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

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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 Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017): Continuing with our Star Wars kick, we go to a set that’s one of the originals of my childhood – one of the sets I wanted as a kid as soon as I had seen Star Wars. (This is only partially true, I wanted a Death Star, but even now I think that’s a bit beyond me.) However having my own Darth Vader was really important, and it was the perfect companion to another set (which should be quite obvious) which will be in an upcoming review.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

8017_knoll

Time to Build: 24 Minutes

8017_built

 

Metrics:

  • Pieces: 251 and 93 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $54.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 319 grams
  • Combo Points: (3X6X1X1) = 18 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 112mm x 48.0mm or 516.1 cm³ plus a bit more for 525 .06 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 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 when looking into facts about Darth Vader and his illustrious specialized fighter (of which the creator was murdered, and only a few survived past his time). I came across the special components included within the ship – including deflector shields, solar reactor, and most notably hyperdrive.

Now I understand that currently as far as we humans are concerned the possibility of hyperdrive is impossible in reality – despite numerous theories in the academic sense. My concern is however with the notion of hyperdrive on such a small craft. The Fighter itself needed to be modified to suit Vader’s specific body size, and yet somehow a hyperdrive is not only added, but remains functional after the hit it got from the crash near the death star?

Looking into Star Wars lore concerning hyperdrive there are two possibilities – one is making such travel possible by a fusion reaction through kilometers of superconducting wire – which while possible on something the side of a star destroyers is just inconceivable on something the scale of a small fighter.

More likely would be what is referred to as an anti-matter hyperdrive engine. Of course anti-matter is at the time still relatively speculative and the presence (or overall uneven lack of) is the reason behind the theory of baryogenesis. However the issue is said that the Fighter has a solar ionization reactor which regardless of output I think it’s fair to say that it would be impossible to generate the power to harness or generate anti-matter simply from the rays of the sun and not the power of a sun. Then again I’m debating hyperdrive of a fictional universe on a blog that reviews lego sets.

 

Remix: Keeping with my Falcon review I decided to make another handheld weapon, although this time I made a crossbow.

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While it’s a bit small for me (which I wish I had made the scale a bit bigger at onset) it is a handheld weapon.

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Final Thoughts: While I love this version, I really have always enjoyed the original tie fighter and not the Darth Vader’s version. This and the bomber just always felt a built to clean to me, whereas the Tie Fighter or X-Wing always feel a bit ungainly which really fits into the ethos of the Star Wars in my head. Overall though considering how much this costs new I am glad that kid me played with his toys rather than pretending the 60 dollar markup would be worth it.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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

75092_knoll

Time to Build: 52 Minutes

75092_built

 

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.

75092_remix

 

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