Minis – Star Wars (Prequels)

So for the Mini-Reviews my feeling on the format is just a quick blurb, build, stat, and score followed by a ‘Winner’ at the end in order to make it more like a competition between the smaller builds. There’s not a lot of this kind but Lego typically has these sort of Mini-builds which I feel shouldn’t be forced into a normal full-review. In that respect let’s kick off with some Mini Star Wars builds from the prequels.

 

Name: Republic Gunship (4490) – Of all the builds here this one is oddly the most iconic looking.

Knoll: 5.5 Minutes

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Build: 6.5 Minutes

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  • Weight: 78 Grams
  • Pieces: 102 and 19 Steps
  • Price: $22.50 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Name: Y-Wing (#???) – This one is unique due to it not being a set, but something you build from other sets with spare parts, which is very capitalistic of Lego tbh.

Knoll: 5 Minutes

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Build: 9 Minutes

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  • Weight: 31 Grams
  • Pieces: 77 and ?? Steps
  • Price: You need to buy 4 sets for this so you’re better off buying as parts.
  • Score:

 

Name: Sith Infiltrator (4493) – I was missing 3 pieces here and all were the silly little lightsaber pieces which is why I (personally) found this build annoying.

Knoll: 3.5 Minutes

4492_knoll

Build: 6 Minutes

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  • Weight: 54 Grams
  • Pieces: 55 and 15 Steps
  • Price: $23.39 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Name: AT-TE (4495) – This is a quirky little build, but it’s construction symbolizes how weird the new Star Wars models are compared to the old ones.

Knoll: 4.5 Minutes

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Build: 5.5 Minutes

4495_built

  • Weight: 50 Grams
  • Pieces: 63 and 15 Steps
  • Price: $24.90 on Amazon
  • Score:

 

Alright then unlike the original this is a bit harder to decide a clear winner; however I think in this case while the Y-Wing gains a higher score for many reasons, it’s the Gunship who wins here. This is because of how difficult it is to get the Y-Wing even by parts (I actually have 2 parts that I bought which are slightly wrong length) and considering my love of the original animation of Clone Wars the Gunship is not only iconic, but well received.

Lego Creator – Furry Creatures (31021) Review

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Lego Creator – Furry Creatures (31021): Apologies about the lack of posts recently, but leading up to and following NYCC my time was sunk into armor making, anyway I should be able to get back to normal life which means more consistent Lego reviews.

With that we return to another Creator series, this time brought to me in order to make me really miss having a pet dog or cat (curse my large but restrictive apartment). If I’m honest though I’m not a huge fan of this due to the color scheme making the creatures look more like an old cartoon. Yes I know it’s partly realistic, but I would have preferred a way to make some varying browns and tans into creative patterns.

 

Time to Knoll: 25.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 4 Minutes for Rat and 23.5 Minutes for Cat

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Time to Build: 15 Minutes (Rabbit)

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Time to Build: 21 Minutes (Dog)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 285 and (17, 35, 22, 33) Steps (Mouse, Cat, Rabbit, Dog) – Manual and the Other Manual (57 and 77 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $13.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 194 grams
  • Combo Points: (16X32X2X3) = 3,072 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 56mm x 131.2mm or 235.11 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So one of the things that perhaps would endear me more to this set would be if it was more like my fluffy cat or dog. Lego has categorically though been tough plastic bricks (to the pain of parental feet everywhere). While there have been attempts at different materials from Lego such as Soft Lego (mostly meant for kids) or Carbon Fiber from Kickstarter – the question remains about how could a Lego set be ‘fluffy’

Lego has done similar things with Capes and Rope being made of regular fabric or string, but they’ve always made sure hair is just regular plastic. Now while the idea of Lego ‘Real’ Hair might make some feel weird – or in some cases artistic the process could possibly be done.

If we look into how to make a wig what’s required is mostly hair and time, but the possible road block is that the backing of the wig must be a soft material. This however would be as simple as creating a sticker backed fake mustache that simply is made for Lego plates, and while it may be hard to sticker most of a set, it’d be interesting to see what could be created.

In the meantime if you want something fluffy from Lego look no farther than Harry Potter.

 

Remix: Sorry kids, no remix this week – it seems in the all the lead-up to NYCC I deleted the photo before moving it to my drive. If it helps it was a Pachycephalosaurus-like dinosaur, but by the time I realized the issue the set had been long returned.

 

Final Thoughts: Like a few this feels like a much weaker Creator series that even at a discount price (from Amazon) is less likely to be bought by a kid (when they would just get a soft puppy doll) and lacks enough interest or complexity to be enticing for an older fan.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars