Yes, it has been quite a while since I looked at a Lego set. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last time was also one of the Alien Conquest series. I’ve actually been hankering to build a set for a while now, but there’s been an awful lot of stuff out their vying for my toy buying dollahs. But, this past Sunday morning as I was out hitting Wally World early to get some snacks for the Super Bowl I decided to pick up a new set to give me something to do while waiting to see the Giants kick the Patriots’ collective asses. [Why yes, I am a prophet! -FF]
And here we go. The goods come in a standard Lego box declaring that this is in fact set number 7052 and does indeed contain 211 pieces. That piece count includes three minifigs, one alien flying saucer, a couple of barricades and a missile launcher. It also points out that this set includes a light up feature, which is the first time I’ve ever seen this in a Lego set. I didn’t need much incentive to pick this one up, as I’m really digging this Alien Conquest series, but if at any point I was teetering on indecision, the light up gimmick surely had me sold. The Alien Conquest series continues to tap into that whole Mars Attacks aesthetic with the logo and artwork. Tearing open the box you find an instruction booklet, a sticker sheet, a loose clear plastic dome, and two decent sized baggies of Lego goodness.
As always, let’s start with the minifigs. You get one Earth Defense guy, one farmer, and one alien. The Earth Defense guy is pretty much the same thing we saw in the Alien Defender set (that’s number 7050 if you’re keeping track) although the head is new. These guys are basically just dudes in blue space suits, which is kind of strange because they seem to do all their alien fighting on Earth. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that before, so let’s move on. The farmer is the alien abductee, which is pretty funny because it’s usually some hick that the aliens kidnap (God, I love this series!). He’s a cool little figure and comes complete with a pitchfork. If you have any need of a generic farmer minifig, this guy can easily be cross purposed. And lastly you have the alien. I like these guys, but Lego’s alien minifigs do tend to blur together a bit for me. Both the Earth Defense guy and the alien each come with a pistol.
The bulk of the build here is the alien saucer, but there are a couple of barricades and a simple missile launcher for the Earth Defense guy to use. Seriously, gotta make sure those road barricades are up to defend that thing against the giant death dealing alien spaceship, right? Suffice it to say this isn’t even a fair fight, so you may want to make sure you pick up the Alien Defender set to give the humans a little more firepower. C’mon, it’s only ten bucks!
The saucer is very cool. I was a bit afraid its simple and very symmetrical design would make for a boring build, but there’s a lot of cool little details that help keep things interesting. The bottom hatch has an elaborate little system of teeth and claws that let you drop the saucer down on a minifig’s head and it will pick the figure up. Well, maybe seven out of ten times it will anyway. There are two articulated antenna arrays, the dome opens and closes to sit the minifig and oh yeah, did I mention it lights up? The build for the light up mechanism is very cool and the whole assembly sits in the cockpit. By pressing forward on the big green ball behind the cockpit the red brick in the cabin lights up and shines down through the hole in the bottom of the craft. It makes for a very cool effect and it casts the light down on the ground below the ship really well. Its kind of hard to show with my shitty little camera, but take my word for it, it’s pretty nifty.
All told, it took me a little over an hour to build this set. As usual, I took my time and I was watching some Doctor Who while doing it, so your build speed may vary. It’s certainly a fun build and the saucer turns out very nice and solid for play or display. The set costs just under thirty bucks, which is not bad, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite the value that the Tripod Invader set was at only twenty. Still, I highly recommend this one, whether you’re already into Alien Conquest or you’re looking to see what its all about.