I have been waiting for the Exo-Suit since it was first announced as a set on the Lego Ideas site. It reminds me of the end of Aliens, one of my favourite science fiction stories. The suit was designed by Peter Reid and is featured in his LEGO Space book.
The final LEGO version is significantly different, not least because it is larger, but definitely captures the spirit of the original. There is a little LEGO genius touch with the robot turtle and the barrels. They fire up your imagination as soon as you see them. Luckily my bed looks like a rocky moon surface at the moment…
The two minifigures included are dressed in the classic space suits, with the updated helmets that have opening visors, in a brand new green colour. I think it looks great. Pete and Yve are their names (woop! Unlike my LEGO childhood, you now get girls in space) and they have made me very nostalgic for the old space suits. I saw someone at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire wearing a t-shirt with the classic orbiter logo – I’ll have to find it.
Have a look at the original LEGO Ideas page here.
Overall, it’s a great set. It feels like you get a lot of pieces for the money and it was a fun build to put together. The final model, with it’s fully posable limbs, looks great on display and has taken pride of place on my geek shelf.