LEGO adidas Originals Superstar (10282) Review
LEGO made a surprise announcement yesterday with the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar (10282) which is part of their continued collaboration with adidas. The set includes 731 pieces and will cost $ 79.99. Since LEGO introduced the new 18+ designation for certain sets, this may attract people who aren’t really LEGO fans but who are fans of a particular item and, in this case, shoes, aka sneakerheads.
Unlike regular LEGO boxes, the Superstar actually comes in a shoebox, which increases the value of the set a bit. It has the LEGO branding throughout, including a die-cut minifigure head on one side of the box and copyright on the other.
The bottom of the box shows the Superstar with its dimensions.
When you open the lid you get the 18+ layout showing the Superstar on a black background.
When you cut the duct tape, there is another surprise as it comes with a sheet of tissue paper similar to the one you buy when you buy a brand new shoe. It covers the numbered bags and the instructions are at the bottom of the box.
The interior of the box is also decorated with the adidas logo on the flap and the bottom of the shoe on the bottom of the box.
The contents of the box include bags numbered up to 7, the instruction booklet and a small sticker for the holder.
The front of the instructions provides information about the adidas Superstar as well as a brief statement from the design team. When it comes to fitting instructions, you only get the instructions for the right shoe. You get the parts for the left shoe, but you’ll need to download the instructions from LEGO.com when you release the set.
The LEGO adidas Originals Superstar is built in separate sections. The first two bags are dedicated to the sole of the shoe. There are a lot of wedge pieces to shape the shoe and it works really well. The heel area has some tiles printed with the adidas logo along with their slogan. I like the way the pieces are stacked sideways for some areas in the middle and front. There are a few ball joints that will be used later, but there is also a 2 × 3 red brick here as well. I don’t know what the meaning is.
Bag 3 is intended for the upper heel area which is made up of three sections. There are black and white rounded bricks which are attached precariously with the adidas logo tiles on the back. The assembly is fixed to the sole using clips.
The bag 4 is dedicated to the construction of the right side of the shoe. The outer side uses a number of black and white slope pieces. There is also a white slope piece printed with the word Superstar that clicks into place. At the top are 1 × 2 bricks with holes for laces. To attach to the sole, the ball joints are color matched to the sole plates. For the right side, it is green.
For the left side of the shoe, it’s pretty similar to the right except it doesn’t have the Superstar slope piece. Here the ball joints are red to attach to the corresponding plates.
We finally arrive at the tongue which clips and is placed in the middle of the shoe. The top of the tongue has a printed adidas Slope patch. The lace is your standard type that goes through the holes. I would suggest putting the curved piece on only after to make it easier to go through the laces. Details on the shelltoe corners are also printed. Finally we have the black display which has a sticker for the adidas Superstar information.
As mentioned earlier, the remaining plate and bag 7 are for the left shoe with access to instructions to come at a later date.
Overall the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar (10282) is an interesting product that may or may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The shoe is a replica of a US 7 1/2 and it looks great with the support. While you can build the left shoe with additional instructions later, it is questionable why only one shoe was included. Maybe LEGO only had one shoe to make it a bit more affordable. Of course, you can buy and display both at the same time.
If you’re not too picky about some of the block angles, this is a decent model. The tongue looks a bit high, especially with the huge adidas logo at the end. The holes for the laces seem a bit staggered from some angles.
LEGO markets the set as something you can Personalize and you can change it to something personal to you if you want to, but I think most will just leave it in its original form.
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