I can’t remember the last time I built a STAP. It must have been an add-on that was part of a larger vehicle. All I know is the lasting impression from that build, whenever it was, is that it was insubstantial and flimsy. Today’s set, 30058 STAP, is neither of those things.
It feels well built, very solid right from the get-go. Methinks it’s because the transparent Star Wars cannon element renamed , *checks Bricklink*, “Bar 1 x 8 with Brick 1 x 2 Curved Top End (Axle Holder Inside Small End)” has a hole with a tolerance a few notches lower than your standard LEGO hole. The brick element attached to the blunt end went in with more resistance than I’m used to. It gave the rest of the elements used for the body a feeling of stronger clutch. Maybe it was just my copy but after it was all said and done, it didn’t feel flimsy at all.
It’s a pretty straighforward build. The only part that I take issue with is the top of the STAP unit where the 1×2 plate with bar doubles as the steering mechanism as well as the only connection point for the head of the STAP unit to attach to the rest of the body. It looks quite gangly and unsecured, a contrast to my experience with the rest of the body. It seems like a lazy way to design a STAP to be honest.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
If I could give a sideways thumb, I totes would. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. I will give it more points for being an excellent army builder so I guess it tilts the scale a bit to the thumbs up side. 30058 STAP looks great, I just wish it was constructed a little better.
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