New for 2010 Lego offers set 3182 Airport. This is a great set and brings back some great memories. In fact this Airport set is an update to a classic Town set called International Jetport 6396. This set came out in 1990 and I was only ten years old at the time. I wanted it soooo bad. This set was the first time I realized how expensive Lego could be. I think Toys R Us priced it at around $50. This was a lot of dough for one toy, especially in 1990 when action figures only cost about $3.50 each.
Though my folks cringed at the large price tag of the International Jetport they more than made it up by getting me the 6673 Solo Trainer (I’ll talk more about this great set in a future post). With that plane set and my existing humble Lego collection I was still able to build my own airport and probably had more fun doing so. That’s the beauty of Lego-all you need is imagination and you can make anything!
Let’s compare the new Airport with the International Jetport from 1990. As you can see in the images both sets come with a main building, a radar tower (this is separated in the newer version), a luggage cart (the newer set includes a stairway), five minifigs and a large jet. The jet in the new Airport set is much larger than the old set. I love this and I think it matches minifig scale a lot better. The new jet is made out of the special smooth fuselage pieces as seen in planes released over the last few years. I like the look of these alright and it is beautiful. However, part of me really misses the angular look to the old planes. I feel that angular look is part of the charm of Lego. Fans of SNOT designs probably appreciate this smoother style pieces. But I can’t help feeling it looks like a plastic model of a jet, not a Lego jet. Let me know how you guys feel about that in the comments.
Instead of a palm tree like the old set the new Airport comes with a fuel station and lamppost. One thing missing entirely from the new set are baseplates. The old International Jetport came with four baseplate including runway, helicopter landing pad and one for the building to sit on. I think the reason they were left out of the new Airport set is price. The real feature of Airport is the huge jet which I’m sure makes the price hefty. Including even a few baseplates would add $30 or more dollars to the retail price. Probably smart to leave them out.
The new set also left out the helicopter. Have no fear, I’m sure Lego will release a separate helicopter to go with this wave of new Airport sets.
Note: You may also be interested in 7894 Airport released in 2006. It consisted of the same formula of airport, jet and luggage cart. But I think the new Airport 3182 captures the spirit of the original even better!