This is a review of a set that doesn't exist... yet. But, with your help it could!
Promoting your LEGO Ideas projects is a difficult job, particularly so if it's not tied to an IP that has an established online fan base.
One method that's sure to be met with success is to send out kits of your model to bloggers in the hope that they like them enough to write good things about them on their sites.
This is exactly what Brickset member iso3200 has done for his project Hover Scout and Recharge Dock...
Last week an unsolicited parcel landed on my doorstep, which is always exciting particularly when they have that rattle that immediately identifies the contents. Inside the parcel was a carefully packed kit and personalised, extremely well produced, instructions on DVD.
So, having now built it, I can tell you all about the project. It consists of three parts: the titular hover scout and recharging dock, and a data station. Two green classic space minfigs are included, named apparently, Dave and Nigel who are professional planet surveyors.
It has a classic space vibe but has not strictly adhered to the classic colour scheme. That's not necessarily a bad thing: the dark green actually looks quite good with the green of the minifigs.
The data station consists of two workstations and storage space for air tanks, helmets and, as can be seen in the picture above, Nigel's hair-piece. It's packed with little details that bring it to life.
The hover scout seats Nigel and Dave comfortably. It looks like a 'space hovercraft' and I am sure that's intentional. I'd have liked to have seen a pile of surveying equipment in the back and I'm not overly keen on the grey flaps on the back wing but otherwise it's pretty cool and certainly swooshable.
Here's Nigel (l) and Dave (r)...
The scout fits neatly in its recharging dock, the detail of which can be seen below.
Nigel arrives back at base after a hard day's surveying...
Iso3200's design brief for himself was to create something that was not overly complicated using readily available parts, that could be built and enjoyed by adults and kids alike. He also wanted the finished model to look good enough to display and also have sufficient playability to appeal to those that want to swoosh things round the room.
Has he achieved these goals? Yes, I think he has. The model is a successful combination of a neat vignette and moving parts -- the hover scout. Sure there are things that could be improved but then that's true for all Ideas projects and as we have seen, that gets done when they are turned into official sets.
If you like the look of this and fancy expanding your neo-classic-space universe established by Pete Reid's Exo-Suit, then I encourage you to support this project.
If you approve of iso3200's unorthodox method of promoting his project I also encourage you to do so.
As I write the project has 76 supporters, let's see what the 'Brickset effect' can do...