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593 pieces, $49.99 More Instagram photos here!! I don’t mind that this is not called the Slave 1, but I do have to admit that this ship has been recreated so many times that it’s fairly ridiculous. Heck, I even made a custom Bionicle build of this ship already. And yet, I don’t have any copies of the actual model, so when I found this for sale at Costco I just impulsively bought it. Now I can at least add another classic Star Wars ship to my display. The two figs are Mando and Boba. Both are highly detailed (although that didn’t come across in my photos… everybody keeps complaining when I use flash or shine lights on my figs when taking photos, but when I try a more natural light setting the end results are too dull and blurry and photo editing can’t help. Sorry, mini rant aside, sorry for the lousy photo quality.) In fact, Boba has almost too much detailed printing everywhere. (I did forget the visor, whoops.) While Mando has some fancy armor printing on his shoulders, because I guess he managed to level up. There’s also a sticker of a Gamorrean in carbonite. The scale of this ship feels like it is way down compared to other variations, but it’s far more affordable so I can’t complain too much. And still, I think the design and coloring fits the shape of the original nicely. I am very impressed with the angled design of the “nose” or whatever, and especially the use of the wedge plates to hide the edge of the angle; the flow works so incredibly well there! Fantastic building techniques. The dark red bits are a bit less elegant, but they include a new wedge piece]. (Well, not brand new, apparently it was used in the Slave 1 of 2019, but it’s new to me.) The curved dark green pieces at the wing joints are also new and flow together nicely. I was also surprised at the use of stickers on the rounded nose elements; I don’t know if I’ve seen those with stickers before, but they work nicely. The cockpit also includes seating for a fig facing both directions; I know some of the larger sets allow the seat to flip around when you rotate it, which isn’t possible here, so we get a lo-tech version instead. Really, the only part of the ship I’m disappointed with is the wings, which are kind of sparse with halfhearted greeble. How could they have been improved… I don’t know, those wings have always looked iffy on the sets. A secondary model is supposed to be some sort of support hovercraft. It’s generally kind of bland, until you realize that it doubles as a stand to hold the starship upright. It’s a simple design but I’m impressed by how well it works. A nice touch, making it a mild play feature but also a usable stand. Very nice. The biggest factor for this set is probably the fact that it’s a scaled down model of a starship that has appeared quite often. And I’m sure many adults won’t want to downgrade to this, because I don’t think it necessarily brings anything particularly new to the table in terms of the ship’s design. But I’ve never bought any of the other models, and the scale works for the X-Wing fighters I already have on display, so I like it. Plus, it’s a lower priced model for kids who are just starting their Star Wars collection, and the figs are crazy detailed. A decent set; maybe not for everybody, but worthwhile to plenty all the same.
276 pieces, $29.99 More pictures on Instagram Remember when the only Mandalorian set was the super expensive ship with baby Yoda that sold out in presales? Or something like that; basically, it was costly to get. Welp, now Mando and The Child appear in a small affordable set which represents everybody’s favorite sandy planet from the series. It’s an interesting choice but it works. The figs alone are probably worth the cost of the set. Mando has a lot of his fancy Mandalorian printing going on, although I guess he’s missing some of his fancier armor that other figs have printed on. Baby Yoda is the same, but this is a far cheaper way to get the baby fig. And there’s a Tusken Raider, who did appear in the show, so I guess that’s plot relevant! You get three mini builds; a speeder, a bolt launcher, and a small hut. The speeder has some nice greeble on it and allows for some interesting angles. Star Wars does enough speeders that I don’t know anymore how good or bad this one is in comparison. It works, I guess. The catapult thing kind of resembles the one used in the show; it also has some clip hinges that allow for some different angles to put together the “bow” and launch the spring loaded missile. The hut might be my favorite part, because it has a rounded design to create half of a rounded shape. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to continue it all the way around and make a full hut, but I think it works well for the small scale. The builds are decent but not super impressive; luckily they’re secondary to the figs, which are great, and they still add some play value. Did I pick this set up entirely to get the Mandalorian and Child for cheap? Absolutely. But the other pieces included are welcomed, so it wasn’t a blatant rip-off.
Yep, more stuff on Instagram. Opinions of Rise of Skywalker were mixed. Some people hated it. I assume others didn’t? I walked out of the theater somewhat satisfied, but there were certainly some problems with the storytelling, and I did not have the same desire to rewatch it compared to some of the other movies. And on top of that, most of the sets from the movie weren’t super interesting either. (I mean, okay, they’re not bad designs per say, but they’re repeating vehicle designs again with slight modifications. And yes, I did pick up a Y-Wing and enjoyed building it, but that was because it was my first Y-Wing.) Either way, the Pasaana Speeder Chase has got to be the wackiest of the wave, but it was the only one with Rey and... well, nope, got nothing else, that was my primary reason to pick it up. $39.99 for 373 pieces isn’t bad for Star Wars, but it’s not exactly a steal either. The more solid build was actually the Stormtroopers little speeder bike. It’s a compact design, but they did some neat stuff with surrounding the treads with panels, and the clipped top panel does a good job of covering the treads without getting in the way, even if it can be easily lifted up. The use of sand blue wedge plates and curved slopes is appreciated too. There’s also a little tent stand where some gear can be stored; nothing too exciting but it works for a “weapons rack” display piece. The rest of the build is on the red speeder bike... thing. I guess it’s not too dissimilar to the Desert Skiff from Return of the Jedi, but it’s mostly a weird speeding platform, not super iconic. The red wedges at the front do offer a nice design, and the engine bit is held up at an angle which is nice. The back panels are a bit more haphazard, although the clever use of the crash bar piece on the back is well done. Although I’m sure this thing is supposed to carry a bunch of people, there’s little room to accommodate many figs, and a severe lack of guardrails. I guess it’s somewhat reminiscent of the vehicle from the movie, and I can’t blame the set designers if the official vehicle is a bit of a mess. But this ain’t going to be one of the iconic Star Wars speeders people will remember. For the figs, you get Rey, BB8, a First Order Stormtrooper (generic), and a First Order Jet Trooper (apparently unique to the set.) Beyond the jetpack element and different helmet style, the Jet Trooper is not too much different than the Stormtrooper; I’m sure super fans would obsess over the minor details in the armor, but they look pretty bland to me. BB8 is the same as always, but I can’t fault him because he’s a great fig and another is never a bad thing. But, as I hinted at earlier, Rey is the main reason I picked up this set. The previous Rey figs were somewhat bland compared to her character, whereas this one has the flesh arms and detailed leg and torso printing that match the character from the movies a lot better. Is the set worth it for just the one fig? Probably not, but I got it during the Star Wars day sales so the pieces will make it worthwhile. But beyond the characters and pieces (which aren’t too exclusive) this is some minor vehicles from an unpopular movie. I know fans do want a Lego set of EVERY vehicle from the Star Wars universe, so they might as well get this one over with while the movie was out. But would I recommend it? Nope, not unless you’re a major collector. (Again, I mostly did it to fulfill the Star Wars min purchase requirement for Star Wars day.)
My entry to BBC #74: The Dark Side of the Brick! BBC74: B2 Super Battle Droid by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr I had been wanting to build one of these bad boys for a while now, particularly during BBC #72, but then I discovered that Darth Maul head and things were never the same again. With this, I wanted to capture the general shape while keeping the appearance as coherent as possible. The occasional red pins are intentional; they add a bit of an accent to an otherwise pretty monotone creation. And it's not helped by the fact that the background is almost the same color. More pictures soon.