Space Adventure Ride Review

Bricktober 2022 at Toys R Us in Canada was great. We got two exclusive sets featuring coin operated rides. Each one came free with a purchase over $80 CAD. While the LEGO® Group produced four of these sets, only Toys R Us in Asia distributed the other two. However, given the state of Bricktober over the last few years, I am quite happy that Toys R Us offered Canadians at least a couple of them. We already reviewed the Pirate Adventure Ride. Today, I’m taking a closer look at the Space Adventure Ride.

Space Adventure Ride packaging

Space Adventure Ride Summary

  • NAME: Space Adventure Ride
  • SET #: 6430422
  • THEME: Bricktober Toys R Us exclusive
  • COST: Gift-with-Purchase ($19.99 CAD value)
  • BRICK COUNT: 168
  • MINIFIGURES: 1
  • RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2022
Top of the Space Adventure Ride box.

Space Adventure Ride Quick Review

  • VALUE: 100% (It was free with something I wanted to buy anyway.)
  • BUILD: 100% (I have no complaints concerning the design of this set.)
  • MINIFIGURES: 91% (Great minifig, but I’d like to see two in this kit.)
  • ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Fun set with amazing packaging.)
  • OVERALL SCORE: 98% (Excellent set.)

Space Adventure Ride Review

VALUE: 100%

Similar to the Pirate Adventure Ride, I’m going to go ahead and give this set 100% in the value category. All GWPs provide free bricks and build time in addition to what you were already planning to get. Granted, I planned to make purchases just to get these Bricktober sets this year. I thought they were that cool. However, that only adds to value of them in my mind. The sets I bought were on my wish list anyway. In all likelihood, they would eventually have ended up in my pile of shame.

Space Adventure Ride

However, for argument’s sake, let’s say I bought Space Adventure Ride. My Toys R Us bill indicates the set has a $19.99 CAD value. Consequently, the cost/brick is $0.118. That is a good value, earning 87% on our usual scale. In terms of build time, Space Adventure Ride took me about 20 minutes to assemble. The resulting cost/minute of build time is about $1. That is less good, earning a score of 72%. As a result, if I rated the value based on the cost of the set, it earns 80%.

BUILD: 100%

In terms of design, the base of the Space Adventure Ride is identical to that of the Pirate Adventure Ride. It uses the same internal slider and crank mechanism to operate the ride. Additionally, you find the same coin box, stairs, and printed LEGO® logo tile. I don’t mind at all the base design is the same. It provides consistency when displaying the models together on a shelf or in a MOC.

The spaceship portion looks amazing. While I was more of a Pirates fan growing up, I actually like this ride more than the Pirate Adventure Ride. The pirate ship’s mast was too loosely attached and swivels constantly as the ride moves. The spaceship does not have any flaws like that. It also resembles the recent 90th Anniversary Galaxy Explorer somewhat. The model also includes several printed computer tile and brick elements that look great. I rate the build at 100% in this case.

MINIFIGURES: 91%

Once again, similar to the Pirate Adventure Ride, this set includes one generic looking Minifigure with a smiley face. However, once again, the character has the short, moving legs that I love. Any ride where Minifigures have to sit should include these or normal Minifigure legs. I hate the stumpy, unmoving legs we often see in Fairground sets. Like the Pirate ride, this character includes customizable accessories so it can resemble a boy, girl, or generic astronaut. You also get six printed “5” coins. I rate the character design at 100%.

The character count is average for a set this size. Including separate boy and girl Minifigures would up my score. As it is, I rate the bricks/fig score at 81%. Averaging this with the character design score gives an overall Minifigure rating of 91%.

ENTERTAINMENT: 100%

My October 2022 LEGO® purchases mostly revolved around Bricktober. This set and the Pirate Adventure Ride enticed me to even drop double VIP points (sort of) and shop elsewhere. I happened to be in New York City during double VIP points and made a small purchase at the 5th Avenue Flagship store as a souvenir. You can see what I bought to acquire this set in my TikTok video below 😉. I went a little overboard…

I also love the packaging on these sets. I almost never keep LEGO® boxes, but I will keep these ones. They make wonderful display bases or backdrops for these sets on your shelf. Hats off to whoever had the idea for these boxes. While not the best for regular sets, they sure are amazing for GWPs. I wish more GWPs came in packaging like this. I found Space Adventure Ride very entertaining, and I rate it at 100%.

OVERALL SCORE: 98%

Space Adventure Ride is an amazing gift-with-purchase. You acquire a fun Minifigure ride for your shelf or amusement park displays. Additionally, it came free with purchases you likely wanted to make anyway. If you are planning to buy this set, I rate the value a little lower than as a GWP. However, I love it and I think it’s worth the value of $20 CAD. What do you think of Space Adventure Ride? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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