Sorry, I couldn't see how to make this a poll!
Name: Mini Snowspeeder
Theme: Star Wars Minis
Price: Unknown, as it was never officially released (to my knowledge!)
For some reason, I recently decided to try and make this set from the Instructions which you can get from Lego.com and after a couple of Bricklink orders, I was able to do so. Please find my review below ...
First up, given that there isn't a "packshot" for this set (as it's unreleased), is all the parts laid out (minus the spares, I didn't think it necessary to buy the spares!!) :
Not a bad selection, all in all. Nothing particularly rare either, making this set perfectly buildable for anyone with a few spare parts.
The first page of the instructions builds the main body of the snowspeeder :
With this scale, I think they achieved the shape of the cockpit pretty well. It may have looked better if they'd had the 2 x 1 cheese slopes at the time of production (I *think* they've only come along pretty recently?!).
Next up, you build the wings :
Yet more use of the ever brilliant cheese slopes to create the shape here. I'm not sure why we need the Orange round plates on the front ... maybe for a bit of colour? But I guess you can just take those off if you want to.
In order to create the angle of the wings, there are a couple of plates added underneath each one. These stop the wings from becoming too angled.
And here's the final model ... not a bad looking set all in all, although there's just something, that I can't put my finger on, that's not quite right, towards the back?! Maybe I've just got a distorted view based on the minifigure scale sets we've had in the past?!
The Ratings :
Playability/Swooshability : 10/10 (very swooshable indeed)
Design : 9/10 (as I said, there's just something that's not quite right ... and could use the 2 x 1 slopes nowadays)
Price : 8/10 (as you can't buy this officially and the re-sellers on Bricklink are charging too much for the parts, although you can, like me, just buy the parts yourself)
Overall : 9/10 (A few flaws, but pretty good overall)
If you have the parts or have the patience to go through the Bricklink inventory to get the bits you need then I would say go for it.
nb : this is quite possibly my first "proper" review for Star Wars, so I hope it's ok :)
Edited by KimT, 11 August 2009 - 09:17 PM.