21306 The Beatles Yellow Submarine is the result of Kevin Szeto's successful LEGO® Ideas submission adapted by LEGO designer Justin Ramsden. It will be released on 1 November with an RRP of £49.99/ US$59.99/ €59.99. I don’t have much affection for the animated film on which this design is based (or indeed the song) but it certainly was seminal for its time and the style defines the hippie trippy age of animation.
Brickset and The Brothers Brick. I must mention the box though which is a riot of colour with cute designs from the film on the interior panels. It is full to the brim with 550 parts and, as with the previous LEGO Ideas set 21307 Caterham Seven 620R, there are a large number of exciting recolours, printed parts and newly released parts.
Printed partsThe real stars of the set are the printed elements. The designs may not be to everyone’s taste but they are extremely entertaining, so let’s take a look at those first.
MinifiguresFor many, the real attraction of the set are the Beatles minifigures and they are indeed delightful but as usual, I will give them pretty short shrift here as I’m not a huge minifigure fan and other sites always cover them so well.
Their outfits all match the film closely. Their double-sided heads with their hilarious sideburns will all be extremely popular in MOCs and vignettes I am sure and the hippie outfits are very characterful. John and Ringo have two coloured stripes down the sides of their trousers which look really smart, but in John's case his legs are different colours so that will limit the use of this part elsewhere.
Sabine Wren, which comes in two (coincidentally psychedelic) styles released in 2015 and 2016.
Each Beatle carries an accessory and some of these puzzled me greatly but this Wikipedia description explains their appearance in the film:
At the end, we see the real Beatles in live-action, having returned home, playfully showing off their souvenirs: George has the submarine's motor, Paul has "a little 'LOVE'" and Ringo still has half a hole in his pocket […] Looking through a telescope, John announces that "newer and bluer Meanies have been sighted within the vicinity of this theatre" and claims there is only one way to go out: "Singing!"
21307 Caterham Seven 620R post; now the Yellow Submarine brings us two in Bright Yellow (6173898 | 25214) and two in Bright Orange [TLG]/Orange [BL] (6173897 | 25214). Several people have suggested online that a pile of these would make a great bowl of mac ’n’ cheese! But who will be first to buy enough of them to do so?
this post. As you will have noted earlier, the version in this set is not used as a building element but rather is George’s submarine motor, which happily matches the original design rather well!
parts festival, The New Black, was the ‘Bionicle Barraki Eye’ which I noted has rarely appeared in solid colours. Well here is another: Bright Purple [TLG]/Dark Pink [BL] (6177526 | 58176). It is used as Jeremy Hillary Boob's tail.
Rarer piecesThere are many more pieces of interest in this set and also some parts that come in healthy quantities, so it is a good (if a tad random) parts pack. I will run through some of the less common pieces quickly now.
75822 Piggy Plane Attack.
Back to Flame Yellowish Orange; there are 20 inverted 1x2 bows (6145215 | 24201), which I was pretty excited about until I learnt that Elves 41179 Queen Dragon's Rescue contains 18. The 4x4 hemisphere (6116987 | 86500) has only come in 76035 Jokerland until now, and the 1x1 brick with 1 side-stud (6092035 | 87087) only in 21303 WALL·E. This set has two.
Finally, there’s a printed Silver Metallic [TLG]/Flat Silver [BL] 1x1 round tile with silver circle design (6138964 | 25313) and you get a spare. This has been in three 2016 sets and definitely looks useful for all sorts of things.
So, are you still singing the Yellow Submarine song? Maybe this side of the box will help shift your earworm.
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