10144 Sandcrawler Review
Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:13 PM
Alright, things are going to go a little differently this time. I saved a bit of time by not resizing the photos, so they're a bit large. I'm not going to post every single one right here, but rather use deeplinks to Brickshelf most of the way, highlighting the big ones.
Let's get started!
Let me preface the photos by saying that the set is NOT modular, so you have to dump alllllllllllllllll the pieces (except the treads - DO NOT dump the tread bags, whatever you do) out onto your surface. It's a REALLY FREAKIN' IMPRESSIVE sight. The pieces are absolutely amazing. If you EVER feel like building a brown building of any kind, this is your set. Also, it has an abundance of burnt orange bricks, which I find cool. First real brick parts-monkey set for a long time.
The Sandcrawler in full regalia. Not a great angle, and the light's not great, but it's the only shot where you see all the amenities as well.
You'll notice that the Jawa has what appears to be a BROWN cape. Not red-brown! (at least as far as I can tell) The head is fantastic.
Uncle Owen- http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0044.jpg
Great torso. Anyone notice a sudden switch to 'simplistic' robe torsos with thick, curving lines as opposed to the thin, detailed lines in past robe torsos?
The droids, with the exception of the R2 units and C-3PO, and the gray/tan droid that sucked.
A top/angle shot of it. Note the front top area, with the cockpit. That's a REALLY cool build up there.
Front shot. I'm not TOO fond of the ramp, as it doesn't line up that well with the angled side pieces...
Side shot. The mottled colors look a lot better in person, trust me!
Back view. I like it a lot. The half-cylinders are very nice. The gear in the back, of course, does control the back treads.
The treads angled. This is a good time to talk about the treads. THEY ARE HELL. Period. You get three little baggies packed full of the suckers. I must've spent a good 15-20 minutes making them. KEEP THE TREADS SEPARATE FROM THE REST OF THE BRICKS. You'll die trying to find them otherwise. I also recommend making 16 sets of 17 each rather than 8 of 34 all at once.
The ramp lowered. You'll notice that the crane slides nicely into there. Probably also a good time to talk about stickers - there are five (3 for windows, two for inside the control room). Very easy to apply, not a hassle at all. Still wish there were real windows, though.
The crane. This little guy fits both at the top of the crawler and into the front of the crawler. It can hook onto two things: a removable panel on the top next to where it locks in (to lift droids out?) and what I'll call the Droid Hat, which is a 2x2 round plate with a 2x2 round crane hook on top. Hooks onto R2 units.
Top view. The two removable panels are the one with the lances on it (can be replaced with the crane) and the panel to the left of it on the photo with the crane hook on it.
The midsection removed. Takes a chunk out of the thing, doesn't it? It's very sturdy while in there, by the way - no wobbling - and easy to remove as well. I actually enjoy this feature.
This is an opportunity to examine the back of the interior. It houses the turning mechanism, which is so clever it deserves TWO photos!
The top panel removed from the midsection. That's where the crane goes.
The interior of the midsection. You can see the two stickers I mentioned earlier. I love those little wheels! The black one is nice. It's hard to see, but there's a full black tool set stuck in all the little niches around the place.
The two panels removed from the top.
The crane placed on the top.
Looks like R2's absolutely 'hooked' on the droid hat! :P Hey, I'm allowed one bad joke! ;)
The cockpit - ironically, while the Sandcrawler doesn't have windows, it does have two trans-yellow pieces to make the poor Jawa THINK it has windows.
The top with the cockpit open. I like the little tile design.
FINAL VERDICT: 8.4/10.
Let's face it; the model isn't fantastic. It's not revolutionary. But I'll be damned if it's not sturdy, functional, and chock full of hundreds upon hundreds of delicious bricks, not to mention three Jawas and Uncle Owen! The model is a very fun (if long) build, and it matches the Sandcrawler pretty well. All in all, I think it is a great set - not to mention the second-largest SYSTEM set of all time...
Another one bites the dust!
~ Bloody Jay
Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:28 PM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:04 PM
you're right, that back side looks so good you'd almost think this can't be the work of TLC :P
but look... it is :oo
the roof has great potential for greeblies
the wheel mechanism looks a lot like the system we had in the good old days... so we do have a back to basics model with this crawler.
does the crawler ride very well, or is it most of all a static model?
Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:13 PM
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Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:31 PM
Posted 17 June 2005 - 04:07 AM
ed_dotcom, on Jun 17 2005, 12:13 AM, said:
Life is Good.
Yeah the inconsistency in the colours doesn't do it for me either... But the design at least looks decent...
Posted 17 June 2005 - 07:16 AM
Bloody Jay, on Jun 16 2005, 01:13 PM, said:
I like them droids. As well as the Crawler - that thing looks huge! :oo
Posted 17 June 2005 - 08:50 AM
Also, kinda surprised the designers went with stickers rather than just putting trans-yellow or trans-black pieces in for windows...would've looked better IMHO, and been more functional. Additionally, i'm also surprised they didn't use ratcheting hinge plates for the ramp. Not complaining..simply wondering aloud. ;)
Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:23 AM
What would you say, is this the best minifig scale SW model or should I get the Falcon instead?
I just don't want to be bored with it after a few weeks.-P
Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:42 AM
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