The pit. It has tools, a diagnostic computer, communications equipment, a bottle of oil and a storage container.
The starting light.
The wheel dolly.
The robot pittie with his tools.
After all that building, now it's time for a frosty treat from the space vending machine!
What to build next?
Parts: 88 counting minifig as 1 part and a wheel/rim as 1 part. Lots of minifigure accessories and cool parts. Definitely a set I would buy! Most of the parts were around in the classic space era, but there are some newer ones like the droid arms, cheese slopes and wings. With so many cool parts and so many different builds, this set has a ton of play value.
A very functional and fast looking little space hopper. I like the big engine pods, with their fins and red bits. I like how the equipment trailer can be parked whilst the buggy goes exploring. The robot helper is a cute and useful addition to the team. I’m not sure if the spaceman is supposed to drive the buggy: it looks like it would be quite difficult. I do like all of the CS useful sensors on both the trailer and the buggy. 7 You really went town with the alternative builds. I think this is the biggest number and variety in the competition. I particularly like #7, with its space hopper and stabiliser legs on the trailer. #6, the Robo Suit is fun, if a bit flimsy. #4, the Surface Scanner, is redolent of the 6841 Mineral Detector. The last photo in #2, of the robot, is very cute indeed: he’s so helpful! I’m not sure that Lego would have made a box big enough to put all of these ideas on! 10 Having two vehicles must mean more play options. The robot helper is like having a second mini-fig in the set, giving the spaceman somebody to interact with. I like how the robot is small but strong and not too fiddly for children adjust. The sensors on the buggy aren’t too heavy for their hinges and give lots of opportunities for creating stories. My problem with the buggy is that it looks like it would need a bit of rebuilding if the spaceman wants to drive it. 7 The grey/dark grey is an interesting take on the CS theme. Would Lego have used both colours if they’d existed in 1979? I don’t know but I think that it works here and pushes the “grey only” for ground vehicles and small spacecraft of the first CS sets in an interesting direction. There are strange sensors and lots of non-military fun & adventures to be found here. 9 Total score 33.
Design: A build that captures a lot of detail and implied machinery (greebles to you and I). The function of scout and follow up robot driven rover is a nice idea.
Piece Selection: There is a real plethora of alternatives. The rocket launcher and mech suit being stand-outs. Careful piece selection pays dividends.
Playability: Great detachable trailer, bot and two vehicles provide a lot of solid play hours.
CS Factor: CS if the designers wanted to put greebling at the heart of their work. A nice take on the theme.