Lego Star Wars – First Order Snowspeeder (75100) Review

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Lego Star Wars – First Order Snowspeeder (75100): Alright time for some back-to-back reviews kicking off this week with – another snowspeeder, but this time from the First Order (the villains of the new movies in the verse). Now strictly speaking as someone who watched Episode VII I don’t think this snowspeeder was actually shown on the snowy planet of Starkiller base, but I will admit it makes sense that it would – and hey who knows? Maybe that can explain how despite being shot by Chewie’s crossbow and left in an exploding power regulator station Kylo Ren managed to get ahead of Finn and Rey – who knew where they were going.

 

Time to Knoll: 30.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 48.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 444 and 59 Steps – Manual (82 Pages)
  • Price: $39.99 on Lego and $31.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 495 grams
  • Combo Points: (13X27X1X1) = 351 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 48mm x 160.0mm or 614.4 cm³ with extra to make it 321.6 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So this is actually my first time reviewing something from the sequels in Star Wars (although some of the rebels gets near there), but instead of getting into that – let’s talk about snow. Now this is a snowspeeder – which means it is meant to work in the snow, and move quickly sort of by name.

Now first let’s take a look at the rebel’s snowspeeder:

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Now here, we have a good version of this. One would assume the glass is heated, but the angle will keep the snow off, the coloring is more white so it blends in, and it’s not an open canopy.

Contrast that with the one from above:

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Yes it can hold more people, and more cargo. But it’s like driving a convertible in the rain. Although the problem with that going against me is that driving a convertible in the rain kind of works.. As no less than Mythbusters proved (to be plausible due to the inherent danger of driving in the rain which we don’t get here in the air)

Now of course snow here is a bit different than rain – however the theory should technically work due to the reason it works – which is that you create sort of ‘air-bubble’ which deters most of the precipitation. However the problem here is still two-fold.

  • People – (not even clones) are driving this and despite the winter gear driving with snow and wind in your face isn’t great.
  • Cargo – even if it’s not a lot the cracks will collect snow, including the cargo. The cargo is also likely to not do well in extreme cold.

So in short I’d like to use this space to say that while I can accept a Lego set of a vehicle we don’t see in action – it should at least have a roof!

 

Remix: Alright so for this remix, I’m really not sure why I thought of a shovel. However it kind of works despite all the greeblies that needed to be on the shovel face. The best part is ignoring the Minifig pieces I was able to get everything onto this model.

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Final Thoughts: Alright so being honest about this model it’s certainly not one I feel is a must have, and despite the piece-count it feels way more expensive than it should be. In short the only people I see actually buying this are doing so either as a collection, or to start a collection. Make no mistake that is inherently 72% of Star Wars, but that doesn’t make it endearing to me.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Topbrick Updates #7 – Tiny Lego Wonders (Book Review)

Apologies but I’ll be switching the review to next week (meaning you’ll get 2 in a row) – forgot I had a family beach day so I needed a little more time to finish it off. In the meantime though – it’s another Lego Book review. This time instead of being about Architecture it’s focusing on working in the small scale – which is likely one of my favorite aspects of Lego in being able to find just the right piece and scale to make something ‘work’. The book comes to us from Mattia Zamboni via No Starch Press.

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Topbrick Updates #6 Late, but not Forgotten

Sorry about the update being slightly late, it’s almost like some sort of game came out 2 weeks ago that made someone forget to prepare an update for a blog that usually runs about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. In an unrelated note though here’s how you can make a Lego Pokedex.

(it’s totally related, no worries I will ensure to have next week’s review on time) Also I am looking to replace the theme – or possibly the CMS of the website to better accommodate it. My goal would be something that allows me to arrange all of the data in the reviews as sort of a living infographic, but for now I’ll settle for something that doesn’t break images or charts.

Please leave suggestions in the comments below!