When I first heard LEGO was going to be releasing some sets based on the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, I immediately knew I would be picking up which ever one came with all the guardians. When I saw the sets I was a tad disappointed because in true LEGO fashion, there wasn’t one set which contained all 5 of the main characters. If I wanted to collect them all, I would have to buy at least 2 of the 3 sets in the series and my budget currently did not have room to do that. So, I picked the set which had the more interesting guardians, Knowhere Escape Mission. This $39.99 set contained the minifigure Rocket Raccoon and a build-able Groot.
When you open the box, you will find 3 bags of LEGO pieces, two instruction books, decals, Groot’s head, and a mini comic book. The main part of the set is broken up into 5 sections that are attached to a central hub. The other sections are Rocket’s ship, Groot, and Sakaaran blaster. It’s a fun build, especially with all the movement it has.
Overall, the Knowhere Escape Mission set is an easy and quick build, has good play value, and has some of the more interesting characters from the movie.
- Knowhere Escape Mission happens to have two of the most interesting guardians in this set, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It also has Nebula and a Sakaaran figure, both bad characters in the film.
- It’s a great set for people who like to do custom builds because if has a bunch of unique colors, lots of transparent pieces, and some interesting shapes.
- Besides being a fun set to build, it also has lots of playability. There is a firing gun, a catapult, a trap door, grabbing hands, and a tower collapse feature. You can stage a real battle for hours of play time.
- It’s a good set for siblings, because the set is split between two instruction books, making it easy for each child to build a section of the main component. And it has good and bad characters for them to take sides.
- One of the biggest cons really doesn’t have to do with the actual set, it has to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy collection. In order to collect all five guardians, you need to buy this set for $39.99 AND set #76021 The Milano Spaceship Rescue for $74.99 which has Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax. I found that a bit pricey for those that just want to collect a minifigure set.
- Decals – I really don’t like putting on decals
- I wish it had a baseplate to build on instead of the set just standing on its own. I’m a fan of grounded sets, unless they are meant to be in the air, so there’s an environment to play in.
Ages: 6 – 12
Minifigures: Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, Sakaaran, and a build-able Groot
From the LEGO website:
Team up with Groot and Rocket Raccoon to plot an escape from Knowhere! They’ve discovered the rare orb in the mining fields, only to be ambushed by the bad guys. Evade shots from the huge bazooka assembled by the Sakaaran and the evil Nebula and return fire with Rocket Raccoon’s custom space blaster. Leap into action with the gigantic posable Groot to confront the sword-wielding Nebula. Launch a fierce counter-attack so Rocket Raccoon can get away in the mining pod with the precious orb in its grabbing claw!
Disclaimer: I purchased this set, because I thought it was neat. My opinions are my own.