Lightyear: XL-15 Spaceship (76832) Review

The XL-15 Spaceship (76832) is one of three new sets based on the latest Pixar Studios film, Lightyear. The film releases on June 17th in theatres and tells the story of Buzz Lightyear, hero of Star Command. Or, at the least, what’s behind everyone’s favourite Space Ranger from the Toy Story films. I love the Toy Story franchise, especially the 2nd film. For this latest film in the franchise, we have three tie-in sets with new characters and vehicles.

This is the first of two sets I will review from this new collection. The second set, Zurg Battle (76831), is a fun, if simple Mech build with some great minifigs. For this entry, we get a FANTASTIC spaceship build AND great minifigures. All around wins on this set my friends, I can’t speak well enough about it already – and I’ve barely started this article! Read on for all the gushing praise, and make sure to click on the YouTube link below for the speed build and video review. Let’s get to it!

NOTE: This set was provided by The LEGO® Group to True North Bricks for review. This does not guarantee a favourable review and all opinions are my own. For a breakdown of the rating system, please click here.

SET SUMMARY

  • NAME: XL-15 SPACESHIP
  • SET #: 76832
  • THEME: Disney / Pixar’s Lightyear
  • COST: $64.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 497
  • MINIFIGURES: 3 – Buzz Lightyear, Female Character, Male Character
  • RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2022

QUICK REVIEW

  • VALUE: 81% (fairly priced with good cost-per-brick and cost-per-minute values)
  • BUILD: 100% (fantastic parts, build techniques and shapes make for a perfect set)
  • MINIFIGURES: 94% (excellent minfigs with great detail and a good brick-to-fig score)
  • ENTERTAINMENT: 95% (great play set for young builders and a great display set for AFOLs)
  • OVERALL SCORE: 93% (highly recommended set with great scores overall)

VALUE: 81%

The XL-15 Spaceship (76832) is priced at $64.99 in Canada. With a parts count of 497 pieces, this translates to a cost-per-brick of $0.13. This puts the model at exactly the average for all sets reviewed to date, or 82%. That’s a very solid score. You can easily imagine this being priced higher, but thankfully it’s in a very comfortable middle-ground. We unfortunately don’t have any Disney sets reviewed on the site so we can’t make any comparisons within the theme. This does put us on our way of course. And I hope more sets get these solid stats.

I built this awesome little vehicle in 76 minutes for a cost-per-minute value of $0.86 and a score of 79%. This is again, right at the average for all reviewed sets. If you can build your set slower, then your value will only increase. Apparently I’m pretty speedy. Overall this is a fairly priced set in the current LEGO®️ market and it earns a solid score of 81%.

BUILD: 100%

The XL-15 Spaceship (76832) comes in a standard push-tab box with a lovely hero shot of the build in space. It’s a great image and very clearly shows off the design. Inside the box you will find 5 numbered bags, a sticker sheet and a 131 page instruction book. This is such a great build, one that comes together really well in the end. I have not been this pleasantly surprised and happy with a set in a while. It’s those unassuming sets that you know you’ll like, but end up loving that make me the happiest.

This isn’t a large vehicle, but dang if it ain’t a wonderful vehicle. The layering of colours with triangular plates is fantastic and creates such a great shape. Even the colours themselves, black-blue-white, are classic sci-fi awesomeness and make me think of all things Space. The body of the ship comes together in the first couple of stages, then the wings and engines are added at just the right angles. Seriously, for a small ship, there’s some really amazing shapes and build techniques. Even small gaps get filled in with bricks using smart and unconventional techniques. The underside is simpler, but no less successful. The back engines look incredible with just the right amount of greebling and detail. I love this little ship – TENS ACROSS THE BOARD!

Make it UCS!

For a small build like this to have a display stand and a UCS-style info plaque is wild. I love the inclusion of both. This not only helps the build sit on a shelf, but it allows it to go seamlessly from play vehicle to AFOL collectible. The angle of the display is perfect to appreciate the ship and read the plaque. Stickers are a must here, but happily they add to the final model and are not overdone. And can we talk about that trans yellow canopy piece? It screams classic LEGO®️ Space and the nostalgia it gives is wonderful. Aside from the front canopy there are two rear hatches that open to put the fuel cannisters or accessories.

This set is a homerun of a build. There’s not getting around it. I loved every step and never found it boring, difficult or overly simple. It’s the perfect balance of size, price and building. Easy perfect score here my friends: 100%.

MINIFIGURES: 94%

With the lovely XL-15 Spaceship (76832) you will get 3 new and unique minfigures. And another cat. With nearly 500 pieces, we get a decent brick-to-fig score of 136 or a value of 81%. For a set this size, 3 minifigures is a very good deal. Aside from Buzz Lightyear, the other two figures don’t have names in the listing. There is a male character and an older female character. You know the latter is going to be one boss lady, especially with the accessories she has.

Every minifigure has fantastic printing on the legs, torso and head. Buzz comes with a space helmet, an alternate head with a flight-suit cowl and a dual-sided head with extra hair piece. Accessory-wise he has a laptop, fuel cannister with that new printed trans brick, shoulder armor and a ray gun. This minifigure wears an orange flight suit with great front and back printing. I appreciate that this is a different figure than the one included in the Zurg Battle (76831).

The other two figures each have brand new torso designs with front and back printing. Both characters have an all-new helmet mold and an additional hair piece. Speaking of the helmets, they’re really cool looking – giving a real alien/miner vibe. Both have shoulder armor which are recoloured molds recently used on Mandalorian and Dark Trooper minifigs. One fun feature is that both of their weapons are brick-built. The male character has what appears to be a flame thrower or possibly a welding torch? The female figure gets one of the new stud shooters dialed up to 11. I think it’s a rocket launcher, and if so, yowza! She’s packing all the firepower. With all this detail, the figures easily score 100%. Taking both values into account gives the set a final minfig score of 91%.

ENTERTAINMENT: 95%

Don’t let that 8+ age range confuse you, this is a great set for everyone. The XL-15 Spaceship (76832) makes for fun play and a lovely display piece. You don’t often see a set with equal parts AFOL and KFOL appeal – yet another way it’s a big success. Young builders will love the imaginative options, swooshing the ship around and helping Buzz (or anyone) defend against Zurg. Collectors and AFOLs will find no difficulty in displaying the ship on the awesome display stand in their collection. One surprising omission is any type of missile launcher or stud shooter on the vehicle itself. That might limit the play a tiny bit for kids, but frankly it’s less studs to lose, so still a win. It’s also a robust little ship so she should hold up to some active play. It rockets in with a great score of 95%. 🚀

OVERALL: 93%

The XL-15 Spaceship (76832) is a total blast to build. I expected a fun, simple build and got a really entertaining one. This will absolutely and happily get put up on the shelf for display. The build has great techniques, shape and colours. The accompanying minifigures have an amazing amount of detail too – a shockingly great amount. Aside from an average value score, there’s not much negative to say. I think I’ve gushed on this set enough and happily give it a great score of 93%. It’s a must buy my friends!

And that’s the XL-15 Spaceship folks. I hope you manage to pick this set up soon – if it’s not on your radar, then hopefully it is now. I’m super excited for the movie and these sets only make me more eager! But what about you guys? Are you eager for the new Lightyear film? What do you think of this ship design? And what’s the deal with this cat? Comment below and in all the usual places, and until next time, keep on brickin’. 🧱

-Frank

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