As it turns out, the Reviewer's Academy birthday coincides with my birthday. A day's difference, but let's not quibble So, my wife wanted to get some small set for me. The trouble is, she has no idea what I have and don't have, or what I'd want and not want. So, she went outside the box and got me this. Thanks hon!
Name: LEGO Star Wars Clock
Theme: Star Wars
Minifigs: Chewbacca, Stormtrooper
Price: birthday present, it'd be rude to ask
MSP: U.S.$29.99, £19.95
Stay on schedule with the LEGO Star Wars alarm clock, featuring Japanese Quartz movement, a crescendo alarm, two authentic Star Wars minifigures, and a buildable blaster turret on top. A great gift for a LEGO or Star Wars fan'¦or just a late sleeper! Includes Chewbacca and Stormtrooper minifigures!
The package is quite nice. TLG generally doesn't show the pieces through the box, but this isn't TLG Inspecting the box, although it's real Lego pieces, the manufacturer is a Chinese company called Clic Time. I realize TLG is not a clock company, but I would have much preferred the opposite, that Lego was the manufacturer, and they were licensing another company's clock technology. Anyway, on the bottom of the box it says to save the Clic Time address for future reference.
I quite like this pic, the same as that on the clock face. Chewbacca savagely ripping off a stormtrooper's arm, as he prepares to beat the poor guy with it. It's Lego, but if that was live action, it would be rated "R"
This side gets a fail from me. Though you can't see it in the pic, the image is pixelated, meaning the Chinese company either took the wrong image file, or the lowered the resolution before printing. So, the image of the instructions is not clear. It's very unprofessional. To add to that, there is no traditional figure instructions, plus the figure in the final pic is a clone, not a stormtrooper. Booooo!
The pieces are actually quite nice, for a 21 piece set. White and burgundy. I can imagine that this was originally intended to be a clone set.
I have both of these already, but they're classic characters who don't appear that often, so they're quite nice. I'll add Chewie to my Hoth display.
The Finished Product
This is how it's featured on the box, and that looks fine, but isn't functional. The alarm button is underneath the stormtrooper, so I won't be keeping it this way... Actually, I don't use an alarm, so maybe I will.
One nice thing is that the clock is Lego friendly, top and bottom, so you could integrate it into a massive Lego structure, if the need arises.
The functions are simple, and I got it to work easily enough.
The Final Verdict
Design: 5/10 The brick fuction on the top and bottom is nice, but I would have been much more impressed if the clock itself was a little more Lego-ish, like a buildable casing. That would change the price and concept a lot, but it would be a lot more exciting.
Build: 2/10 This is somewhat of a disposable build. It uses SNOT techniques, and it's all interesting pieces, but I could build it by looking at it, which gets a low score.
Playability: 4/10 You could do something with this, but not much. It's much more clock than Lego.
Minifigures: 7/10 As I wrote before, these are classic figures. Chewbacca has appeared a lot less than other Star Wars characters, and everybody likes one more stormtrooper.
Price: 6/10 If you say the Lego is $10 and the clock $20, it's a thoroughly average price.
Overall: 5/10 This is a nice enough gift, but since I'm not rich, if I had the cash I'd put it elsewhere. I'm disappointed in TLG's quality control, letting another company use their name, logo and parts, without checking the end result. I think TLG could do something really interesting with a clock if they let the designers in Denmark have fun with it. But, if you don't have Chewbacca already, this set might be worth looking into.
Edited by KimT, 23 August 2009 - 07:35 AM.
Indexed and added BL link & poll