Lego Classic Thursday: 7683 Fight on the Flying Wing – Lego Indiana Jones

Back with more Indiana Jones.

7683 set

Set 7683 from 2009 and you get the plane, fuel truck and four minifigures.

7683 mf

Those are some of the nicest abs I’ve seen on a minifigure, nice mustache as well. The Indy and Marion Ravenwood figures are identical to the ones in the 7621 Lost Tomb set.

7683 cockpit

The plane is pretty iconic and has a forward cockpit and a rear gunner cockpit, which is where Marion gets trapped after Indy beats up the mechanic (and he gets chopped up by the propeller). This isn’t a plane from real life, the closest thing to look like this, the Horton Ho 229 was jet powered. Of course, if you have jet engines, you can’t get chopped up by propeller blades.

7683 truck

The fuel truck is in the set as well, so that it can leak everywhere and create a fiery explosion enveloping the plane. It’s nothing special.

7683 pilot

As you can see, the cockpit canopy is a special piece to this set. The Wing that comprises the plane is also one solid flat flexible type piece. With stickers of course.

This is another great movie set for recreating scenes.

7683 fight

FIGHT!

7683 locked cockpit

Another set if you like Indy, you’ll love. Given the large size of the plane, this set makes a great display.

Lego Throwback Thursday – Time Cruisers – the closest we’ll get to Lego Doctor Who?

The Professor – “Dr. Cyber” and “Tim”

Let me first apologize for using the phrase “throwback Thursday” – it was an attempt to get the youth interested – I will from now on try to refer to it as “Lego Classic Thursday.” I realized a few weeks ago on a Thursday I posted pictures of the old Landspeeder set and thought as long as the old sets last I’d continue posting photos on Thursdays. The image above is not a set, just the minifigures from set 6493 Flying Time Vessel circa 1996. With the Lego Ideas Tardis set review soon to be revealed it would appear that the possibility of more Lego time travelers is close. If the project does not get “green-lit” as Lego say then we’ll always have good old Professor and Tim to fall back on. I’m not sure if the Professor forgot Tim’s name a lot and that’s why he has to wear a shirt with a big T on it, or maybe the T stands for Time. Either way I always thought the Tim character was a little silly but I like the Professor guy. Notice his bow tie? Bow ties are cool.

Lego Talk Like A Pirate Day

As you may know – today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day – so what better than a trip down memory lane to the good old “classic” Lego Pirates sets of yore.

The origin story of Lego Pirates apparently.

As you can see the Legend of the Lego System Pirates was written on the inside flap (weren’t the sets with flaps so cool?) of set 6267 Lagoon Lock-Up. It reads as follows:

The Adventures of the Lego System™ Pirates of the Sea
Lagoon Lock-Up

During the 18th century, a peaceful colony of settlers enjoying the island treasures they discovered, suddenly had their serenity interrupted. The invaders were those who called themselves the LEGO SYSTEM™ Pirates of the Sea! For years, the Pirates had been searching for the same buried treasures that the settlers were now claiming as their own. This, of course, disturbed the Pirates, as they knew the doubloons (Spanish gold coins) the settlers found had belonged to their ancestors.

Gold seeking Pirates had become such a problem for Governor Broadside and the other settlers that they were forced to strengthen many of their existing settlements. One such fortified settlement was the Lagoon Lock-Up. Prior to the invading Pirates, this peaceful establishment was an inn of sorts for the settlers to grab a bite to eat and relax. It has now been fortified to protect the lagoon and to hold captured Pirates for questioning.

Governor Broadside is determined to protect the gold which he and the settlers have hidden at the Eldorado Fortress and Sabre Island. The Pirates, however, have their own plans for the gold and they don’t include sharing it with the settlers!

Use your imagination to continue the adventures of the LEGO SYSTEM Pirates of the Sea!

Now if only I could get Rob Brydon or the guy from Warcraft II to read that. I find it most impressive that even in the 18th century, the Pirates were very careful to use Trademark symbol.

Smuggler’s Shanty – Lego Set 6258

Notice that both of the Pirates in Smuggler’s Shanty have unfortunately lost the use of their left eyes, which probably explains the lack of intimidation of the Imperial officer even though he’s got a revolver trained upon him. He seems much more concerned with the shark. If you want to view the images in all their glory or read from the box yourself, head over to Flickr – the link is always on the sidebar as well.

Luke’s X-34 Landspeeder Lego Set Comparison 7110 v 75052

In the review yesterday I spoke of how I thought it was unnecessary to include Luke’s Landspeeder with the Cantina set. I decided to get my old Landspeeder out for a comparison. As it happens, the old one is the only Star Wars Lego set I bought before rediscovering Lego as a full time hobby more recently.

Set 7110 came out in 1999 so it has Star Wars minifigures with yellow heads instead of the newer flesh colors and even newer more expressive heads.

Before I got the old set out, I thought there wasn’t too much difference between the two, other than the new one being bigger – and the admittedly neat addition of clear plastic pieces to the bottom to make it hover a bit.

Then I got it out and saw how much less polish there was to it, in terms of fancy pieces and total number of pieces overall. Only 49 in 7110. But at the same time, it is a lot more Lego-y if that makes sense.

Lego has come a long way in the last 15 years but a lot of that is with newer molded pieces and much greater use of rounded corners, to mimic the “real” world more it seems. I’m not complaining, I just find it interesting. I wonder if the designers always wanted things to look more realistic and as Lego made more money they suddenly had the money to do so or they found out or assumed that the buyers of Lego wanted it that way. Either toy gets the same reaction from me, they are both Lego representations so their “realism” ends at a certain point. But the addition of the clear pieces to make the newer landspeeder hover is the only thing I find specifically better about the newer set. As you can see I didn’t put the stickers on the engines, I might eventually, but I’m not crazy about stickers where the underlying piece is a different color than the sticker is trying to make it. Also from the pictures and element list (I don’t have the set) it appears this newest iteration of the landspeeder is nearly identical to set 8092 which came out in 2010 but was available for several years. 8092 didn’t have the hover function either interestingly. Well those are just my thoughts to ponder for the day. The more important question is – it’s 2014 why can’t I go out and buy one of these things for real already?!