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8029 Mini Snowspeeder (Unreleased Set) Review

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  5. Outstanding (7 votes [58.33%])

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#1 Big Pete

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:03 AM

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Sorry, I couldn't see how to make this a poll!

Name: Mini Snowspeeder
Theme: Star Wars Minis
Year: 2008
Pieces: 66
Minifigs: None
Price: Unknown, as it was never officially released (to my knowledge!)

For some reason, I recently decided to try and make this set from the Instructions which you can get from Lego.com and after a couple of Bricklink orders, I was able to do so.  Please find my review below ...

First up, given that there isn't a "packshot" for this set (as it's unreleased), is all the parts laid out (minus the spares, I didn't think it necessary to buy the spares!!) :

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Not a bad selection, all in all.  Nothing particularly rare either, making this set perfectly buildable for anyone with a few spare parts.

The first page of the instructions builds the main body of the snowspeeder :

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With this scale, I think they achieved the shape of the cockpit pretty well.  It may have looked better if they'd had the 2 x 1 cheese slopes at the time of production (I *think* they've only come along pretty recently?!).

Next up, you build the wings :

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Yet more use of the ever brilliant cheese slopes to create the shape here.  I'm not sure why we need the Orange round plates on the front ... maybe for a bit of colour?  But I guess you can just take those off if you want to.

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In order to create the angle of the wings, there are a couple of plates added underneath each one.  These stop the wings from becoming too angled.

And here's the final model ... not a bad looking set all in all, although there's just something, that I can't put my finger on, that's not quite right, towards the back?!  Maybe I've just got a distorted view based on the minifigure scale sets we've had in the past?!

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The Ratings :

Playability/Swooshability : 10/10 (very swooshable indeed)

Design : 9/10 (as I said, there's just something that's not quite right ... and could use the 2 x 1 slopes nowadays)

Price : 8/10 (as you can't buy this officially and the re-sellers on Bricklink are charging too much for the parts, although you can, like me, just buy the parts yourself)

Overall : 9/10 (A few flaws, but pretty good overall)

If you have the parts or have the patience to go through the Bricklink inventory to get the bits you need then I would say go for it.

nb : this is quite possibly my first "proper" review for Star Wars, so I hope it's ok :)

Edited by KimT, 11 August 2009 - 09:17 PM.
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#2 Capitan Jek

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:08 AM

i realy wish they had made this a set. i would have bought like 5.

#3 Go Cubs Go!

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:44 PM

I think they had a set like that about 5-6 years ago.

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#4 Spyder


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:24 PM

View PostGo Cubs Go!, on Aug 10 2009, 08:44 AM, said:

I think they had a set like that about 5-6 years ago.

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Right here. It was released in '03

Great review Big Pete. I can see what you mean, it's so small, it just lacks that certain charm that the snowspeeder has. Nonetheless, it is a nice little set, too bad it wasn't released.
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#5 Big Pete

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 03:22 PM

View PostGo Cubs Go!, on Aug 10 2009, 11:44 AM, said:

I think they had a set like that about 5-6 years ago.

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there is a slight difference is size & scale though? ;)

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#6 Commander Flash

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:18 PM

Good mini-review. While it is a nice, accurate model, it seems to miss something.
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#7 Artizan


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:09 PM

it looks more like the tydrium shuttle cockpit. maybe we can call this a midi-sized model?

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 02:41 AM

View PostArtizan, on Aug 10 2009, 04:09 PM, said:

maybe we can call this a midi-sized model?
Could be. Great review. I made this on LDD and it looks pretty good, much better than the real MINI set. I think this set was released in Japan or something as a promo or freebie. :wink:

#9 Big Cam

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 06:59 PM

Great review and great pics, looks like a sweet little set they should have released here.

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