With the new 2009 line of Star wars lego comes the Hyena Droid Bomber. A good price per parts ratio and a brand new minifigure set this apart, but is it worth the money?
Find out in this review!
Set Name: Hyena Droid Bomber
Set Number: 8016
Theme: Star Wars
Price: USD 19.99,CDN 26.99, GBP 19.55, EUR 26.95
Lego Shop description:
Switch modes to demolish the Republic!
Switching between walker, bomber and attack modes, the Hyena Droid is a powerful multi-purpose weapon for the Separatists as seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars . Features four dropping bombs and three all-new rocket battle droid minifigures. Pivot the wings for flying and walking positions! Includes 3 new droid minifigures with special jet packs! Measures 10" (25cm) wide by 8" (20cm) long!
In typical Star Wars fashion, the box displays an action scene with plenty of laser bursts and explosions. While the rocket droids soar through space, the centerpiece of the set, the droid bomber, drops several bombs on its target, an odd-looking purple world.
This shows the features of the set, such as the dropping bombs, the movable wings, and the slightly articulated cockpit.
Here are the "Rocket Droids" that can only be found in this set. I am not sure whether they make an appearance in the CW movie or TV series. Although its nice to have some droid parts in different colours, these really aren't that much different than the ordinary B1 battle droids we all have a million of by now. The "rocket" on the MFs back is a 1x1 dark gray plate with binoculars attached to it.
In the way of weapons we get three of the standard blaster mold. The extra pieces that are included consist of one dark gray and one trans-orange 1x1 plate, two different kinds of droid arms, and a technic pin.
uggh...One is too many. This set relies heavily on stickers to add detail to it. I did not apply them, nor will I ever. i would have paid up to 10 dollars more for this set if most of these had been printed.
Hyena Droid Bomber
The bomber looks okay, and in its walker form is quite menacing to behold. However, it looks too much like an oversized vulture droid for my taste.
In flight mode the bomber presents a sleek profile, and the only parts that really stick out are the ones that connect the wings to the main body of the ship.
We see too many of these enormous, and utterly useless pieces.
As I mentioned before, this is the ugliest part of the ship. It just doesn't fit in with the sleek lines of the rest of it.
For some reason there are two "cockpits". Perhaps the ships appearance in the CW will explain why.
one of the cockpits raises up. While I'm not sure how much of a feature that is, I felt I should mention it.
This bomb-droppping mechanism is the most playable part of the set, and works much better than the one of the droid gunship. pulling back the one of the two technic pieces releases the bombs.
Here's a bottom view of the connecting device. It's useful to mention that it turns in order to switch to walker or flight mode.
An overall shot of everything included in the set. You get quite a few parts for the price, but the ship doesn't look all that great.
Design: 6/10 The ship looks like a rehash of previous ones.
Build: 7/10 There's nothing new or unique in the way the set is built. It would have been nice to see more originality.
Playability: 8/10 There aren't many features, but the bomb-dropping makes this a lot of fun.
Minifigures: 6/10 There's nothing new here except different colour droid torsos.
Price: 7/10 This set has a better price per piece than most of the other '09 SW sets.
In the end, this one leaves a lot to be desired. The ship itself isn't that original or well-designed, and the minifigures aren't so great either. If your a CW completist, I recommend you buy this, but if not, I wouldn't bother. There are other sets that are much more worth your money (*cough* Vader's TIE *cough*).
Comments and constructive criticism are welcome!
Thank you for reading my review!
Edited by Millacol88, 26 April 2009 - 06:44 PM.