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Jargo
02-14-2007, 06:46 PM
Mars Mission pics (http://eurobricks.hosting.ipsyn.com/euroforum/index.php?showtopic=7485)

Lego Mars Mission Set MX-11 Astro Fighter #7695
$6.99

Lego Mars Mission Set MT-31 Trike #7694
$12.99

Lego Mars Mission Set MTX Alien Strike #7693
$22.99

Lego Mars Mission Set MT-51 Claw Tank Ambush #7697
$32.99

Lego Mars Mission Set MX-71 Recon Dropship #7692
$44.99

Lego Mars Mission Set EXT Alien Mothership Assault #7691
$54.99

Lego Mars Mission Set MB-01 Command Base #7690
$89.99

Anyone interested in this subtheme? I first saw the sets after following a link in the harry potter thread and my eyes popped. I didn't like the old Life On Mars subtheme with the greyish purple pieces but this is like WOOHOO! Orange and white, black and lime green. very striking colour combinations.

of course not all the sets are that hot. There have certainly been better space subthemes. I'm only excited because the parts in these sets fit perfectly with my current build project. the big corrugated tubes are perfect.

The alien figures are a little disappointing as they appear to be one piece things but I'm liking what I see. generally.

JediTricks
02-16-2007, 10:22 PM
I like some of the designs, but like the last Mars line there are too many open cockpits and odd colors. Pricepoints are a little weird, so I'll have to see them in person before deciding, but I am at least interested enough to look.

Ji'dai
02-20-2007, 12:48 PM
Looks like they brought back the air-powered transport tubes. I didn't buy many of the Life on Mars sets, only two I think - Solar Explorer (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7315) and the awesome T-3 Trike (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7312). That vehicle's colors reminded me of the classic space theme Futuron.

I like 7692 from this new theme. Kinda looks like a dropship with it's angled canopy in front and tail-mounted engines. 7694 looks an awful lot like a modified T3-Trike. I don't know about the colors though - have to wait to see 'em in person.

JediTricks
02-20-2007, 10:58 PM
Aero Tubes was the gimmick I felt brought the least to the line, the tubes weren't long enough and they added a lot to the pricetag, I stayed away from every set with them.

I bought the Mono Jet (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7310) , Red Planet Cruiser (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7311) , Red Planet Protector (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7313), and Recon-Mech RP (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/7314). I had a mech thing going on there.

Jargo
02-21-2007, 03:40 PM
I bought the life on mars air tubes as a separate lot and was going to use them in my project but now there are going to be orange ones I have to have them. I doubt I'd ever use them with the air pump though. just as part f a structure or as embellishment. And the cockpit canopy on the MX-11 Astro Fighter #7695 fits the cockpit piece from the batcave set. so with the orange canopy matching in I can add cryogenic chambers to my project Mwuhahahahaha.

the aliens are a pile of pants in the new sets though. Lego could have done a lot better there.

LusiferSam
02-21-2007, 09:17 PM
Most Space themes do nothing for me. I didn't like the Life on Mars crap and I don't like this stuff either. The colors are offal (sorry Mr. DP I hate orange). The only one that looks like it might be good is 7693. I won't be buying any of it.

Jargo
02-22-2007, 01:35 PM
I haven't liked many of the space sub-themes myself. Not unless they brought forth cool new parts. I've always made my own space stuff anyway. I remember building the sets from the star wars movies back when I was like eight or nine or ten, made my own darth vader minifig, x-wings and stuff. usually made death star inner structures though. Much preferred using my imagination then and now. I tend not to see lego models as models but more a multitude of possibilities and a bunch of useful parts.

there's stuff in this mars mission sub theme I can't see myself using. but there again those parts may spring a new project by putting a few bricks togethr and getting a nice shape. then repeating the same and ending up with a nifty building or vehicle. that's how this current project came to mind. from pirates and adventurers sets actually.

i built a sort of mayan ruin and the pyramid shape lead me to thinking about bigger structures and so the germ was planted and it's grown from there and is still evolving, only now I tend to draw what I want to build first. lay down rough plans. then get the parts in to make it happen. until I find new parts and things get modified.

however with this current project I hope to build something I can use for various minifig themes. the basic structure will be permanent and then there'll be interchangable sections and dressing.

I hope. the $600 I just spent had better be worth it. if this doesn't work I may just consider signing up to the french foreign legion.......

LusiferSam
02-22-2007, 09:11 PM
I tend not to see lego models as models but more a multitude of possibilities and a bunch of useful parts.

That's exactly how I view most Lego sets. I frequently keep sets to together and always build the main model. But it's the fact that these little plastic bricks could be any thing is what keeps me coming back to them. As a kid if I didn't have a toy (vehicle or playset) I'd try and make it. A lot of the times I've first use Lego to try and make. I loved looking at the back of the old Lego boxes for idea and I have two of the Idea Books. Latter I'd use my current Lego set to made the new I didn't have. Unfortunately Lego really doesn't believe in this as much any more. Look at the back of a current box. The ISD has two alternative models. Two! On that huge box and they place two alternatives. 20 years ago you would have six or more. Even 10 years ago you would have seen more. Oh well, there is no use living in the past.

Jargo
03-01-2007, 08:46 PM
to be fair, with that much grey lego and such a huge amount of parts I would balk at the task of creating some alternate model.

I used to laugh at the alternate models on the back of some of the tiny sets. with like ten pieces and they'd come up with what looks like a picasso representation of something and you'd have no idea what they were aiming for.

looking at the Mars Mission sets again with an objective eye, there appears to be few parts in these sets and a lot of empty space at the back of the vehicle or underneath. just a few parts put together to make the sets seem bigger.I think it should have been white and lime green and black and orange though. And the space base could have been better thought out. It looks messy and seems to have no unity. it looks like a kid designed it not a paid adult lego engineer.

Like I said though, i'm only really interested in the black and orange parts.

LusiferSam
03-01-2007, 09:37 PM
to be fair, with that much grey lego and such a huge amount of parts I would balk at the task of creating some alternate model.

I used to laugh at the alternate models on the back of some of the tiny sets. with like ten pieces and they'd come up with what looks like a picasso representation of something and you'd have no idea what they were aiming for.

That may be true, but I always thought of the alternate models (as well as the main model) as a starting point rather than the end. The Black Seas Barracuda (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6285) (one of my all time favorite sets) had some great ideas I'm going to expand on. There's a great little pirate dock (which I can't seem to find a scan of) that is a great starting point for making a pirate town.

It's also a good test of your building skills to try and make a model from one, maybe two photos and the pieces from that set. Like the Outrider photo on the ISD box. A lot of people are whiny for Lego to publish the instructions. I say don't be so lazy, build it yourself.