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#1 Speedy

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:04 AM

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As it turns out, the Reviewer's Academy birthday coincides with my birthday.  A day's difference, but let's not quibble :laugh:  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!  :wink:  

Set#: C001
Name: LEGO Star Wars Clock
Theme: Star Wars
Year: 2008
Pieces: 21
Minifigs: Chewbacca, Stormtrooper
Price: birthday present, it'd be rude to ask
MSP: U.S.$29.99, £19.95

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Wake up with LEGO' Star Wars !

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 box
The package is quite nice.  TLG generally doesn't show the pieces through the box, but this isn't TLG :oh3: 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.
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The booklet
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"
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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!
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The Pieces
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The functions are simple, and I got it to work easily enough.
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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.
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#2 Svelte

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:58 AM

With that manual art's distorted figs, it almost looks like Chewy is dancing with the stormtrooper - until you see the arms being ripped off! :laugh:

Cute review! :laugh:

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:18 AM

Good review birthday boy  :tongue:
A clone trooper in the booklet, weird.
Since I already have a few Chewies, I won't buy it. Thanks for helping me decide.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:19 AM

Great review! I think those instructions are from the Phase II Clone BP. I always wanted a clock like this but never saw one :cry_sad:

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 07:46 AM

This is great def.
Thanks for reviewing it...I've always wanted a LEGO Star Wars clock and this might get to be the one.
Perhaps you could do a YouTube video/recording of the alarm going off, just to give us an impression of what good it is?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:18 PM

Cool clock, but I wouln't buy it. As you said, it would be more exciting with a brick built frame.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:22 PM

Nice review :thumbup:. You displayed all the goods and bads of this clock. It seems they were a bit lazy with the instructions and just copied the Clone BP section. Perhaps a good LEGO clock idea would be to make nearly the whole thing with lego. Have the mechanics made from Technic gears, axels etc. and then the casing with system bricks.
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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:02 AM

These clocks have always had a sort of appeal to me. The instructions are pretty terrible but its kinda easy to understand why they didnt change them. I like how it can be used as a normal system piece, you could do something pretty cool with it. I would prefer the minifigs to be more rare for the steep price you have to pay for it. The graphic on the clock is funny though.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:53 AM

Thanks for review. I have this set too. I like this set, especially minifigure of Chewie. :thumbup:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 09:36 AM

Terribly sorry for dragging out a really old thread, but that's why we have a search function, right?  :classic:

I saw that this clock has reappeared  at S@H and I'd like to know a couple of things that I can't find anywhere:

Is it ticking loudly? I can never sleep if a clock is making too much noise. This one looks a bit clunky and plastic, but that might be just the exterior.

Also, what kind of sound is the alarm? Something real that rings or a sound chip bibibibibi? I once had an awful one that made waking up feel like getting a hit on the head. If it were Vader saying "I find your lack of getting up disturbing" I would have heard about it :wink:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 02:23 PM

I never used it as an alarm clock, but the buzz isn't particularly loud.  I have it on my mantle next to my computer, and never noticed it ticking.  It's quiet all around.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 02:39 PM

View Postdef, on 20 October 2010 - 02:23 PM, said:

I never used it as an alarm clock, but the buzz isn't particularly loud.  I have it on my mantle next to my computer, and never noticed it ticking.  It's quiet all around.

Thanks for the info! I guess I'll get three more VIP points with my next order! :grin:

Edit: make that 50 VIP points. My brain doesn't really work today.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:22 AM

First of all, great review. Second, I wouldn't mind buying a Lego alarm clock (especially Star Wars), but I'm still waiting for any information at all about these:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 04:26 PM

View PostJRBricks, on 21 October 2010 - 12:22 AM, said:

First of all, great review. Second, I wouldn't mind buying a Lego alarm clock (especially Star Wars), but I'm still waiting for any information at all about these:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:33 PM

View PostKimT, on 22 October 2010 - 04:26 PM, said:

Then check out Amazon.com - they're available there and have been for a while.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:37 PM

Nice clock :grin:
Not sure if it is worth 30 buckaroos though...
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:38 PM

View PostFlare, on 23 October 2010 - 04:37 PM, said:

Nice clock :grin:
Not sure if it is worth 30 buckaroos though...
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