Random set of the day: ETX Alien Mothership Assault

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ETX Alien Mothership Assault

ETX Alien Mothership Assault

©2007 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7691 ETX Alien Mothership Assault , released in 2007. It's one of 8 Space sets produced that year. It contains 434 pieces and 7 minifigs, and its retail price was US$49.99/£39.99.

It's owned by 983 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I built this in LEGO Digital Designer last week and was struck at how big it was for a 400-odd piece set... I have no idea how sturdy or usable it actually was, I don't believe the air-pump launchers worked that well... but it is incredibly large for a $50 set compared to today's fare.

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By in United States,

It's big, but kind of weak for it's size. As you noted the air puffer things were meh and were only used in 2 sets ever. And the Mars Alien ships were always kind of meh. They were ok as an add on antagonist for the much more detailed human vehicles. But as the focus of the set they always felt very blah to me.

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By in Australia,

Lego released a few of these Mars Mission lines, back in the day, and I gotta be honest, I never really understood most of them. The air-puffer gimmick just seemed weird, and none of the space ships were very interesting. Were the trans-green Martians meant to be villainous?

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By in Australia,

Air pump launchers - so that's what they are! I picked one up in random parts haul a while ago and had no idea what it was.

I never got into the Mars mission stuff - a lot of that was just the colour scheme. Bring back classic space! Or at least give space police another run. I really liked the last generation.

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By in United States,

Really great set.

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By in Poland,

HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE set.
Fragile, not well used space, those bad aliens... Mars Mission was such a let down from me.
The good sides? VERY solid colorsheme and look.

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By in Australia,

Really? The air pump launcher worked perfectly fine for me, but that was eight years ago so I'm not confident that still holds. Anyway, I personally loved Mars Mission. It was the first Space theme of my time and the lot before that in 2001 was a fair bit weirder than this (can't link here, look for the Life on Mars subtheme)

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By in Canada,

Mars Mission was my favorite theme as a kid, I had so many of the sets and I remember legitimately crying when they discontinued the theme. The game was also really fun and I poured actual hours into it. As for the set, I always really liked the shape of it. I liked how the mars mission sets ditched that classic UFO look for something more striking and the colour scheme stood out in a good way, just like all the alien craft. The pump system never worked right, but the concept and the overall look of it was really cool. Not my favorite set of the line, but a good one for sure and one I look back at fondly

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By in United States,

I liked that the ship had a handle so you could easily play with it. However, this made setting it down hard because it was having to balance on a fairly narrow section, and those two front prongs. It's too top heavy to do that.
But I have to agree with the more positive members here, the pump worked for me (You do have to hit is, not just push.), the colors are awesome, and the theme has great looking stuff in it. I did only get this and the dropship, AquaRaiders was more of my 2007 theme, but if I also wasn't a big Star Wars guy, I'd have gotten more.

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By in United Kingdom,

Have all the mars mission sets. Most of the 'Human' sets are great, the alien sets not so much. This one is perhaps the worst ! Fragile and not well designed. The mars mission series also seemed to have a huge problem with the white pieces discolouring and the stickers disintegrating! The life on mars aliens were also far better figs.

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By in Germany,

Mars Mission marked the divide between "old" and "new" style of Lego modelling: relatively simple models for imaginative play with lots of features Vs more complex models with a "loks-first" approach. Compare to later Space such as Alien Assault and Galaxy Squad, or similar transformation in Star Wars and many other themes.

As many things transitory, it's neither here nor there, which is why many "don't get it".

This particular set is indeed a weird one, but mine works pretty well up until today, and being "misunderstood" they become really cheap white/black/neon part packs on eBay (provided the condition is good). ;)

Also, compare the number of at features, splitting sub-models and other goodness you were getting back in the day vs today's mostly monolithic toys from Lego.

Nevertheless, I have to concede that nearly ANY other Mars Mission set has better Alien craft or human vehicles (especially the small alien fighters - so cool!) ;) But then, there was also Life on Mars ;))))

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By in New Zealand,

7649 is perhaps one of the best designed space sets of all time!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I have a few of those large curved black pieces from an unsorted ebay purchase.

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By in United Kingdom,

I always wondered what ETX stood for.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Extraterrestrial Xenomorph?

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By in United States,

This was one of the first sets I owned, it was big and Had great “swoosh” to it! Still have it on display!

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By in Canada,

This theme came out just as I was getting back into Lego after my dark age. The thing I remember the most was that the alien minifigs were really disappointing.

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By in United States,

The air pump worked better as a missile launcher in this set than it did as a transport system in the earlier Life on Mars set...

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By in France,

it's weird, it looks like the martians may be supposed to be the bad guys with their dark color scheme and pretty scary looking ships when it's actually the humans who are invading them and stealing their resources.

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By in United States,

^
This.

Also, the aliens for me don't glow in the dark despite Lego's claims, and all but one of my alien leg pieces had the clip snapped within a year. Maybe I was playing with them too much (Mars Mission was my favorite current theme until Lego Agents)

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By in United States,

I remeber picking this up on clearance after the holidays for $20. This was a huge comeback for Lego since the space theme had been dormant since 2001. I liked how the mothership split up into four separate ships, though I didn't like that the aliens did not have movable arms (which Lego addressed in the second wave of MM sets with commanders) the air pump cool but also contributed the the poor price to piece ratio.

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By in United States,

I got a bunch of these sets, but not this one. I was excited because as an 80s kid I loved the Space themes, and was eager to start collecting them again as an adult. But this theme was really hit or miss. I think the later Space themes were better, especially SPIII and Galaxy Squad. It’s a shame those didn’t sell better.

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