The best Lego castle money can buy. Up until this point, Lego castles were usually dull gray with a slight bit of red trim. After this, the castes were gimmicky and built into raised baseplates. This castle was near perfection. The black and gray combination gives it a striking, almost sinister look. While not quite to scale (looking at the figures, I think my apartment is the same relative size) it still manages to appear massive. Plus, the minifigures actually looked like a medieval army, dressed in scale mail instead of t-shirts with team logos on them.
This has to be the sturdiest vehicle in Lego history. The wheels seem like overkill for something that is essentially a giant UPS truck, but they sure make it look impressive. I also like that it has a bridge in the front. Lego spaceships tend to be solitary affairs, but here you have a crew of three pilots who work together to drive, operate the crane, and whatever the third one did.
What I loved about this ship was the fact that it could be reconfigured into a fleet. Those two cockpits in the front were each independent ships, and the satellite and garage sections could also separate, giving you one ship, two ships, three ships, or even four ships. Granted, the back two sections didn’t look as impressive on their own, but many important meetings were held in the back section after it was escorted to a secret asteroid.
Can you tell that I was a big fan of Lego Space? This was a fairly small and simple ship, but it was also a very fun set. It was just the right size to hold in your hand and swoosh around the room, the jail cell would often detach at inopportune, but dramatically appropriate, moments (often the result of sabotage), and there were laser guns that could be tucked away under the side panels. What more do you need in a futuristic police cruiser?
I had no idea how small this set was until I starting writing this. In my memory this was so much bigger. I think that there was more going on in this set than the photo does justice to, but I think it also says as much about me as the bricks themselves. Now it just makes me wonder if there were ever airports where you went through the security gates directly in to the open air, and could then lounge on the roof.