Today’s set is 30055 Vulture Droid.
Look at it. Revel in its glory.
Let’s start at the ‘head’ of the droid which doubles as a pseudo-cockpit for when it’s in flight mode. It’s a one-stud wide and offset by half a stud to stay centered on the six-stud wide body.
And it’s not offset by what you would normally use to offset something, the jumper plate. And it’s obvious that it’s not because of the giant seam between the two 1×3 tiles. No, it’s offset by a droid arm attached to the back of the head unit with the other end connected to the body in the back.
The droid arm serves double duty here. Not only does it provide the offset placement, but it allows the head to articulate back when the Vulture Droid is in walking mode.
The awesomeness doesn’t stop there. The “legs” of the Vulture droid are also neatly built. You would almost expect them to be built like an H-shape with each leg solidly connected to the other by way of plates.
But not here, these are connected by clips and a bar, then the legs are connected to the body by another clip that fits right in the middle.
Then, because the two legs are connected by the bar, once connected to the body you can articulate them towards the body to create this curved profile along each side. The plate structure at the connection points provide a solid backing for the legs.
The side effect is that it creates these nice sleek angles for when its in flight mode. It seems like a such a simple solution to recreate some of the core characteristics of a Vulture Droid, but it so effective that I can’t imagine that it can be improved upon in any way.
Also, the connection point makes for a nice place to put your fingers for when you’re swooshing it around.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! There have been a number of LEGO Vulture Droid sets, but honestly, this small dinky polybag might be the best one out of them all. It’s not lacking in any way and perfectly captures the Vulture Droid in both flight and walking modes.
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