(10.02.09) This is my sixth review. It features:
Product: 7171 Mos Espa Podrace
Theme: Star Wars
No of pieces: 894
Release Date: 1999
RRP: USD $90.00
Featured Episodes: TPM
Lego "Shop at Home" Catalog Description
The sport of Podracing is so dangerous that only one human dares to try it — Anakin Skywalker. And it's your job to help him! Build Anakin's Podracer. Then check out the competition — Sebulba and Gasgano. Now get ready for the high-flying action! You'll need quick reflexes and nerves of steel to win! Comes with three Podracers, 3 pit droids, Padmé Naberrie, Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2, Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks, Sebulba and Gasgano. Ages 8-12. 894 pieces.
This is a huge set, the biggest of the year, I think. It is expensive but you get lots for your money, as you can see.
And here is the upcoming 2011 Summer Podracing set 7962 Anakin's and Sebulba's Podracers for comparison.
There are 11 figs in the set, 4 of which are unique: Gasgano, Sebulba and their pit droids. Padmé, pilot Anakin and his pit droid can only be bought in the smaller 7131 Anakin's Podracer set. Qui-Gon, Jar Jar and R2 can be bought in other sets.
These are the three pit droids. The mostly brown one is Sebulba's, the mostly white one is Gasgano's (should have brown arms, lost them) and the mixed one is Ani's.
Gasgano is an usual design made of 8 bricks. The head has a special print. He came second in the podrace if you didn't know who he is.
Sebulba is just one piece without much design. You should know who this is if you watched the podrace.
There are two service stations with flags and a stand with flag included too. I have lost Gasgano's green and black flags as well as Anakin's blue flag. There are four tools on each station that the pit droids can use to repair the vehicles.
Anakin can sit in the cockpit and pilot his vehicle. Notice the printing on the front and side to give it detail.
A side-view of the podracer showing the frame underneath to hold it together.
The engine flaps can be opened for playability (not much). You can see the 'power couplings' hold the engines to the frame.
This is Gasgano's podracer. It is relatively movie-accurately designed and coloured. It is about the same size as Sebulba's and bigger than Anakin's.
Gasgano can sit in the cokpit to pilot his racer. There are printed bricks on either side with his logo on.
A side-view of the pod. The frames underneath have holes in to make them lighter and cheaper.
The engines are quite large and colourful. The black flaps on the sides can open to reveal...
Chainsaws to attack the other pods.
Sebulba's pod is slightly the biggest and also has some small playability functions.
There are several printed bricks on the cockpit to give it detail as well as saws on the sides to attack the other racers. Sebulba can sit inside to man the (lost) controls. (It was only a 2x1 brick with a handle on one side, like Gasgano holds)
The sides of the engines also have detailed printed pieces.
These can open to reveal flamethrowers as seen in the deleted scenes.
The flaps on the engines are printed and there are printed bricks with his logo on too.
Sebulba, being the cheat he is, has more saws in his arsenal that are mounted on the front.
I think this is a great set that has a lot of appeal to kids for its playability and to reenact one of the most exciting parts of TPM. The designs are no where near as good as modern designs and if this set was to be remade, it would no doubt look a lot better. I picked this set up on Ebay for a mere £30, completed and in great condition. A downside would be their awkward shape which makes them difficult to display and/or store. I would recommend it if you are a PT fan who doesn't already own it.
Design: 9/10 - The podracers look very accurate as do the minifigs. The vehicles are coloured correctly and well-made.
Minifigs: 8/10 - A good selection of minifigs with a unique Gasgano and Sebulba as well as their podracers. Also, the podrace sets are the only ones to include Padmé.
Playability: 9/10 - This set includes many functions like tools to service the vehicles as well as 3 vehicles with small features.
Swooshability: 9/10 - The podracers are sturdy and easy to swoosh thanks to the frame. The heavier ones are less stable.
Overall: 8.75/10 - An accurate calculated score.
See the gallery here.
Any questions or comments are welcome.
KimT, you can add it to the index if you like. I made it to fill the gap. Also, you may add a vote to it and give any more suggestions.
Edited by ADHO15, 28 April 2011 - 10:00 AM.