Monday

Australian Star Wars LEGO 7957 Sith Nightspeeder Review

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Australian Star Wars LEGO 7957 Sith Nightspeeder Review. I saw this LEGO set in the local stores, in Australia, for a while now but never really liked the looks of it, I am not keen on Clone Wars sets. But seeing it was a Star Wars LEGO set we thought we had better go and buy it.

The main reason, I guess, for buying it would be the three Star Wars minifigures included. It has an Asajj Ventress minifig which has a different body and printed legs than the one from the 7676 Republic Gunship set. The second minifig is Savage Opress, which is a LEGO minifig with horns on its head, like Darth Maul. The third minifig is a slightly different Anakin Skywalker that has a better body pattern. All three minifigures are only available in this set and I must mention that the backs are printed as well (fairly rare for minifigures).

The vehicle is also very nice but I haven’t a clue what the real one from the show looks like as I haven’t seen one on an episode. It is a combination of a engine base that two speeder attach to one side, I am not sure if I like it or not but at least it is different. Building the set is very simple and fun and one big surprise was they had some printed bricks – at last, some real printed brick and not stickers. Unfortunately not all were printed and some still needed stickers – gee for the price they could all be printed.
Looking at the price of this set in Australia, it is a crazy $50 – way too expensive for a small set of only 213 pieces. I think this set is really just for the die-hard fans as it is over-priced for what you get.

Here are the Lego 7957 Sith Nightspeeder  instructions as a PDF if you want.


Australian Star Wars LEGO 7957 Sith Nightspeeder Review

Australian Star Wars LEGO 7957 Sith Nightspeeder Review

Lego 8092 Lukes Speeder - Star Wars Lego Review

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Wow was my my first thought when my son and I first saw this set in the stores. I remember the old landspeeder set from the 1999 Lego range (7110 Landspeeder) but I never bought it. I always love the Episode 4-6 models so this kit is a must to have. But why is it double the price in Australia compared to the US (and our dollar is worth more the the US dollar)? US$25 is fine (about AUD$23) but no, Lego Australia sells it for AUD$49 (US$55)!!

Anyway back with the review of the Lego 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder kit. Inside the smallish box are three plastic bags of bricks, two loose tubes and an instruction booklet. I notice no sticker sheets – excellent, I wish Lego would stop the stickers and print the bricks instead. It says there are 163 pieces and I ended up with six spare.

Lego 8092 has six minifigures – well five normal ones and a little droid. This kit has the newer Star Wars minifigure faces. Lego, in their wisdom, has tried to add more expression the the minifig faces by adding a small white dot to their eyes. I don’t like it as it isn’t like the other minifigs and makes a little like anime style (the new Yoda is a good example).

Luke Skywalker and Old Ben Kenobi minifigures look much the same as other versions but have slight changes. The minifigs have more detail printed on them. Luke has slightly changed body that has a new design printed with a larger belt, his pants a little different as well. Luke also has long blonde hair compared to the older kit – doesn’t look bad at all. Ben looks to have more creases in his Jedi robes and has a belt. These two minifigures come with blue lightsabers.

C-3P0 and R2-D2 are in this set. The C-3P0 minifigure looks the same to me, no much if anything has changed. R2-D2 hasthe whole head printed and looks the part, it’s a pity the body has only the front part printed.

This kit come with one Imperial Sandtrooper. This is different to Stormtroopers by having a black cloth shoulder pauldron and a re-breather. This is only available in this set.
The other minifigure is just a few bricks put together to make a little sentry droid. Nice with the Sandtrooper but not a biggy.

Doing a search on minifigures the Luke, Ben and Sandtrooper are not available in any other set and the C-3P0 and R2-D2 are only available in large expensive sets, so that is pretty good I think.



Now onto the Landspeeder. This looks much better than the 1999 version of the Landspeeder . It is still the same colour scheme as the old model but has much more detail and is bigger. The flexible plastic pipe at the front of the craft, the curved windscreen, the opening boot are great. The boot fits the lightsabers but you have to pull them apart. The cockpit has room for Luke and Ben and at side of the centre engine is enough space to put the C-3P0 and R2-D2 Lego minifigures. The landspeeder has pieces on the bottom so it looks a bit like it’s floating (plus can be pushed around easier). The speeder is about 15cm long and 5cm wide.

All in all a great set except for the rip-off price from Lego Australia. But of course now it is an older set the set is getting up in price because it is rare and people are hunting for it.


Saturday

Lego Star Wars 6210 Jabba’s Sail Barge Collectable Review

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The Lego Star Wars 6210 Jabba’s Sail Barge is a set based from the Return of the Jedi movie. The Khetanna was the large sail barge owned by crime baddie Jabba the Hutt.

We bought this set a while back, I think about 2007, at a department store and what a great set it is. This was a set that my young son instantly fell in love with and so did I – straight away I thought of the great scene in the movie where Jabba the Hutt gave the orders to have Luke Skywalker thrown into the Pit of Carkoon. Apart from the great Sail Barge it has a very good Desert Skiff vehicle and a cool Sarlac Pit to complete the look plus a large number of Lego minifigures.

The set has 781 pieces and a great lot of 8 Lego minifigures. I will start with the minifigures – you get Jabba the Hut, R2-D2 as a butler, the classic Boba Fett (no arm or leg printing like the Cloud City version), Han Solo, Princess Leia in the metal bikini (she has a stud on the back to attach the chain that Jabba has to stop her escaping from him), a typical Gamorrean Guard, Lando Calrissian wearing his undercover guard outfit and Luke Skywalker as a Jedi all in black.

Lego Star Wars 6210 Jabbas Sail Barge rare minifigures collectibles
One thing you will notice with Jabba’s Sail Barge is that there is a lot of brown Lego bricks (I remember calling them blocks when I was young) but that doesn’t detract from the look, it makes it more realistic to the Star Wars movie, it is meant to be timber remember. It is a big Lego set without the big price tag of some of the larger sets. You can also make two other models with the parts – turns it into more of movie scene.

The Desert Skiff is simple to build looks good with the plank out ready for prisoners to be dropped into the Sarlac. You have a good number of minifigs needed to make some good fun acting out scenes from the Return of the Jedi movie.

The Sarlac Pit does look pretty good although, maybe, a little bigger. The mouth does look a bit like the mouth of the Sarlac, full of teeth and designed so a minifig can fit in. Maybe a couple of its tentacles would have been nice.
Lego Star Wars 6210 Jabbas Sail Barge collectables
This Star Wars Lego set is fun to play with but you do need to be careful with the sails – they come off just a bit too easy. The windows open up to give you little peeks inside just like in the movie but the big door sides that open are great letting you see and play with all the bits inside the Star Wars Jabbas Sail Barge. There is plenty of space inside to have Jabba and Leia Lego minifigures along with other bits and pieces like the spider and guns and a cool R2D2 minifig running around serving drinks.