When I first got this set, I only purchased it for the figures. This is one of those sets I bought last winter, harvested the figures out and put the box up stairs and forgot about it. In a recent cleaning of my Lego room, AKA Manland. I discovered a small stash of small sets I had either not opened, harvested the figures out of, or opened and never got to do anything with it. This is the story of one of those sets.
I found 7050 Alien Defender sitting neglected, partially opened and decided I should put it together and see what the intended set was like before integrating the parts in to my collection. I was pleasantly surprised at how neat the little buggy was.
There’s not a high piece count really, but there’s a lot going on with it. There’s a vast array of electronics to keep track of, depicted by decals. The vehicle is a mobile weapons system comprised of 2 flick-fire missiles, and two turret mounted handguns with flare. The overall shape gives the impression that, if this were real, it would be relatively fast.
The alien ship included though, is a little more disappointing. In what looks like not much more than a sit-down hover board, this alien pilot comes to attack with a little ray-gun. Maybe we’re to assume the 2 trans-green 1×1 cones are laser output as well? I can overlook this, as without this ship you wouldn’t have the ability to play out a little battle unless you had purchased another set. Besides, the alien ships in other sets are all much better.
As I said, I originally purchased this for the figures, and mainly the alien at that. I’m always happy to see new and interesting types of minifigures to add to the collection. The alien does not disappoint, despite it’s similarities with what might happen if a pug, bull dog, and alien DNA were to mix. The Alien lacks any paint on the back of the torso, but has an interesting design on it’s head.
Meanwhile, the human member of ADU has painting back and front on both torso and head. Which means you can depict smiling confidence, or that face that tells everyone around it to run. The helmet, coming from the mold for the Collectible Minifigure Series 1 Spaceman is a nice touch. It means you could begin building out different divisions within your Earth Defense lineup. Or you could mix and match helmets from that and the Series 3 Space Villain to signify various specialties or rank.
Box art remains a sore spot in my mind. With two depictions of the main model engaged in various battles, it lacks the alternate models sets of my childhood had and clearly indicates the only way to play with 7050 Alien Defender is through engaging in death and destruction. Mind you, that’s how I’d play with it anyway, but, you know…
Overall the set weighs in at 105 pieces, which are used very well in the defense buggy. At an MSRP of $9.99 (us) it has a decent 9.5 cent per piece rating. If you were to extend a guess, I’d clearly recommend buying the set, as you can tell, I already have. If you’re just looking for minifigures from the series, I’ll share the best priced set for starting your army in the next review of the Alien Conquest line.