Review: 70700 Space Swarmer
Galaxy Squad sets appeared in the shops in North America before Christmas but, as I discovered at the London toy fair, they are not going to be available in Europe until the summer, when all 10 boxed sets will be released.
I am therefore very grateful to Jeff from BrickPicker.com, the LEGO price and investing guide, for bringing three of them over from the US for me when we met in London last week.
70700 is the smallest of the Galaxy Squad sets, containing 86 pieces, including two minifigs. It's $11.99 in the USA and I imagine it'll be £9.99 or so in the UK.
Box and contents
The box is almost square and this being from the USA, like all US boxes but unlike European ones, it states the number of pieces on the front. I'm guessing that it's some sort of requirement to do so in the USA, but I wonder why LEGO don't print it on European boxes. It's useful information for the consumer, after all.
As usual, the back shows what moves and suggests ways to play with it.
The parts are in two, unnumbered, bags. There's one instruction manual.
The 'good' minifig in the set is 'Dark Azure Robot Sidekick with Jet Pack' which features some superb torso and leg printing, and some serious military hardware in the form of a bazooka-style weapon.
His jet pack makes him a bit back-heavy when he's not holding his gun, but he can just about stand up unaided if you tilt him forward.
The four-eyed bug is equally as impressive. BrickLink calls him 'Alien Buggoid': I don't know if that's an official name but it seems appropriate. Printing on his torso and legs makes him look suitably bug-like.
The back of his head extends down his spine.
The Space Swarmer
The space swarmer itself is a quick and easy build. There are some interesting parts in it, including two of the new-this-year 'Plade 1X2 M. Van. Hul Ø 4,8' [SIC], used to connect the wings to the sides.
The four legs barely support the weight of the body which, in these photos, is touching the ground. It is possible to pose it without it doing so, but it's not easy. For the cost of a few extra pence I would have preferred 6 legs which, as we know, all insects have (at least on Earth :-) ). It's east enough to add them because they clip onto this part, although the 'Silver Metallic Blade 5M W/Ø3.2' isn't in many sets so you might not have any spares.
The Buggoid sits snugly in the cockpit. I was pleased to see that the 2x2 tile control panel, and the 2x2 round tile 'mouth' at the front of the ship are printed, not stickers.
The Buggoid's ray gun clips to the back, which is good, it'll save it getting lost.
There's nothing much to dislike about this set: 2 great minifigs and an interesting bug-like ship that looks good and is fun to play with, and for a reasonable price. With 6 legs it would have been even better.
It's a good introduction to the theme and I look forward to building the other two Jeff brought over.
Update: here's the bug-craft with 6 legs and robot in its clutches: