LEGO dropped a surprise announcement yesterday with the LEGO adidas Originals Superstar (10282) which is part of their ongoing collaboration with adidas. The set has 731 pieces and will retail for $79.99. Since LEGO introduced the new 18+ designation for some sets, it may attract people that aren’t really fans of LEGO but are fans of a particular item and for this instance, shoes, aka sneakerheads.
Unlike the usual LEGO boxes, the Superstar actually comes in a shoebox which is something that enhances the value of the set a little. It does come LEGO branded throughout including a minifigure head cut-out on one side of the box and the 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 open the tape, there’s another surprise as it comes with a sheet of tissue paper similar to when you buy a brand new shoe. It covers up the numbered bags and the instructions are at the bottom of the box.
The inside 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 to 7, the instruction booklet, and a small sticker for the stand.
The front of the instructions gives some information about the adidas Superstar as well as a short statement from the design team. As far as the building instruction goes, you only get the instructions for the right shoe. You do get the parts for the left shoe but you’ll have to download the instructions from LEGO.com when the set is released.
The LEGO adidas Originals Superstar is built in separate sections. The first two bags are dedicated to the shoe sole. There are a lot of wedge pieces to give the shoe its shape and it works very well. The heel area has a couple of printed tiles with the adidas logo as well as their slogan. I do like the way the parts are stacked sideways for some areas in the middle and front. There are some ball joints that will be used later but there’s also a red 2×3 brick here as well. I’m not sure what the meaning of it is.
Bag 3 is for the upper heel area which is comprised of three sections. There are black and white rounded bricks that are precariously attached on with the adidas logo tiles on the back. The whole section attaches on to the sole using some clips.
Bag 4 is dedicated to building the right side of the shoe. The outer side uses a number of black and white slope pieces. There’s also a printed white slope piece with the word Superstar that clip on. At the top are some 1×2 bricks with holes for the shoelaces. To attach to the sole, the ball joints are color-coordinated to the plates on the sole. For the right side, it is green.
For the left side of the shoe, it’s pretty similiar to the right except that it doesn’t have the Superstar slope piece. Here the ball joints are red to attach to the corresponding plates.
Finally we get to the tongue which is clipped on and goes right in the middle of the shoe. The top of the tongue has a printed adidas slope piece. The shoelace is your standard kind that goes through the holes. I would suggest not putting on the curved piece until after to make it easier to get the laces through. The detailing on the shelltoe corner pieces are also printed. Lastly, we have the black display stand that has a sticker for the adidas Superstar information.
As mentioned before, the leftover plate and bag 7 is for the left shoe with access to the instructions coming 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 does look good with the stand. Although you can build the left shoe with additional instructions later on, one may wonder why only one shoe was included. Perhaps LEGO only had one shoe to make it somewhat more affordable. Of course, you can buy to and have both displayed at the same time.
If you’re not too picky about some of the blocky angles it is, it’s a decent model. The tongue does look a bit high especially with the huge adidas logo at the end. The holes for the laces look a bit off at certain angles.
LEGO markets the set as something you can customize and you can change it to something that is personal to you if you like however I feel that most will just leave it in its original form.
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