Guess What? LEGO Space Police 5981 and 5982

Update:
* LEGO Space Police 5981 Raid VPR Review

After reading around, I found out that a few people had been successful in finding LEGO 2010 Atlantis sets at Toys R Us here in the US. I went out and found LEGO Atlantis sets 8056, 8058, and 8060 (more information and reviews of LEGO Atlantis) at the Toys R Us in Cedar Park, Texas which is just north of Austin. While the Atlantis.LEGO.com website said 2010, and while most major retailers said 2010, BrickMaster magazine had a large ad stating November 24, 2009 and so it wasn’t too surprising that some sets leaked out a little early.

Then there was this Eurobricks thread where somebody has a posted a review of the 7208 Fire Station from 2010, and they mentioned they found the 7207-1 Fire Boat (BrickSet image/information), and rumors started flying that other sets had popped up.

I went back to the original Toys R Us I had found the Atlantis sets at and found out there was a completely different LEGO section in addition to the one at the front of the store.

Guess what? There was the LEGO Space Police 5981 Raid VPR and LEGO Space Police 5982 Smash ‘n’ Grab sitting there on a shelf. We checked all over, and unfortunately couldn’t find any of the City sets or any other 2010 sets.

Numbers and Prices:
* LEGO Space Police 5981 – Raid VPR – SKU: 673419129916, Price: $9.99
* LEGO Space Police 5982 – Smash ‘n’ Grab – SKU: 673419129923, Price: $19.99

Interestingly enough, the Raid VPR was listed as “Space Police Interceptor” on the receipt.

Click on the photos for a higher resolution image (at flickr)

LEGO Space Police 5981 - RAID VPR - Front of Box

LEGO Space Police 5982 - Smash 'n' Grab - Box Front

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Review: LEGO Atlantis 8060-1 Typhoon Turbo Sub

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)

LEGO 8060 Atlantis - Typhoon Turbo Sub - Completed

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Review: LEGO Atlantis 8058-1 Guardian of the Deep

This is a review of the LEGO Atlantis 8058-1 Guardian of the Deep from the Atlantis theme. As I mentioned in the 8056 review, the box date says 2010, however it was bought in a Toys R Us on 14 November 2009. It cost $14.99 USD (SKU 673419128780). Like the 8056, it doesn’t show up on ToysRUs.com. To see it compared to the other two sets (8058-1 and 8060 Typhoon Turbo Sub), see the General Impression of LEGO Atlantis 8056, 8058, 8060.

Your first thought upon seeing this is to start figuring out whether you can come up with minifig versions of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. Don’t let the price fool you – this is a fairly complex set. Once it’s finished, it looks very cool and very evil.

By the Numbers:
Set: LEGO Atlantis 8058 Guardian of the Deep (Atlantis theme)
Type: Large sea creature
# of Pieces: 144 Pieces
# of Extra pieces: 7
# of Minifigs and what kind: 1, a human diver with speargun, fins, helmet/air tanks
Stickers? Yes (see photo below)
Price: $14.99 at Official LEGO Shop, also at Amazon.com (price may vary)

LEGO Atlantis 8058 - Guardian of the Deep - Completed - Extended

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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 ToysRUs.com, 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 Amazon.com (price may vary)

LEGO Atlantis 8056 Monster Crab Clash - Completed 1

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

Update:
* 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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Video of LEGO Atlantis 8060 – Typhoon Sub

This is a quick video we did of the LEGO Atlantis 8060 Typhoon Sub (from the Atlantis theme) to demonstrate the mechanism that completely flips the motors around and allows the missile to point forward as well as putting the robot arm on the top. We also did a rough … Read more