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I don't see any sign that we'll be getting more AC sets next year which is a big shame.
$62.99 at Amazon and TRU for 7066 is not bad, considering the part count and all it does. Just picked it up for the kids, lots of play-ability it seems, truck pulls apart, two flying ships, missiles, etc.
The Mothership's RRP over here in Australia, is $99, so probably even more across the ditch. Even with 25% off, it's still way over priced...
I also have looked at some of the Life on Mars alien sets and bought Alien Encounter. Honestly I think both sets should have been larger as they present lots of oppurtunity for Lego to be creative with not being stuck to a theme trademark.
If not, the current 30% off is a better deal than BOGO 50%, is it not?
Maybe I just grab Alien Striker and Defender (and UFO Abduction) and call it done.
I was torn on the Alien Conquest sets, but after seeing the "capture" facility in 7052 with the red X pattern, and then finding out theres a sound brick in the mothership I was definately tempted. I have 7051 and 7052, the Tripod Invader is very sweet, and whilst I was initially against the tripod it makes it very handy to save space, by standing it over my minifigs.
Will probably collect the rest but wont be too heartbroken if I miss out.
More sets in the series would be nice though.
I think we're a little more expensive over here than in Oz, and a lot more expensive than US and UK.
And Earth Defense (sic) HQ - perhaps a sneaky contender for set of the year ?
@Huw, here's a suggestion for something new this year - the Brickset Awards, voted for by the members. Best Set, Best Theme, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Pleasant Surprise, Worst Set etc. etc.. And if you can squeeze some prizes out of LEGO then a couple of voters could even win a prize....
I give it a 10/10
Probably my only complaint is that the flickfire launcher doesn't elevate. I'll probably customize that into place.
The theme as a whole is quite fun. A definite throwback to 50's style alien attack movies. the little alien head-sucker things are a great touch, along with farmer and reporter, etc. The alien sets provide some nice variety with the mother ship, the walker, and the abduction saucer. even the smaller alien ships have some neat feature - the two that join together for example.
But to me the real prize are the two primary ADU sets. As discussed, the HQ is probably the best LEGO set this year - certainly of the non-exclusive lineup. This thing has it all, and even at the RRP is a great value. Amazing value at the recent prices we've seen. The Jet Copter is a very nice set too IMHO. It just looks fantastic, the design is really well thought out. The swoosh factor is there, it has lots of little features too, like missile launchers, movable jet engines/landing gear, rotating guns, detachable alien stasis pod.
Probably the biggest downside to the theme is one of re-usability of parts. Especially for the alien ships. There's just a lot of very specific parts that can't on their own form much of anything else that isn't very similar in design. And of course the stickers are a big part of making the sets look complete, and there are a good amount of them. without the stickers, the finished models just don't pop nearly as well.
Agree with others that the missile launcher should have been hinged and rotatable.
Overall I'm a big fan of this theme, I think the minifigs are superb, I love the colours and the only downside is that there's been no word of any new sets in 2012.
The more I see of the new Dino sets the more they're growing on me; just like Alien Conquest, in fact........
Decent discount at Amazon US right now. Tempting.
Also, when trying to collect an entire theme, do you also include the battle packs? The one for AC kinda of turn me off when one of them was a civilian, and a dupe of the business man at that.
PS. I do have the Alien Conquest Battle Pack and the JetPack poly but don't have the Walker. Yet....