LEGO set database: International Jetport. Set number: ; Name: International Jetport; Also known as: Holiday Airport; Set type: Normal; Theme. Find great deals for LEGO Town International Jetport (). Shop with confidence on eBay!. International Jetport Item №: Pieces: Minifigures: 8 Released: Theme: This was the second LEGO System airport out of five released to date.
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Among all the wonderful sets in this soon to be worn out catalogue, was the awe inspiring International Jetport. My Lego purchases in the last 5 years have either been SW UCS or Modular buildings, and I have given little attention towards the ‘system’ sets or other themes, but this all changed last year when someone advertised a Airport Shuttle on the local New Zealand trading website.
Cue nostalgia and the excited search through BL to see how feasible it would be to actually buy all of those sets that I missed out on when I was a young lad.
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Why had I not thought of this before??? Aside from a few sets Im looking at you !!! It was actually looking quite feasible to get my grubby mitts on these nostalgic memories either MISB, or examples with broken seals that were still un-played with.
Im finding that if a seller does not normally ship to your country, it always pays to ask if they will make an exception. In this case they did, and I got this MIB box for a great price!
The seals were broken, but all parts were still sealed. As I fully intended to build this set, having broken seals was no issue. First up, here is the box. I love the tropical background, and view looking down the runway. The rear of the box shows some alternative builds. I love the rock music stage, as it has nothing to do with an airport, and demonstrates the flexibility of the set. I could imagine a Lego shop, circa with all the classic Legoland sets on their sides, looking like a series of reference books.
One of the short sides has a elevation of the set. Its nice to get a side view on the side of the box. The box flap opens up, revealing a window to the parts, and another side of images, showing the play functions of the set, plus some more alternative builds. Like I mentioned before, I always fully intended to build this set, so was not concerned with seals being broken, as long as the parts were all new.
The plastic tray on its own. Here we see 3 of the figs, a few printed bricks, and some of the other parts.
Close up of one of the minifigs. Han Solo eat your heart out! You may have been frozen in carbonite for 12 months, but this young lady has been sealed for 22 years!
She will be my favourite decoration ho ho ho hooooooooooo. The bags are all un-numbered, and appear to be grouped according to brick size. Here are the bricks that were floating around – The 2 large pale blue windows, 1 long white beam, 4 of the long green plates, and one large grey plate.
Best of all are the FIVE baseplates included in this set. They look amazing, and are sorely missed from modern airports. I do however, think that the 4 wide planes look great on these plates, but anything wider ie – all modern planeswould make them look a bit daft.
Here is the paperwork and documentation. We have 2 sticker sheets, the manual, and a catalogue of the current Lego lineup. Its a little dissapointing to see the airport logo stickers, considering TLG were able to print this logo on the airplanes tail fin and the fig torsos. Hehehehe – this is on the back of the catalogue. Im almost tempted to send an order in, but it does have an expiry date of 31 March This is page 1 of the manual.
Instructions for 6396-1 – International Jetport
lgeo Also there are no piece call outs or fancy backgrounds. Its all very simple and honest. First up are the minifigures. We get 8 of them in this set, including 3 Airport personnel, a chopper pilot, a jet captain, a security guard and 2 intrepid travelers.
A very nice selection, and of course, all have the classic smiley head. Only the Pirates sets at this stage featured the newer heads with detailed facial expressions and features. Funny thing I noticed was that all heads were attached to their respective torsos already Is this normal for classic sets? Next up, we start buliding structures.
First up lefo the wind sock at the end of the runway. A nice simple build with a great technique and printed parts. A simple elgo with a hinge and grille plates setting up a nicely detailed, and easily identifiable airport feature. The first vehicle – The baggage tractor. This was a classic build, with a plate built chassis not the one piece design seen on some of the classic town vehiclesand small panels to give lots of space for minifigure luggage.
The second vehicle is the baggage trailer for the tractor. It features a nice ball joint tow system, and more panels to fit more luggage. I love the black rollcage with the large light. Next up, we have the little yellow helicopter. Once again, nice simple construction, but some great details – especially the angled boom support, and the exhaust for the motor.
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The trans blue canopy and the rotors look great, and our pilot makes this sub model look very sharp. Next up, the main jet. The first step doesn’t give much away – It looks like this could be a boat, a rocket, or even The next step however, adds wings and some angled hull pieces.
Looks like we have a plane in the making! We have seats, controls and some nice blue pin-striping. Take note of the headlight bricks at the rear, as they will come in very handy soon.
Next up, we put on the landing gear and light for the bottom of the fuselage. The front wheel is on a 2×2 turntable, while the rears are fixed. Lastly, the rear fin and top wing goes on, along with a few lights on the wingtips. I love the print on the tail! Here we have our tarmac guide showing the newly completed jet where to park up. Now we are on to the terminal itself. This is the only step in the manual that has a piece call out, and a top down view of the build as opposed to the normal isometric view.
Its a great way to ensure the correct parts are in the right place. Funny that every item weighs You could flip the printed tile so items become Note the small yellow lights on the side of the white upper structure – a very nice detail.
Next up, we start building the control tower – a glass bowl with access from the back for our controller to guide the busy airport traffic. I love the 8 different glass panels that form this shape. TLG could have used 1 big ugly mold, but they gave us 8 parts to enhance play value. These are BIG pieces, and look fantastic. Next up, we mount the control tower, plant a massive palm tree and finish off the roof. I love the finishing touches such as the fences on the observation deck, the numbered gates and the flags on the roof.
Here are our travelers being escorted onto the tarmac by the security guard. Now for the weird part. This is where the manual ends. There is no instruction for baseplate layout, placement of the windsock or radar or placement of the runway lights.
Im in 2 minds about this – On one hand it seems a bit weird that there is no guide to the overall layout, as it would be nice to build exactly what is on the box. Here is an overview of the layout, according to what is on the front of the box.
Here are a few close up and in action shots, to give you an idea of the play values in this set. Here, the flight has just arrived, and the plane is being guided onto the tarmac apron.
Here, the Air Traffic Controller is looking pleased at a flight that has landed safely, while the security guard orders his lunch over the radio. This is a great set, and I loved every moment of putting this set together. The great parts variation, bright colours and high playability typify the golden age of Town Lego from the late 80s and early 90s.
The fact that there are 5 baseplates, 3 vehicles and 8 minifigures with plenty of moving parts and detail ensure that this set has high playability and looks fantastic. To be critical, I would have like to have seen more printing on the flags and tower column rather than stickers, and perhaps a stair vehicle so the figures could get in the plane easily. The fact that the instruction manual finished abruptly was a bit odd too.
But honestly, Im nitpicking. Design and build – 8. Easily identifiable as an airport, with lots of function and leog. Not at all boring to put together, with multiple sub models keeping momentum high. Looks a little bare compared with modern sets though. Wheels, windows, wings, bricks, plates, plants.