Aqua Raiders was the 2007 installment of LEGO's long running underwater themed building sets.
The story to Aqua Raiders is that of your stereotypical deep sea treasure hunters. They are searching for riches in the Bermuda Triangle, using their high tech gear and submarines. Their adventure keeps the treasure’s background vague, by having it belonging to an ancient king. However, the Atlantis theme, released in 2010, gives hints that the Aqua Raiders may have been after the riches of Atlantis. The clues also point to them ultimately being unsuccessful. The building set Portal of Atlantis 8078 has the diver skeleton minifigure wearing an Aqua Raider helmet. The characters from LEGO Atlantis: The Movie were searching for a wrecked submarine that is revealed to be from the Crab Crusher 7774 building set. Most Aqua Raiders building sets come with a vehicle, an area of the ocean floor to hide the treasure and a sea creature guarding the spot, so it is up to you to determine how the scene ends.
Item #: 7771
- Aqua Raider (2)
The underwater scooter was built for speed. It does not have a lot of features, but could store the diver's equipment. The mini-sub has areas for two harpoons and flippers.
The angler fish had a mouth full of menacing sharp teeth. The two long lower teeth are made from glow in the dark plastic, to illuminate the translucent yellow cone used as a lure in front of its mouth. The fins are attached to hinges, so they can move as if the fish is swimming.
Four gold coins are hidden underneath a pile of rocks. To make it look as if the rocks are being removed by the jackhammer, a lever can be pushed to have part of the pile be smashed to pieces.
Item #: 7775
- Aqua Raider (4)
- Diver Skeleton
As the only base for the Aqua Raiders, it was the largest building set in the theme. This would be the first station from an underwater theme that had the back of the structure open. Previous headquarters had been fully enclosed, as if they were really underwater. The high tech facility was well equipped to help its occupants live, explore and protect themselves in the harsh aquatic conditions.
The main control room has a large curved window. It was this room that the Aqua Raiders could work at their computers and see the vast ocean all around them. A small crane on the maintenance platform is used to load an underwater scooter into the launch chamber. When the platform is tilted to align with the ramp, the scooter will slide down the tunnel and exit the complex. To protect itself from the perils of the deep, the very top of the base was equipped with a spring loaded harpoon gun that rotated at its base. Two gatling harpoon guns were located below the large control room window. Walkways, platforms and sea life were incorporated throughout the structure to add aesthetic detail.
The exploration pod has a cockpit that fits one minifigure. There is a small cargo hold to transport equipment or treasure. The cargo bay doors are located on both the port and starboard side of the ship. A propeller in the back moves the sub through the water and cannons on the top keep it safe.
A giant squid attacking the base is included in the set to create drama. The squid’s tentacles can be moved into different positions and end in sharp fluorescent tips. The body is made of transparent blue panels, so you can see the skeleton being digested inside its belly.
Item #: 7774
- Aqua Raiders (2)
The main model in this set is the yellow submarine. At 10.5" (26 cm) long, it is the largest submarine in the Aqua Raiders’ fleet. Four propellers helped it cruise through the water. With storage compartments in the back and front, it has plenty of space for equipment or treasure. A spring loaded gun can be fired from the front of the sub. To play with the inside of the vehicle, you can either flip the sidewall open or remove the upper tower. A small underwater robot used to retrieve treasure from tight spots is stored inside the sub’s tower.
The giant crab was given lots of articulation. All eight of its legs could be moved into different positions, allowing for it to comfortably perch and wait for its prey. The two large claws can then crush whatever they get a hold of.
The jewels are hiding in a barrel next to a skeleton on the seafloor. The area is overgrown with seaweed and for some reason the skeleton has a musket resting comfortably across his lap, but you can pose it anyway you want.
Deep Sea Treasure Hunter
Item #: 7770
- Aqua Raider
With only 75 pieces, this would be the smallest set in the Aqua Raiders theme. It was a large underwater scooter, that required the pilot to wear his own oxygen tank. Small claws in the front allowed a diver to lift heavier objects. This set did not come with a large monster, but it did have two venomous snakes. What better place for riches to be found than in an actual treasure chest. The trunck was filled with coins, gems and a minifigure skull.
Item #: 7772
- Aqua Raider (2)
Rather than a submarine, this set comes with an underwater rover. It was designed for deep sea excavation, but looks like a battle bot. The robot’s arms can be moved to grab items and lift them up. Its arms us click-rotation hinges, so they stay in the position they are placed. The spinning drill works more like a saw blade, but that will be better in dealing with the giant lobster. If its mining attachments are not enough protection, the rover also has a cannon on top. The treads move when pushed, to help with the illusion of a working rover. The opening cockpit does not actually seal the pilot inside, because there is a large gap under the sides of the canopy. However, it was probably supposed to be air tight, because in all but one other set every minifigure was given diving equipment weather they needed it or not and this pilot is not wearing any underwater breathing equipment.
The lobster has many areas of articulation. The legs, tail and large claws could be moved into several positions. This made the lobster a formidable opponent for the rover. While it was not guarding sunken treasure, there were undersea crystals that needed to be collected.
Item #: 7776
- Aqua Raider (2)
- King Skeleton
Once again the pilot of the mini-submarine was not given any diving gear. However, this time he is fully enclosed in the submarine and safe from the water surrounding him. For added protection in these treacherous waters, the sub has a rotating harpoon guns on the roof and two more harpoons mounted in the front. There is a magnet attached to one of the robot’s arms that let it pick up the two magnetic safes.
While no large monster is guarding the treasure, the sunken ship posses its own threats. Only the unstable skeleton of the ship is left and removing the treasure chest causes the main mast of the ship to crash down on the location of the loot. The set did come with snakes and crabs to add some sea life to this desolate scene.
Tiger Shark Attack
Item #: 7773
- Aqua Raider (2)
The sleek submarine looks to be inspired by a fighter jet. It’s slim design helps it glide through the water quickly and it is well armed. Two tridents are mounted below the front wings and the hood contains a spring loaded, rubber tipped missile.
For added protection, the set comes with a separate harpoon cannon. Although the box art and promotional pictures show it with yellow feet, the 1X1 slope pieces are actually black.
The tiger shark is assembled in three sections, with the use of click-hinges. This allows the model to move as a shark would when swimming. The shark’s lower jaw moves, but it cannot be closed completely. This shark will have to shred its victim, instead of eating them.
The jewel encrusted treasure is located on a simple base with some seaweed attached to it.