Lego Star Wars – Shadow Troopers (75079): Another Lego set from the bodiless lot – this one though comes not from Rebels but sort of from the prequels (and possibly before that). I am sad that I couldn’t get more stormtroopers – but I did get their helmets. This is a small build for my usual – and considering the uniqueness – as you’ll see my ‘volume blob’ is not as nice as it sometimes usually is. Not that I take that against this set as it’s a nice little vehicle.
Time to Knoll: 2 Minutes
Time to Build: 3.5 Minutes
- Pieces: 95 and 34 Steps – Manual (23 Pages)
- Price: $12.99 on Lego and $12.97 on Amazon
- Weight 44 grams
- Combo Points: (2X4X1X1) = 8 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 56mm x 22.4mm or 60.21 cm³ but adding in the uneven bits and sticks – it’s more like 74.03 cm³
- Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 2 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars
So as you may notice this set has some projectiles. Now as a kid I actually never got projectiles from small toys (as I didn’t understand them). To me it just seemed silly since I could get more out of my Nerf guns. I wanted to see though if maybe there was a way to really get things moving.
I started first with various types of pushing, but it just never got far (note I recorded on carpet to minimize bounce, and recorded based on where it bounced first). Trying to think of a way to deliver more energy I considered some mechanical (or even Lego spring-powered) options, but it felt like cheating.
So I figured – well I do know one way to deliver more power – flicking. Now I did try and look up some data on how much force a flick generates – but all I could find was some questionable math (from a Naruto forum) placing it somewhere between 8-40 newtons (likely 27). Although an answer on a physics website gives us about 0.15 to 0.3 mph. So I decided to give that a try.
As you can see though – while it’s almost a magnitude of 10 farther – there is a problem where either a too powerful flick, or a misaligned flick – actually results in damage to the set. So if you are planning on building a set where you can easily flick projectiles at
siblings enemies be sure to reinforce!
Remix: So once again I was successful in using all pieces – however I will recognize my picture shows a stand because otherwise it would just fall over – but that fits into my 5 rule. It’s kind of a bird creature as you can tell by the wings/tail feathers/claw legs – but it’s not my favorite remix (so little to work with, and so much required for symmetry.)
Final Thoughts: Overall it’s not a bad under $15 dollar set especially with the minifigs it’s meant to come with. Plus the addition of the nice see through red plates is something I look forward to using in my builds. So while metrically wise this doesn’t do so great – I still like this set.
Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars