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Lego Maniacs' Guide: Reviews: Town : Divers : Shark Attack

[Purchase Lego at Amazon.com] 6599 - Shark Attack

Rating: 5 Stars
Pros: The sub is really cool; the mini-figs' heads are well designed; neat sea creatures; nice SCUBA equipment; stickers are optional
Cons: None
Contents: 55 pieces including 2 mini-figs and 3 sea creatures
Price: $9.99 - Discontinued
Reviewed: 18-Dec-1996
Reviewed by: Patrick Delahanty

6599 In the murky deep, Ray maneuvers his mini-sub with precision while his diving friend, John, explores newly discovered caverns. The sub's light illuminates the rough rock of the cavern wall when it comes upon an average sized shark. They expected to run into one or two down here. Luckily this wasn't their first diving experience near sharks. In fact, they've grown accustomed to having the deadly creatures around.
Deeper into the cave, the light from Ray's sub comes to rest upon a white shark and a swordfish. They seem annoyed with the light. Seconds later, the shark starts moving toward John while the swordfish heads for the sub. Even though John's an experienced diver, there's no point in taking any chances. He grabs onto the back of Ray's sub as it accelerates out of the cave.
There are now three deadly creatures chasing the sub. They're quick, but once the sub manages to escape the opening of the cave, Ray goes for maximum throttle. All three are left far behind. Maybe John and Ray will return to the cave someday...but not today.

From what I've seen of the Divers sub-theme so far, it looks great. This set is no exception.
Intended to be a promotional item, this set is packaged similar to the Explorien Scorpion Detector and the Aquazone Sea Claw 7. It has the same type of cut-away packaging. With only 55 pieces, the box makes the set look a lot bigger than it really is. I wasn't disappointed at all. It's definately worth the $9.99.
It comes with three sea creatures: a dark gray shark, a white shark, and a gray swordfish. They'll be quite enough to keep the two mini-figs busy. One mini-fig is a diver, complete with air tank, clear diving mask, yellow harpoon gun, and black flippers. His face has long stubble and long, brown hair. It actually looks like some friends of mine! The other mini-fig is the sub pilot. He has no diving gear, but has a baseball cap. His face has blue glasses with eyes looking to the side. He also wears a radio headset. Both divers have the "Diver Down" logo in the bottom corner of their shirt. This is an improvement from the "Scuba Squad" set where the flag has the letter "A" instead of "Diver Down".
The sub has a clear bubble on the front that flips down for access to the inside. The rear of the sub has a single red propeller. On the sides of the sub, there are pieces which can be rotated around...probably to provide thrust in a variety of directions.
On one side of the sub, you'll find a light. (Well, not a real light, but a pretend one.) That'll be useful in those deep caverns. On the opposite side, you'll find a space laser cannon. I believe it's supposed to be a camera...but it doesn't have the tell-tale videotape brick on the side like they usually do.
On the bottom of the sub, there's a new piece which is also the bottom of the shark cage in large Divers sets. Here, it's merely the resting piece for when the sub is on deck. The diver hold on here if he wants.
The top of the sub has a place for a hook to lift and lower it. I noticed a large Divers set has a crane, this little handle will be quite useful.
This is a great set. If you're the slightest bit interested in Divers, get this set. Not only do you get some neat sub pieces, but you get sharks!

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