You may have seen our review of the Adidas Originals Superstar 10282 set a while ago. We also had the chance to see his mini counterpart again, 40486 Adidas Originals Superstar, which will be available July 1 and is free with qualifying purchases of US $ 85 | CAN $ 85 | £ 85 at LEGO stores and on the LEGO website. Let’s take a look and see if this set lives up to its larger counterpart or if it falls a bit flat… the feet?
The LEGO Group has provided The Brothers Brick with a first copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
The box and its contents
Although the box of this set is not roughly the same size or shape as a real shoebox, it still draws inspiration from the design of the larger Adidas set, the box of which is a good reproduction of a real shoe box. shoe box. Like its larger counterpart, this set does not reveal the model on the front of the box. However, it does disclose the name of the set, the set number and the number of pieces of 92 pieces. The age recommendation of 18 and over seems out of place here. I will talk more about this in my conclusion and recommendation, but I can say with confidence that a child under the age of 18 can easily build this set. The back of the box presents the model nicely with an MC minifig equipped with a microphone and a boombox from the 80s. This is the first case where you realize that this small model is not quite a replica. miniature of its larger counterpart, but rather a completely separate inverted color version.
The box contains two unnumbered small bags, a small sticker sheet and a 27 page instruction manual. My copy of the book was slightly folded.
The only parts I was interested in – at least for me – were this little assortment of pieces in white that included five T-bars and a 4×4 plate with rounded edges and four “feet” of plate height from the Mario theme. . There were only six parts printed, excluding the boombox and the face of the minifigure. These 1 × 3 tiles will eventually become the iconic stripes of the Adidas Originals Superstar.
The first steps in the instructions build the figure and this also becomes the first instance in which a sticker is used. The torso appears to be wearing a sandwich board that looks like the Adidas shoebox, made with the 2 × 3 brick suit that was first shown in the 18 collectible figure series. I’m a certain age in which RUN-DMC was a major influence for me in high school so of course I was pretending that this MC with his mic and boombox was singing their hit “My Adidas” from their 1986 album. Raise hell. (I think this may have been the first cassette I bought with my own money.) It should be noted that the LEGO Group said the one time they would include minifigures in realistic skin tones, it was ‘is in licensed sets. Since this is a licensed set, I see this as a missed opportunity to add some much-needed diversity to the average LEGO minifig collection.
The next part of the instructions begins to build the sole of the shoe.
About this far into the build, you start to see a definitive toe and heel forming. There aren’t any particularly brilliant building techniques to call out here, as the whole build is pretty straightforward.
A little further, we shape the toe, heel, sides and hinge that will accommodate the structure that forms the tongue and laces. The second sticker is affixed to the tongue.
The finished model
The tongue and laces interlock and finally, the aforementioned six printed tiles are added and located diagonally to create the iconic stripes. Unlike the larger set, this one doesn’t have the option of building a right or left shoe as they would be the same anyway. This is simply a sneaker suggestion and not a specific model like its larger counterpart. That said, there is no doubt that his portrayal of the iconic Adidas Originals Superstar! It’s also a pretty solid little build.
Conclusion and recommendation
The build experience didn’t strike me as too bright, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to spend $ 85 just to get it as a free gift with purchase. However, your opinion may vary. It’s one of those things; if you are in it you are in it, if you are not you are not. It’s unfortunate – although it’s certainly no accident – that the bigger Adidas shoe costs $ 79.99, which means you won’t automatically get it if you buy the bigger one. The 18+ age recommendation seemed completely odd here, but I imagine LEGO wants this to fit into their growing lineup for adults. If you happen to get it for free with a purchase and it’s not quite your thing, then give it to a child. Tell them that even though it says 18+ on the box, you are such a special kid that you should be able to handle it. This way you can be the cool LEGO adult everyone already knows you are.
The set contains 92 pieces and will be available July 1 and is free with qualifying purchases of US $ 85 | CAN $ 85 | UK £ 85.
The LEGO Group has provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
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