As promised here are my musings on one of the greatest Lego sets ever-Solo Trainer 6673. I touched on this in my review of the new Lego Airport 3182.
Way back in 1990 I was just knee high to a grasshopper. But already my Lego addiction was in stage 5 (meaning I was willing to sell the family television for a hit). At the time the hot item was the International Jetport set, but my folks cringed at the large price tag on it. They more than made it up by getting me the 6673 Solo Trainer. To this day it is one of my favorite things that Lego ever released. This little plane is so simple but it offered hours and hours of enjoyment.
First of all it has such a great design. The plane came with a minifig pilot, a gas tank with nozzle and even a little wrench accessory. With this plane and my existing Lego collection I remember creating my own airport. That’s the beauty of Lego-all you need is imagination and you can make anything!
I used to fly my little Solo Trainer all over the house. The minifig pilot was especially good at loop-de-loops. Occasionally, something would go wrong with one of the plane’s wing mounted props so he’d have to make an emergency landing. Even though he was miles from the airport he was smart enough to take his trusty wrench with him. The wrench some how was always the right tool to fix any problem and the Solo Trainer was once again up and away!
I think another reason I liked this plane set was because a few years before it was released my folks took me to the nearby airport one evening. We weren’t going anywhere, we just went to watch the planes. It was a small airport so most of the planes were small one person craft just like the Solo Trainer. I was so excited watching them take off and feeling the wind rush by as they zoomed over our heads.
Currently for 2010 Lego is coming out with a new solo plane, Seaplane set 3178. This plane is about the same size as the old Solo Trainer and even comes with the gas tank and minifig. Instead of landing gear this plane is made for water landings. I absolutely love the look of this new set and they are definitely doing this as a nod to the old Solo Trainer. Lego knows if it worked before it will work again.
The minifig from the Solo Trainer seems a bit friendlier than the new pilot of the Seaplane. Maybe its the cool shades the new guy is wearing that gives him that bad boy edge. Plus, I can only assume that the case he is carrying is some kind of contraband he is smuggling into another country. That’s why he uses the water landing, to sneak under their radar and deliver his naughty goods. “Don’t mess with me man, I’m wearing shades!”
I still think the Solo Trainer is my favorite. And guess what? You can build your own Solo Trainer. Here’s the Lego Solo Trainer’s parts list and building instructions on Peeron.