Random set of the day: Scorpion Palace and Foam Scimitar

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Scorpion Palace and Foam Scimitar

Scorpion Palace and Foam Scimitar

©2003 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7418 Scorpion Palace and Foam Scimitar, released in 2003. It's one of 20 Adventurers sets produced that year. It contains 342 pieces.

It's owned by 57 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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23 comments on this article

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By in United States,

What on earth

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By in United Kingdom,

Set is awesome but what the heck is up with the free foam sword, why? I suppose people weren’t complaining it’s free stuff but just why that though

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By in Australia,

Lego had some odd ideas in the early 00s. Even the great sets (which a lot of these Adventurers sets were) had extra litle bits and bobs, for some odd reason, that they just didn't need.

Having said that, Orient Expedition was *amazing* and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise.

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By in United States,

I want the Adventurers theme to come back.

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By in United States,

@KoolKreeper489
You and anyone else who’s ever even heard the name “Johnny Thunder”.

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By in United States,

I don't have any of the Adventurers sets and are expensive to get now sealed and I would think a new theme for it would do well.

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By in Australia,

Adventurers aka Indiana Jones aka The Mummy lol

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By in Australia,

Wow I didn't realise there were 20 Orient Expedition sets. I guess its because half of them are small promotional items or weird variants like this. I loved that theme as a kid but wow I feel like it would *not* go down well today.

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By in United States,

Lego? Or nerf? This is why lego should stick to its own area of plastic bricks and leave foam to the other guys.

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By in United States,

Wow! I didn't know they made this set with a foam scimitar! That would've been so cool to have, like the foam Minecraft weapons my brother has.

At least I have the board game that comes with every Orient Expedition set — played the hell out of that even though I had no one but myself to play against. But for now, my complete India and Mt. Everest collections (at least, for the standard products) are proudly on display in my LEGO cabinet.

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By in Australia,

The Orient Expedition sets were the icing on the Adventurers cake, but sadly in today’s social climate, I can’t see such a theme returning.

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By in Norway,

Elephant!! I do not have the set, but 2 elephants from it. Will we ever see a updated elephant "mould"?! Hopefully it is better than this years mammoth with almost no articulation at all compared to this lovely elephant..

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By in United Kingdom,

...now I want more Orient Expedition sets

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By in Finland,

Got this set used earlier this year, among some other OE sets. Such a joy to have it finally after so many years!

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By in United States,

I love the way this is packaged with the foam sword completely obscuring the important details of the set.

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By in Portugal,

What a strange way to sell a set.

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By in United States,

@Roebuck See, this is what I was going on about when those Dinosaurs sets were RSotD! New Elephant molds, go for it, but make them usable! There still haven't been any long necked dinosaurs since the 2012 molds of dinosaurs, now's their chance for a twofer on some of the parts!

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By in United States,

The India sets for OE were definitely it's strong point. So many bright colors and pretty plants, not to mention those great Elephants. Johnny still pops up form time to time in modern LEGO things, and is in the LCU, so seeing him make a comeback isn't too hard to believe.

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By in United States,

Lego still sells form swords so don't be too surprised by them.

Sadly the theme wasn't well received, I found one for $20. It's such a great theme though. I'm hoping LEGO brings back the elephant someday.

Also the bricks are printed. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I had the standard version of this set... did not know they'd done a version with a foam sword too. Still, I know foam weapons were packaged with versions of a few of the Bionicle sets from this era, too, so I shouldn't be surprised.

This was, I think, the biggest Adventurers set I owned. Hours of fun involved when I was a kid... though the tall pillars weren't very sturdy, so the palace ended up getting thoroughly demolished in a full half of the Adventurers expeditions that I played out with it xD

Fun memories!

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By in Venezuela,

I've never had any of those foam weapon things, but I do find them an appealing concept!
That's why I have Lloyd's sword and the Upscaled Mug in my wanted list after all!

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By in United States,

@David1985: Yeah, 2003 was not a very successful year for LEGO in general, aside from the Bionicle theme which already had a strong track record and in 2003 benefited considerably from some major media tie-ins (its first chapter books, multi-platform video game, and direct to DVD movie releases)

Of course, it can’t entirely be blamed on the designs that year — a lot of stores didn’t even stock that many sets in 2003 due to their volumes of unsold stock from 2002. Plus, internal costs were getting out of control to an extent that the sales threshold needed for these sets to break even might have cut even further into their profitability.

But there was very definitely a faulty understanding of what kids wanted to see in sets. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that once LEGO regained confidence that kids could still enjoy a building process that wasn’t simplified to deliver a sense of “instant gratification”, they also stopped relying so much on co-packs that tried to boost the appeal by throwing in an entirely non-buildable role play toy.

Not that role play toys or costumes are bad! It’s fun to “become” a character from the toys you enjoy, but at life size. Even so, they appeal to LEGO-loving kids on a different level than the sets do, and so I suspect both categories of product can probably sell better separately than they do together.

As for my feelings on Orient Expedition… they were pretty mixed. I liked the idea of a more episodic narrative in the sets and LEGO Club Magazine comics, but the Adventurers theme has not really succeeded in holding my attention beyond the original desert wave, and I only ended up getting a small number of sets from the later waves.

I can’t exactly blame this on the set designs, except in the sense that I’d learned more about Ancient Egyptian than Mesoamerican societies from school and media, so stuff like South American jungle ruins or Indian palaces was never going to be as iconic to me as obelisks, sarcophagi, or the Sphinx.

But I also felt alienated by some of the abrupt and unexplained name changes and character design changes, particularly Mike from the Dino Island sets and Pippin Reed from the Orient Expedition sets having bizarre eye size/placement compared to traditional minifigures.

And I can’t ignore that my interests past age 7 were a little fickle, and a slightly more advanced and narratively engaging theme like Bionicle or Star Wars did in fact do a better job holding my interest than in-house System themes (which didn’t really commit to that type of storytelling until stuff like Knights’ Kingdom
II and Exo-Force).

If it weren’t for Bionicle really taking that leap into more engaging, character-driven, high fantasy storytelling and action-packed 7-to-16 targeted sets, I might have been in the prime position to enter into a “dark age” like so many KFOLs of previous generations. I wonder how often today’s similarly positioned themes like Ninjago play that sort of role for today’s kids.

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By in United States,

Huwbot, go home; your drunk! :P

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