Volcano Exploration Base is the second biggest size set in their new Volcano range that is actually a sub-theme of the Lego City theme sets. Currently there are six sets available that range in price from a small starter set to the most expensive which is the Heavy-lift helicopter set.
The Volcano Exploration Base is a hefty sized 824 piece set that includes of an erupting volcano and a monster size truck and trailer that holds the mobile exploration unit. You also get an excavator, six mini-figures, a drone, a small dumper truck and a ton of other smaller accessories for lots of creative play.
The price seems to be changing quiet a lot with this item but we are currently seeing the price at around $150.
Lego’s recommended age for this is 8-12 year old but Lego collectors young or old would probably have some interest in this set.
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Thumbs Up Points
What we really appreciated was that the truck/mobile operations unit this big rugged looking vehicle opens up on either side to reveal the inside. The cab area has a crane on the back and there are lots of nice little accessories and attachments to go with it. The whole look of this vehicle has been well thought out and it is a bit different from the usual Lego truck.
We additionally liked the six mini-figures included which have a good balance of male and female characters as well as workers, adventurers and scientists.
The entire volcano and crystal finding scenario of this set makes for lots of creative game play for younger Lego enthusiasts.
Thumbs Down Points
The volcano has a unique feature in which it fires lava bombs out from the top of the volcano by pushing on a switch. While this will be fun for the first few times for younger kids it doesn’t add much to the set and the lava bombs are likely to get lost pretty quickly if not looked after.
We also felt that the volcano looked a bit small compared against the monster mobile truck and the rest of the set.
Value in a Nutshell
Although the volcano Base i not one of our most favorite Lego sets it does have a lot of pieces and should appeal to most Lego fans it is very hard to judge it on price as when it was first announced for release in summer 2016 it was tagged at a $120 recommended retail price but we are seeing in excess of $150 at some shops.
This toy certain has a sufficient degree of play value to deliver hours and hours of entertainment, and if you have a budding seismologist in the family it will double the fun! At more than 800 pieces it will keep the children or grand kids busy building for a long while to boot.