Release Year: 2006
Pieces: 365 (with two minifigures)
Exo-Force as a theme was introduced in 2006, and left the shelves two years later. I’ve got a number of the original 2006 sets, and these are extra special, due to the light up brick “power core” in the middle of the mech. It’s connected to the weapons the mech holds by a “fibre optic cable” or clear tube. All in all, these are pretty unique sets, with some interesting looking minifigures. Many of the sets can also be combined with others to create new models. In this case, the tank can be combined with 7709: Sentai Headquarters to create the Magnalink. The instructions for these extra builds were often included in the LEGO Club Magazine of the time.
The elements included in this set are pretty unique. Firstly, let’s look at the minifigures. These are fantastic, with a very different design on the face to normal LEGO minifigures. Interestingly enough, according to Brickset, there’s two minifigures, that are the same character – Ryo. There’s Ryo the Gate Guard with black hair, and Ryo with purple hair. I’m not really sure what to make of that, but I shall trust in the wisdom of Brickset! Anyway, the minifigures are decekd out in an orange jumpsuit, with some grey elements in there as well. The faces in all the Exo-Force sets have wider and larger eyes, akin to the Star Wars Clone Wars minifigs. They’ve also got some pretty interesting hair – it’s rubberised, and very unique.
This one was a little tough to rate. There’s plenty of swoosh to it, but because mine is a little old, the swooshiness is not perfect. The caterpillar tracks are a little stiff, and it can tend to collapse a little in the middle if pushed down too much, but apart from that, it’s fantastic. The weapons pods move around, the disc shooter fires a pretty good distance, and the tracks are very positionable. It’s pretty fun to move around.
The build experience is actually pretty quick. While it’s a large build, there’s not really much to it. The wheelbase frame takes the bulk of the build time, and it’s quite repetitive, as it’s completely symmetrical. There’s not much to it, so it’s a little flimsy, but with the cockpit added, it gets a little more strength. Add the weapons pods to the ball joints, and the turret on top, and you’re done! It’s pretty good, as it’s positionable, but it still has a bit of loose flimsiness to it. I’d be careful driving it around!
This set looks cool. I love the orange. It really helps the kit to stand out on the display shelves in my office! While the person at the top is a little exposed, I could totally see this sort of vehicle in a sci-fi flick, cruising over craters on the moon. It’s pretty great! I would like to see a little more armour around the chassis, but I’m still pretty happy with it.
There’s some pretty unique parts in this set, especially if it’s your first Exo-Force set. That alone brings up the collectibility a lot, as there’s only a limited supply of them around now. The price isn’t too bad either. Expect to pay around AUD$40 for a used set, and closer to $100 for a brand new one. There’s al ot more of the used sets than the new, so maybe start there if you aren’t precious about the stickers or box. The parts are pretty great, and it’d certainly be unique on the shelves!
Next week I’ll be taking a look at a mech from the Exo-Force theme – 7702: Thunder Fury. I love the names the mechs have – combine two mean sounding words, and there you have it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think of this set!