Hi everyone! Today I have a review of the third biggest set in the 2010 LEGO Atlantis Wave: 8077 Atlantis Exploration HQ! This set retailed for £40.99 in the UK, $49.99 in the US, $79.99 in Australia, and $99.99 in New Zealand. It has been so long ago and I don’t recall the price I paid for it in Singapore, but I believe it was $89.99…
The set contained 473 pieces, just under 8075 Neptune Carrier’s 476 pieces and under half of 8078 Portal of Atlantis’ 1007 pieces.
The set was basically the HQ of the Atlantis explorers. I don’t know the official story but it seems to be about a group of scientists who want to find the Lost City of Atlantis. So this must be their HQ.
Instructions came in two parts: The first book builds the base (for the sub to dock), the second book builds the submarine itself.
The base itself was a rather bare structure. It had a square shape that was rather hollow in the centre. On one side was a landing pad that had a small wetsub on top.
The wetsub had two silver spears at the front, as well as a handlebar for one of the divers to hold on to. It’s a very simple build but it works and it can comfortably sit on the landing pad.
There is also a crane in the central platform of the base. This can hook onto the wetsub and lift it up for repairs.
The crane can also lift the included Turtle Portal Key! I like the Portal Keys in Atlantis, they’re a nice blend of gold and transparent colors. Do note that for all the seats in Atlantis, the divers have to sit one stud forward due to their headgear. I think it’s rather unfortunate as the divers look awkward.
The main sub also has a pretty cool transforming feature. First you hinge down the top, and then you swing in both sides, enclosing the sub. These are connected by a grey Technic pin but I preferred to leave it out as it locked the sub closed a little too tightly for my liking.
The sub, when fully enclosed, looks good. I like the use of bars and robot arms to create a “cage” in front of the cockpit, as well as the big engines at the front. You get 4 black harpoon guns in this set, but strangely they are stored outside at the top of the sub. There are also two flick-fire missiles at the back, which presumably represent torpedoes.
When the sub is docked on the base, it has to remain open. There are also two more engines at the back and you can see the warning stripes stickers where the walls of both halves of the sub meet.
The central portion in front of the cockpit just has a seat with two joysticks. It is rather plain but I guess it works alright. Technic beams inside and outside help the stability of the sub.
The left side of the sub has a rotating chair which is attached to a 2×2 turntable piece. There is a table which has two fire extinguishers and a fish clipped on. 🤔
The right side of the sub has a 2×2 printed map on a 2×2 grey brick. Presumably this represents a small table with a map to Atlantis. There are also printed 2×2 slopes with controls and radar on it. There is a mug and a scanner as well. You can see through the 4×4 transparent light green domes which are used as windows. There are 6 of those in this set.
The top has more windows and 4 floodlights. The floodlights are hidden when the sub is closed, however.
Here’s a look at the windows from outside. Due to them being convex, they may clash with the sleeker look of the rest of the sub, but I think these dome windows fit the aesthetic of LEGO Atlantis very well.
Stickered Technic panels are used to good effect on the top of the sub, they add another level of sleekness which I appreciate.
There are three minifigures included in the set, which feels a little sparse in my opinion for a set of this size.
The first figure included is a Manta Warrior. He has plain blue legs but has nicely detailed torso, head, and headgear. I like how exquisite the printing is on his Manta headgear, for a 2010 element with a bumpy surface, this is impressive. He is armed with a golden trident and can hold the portal key.
The second figure in the set is Ace. He wears a pirate eyepatch (I believe his bio page says that he wears it just to look cool) and has a dark grey beard. He has nicely printed torso and legs, as well as a bulky headgear piece used for all of the Atlantis divers. Like all the other Atlantis divers, he has an alternate face, which shows a scared expression.
The last figure in the set is a guy called Fish. He wears the typical Atlantis diver uniform and has a head piece with printed glasses and moustache. He has a scared alternate face as well. One thing strange about all the LEGO Atlantis divers is that they already have printed flippers… so why the molded one?
All in all, I think this is a pretty good set. One unfortunate oversight is that the figures wear flippers and thus cannot connect to the inside of the sub with the flippers, but you could just take the flippers off.
The price for this is fantastic as well. I cannot believe it! It is a very large set for $49.99 USD. Today, a set of its size might sell for $79.99 USD or more!
Personal Rating: 4/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😁