Last of the reviews for today, and it’s certainly not the least of them. This one is the LEGO Atlantis 8060-1 Typhoon. Along with the others (8058 – Guardian of the Deep, 8056 – Monster Crab Clash), it’s got a date of 2010 on the box, and I bought it at a Toys R US on November 14, 2009. You can find a size comparison of all three here.
This thing was not only made to swoosh, once you start looking at the pieces, you start thinking about potential future MOCs. With the cockpit and motors/props (including a small steering prop on the tail), the sky..err the sea is the limit. Underwater podracers, aircraft, other submersibles – I’d love to combine two of these sets and see what I could come up with. There was a game published back in 2000 called Crimson Skies (MobyGames.com link) that dealt with an alternate reality set in the 1930s. Given the red pieces on the Typhoon Turbo Sub as well as the motors, you could easily come up with a turbofan-driven aircraft reminiscent of that setting.
Then there is the Shark man minifig – you can also find him in the 8057 Wreck Raider. According to lego.wikia.com, this is different from the only other shark-headed minifig, the Viktor Krum optional shark head in the Harry Potter themed 4762 (Rescue from the Merpeople). I know a lot of people have talked about the Cthulhu-looking Octopus coming out in 8061 (Gateway of the Squid), but this will probably be my favorite minifig to come out of this series.
By the Numbers:
Set: Atlantis 8060 Typhoon Turbo Sub (from the Atlantis theme)
Type: Vehicle set in Atlantis Series
# of Pieces: 197
# of Extra pieces: 8 (see photo below)
# of Minifigs and what kind: 2 – Human diver with fins, helmet/air tanks, Shark man with trident
Stickers? Of course, but actually kept to a minimum.
Price: $24.99 USD at Official LEGO Shop, also at Amazon.com (price may vary)