LEGO® Set Review: 1737 Scorpion Detector
Scorpion Detector (us)
Exploriens forskningsbil (da)
Exploriens ‘Mercury I’ (uk)
Space System / Exploriens
Ages 7-12 / 196 Pcs
24 page manual. 2 models - car and trailer.
Review Written: 8 July 1996 by Kevin Stefan
Special Features / Compatibility
Transparent-Yellow 1x1 Round Plate
This is a good set. I really like it. What more can be said? A good mid-sized set.
[In Europe, this is set 6938 -ed.]
A vehicle resembling a dune buggy with two large arms mounted to it, pulling a trailer with a swiveling gun / telescope station. From here on in, I'll call it the gun. The colours are Exploriens white and black with trans-dark-blue and trans-yellow. Alt. models: a small space base, a dune buggy plus, and a small spaceship.
It's a limited edition, according to the box. I wish it wasn't. This set is a great one to expand the Exploriens line with; a mid-sized vehicle fits perfectly. The set is fun to play with, and has a great parts assortment.
Set Rating:Excellent This set has many useful specialised pieces, plus a few basic ones. A lot of action pieces (hinges, turntables, etc.) and a lot of transparent-yellow parts. It's got good variety and moderate value.
Model Rating:Excellent The Scorpion Detector has a lot of good features. The arms were the only main drawback. I didn't like them much at all. They are big, spoil the lines of the dune buggy (which is even cooler w/o them) and swing too easily. Other than that, the model is excellent. The gun is very nice, and the model is very attractive overall. Even with the arms. The other drawback is that the cockpit is open, even by LEGO standards. Obviously there aren't any short aliens here, or they would bite the driver in the butt.
Playability Rating:Excellent The set fits in well with the Exploriens theme, which is, IMHO the most versatile Space theme of recent years. They remind me of the United Federation of Planets can boldly go and explore new worlds, or can kick somebody else all around the Galaxy. There are a variety of items on here that can be considered as either guns or sensors. Either choice leads to a lot of fun play. The two vehicles, two figs, etc. make this set a great choice for somebody without much LEGO. The arms, ugly as they may be, permit a bunch of alien exploration. The gunner's seat is a great detail, and adds to playability and realism. A great set.
Great playability, cool gun, great styling. A cool set.
Arms are not particularly nice, and cockpit is too open. Limited edition.
Tray featuring minifig, three large trans round dishes wheels and canopy.
Plenty, pretty much evident from the box.
NewExploriens pieces, inc. gun, 1/4 dish, wing part.
Non-Plastic Elements None
Two way magnetic tile decals (the open/closed jaw and the egg/alien), dish stripe hologram sticker, circle hologram sticker, hologram sticker stuck to the box. (why?)
Age (at review)
Music for review: Bad Hair Day by Weird Al. Playability: MUST-HAVE A great album, even better than his last. Of course, I'm an Al-Oholic.
I typically buy sets for parts, but build the main model until the parts
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