Category: Space Lego

Top 3 Lego Alien Conquest Sets of 2011

Best Alien Conquest Lego Sets of 2011We’re counting down the top Lego sets of 2011 with today’s focus on the Top 3 Alien Conquest Lego sets.

While our other lists have counted down the top 5 of each theme as Alien Conquest is a new, small theme we decided to choose only three…but they are an awesome trio (One of them is my top 5 set of the whole year!)

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Alien Conquest is a subtheme of Space. Read more about the Alien Conquest Legotheme or sit back as we take a look a the best 3 sets released in 2011.

Top 3 Alien Conquest Lego Sets Of 2011

Alien Tripod Lego Set

3. Tripod Invader (Set 7051)

The Alien Tripod Invader is pure classic sci-fi schmaltzy fun.

Designed as a The Tripod walker is actually quite solid and isn’t likely to fall over unless pushed.

In addition the center cockpit area detaches from the legs to make a very cool little UFO.On the UFO there is a detachable prison pod to “store” humans.

The set is a unique looking vehicle, reminiscent of “War Of the Worlds” and while it isn’t a large set and doesn’t have many pieces it is worth getting for it’s quirky design.

The set comes with two figures; an alien trooper and a businessman civilian and also comes with a “head hugger” alien as well.

With 165 pieces and priced at $19.99 it makes a worthwhile accompaniment to other Alien Conquest sets because of it’s value for money and the two separate play features of the tripod walker and UFO.

The set can be found at Amazon with free shipping.

2. Alien Mothership (Set 7065)

Alien Conquest Alien Mothership 7068The Alien mothership is another distinctive alien vehicle that symbolises the 1950’s inspired cartoon feel of this theme.

While rather smaller than I would imagine a mothership to be (it only sets one alien) it does have quite a bit of presence and some very cool features.

The ship itself is 19 (48cm) in diameter so it is quite large, and includes moving parts and a sound brick.

The sound activates each time you turn the outer rim of the ship and is a spooky kind of “UFO” sound. Think something along the lines of a “creepy-mechanical-bird” chirpy noise.

The rim rotates on train tracks and it is a cool feature that works well. The central command cockpit seats the alien commander and has the added feature of having a handle coming out the side.

Kids can fly the ship around the house and also twirl the rim at the same time, as it flows easily. If the sound becomes too much parents can relax – being Lego the set can be taken apart and the sound brick removed or replaced with “non-noisy” Lego.

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The two figures include a TV reporter and the Alien commander. The latter is not available in any other set so far.

Overall the Alien Mothership is another unique Space set and would inspire kids to create other sets of their own. Paired with a smaller ADU set (such as Alien Defender Unit 7050) the Mothership certainly makes an impact. It retails for $59.99 and be purchased at Amazon with free shipping.

1. Earth Defence HQ (Set 7066)

Alien Conquest Earth Defence HQ 7066This is one of my favorite Lego sets…ever!

Seriously, I loved this set from the moment I saw it in late 2010 when leaked images began to emerge. There is something so rugged and versatile about this set and it reminds me of space sets from my own childhood.

The Earth Defence HQ has so many play features that when I recently made a video about them all I even forget to put one in.

Lets take a closer look.

The set is comprised of one large, two part vehicle, a small UFO, a jet fighter and a small car with trailer.

The main attraction is the big blue HQ vehicle which measures 14 inches (35cm) long and 5 inches (12cm) tall and houses a slew of play features to keep any child (ar adult) occupied for hours.

The front section seats two figures in the drivers area which backs onto a prison area backs. An alien (or human) can be placed into the prison pod and then sealed into the prison bay. At the rear of the front vehicle is an area designated to computers, perhaps a forward operations center?

Then rear trailer attaches to the front easily and uses quite a nifty connection piece. A cool feature allows kids to jam the two halves together and form one long truck.

Alien Conquest Earth Defence HQ 7066 LabIn the rear area is the science laboratory, an area to examine aliens with an x-ray beam machine and some cool storage areas including cupboards and drawers.

On the roof sits the jet launcher, a very cool design that utilizes technic pieces and may require some assistance from adults to put together. The extra effort is worth it however as this is one cool launching device.

On top of the front vehicle is a rotating missile launcher. It uses the most nifty type of flick fire launching I have seen in a Lego set – it’s very effective.

The six mini figures are a great cross section from the theme-2 ADU troopers, 2 Aliens, one scientist and an alien clinger (my daughter thought this was cute and not scary in the slightest!).

With 875 pieces and at $89.99 this is amazing value and with a large playset/vehicle, a jet, a UFO and a smaller car it is truly one of the best Lego sets ever!

You can purchase this set from Amazon with FREE shipping.

Alien Conquest : Earth HQ- A Closer Look

Lego Republic Frigate – Review (Set 7964)

Lego Republic Frigate 7964 BoxThe Lego Republic Frigate is a part of the Star Wars theme, first appearing in 2011.

The iconic ship features in the Star Wars Clone Wars animated TV series and is the fore-runner to the Tantive IV featured in the opening sequence of Star Wars A New Hope.

The Lego Republic Frigate is a large set that will satisfy fans of the series and also those interested in space vehicles in general.

Lego Republic Frigate

Lego Republic Frigate Details

Lego Set Number: 7964
Pieces: 1015
Minifigures: 5 minifigures: Yoda, Eeth Koth, Quinlan Vos, Clone Commander Wolffe and Wolfpack Clone Trooper
Price: US $119.99 / £102.99
Ages: 9-14
Released: 2011
Theme: Star Wars
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Lego Republic Frigate – A Little Background

Republic FrigateThe Republic Frigate, otherwise known as the Consular-class cruiser (Charger c70 retrofit) was a space craft used by the Republic forces during the early part of the Clone Wars.

In other words it is a ship, modified from a larger ship that was used by the good guys in the Star Wars series :0).

Similar ships have been released by Lego; the Republic Cruiser (set 7665) which was an earlier ship in the Star Wars timeline and featured in Star Wars Episode 1 as well as the Tantive IV (set10198) a later version of the cruiser featured in Episode IV A New Hope.

All are beautiful ships and seem to capture the elegance of space travel more than other ships in the series (totally my opinion of course).

Lego Republic Frigate – A Closer Look

Lego Republic Frigate 7964 OpeningsWhen I first saw this set in early preliminary images, my first thought was, “Oh no! Not another gray Lego Star Wars set.”

You see I love Star Wars and my son loves Star Wars and we both love Star Wars Lego. However if you take a look at all the large playsets and vehicles in the Lego series, many of them are gray.

You have the Millenium Falcon, Republic Cruiser, the Star Destroyers, the Endor bunker, the Death Stars, etc-all gray!

I don’t have all of these sets (I wish!) but my son has enough gray pieces and plates in his collection to build a life size Death Star (Ok, slight exaggeration).

So when I saw yet another big gray Star Wars Lego set that I knew my son would love, I cringed a little at the thought of even more gray pieces. But then, over time, I began to love this set more and more. In short it grew on me, and now that I have seen the Lego Republic Frigate set (including the minifigures) in person I can’t remember not loving it.

The Ship

The build of the ship is quite straight forward; a technic structure supports the plates on the outer. There are two instruction manuals, both quite thick but no difficult parts. The six bags are numbered in the box which helps simplify the process and makes it a relatively quick and simple build-about 2 hours.

The final product is sturdy and reminded me of the AT-TE (another gray vehicle) from 2008. The Lego Republic Frigate measures over 19 (48cm) long, 11 (27cm) wide and 5 (12cm) tall.

Lego Republic Frigate Play Features

Playable features include:

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  • A detachable escape pod
  • Opening cockpit
  • Rotating turbo-laser cannons
  • Proton torpedo launcher
  • Retractable undercarriage (4 legs make up the landing gear)
  • Opening hatches and detailed interior (Storage compartment, pilot seat and dashboard)

For those who actually play with their Lego sets (cough cough!) the ship comes with a sturdy handle (much like the Republic Cruiser) so you can pick it up and fly it around without touching the more sensitive areas of the ship and knocking plates off.

This makes it a great set for kids.

Lego Republic Frigate MinifiguresThe Minifigures

It was the minifigures that completely sold me on this set.

For people who collect the Star Wars minifigs, this set is going to be hard to pass up because only one of the five figures has been featured in other sets before, and even that one is a hard figure to track down.

The set features three Jedi; Yoda (the one figure not exclusive to the Republic Frigate), Eeth Koth and Qunilan Vos aa well as two “Wolf” Clone-Troopers; Clone Commander Wolffe and Wolfpack Clone Trooper.

The detailing on the figures is sublime and all except Yoda have back printing on their torsos. They are an appealing group of figures and I can already imagine the adventures they are going to have in the hands of my son. It is nice to have a set without Anakin Skywalker or Ahsoka Tano for a change.

The ship doesn’t come with any of the “bad” guys, so no battle droids but I guess Lego assumes most people who would buy this set already have enough of them. It also means this set can be used as a diplomatic ship, rather than a battle ship, which is probably the orignal purpose of the Frigate.

Lego Republic Frigate Review

This is an easy set o pass over, especially if you already have alot of gray in your collection.

However it is a fun set and one that kids can enjoy because of the figures and the handle on the top which allows them to get right in the action and fly the ship around without fear of bits falling off.

Once I cast aside my initial judgement and took a closer look at the set, I loved it.

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Lego Republic Frigate Ratings

Value For Money:  Not bad for a large set –  4/5
Play Experience Straight Out of the Box: Nice exclusive minifigures – 5/5
Variety of Pieces and Minifigures: Did I mention the Gray? 3/5
Overall Play Value for Kids:  Clone Wars fans and minifigure collectors will love it – 4/5

The Brick Life Rating: 4/5

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Where To Purchase

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