Lego Star Wars – Shadow Troopers (75079) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Shadow Troopers (75079): Another Lego set from the bodiless lot – this one though comes not from Rebels but sort of from the prequels (and possibly before that). I am sad that I couldn’t get more stormtroopers – but I did get their helmets. This is a small build for my usual – and considering the uniqueness – as you’ll see my ‘volume blob’ is not as nice as it sometimes usually is. Not that I take that against this set as it’s a nice little vehicle.

 

Time to Knoll: 2 Minutes

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Time to Build: 3.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 95 and 34 Steps – Manual (23 Pages)
  • Price: $12.99 on Lego and $12.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 44 grams
  • Combo Points: (2X4X1X1) = 8 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 56mm x 22.4mm or 60.21 cm³ but adding in the uneven bits and sticks – it’s more like 74.03 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 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 as you may notice this set has some projectiles. Now as a kid I actually never got projectiles from small toys (as I didn’t understand them). To me it just seemed silly since I could get more out of my Nerf guns. I wanted to see though if maybe there was a way to really get things moving.

I started first with various types of pushing, but it just never got far (note I recorded on carpet to minimize bounce, and recorded based on where it bounced first). Trying to think of a way to deliver more energy I considered some mechanical (or even Lego spring-powered) options, but it felt like cheating.

So I figured – well I do know one way to deliver more power – flicking. Now I did try and look up some data on how much force a flick generates – but all I could find was some questionable math (from a Naruto forum) placing it somewhere between 8-40 newtons (likely 27). Although an answer on a physics website gives us about 0.15 to 0.3 mph. So I decided to give that a try.

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As you can see though – while it’s almost a magnitude of 10 farther – there is a problem where either a too powerful flick, or a misaligned flick – actually results in damage to the set. So if you are planning on building a set where you can easily flick projectiles at siblings enemies be sure to reinforce!

 

 

Remix: So once again I was successful in using all pieces – however I will recognize my picture shows a stand because otherwise it would just fall over – but that fits into my 5 rule. It’s kind of a bird creature as you can tell by the wings/tail feathers/claw legs – but it’s not my favorite remix (so little to work with, and so much required for symmetry.)

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Final Thoughts: Overall it’s not a bad under $15 dollar set especially with the minifigs it’s meant to come with. Plus the addition of the nice see through red plates is something I look forward to using in my builds. So while metrically wise this doesn’t do so great – I still like this set.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

Lego Star Wars – Ezra’s Speeder Bike (75090) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Ezra’s Speeder Bike (75090): A set picked up from another random lot – this one though had a bunch of weapons and helmets (but oddly no actual minifigs) which was odd – so apologies for that. Either way this is Star Wars – but is Star Wars Rebels which is a CG show that fits in between the original and prequel series. I’ve not watched the show at all – but who doesn’t like a good speedbike?

 

Time to Knoll: 12 Minutes

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Time to Build: 19 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 267 and 157 Total Steps – Manual (56 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $19.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 120 grams
  • Combo Points: (8X16X1X1) = 128 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 56mm x 96.0mm or 172.0 cm³ however despite my best efforts there are some bits that stick out, plus the pistons so it’s closer to 186.59 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

Normally I could go into something obscure but because I know nothing of the source material I leave that to those who wish to peruse Wookiepedia. I would however like to introduce someone for TopBrick. Now a long time ago something happened and despite my large collection of Lego – I too actually lost a bunch of minifigs, but not accessories. I still have a dozen or so – and one of them has agreed to join the cause here. Some say he can turn his head 340 degrees, and that he prefers to sleep on lightsabers – all we know is that he’s not the Stig, but he is the Stig’s Lego cousin. Called Jeff.

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Remix: Since this is a good vs. evil set and there’s 2 bikes – rather than a remix trying to combine the two which I think would be a little garish for color – I decided to try and make two powersuits – one from each (although for symmetry I swapped a few pieces to the other side) – And yes as Jeff shall demonstrate – it is mini-fig scale.

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Final Thoughts: While I overall like the design of these bikes – and am glad to add the nice dark green to my collection, I’m just not sure if this would be a set I want – even if I was a fan of Rebels.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778) Review

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LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778): This one is actually a bit special to me. See I had (drunkenly) bought a lot set on Ebay because it promised there were some sets still in bags (2 and a 1/2 sets actually). I figured this would be nice to help keep reviews going on the site, plus it came with a bunch more bricks. As it turns out – a lot more. I noticed however there were some pieces clearly from a Falcon, and I found the instructions, and began to build. Sadly this was the remnants of the current Falcon (7965), and there was not enough in my library or with the lot to build it. Dismayed however I realized that there were some sections of the above Midi scale still intact, and that there were the parts of 2 different Falcons! I began to build out the Midi, and while some pieces I had to get from my collection and weren’t in the lot – the end result was my very own Falcon! (I did have to order online for stickers)

 

Time to Knoll: 14.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 36.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 356 and 50 Steps – Manual (40 Pages)
  • Price: Not even listed on Lego and $169.99 on Amazon (my lot cost me 45 total for this set and more, and the stickers were 10 bucks including other parts, so score for me!)
  • Weight: 346 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X10X1X1) = 50 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 102.4mm or 471.86 cm³ of course though the cylinder parts need to be separate so the full total is: 481.72 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So you may know that there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this year. In honor of that I decided to update my Falcon replacing the radar dish destroyed in the original trilogy. Thankfully some folks have decided to take the few frames of reference and give us a nice digital render to go off of. (The fact that this comes from deeplyobesessed.blogspot.com is surprising no one)

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Now there’s actually some great pieces to replicate this, however most are simply too big to be in the scale – so I simplified. Below is the difference, and of course the file is provided here:

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Of course though, this now sits on my own Falcon:

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Remix: So I was wondering what to make with the interesting blend of colors and the splash of technic thrown into the mix. I decided on a blaster (no not Han’s blaster – that’s a bit of a stretch), but the engine pieces made me think of a gun barrel. As you can see though where the handle meets the barrel the connection is there, but it’s not exactly strong – so for the first time in the remix rules – I did actually add 2 pieces (remember my limit is I can add up to or remove 5 each) These pieces are just some structural Angle Plate 1X2 / 2X2 though and really it just makes it so it doesn’t fall apart easily

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However aside from the stand being perfect and some non-traditional usages throughout, my favorite bit is how well it actually feels/fits in hand!

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Final Thoughts: I also have to say that as kid growing up interested in Lego and Star Wars, having my own Falcon was a dream of mine, but even then the Falcon’s were these massive, very expensive sets, and it never came to pass. With that notion, plus the scrap heap origins of pulling this together – I feel I’m a bit biased in saying this is the only Falcon I’ll want/need, but I do actually enjoy the Midi scale here. I feel it’s not too small where detail is moot, and unlike the massive sets of my youth – this fits nicely in my display case. There’s actually some people on Lego Ideas trying to bring back some Midi scale Lego sets – so do sign up and back!

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars