to see the image above in higher resolution.
The top grip makes handling this flying whale so easy, and gives it a great "swoosh-factor". To see a demonstration watch this video
. (Afterwards added link on the top of the page too.)
Both the handle and the entire ship are sturdy enough to allow much faster moving of the model, but I wanted this airship to perform with dignity and to follow the tone of the music there. :)
Speaking of which, the music in the background is, aptly, "The Zeppelin Arrives", composed by Edward Shearmur
, from the soundtrack of the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
. No I don't care much about the movie, but I'm a fan of movie music!
YES I know the video is little campy, and that just adds to the fun, right! :P
Let us take a look at her functions shall we?
First of all, the ailerons do turn
The gondola has many opening hatches
. In addition to two boarding ramp -like doors, one on either side, the wall sections on both sides open up to allow access the interior.
On the back of the gondola there are two winches, one on either side, adding to the playability, like when our daring sky pirates want to grab and carry
some additional cargo!
This design comprises of around 1,820 pieces. This would not be a licenced product, lowering its price. For a little estimation, the modular set Pet Shop
for example was $150 with 2032 pieces, making price-per-part ratio $0.074. This with a similar PpP would cost around $130, not much for a set of this size and specialness! However, everyone please keep in mind that with every CUUSOO project the final design is up to LEGO, and the price is then determined by the production costs of the final product!
It's possible LEGO could also decide to make the envelope of new very large but thin pieces. Such a design could have following advantages:
- Simplier build might make the price ever lower.
- Easier to build and thus more suitable to younger builders too, thus widening its markets.
- And further such a design would likely be even sturdier.
Just pointing out this possibility - all is up to LEGO in the end!
Regardless of such details, these fellas are so ready for adventure...