Set Name: Rogue Shadow
Theme: Star Wars
Price: AUD: $99
The Rogue Shadow is the main protagonist's ship in the upcoming 'Star Wars - The Force Unleashed' video game coming for pretty much every system this winter. I've been keeping a close eye on this game and it's piqued my interest, i was a real big fan of the Jedi Knight (Dark Forces) games and this one looks to be a similar kind of game. Anyway, i saw this at the shop and had to buy it, its one of the coolest looking ships I've seen in the extended universe.
Included are Battle Damaged Darth Vader, Juno Eclipse, and Darth Vader's apprentice (He is called 'Darth Vader's Apprentice' on the box, as at the time this set was made, his real name of Galen Marek was unkown). All 3 figures are unique to this set, and they look quite good. I'm a bit disappointed with Galen's hairstyle, however, i wish they gave him a specialized one instead of the generic black hair, as it looks very different to his in-game hair. Vader's battle damaged helmet is actually just the front part of a black scuba helmet:
In addition to this, Vader's classic helmet and a captain's cap for Juno are also included, and they look like this:
The ship itself is very cool, it looks very like the ship in the game (at least from the pictures/videos i have seen), and is made to look very sleek and shiny. The ship can be toggled between a flight mode and a landing mode, landing mode turns the wing-tips up and lowers the landing gear, like this:
Here's a view from the back
The landing mode is a cool little addition, it gives the ship a kind of harrier jet feel, as when the engine is turned upward it gives the ship a hover effect (one would assume)
On the smaller side 'spire' there is a compartment that opens up to reveal a small weapon's stash:
Which seems a bit unnecessary, as i doubt Galen would have to use blasters, they might just be there for Juno, or he may use them in the game, i am yet to find out. Not like I'm complaining about free blasters (If nothing else, i can use them to replace the awful megaphones my G1 stormtroopers have)
On that same spire, further up, there is a missile compartment:
The missiles are removable, but don't have any kind of firing mechanism.
The larger spire houses the coolest feature of the ship, a big lego technic cannon. There is a little lever on the side that lets you raise the cannon, and it automatically fires when you reach a certain height:
Lastly, the cockpit can open up to fit Juno (and ONLY Juno, there is no room for anyone else) inside:
Variety of pieces:9/10 - Has a lot of flat pieces, a lot of good long technic pieces, as well as some cool unique pieces, like the round windscreen and the engine housing
Playability:9/10 - It would be nice if there was room inside the ship for at least another person (like there is in the video game). Otherwise, it's very fun to swoosh around and play with the guns and the two engine modes
Build: 9/10 - It is built in several different parts that are then clicked together with the usual technic joiners. Instructions are easy to follow.
Construction: 7/10 - The landing gear breaks off VERY often. The doors that open to the various weapon compartments are also fairly flimsy and prone to breaking off.
Minifigs: 9/10 - Three figures that are completely unique. Only downside is Galen's hair.
Price: 7/10 - I got it on sale for $70 AUD, but i probably would not pay $99, as the set is not as 'famous' as others.
I've always been a big fan of Lucasarts video games, and it is nice to see a good Lego tie in to their latest effort. If the game is half as good as this Lego set is, it's a guaranteed winner :P
EDIT: Sorry i don't know how to make this a poll
Edited by KimT, 07 September 2008 - 08:16 PM.
indexed and poll added