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This article is about the 2006-2008 theme. For 1997 Aquazone subtheme, see Aquaraiders.


Aqua Raiders
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Years:

2006-2007

Related themes:

Divers
Aquanauts
Atlantis


Aqua Raiders was one of LEGO's new themes for 2006. The theme comprised of seven sets, ranging from a small Deep Sea Treasure Hunter to a much larger Aqua Base.

Details

7776 The Shipwreck

7776 The Shipwreck was reminiscent of the older Divers sets.

This is one of the latest in a long line of underwater themes that goes back to 1995 when Aquazone was introduced. Unlike Aquazone, which was exclusively futuristic, Aqua Raiders was more reminiscent of a mix of that theme and Divers from 1997, a Town subtheme that featured present-day divers that went on underwater treasure hunts and explored the sea.

But, unlike their predecessors, the divers of Aqua Raiders were only seeking treasure. The background story reveals that the theme is set in the Bermuda Triangle, where the divers utilize high-tech submarines and other special equipment to look for the lost treasure of an ancient king.

Most of the sets followed a common scheme. They contained the Aqua Raiders with a vessel of some kind, a segment of seafloor where a treasure was hidden and also a monstrous sea creature that stood between the divers and their loot. Other than those sea monsters, the sets did not include many other creatures.

It is possible that the divers were searching for Atlantis and came very close to finding it, since the Diver Skeleton in the Portal of Atlantis set has an Aqua Raiders helmet and in LEGO Atlantis: The Movie, they are on a mission to salvage a sub that turns out to be the Crab Crusher set.

Vehicles and equipment

The Aqua Raiders have a variety of weapons and vehicles, which, according to the Aqua Raiders website, is the latest technology developed for underwater exploration.

Some of the subs were reminiscent of older LEGO vessels. Among them were two mini-submarines (included in 7775 Aquabase Invasion and 7776 The Shipwreck), which were slightly similar to the subs from Divers, a large submarine which essentially resembled a Creator set but had a more spacious and detailed interior, and a sleek combat-submarine, which shared some design traits with the subs from Alpha Team Mission Deep Sea. The complement of vehicles also comprised an underwater rover with robot arms and several scooters.

The diving gear (helmets, scuba-tanks and flippers) was the same that already appeared in Divers ten years earlier, with different colours. The same applies to the handheld harpoon guns. The subs and the base were equipped with spring-loaded guns that shot rubber-tipped projectiles.

K7776 Ultimage Aqua Raiders Collection

All seven regular Aqua Raiders sets.

Minifigures

Main article: Aqua Raider (minifigure)

The Aqua Raiders minifigures used unique torso pieces that were printed on both the front and the back. They also had black helmets printed with a blue trident on the top. There were four different heads used for the minifigs, and all of them had already appeared in earlier themes, such as Mars Mission.

Sets

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
7770 box 7770  Deep Sea Treasure Hunter  75  Aqua Raider   $4.99  January 2007 
7771 box 7771  Angler Ambush  130  Aqua Raider (2)   $9.99 / €9.99  January 2007 
7772 box 7772  Lobster Strike  223  Aqua Raider (2)   $19.99  January 2007 
7773 box 7773  Tiger Shark Attack  339  Aqua Raider (2)   $29.99  January 2007 
7774 box 7774  Crab Crusher  618  Aqua Raider (2) ,  Skeleton   $49.99  January 2007 
7775 box 7775  Aquabase Invasion  840  Aqua Raider (4) , Diver Skeleton   $69.99  January 2007 
7776 box 7776  The Shipwreck  241  Aqua Raider (2)King Skeleton   $24.99  March 2007 
851954 Aqua Raiders Stationery Set 851954  Aqua Raiders Stationery Set       $6.99  2007 
K7775 Complete Aqua Raiders Collection K7775  Complete Aqua Raiders Collection  2190  15   $179.95  January 2007 
K7776 Ultimage Aqua Raiders Collection K7776  Ultimate Aqua Raiders Collection  2431  18   $199.99  March 2007 

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