Review: 40335 Space Rocket Ride

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Next month's gift with purchase at shop.LEGO.com is the rather cool 40335 Space Rocket Ride. It's based on the winning entry of a LEGO Ideas competition Moments in Space, where the brief was to "Use your imagination to create the ultimate space model".

Mjsmiley's competition submission is colourful, original and even has a neat play feature, so it's no wonder it caught the judge's eye.

We don't know what the purchase threshold is to acquire it but after you've checked out our photos after the break you'll probably want to spend whatever's needed!

The box is of the tape sealed variety but is made from sturdier cardboard stock than usual. It bears the LEGO Ideas logo in the corner.

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The 154-piece model doesn't take long to construct and when finished looks resplendent in its yellow, red and dark blue colour scheme.

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It's a coin operated ride so, naturally, it comes with coins in which to feed into the slot on the left. Interestingly, these printed tiles were introduced first in a Friends set, 41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall, in 2014, and can be purchased for less than face value on BrickLink!

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In relation to the minifigure the ride absolutely huge, about the height of a double-decker bus!

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Rotating the axle at the back operates a clever internal mechanism that rocks the rocket back and forth.

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The minifigure is attired in a suitably space-themed torso, which first appeared in 2016, in 60134 People Pack - Fun in the Park.

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Overall then, despite the scale problem, which is of course not unique to this set, it's a very attractive model and a desirable gift with purchase. Thankfully there'll be loads of new sets available at the beginning of June with which to acquire it.


Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

31 comments on this article

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By in United States,

cool review! nice to see inside the mechanism.
a question though- was this model modified by the lego group in any way?

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By in France,

This looks like a fun set to have!

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks great! will look great in the theme park

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By in Canada,

I'm going to modify it to put some of the star wars microfighters maybe the falcon with Han and Chewie. Also its probably a GWP over $75.

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By in United States,

@dRevan awesome idea!!!

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By in United States,

Looks pretty neat! I'll be going to the Lego store in June and plan to buy lots of pick-a-brick cups, so I'll probably end up with 1 or 2.

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By in United States,

^ Hey quick tip for pick-a-brick (although you probably already know this—if so then discard)

If you know what type of pieces you need a head of time then you aren’t limited to what is on the wall. Simply ask for the specific piece you need and they probably have boxes full of that one piece. Or maybe even call ahead to make sure they have it so you don’t waste a trip (of course though, no trip to the lego store is wasted ;-)) In my experience with this subject, the lego store employees (as usual) were extremely helpful and accommodating. She brought out about 8 boxes for me to explore based on what I said I needed. It was great.

Back on topic, this set is pretty interesting, and seems like it would go well next to the 31095 creator fairground carousel.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant GWP. I'd be over the Moon if there were a moderately large space-themed set being released imminently...!

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By in United Kingdom,

good review

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice set! It’d probably be pretty simple to swap out the rocket with something else, like one of the Star Wars microfighters...

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By in United States,

I can appreciate the uniqueness of this set, but since the scale is so far off there’s no way it’s going into my city. It’s also too small to display on a shelf without disappearing behind other models. Additionally, there’s absolutely nothing exclusive to this set (minifigure, printed parts, etc) and I’m quite sure that I already have the parts to build it. It’s cute overall but I have zero intent on pursuing this.

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By in United States,

@DarthRaved, if you go to the Ideas page linked in the article, you can see pictures of the original submission. The version released is substantially modified from the original. It's longer and has more detailing, including the steps at the back.

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By in United States,

It has been a while since l bought from [email protected], this is a great GWP that will finally get me to buy something.

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By in United States,

I have been waiting on a purchase to specifically get this.

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By in United States,

This little rocket ride looks like a blast! The only issue I see (no real problem w/the scale for me) is that upon climbing the stairs the kid would be banging his head on the rear wing, and then would have to carefully shimmy over to the cockpit before attempting a treacherous climb. My planned future amusement park area will be a built-up island, so the guts of this thing could go in ground, w/just the rocket at the surface. The steps could then lead directly into the cockpit. Wait, where was I? Sorry, daydreaming again. Anyways, great little set and hopefully by June I'll be allowed to buy a Stranger Thing to get this for free.

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By in United Kingdom,

My work bonus comes at the end of the week, and I know what I’m buying! (Don’t tell my wife)

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By in United States,

This set looks really cute, but what bothers me is that there is nothing unique about it. No special printed pieces. No special minifigure. Every thing can be purchased on Bricklink or Bricks and Pieces for standard price. Kinda takes the fun out of a GWP. I'm probably not going to get it, but we'll see!

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By in United States,

@LegoSolo77,
It looks like it wouldn't be hard to swap the stairs and the coin box. I think that would be a bit better then, since it looks like the front of the cockpit sits about there. If they had just put on one more step, it would be perfect.

It looks like it still has a pretty big seating area to accommodate Friends like in the original submission. I wonder if by moving or removing the seat you could fit in two figs, like a lot of rides like this have. Especially given that kid figs have short legs that don't bend--I would think it would be easy to fit one in the back.

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By in United States,

Looks terrific! This is the GWP I’ve been most excited about for a while. Can’t wait to get it.

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By in Sweden,

I think the blue tail fin in the original submission looked much better, but it's a neat little set. Might try to get it.

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By in Singapore,

If I do end up getting this (it really depends on the purchase criteria), I'm putting it in my city precisely because the scale is hilarious in true LEGO fashion.

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By in United Kingdom,

Presently the listing on UK [email protected] has it ‘priced’ at £11.99 and a qualifier that states: “FREE Exclusive Space Rocket Ride with purchases over $99.*”

@Davejack82 Tesco by any chance!? ;)

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By in Denmark,

Whoa, that’s pretty nice.

Regarding the free gifts, anyone who knows about the second Captain Marvel poster?

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By in United Kingdom,

I’d like this set but it’s available from the 5th and the Lunar Lander is available from the 1st with a VIP gift on day 1 - It’s nice when GWPs stack but more often than not it never works out for me :-D

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By in United States,

Rocket's too long now, it's lost a bit of it's original charm.
Blue tail fin from original submission is a much better choice - unfortunate that it's no longer produced in dark blue.
Hope this can be easily removed form the base like in the original submission plans.

Planning to make enough purchases in June to qualify for this GWP, so won't begrudge getting it despite my misgivings over the changes.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I love it, my entry didn't make it pass the entrance as it was apperantly voliolating a rule that no Build Mode from LDD could entwr but my entry was made with physical bricks.

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By in United Kingdom,

A nice looking set but oddly missing a crank handle to operate it, much like 40293-1: Christmas Carousel was.

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By in Singapore,

^ This was also pointed out by just2good but I think given the relatively low base, a hand crank would have been difficult to operate that close to the ground.

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By in Germany,

From pictures (back cut-off and the one above it) I doubt that the external axle can move the spaceship at all. Rather I would expect it to drive the blue liftarm.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Shop @ UK page (https://shop.lego.com/en-GB/product/Space-Rocket-Ride-40335) says it's free with purchase of $159 (AU) / $179 (NZ) / £85 / 85 € / 2210 Kc / 100 CHF / 635 kr. (DK) / 810 kr (NO) / 880 kr (SE) / 375 zl / 27775 Ft. in the period 5-18 June. Apparently can also be bought for £12 as brickdevil mentioned.

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By in United Kingdom,

£85 seems a little step for this as a GWP

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