Welcome my friends to my Lego Atlantis Wave 2 Mega Review. Oh yes, Mega Review!
8076 Deep Sea Striker – 260 pieces – 1 minifig – $26.99Let’s start with this mid-sized set which came out this August 2010. It’s the Deep Sea Striker and it comes with a really kewl looking underwater scorpion, a diver minifig and the green manta ray key.
I must say I don’t have a high hopes for this poor little diver on his tiny robot thingy. An encounter between the scorpion and this under-equipped diver would likely end up with a well fed scorpion.
I like the design of the scorpion. It’s huge tail ends with not one, but double stingers. That’s double the stinger, double the hurt. It’s a nice set especially if you need to add the green manta key to your collection.
The set 8077 Atlantis Exploration HQ is an upcoming LEGO Atlantis also released in August 2010. This is really the must have item from wave 2. I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie The Abyss. But if you have then you know that this is very reminiscent to the underwater rig seen in that film. I have actually build underwater bases out of Lego in the past and I think this set does a good job of it too.
A big plus about this set is that it can transform. The base doubles as a large command submarine with flick firing missiles. You open up the submarine to make the base. Inside are labs and observation rooms and down below is a robot repair bay with moving crane arm.
This set includes two Diver minifigs and one Manta Warrior and the yellow turtle key. There’s also a small underwater robot. But by far the best element included in this set are the 7 green tinted transparent bubble pieces. You have no idea how much I love these. I may just marry them.
I’m not the only one who thinks this is an awesome set. On February 3, 2010 the set was nominated for the ToyAward 2010 in the category “Games + Action” at the official opening ceremony of the 60th International Toy Fair Nürnberg.
Some one at Lego Group loves sci-fi movies from the 90’s. First we have the Atlantis HQ inspired by “The Abyss” film and next is the Portal of Atlantis which I think clearly has “Stargate” influences. You know all those colorful Atlantis Keys with animals you’ve been collecting since the first wave of sets? Well now we see what those keys go to. Luckily the Portal of Atlantis actually includes all five Atlantis Keys so if you missed a set or two you can still open the gate.
The set comes with 7 minifigures: 3 divers, 1 Portal Emperor (aka Merman King the guy in the gold armor), 1 Squid Warrior (the red squid-body dude), 1 Shark Warrior, 1 skeleton (wearing a diver’s helmet).
The Portal’s Shark Castle is over 1000 pieces and measures 18″ (46cm) wide and over 12” (32cm) tall so it’s pretty large. Some of the other features are the chomping shark head entrance, the two shark “statues” that are just waiting to come alive and attack unsuspecting divers and intruder prison.
And now onto the big question. What is behind the Portal of Atlantis? I don’t like to give away the ending to movies and you know how I avoid any info that must be preceded by a spoiler alert so I’ll just give you a tiny hint…
IT”S A GOLDEN TREASURE CHEST!!! Oops was that too big of a hint? Sorry Well I won’t ever tell you what is inside it.
IT”S FULL OF TREASURE!!! Oops I did it again. hehe
The Mega Review continues with set 8080 Undersea Explorer. I simply had to have this set. I was a big fan of the Lego Exo-Force theme when it was out and I have loved anime-styled mechs since the old ExoSquad cartoon in the 90s. But this is no ordinary underwater mech. It also transforms into a six-wheeled, sea-floor trolling tank!
It comes red shark key and diver minifigure. The set also includes what is described as a Mouse Snake. I am not exactly sure what a mouse snake is but it is also referred to as the Atlantis Serpent Guardian. Whatever you call it this thing is badass. That mech is gonna need those flick-fire torpedos and the spring powered missile arm!
Did I mention the spring powered missile arm? The other arm has a kewl looking gripping hand. But better than those is the green tinted transparent bubble element. I have a thing for those in case you hadn’t noticed.
So these are the latest sets for Atlantis. If you are loving the Atlantis theme then there is good news. Because the magazine “The Brick” revealed that the theme will be continuing with new sets and a new storyline in 2011. Can’t wait to see where they take the theme next.