LEGO Ideas Exo Suit out today [Review & Giveaway]

LEGO sent The Brothers Brick a copy of the new LEGO Ideas 21109 Exo Suit, which we’re going to give away to one of you out there reading this. Read the full review to find out how!

There have been a lot of great LEGO CUUSOO / LEGO Ideas sets that have come out, but before the Exo Suit they all had one thing in common: they were all based on someone else’s design (intellectual property or IP in licensing jargon). So it was a great to see Pete Reid‘s Exo Suit become the first original idea to be turned into a LEGO Ideas set.

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

The set comes in a typical small form LEGO Ideas box. I thought the designers did a great job on graphics and background art, which is very reminiscent of the classic space box art.

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

When you open up the set you’re presented with a fantastic instruction manual and 4 small bags of pieces, which include a total of 321 pieces. While it might not seem like a lot of pieces, the final build is surprisingly large.

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

The instruction booklet starts off with some info on Pete and Senior Set Designer Mark Stafford on how they collaborated on the set. It’s followed by a great background story that sets up the Exo Suit. I also liked how scattered throughout the instructions are little tid-bits of information about the Exo-Suit or the turtle, which just adds a bit of fun to the whole building.

Originally I had planned to go over the actual build process and point out interesting bits and details on the Exo Suit, but as I was actually building it, I decided not to ruin everyone’s fun — I would rather everyone experience it on their own. I will say that there are definitely some uncommon techniques that you would not find in your typical LEGO set. An example of which is placing a 1×1 round stud in the center of a 2×2 round plate (see picture).

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

The piece selection in this set is also a bit odd for a typical LEGO offering. There are a lot of ball-joint pieces that makes up the bulk of the frame, and a lot of tiny detailing elements that are attached to it, which makes up the rest of the set. But for a lot of builders this gives a great value: it is a small set with an incredible selection of specialized sci-fi “greeble” pieces.

But really, the stars of the set are the two Classic Space minifigures (with extra air tank) available in green for the first time:

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

The inclusion of these two figures, plus the low price point, and limited run will likely result in a very high demand set. Which is unfortunate as I would love to be able to buy a massive stockpile of these to get an army of Green Classic Space men, with enough left over pieces to build something really cool.

As I mentioned earlier, the build itself was a lot of fun, it reminded me of building the City Modular sets where there are just some really great techniques that are used and a joy to see it all come together. The finished model has a lot of play-ability and can be posed in a lot of different positions.

But I will warn you that all the cool detail pieces do come off easily with moderate play.

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

So with the set built, I wanted to give a real-world evaluation of just how good this set is for builders to create their own creations. While it did pain me to take apart Pete and Mark’s great creation I had to for the sake of science!

This actually turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be — there weren’t a lot of plates or bricks to build on, with mainly the aforementioned ball-joints and detail pieces. After several attempts to build ships and tanks, it was almost too obvious what I should have built from the beginning: a giant Exo-Turtle!

Using some of the same techniques I was able to build an Exo-Turtle from the set, with enough left over pieces to build a spacey-motorcycle:

Exo Suit Review/Raffle

Conclusion
Going into this review I was a bit biased towards this set — it’s the first set that I have ever begged to review, but I was very happily surprised that it was a really great set. I also realize that this set is not for everyone, but for those Space fans or those that are nostalgic for that classic space — this is a rare treat.

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Great parts selection
  • Fun build
  • Classic Space minifigure in green
  • High appeal to Space fans

Cons

  • Limited run
  • Detail pieces fall off easily
  • Low appeal for kids and non-Space fans

Raffle Time
If you’ve made it all the way through this review, and for your continued support on The Brothers Brick, I’m proud to offer this reviewed set (your choice of my Exo-Turtle model or the set in pieces) as a giveaway to our fans.

Simply leave a comment below and we will randomly choose a winner! Good luck everyone.

This set is expected to be in quite high demand, so pick up your own set now before I buy them all out. 21109 Exo Suit is available for $34.99 (US) / $ 44.99 (CAD) starting August 1st, 2014 from the LEGO Shop online.

UPDATE (Aug 15): We’re closing down the raffle after two weeks, and we’ll contact the winner shortly!

667 comments on “LEGO Ideas Exo Suit out today [Review & Giveaway]

  1. lusluslus

    This set is exactly what I’m expecting from Lego CUSOO/Ideas. I’m really looking forward for the next inventions from the Lego fans.

  2. jehster

    I’m very glad that Cuusoo/Ideas chose this set, and hoping that that’s a sign of things to come.

    Thanks, brothers-brick!

  3. jbjohnson07

    I am so excited about this set. I would like to use it as a starting point for a Lego Space theme collection. Your Exo Turtle and motorcycle are great! Excellent review and pictures. Please add me to the raffle!

  4. category5

    This website give me so much inspiration for my playtime with my kiddos. Thanks Brothers Brick!

    This review is awesome and it got both my kids and I drooling for it. I’m forced to enter this contest!

    You guys rock!

  5. reddx

    I am a big fan of Classic Space and I am very happy to see Lego officially extending and updating the theme.. first with 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! and now this, 21109 Exo Suit..

    .. And like many fans out there, I am hoping to see a return of the Classic Space series (or Neo-Classic Space). With so many new parts available since 1987, I am very sure the newer sets will be both exciting and fun to build..

    .. And yes, please add me to the raffle.. =P

  6. Arbitrary User

    I was honestly a bit underwhelmed when I first saw the design as I thought it was a bit simplified, but after reading this review, this set is now a must-buy for me.

    …Also yes to the raffle please.

  7. creagan

    This set is really amazing. I hope they do an additional run as I am on the wait list to buy one probably behind more people than were even able to buy them.
    So, yes to the raffle for me too please!

  8. deathnote230890

    Awesome Review! In love with this set! Hopefully i have chance to play it one day. Really love robotic suit~

  9. rocklobster

    Nice – but sold out almost instantly online?! Not likely to be able to get to a store in the next week or so, so I expect I’ll miss this (well, unless I win one ;-))

  10. BrikmanMcStudz

    That Exo-Turtle is just awesome. I need a second Exo-Suit just to attempt to build crazy-detailed stuff like that.

  11. SteamBrick

    I love the classic LEGO sets. An Exo-suit would go great with my Galaxy Explorer and Beta-1 Command Base.

  12. dl2jboy

    Love the review! It really justifies all the hype that has been building up for this set. Cool alternative model too!

  13. dustmancer

    Amazing reveiw. I wish lego will continue a simular theme witch consists of more mechs. This will make a good addition to my mech army and if you do pick me we should have a mech battle some time.

  14. PicnicBasketSam

    Great set! I signed up just for a chance to win. :) It was about time, though. This is the same PicnicBasketSam from Brickset and the LEGO Message Boards, if anyone knows me there.

    Also, a great review. Mecha rule!

  15. P13c30fch33s3

    It just has to be released when I have no money. *sigh*
    That Exo Turtle is really nice.

  16. Jonathan

    Suit me baby one more time!

    Okay not really, I don’t have one. But I might buy an extra anyway because green dudes!

  17. SeT

    We love this model set! An extremely excited child is hollering “EXO SUIT!” next to me while we read this together. Thanks for posting!

  18. chruisan

    Sweet! Always attempted something like this as a kid. It’s fun to watch mine now try to emulate it. Exosuit, Exosuit, EXOSUIT!

  19. Benny1980s

    What really attracts me to a set such as this is not just the symbolic meaning of the community backing a fellow builders hard work but the sheer amount of customisation and modularity that is available for builders like us to access.

  20. Deltassius

    Thanks for the review, I’m really glad it didn’t actually turn out to be limited. (raffle raffle raffle!)

  21. hansbizarre

    Apparently the “Exo” stands for Effervescent Xylophonic Obsequiousness. I think that says it all.

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