Ok, if nobody else wants to do it:
Here is my review of the Set 8037, Anakin's Y-Wing
Set Name: Anakin's Y-Wing Starfighter
Set Number: 8037
Theme: Star Wars / Clone Wars
Price: EUR 69,95
First the formal part...
This is the box:
from the back:
and the contents:
And again - the world famous box analysis:
Better than 7749, but still only 20-30% of the box is used...
The minifigs -well known. Just R2D2 got a grey head.
Now we start construction...
The first step - building the "engine bridge":
Some SNOT is used when building the sideboards...
To shoot a torpedo, you just put R2D2 on a little grey technic axe and move him like a trigger. I'm not sure if R2D2 really likes this mechanism, but for my kids it was ok.
Are the egg-like thingies new parts?
Engines are nearly complete:
What really tested my abilities and endurance was the construction of 8 (eight) engine attachments. Puh..
The final cockpit:
Having a rotating turret just would be perfect. Otherwise enemy fighters kindly have to be asked just to attack from a straight line behind.
I hope, they've got a good heater inside - the cockpit is open in the back
Under the Y-Wing there is the "Torpedo-Canon"
Formal comparison of the Y-Wings:
Set 7658: Y-Wing 454 Parts, EUR 45,99.- BTL S3 Y-Wing
It's a nice day at a main alliance outpost a few months after the Battle of Endor. The rookie pilots have a lesson about heavy bomber starfighters.
Instructor: Listen up! This is an BTL-B Y-Wing Starfighter, now nearly 28 years in Service. It has gone through some modifications, as you can see at the S3 Version behind you. We changed the turret and the weaponry and those lazy mechanics took the panels away. It's an old lady, but it flies like a Sandhopper, has shields to protect you from nearly any enemy fighter and can carry more bombs and torpedos than any other craft - except the B-Wing.
There are some rumors that especially this craft was flown by Darth Vader and some jedi girl punk in the Clone Wars. I think these a re rumors - ol' Vader and a girlie jedi - pffff.
*mumbling*: Yes that kid was a pain in the a** - but I'll be back...
Design: 8/10 Better than the old Y-Wing, but
- a rotating turret and a cockpit without holes just would be perfect.
- some kind of landing gear just would be fine...
Build: 9/10 Easy, some new parts (for me)
Playability: 9/10 The torpedo "rocks" and the whole fighter is very durable.
Minifigures: 6/10 Just the usual suspects. Some nice individiual Clone Pilots would have been better and may have influenced some AFOL's to buy this set...
Price: 8/10 Just the usual overprizing. But because of the playability and the nice design better than some other Clone Wars sets..
Not as bad as you might thought. Ok, it's too expensive, the minifigs are boring - but the design is simple and nice and my kids really like to play with it. (And I can safe my 7658 BTL S3..)
Edited by KimT, 27 May 2009 - 10:30 PM.
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