ships if they are entranced by the alien concept.

Overall, if you aren’t made queasy about the whole “aliens abducting humans” idea then we recommend the Lego UFO Abduction set.

Lego UFO Abduction Gallery

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Where To Purchase

At the Brick Life we recommend purchasing Lego via Amazon or Amazon UK.

Amazon have a proven track record when it comes to availability, price and customer service. In the rare instance we  have had an issue with the condition of the goods we have received from Amazon, we let them know and they fix it.

– It helps that they also offer free shipping :0)

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Lego Space Shuttle (10231) Expedition Review

Lego Space ShuttleNASA decommissioned the space shuttle in 2011 and in commemoration of the iconic spaceship’s 35 years of service the Lego company released two new versions of the Lego Space Shuttle, one for Lego City fans and the other for older Lego collectors.

Originally released in 201o and then re-released in 2011 with some minor structural changes, the Lego Shuttle Expedition set (10231) is the larger of these two sets while Lego City Space Shuttle (3367) is a smaller set created as part of the Lego City theme.

In this article we take a look at the Lego Shuttle Expedition set (10231).

Lego Space Shuttle Expedition Details

Lego Set Number: 10231
Pieces: 1230
Minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut, 1 service crew member
Price: US $99.99
Ages: 14+
Released: June 2011 (Replacement for Space Shuttle Adventure 10213 released in 2010)
Theme: Lego Exclusives/Sculptures
Best Prices: Lego Shop

Lego Shuttle Expedition : Background

The Lego Space Shuttle Expedition has an interesting history.

Like the amazing piece of technology on which the model is based, the original version of this set went through some minor changes in it’s testing stage. In 2010 Lego released the set as Lego Shuttle Adventure (adventure being the name of the space shuttle) as set 10213.

It was a very popular set and it wasn’t just adults that bought it for display. Lego found that kids were building the set as well and rather than putting it on a shelf to display the shuttle was being played with, flown around the house-and things were falling off!

Lego released a patch-up kit to strengthen the ship but then decided to reissue the space shuttle set with a few changes.

Here is the official word from Lego about the changes made from set 10213 to set 10312.

Lego Space Shuttle 10231“Since its release in 2010, 10213 Shuttle Adventure has proven to be very popular! Although the model was designed for a 16+ target audience, our consumer call center has brought to our intention that many younger children have been building and playing with the model. As a result, the Direct team has decided to look at the model once more to see what changes could be made in order to provide a better build and play experience for a slightly younger target audience.

10231 Shuttle Expedition may look similar to Shuttle Adventure in many ways, however its build is very different and offers several advantages.

– The fuel tank has been reinforced with supports to strengthen the assembly
– The landing gear is strengthened to function better across many different floor types
– The Cargo doors can now be more rigorously opened and closed
– The entire build has been reworked to limit opportunities for misplacing elements
– Astronauts now have wigs in addition to their helmets (1 male, 1 female). Face prints are also different.
– The new set now has 1,230 elements
– New Satellite can be securely positioned on the new mechanical arm

10231 Shuttle Expedition has already gone on sale in LEGOLAND Billund and will soon be available across all LEGO brand retail stores and on LEGO.com.

Kind regards

LEGO Direct Team”

Lego Shuttle Expedition: A Closer Look

Lego Space Shuttle BoostersThe new and improved Lego Shuttle Expedition set looks just the same as the old one, the vast majority of changes are internal, to strengthen the model.

The more sturdier model is awesome for kids (and adults) interested in the space program. Even with the decommissioning of the space shuttle, it will be a while before NASA’s replacement comes on board so kids who have grown up with the iconic ship can re-create space exploration and learn about what it takes to get a vehicle this size into space.

The Lego ship stands 17.5″ (44cm) tall and 10″ (25.5cm) wide from wing tip to wing tip.

Fuel Boosters

Along with the shuttle itself, known as the orbiter, the set comes with three fuel boosters, which together with the orbiter are known as the “stack”.

The two white solid rocket boosters (SRBs) cannot be extinguished once ignited, and allow the ship and it’s cargo to defy gravity and leave the Earth. These SRBs are jettisoned soon after launch and float back to the Earth to be reused.

The large orange external fuel tank is also a major part of the set and is also jettisoned but at a much higher altitute, buring up as it re-enter’s Earth’s atmosphere. It contains liquid fuel which is used by the orbiter and it’s main engines to supplement the thrust created by the SRBs.

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The three fuel tanks attach separately to the orbiter for launch but can be detached easily if you want to recreate an authentic launch sequence (just don’t drop them on a hard floor as they will “explode”).

Ground Crew

The set also comes with a bare-bones launch pad, none of the huge launch towers and gantries that pull away from the real shuttle just before launch.

While a more detailed launch area would have been awesome, I can understand why Lego didn’t include one to keep piece count and price down. It also provides kids with the creative opportunity to design and build an essential part of the shuttle launch program for themselves.

With Lego it is often what is left out of a set, as much as what is included in a set, that enables creativity.

A ground crew worker is equipped with a small ground maintenance vehicle to ensure everything is “Go For Launch”.

Orbiter and Satellite

Lego Space Shuttle 10231 SatelliteThe orbiter (the ship most commonly know as “the shuttle”) is a beautiful vehicle and contains a number of features that the actual shuttle is known for.

Most significant of these is opening cargo area (known as the payload) with a moveable boom for working on, capturing and releasing objects in space.

The boom latches onto a satellite and both fold up to fit inside the cargo area when closed while the satellite also has an unfolding antenna and solar cell panels.

The orbiter seats the two astronauts in the command module at the front and they can sit side by side (just).

Other interesting features of the ship include realistic engines at the back which move around to allow the orbiter to maneuver through both the launch process and in space and also retractable landing gear which is an ingenious design for a Lego model.

Lego Shuttle Expedition: Review

Our Recommendation: Highly Recommended (Editor’s Choice-2011)

The space shuttle has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and it is symbolic to me of human-kind’s creativity, ingenuity and desire to explore and look at the universe with wonder.

When I initially read of Lego’s desire to commemorate 35 years of Space Shuttle service with a special set, the Lego company went up in my esteem even further than the lofty heights in which I already hold it.

Needless to say this set was high on my list of “Must-Get” sets and I was not disappointed.

It is a beautiful display piece, a wonderful toy for kids to play with and a talking point to further education about space exploration.

The Lego Shuttle expedition will stay a part of my family for many, many years.

A definite must buy for families!

The Lego Shuttle Expedition is an exclusive set through the Lego Shop.

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Lego Space Shuttle Expedition Video

This video was released for the original set (Adventure) but many similarities remain with the Lego Space Shuttle Expedition set.