Like a lot of things in the Star Wars universe, the Twin Pod Cloud car is of a peculiar design that doesn't quite lend itself well to Lego. This certainly shows in this model which represents a good overall effort, but makes you think that it could have probably been done better. A slight increase in size would help and possibly expand the range of pieces from which to use in it's construction.
Luckily enough, this set was released during the 2002 line up, a time that Lego had started to introduce new elements. Some of these are included in this kit and help it come close to the look of it's movie counterpart. It is certainly recognizable.
Construction is quick and shouldn't pose any problems. The instructions are laid out in Lego's usual manner - that is, they are of the high standard I have come to expect from Lego - clear and precise.
Both pods are built at the same time, being mirror opposites connected by a central beam and power plant. Both pods have access hatches to the side and their tops are also hinged. The central engine unit is also hinged, so can be opened, but there is no detail inside. Very strange.
Although the front section of the pods are sleek and smooth, the rear section and cockpits soon turn into a pile of standard Lego bricks and have a very boxy look to them. It's a shame the sleekness isn't carried back from the nose into this area of the craft. Improvements could certainly be made should this ship ever get a re-release.
The Minifigure is new and exclusive to the cloud car. Here we have Lobot, the cyborg aid to Lando Calrissian from the movie, The Empire Strikes Back.
To be strict, Lobot was never seen flying a cloud car in the movie, but it is still nice that he is included here and recognized by Lego. The minifigure also carries a CB radio, something the movie counterpart never had or needed, due to his cyborg implants. The Lobot minifigure carries the faintest hint of a smile, and it's debatable as to whether or not Lobot ever smiled.
A true cloud car pilot or two would have been a nice addition to this set and would have filled the empty pod, made the model more movie accurate, and improved it's overall value.
Because this model is so ambiguous with regards to it's merits and it's shortfalls in it's design and presentation, I found it a little hard to judge. It's neither so bad that you shouldn't own it, nor so good that it's the best design Lego could come up with for this set. There is certainly a lot of room for improvements.