LEGO® Set Review: 1822 Sea Claw 7
Kevin Stefan’s review
Sea Claw 7 (us)
Crabe De Mer 7
Aquazone / Aquanauts
Ages 8-12 / 183 Pcs
27 page manual. 2 models: 6 steps, 27 steps.
Price Range: $19.99 (US dollars)
Review Written: 27 July 1995 by Derek Schin
Special Features / Compatibility
2 rubber bands
All in all, I'm glad I bought this set, if for no other reason then I had to see what all the hype was about.
This is the famous 1822 Sea Claw 7. It's actually an attractive model;
unfortunately, it's Aquanaut, not Aquashark, which really has me rooting for
the 'Sharks since they appear to be a prosecuted minority in the Aquazone.
It looks like a crab, kind of, and uses the black/yellow/trans-orange
Aquanaut colors, with the cool blue canopy found in other Aquanaut sets (two
piece octagonal canopy).
After all the hype generated on rtl about this set, I had to see what it was
all about. Well, I'm glad I did.
The main thing I like about this
set is that I can see how TLG will expand the Aquazone series (first seen
with the shark-shaped 6155); they'll just make submarines designed after sea
Model Rating:Excellent The main model, a crab-like sub with a
working pincher, is awesome; however, it's not water-tight, so it loses
points there, and it has a rather lame little one-person vehicle that fits
inside the main model.
Playability Rating:Very-Good This set is very playable. The pincher works with a spring loaded rubber
band, the compass works, and the magnet and obligatory '70s people arm bendy
thing provide a lot of "cool" things to impress your Non-Lego Friends (NLFs).
If you have any other Aquanaut sets, there are no new elements in this set.
However, it has an octopus, compass, two Aquanauts, and crome spears and
knives. It does contain a rubber band (with two spares) and three decorated
elements--a round smooth tile 2x2 with a sub located in gunsights and two
hinged panels with the same sub logo and some vents (all pieces common to
other Aquanaut sets). The price is also pretty good; I'll probably buy one
or two more for parts once the 20% sales start rolling in in a few months.
Age (at review)
Whatever catches my eye; usually not technic or town.
Job: senior in college; Air Force officer in 306 days.
I usually build a model according to the directions first, and then it's
either torn apart within the day to make something or it'll be displayed
until I need a specific part from that set. I'm lucky enough to have all of
you that are US citizens paying for my education [ big ;) ] so most of my
disposable income goes to Lego (well, car insurance and Taco Bell, too).
Sorry this review is so short: I've gotta run and I can't save postings
that I'm working on...maybe I'll follow up with more info later.
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