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#1 Bloody Jay

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:13 PM

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It's here!!!!!!!!!!

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.
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Minifigs:

Jawa- http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0043.jpg
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.
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The Set:

A top/angle shot of it.  Note the front top area, with the cockpit.  That's a REALLY cool build up there.
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Front shot.  I'm not TOO fond of the ramp, as it doesn't line up that well with the angled side pieces...
http://www.brickshel...100_0049_r1.jpg

Side shot.  The mottled colors look a lot better in person, trust me!
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0050.jpg

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.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0051.jpg

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.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0052.jpg

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.
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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.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0054.jpg

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.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0055.jpg

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.
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This is an opportunity to examine the back of the interior.  It houses the turning mechanism, which is so clever it deserves TWO photos!
STRAIGHT: http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0057.jpg
TURNED: http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0058.jpg

The top panel removed from the midsection.  That's where the crane goes.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0059.jpg

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.
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The two panels removed from the top.
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The crane placed on the top.
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Looks like R2's absolutely 'hooked' on the droid hat!  :P  Hey, I'm allowed one bad joke! ;)
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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.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0064.jpg

The top with the cockpit open.  I like the little tile design.
http://www.brickshel...ew/100_0065.jpg


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!

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:37 PM

Dang, that's a lot of work. Thanks for  the info and the great photos.  How long did it take to build?

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#3 Bloody Jay

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:39 PM

Around 4-5 hours, but I worked slow.  Oh, and I almost forgot.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:43 PM

very good review Bloody Jay. I enjoyed it really much.

Could you please take a few pic of the cockpit?

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#5 Bloody Jay

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:44 PM

D'OH!  I CANNOT BELIEVE I FORGOT THAT!  Give me two minutes.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:49 PM

Updated with two photos of the cockpit area.  Sorry about that!

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:52 PM

thanks for the pics of the cockpit, although the cockpit does'nt look very exciting. But it can be modified ;)

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:28 PM

:) Thanks Jay those are some great pics that you took, i have to say that i love the look of this set but i am disapointed that it dosent have that little vacum tube that sucked r2 d2 up into the crawler in the film, still that can easily be added i bet.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:04 PM

thanks for all your work, J
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?

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:13 PM

I'm still not a fan of the wide range of different colored bricks, but the set overall look nice. I probably won't get it, but it is nice to see the appearance that TLC is listening to collectors (as I have heard people gripe about LEGO making this set for years ;) ). I do like the Jawas :-D


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#11 Bloody Jay

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:25 PM

@snefroe: it rides fairly well.  Plastic treads are really meant for motorized models, though.  Hmmm... that gives me an idea.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:09 PM

grear pics! this set is awsome :-D

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:31 PM

this looks awsome i love it...bloodyjay after you saying hmm maby i could motorize it that made me think you could motorize the rear or front or both then attach a motor to the steering in the rear and if you have mindstorms make a remote with the 2 touch sensors....that would be so cool a remote control sand crawler

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:14 PM

I can't wait until mine arrives!

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:15 AM

how long did it take you to build it BJ

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:19 AM

Bloody Jay, on Jun 16 2005, 07:39 AM, said:

Around 4-5 hours, but I worked slow.  Oh, and I almost forgot.

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:22 AM

i didn't see that :$

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:24 AM

Glad to help. ;)

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 01:35 AM

ok i really like that sand crawler. i can not beleve they finally made lego jawas

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 04:07 AM

ed_dotcom, on Jun 17 2005, 12:13 AM, said:

I'm still not a fan of the wide range of different colored bricks, but the set overall look nice. I probably won't get it, but it is nice to see the appearance that TLC is listening to collectors (as I have heard people gripe about LEGO making this set for years ;) ). I do like the Jawas :-D


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Yeah the inconsistency in the colours doesn't do it for me either...  But the design at least looks decent...


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Posted 17 June 2005 - 05:18 AM

Great review Jay, so it's kinda back to basics type of build. Although I don't dig the construction methods on this one that much, but it will be an awesome set to customize for sure!

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 07:16 AM

Bloody Jay, on Jun 16 2005, 01:13 PM, said:

[...] and the gray/tan droid that sucked.
I like 'em. A lot, actually. Isn't that what everybody else wanted - back to using generic bricks?

I like them droids. As well as the Crawler - that thing looks huge! :oo

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 08:50 AM

Great review and pics, Bloody Jay. I was pretty curious about the interior, though it seems quite plain aside from the center removable module. Overall, I think it's a good effort on LC's part, though I echo the sentiments of a few others when I say the mottled color scheme seems a bit much. However, i'm glad they made it large enough to accommodate the double treaded quad-truck design of the original. (created from pics of the space shuttle transport and matte paintings, and models) Should be receiving mine next week...can't wait!

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.  ;)

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:23 AM

I'm toying with the thought to buy this but 170 is a lot to pay. The interior is a tad disappointing. nonetheless, It'll be a fun build. Are there any alternate ideas (photos) in the instruction booklet?

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

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Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:42 AM

There aren't any alternate model images on the box or in the instructions, unfortunately.  As for the comparison between the two sets, that's kind of hard.  The Falcon uses amazing building techniques and has a great interior.  However, I think that the Sandcrawler is better for pieces (at least for buildings).  So that's a tough call.



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