I was probably not the only one sent into a Classic Space frenzy which led to the Exo Suit selling out almost the instant it went on sale on the 1st of August.
Check out the original Ideas project submission and an excellent behind the scenes look at The Making of the Exo Suit for more information of the project. AFOLs across the board have always had a strong and romantic affinity to Classic Space, much like how older rich gentlemen enjoy collecting vintage sports cars – they both hearken back to their youthful days. Behind, we’re treated to another action shot of the Exo Suit set to the backdrop of a futuristic Space base. The manual is another impressive collectible – a thick, matte-textured booklet which not only houses building instructions but also a wealth of information on the Exo Suit and designers behind it.
One of my favourite parts about the instructions are these little factoids scattered throughout the build which label all the different and intricate parts of the Exo Suit. It brings me back into my childhood where I would creatively imagine and make up distinct functions and features of any LEGO build. Meet Pete and Yve (named after the designer and his fiancee), the two Classic Space Minifigures included in the set.
Green was selected because Mech Pilots didn’t seem to fall into any one of those categories. Staying true to their roots, the Green Space minifigures have minimal details, with only the Gold Space logo emblazoned on their torsos.
I really really really love the minifigures and will go as far to say that they were the main reason of me picking up more than 1 copy of the Exo Suit. That said, LEGO being LEGO, it’s really easy to swap out the heads to the smiley faced ones so this is really a minor issue that is easily rectified. To me, the best LEGO builds tend to be the most simple ones, using only what is necessary to nail the design – something the Turtle accomplishes in spades. With menacing ruby red eyes and twin blasters perched above its shell, the Robot Turtle looks like it packs quite a punch and is probably not just a futuristic pet that tags along space missions to keep the astronauts company. If I have the right parts, I can definitely see myself making more turtles in  a variety of different colours. The Exo Suit is unlike any other LEGO set that I have assembled in my life. Utilising an erratic collection of parts to build an Exoskeleton just left me flabbergasted. The build was tedious but at the very least it was punctuated by many unconventional build techniques. The Exo Suit is satisfyingly sized, with a height just under 7 inches (not counting the antennae that sticks out the back). One of the best things about the Exo Suit is how posable and flexible the entire build is, thanks to a ton of articulation packed into its limbs. Despite that major flaw, the Exo Suit is still incredibly detailed and quite a wonder to behold. Interestingly, there is a printed tile on the Exo Suit’s butt which I’m guessing are supposed to be thrusters? In a myriad of ways, the Exo Suit is a lovingly crafted love letter to Classic Space – an ode to a simpler time when LEGO men were content to explore the depths of the universe. While the build was gruelling and tedious, the end result thankfully sits on the amazing side of the spectrum.
The Green Classic Space minifigures and Robot Turtle are the real stars of the set, oozing flavour, character and charm – the real reason for you to want multiple copies of this set. Now that we have a schematic for an Exo Suit, there are literally unlimited ways that we can build and improve this set by modifying and augmenting it with additional parts or colours – something that I believe adds to the overall appeal of the set. I highly recommend picking an Exo Suit up if you can as I believe that we won’t see anything like this for a long, long time. I got the Exo-suit when it first came out, and my reaction was eerily identical to yours in that the most easily loved parts of the set were the mini figs and turtle, and the suit itself was not so impressive, just because of how fiddly it was.
I could build it fairly easily, but posing it was an exercise in frustration as inevitably some bits fell off!
But it is iconic, and once I’ve found those pieces it will have pride if place on my desk. Enter your email address here to receive updates about new posts from Jay's Brick Blog - straight to your inbox! Jay is passionate about LEGO and the endless creative adventures made possibly by this complex interlocking brick system. I received my review copy of the latest LEGO Ideas set 21109 Exo Suit some time before Comic Con happened but because of the craziness leading up to it I didn't have time to do the review until now. There are no numbered bags, instead you just dump all the bags into a pile and sift through them to get what you need for each step. After you've built those things and look at the remaining pile of parts, you'll probably experience the same moment that I did where you sit back, look at the pile, look at the box, and wonder, "How the heck is this thing supposed to turn into that thing?" But sure enough, bit by greebly bit, things start to take shape.

It is, after all, a collected mass of parts that are more often than not used for greebling details in MOCs. I do have one complaint about the suit and it's the greeble over the shoulders, pictured above. Looks great!I propose a building challenge: Design and create the opposition, it could be alien creature(s), another exo-suit, a robot, something to go mano-a-mano with this Exo-Suit. I had heard when the first pictures showed up that it was going to cost $50 so hearing that it's $35 AND a limited run makes this easily a 'buy it the first day' set. You had me at Green Classic Space figure.Any idea if this goes on sale at midnight tonight? New sets typically show up sometime around 2-4 AM, but with their problems, who knows, they may get punchy. I'm always interested in anything mech(a) related, but I've found Lego is a really poor building block for mechs because it falls apart so easily. At around 1-2 pm yesterday I called my Lego store due to these reports to make sure they had some left before I went there. Blacknight wrote:I'm always interested in anything mech(a) related, but I've found Lego is a really poor building block for mechs because it falls apart so easily.
For those who are curious, this is part 87994 on Bricklink, 17715 on BrickOwl, and the Lego element ID is 6093527 (though it's sold out on Bricks and Pieces). Exo Suit features possible limbs, opening cockpit, grabbing claws and a modular design, Includes spacesuits in green with Classic Space logo! Follow the Best Daily Deals on Amazon Post (Updated daily, M-F), to stay on top of all the very best Amazon offers! Sign up for Amazon Prime to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more. Also because I really bought into the hype of the set when it was first unveiled that I felt it necessary to allow enough time for my emotions to settle down and to be as objective as possible with this set. I don’t imagine any LEGO set will be able to live up to such astronomical levels of hype – will the Exo Suit pull it off? Nearly every facet of the Exo Suit has a really awesome sci-fi label, an impressive effort made by the designers to catalogue the Exo Suit’s characteristics. To me, this is by far the most groundbreaking component of the set as this is the first (and possibly last) time we’ll see Classic Space minifigures in Green. The Green space minifigures represent a monumental addition to the Classic Space family and are definitely one of the main draws of the set. Each minifigure is equipped with a green helmet with a clear visor and matching green oxygen tanks.
My only complaint is that Pete and Yve have modern minifigure heads instead of the classic smiley face look which I feel gives the minifigures a more traditional appearance. It would’ve been fantastic if LEGO included two classic minifigure heads to give us the option of swapping them out. Cobbled together using a clever mix of silver and grey parts, the Turtle is a delightful little build and a very fitting addition to the Exo Suit crew. I mentioned at the start of the review that I had to take a while to let my thoughts about this set simmer in my head for a very good reason, I was (and still am) quite torn with what to make of this set.
While it may feel like a completely alien build to me, I am able to fully appreciate the level of thought AND detail that went into this absolute beast of a model.
95% of the parts used to build the Exo Suit are grey and incredibly tiny which meant that half my time spent building it was taken up by staring at a chaotic mess of small grey parts trying to find what I really needed.
Playing with the Exo Suit and posing it in a variety of styles is quite fun and I had a great time seeing what it could actually do. The one thing that I really hated about the set was just how fiddly and loose some of the connections and details were. The grey barrel has been quite divisive among LEGO fans but I quite like it and think that it adds a lot of weight and structure to the arms so that it doesn’t look so skeletal. The Exo Suit is a marriage of old and new, a synthesis of the hallmarks of Classic Space fused with modern LEGO building techniques – all wrapped up in a shiny grey hulking exoskeleton.
The Exo Suit is truly a magnificent design feat, an achievement that Peter Reid and Mark Stafford should feel extremely proud of.
Amassing an army of Green Space minifigures to bolster the Reds, Whites, Blacks, Yellows and Blues would be a top priority for any Classic Space enthusiast. It pushes the envelope by taking bold design cues and is truly one of its kind when compared to regular LEGO sets. I have the exosuit and having been a practicing AFOL for just a few months, the build was daunting for me and my arthritic fingers. In here, you'll find independent LEGO set reviews, commentary on LEGO trends & news, bargain hunting tips and an inside look into the life of an average LEGO fan.

While I was away I thought about the set and wondered if I would be just as impressed with it after some time and space was between us as I was the first time I built it. You build the two green Classic Space minifigs first, who are Peter Reid and his girlfriend.
It's quite a charming little build and I can see myself wanting to make more turtles in more colors with different things on the back for different purposes.
All put together it actually provides a bit of scenery for the main model which I don't mind at all. But underneath all of that is a solid structure that is both lightweight and strong, strong enough to stand up on its own in a variety of poses.
When posing the arms, more often than not the greeble assembly would just be more annoying that anything. I assume I'm fine, but until I'm holding them I guess there's no way to know for sure.Was the limit of two since it opened up for sale?Also while I understand that this is a limited release, I haven't heard what it's limited to, so my hopes are they'll do the right thing and fullfill the orders before cutting it off. I hope this ends up like the first Minecraft set where quantities were super limited at first (resulting in a booming secondary market) but eventually Lego created enough to fill the demand. Turns out, that's just about the right length to slip through the shoulder to hold it together.
It came in light grey in the Research Institute, and according to BrickOwl (though not Bricklink or Brickset), it also came in the LEGO Movie Super-Cycle Chase.
It was only natural that LEGO communities across the world anticipated this set as if it was the second coming of Christ. While it’s not full fledged hangar or docking base, it serves its purpose of adding a bit more character, helping the set feel more complete. I came across a new (to me) term, greebling – a building technique that is embodied by every section of the Exo Suit.
Despite my grievances, at the end when everything came together I couldn’t help but feel awed by the final result.
When playing with it and posing it around, parts (especially this little sucker in the picture above) would fall off at the lightest touch. I have the Exo displayed on my desk at the moment and I often catch myself admiring the intricacies of the model when I’m at my computer.
The Exo-suit has been standing guard on my cabinet and has recently been modified to make it more capable in the field (I wish I could post pictures).
And let me tell you, the test of time had not tarnished Peter Reid's excellent Ideas set, 21109 Exo Suit, in the least. I have a feeling these green Classic Space minifigs will be as popular and sought after as the green ninjas from the early 2000's. There are ball joints just about everywhere to give it a level of poseability never before seen in a LEGO mecha set, like ever.
I suppose with a little effort you could have the spaceman grab onto the pistol grip controls but it may not be worth the time and effort unless you plan on never taking him out of the pilot's seat ever again. I was born and introduced to Lego too late for the vast majority of the original space themes. K'nex has Titanfall sets out now too but they're apparently quite fragile too.you should pick up this set then. The only thing that could have made them better is if LEGO used the same helmet as Benny's from The LEGO Movie with the broken chin strap molded in to really pay homage to Classic Space. Let's face it, every other mecha set that LEGO has put out in recent years just sucked with the only exception being 8106 Aero Booster from the old Exo-Force theme.
But these sets came out and I continue to cling on to that hope.That hope is made stronger, mind you, after the announcement that Minecraft is officially becoming its own theme. You'll find everything from ways to save at the grocery store, online shopping deals, free or affordable family events in the Northwest, dining discounts, frugal DIY tips and much more!
I ended up with a spare green air tank which I thought was unusual but I don't think anyone would really complain. The model looks fine without them and I'd be more inclined to just taking them off than fiddling with them during play time. They are blocky, the legs just suck, and they all feel like the same kind of build after awhile.
I doubt LEGO themselves will ever put out a mecha set like this that is this intricate and satisfying.

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