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Episode · 1 year ago

LEGO Aqua Raiders

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest episode of Brickology LegoLee dives into the deep oceans to discover the lost treasure that is the LEGO Aqua Raiders theme and eleborates on the short-lived single wave of the collection. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Parm I know me is Lego Lee or Lego lead three to nine. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day, week, month, year, you name it. I think things are finally starting to turn around here in two thousand and twenty one. I'm double vaxed up. I hope you're getting your vaccine if you can as well. It looks like things trying to reopen. Apparently I don't have to wear masks outside anymore, even though I wasn't wearing a mask outside for like the past six months. But whatever. We're not going to tell anybody that, but thank you so much again for joining me today. And we are are almost at the halfway point for brick ology season five. I cannot believe we have made it this far. We are in full swing in the s for the brick ology episodes, and this is actually episode fifty two, which means if you listen to one episode of Brick Ology a week, you'll have an entire year, an entire year's worth of this podcast, which is super exciting, and here's to another year worth of brick oology, because there's so much much I want to talk about in those podcasts and every single week I feel like I'm always mentioning Lego themes that I haven't talked about yet, and I just wish I could make a billion episodes now. Obviously I do a lot of work these episodes and I do it because you all have given me such fantastic feedback. Really, the support for this podcast is what keeps me going and I would love it if you guys could translate that support over to some of my other pages, like liking me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, follow me on Instagram, subscribing to my youtube channel, maybe consider supporting me on Patreon, and I have a few other podcasts as well. I have the are you not podcast, which is a weekly show where I talk about movies, TV shows, music and all things fun pop culture. Over there. I also have a podcast called the very manly muppet show that I run with a buddy from college and there's only one episode out, but there will be a new episode next week, so stay tuned for all of that and I will share all of these details on some various instagram pages for those accounts. So thank you again for joining today and thank you all for so much support. Now I want to talk about this week's theme, but I also want to kind of address something because if you're a longtime listener of the show, you would know that I used to pretty much every episode always talk about this unspoken pattern that I had for this podcast. And basically what that pattern was is I wanted to do. One week would be a license Lego theme like Lego Star Wars, lego Harry Potter, Lego...

Been Ten, like I did last week, and then the next week would be an unlicensed theme like bionical, Lego City, Lego Atlantis, you name an unlicensed, original lego theme, and I want to alternate each and every week, but with two part episodes and specific episodes being planned to kind of coincide with release dates from movies and all of that fun stuff. I have decided to pretty much just eliminate that pattern to an extent. Now I'm going to try and do it when I can, but I'm not going to completely bind this podcast to the pattern. So, for example, last week was a license theme and this week is an unlicensed theme. So the pattern works, but next week is going to be an unlicensed theme as well, with Lego Nanjago two thousand and fifteen, and then they'll be two straight star wars episodes after that. So the pattern is not going to be as consistent as it was in the past and I'm going to try and stop worrying about it and stop mentioning it in every single episode of this show. So thank you guys so much for understanding all of that. And there's one more thing that I need to announce far I get all my notes out of the way. I'm going to be a bit busy this week. My family is coming into town. Haven't seen them since pretty much all this covid crap started, so I am very excited for that. However, I'm going to be hanging out with my family and I won't have time to record a podcast. I'm actually recording this podcast on Tuesday. Normally I record on Wednesdays or Thursday, so it's going to be a prerecorded episode and hopefully should go up at the normal time because I will upload it at the normal time. Are Set, you know, like a timer for it to upload of the normal time. However, if something goes wrong, which you never know with these sort of things, there's always technical difficulties, it seems like online. If something does go wrong, just know that I wasn't able to kind of go in and fix it. But hopefully, fingers crossed, everything gets uploaded at the normal time. Also, this will be a slightly briefer episode. We had just a one and done quick lego theme and talk about today, but next week will be an in jogotism fifteen episode, which will be a huge episode with lots of sets talk about. So look forward to that. All right, without further ado, let's transition and talk about this week's theme, which is Lego Aquard rators. No, Lee, what is Lego operators? Well, that's a great question, but actually I feel like not that many people are going to ask me what aquarators is, specifically because the name of the theme kind of gives it away. I mean a curators is a fairly literal name for this line of Lego sets. And yes, of course it's a Lego underwater theme and I've already covered some underwater stuff on this show. Actually the season finale for the first season of brick ecology over a year ago, I talked about Lego Atlantis, which Atlantis and operators have a lot of things in common. Operators actually did come first, however, and there are plenty more underwater lego themes. Most recently, Lego city has had multiple subthemes of underwater exploration.

Lego Alpha team had a sub theme underwater. There's divers, there's aqua knots. There's a lot of stuff from Lego and, of course, at some point in the future I would love to talk about all of this on the podcast. However, I think at this point, because I started off with Atlantis, I might just go backwards rather than forward. So we're going to start off with the most recent one, which was Atlantis, not counting those city subthemes next, so new operators. Maybe next time we'll do Alpha team and so on and so forth. So look forward for those episodes coming out at some point in the future of this show. not this season, but maybe in season six, will cover something of a similar variety. Now let's talk about the story of Lego operators here real quick now Lego for their unlicensed themes. If you listen to all the episodes about unlicensed themes on this podcast, you would know they loved just making really fun story lines for unlicensed themes. However, a curators does not fall into that category. This storyline has very literal to offer. I mean seriously, unlike Alpha team or Atlantis, this is some pretty basic stuff. So here is the written story description from Briquette Pedia. The background story revealed. The theme is set in the Bermuda Triangle. Okay, that's kind of interesting, where the divers utilize high tech submarines and other special equipment to look for the lost treasure of an ancient king. While submerge, the divers encountered and battled sea creatures of monstrous proportions. That is it. Who is this king? Who are the divers? What's The backstory behind all that? Unlike Atlantis, we get nothing. These are nameless characters. Everything here is nameless now and some ways that's cool and actually for me when I got these sets and I was like eight or nine years old, I made up my own stories with them, which was super, Super Fun. However, at the same time it's also more fun when there is an accompanying story and you actually have some backing here besides just some really basic semblance of conflict in these sets. So I think Lego kind of dropped the ball and not giving any of these characters names. Now let's talk about the characters here. They're just referred to as the aquarrators and they pretty much all weared the exact same outfits. I do like these mini figures. Think they liveni figures look pretty cool. They're pretty much all matching in what looks like wet suits, very simple wetsuits, and they are in black with a blue color scheme for their diving outfits. This was before the new breathing appritus piece they made for Atlantis, so they use the old one here, which was a piece that slipped over the neck and a diving helmet which a kind of like a snorkel, but you know what, it's still works. And then the bass color for their vehicles and equipment was pretty much yellow with accents of black and some small accents of blue thrown in there as well.

So really there's not much else for me to talk about here. Normally on this podcast I spend like ten minutes talking about the story behind the theme. However, there's nothing else less, so let's just jump in and talk about the sets here now. The sets were released in the winter of two thousand and seven and there's one wave. Yeah, the PUN is intended there. And I got all of these sets for Christmas two thousand and six, yes, Christmas twos in the six. When I say two thousand and seven, a lot of times that means it came out, usually at toys and restore even, I think this case, like Acom actually released them like a month early, but they are considered two thousand and seven sets, kind of like how a two thousand and twenty two car might be available. Now you can bide in two thousand and twenty one, but it is technically a twenty twenty two model. Okay, with that little specification out of the way, I actually got this entire wave, the ones that that came out later in the spring, for Christmas in two thousand and six, and I re remember there's actually a picture my mom sent to me fairly recently where I wrote out my Christmas wish list and the main thing just said the whole Lego awkquarators collection. I didn't ask for anything specific. I was like give me all of these sets. I remember feeling very spoiled back in the day asking for like an entire collection of Lego sets. However, in hindsight the collection was only like a hundred and seventy five dollars. It wasn't like an egregious amount of money. I mean, I just spent more dollars on the Lego r Todt set, so it actually wasn't that bad. But at the time, when I was super young, I remember feeling really, really spoiled getting all of these sets. Also, I wish leg it would make themes like this with six sets, were the entire collection was only like two hundred dollars total. Like I'm getting ready to buy the new collection lego Harry Potter sets here coming out in a few weeks, and I'm going to shell out like four hundred dollars plus to get all of those sets. I wish Lego was cheaper. Obviously think everybody which is Lego word cheaper, but even like their license themes light Ninjagu, just feels like sets are so big and expensive these days and we don't get too much small stuff anymore, and all the sets here were fairly reasonably priced, which is Super Fun to see. So the further ado. No more specific details. Let's dive in more puns intended, and talk about these Lego aquarators sets. The first set and the smallest set on this list is the five dollar seventy five pieces. Great price or piece for a small set known as the deep sea treasure hunt. The figure included here is a single awquarator. Hardy kind of described how these figures work when this line and they all have basic lego city face prints. There really is not anything unique to these mini figures. Now there is a variation on some of the figures and I will specify those later on in this episode. As for this set, the build here is a small underwater speeder thing. I don't really know the technical term for vehicle of this sort. It kind of looks like a...

...jet ski but obviously it's like a submerged vehicle. I don't even know if these are real vehicles in real life or just something like you see in Lego themes and science fiction all the time, but it looks pretty cool. There was one seat for your minifigure. That are storage on the back for his flipper pieces. Two propellers at the back and there's small arms at the front using the fairly new Lego EXO force robot arm pieces that were introduced in EXO force just a few months prior in two thousand and six and EXO force as a theme I hope to talk about, hopefully on the next season of brick ology or maybe for the season finale of this season a brick oology. Stay tuned for that. As for what this thing was kind of trying to accomplish, there's some very basic treasure it's trying to capture. The fiture here is a treasure chest piece that Lego has been using for decades now. There are some gyms inside. There's also a skull, which is kind of Morbid, but also a skull was inside here. Not really sure why a head would be inside a trigger chest, but whatever, that doesn't really matter. And there are some lego snake pieces here, presumably supposed to be sea snakes. Nothing crazy. This is awesome. One of the few sets here does not include like a big creature for this vehicle to fight. But this is also a five dollar set. They don't make great five dollar sets like this one anymore. This was super, super solid for its prize at the time of its release. The set here, my opinion, was a huge win as an impulse by doubling the price for ten dollars with one hundred and thirty pieces. And you knows, all the price apart, ratios on these sets are pretty much all fantastic across the board. They really nailed the price points on these sets. The Angler ambush here included two figures, two operators. One of them has a ginger beer with the jackhammer peaks. Love the beard print here, believe I've been actually look at my King's face, if I am correct. And Yeah, that's it for the minifigures. Really, the figure segment of today's episode is going to be super super born, because these figures are honestly just quite boring if you ask me. And Ironically, I haven't really talked about good like a mini figures in a while because the last two episodes of the show were been ten and bionicle, which don't have figures in general. So it's been like four weeks since I've talked about any notable figures on brick ology. Now the build of this set here is a very similar vehicle, another underwater buggy thing very similar to the last one, but it's much smaller and kind of dinky looking by comparison. This one has some Harpoon guns in the side but no arms and no notable playability features. Definitely a side build. There also was a side build of underwater terrain. That was some rocks and some seaweed and there was a technic piece where you could hit it with the Jackhammer and explode the rock and it would reveal some gold coins hidden underneath said Rock. Now, explooding play features had been in Lego sets...

...for so many years and honestly, if you like me, if you're a big clutter of Lego, you get kind of sick of blowing up things with Lego playability features because they do it in so many sets across so many different themes. But for this one, because it does reveal the treasure, it was a very effective play feature for this set. Now the main build of the set, though, the titular character if you will, is the Angler Fish. Now this is our first monster build of this line and you hear about some really cool monsters throughout today's episode and obviously Anglar Fish are those deep sea fish creatures that have gigantic mouths, creepy big eyes and those weird lights that hang on their foreheads. And the Lego one here of course, had some giant teeth and they actually used those kind of tail end pieces that we've seen in a number of lego themes as the big teeth, and they were molded and glow in the dark plastic, the same kind of color that professor snap's head was molded in in the early lego Harry Potter sets. And these teeth, like I said, they could glow in the dark, which it would made more sense for the Angler fishes light thing over his face to glow, but whatever. You still got some cool glow in the dark playability here, which I remember having this set when I was a kid. It would just be on my shelf or on my floor when I was playing with it. I'd sleep at nine and wake up mill of nine is look over and there's just some teeth glowing staring at mean. I was like what the heck is that very, very fun detail for this Angler Fish. And of course it does have the Angler fish light which again, like I said, should have been a Glo in the dark play feature. But whatever. I digress about that they actually made a very creative use of the whip piece, the older whitpiece of the time, to be the light on the Angler Fish. That was a very creative use of part right there. Rest of the English fish here. It was built in mostly blue, pretty simple body design and the face was a printed brick which looked very cool. So a very solid creature for a ten dollar small set. Now the next set from this line is known as the lobster strike. The set was twenty dollars. I had two hundred and twenty three pieces and it included two figures to aquators. Now, one of them is the normal aquator in his normal diving outfit. The other one is the other variation of the Aqua wator that you're going to hear about in a lot of these sets from here on out, and that is the version that is still wearing the wet suit but does not include the rest of the gear and instead is just wearing a beanie. So I guess all of the Aqua wators just wear beanies if they're not actually in the ocean. Not really sure why. Not sure why Lego didn't give them hair pieces or something a little bit more unique, because you're going to hear more about these beani wearing aquators throughout the rest of today's episode. Now, the build of the set here is actually a little bit different. It's good bit differ front from the rest of the vehicles across this line, because pretty much everything else...

...is some form of submarine submersible vehicle that flies around underwater. This is actually an underwater tracked vehicle, the most unconventional vehicle of this line, if you will, and it actually used the original Jedi starfighter from attack of the clones cockpit piece, which looked pretty cool, and it has two sets of upper treads, one seat inside for a minifigure. It has a gun on top of the cockpit and it also featured two arms using the EXO force ratchet ball joint kind of pieces there as well, which made for some very good stability and posability to boot, which was great to see. So this thing looked pretty cool. One arm use the X Ray Force robot arm pieces again as fingers to pick up some blue crystal pieces. These are the same crystal pieces that we've talked about from power miners or rock Raider's themes of that sort. And the other arm here is just a buzz saw. There were no little added things for this thing to actually buzz saw, which kind of seems like a miss on legos part, but it was still a cool playability feature and obviously the main build of this set. What it is fighting in this set is the lobster. It's a big lobster built in dark red and black and it features actually pretty accurate details. I would say this looks fairly realistic for a lobster. Maybe a little bit dark, but it actually could pass as like a lego model of a lobster. However, it only has six legs. It should have eight legs, because lobsters have eight legs and, funny enough, I complained about a scorping design from bionical a couple weeks ago only having six legs as well, and there's another creature from this wave that should have eight legs but only has six legs. I don't understand why, but Lego just apparently hates giving creatures that are supposed to have eight legs eight actual legs and all which is gives them six. It's very confusing to me. Now this does have obviously some obvious playability functions for a lobster. The clause can chomp. There's some nice printed pieces on the torso and actually there aren't that many other playability features here. They definitely miss an opportunity to have this lobster have a play feature where it's backtail can swing down. They did this with an Atlantis set a few years later, but this one they kind of missed the boat on there, which is definitely unfortunate. The tail does look pretty good and pretty accurate in terms of it like the anatomy of an actual real life lobster, but it's a little bit underwhelming to me and honestly I think this is probably the weakest creature from this entire way, and I had to pick a least favorite set, it might be this one. I like the side vehicle, but the main build is the lobster itself, and that is one of the weaker built from this entire theme. Our next set here is just five dollars more than it is to twenty five, two hundred forty one piece, so actually not quite ten cents for pieces. Is the worst value of any set from this entire theme, and this set is known as...

...the shipwreck. This was actually a spring release, so the only set from this line not released with that initial wave. It was a special addition set and I think it was a toys r US exclusive. Don't quote me on that, I couldn't find the specific information online, but I believe it was an exclusive to toys r us at the time. And this set included two figures. You get too operators, the exact same ones as the last set, besides the face prints, so one and diving gear and one with a be me. And you get one additional figure in this set and that is the king guy that they're looking for. A kind of odd the king really only comes and the special edition set from this line. Pretty much all the is is just a skeleton piece wearing a the old style lego castle crown piece, and that crown piece is very cool. It is kind of a shiny chrome gold piece, which looks great. As for the build of this set, there actually is no giant creature in this set. So this set and the five dollar set are the only two from this line to not have a giant creature. Now I understand why the five dollar set wouldn't have a creature because it's a five dollar said they had a very limited budget here. This set, I feel like could have included something, maybe like a giant sea snake or giant fish or Barracuda or something. I feel it they could have fit a creature into this set, but they did not, which feels a little bit lazy to me. It's not the end of the world, but it's definitely not my favorite thing about this set. But it does make up for because there are some very cool build in this set. Of course. The main build here is the shipwreck itself, which is the remains of a sunken ship, and it's a simple build but it looks pretty solid. Does have a mast and a ship will that are kind of angled and it gets kind of the message of a shipwreck across. It's built on a base way please. There are some seaweed details around and of course there are some pieces of treasure as well, including some gold coins, the same trade to chose piece that we already saw in the small set and the crown itself that we mentioned on the king figure. And you do get a couple of crab pieces and some snake pieces as well, so there are some underwater creatures here, just not an eye giant oversized creature. Now the other build of this set, which actually probably has way more pieces than the shipwreck, even though this is called the shipwreck set. This is probably the most substantial build in this set. That one is the submarine, and this is actually the most realistic submarine from this entire theme. Besides them, we all the giant Harpoon guns. On this build. It feels like what you would think an underwater explorer submarine would be. That has a bubble cockpit with some nice control details. It has two robot arms that have good articulation and these robot arms actually have a lego magnet piece on them. Now, if you're not familiar with lego magnet pieces, that probably means you're a fairly new fan of Lego because,...

...well, look, it doesn't really make magnet pieces anymore, but they used to use them in a number of sets and themes and essentially the worst some kind of crates that the operator could put the treasure into and then the submarine could pick up those crates with its magnet arm. It's a very cool play feature and it's very effective and magnets has add something to this set and definitely make it feel like a better value. and honestly, even though this set to not have a giant creature and it wasn't exactly ten cents or piece, I think. For Twenty five this is a pretty phenomenal set. It's crazy how many builds and pieces and things you can get in a twenty five set way back in the day for Lego, because you could put that to twenty five set. Now this would be like a forty to fifty dollar set. Man Lego used to be much, much better price than it is now. This was a really fun set back in the day, getting five dollars bigger. Once again we have the thirty three, hundred and thirty nine piece set known as the Tiger Shark attack. The figures included here are two operators and both of these awkward wators are in their complete diving gear. The build of this set whether actually are quite a few builds from the set. The first one is a small underwater rock that has some seaweed details and it has a little dish that has some gym pieces and it's so treasure. Yet again, you also get a stationary Harpoon gun in this set. The build is very reminiscent of the e web cannon that I mentioned a dozen times in the empire strikes back episodes of this podcast at the beginning of this season. But it also has a spear piece in the metal. It couldn't launch a Harpoon or anything, but it was a pretty cool looking build and definitely a little bit different for the rest of this line. And then, of course you get a submarine, and a pretty decent sized submarine that could only fit one figure, and this thing was clearly like an attack submarine, whereas a submarine from the last set was clearly like an exploration of submarine. What's some weapons, this one felt like it literally is like the entire purpose of this build is we're going to try and murder this shark with this submarine. Now the cockpit could fit one minifigure that there were some propellers at the back and it had a giant spring loaded missile at the front. So they look it doesn't use quite often anymore, but it's a very effective missile launching play feature. It also had a cool detail. will use that bionical trident piece I mentioned a couple of weeks ago on this show, but mold of in black here as at a kind of Harpoon details. That looks very cool on the submarine. Maybe not realistic submarine, but definitely a cool submarine for this set. And of course, the main build of the set here is the Tiger Shark, which honestly is pretty accurate looking to the real world creature and as a printed face, actually uses a cockpit piece as a face and kind of opaque gray and as a nice jaw with some big teeth. It's gray and lighter gray...

...underneath, which is pretty accurate for a shark. And this thing is very large, the biggest creature from this entire wave. This was a big all shark and honestly, a very, very cool looking a build that I loved playing with back in the day. I think this set was a very even bad I got a big shark, you know. I got a decent sized submarine and the operators have some additional gear and there's also some terrain settings as well. This made for a really solid overall thirty dollar set and this one did not win the vote for the best set, and next I will talk about actually did. But this one got a lot of support from you guys on Instagram as the best lego awkward rators set. But the next set here, the pin ultimate set up today's episode, getting a good bit bigger. Here there is a fifty five, hundred and honey peace set known as the crab crusher. This set included two acurators and guess what, one of them is a diver and one of them is wearing a beanie. There's also a skeleton included here, but the skeleton does not include the crown piece in this set. Now, the build of this set here is a small seabed side build with a skeleton, some seaweed, some rocks and some treasure stuff we've seen in a lot of these awkward rators sets. Now the main creature here, shockingly for a set called the crab crusher, is a crab. It's a pretty decent sized crab as well. It's built and dark green and black and has printing for it shells that looks very cool, a very nice and accurate looking mouth design with lots of teeth, which makes it a pretty intimidating looking creatures. And then, of course, it has two claws at the front and it also has legs, but yet again, it only has six legs. Crab crabs have eight legs. Lego give these creatures the accurate amount of legs. Now the Legsy to get here had lots of articulation and this was a very nicely shaped creatures. Actually really like this crab build, but yet again, I wish it had more legs. However, the main build of this set and a much bigger build than the crab, if you will, which honestly makes this set feel a little bit lopsided, especially compared to the last it would just talked about, is the submarine. This is a very large submarine and one of the bigger lego submarines I've ever seen, and honestly, it's a pretty realistic looking submarine. It kind of looks like an actual submarine you would see used in like war. It's a little bit wide for that, but it has like the correct shape and proportions you would see from like an actual wartime submarine, which is kind of surprising to see from Lego. And it is very, very yellow, which does mean it is a yellow submarine, of course. And oddly enough, the yellow submarine set is like half the size of this vehicle and actually cost ten dollars more when it came out a few years ago for the Lego Ideas Beatles yellow submarine set. Just a fun little dtil on the front had the exact same big large...

...cannon we saw on the last set that you could fire at the crab. The Middle Section has a bridge that could be lifted off and there's an interior we can fit your minifigures. There's also a back section with some additional storage where you can put the treasure from the set in as well, and there's also a small little drone sub that could be deployed to kind of pick up some of that treasure. So lots of detail on the interior of this thing, which gave this thing a lot of good playability on the inside, and it was also equipped with guns on the outside and for adjustable propellers as well. This was a great looking build, a complete build overall, tons of playability features and also had some real world accuracy that could attract older fans of Lego to this set. And this set was voted the best operator set by my fans on Instagram, and it's hard being to really disagree. I think the next set we're on to talk about the last set, the biggest set from this line, in some ways might be the best occurators set, but this set was pretty fantastic in its own right. But finally, our biggest set from Lego acurators here is the aqua base invasion. This was a seventy dollar set with eight hundred and forty pieces. It's, like I said, the biggest set of the line and the figures included here are for operators to divers and two guys wearing beanies. Yes, the figures in this line, they're just not super exciting. I think Lego really dropped the ball with the minifigure selection in the set and there also is one skeleton included here. More on kind of his Morbid inclusion with this set. As for the builds of this set, of course we'll talk about the aqua base here just a second, but of course it's an operator set, the biggest aquator set. Has To save a really special creature for the end of this wave and that is the iconic giant squid. I love squids. I find squids and octopuses and all of those creatures fascinating, so this is definitely right up my alley in a very cool looking bill. Now, this squid here was built using mostly dark blue black with accents of Tan and then some glow in the dark pieces. So actually the tentacles of the squid here. The ends of the tentacles use the exact same piece that the Angler fish used for its teeth, so they're glow in the dark yet again. And the eyes of this squid, which looked very accurate, had some kind of weird, like dull molded pieces in white and red and had some glow in the dark detail as well, which was really really cool to see. And yet again, this thing also kind of creeped me out on my floor when I saw I was like, oh my gosh, what is that thing? Look at him. is like Wai's man, Lego said, but a very, very cool giant squid. And they also use the same pieces that used with the turrets on the gun ship for the eyeballs, which I thought was a really creative use of parts the gunship from attack at the clone. That is. So we're using some classic Lego Star Wars pieces on this set. Really meant this thing very, very cool. Now the back of the squid uses that cockpit piece that we...

...saw on the shark. This one's actually transparent. It had some cool printed details on it as well, but you can see kind of like the gut of the inside of the squid, which you can also see a skeleton inside, which means one of these operators, because a skeleton is wearing an oquator's helmet has been fully eaten and digested. Is Not just a skeleton rotting inside this squid. That is kind of horrifying. I'm pretty surprised lego actually fit that into this set. And funny enough, in the Atlantis at the portal of Atlantis set you also get a skeleton all of an operator in this set. For some reason, Lego apparently just loves killing off the operators, which is very, very funny to me. But the giant squid here is a great design. Has a great teeth design as well. I really like that creature, one of the better creatures from this wave. Now the side vehicles in this set, of course, there's a very small submarine that has a simple bubble cockpit with minimal storage at the back. Nothing to write home about here. And you also get, yet again, a tiny underwater buggy, really small handheld thing, like literally the figure holds on the back is actually no seat or anything. Again, nothing to write about here. But there is something to write home about here, and that, of course, is the aqua base itself. This was a pretty huge build that was actually built on multiple bass plate pieces and these are the flat bass plate pieces we see and like modular buildings, very very cool and normally we don't see this kind of pieces and Lego sets anymore, so it's nice to get them here. Not The small side build. We're kind of the small side of this thing on the smaller base plate isn't super exciting, I will admit. It's pretty much just kind of like a landing pad for that afford mentioned small submarine builds a kind of similar like a landing pad for a helicopter and a Lego city set. Nothing crazy here, but it can store that submarine, which was a nice little detail, and it does connect to the larger section here with a walkway, which is cool for the aquator mini figures, and that walkway leads to the main section of this build, which has big windscreen pieces and actually, yet again using a classic attack of the clones piece for this set. You get the slave one cockpit piece on its side, molded and transparent light blue, which looks pretty awesome and gave this thing a very distinct looked in a very cool, accurate underwater looking shape that I love. And the inside has lots of space for minifigures, storage and controls. It is dollhouse style. It is open from the back, but it works out very, very well and looks very cool. And there was one additional play feature. Will actually there's two additional play features here. The top of the base yet again has that same spring loaded launcher piece that could turn around on a ball joint, which made for a cool defense system for this base. But there is one play features are kind of under the base. The base is kind of lifted off the ground a little bit. There is like an underwater buggy,...

...like I mentioned, and there's a slanted cover section. There's a mechanism essentially so ends up the base. You can launch that buggy from the inside and it slides out to the outside of this base. Very cool play feature, probably the most creative play feature from this entire wave of awquarators sets. And speaking of the entire wave, that is it. That is all she wrote for the aquarators line. Like I said, a pretty small wave but I don't think there are any week sets from this line. They're all pretty great deals. They're fairly creative builds. They all looked pretty cool. Now, like I mentioned, throughout this entire episode. The figures are pretty weak, and they're actually very weak. I will admit that Atlantis definitely improved on the figures from this line, but I think the designs here they look very cool and actually hold up very well fourteen years later. So overall, I have a ton of nostalgia for operators. I know a lot of you do too as well, and I hope you enjoyed learning more about the theme here today on this episode of Brick Ology, and thank you so much for listening. Have a fantastic rest of your day week. Hopefully this episode goes up when it's supposed to. Thank you again so much listening. Have a blessed time, God blessed. Peace Out, but by.

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