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!)
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
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.