Near the end of my review week, I will review a favorite!
Name: Slave I
Theme: Star Wars
Minifigs: Boba Fett, Dengar, IG-88, Bespin Guard
Price: I paid $90 U.S.
MSP: $50 U.S.
I had to have this ship! I debated it for a long time, I even started a thread about it. Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars series, so this ship has gotten expensive, and will only get more so. I bought an unopened one with my Christmas money last year. But is it really worth it? Let's find out!
The ones that really stick out are the large brown slopes (that would be good for making a Tatooine ship someday) and the really beautiful olive green pieces. The cockpit window is nice too. There's no stickers, and only one little printed piece for a control panel.
The mini-figures are fantastic. I was really happy to get a Dengar mini! He was a lame character, so who could've expected they'd make him a mini-fig. There is a familiar IG-88. Strangely, neither Dengar nor IG-88 ever had anything to do with the Slave I in the movies. The Bespin Guard is alright, and carbonite Han is, well, a black block.
The IG-88 model was redone as Assassin Droids in this year's battlepack. The Slave version is just a bit shinier, and has a brighter orange (IG-88 on the left)
Boba Fett is the same as Jango from 7153, but his head has no paint job.
His helmet is cut open, so the black is actually the head. It looks good, and creates more depth in the model.
The Instructions/ The Build
The instructions are medium-difficulty. I had a little trouble telling the gray from the dark gray from the black. Occasionally, I searched for a piece before realizing I was looking for the wrong color. Also, especially in the early parts, a lot of pieces are added at a time, so it's easy to overlook a piece, but nothing too difficult.
About 12 steps in, the basic sleek shape is set. Space is left on the sides for the moving parts.
Another 10 steps in, and the main weapon has been put in the center. The gray part on the right (left of the gray slope) is the shelf Han will be placed on.
12 steps later, the cockpit has been placed in, and is connected to the wings. When the wings pivot, the cockpit moves too.
No Boba! It's not ready yet! Get out!
Around step 45, the center gun is now locked in place, hideaway missiles have been placed in.
A few steps later, it's
The Finished Product
A thing of beauty
Head on view.
Back view. We can see Boba at the controls.
As we tilt the wings, he swings backwards.
The set has 3 places to open up, a large spring loaded gun is next to the cockpit, missiles on either side pop out, and two guns are tucked away behind the turrets. Does he have enough firepower The black switch on the side opens the compartment for Han. On the opposite side is a similar switch to release the central gun.
Han is ready for Jabba now.
One last part opens up to drop bombs, though I don't exactly know how you drop bombs in zero g
Yes, that's a big gun!
The underside has a nice design too, lot of propulsion going on here. I also like the circular designs.
A father is proud.
The Final Verdict
Design: 10/10 This has all you might look for in a set; lots of details, nice color, and an interesting build. The switches work perfectly, and the cockpit-wing movement works great. Beautiful job.
Build: 9/10 Nothing is boring here, and the only complaint is that the instruction book is sometimes difficult to follow. It took about an hour and a half to build.
Playability: 10/10 It has a hideaway spring loaded gun, lots of mini hideaway guns, plus the wings right themselves through gravity, making it really flyable.
Minifigures: 10/10 Four figures and Carbonite Han. Bounty Hunters are always cool, and this set gives you three of them. Very happy.
Price: 10/10 $50 is a deal for this set. I'm used to Japanese prices (this was probably $80 or more new in Japan, and sells for over $160 here now). I bought it through Bricklink, and was totally fine paying $90 plus shipping for it. It was a great Christmas present for me.
Overall: 10/10 This is a great set, and, unless it gets rereleased (2016?) it's only going to get more expensive. It's one of those things where the stars are in alignment... a fan-favorite character gets a set which is well-worth the hype.
Edited by def, 03 May 2009 - 03:03 PM.