8019 Republic Attack Shuttle Reviewed by Dunamis
Just putting in my two cents on the Attack Shuttle to add to ReZourceman's review as well. Bring on the comments, complaints, gripes, etc. and let's talk about this set.
Parts: 636 Pieces
Price: $59.99 from Toys R Us, Thousand Oaks, California
Build time: 75 minutes
Straight out of the Friday night Clone Wars cartoon (and movie) comes this nifty little ship. Of the new wave of 2009 sets, this is the one I’ve been most looking forward to. Sit back and sip some eggnog and let’s take a look at what this set has to offer:
Typical Clone Wars LEGO set marketing with nothing special. I have noticed that LEGO has started putting the list of minifigs on the front of the box (top right corner) instead of the side.
Here is the front and back of the box:
Here are the goodies that came inside - eight bags and two manuals:
In effort to save film in my camera, I stopped taking photos of the manuals for my reviews. Just kidding, I am in the digital age and I haven’t used a film-based camera in ten years. I really stopped taking photos of the manuals for my reviews because LEGO started providing electronic copies in .pdf format some time ago.
However, it looks like LEGO does not have an electronic version of the manual online yet, but rest assured it will be very familiar to any recent manual you have seen (except for LEGO’s unusual decision to print all the text in Chinese font for the 2009 sets…)
The manuals are 54 and 46 pages.
Color separation was fine this time and the manuals sported all the usual features:
• Piece call outs for each step
• Parts inventory at the end of the manual
• Page numbers
We’ve got a nice assortment of bricks, plates, tiles and a few surprises. Colors range in the grey, white, dark red and a dash of yellow. Also, there were the typical Technic pieces that are everywhere in LEGO sets the last three years.
I did find some interesting pieces that I had not seen before. Of course, I’ve been absent from the LEGO scene the past six – nine months so maybe some of these are not so new:
New 4x1 slope:
New trans cone? New yellow widget?
New 4x2 slope:
How about the minifigs? We get Mace Windu (no cape), a Clone Pilot and a Clone Trooper.
Overall, some cool new pieces.
Astute observers will notice a ‘pink’ towel background in some of my photos. The reason for that is my two daughters love the Clone Wars and wanted to ‘help’ me build this set. So, we put it together in the family room (instead of my usual building spot in my office) and had to put a towel down so we didn’t lose any pieces.
The build is brisk and uneventful and flows along nicely from the instructions. We did stop along the way to play with the cool features that are sprinkled in around the set.
Here are a couple of in-progress photos:
Here is what is left over:
Needless to say, we had a great time building the set.
You really get a sense that the designers spend a lot of time integrating little features into these sets. Unless you build them, you really don’t get to appreciate the engineering and thought that goes into these sets. I wish there was a way to hear a ‘builders commentary’ on some of these sets kind of like a ‘director’s commentary’ on your favorite DVD. All those extra little insights would be fascinating to hear.
At any rate, this set is jam packed with lots of cool features. My photos and commentary will not do it justice. Bottom line is you should build it yourself to see the cool design.
Weapon storage: Here we have an elaborate hinge device that leans on two little 1x1 33 slopes.
At first I thought this was some cool rear-gunner chair but it turns out that it holds the two weapons and lightsaber. Yes, it holds the lightsaber by the BLADE and not the HANDLE (per the instructions). I’m guessing it is this way because the ceiling is too low.
Missile/Bomb launcher: This is very clever. Look at the two green, yellow and blue bomb/missiles in the photo below. Also notice the white hinge device just above it:
Now, see how the hinge rests down and separates the two bomb/missiles.
OK, moving the lever on the back of the ship causes the door on the bottom to open and launch the bomb/missile:
But, notice the hinge device is holding the second bomb/missile and it releases it into the launching bay when the lever is returned back to normal.
The second bomb/missile can now be deployed in the same manner. Ingenious!
There are launchers on both sides of the ship.
Also, the top of the ship opens up. However, there is a very clever locking system in place. Note the two yellow pieces in the photo below:
Now, see when you pull the yellow pieces, the black Technic piece unlocks the top from the main hull and allows you to lift the top of the ship back. There is a lock on each side:
Here is the top opened up (note the blue seat is where Mace sits):
The cockpit is pretty nifty and opens up nicely to hold the two clones.
Here is the final build:
Note the ‘magazine’ of flick-fire missiles protruding from the top of the ship. Another nice feature is flicking the back button (yellow and grey button in second photo above) flicks a missile out of the front. Once the missile is launched, the ‘magazine’ (white, studless Technic beam) drops down and loads the next missile in place. You can shoot eight missiles like this and then the ‘magazine’ drops out of the bottom of the ship. Very nice!
Again, you need to build this to understand how much ingenuity was put into the design.
Here is a final photo showing the shuttle and gunship so you can see the size difference:
A nice, quick build of a medium sized ship. Some great features and design went into this set. I don’t really care for the yellow detail but that can easily be changed. The inside is cramped and offers little playability. Ship doesn’t really hold any additional minifigs. To be true to the big-screen version, this ship needs to be about twice as big and have the front hatch as seen in the movies/TV series. For the price, I would have liked to had more minifigs included, but it seems most of the sets in the past 12 months have been light on minifgis (presumably as a cost cutting measure by LEGO).
Final Rating: 84%
Build 9/10 (Very nice, fun and straightforward.)
Minifigs 7/10 (Light on the minifigs. No cape for Mace. We get a new clone helmet though.)
Design 10/10 (Awesome design features. Very well done.)
Parts 9/10 (Some new parts, would have liked to see a chrome saber hilt for Mace though.)
Price 7/10 (Seems a bit overpriced. Thought it would be bigger for $60 and have more minifigs.)
Edited by KimT, 22 December 2008 - 10:55 AM.
Indexed and poll added