This review will be on the 10144 Lego Sandcrawler.
A quote from Amazon.com:
As the story goes, Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen is shopping for some new droids at the Jawa Sandcrawler. There are plenty to choose from, including R2-D2 and C-3PO. But the Jawas drive a hard bargain and danger is never far away. With Lego mini-figures of all the characters -- even the minor ones -- it's fun to re-enact this classic scene from "Episode IV: A New Hope." The set includes 11 mini-figures: Uncle Owen Lars, three Jawas, R2-D2, C-3PO, R5-D4, R1-G4, ASP droid, gonk droid, and Treadwell droid.
Recommended for ages 12 years and up, the Sandcrawler incorporates 1,669 elements. The center section of the model removes to reveal the Jawa workshop. A crane loads droids into the Sandcrawler. The cockpit opens to load a driver and steering mechanism with moving treads, which will guide the Jawa vehicle to its next adventure. Developed in co-operation between consumer requests, fans, and Lego designers, this Star Wars model measures 15 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, and 9 inches high.
Set Name: 10144 Lego Sandcrawler
Theme: Star Wars
Price: $139.99/101.57 EUR/89.47GBP
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Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals! All pictures that can be clicked on, will go to a full size photo.
Side of box
Other side of box
Parts bags 1 of 2 pictures
Parts bags 2 of 2 pictures
Back of instruction book
Here you can see the crane on the roof. It's modular so it stores in the front part of the Sandcrawler.
Robot lineup (front)
Rest of the minifigs
It was at this point where Uncle Ben realized that the rug mats he was given weren't mats.
Here is another photo-build. I hope you like it.
Here i where you can see the floorboard finished. Those beige pieces are what holds the black pieces together. I think they should've made them black to match the floor. And as you will find out, they are not strong enough to hold the floorboard together.
Next you can see one of the rear walls put up with the opposite side wall completed and added to the Sandcrawler.
This is the rear of the Sandcrawler being made. That's pretty much the finished wall on the right panel. It's very detailed. No smooth walls here.
Next you can see the completed interior. The left side don't have the support beams overhead yet, but gives you the layout of the inside. As you can see, it's very plain. The light grey 1x12 bars are used later as a guide for the platform of the crane.
In the 8 panels above you can get a closeup view of the treads and how they fit on the tracks. In the above left photo, I tried to put each of the tracks in a partial build. If you looks carefully on the picture on the right, you can see how Lego took some shortcuts. The brown part of the track that show only on th outside is only on the outside. I guess they figured if you can't see the inside of the tracks, then that's less pieces needed.
Here you can see the completed workshop. There in the middle is some sort of master control, around the sides are different tools that the Jawas can use. Funny how even in a galaxy far, far away, they use an oil can just like us.
Here you can see the completed crane platform and the normal workshop cover for the roof of the workshop. Again, very detailed with lots of pipes, rods and gratings.
This is the cockpit. This alone you can tell that the Sandcrawler isn't built to size. The little lone Jawa sits (stands) in his seat. They gave him to joystick controllers and a cockpit with a view. Although it's a fake view.
Top view with everything closed. Very nice detail on the Sandcrawler. Many shades of brown with odds and ends of studs and wires on the surface.
Top view with the two top panels removed. One is for the center box and the other is a small loading hole for when you have the crane set up above the big hole.
Removed the center workshop. Here, you can have fun playing with all your little robots and Jawas. By removing this center piece, it will allow access to the inside of the crawler. Which is not much for play space.
Another view of the workshop box area removed. Covers to the side.
Closeup of the removable workshop with all the characters standing in it.
Front open. Here you can see the crane platform. It can slide out and be used on the ground, or you can place it on the top of the Sandcrawler.
Top view of the same box with everybody in it.
Final photo with the front open and all the droids standing in front of the Sandcrawler. Uncle Ben trying to get a good deal, while C-3PO is trying to get R2-D2 off the crane. I still have no idea why there are doors on the Sandcrawler with no doors. Very trusting these Jawas.
OMG! They blew it up!
I was warned that the base of the Sandcrawler is not very well built. They used single rows of studs to join the floorboards to each other. I thought it was well enough built being that the walls were up. Oh I was wrong. When I picked up the Sandcrawler by the two arches inside the Sandcrawler, the crawler cracked in half. And that is what you see in the pictures above. Needless to say, everybody who was around me was looking at me. It wasn't too hard to put back. Maybe another 10 minutes of time. Most of the parts was still together in clumps. As a side benefit, I did find one piece I was missing and I could add it to the build.
This set has many features. This is a set that can be considered a UCS made for playing. It has a middle section that is removable so you can play in the Sandcrawler and in the removable workshop. The front opens like the movie, there is a working crane to lift up the droids the Jawas steal, I mean find in the sand. The crane stand can also be placed on the top of the workshop to lift the droids up to the top of the Sandcrawler and dropped into the loading hole. There's a total of 5 droids to play with plus R2-D2, C-3PO, Uncle Ben, and 3 Jawas. I wish they included Luke. The tracks on the Sandcrawler can move using a rotation knob on the back of the Sandcrawler.
Not to many "rare" parts. Uncle Ben and Jawas are the only minifigs I can think of that you can't get elsewhere. <Whap!> Ouch! I was reminded that this whole thing is rare parts bin. Anybody looking for any brown parts will have a fun time. From the half-drums (brown) to all the "L" and 2x2 brown colored pieces. Pretty much if you want brown, this is THE set to get.
Playability: 4 out of 5. Everything about this is for playing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 is that it WILL BREAK EASILY! There's only a single row of studs holding some of the floor plates in the Sandcrawler.
Design: 3 out of 5. I'm being picky about this. The unit isn't to any scale. The inside of the Sandcrawler is nothing like the movie. There was no crane. Where's the suction tube that sucked R2 into the Sandcrawler? Why are there doors on the side with no doors?? I guess if they tried to make it to scale, the whole unit would be another 50% larger. Which would make it way too expensive.
Build experience: 4 out of 5. It's not hard to build. But it is fragile when putting it together. It's like trying to build a house out of Lego. All the sides are mostly single stud wide for the walls. I'm sure a few choice blaster shots from a imperial canon could put holes into this Sandcrawler.
Overall: 4 out of 5. Get it on sale. I paid around the $135 for it. Considering 1600+ pieces for a Star Wars set, it's a good value.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
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