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 Creator – Blue Racer (31027) Review

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Lego Creator – Blue Racer (31027): A relatively small set (although not my smallest so far actually) this is a more kid-oriented Creator set which is actually why I choose to review it. Of course Lego is for all ages, but despite the age of 6 here I feel like this a good set to give kids once they get past that Duplo-eating Lego stage.

 

Time to Knoll: 3 Minutes

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Time to Build: 5 Minutes (Build 1)

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Time to Build: 3.5 Minutes (Build 2)

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Time to Build: 2.5 Minutes (Build 3)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 67 and 16, 15, 12 Steps (respectively) – Manual (26 Pages)
  • Price: $4.99 on Lego and $4.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 31 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X18X1X3) = 270 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 16mm x 48mm x 60.8mm or 46.69 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 0 out of 5 Stars – Just really not that unique.
  • Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars – Or that terribly interesting.
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 1 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? I complain slightly in my remix that there was really a limiting factor to what I could remix – I mean what could you make with just 70 bricks or so, most of which are of a certain color scheme (and includes wheels). Of course this isn’t a new problem. Lego itself once claimed that with just 6 pieces (of a 2 by 4) you could get 102,981,500 different combinations. This of course seems really high.

Until of course some enterprising folks at the University of Copenhagen decided to disprove this. In short their paper ‘The Entropy of Lego” explains that Lego has ignored that fact that one does not need to build one piece on top of another – this brings up the number of combinations to a staggering 915,103,765 (a fact which Lego has of course since accepted)

This however is a combination of things – one it’s a great selling point that with 10 ‘regular’ pieces one literally has millions of way to rearrange them. This is actually a good way to explain Big Data (yes I am a programmer so if you are here for just Lego, best to tune out) The point being that yes – someone could spend a massive amount of computing power to take even this modest set, and create various combinations to produce the literally mind-bogging amount of combinations (as mentioned in the paper and debrief) – but such an exercise is futile.

The other reason is because while a set might be technically unique – it may not be what one would call – something. This is funny thing because you give a five year these pieces and he/she will make something that mostly likely will be ‘legible’. So for those of you who want to understand or even work with Big Data – it’s better to look at the Big Picture, and to take what seems like a massive amount of data – break it into rules and patterns. If we start with some key rulings we can identify not how many combinations we get, but how many are visually interesting and identifiable.

 

Remix: Not much to work with here, at first I wanted to actually try an make a flag given the color scheme, but there was too much blue, and not enough red. I settled then on a small vignette of a crusade watchtower on the sea.

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Final Thoughts: While this likely will get some low objective scores I am a fan of this set for one reason – in that it’s a perfect size and piece amount to get started on building your own Lego-matchbox cars. It’s a bit bigger of course, but in a choice between giving a kid some matchboxes, give them a modular car, and one that further Lego collections can improve. As a set though it’s small and mostly not that interesting, even for it’s modest price.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006) Review

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Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006):  I almost didn’t review this – if the images are any indication there was a major issue I had with the set and the Pley service. Aside from there being about 3 other  parts which are the wrong color – the major thing is how wrong the color of the curved parts are. This isn’t missing, but instead of the white the parts I got were black – something I worry is not a mistake and is a ‘replacement in the hopes no one cares’ of which I very much do. First super cars in white is a personal favorite of mine – and being a site called TopBrick – we don’t like it when people mess with our toy cars.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 24 Minutes (Look how wrong that is – i mean if the black continued like a stripe maybe)

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Time to Build: 12.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 18 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 286 and 61, 43, 51 Steps – Manual for Speedster, Classic Racer, Tow Truck (72, 49, and 58 Pages)
  • Price: Oddly disappeared recently (like as I wrote this) on Lego and $35.69 on Amazon
  • Weight 220 grams
  • Combo Points: (20X40X3X3) = 7,200 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 128mm x 67.2mm or 275.3 cm³ but with a little more on the top and the wheels we get: 288.55 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So being a car I figured it was time to do a proper TopGear style review.

Is it Fast? Unfortunately it seems to only go 1 foot per second – which means it’s about 40 miles per hour – so no.

Is it Practical? While the speedster doesn’t seem to have space for a boot – the ability to turn into other car types means it’s quite practical despite the need for assembly.

Is it Green? No. It’s not.

Is it Economical? Of course there is some footprint in the ABS plastic; however it doesn’t use gasoline so it does have 0 emissions.

Is it Fun to Drive? Sadly this can only really go in a straight line which limits it to drag racing, and that’s not as much fun.

Will it Break Down All the Time? While some parts can fall off – repairs are easy enough though.

Can it Survive a To-Scale 75 foot Drop Unscathed?

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No.

 

Remix: So I had an original idea for this planned, but then the color totally ruined it so I decided to make a little modern style house. The only thing missing was the hubcabs of the 3 wheels which fits in my 5 rules.

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Final Thoughts: Again this was a set I looked forward too but with over a dozen pieces the wrong color (arches, lights) I just feel unsatisfied with this set in general. A sad fact considering how nice the classic car looks, and the working engine cover and gullwing doors on the super car.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars