Name: Mini Anakin's Podracer and Sebulba's Podracer
Theme: Star Wars
Price: I paid 1000 yen
MSP: $4 US
I've been looking for these 448~ series sets. I like minis, but also, I want to build that Tie Bomber. Of the 4 sets though, this was the one I was least excited to get. I had the original Anakin's Podracer set, and it was okay, but not a favorite. After building this though, I was pleasantly surprised.
There weren't any printed pieces or stickers, but there were some interesting pieces. Particularly, the clear stands (made with standard turret molds and dishes) and the sharp-looking orange pieces are welcome new additions to my collection.
As I said above, the set is came with 1/4 of a Tie Bomber. Very successful promotion since that's why I bought the set!
The Tie Bomber wing
The Finished Product
I really dig this ship. I like the weight of it, the aero-dynamism of it. The colors are beautiful together. Maybe it was the low expectations I'd had, but I said "Wow" when I finished it.
I like the way the engine bricks are twisted at 45 degrees to create the arrow shape.
The clear underside does a good job of creating the illusion of floating.
I liked this one a lot less. The build is simpler, and is the first ship in the instruction book (the first is generally the weaker of the two). It's built in four steps. But, it is relatively accurate to the movie version.
Design: 9/10 These are difficult ships to design, since they are so sparse. Definitely Sebulba's ship by itself is a 10/10. One thing which might have made it better would be some kind of tube connecting the engines to the ships, though it might have made it clunky.
Playability: 10/10 The paired sets are a perfect (LEGO) idea. These ships make up a large part of the Phantom Menace's best scene, and you get two to race against each other. You can hear the DON-DON-DON-DON-DON of the racers just by picking them up!
Price: 10/10 Not much money, and you get two cool sets. If it was just Sebulba's racer, I would be fine with the price
Build: 8/10 Nothing too unusual, but Sebulba's racer has some interesting techniques on the engines, to create the right angles on it.
Average Score: 9/10