Top Brick News (August)

So as a general notice there’s some good news and bad news.

The good news is that there will be 2 new styles of reviews – 1 as mentioned for mini-builds which will be similiar to the main review, but with it’s own twist. Another is a review of MOC’s or My Own Creation made by prominent builders in the Lego community.

The bad news is that TopBrick will be moving to a two week schedule. I’ve tried to do weekly, but between trips (I go to Geneva next month!) and other side projects – I just can’t keep up a weekly schedule. That or course is limited to me, but if you or someone you know is looking into reviewing Lego sets – please feel free to reply in the comments about why you want to join the TopBrick team (which is currently a team with just ‘I’ in it.)

Lego Star Wars – Naboo Starfighter (75092) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Naboo Starfighter (75092): So I realize the Star Wars has it’s own holiday (and you can be sure I’ll be doing a more formal May of Lego Star Wars Builds), but in the meantime I figured it was time to do a whole slew of Lego Star Wars builds that will be coming up in the next few weeks – including a new review format for mini-builds. This week we start of with one of my more favorite ships in Star Wars, although not from one of my favorite Star Wars.

 

Time to Knoll: 32.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 52 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 442 and 66 Steps – Manual (74 Pages)
  • Price: $49.99 on Lego and $41.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 701 grams
  • Combo Points: (7X15X1X1) = 105 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 96mm x 224.0mm or 1376.3 cm³

(Sorry there’s no image, it seems some minifig gremlins managed to delete them off my camera, and I didn’t notice until the set had been sent back)

 

Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So while this is the more definitive set, I am not thrilled with the scale of this model done to have an R2 model fit inside the ship. In fact there is another from the UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) that is a much more manageable size, and even better has the Chromium finish that the gray here just fails to make it look ‘right.

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This might seem like a personal gripe, but I bring it up because R2-D2 (or another astromech) in the model from the actual movie did not fit into the fighter. In short as shown in the movie the hole for the astromech is almost flush with R2’s head (which begs the question about other astromechs), and while he is pulled from the bottom, and technically by a few mm there is actually room – what you see in the movie is just his head secured at the top

While I can understand why Lucas was intent on making the size be the same – I think it exemplifies the major issue with the prequels (aside from some weak characters/plot) but that too much was meant to be perfect. In truth it’s the aspects of the Star Wars universe with things like the Falcon, or the Pod Racers – in that things are more realistic because we can tell it was sort of cludged together, but I digress.

 

Remix: So in the timeline of these reviews, Mad Max Fury Road was still fresh on my mind, and since most of my remixes are spent trying to figure out how to work around wheels, figured it was time to do one that uses them. I’ve therefore gone with this post-apocalyptic gunrack with a car underneath.

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Final Thoughts: As I said, this remains one of my more well liked ships – I just love the design of it, and while I know it may seem more out of place in the mythos of Star Wars ships (the mindset of showing ships as lived-in). That being said though I get why the ship was scaled around R2, but it makes it too large for a display model, although I love the way the stand works. I also don’t feel the need for all of the extra bits it comes with.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Starblaster Showdown (76019) Review

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes – Starblaster Showdown (76019): Saw this at a clearance aisle, and I couldn’t pass up having my own tiny StarLord minifig, and huzzah I could justify it by saying I needed a Lego review, and considering Pley has so little Super Heroes builds – it works out. However while this was on clearance, I wish the build with the Milano was as well – simply because I’d love to have that ship.

 

Time to Knoll: 7.5 Minutes (Nova Ship)

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Time to Knoll: 3.5 Minutes (Kree Ship)

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Time to Build: 12 Minutes (Nova), 6 Minutes (Kree)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 196 and 29, 20 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $17.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 150 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X10X1X1) = 40 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 112mm x 67.2mm or 361.3 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars (It has some nice colors, and Chris Pratt)

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So this Nova ship has a wingspan of 25.5 cm. This is important because in the critical scene of Guardians of the Galaxy with the Nova ships – it has the fleet making an impressively large net to block the Dark Aster. The question is then though that since we have a single ship, and the screenshot from the movie giving us an amount of ships used to block the Dark Aster from reaching the planet – how big is the Dark Aster in Lego form?

Now using this frame here (which isn’t as HQ as I’d like) we can see a rough estimate of 98×42 – however as you see some of it becomes too hard to judge so looking at it, let’s say there’s really about 140 x 60 ships which puts the Nova fleet at 8400 thousand ships. (And a net is the best they can do? I mean c’mon a semi-concentrated attack.. anyway)

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Well assuming about let’s say 1 8mm block between for the small gap of the ships, and we have a Lego scale length of the net being 3682 cm, and a width of 1052 cm. (Note for the width we use a smaller amount since as the film shows it goes around the sides of the Aster) Now to put that in perspective that meaning we abstract the Dark Aster to standard blocks.

That puts us in a ship 4602 pieces long, and 1095 pieces tall. Now assuming like we said this was just standard bricks of 2×4 meaning we are just doing the facade of the ship we have about 1,259,797 pieces. Let’s also say that because the Dark Aster Rotates that we can call it’s height the same as it’s depth (I realize this is not true as it’s not a true square) which gives us 828,316,528 pieces. Now since this doesn’t account for details, but also let’s be fair there is room for removing bricks for an interior (you have the space). Let’s just call that a cool 800 million piece set and take solace in the fact the UCS line doesn’t try and make things to scale. And for those wondering how heavy it would be to pick it up – well hopefully you have a serious forklift.

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Remix: So for this remix I wanted to take advantage of the wing pieces to make a spider/bug like creature. I’m not terribly pleased with it, and I think I should have tried to actually divide and conquer the remix akin to how the ships are split.

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Final Thoughts: Overall I’m glad to have a Nova ship and mini Star Lord. If like me you can find this set on sale I would say get it. Although if you want to be accurate to the movie you might need to actually get quite a bit.. This is the first of the Super Heroes builds at TopBrick, and I’m looking forward to more.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars