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Nick Martin | October 13th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75051 Jedi Scout Fighter

75051 - Full Set

When I did the review of 75038 Jedi Interceptor, I commented that I really wished that Lego would do a remake of the very rare Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor that was part of the Ultimate Space Battle, a set that perhaps eight people ever bothered to pick up. The real issue with trying to get that set was the dark-red wings, which had only been part of the original set. We’ve gotten them in all sorts of colors since, but the dark-red continued to be a rare, and rather expensive, part on the aftermarket.

Luckily, around the same time, preview pictures of the Jedi Scout Fighter showed up, and we saw that there was going to be a new set that actually included them. Sure, it also had Jek-14 and an Ilthorian, but for me, it was all about the dark red wings. I know nothing about the Yoda Chronicles anyway, so I was looking at this set purely from a ship and parts point of view.

Strangely, the wings are still expensive on the aftermarket, which tells me that not many of these things have been parted out. They are available on Bricks-n-Pieces, though, for quite a bit less than the average aftermarket price. I’d like to say this is the first time I’ve bought a set just for a handful of parts, but that would be a lie (that’s basically the only reason I ever bought anything in the Ninjago or Chima lines), and it’s certainly not the first time I’ve bought a set, even a Star Wars set, that I didn’t know anything about.

The 2014 summer lineup hasn’t exactly been knocking our socks off, but maybe this can be the set that can change that. At $50 $60 (typed the wrong price, whoops), it isn’t exactly cheap, and leaves you wondering if you would rather get B-Wing or a similarly priced set, but it also comes in with a lot of other dark red, some windscreens, and the aforementioned Ilthorian, a new Astromech… and the build will get you thinking about the Transformers, so there’s that.

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Don "Solo" Reitz | November 25th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 7965 Millennium Falcon

7965 Millennium Falcon Review

Why is it so hard to successfully make one of the most iconic ships from this franchise? Is it merely because it’s so iconic? All I know is after as many times as they’ve redesigned this I would expect them to at least make something worth settling for.

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Don "Solo" Reitz | August 8th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 7914 Mandalorian Battle Pack

7914 - Mandalorian Battle Pack

If there’s one thing I solidly love about the Clone Wars it’s the Battle Packs. And while I haven’t been following the Clone Wars TV show and I’m not entirely familiar with their current role in the Saga, the Mandalorian armor has always been a nice design, so a small well armed squad featuring them is more than welcome set.

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Nick Martin | August 1st, 2011 | Forum, LEGO Star Wars, News, Reviews

Review: 7879 Hoth Echo Base

Full Set

Empire Strikes Back, and Hoth in general, has always been a somewhat neglected area of the LEGO Star Wars line until recent years. But, starting with the somewhat infamous Hoth Rebel Base back in 2007 (has it really been that long?), the Ice Planet has been getting a little more love. The new base is the 3rd in a line of successive “bases” (2009’s 7749 – Echo Base would be the other), and is the first one that actually looks like a base.

At first glance, there’s a whole lot to love about this set. There is a gaggle of minifigs, almost all of them new or modified (our stalward Snowtroopers, thankfully, are unchanged). A lot of potential play features, and of course, a Tauntaun. Now the real question is, does all of that add up to $90, the same amount as the new Podracer set?

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Nick Martin | July 31st, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Reviews

Review: 4193 London Escape

Full Set

In the latest PotC movie, there apparently was an escape from London. I wouldn’t know, because I couldn’t bring myself to go see the movie. I know, it sounds strange that the guy who’s reviewing all of the Pirates of the Caribbean sets hasn’t seen the movie (I didn’t see the third one either), but you really only need to read my review on 4183 – The Mill, to find out why. I really did love the first movie, and that spirit is something that could have been captured in the sets. LEGO Jack Sparrow? It seems like a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t want that?

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Nick Martin | July 30th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News, Reviews

Review: 7961 Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator

Sith Infiltrator and Minifigs

For most people, Darth Maul and pretty much everything he did was the highlight of Episode I. Red tattooed face? Check. Horns? Check. Double-bladed lightsaber. A million-times checked. If he would have been used in more of the movie, and had more than a couple of lines, he would have washed away the assault on our eyes and ears that was Jar-Jar Binks, but sadly, that was not the case.

What little we did see of him, outside of the very epic Lightsaber Duel, was his ship, the Sith Infiltrator. Long ago, George Lucas figured out that putting Sith in front of anything was a sure-fire way to sell merchandise. Sith Pancake Syrup? I bet there are people reading this right now that are thinking about checking Google to see if that really exists. So here we are, with LEGO testing us to see if we’re willing to fork money because they put out another Sith Infiltrator.

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Nick Martin | July 29th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 7956 Ewok Attack

Ewok Attack, Full Set

Ewoks are a curious thing to Star Wars fans, and how you feel about them, in a lot of ways, is based on your age. I’m in my early 30s, so I was just a little kid when I first saw Jedi in the theaters. I only have the most vague recollection of seeing the movie in theaters, and remember it more when my dad rented them all in the mid-80s. By that time, bear fever had gripped the US, with Teddy Ruxpin, Gummy Bears, and even a cartoon, Star Wars: Ewoks (which was awful, even back then).

And now, they’re set to take over again, with Ewoks appearing in their first low-end set since 2002 (they were actually redone in Endor Bunker, but more on that later). At $25, this certainly isn’t a cheap set. Is a tree and a couple of Ewoks, along with a speederbike, worth your money?

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Nick Martin | July 28th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Site News

Review: 7959 Geonosian Starfighter

Geonosian Starfighter Box

The Geonosian Starfighter is the redesign of a somewhat less-than-iconic ship, a small set with a less than small price. At $30 USD ($35 with the Toys-R-Us tax), so at 20 cents per piece, this may be one of the most expensive Star Wars sets, part-for-part, ever made. The question that needs to be answered is: was it worth the money?

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Don "Solo" Reitz | June 2nd, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: Jon Palmer’s M-wing Starfighter

front 3/4

This is a little out of the ordinary as far as reviews go, and I guess the same could be said for the ship itself… What we have here is a slice of AFOL history that we’ve brought back into the spotlight. I was still in a grey-age when this first appeared so I’m quite happy to finally get my own copy in the original burnt orange color scheme.

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Nick Martin | June 1st, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, News, Reviews

Review: 4192 Fountain of Youth

Full Set, in all it's somewhat tiny glory

It’s strange how a LEGO set can give away the entire purpose of a movie before you’ve seen it. Apparently, they’re all looking for the Fountain of youth. Of course, if you’ve seen the movie, you know it looks absolutely nothing like what you see in the set. The question is, is what you get worth $20?

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