Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14
Rated 5 out of 5 by FrankieP So Awesome!
If you've read any of my Star Wars reviews you'll know I'm a younger LEGO fan that does reviews on my parents account, so here goes a review of a bigger set I've made.
I got this for Christmas last year. I built it with my 6 year old sister (then 5), but I did almost all of the building. It was average for difficulty. Not too hard, but not mind boringly easy either. It is at minifigure scale, which is really good, because you can add your own minifigs to give them a plane! The seats inside are quite detailed and there's some cool printed tiles to represent buttons and screens etc.
The wings are cool and have a curved look which was really well executed using SNOT bricks (Studs Not On Top) and the red/white/blue colour scheme is really good. There are wing flaps at the back of the plane and on the wings that are a nice touch. The wings going up are well done. You can look at the engine by folding up the near back of the plane which looks cool but you have to remember to fold them the right way or they won't shut. The wings also come off a bit too easily for a £50 set, resulting in having to take apart part of the plane to fix them back on. The long blue curved bit covering the yellow/bluneoart where the planes main body and the wings connect also come off way too easily.
The wheels are good and support the models weight well, and fold into the plane nicely. The shape is good and it makes it look like an actual plane.
I know that some people have complained that the jet bit at the back is too big, but I think it looks good personally. Bear in mind that comes from a year 8 who knows nothing about planes really!
I think I've covered most of the main aspects of the build, so I'll just do pros and cons for those people who dislike reading long reviews.
Nice wing functionality
Build wasn't too complex
You can see the engine
ABSOLOUTLY NO STICKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wings and parts hiding wing/body joints come off to easily
A bit expensive
I think you'd have to get this on a reduction to make it REALLY worth your while, and if you want pilots you need spare minifigs, but overall it's a great set!
07 September 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Neds Great build and has a high resemblance to the F-35. The set looks bigger than i expected. It's on a minifig scale too, so you can place your favorite minifigs to pilot the craft. I placed a couple of phase 2 clone pilots in it and everything looks great. The jet thruster looks too big for the jet though. I wish lego had used better pieces for it to look even better. Overall, I'm very much satisfied with the set.
31 August 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marienthal Intricate!
This was a fun set to create after having not purchased such a large build in many years. It takes advantage Technic pieces for the chassis, and engages the design-oriented beauty that the Creator series is known for. The final product is aesthetically pleasing and structurally robust. The build was complex enough to be captivating, but also clear enough that it is okay to leave it unfinished and not feel lost coming back.
The jet appears to be modeled after the F-22 Raptor.
In particular, I was most taken with the design of the wings, which utilizes a hinge piece to join two mirroring wedges. Several other smaller wedges then piece together to conceal the substructure, creating a smooth, beautifully angled wing shell. The wings then fork mount onto a segmented railing that is built into the engine block. It is easy to pull off the wings without breaking down any of the jet's body should it be necessary to store it in a small box on moving day.
The cockpit is also quite detailed, and the seats perfectly fit minifig pilots (not included in the set). This is a great model for an aviation enthusiast, and will surely keep a kid busy for some time.
30 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kurtis BEST LEGO SET EVER
When I saw this set in the magazine I knew I needed to get it. I'm a big aviation fan and their interpretation of the Joint Strike Fighter is pretty rad. My son loves Lego as well, but was not even 4 at the time we built this but really got into building this with me. I let him take on the bigger pieces while he watched me with the smaller ones. We worked on it a little every night and it took about two weeks (Probably a 2-3 hour build straight through). We've had it displayed on our Lego shelf since building the jet and play with it often. It's very well built and very sturdy, really fun to fly around the house with. The instruction booklet in itself is impressive, more of a book than any other one I've seen. I keep telling him we need to take it apart at some point and build the other sets (helicopter and boat), but we still enjoy playing with the jet so we haven't made that jump yet. Whether you play with your sets or set them up to display, this is a must have; Fun and great to look at!
19 March 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by sirman Great set. A dark blue studded 1x4 tile in the back fins in front of the engine was missing so I went on pick-a-brick and ordered that and "accidently" ordered the Lego Ideas Wall-E.
26 December 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by IdahoLEGOGuy Great Lego Jet
This set is an excellent representation of a modern fighter jet created with legos. I was very satisfied with the overall eye appeal of this model upon completion and my two young children love working the landing gear, engine hatch, flaps, and cockpit. I thought this model was a near perfect blend of playability for youngsters and looks/detail for older builders. I really hope lego will continue to make these kind of cross-generational sets and I really hope they continue the trend of using military-style airplanes for their aviation-oriented creator sets.
Pros: great color scheme, superb cockpit detail, excellent overall detail
Cons; Thought landing gear construction was a little weak, no pilots (great play feature for kids), no missiles or any other ordnance (also a great play feature for kids), and I felt that in some places they used multiple smaller pieces where one larger one would have been sufficient perhaps to increase the overall piece count.
In conclusion, I think this is overall one of the better lego models I've had the pleasure of constructing and I think lego is definitely barking up the right tree with these type of models geared towards a slightly older crowd. Buy it; you'll like it!
04 November 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Spacemansimon It was fun….. with a few problems
Its a good set in total but it doesn't come with pilots, which i didn't really care about because i had the perfect two mini figures until my dog ate one. The main problem is that the pieces that are dark shade of blue are not the same color they are slightly different (ones darker) So i would recommend this to anyone who is OCD when it comes to legos. I fixed it the by making the 2x2 curved pieces along the middle a nice checker board pattern.
27 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hadley Blue Power Jet On Your Six. I Can't Shake'm!
I’ve looked at Lego airplanes for many years and always passed them by (Sopwith Camel being the only exception). Either their color schemes were a little too colorful or as an AFOL I thought the realism was lacking. I almost bought 31011 Aviation Adventures but let that one go too. With the release of the Blue Power Jet, I decided to get this one, and here’s why.
1. It looks like a fighter plane, roughly based on the F-35A. The designer(s) did a good job capturing the overall shape of the aircraft and at least I don’t look at it and say, “Well, it could be a _______ too.” Yes, it shouldn’t be a two-seater but anytime you can seat two minifigs in a Lego vehicle, whether it is a ship, car, or aircraft, that’s a very good thing.
2. I just said this plane holds two minifigs and it will make you smile seeing them sitting there in that cockpit, and they will smile back at you (assuming they’re the standard Lego yellow minifig heads). And they’ve got good reason to smile because the cockpit is nicely detailed. I especially like the HUD and control stick and how they placed the printed tiles so the copper colored ovals were partially covered in the front seat (not sure those 1x2 printed tiles are the best choice for plane consoles because of those ovals). The backseater has a nice setup too using a slope with a new? radar print. The headrests look good but built, removable ejection seats would’ve been better. I also wish the pilot had some sort of control panel directly under the HUD. Space is in short supply; I always want as much detail as I can get though.
3. The control surfaces are moveable with the exception of the rudders/vertical tails.
4. The landing gear fully retracts.
5. There’s an access hatch on top the fuselage to see some engine detail, not really necessary but nice nonetheless.
6. NO STICKERS.
1. The color scheme. It’s not really bad, but it’s not dark bluish gray with light bluish gray accents either. It’s mostly dark blue with red and white accents and it doesn’t look too over the top. If I could change something, I think it would be the white pieces around the engine intakes to dark blue. Just tell yourself the jet has been painted for an airshow.
2. The underside of the aircraft is basically comprised of the bottoms of white plates. This really isn’t bad either; most Lego builds look better from the top, that’s just the way the building system is. Maybe the underside should be all dark blue too?
3. I mentioned the landing gear fully retracted, but you can still see the gear retracted up in the fuselage. Gear doors are needed to hide them from view. I think I would trade the enclosed engine detail for some gear doors; don’t think this would be easy to do and probably require a major design change for it to look good.
4. I mentioned the overall shape was good, but those dark blue wedge plates on top used to shape the wing tips kind of mess with the nice lines of the jet. That’s really, really nitpicking though.
5. The red technic pins/axles on the nose gear need to be a less noticeable color.
6. Treads on the tires could be more aircraft like and less dirt bike.
7. Looking at pictures of the jet sitting next to other sets from the same line, it looks a little too small. This is really nitpicking also.
1. The jet is designed to interact with minifigs but none are included. What a missed opportunity for one exclusive jet pilot minifig (a no-print red and blue minifig with space helmet would have been better than nothing). If you were to give this set to a child who didn’t own any other Lego with minifigs, boy, that would be torture . . . well, not really, but you get the idea. I would use one of the swamp/forest police pilots with their dark blue flight suits (just pretend the badges are squadron insignia) and pick any helmet you like. I have seen one old diver helmet that has headlights on the top, which kind of looks like (to me anyway) the DEMON helmets the F-35 pilots supposedly wear.
If you don’t own any Lego planes and have been looking to get one, don’t pass this one up. Prices only go up (I think only $10 USD compared to similar previously released sets in the Creator line, which isn’t too bad all things considered.), but unfortunately designs don’t always get better. Even with the bad, it’s a good looking plane. And bad in this case just means various compromises for various reasons (This is a toy being sold to make money after all). Lego could always improve a set, but that usually means higher cost. This is a Creator set, so don’t forget there are instructions for a helicopter and boat, but buy it for the jet. No numbered bags for this set. The build is simple and starts with the fuselage. This is the longest part and may drag for some. Once the fuselage is complete though, the build goes too fast. You’ll snap that first wing on and say to yourself, “Oh yeah, that looks good.” You’ll blink and be done, admire your build and the design, then you’ll start looking for a minifig or two. Tower will give you clearance, and takeoff will be within your grasp.
11 September 2015