Random set of the day: Bi-Wing Baron

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Bi-Wing Baron

Bi-Wing Baron

©1998 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 5928 Bi-Wing Baron, released in 1998. It's one of 21 Adventurers sets produced that year. It contains 70 pieces and 1 minifig, and its retail price was US$6.

It's owned by 3732 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


28 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Gosh, Adventurers gave us some awesome old-school plane designs.

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By in United States,

There's some creative parts use with the old Space cockpit used as the rear fuselage, but really this kit isn't great. It's the most fragile, least stable Lego airplane I've ever built.

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By in Netherlands,

Not bad at all for 70 pieces.

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By in Canada,

Third favourite plane of the plane sets I had growing up. Had this red and white one that had two tails, rear facing prop, and a little Octan fuel car; number two. Top fave was that dinosaur seaplane that had Tale Spin feels.

Bad guy vehicles are awesome.

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By in United States,

@iwybs You sound like you have experience with this set, but by just looking at the instructions alone, I have to disagree. The only part that seems truly fragile to me are the wheels as they're are connected by a single 2x2 brick and could easily be knocked off much like the 2x4 bricks that hold the proton torpedo of 7141-1 Naboo Fighter.

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By in United States,

Looks like Huwbot is back to doing fan fave themes again.....

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By in Venezuela,

"Bloody Mindstorms! I dropped my map again! Well, prepare for landing, for the FIFTH time..."

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By in United States,

^^^ I wanted the set as a kid and finally bought it about a year ago. The upper deck of the front fuselage is unstable because it's connected with only a few studs on one end. The top wings are unstable because they rest on that unstable fuselage deck on one end and tall, flimsy panels on the other. The engine connection is unstable because it's a single stud forced into a Technic hole despite some interference between the "cylinders" and the Technic wheel that forms the engine cowling (maybe I built that wrong). The wheels are actually attached relatively firmly with their 2x2 brick connection. Of course, the whole thing was probably easier to build when it was new, not battered from twenty years of play. Still, it's a fun little biplane that offers the Baron ample opportunity to crash in the desert and shake his fist at his better prepared Aussie rivals.

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By in United States,

Ah, yes. Baron Von Barron aka Lord Sam Sinister, not to be confused with Sam Sinister aka Slyboots, archenemy to Johnny Thunder aka Sam Grant, and his friends Pippin Reed aka Gail Storm and Dr Charles Kilroy aka Professor Lightning.

Adventurers was amazing in everything but name consistency.

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By in New Zealand,

Smooth edge wings make flying craft so much nicer than the jagged edges that are currently tolerated.

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By in United States,

@iwybs You must have built this set wrong because I've had it since it first came out and built it twice and it's a very durable build. I partly agree with the statement about the engine being fragile because of the single stud connection, but the wings sit on a total of ten studs, which is quite a lot given their low surface area (it's also bound at the top by a 2x2 plate), same with the landing gear with a total surface area to stud connection ratio of 8:4.

Baron von Barron is by far my favorite character from the Adventurers theme, and one of my favorite original LEGO characters of all time, so this theme has a special place in my collection.

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By in United States,

Why does this look so appealing to me all of a sudden?

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By in United States,

^^ I'm pretty sure I know how to follow the building instructions but mistakes can be made! :) Maybe the fact that the wing struts in my copy are slightly (but visibly) warped is throwing off the whole build. If that's the case, I apologise for misjudging this kit!

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By in United States,

This was a cool set, it's one of the few non-Space or non-Technic I have from the era. I remember modifying mine to make it a little more realistic. Took the flames off, made it have only one gun, widened the wing span a bit. Nice set, very swooshable.

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By in United States,

The bi icon we needed

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By in United States,

Had as a kid, loved it. Shot down and crashed a lot hehe

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By in United States,

Cool! I have this set, one of a very few from this theme. Someone mentioned above that it's swooshable, and I agree.

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By in Germany,

Love this series..

@ Lyonel McBaseplate-11 - you should check the alternative build in the instructions, it seems to be a problem whatever you create of the bricks ; )

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By in Poland,

@Mr. Thrawn, I’m pretty sure Baron von Barron was also known as Sam *Sanister* before becoming Lord *Sinister*. Guess when he got promoted to lord he figured his surname can give out his personality more openly. :D

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By in Australia,

Yet another Adventurers classic!

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By in United States,

I loved this set, it was very sturdy for me and was an overall cool little plane.

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By in United Kingdom,

This set started my path to being an afol. I got it free with ABC Points at Safeway. I just thought it was cute. Sadly during a de clutter moment it went. I really should re get it.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mr. Thrawn - The Baron here was also known as Mr. Hates in most UK publications of the time, too; so that's yet another aka for him! I think it was only come Orient Expedition that Lego standardised the names for their main characters in this theme. I have to wonder why they didn't do it sooner... I guess they never figured that people from different countries would compare notes across the internet as to who was named what? xD

I vaguely remember having the chance to buy this set a few years after it came out, but deciding against it because I already had the Baron minifigure twice from different sets... and was more interested, at the time, in the minifigures rather than the build. It is a really appealing set though, aesthetically.

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By in United States,

Reminds me of 31076 stunt plane

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By in United States,

@RoboNui
@BionicleJedi

Yes, and Johnny Thunder was also called Joe Freeman. Pippin Reed also used the alias Pippin Read.

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By in United States,

@Robo-Nui: The first instance of Baron von Barron using the "Sam Sinister" name comes from the September/October 2000 issue LEGO Mania, as seen below:

http://www.miniland.nl/LEGOclub/lego%20mania%20magazine%20sep%20oct%202000/2.jpg

Obviously, this predates his title of "Lord Sam Sinister" from Orient Expedition in 2003. Since the "Sam Sanister" name only appeared during the Dino Island subtheme, this means that he was known as "Sam Sinister" AND "Sam Sanister" at the same time...

But wait, there's more! That aforementioned LEGO Mania issue also says "(aka Baron von Barron)"! And the LEGO Shop called him "Baron von Baron", as seen below:

http://web.archive.org/web/20020222085518/http://shop.lego.com/ProductInfo.asp?product_number=5955

So he's known as Sam Sinister, Sam Sanister, Baron von Barron, AND Baron von Baron all at the same time!

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By in Canada,

Loved The Adventurers - they have a permanent place in my memory from playing with my kids using their sets, and even some of their online games. Orient expedition was a great series especially. Wish LEGO would bring them back! Miss you Johnny!

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