The latest 2018 LEGO Nexo Knights are now on sale both in-store and online at shop.LEGO.com. However, since the release of Season 5’s latest sets earlier in November, there is one set is noticeably missing from the reveals. With 5 out of 6 sets already unveiled, we still yet to see an image of Lance’s newest battle gear against the latest threat of tech infection – until today. Thanks to Brickset’s updated list of published instructions for this month of December, we now have an idea of how the LEGO Nexo Knights Lance’s Hover Jouster (72001) will look like. It’s kind of odd actually to see that the building instructions for this set are already available online, even before the official images are released. Nevertheless, it gives us a glimpse of this set as we can see from the image below.
Same as the rest of the sets in this wave of Nexo Knights sets, Lance’s Hover Jouster (72001) comes with two separate builds. The main build consists of the Hover Jouster, while the second one is a creepy looking version of a Cyberbyter, whose lower torso is made up spider-like robotic legs. Imagine Babyface from Toy Story and you’ll get the idea.
Frankly speaking, I’m expecting more from the Hover Jouster in terms of keeping with the aesthetics of the rest of the sets in this series. By far, this is the least appealing among the rest of this Nexo Knights subtheme, with the Hover Jouster looking more like a mobile turret rather than any particular type of vehicle as seen in the latest series. To create the build’s ‘hovering’ effect, the wheels below the Hover Jouster are cleverly hidden from sight using several 2×4 plates with brackets. The wheels also seem to pivot beneath the circular plates where they are attached. I believe the designers could have done better – perhaps even better than Season 1’s Lance’s Mecha Horse (70312) and the subsequent Lance vs. Lightning (70359) set. It gives me the impression that this set was designed hurriedly, without giving much thought on how it can fit to the overall feel of the latest series.
The set is not that all bad though, since one of the main selling points of these latest Nexo Knights sets are its impressive use of black and trans green parts to create the vehicles and other builds for the Cyberbyters. As I pointed out in my earlier post, the choice of color scheme for Knighton’s latest threat is a good call which gives the set a sort of revived interest for the classic LEGO Space theme particularly for the Blacktron series. The bionic looking, spider-like Cyberbyter in this set is also impressive in spite of its relatively easy build. My only criticism is that I wish the minifigure torso is resting on a rotating circular plate so it can turn from left to right as an added play feature.
The LEGO Nexo Knights Lance’s Hover Jouster (72001) comes in at 218 pieces and is expected to retail for $19.99. So what do you think about this set? Will you pick this up once it appears on toy shelves? Share what you think in the comments below.