With the current Amelia Earhart Tribute GWP promotion extended until tomorrow, I’ve decided to give the set a quick review. As the name suggests, the set is inspired by the explorer Amelia Earhart. She was an iconic aviator, who flew solo across the Atlantic before later trying to circumnavigate the world. A journey which would be her last as she when she went missing during her journey. The brick-built tribute to Earhart features a recreation of her Lockheed Vega, mounted on a display plinth and a Minifigure of Amelia. The set is currently being given away for free when you spend £100/$100/100€ on any LEGO products online and in selected LEGO stores. So here’s a quick look at the set.
Free Set: 40450: Amelia Earhart Tribute | Pieces: 202 | Spend Limit: £100/$100/100€ | Duration: March 6th – March 17th
There are three components to the set, the plane, a display base and a Minifigure. When combined you are greeted by a neat little displayable tribute to Amelia Earhart. The plane is a recreation of a Lockheed Vega, which is a small single-propeller aircraft popular with record-breaking pilots. The classic styling of the plane has been captured nicely with LEGO bricks. The fuselage being an interesting construction, with both halves sandwiched together and then topped and tailed with a single span wing and a smaller tail fin.
Most of the details on the plane are achieved with stickers. These include the planes branding on the tail and the ID code on the wing. Stickers are also used on the base plate and the Minifigure accessory. I must make a special mention of the wheels of the plane. These are balloon-like mounts that clip on in a clever way and add to the Art Deco style of the aircraft. Most propellers featured in LEGO sets use a single element, but this set features pieces more associated with kayaking, with the fin piece uniquely coloured for this set.
The base is largely crafted from black elements and is the perfect mount for the plane. Which sits a column, so the plane is angled as if it was taking to the skies. A small plate affixed to the base features Amelia’s name and a brief nod to her achievements. This is a sticker on a 2×4 tile. There’s also a section for a Minifigure to be placed.
It’s no surprise that the Minifigure included is Amelia Earhart. Her head and torso are unique to this set and is combined with the aviator’s flight cap element and goggles to pull off the explorer look. She also includes a map, which is, unfortunately, a sticker on a 2×2 tile. A printed piece would have been most welcome, but I assume none of the current map tiles matches the route Amelia took when crossing the Atlantic. The set is currently free with spends over £100/$100/100€ and can also be combined with the Easter Bunny’s Carrot House GWP, making it the perfect time to buy yourself some LEGO goodies.
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