Review: 8031 Lego Mini V-19 Torrent
Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:11 AM
Swoosh! Pew! Pew! Folding wing for a landing. This mini-V-19 Torrent is pretty good. It's not just a static display but very playable. Best part, it's $3.99 for 66 part count!
Set Name: 8031 Lego Mini V-19 Torrent
Theme: Star Wars Clone Wars mini series
Price: $3.99 US price. I do not know if it's available elsewhere.
Let us start off by looking at what you get.
Ha! It's not a box, but a bag. Be careful. The bag is easily ripped. For a bag, they did use a lot of color.
8031 Instruction book
Ha! Got you again. It's not a book, but a fold out poster. I never saw this before but it looks like it lists a part number next to each piece that they add on.
Hey, even with a set this small, there are extra parts in the bag. Yay!
There is no parts list or alternate set. Use your imagination to create your own ideas if you breakdown this set.
Here is a build process shown in build sheets.
8021 Build sheets
You read it from left to right, from top to bottom. And that's about 24 step process. I bet I wrote more words than they are pieces.
Side view. Landing mode._Front view. Landing mode
Rear view. Landing mode._Top view. Landing mode.
Side view. Flight mode._Front view. Flight mode.
Rear view. Flight mode.
Lets try iso-view from the front in flight mode.
Iso view from rear in flight mode.
Iso view front in landing mode.
Iso view from the rear in landing mode.
All final photos can be clicked on to view a larger picture.
I give Lego credit for making it pretty realistic. The center wing actually swivels down for flight mode. It does it with a good feel too. The center wing has resistance when moving. Helps for when you might be flying it around your room. You won't need to hold the wing to keep it from moving loose. Then again, maybe mine had a tight fit. The other part that moves is the two wings, They can raise and lower for flight mode and landing mode.
No issues. Everything was simple to follow. Hard to get lost when there's ~66 pieces to put together.
At $3.99 for 66 pieces, it's a good deal if you need parts from it. If not, there always the 8033 Lego Mini General Greivus set which "only" has 44 count, but still $3.99.
To see the full size pictures, please goto my flicker site: Mini V-19 Torrent
Playability: 4 out of 5. It’s swooshable. It's a mini. Stick it in your jacket pocket and take it with you.
Design: 3 out of 5. Very good job. I think a few things could've made it better like what IlikePi said, "Where's the other republic insignia for the other wing?"
Build experience: 2 out of 5. This was easy. As I mentioned before, hard to get it wrong with so little pieces.
Overall: 5 out of 5. It's $3.99. Even in Hawaii where there seems to be an automatic $5-30 price increase on most Lego sets when compared to the mainland. Well worth buying at least one.
Thanks for reading!
Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:38 AM
Now we've got three reviews of this super mini in the index.
It's one of my favorite minis
I also added a poll
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:12 PM
and after everything I am finally a knight!
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:08 PM
Today is the Star wars Clone wars Ryloth the trilogy!
Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:42 AM
I need to post a review of the two mini sets too.
P.S. Thanks for mentioning me in your review.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:20 AM
Posted 20 April 2009 - 08:10 PM
Great thorough review of a great set! Thanks for sharing!
Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:38 AM
Mine is that blue. :) JK. To give a bit more pop to the picture, the contrast was a bit higher. Sometimes I wish I had a different color background but I can't put up anything but white.
Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:28 AM
Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:12 PM
I really would like one of these but they are alittle to expensive in NZ for a Mini imo.
It's a very cute little fighter!
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