Name: Mini Slave I and Jedi Starfighter
Theme: Star Wars
Price: I paid 500 yen
MSP: $4 US
This came up at a good price on the auction, so I grabbed it. I have the full size Slave and Starfighter, and I really like getting the minis to go with them. I'm pretty mixed about Episode 2. I was embarrassed watching the movie with my (then) girlfriend when it came out, but that was because of the lame story and romance. The ship design was top notch, and the color schemes fairly modern and retro. The navy and yellow of the Slave and the white and burgundy of the Starfighter feel quite good, better than some of the current Clone Wars color schemes.
The set has 4 printed pieces. Two for the starfighter, one for the Slave, and one for the Bomber
This was a Japanese set, and here are the three Kabaya sets released around the same time, advertised within.
As well as the other Lego sets of that year.
The set has 1/4 of a tie bomber, shown here.
The Finished Product
I really like this little ship, it's sleek and simple, but really captures the shape.
This thing is a little too simple for my tastes. With standard bricks, I don't know what would make it better, but this is kind of flat and boring.
The Tie Piece
I'm shopping around to get those other Tie Bomber pieces.
The extra parts
Design: 8/10 I give the Slave a 10/10, the Starfighter a 6/10. There's very little to the Starfighter, it's made in 6 steps, the Slave in 8 steps. Bonus points for both having printed parts, the Starfighter having 2, and the Slave having the large blue piece printed with green and yellow.
Playability: 10/10 These mini pair sets were really well thought out, and are really fun. This set recreates part of Episode II and if I were a kid rather than just a kid at heart, I'd be thrilled to have this.
Price: 10/10 I was lucky getting it at the price I did, but up to $10 would be really reasonable for this set.
Build: 8/10 Really simple, but you can learn a lot about using odd pieces, so, particularly with the Slave, it is a lesson in effective minimalism.
Average Score: 9/10
Edited by def, 01 June 2009 - 04:00 AM.