[REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

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[REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by legitimatealex » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:06 am

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30042 Mini Sub
Price: $2.99
Pieces: 36
Price Per Piece: $.08/piece
Minifigures: 1
LEGO Description: None, it's a tiny tiny poly bag.

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So there's the bag. I tried making it a little less wrinkled so I could get a better shot of the packaging.

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Here's the back. Like the other World Racer Buggy being offered by Target there's a little promo code for the LEGO club membership as well as a bunch of disclaimers in multiple languages.

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Here's the minifigure that comes with the set. His name is 'Lance Spears,' which I have to comment on because it sounds completely like a porn star's name. Also I have to point out the redundancy of the name. As for the stuff that actually matters though, he has excellent printing on the legs and torso and face.

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He also has backside printing and another side to his face. This side seems to say 'Woops I just broke wind at an awkward moment, I hope no one notices.'

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And here he is all suited up in the Atlantis gear. Flippers and a HUGE scuba suit.

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Here's the whole mess fresh out of the bag. There were no other tiny bags inside this bag. If there were, I think it would have been another strike against LEGO for their redundancy in this set. There's not many pieces of interest to note here. There is a 'crystal ball' of sorts that sits on the front. Two tiny fences make up the sides.

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The instructions come in a tiny folded up piece of paper. There's only one side for this impulse set.

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Here's the set in its whole 36 piece completeness. It's a little more complicated than the World Racer Buggy but has pretty much none of the Buggy's aesthetic appeal of sleekness. This build looks pretty clunky and bulky. I'm not actually sure how well this would move through water.

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I'm a little surprised by the lack of one of the power rings that come with other Atlantis sets. Not that it was really a big deal but the tiny little jewel that the sub is picking up seems to be a sort of cop out for not providing a ring. But I digress. It is not a big deal.

So here's the rundown.

Would I recommend the set? Yes. It's tiny, interesting and comes with a minifigure, something that all good impulse sets should do. There's at least one piece of interest here, mainly the crystal ball. It's always nice to have another Atlantis suit too. I really can't find anything wrong with the set. It's cheap, efficient and it comes with more than enough LEGO pieces to make the price worth it.

Go get this set. Find it at your local Target.
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by ncbarrett » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:14 am

I picked this up. Like it a lot. The globe is the pretty cool.
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by vynsane » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:59 pm

I dig the hell out of this little guy because it looks like 'Little Geek', the ROV from 'The Abyss'!
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by ncbarrett » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:56 am

vynsane wrote:I dig the hell out of this little guy because it looks like 'Little Geek', the ROV from 'The Abyss'!
Exactly why i wanted him! :mrgreen:
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by slacker » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:53 am

I built mine yesterday because I though that this set would be hard for little kids to put together. Lots of small pieces. I dig the minifig that comes with it. The globe is pretty cool. I'll have to pick a few more. Can't beat these promo sets at $3. I really like them.

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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by doodlebird » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:08 am

window into doodlebird's life:

every thursday,
my 6 yr old and i have "building day"
where he gets to pick one set out of the closet,
and we build it.
in the closet are sets ranging from $3 polybags up to the UCS falcon.
and most everything in between.

this is what he chose this week.
what the what ???
the closet is jammed full of stuff...
it's really more of a tiny room than a closet.

but sometimes, little dudes like to build little stuff.
it's quick, it's easy... and you get to play with it faster!

nice little stocking stuffer / gift basket item...
surprise for no special reason at all.

paired with any other atlantis set,
it becomes instantly playable.

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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by TClone » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:41 am

I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...

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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by vynsane » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:24 am

TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
You're absolutely right about the bag - definitely not the same head as in the package. Brickipedia probably just went with it based on the package. Interesting situation, I wonder what prompted the change.
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by legitimatealex » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:24 am

TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
Wow you're right. The minifig on the front of the bag does not match the one I have. The eyebrows are black on the bag and brown on the minifig. Interesting. I wonder why they switched? Maybe they thought no one could tell with that big helmet on?
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by legitimatealex » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:25 am

vynsane wrote:
TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
You're absolutely right about the bag - definitely not the same head as in the package. Brickipedia probably just went with it based on the package. Interesting situation, I wonder what prompted the change.
Wow we posted at nearly exactly the same time.
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by TClone » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:58 am

As cool as I think this set is, the change saves me a trip to Target. I want Sam Rhodes, and that was what was attractive about this set. She's only in a couple sets, while Lance Spears is in the magnets and a bunch of sets, and Bobby Buoy is in the Birckmaster book, etc.

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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by ncbarrett » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:59 pm

TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
On the bag, the figure has beard stubble.
not a chick. :ugeek:
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by vynsane » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:20 pm

ncbarrett wrote:
TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
On the bag, the figure has beard stubble.
not a chick. :ugeek:
I'll have to look at the real thing in greater detail when I get home, but the picture in the initial post looks like the head has a big red set of lips on it...
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by legitimatealex » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:34 am

I took a look at my packaging again (I kept it, what of it?) That's definitely a chick on there. There is a huge set of red lips on mine. If that's not a chick then we have our first lip stick wearing LEGO man.
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by ncbarrett » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:40 am

legitimatealex wrote:I took a look at my packaging again (I kept it, what of it?) That's definitely a chick on there. There is a huge set of red lips on mine. If that's not a chick then we have our first lip stick wearing LEGO man.
thats funny, i looked at the ones at my target, and its a guy with beard stubble.

interesting. :?:
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by BobaFett2 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:20 pm

TClone wrote:I don't get it. I thought I read on Brickipedia that Sam Rhodes comes with the set, and it even looks like her on the bag...
Brickipedia is a wiki. A lot of our contributors only edit the most recent themes (or Star Wars), and most of them do not know a lot about these sets. Thanks for the catch, I'll fix that. By the way, this looks like a great set. I need to start getting these polybags at target if I can find them....
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Re: [REVIEW] 30042 Mini Sub

Post by slimninj4 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:43 pm

This is a great set. I picked up 4 of them this season. I dig the suits and the head. plus I like the parts that come with it.

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