2021 LEGO 40450 Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane Review (GWP)

Introduction

2021 LEGO 40450 Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane is a March 2021 gift set. It is a LEGO gift with purchase (GWP) available at LEGO Brand Retail Stores and LEGO Shop at Home (USA | Canada | UK | Australia) with LEGO purchases over $100 USD / $130 CAD. Offer is valid from March 6-14 or while supplies last. Free shipping on orders above $35 USD / $35 CAD / £50 GBP / $149 AUD.

Europe/UK/Australia: Purchase thresholds and offer period dates may vary. So far, we only have the confirmed purchase thresholds and promotional period dates for North America. This was from the March 2021 LEGO Brand Retail Store Calendar.

LEGO 40450 Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane contains 203 pieces and is recommended for those aged 8+. LEGO Shop at Home (USA | Canada | UK | Australia) has listed the value of the set as $19.99 USD / $26.99 CAD / £17.99 GBP / $29.99 AUD. This set is not available for purchase by itself. The set will be released on March 6, 2021 at LEGO Shop at Home and LEGO Brand Retail Stores.

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Thank you to LEGO for providing 2021 LEGO 40450 Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane for Toys N Bricks to review.

Official LEGO Product Description from LEGO Shop at Home Website

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we spoke with Mel Caddick, the LEGO® designer behind our cool new Amelia Earhart Tribute set!

Question: How would you describe Amelia Earhart? What does she represent to you?
Anser: Amelia Earhart was a great icon, a pioneer and an author. As the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic, she was clearly very adventurous and determined and I think her story inspires anyone who wishes to pursue their dreams.
Amelia Earhart taught us that passions, aspirations and courage know no gender – a legacy not passed on by many, and for that I think we found the perfect personality to celebrate for 2021 International Women’s Day.

Question: What inspired you to create this model?
Answer: We were inspired by Amelia Earhart’s groundbreaking achievement of being the first woman to do a Transatlantic solo flight. The red Lockheed 5B Vega was the plane in 1932 that she used to cross the Atlantic alone. Naturally, this was the perfect model to represent her achievements.

Question: What did you want people to learn from this model?
Answer: I am hoping the model of Amelia Earhart can inspire and encourage, not only women, but all people around the world, to be curious and brave about their passions and aspirations – especially when facing rigid traditions, structures or the likes, that tries to keep them down. Passions and aspirations are fragile, and they need nurturing, space and determination to unfold – and that is exactly what Amelia Earhart taught us.

Question: How did you approach the development of the model?
Answer: We started with some blueprints of the red Lockheed 5B Vega plane and tried to find elements that could help bring it to life. It was really important that we kept the model as true to the original as possible; to include the yellow lines, the decorations and the shape of the plane. We really wanted Amelia Earhart to be represented as a Minifigure, so we created an exclusive new design especially for her by including it in this model.

Question: What do you like most about working with the LEGO Group?
Answer: It is a childhood dream to be working here. I have been here since 2008 and for the past 10 years as a designer working with the LEGO bricks creating products. What I love about the bricks is that the possibilities are endless, only your imagination is the limit.
I love being able to work on many different products, especially with a strong and inspiring story like Amelia Earhart’s. It is a privilege to be able to create products that inspire children and adults of all ages all around the world

Question: What other projects have you worked on?
Answer: One of the latest products is Charles Dickens Tribute and Gift with purchase Vintage Car. What I really like about working on these projects, is in the same way with Amelia Earhart, you get to know people who are incredibly talented and passionate. So many people are doing incredible things every day, but we only have so little time to stop, think and listen to the story of someone new. To these kinds of projects, there is just a deeper level of meaning, which I personally find very purposeful.

  • Help kids learn about the first woman to fly across the Atlantic with this Amelia Earhart Tribute set. A cool addition to any collection, this replica Lockheed Vega 5B makes a great display piece.
  • This 203-piece set includes an Amelia Earhart minifigure, route map tile, sturdy baseplate and stickers to decorate the plane. Makes a great Christmas, birthday or anytime gift for anyone aged 8+.
  • Airplane measures over 4 in. (11 cm) high, 8 in. (20 cm) long and 8 in. (20 cm) wide.

LEGO Box & Packaging 

Here is the front of the box. It shows the basic details of the set include pieces, recommended age, set name and set number.

The top of the box shows the actual size of the LEGO Amelia Earhart minifigure. It also states where the components are made in. In this case, they are made in Denmark, Mexico, Hungary, China and the Czech Republic.

The back of the box shows other views of the LEGO Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane.

LEGO Contents & The Build

Inside the box, you get the instructions booklet and a sticker sheet. The cost for having printed LEGO pieces just for a specific set are probably too costly so LEGO continues to use stickers.

The instructions contains pages talking about Amelia Earhart. She was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. If English is not your first language, they also have printed some pages that have French and I believe Spanish available as well for the history of Amelia Earhart.

Here is another page of the instructions booklet. You first build the red plane. After which, you build the black base and the LEGO Amelia Earhart minifigure.

Here are the pieces for the product set. There are numbered bags. In this small set, there are only two different numbers.

Here are all the bag 1 pieces after they have been sorted out.

In bag 1, you build the red plane. We applied the stickers on it.

Back side view of the plane.

Top view of the plane.

Front view of the plane. The propellers can be spun.

LEGO Minifigure

You get 1 LEGO minifigure in this set and that’s Amelia Earthart the female pilot! She holds a map which unfortunately uses a sticker.

The back of the LEGO minifigure Amelia Earhart.

Complete LEGO Built Set

Here is the complete set with the black base. You can put the LEGO Amelia Earhart minifigure on the black base as well.

Here is the other side of the view of the complete set.

LEGO Set Ratings

  • Design: 8.5/10
  • Build: 8/10
  • Minifigures: 8.5/10
  • Playability: 8/10
  • Parts: 9/10
  • Price: N/A
  • Overall rating: 8.5/10

Overall Thoughts

This set took us about 45 minutes to build (includes sorting the pieces). Its a relatively straightforward build. In terms of playability, we can see kids taking off the red plane from the black base to play with it. Note that there are no seats on the plane though. You can however put a minifigure in the display stand. For adults, the set can be displayed nicely on the black base. Overall, not a bad set that you can get for free by spending a minimum LEGO purchase threshold.

The LEGO 40450 Amelia Earhart Tribute Plane 2021 will be a gift with purchase (GWP) available at LEGO Brand Retail Stores and LEGO Shop at Home (USA | Canada | UK | Australia) with LEGO purchases over $100 USD / $130. Offer is valid from March 6-14, 2021 or while supplies last.

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