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  3. Average (9 votes [26.47%])

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#1 Clone OPatra

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 03:37 AM

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Hi all!  I posted a few reviews in this forum a few months ago, but then I took the time to get my bronze badge from the Reviewer's Academy.  I hope you enjoy my Academy graduate review!  

Luke: I was born here you know.
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Then they fight over the sarlac pit in the Dune Sea of Tatooine.

Set Title: Desert Skiff
Set #: 7104
Theme: Star Wars, Original Trilogy, Episode 6 Return of the Jedi
Pieces: 53
Minifigures: 2
Year of Release: 2000
Price at Release: USD $6
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Just for fun, I thought I might add something special: the set featured in a Spring 2000 Shop-At Home catalog.
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It's a little hard to read, so here's what it says:
F. Build your own desert skiff!
Help Luke and Han Solo make a quick getaway in this desert skiff.  Luke has his lightsaber should they meet trouble on their way!  Ages 6+.  53 pieces. #7104 Desert Skiff $6.75

Not exactly what happens in the movie... but close enough, and who really cares anyway?


INSTRUCTIONS

As usual, my original box is probably in a huge trash pit or made into some milk cartons, but the instructions depict the box art well.  Note the cute old Original Trilogy logo, resurrected this year for the 2009 anniversary sets.  Also note that the system logo has been removed since 1999. (I just could not get this to lay flat!)
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The back, with the usual figures building the set and a wacky alternate model (although this is better than some).  It seems Luke isn't helping to much, he's having to much fun playing with his lightsaber!
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A random page.  Each page has a little picture from the movie showing the scene that features this set.  Cool!
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SET

Here is an overview of the skiff with minifigures.  My comments will follow with the breakdown.
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MINIFIGURES

Let me start off with the good.  These two exact figures were new to this set, new torsos anyway.  Another great thing about the included figures is the level of movie accuracy with Luke's hand.  He still has two normal hands at this point in the movie, so LEGO didn't mess up and make one black.  Now what I feel is bad.  First, I don't really like this head for Luke, I liked the old head, and this one is for young Ep1 Obi-Wan.  At the time of this set's release, they were still putting out the old Luke head too, so was this one supposed to represent Mark Hamill after his motorcycle accident?  That would be weird.  I am annoyed that this is the head LEGO adopted as Luke and now only uses for him.  
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The minifigure's backs, not much to see, but here it is.
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MODEL

The model looks nice.  It is small, but relatively good for the time.  It would have been nice if the plank could retract, but it can't.  I do not have the newer version, but you can check this review for a link to some pictures.
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The oddest part of the skiff is that out of place blue brick.  LEGO just loved throwing in weird colors back then.
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A picture from the back, just for fun.  Can't say much here, it looks nice, but a little blocky.
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Since I'm done reviewing what you get with the set, now I'll show you a picture with Luke and Han in fight poses!
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And this is when a questions comes to mind, who the heck are they fighting?  I certainly remember some bad guys on that skiff with them.  This is the main problem with this set, no conflict, nobody to fight, yet still a spear.  I realize that at the time of release what kids wanted was the characters they loved, not some weird hog guards!  But I would like to see a Gammorrean, or maybe Boba Fett, or at least somebody to fight.  Oh well.


Now I'll sum the rest up.  It's a nice model, not to repetitive, perfect number of parts for the price, and the minifigures you get are good (except that Luke face).  But it really needed a minifigure more, just one.  Also, the tan cylinders that support it really should have been clear (or trans).  In the instructions pic they're not even there!


Parts: 9.5/10 - good range, but should have had clear support
Minifigures: 7/10 - it needed one more, and I'm not a fan of that Luke head
Build: 10/10 - interesting, not repetitive
Playability: 6/10 - you can swoosh it, but all else you can do is have a Han/Luke conversation
Overall: 8.13/10 - yes, even though it's a nice model, the lack of a minifigure totally brings it down.  But hey, a B is still pretty good!
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:04 AM

Kool, looks good, don't remember Han with a Spear.
Aren't images supposed to be deep linked?.
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#3 Clone OPatra

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:08 AM

View PostDarthSion, on Mar 15 2009, 12:04 AM, said:

Kool, looks good, don't remember Han with a Spear.
Aren't images supposed to be deep linked?.

Yes pictures are supposed to be deeplinked, and mine are.  Please, if something is wrong and the pictures aren't showing up, let me know.  But they show up just fine here.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:16 AM

View PostClone O'Patra, on Mar 14 2009, 10:08 PM, said:

Yes pictures are supposed to be deeplinked, and mine are.  Please, if something is wrong and the pictures aren't showing up, let me know.  But they show up just fine here.
They look fine to me too. :thumbup:

Nice review Clone O' Patra. This is a pretty good set for the size. Although it does look a bit scrawny in the front....

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:20 AM

View PostClone O'Patra, on Mar 15 2009, 02:08 PM, said:

Yes pictures are supposed to be deeplinked, and mine are.  Please, if something is wrong and the pictures aren't showing up, let me know.  But they show up just fine here.


Yeah they do, just thought it meant you could only use this site to host.

I am hoping to get this one in the next couple of months, is the saber hilt grey or the old silver/chrome?.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:22 AM

View PostDarthSion, on Mar 15 2009, 12:20 AM, said:

I am hoping to get this one in the next couple of months, is the saber hilt grey or the old silver/chrome?.
The hilt is old silver/chrome, nice and shiny!
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:26 AM

View PostDarthSion, on Mar 14 2009, 11:20 PM, said:

Yeah they do, just thought it meant you could only use this site to host.
Deeplinking means linking your pictures from an image hosting site such as Flickr or Brickshelf, to Eurobricks so they show up without having to click on a link. :classic:

I'm certainly glad TLG has started using pearl chrome hilts now. They're not quite as cool as the old chrome ones, but a massive improvement over the bley ones.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:30 AM

Thanks for the info.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:33 AM

A great set which sadly lacked the addition of Lando Calrissian - I've done some diggin into that a different occasions and with different LEGO employees.
The reason Lando wasn't introduced in this set was that he was (is) brown.
At that time all LEGO minifigs were yellow and they decided no to do Lando as either brown nor yellow.
Luckily that policy changed later and we got ourselves a Lando in the Cloud City.
I like the skiff's simple design, but hate that we had to live with another "Duke" :hmpf:
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:29 PM

I got this set when I was really young. I hate my self for losing Han Solo's face, and there's some missprint on Luke's face. Oh well, good set anyways.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:38 PM

8.13 is still an A- (81.3%) My friend had this set and the old slave 1 so we always blew this up with it.............. good times, good times :classic:

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:22 AM

Heh,my parents bought be this set,when i was 4 years old.ood review,but the set is no very good.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:31 AM

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LEGO just loved throwing in weird colors back then.
They still do! :cry_sad:

Anyway, I had this set, but I lost lots of the pieces. :cry_sad:
I agree that there should have been some enemy figs.

Is it just me, or were LEGO (especially Star Wars) sets cheaper back then?

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:44 PM

This is quite a poor set :thumbdown: - only two usual figs and no any enemies to fight- poor playability- no Lando- poor for collectors and fans- not much parts either- and this thingy was alone before Jabba's sailbarge appeared :hmpf_bad: - that is a good set and  i have it :thumbup:  - and about the Luke's head- i like it- old looked bad- new (2009) looks even worse -that one is best even though it is identical to ep1 Obi -they should redo him instead- this head looks like Luke...

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:48 PM

Nice review!

But, Clone O'Patra, why are you saying it's great that Luke has a yellow hand? As far as I know, Luke got his mechanical hand in the end of Episode V and the scene with the desert skiff takes place in Episode VI?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 07:55 PM

View Postfunkybrick, on May 14 2010, 12:48 PM, said:

Nice review!

But, Clone O'Patra, why are you saying it's great that Luke has a yellow hand? As far as I know, Luke got his mechanical hand in the end of Episode V and the scene with the desert skiff takes place in Episode VI?
I was about to argue that at this point his hand had the flesh coverings, but actually it had flesh coverings from the pretty much the moment he got it at the end of V.

Curious?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 09:58 PM

View Postfunkybrick, on May 14 2010, 10:48 AM, said:

Nice review!

But, Clone O'Patra, why are you saying it's great that Luke has a yellow hand? As far as I know, Luke got his mechanical hand in the end of Episode V and the scene with the desert skiff takes place in Episode VI?


True, but the prosthetic had a textured skin that matched Luke's so it looked like a normal hand. Hence he has 2 yellow ones in this set. After leaving Tatooine, he puts a black glove on his hand (which got shot while on Jabba's barge), which is why any Luke figure on Endor or DSII should have one yellow/flesh hand and one black one.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:04 PM

View PostDestroydacre, on May 14 2010, 05:58 PM, said:

True, but the prosthetic had a textured skin that matched Luke's so it looked like a normal hand. Hence he has 2 yellow ones in this set. After leaving Tatooine, he puts a black glove on his hand (which got shot while on Jabba's barge), which is why any Luke figure on Endor or DSII should have one yellow/flesh hand and one black one.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:09 PM

View PostDestroydacre, on May 14 2010, 03:58 PM, said:

True, but the prosthetic had a textured skin that matched Luke's so it looked like a normal hand. Hence he has 2 yellow ones in this set. After leaving Tatooine, he puts a black glove on his hand (which got shot while on Jabba's barge), which is why any Luke figure on Endor or DSII should have one yellow/flesh hand and one black one.


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:14 PM

Nice review. I'm with you on the head though, that was terrible.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:17 PM

Nice set eh ? only missing Chewie and Lando though ! :wacko:
Oh, yeah and Luke puts his glove on only after completing the rescue of Han and he is flying back in his X-wing to catch up with Yoda.
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 11:45 PM

View PostDestroydacre, on May 14 2010, 10:58 PM, said:

True, but the prosthetic had a textured skin that matched Luke's so it looked like a normal hand. Hence he has 2 yellow ones in this set. After leaving Tatooine, he puts a black glove on his hand (which got shot while on Jabba's barge), which is why any Luke figure on Endor or DSII should have one yellow/flesh hand and one black one.


Wow am I a nerd or what?  :wink:

Thanks for the explanation!  :thumbup:
Yeah, you are definitely a nerd! No you're not, just kiddin' you...  :tongue:

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No. Being a nerd means you've been sick all week and have watched each original trilogy episdoe at least 7 times. That's nerdy.
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Posted 15 May 2010 - 01:25 AM

I'm starting to wonder why LEGO doesn't re-release this with a Weequay minifig... that would definitely boost sales. (And save our wallets!!!) Wasn't there a Weequay of some sort in the Target Pirate Tank thing?
I wish LEGO still released sets this cheap! Why can't they sell STAPs or 74-Zs or something individually? They can sell magnet figs and keychains...

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:58 AM

Well I just read the review and the set seems pretty good to me. Of course leaving out the fact that there is nobody to fight. I would have liked to see a complete Jabbas palace similar to the cloud city set but hey we cant all get what we want. Posted Image



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