Name: Separatists Shuttle
Theme: Star Wars
Subtheme: The Clone Wars
Minifigs: 2 (and three Battledroids)
Price: 36.99 Euro, 29.99 USD, 39.99 Canada Dollar
The new Star Wars summer wave has hit Germany and when I heard from the first sight of sets at TRU I ran several miles to the next TRU in Cologne and to my surprise, I wasn t fooled. The whole summer batch is there, except the three exclusive sets 7753, 7754 and 7778. I "only" took one tank droid, Echo Base, neimodian shuttle and Endor playset and disrupt my marathon-build after the first part of Endor playset for doing this review.
Here is the european box. It is as big as 8017 Vaders TIE and has the exact same piececount. Poorly the ship alone seems to unexciting, so LEGO had to fill the boxart with function pictures to make it more attractive.
The back has another view to the functions.
The instruction booklet is as big as the one from 7681 Spider Walker.
Sorry, in my haste to enjoy and review this set, I didn't take any pictures of the sealed bags.
To the figures! We got 2 "normal" figures and 3 reinforcements for our trade army.
Nute Gunray isn t the happiest guy in this set, but I feel happy for him finally being made. It took ten years for our grey friend to be made and he is one of the mayor baddies in the new Star Wars movies!
I don t know if it s me, but this hat really looks like an egg chair.
Also a long travel needed Senator Farr. His head is recycled from Greedo from the now astronomical overpriced Mos Eisley Cantina in wich it had different printing. The senator looks good, but I find his torso a little plain. Well, it didn t really had much to offer.
Back of the head.
The droids don t really need much explanation, but it was strange that after the build two new arms and one old arm remained, when it s normally one new and one old arm. Maybe they just put the extra arm into for swapping, when the pilot is needed to fight.
The shuttle without stickers:
And with stickers:
With retracted landing strut.
Little and nice detail under the ship.
The cockpit has the same eyes as the vulture droids.
Under the big coverage piece are three blue eyes.
When you open the coverage, the little antenna goes into the big wing.
The cockpit has one standing room and no corellian leather like the 7678 Droid Gunship.
Behind the pilots head is storage room (3x4x1 studs). Maybe for blasters and extra arms.
The shell is very detailed
Now we come to the most interesting function: the synchronal doors. Lego have come up with an ingenious way to make both doors open at the same time. This is a great play feature that is an accurate adaption from the Clone Wars cartoon. What a shame that they couldn t build the same function in the 8038 Endor playset.
Inside the ship
Trying to put all three figures in the ship
Gunray outside of the ship.
At the ceiling are yellow lights.
All extra parts and arms
The complete set
The Final Verdict
Design: 10/10: Excellent, couldn t have been better.
Build: 9/10 Everything is fine and normal. Poorly no new parts except from Gunrays head.
Playability: 7/10 Nice functions, but the shuttle hasn t as much action-scenes in the movies and the show than other ships like the Nu-Class shuttle or Jedi starfighters.
Minifigures: 10/10 Great selection, maybe a new Jar Jar Binks could have been nice, but not necessary.
Price: 7/10 For some people it seems that it s only worth 27Euros but the EXCELLENT figures make me satisfied.
Overall: 43/50 or 8,5/10
I recommend this set to every minifig collector and army parade builder.
Edited by KimT, 25 May 2009 - 12:29 PM.