Review: General Grievous’ Wheel Bike
Star Wars SandBlueCheeseSlope
If you hate repetitive building, avoid this set at all costs. Like seriously, there's a lot of repetition in this build. But while its annoying, it makes sense. I mean, you're BUILDING the wheel, not just using a pre-made tire. So embrace the repetition, from the two similar bases on either side of the wheel to the four very similar legs.
Still, one advantage the repetition has is that it gives you a lot of the same pieces. Want 1x2 plates with clips or bars on em? You get twelve of each in the wheel. Those technic-snake fang pieces that showed up in a few Ninjago sets in limited quantities? There are 8 here. Want a light saber duel? This set comes with 4, plus Obi-Wans pink-gemstone friendship staff that he's trying to give to Grievous. Or how about a cheese slope in a brand new color? You get 16, plus 1 extra, in sand blue. Not to mention some classic ball joint pieces, a cool printed 1x1 trans pink tile, and an unique transparent wheel piece.
The included minifigs are Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous. Obi-Wan is apparently a unique fig with new torso and face printing, but its still pretty similar to previous versions of him. It's nice, I guess, but not quite a must have. Grievous is like all unique parts that came in a separate baggie that indicates not made in the same factory as the rest of these pieces which also most likely indicates it's from China. He's good and detailed, I guess, but it's not really a fig that I'm interested in.
As far as the vehicle goes, it kinda works. The wheel spins, and there's a fairly even split of weight on both sides that it doesn't tip more one direction all the time. The ball joint legs also allow for decent stability, but I was impressed that they don't really get in the way when rolling it around. Nice.
I'm sure theres a lot more to be said about this set by Star Wars fans. (Like, why doesnt Obi-Wan have his animal steed?) But to be honest, I bought it as a parts pack, and it delivers. The sand blue cheese slopes are awesome, and I also like the trans clear wheel (need more tho) and the fang pieces. I guess the minifigs are okay but I'm not a big fan. I'll probably keep ol Ben Kenobi (hair piece is nice) but I'd be more than willing to trade away Grievous.
So, in conclusion, this makes for a good parts pack, as long as you want a few specific parts, cause it has a lot of them. The vehicle and figs are okay, but not really a must have. So parts pack it is!
Thanks for reading, I might do more of these because it's fun to ramble but in a not-front-page-worthy way.