LEGO Mars Mission
MB-01 Eagle Command Base (Set 7690)
By Lando Da Pimp
Growing up there was nothing better then the LEGO Space sets from the 80's. being a Star Wars fan I loved building space ships that my brother and I would fly around the living room. The best thing about using LEGO's is that the ships could be easily destroyed. Of course building them takes a lot longer.
I was very excited to see LEGO moving back into creating space sets with their Mars Mission theme. The older LEGO sets from the 80's delt with space exploration. No more of that crap. Mars Mission is all about batteling aliens and capturing them for examination.
The first set from the Mars Mission theme is the MB-01 Eagle Command Base. Built to thwart off alien attacks, the base is a utilizes a really cool air pump system that when compressed launches foam missiles blown out by the forced air. That is just one of the great features of the base. At the top of the base is an alien examination chamber. When an alien is captured he is examined and put onto an alien transport pod. A track leading from the examination area leads the pod to where it is picked up to send through the series of air tubes. The Mars Mission is to capture the energy crystals that help power the base while fighting off the aliens attack.
The base comes equipped with four mini-figures decked out in space suits with gold face protectors. Also included are four glow-in-the-dark alien mini figures.
The set also includes a space shuttle that is used for the collection of alien life forms to deliver back to the Command Base. The shuttle is about 15" long with folding wings on either side and alien storage compartments on top. In the front the main shuttle compartment can split from the main part of the ship for fighter to fighter combat with the alien attack ship.
This set has me interested in checking out the other Mars Mission sets. Specifically the Alien Mothership and Recon Dropship sets. There are a few things I don't care for on the set. I would have made the air tubes a bit larger. The alien transport pods barely fit inside and hard to get out if they get too deep. I also had a hard time getting the missiles to launch at first. The trick is to get the area around the tube airtight with the rubber bands that are included. I like that LEGO went out of their way and included the forced air missile system. It differentiates the new theme from previous space themes.
The space shuttle is a very nice design but does have a few flaws. The Hatch that covers up where the front of the ship splits off does not latch. If you stand it straight up it opens. On the back is a little crossbeam that is awkwardly placed. I think it is used to connect to the base, but its not in the instructions on where. This beam prevents the shuttle from laying flat. I removed the piece allowing it to sit better.
The best part of the set is the story behind the set. LEGO mini-figures battling aliens, capturing them, and examined. The color theme for the aliens is very dark and I hope that if the theme continues we see the Alien base.
Check out the rest of our LEGO coverage.
All characters and likenesses are copyright their respective owners. Photographs and article ©2007 by MillionairePlayboy.com