Review: LEGO Atlantis 8056-1 Monster Crab Clash

This is a review of the LEGO Atlantis 8056-1 Monster Crab Clash. The box date says 2010, however it was bought in a Toys R Us on 14 November 2009 for $6.99 USD (SKU 673419128742). No, it does not show up on, at least not yet, but I had no problem checking out, and they were prominently displayed in the LEGO section alongside the other two Atlantis sets that are out. To see it compared to the other two sets (8058 Guardian of the Deep and 8060 Typhoon Turbo Sub), see the General Impression of LEGO Atlantis 8056, 8058, 8060.

By the Numbers:
Set: Atlantis 8056 Monster Crab Clash from the Atlantis theme
Type: Impulse (IMO) set for the Atlantis series, sea creature
# of Pieces: 68
# of Pieces Left Over: 2 (see photo below)
# of Minifigs and what kind: 1, a human diver with a speargun, complete with fins, air tanks and helmet
Stickers? Unfortunately yes, but not many (see photo below)
Price: $6.99 at Official LEGO Shop, Also at (price may vary)

LEGO Atlantis 8056 Monster Crab Clash - Completed 1

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General Impression of LEGO Atlantis (8056, 8058, 8060)

* Full LEGO Atlantis 8060 Typhoon Turbo Sub Review
* Full LEGO Atlantis 8056 Monster Crab Clash Review
* Full LEGO Atlantis 8058 Guardian of the Deep Review

This is kind of a reverse of how you would normally review something, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about my general (and initial) impression of the Atlantis theme as a whole. For the in-depth reviews as well as video, please see our review page. Even though this is just for the first three sets released, I think it’s a sign of good things to come. On Saturday I picked up these three LEGO sets at a local Toys R Us (you can click on any of the images below to go to the flickr page to see a larger version):

LEGO Atlantis - Boxes from 8056, 8058, 8060

The prices and SKUs were:
Monster Crab Clash # 8056-1 : SKU: 673419128742 Price: $6.99
Guardian of the Deep # 8058-1 : SKU: 673419128780 Price: $14.99
Typhoon Turbo Sub # 8060-1 : SKU: 673419129626 Price: $24.99

I’ll get into the in-depth reviews of each in the next few posts, but here are some quick photos and a few comments:

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Site Update and We Have Atlantis!

A big site update: We are finishing up reviews of three new Atlantis sets, and even though we have not imported all of our old reviews and blog posts and finished the site design/layout, we’re going to go ahead and take the site live since we have these reviews just … Read more

Atlantis, Ben 10 LEGO Teaser Websites Are Live

Sometime last night or this morning, two teaser websites for two new LEGO lines have went live on

They are for LEGO’s in-house Atlantis line as well as the Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 Alien Force lines. The Atlantis site mentions a January 4, 2010 launch date which matches with, etc., although there has been some discussion concerning an ad in the latest BrickMaster magazine which shows a November 24, 2009 launch date.

Right now the Atlantis site is a cool little flash animation/movie with some background, including a neat little journal you can read that is set in the early 1900s. The journal is worth a read – it’s fairly long for something that’s just a teaser. There are various items on the sea bed including what appears to be an old submarine that sunk long ago. There are some free downloads as well.

The Ben 10 line has biographies and video, almost all of which are locked for now with a message saying come back soon. The video for Swampfire mainly shows him being assembled and with the voice from the Cartoon Network series.

There is one interesting little tidbit in the Swampfire video – at one point you can see what might be the new airplane (LEGO # 3181-1) that is coming out in 2010:


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New LEGO Blue # 620 32×32 Plate at Amazon

Update: It’s available at the official online LEGO Shop for $4.99 USD. Sometime recently a new 32×32 10″x10″ blue building plate popped up at Amazon. It’s the LEGO Blue Building Plate (32×32) 620 and it will be available on January 1, 2010, probably to coincide with the launch of the … Read more