|Ben 10: Alien Force|
Ben 10: Alien Force was a theme based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name. It was introduced in 2010 and discontinued later in that same year. A theme based on Ben 10 was part of a business plan to popularize constraction with younger builders than BIONICLE had attracted. It was very unsuccessful with LEGO buyers and only lasted about 6 months on the market in some countries.[source?] Similar to other constraction themes, it is considered a TECHNIC subtheme.
Set five years after the events of the original Ben 10 series, Ben 10: Alien Force follows the 15-year-old Ben Tennyson as he trains a new team of teenaged heroes to fight the genocidal Highbreed and locate his missing grandfather, Max. The Omnitrix, the strange wristwatch-like device that allows him to transform into ten different types of super-powered alien, has recalibrated, giving him access to a new selection of breeds and abilities.
The theme was small and short-lived, containing just six sets. Each set is an action figure version of one of Ben's alien forms, composed of between fourteen and twenty-two pieces. They are similar to BIONICLE figures but with simplified constructions and more specific parts. The theme was the first to use a redesigned ball-and-socket joint, intended to replace the earlier, more rigid kind that was prone to breaking. Each figure has glow-in-the-dark eyes and a glow-in-the-dark Omnitrix on its chest.
- A promotional brick, the Ben 10 After Dark Brick, was released at LEGOLAND Windsor.
- This theme spawned three combiner models which can be seen here, here, and here.
- The Ben 10 theme is considered by some as the most unpopular LEGO theme of all time. Reasons for this included fans' dissatisfaction with the designs, parts, and prices.[source?]
List of Sets
|8409||Spidermonkey||21||$14.99 / €14.99||January 2010|
|8410||Swampfire||22||$14.99 / €14.99||January 2010|
|8411||Chromastone||21||$14.99 / €14.99||January 2010|
|8517||Humongousaur||14||$14.99 / €14.99||2010|
|8518||Jet Ray||16||$14.99 / €14.99||January, 2010 (US and UK)|
|8519||Big Chill||20||$14.99 / €14.99||December 30, 2009 (US and UK)|