LEGO Alien Conquest Review: Alien Striker #7049

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My absolute favorite LEGO theme ever was UFO. It was the first time LEGO made non-human figures (besides by Spyrius droid). It also meant I could stop putting random bricks on figures in place of their heads to make them aliens. But now, over a decade later, the aliens aren’t just in space, they’re now on earth.

The alien defense unit soldier is on the look out for an alien invader speeding around the city. Stop the outer space bully from capturing anything he can get his suckers on! Dodge the striker’s laser guns and send the bug eyed invader back to where he came from!

Alien Encounter is the smallest of the regular Alien Conquest sets, but for only $5 you get a space marine, an alien and a little vehicle! Seeing as I recently paid $3 for a single figure, this is a great bargain.

Defending Earth is a space marine. Decked out in light blue with an absurd amount of details, this guy looks like he doesn’t quite know what he’s up against and is prepared for the worst. The paint on the torso and legs looks amazing with straps, padding and zippers all perfectly applied. His navy vest wraps around to his back and has ADU (Alien Defense Unit?) applied.

The double-sided face has some amazing applications. The serious show the spaceman with a twitching eye and grimace, while the other side is him looking completely awestruck. It’s a beautiful balance.

For accessories, the marine comes with a blue helmet just like the Spaceman’s or Space Villain’s and a brand new LEGO gun. Quasi-futuristic, it looks like the Daredevil Flaregun from the LEGO Universe MMO.

The alien is much like the aliens in Space Police III, from the neck down he’s a regular LEGO figure. The maroon arms and generically futuristic bodysuit make the figure feel like he walked off a movie set in the 50s. The little touches of padding look great but half the torso design is hidden by the alien’s massive head!

A brand new piece that looks like he could swallow a human head whole, the alien reminds me of a Gamorrean from Star Wars. The horrible overbite, the large black eyes and the weird brain design on his head make him appropriately non-human.

Sadly, the alien doesn’t come with any weapons to vaporize humans with.

For a vehicle, a little flying ship is built out of grays, greens and purples. The Alien Striker is simple (and kind of looks like something you’d fight in Asteroids) but it works well. The neon blasters help explain why this guy doesn’t come with a gun. It’s not the most complicated build, but it does include a lot of unique little pieces.

A handful of extras are included like a purple and clear light blue nuggets along with an extra leveler. Not much, but those parts are the easier to lose.

For a small, impulse set, you can’t go wrong with this. The alien looks great, the space marine looks great and the build is simple but works well. While the brain thing is kind of weird, getting more aliens in my collection is fine by me.

Written by jestergoblin

May 5th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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