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Staff Review:

Selling to kids is a lot different than selling to adults. There's a limited window for that customer, where they are coming in and leaving the market. At the same time, there are new kids coming in right behind that customer, looking to pick up the hobby. That means that re-releasing a set every few years is trying to make sure that the new batch of kids can find something recognizable to purchase... and regardless of how we feel about those prequel movies or cartoons, they are more popular with kids than they were with the adults that grew up with the original movies. Of course, all of that being said... there has got to be some more popular stuff to release than Stumbles McSpiderwalker here, last seen in the 2013 set of the same name, 75016 Homing Spider Droid, which it feels like I just reviewed a couple of months...(read more)

User Comments:

  • Rook writes:
    I purchased this set last week, so while it is till fresh in my mind...

    Pros: New Jedi! :D Nice new printed windshield and the large gear piece.

    Cons: I was really bummed by the price, $90 CAD with tax for about 380 pieces. Large visible gaps in cock pit. System Scale instead of Minifigure Scale.

    Final Comments: For set collector it's a must. For builder it gives a few new pieces. For everyone else is sadly over priced and lacking in playability for set this "large" and pricy.

  • zwolya writes:
    Pros:
    -a good source of many large pieces: wedge plates, tiles with studs only on the edges, the cockpit assembly is HUGE
    -the Shuttle's printed canopy, which is very sleek and multi-purposeable
    -the engine assemblies are impressive and include hard-to-find 2x2 round trans-light blue bricks
    -the T-6 has a cute little kick-stand that enables it to stay balanced upright when on display (this feature is not evident on the box or in the instructions)
    -the wing assembly rotates smoothly around the rest of the sip, but the click-positioning of older sets is sorely missed
    -the minifigs...although of course they hike the overall price, Shaak Ti and Saesee Tiin are just incredible, and the metallic silver lightsaber hilts are the best yet

    Cons:
    -Anakin and Obi-Wan *sigh*
    -the large number of stickers, which is especially bad in this set, since the T-6 is already so bland, omitting the stickers is almost as bad as having to deal with putting them on
    -the cockpit...they could have done so much with this, especially with the special canopy, but no, they fill in half of it with solid bricks, and add enough tiles to the remaining space to only let two minifigs sit diagonally from one another
    -the price point, which I know has been a matter of much contension here and on other AFOL sites

    Comments:
    -the T-6 was the set of the January line I was most looking forward to, but I cannot help being a little disappointed by it. The ship has a very cool design, but not one that would be hard to duplicate (using pieces from any decent collection) for a much lower price and while streamlining out the cons of the official set.

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