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Review: 20010 Mini Republic Gunship


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How do you rate this set?

  1. Poor (0 votes [0.00%])

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  2. Below-Average (6 votes [13.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.64%

  3. Average (7 votes [15.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.91%

  4. Above-Average (24 votes [54.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 54.55%

  5. Outstanding (7 votes [15.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.91%

Which version is better?

  1. 4490 (the older one) (9 votes [31.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.03%

  2. 20010 (this one) (20 votes [68.97%])

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#1 Inconspicuous

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:22 AM

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Welcome to my long-awaited review of 20010. For days, I anxiously watched the mailbox, and this tiny 94 piece set was the only thing that haunted my mind. One cloudy Thursday afternoon, it finally came!

I apologize that some of my pictures aren't the greatest. It's been quite cloudy around, and with daylight savings, by the time I get back home it's dark. I hope you can excuse any shadows that are results of using a lamp.

With no further ado, here's the review!

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BASIC INFORMATION:
Set Name: Mini Republic Gunship
Set Number: 20010
Number of Pieces: 94
Minifigs: 0
Price: (Brickmaster promotional in US, now available in UK & Germany)  4.59 GBP, 5.99 EUR, estimated value: 6.00 USD
Theme: Star Wars / Clone Wars / Mini
Year Released: 2009

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THE REVIEW:


POLYBAG:

Front:
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Like every good review, this one begins with the polybag. The polybag is the same size as all other BrickMaster promotionals- about 8 inches by 9 inches. I don't understand why Lego needed to make it so huge. There is a ridiculous amount of open space inside, and the bag has a tendency to flop around like a dead fish. I found this same problem with 20009 Mini AT-TE. The art is quite flattering, and masks some of the worse aspects of this set. You'll see more about that later.  :wink:

Back:
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Nothing unusual here, just the basic info and warnings. You can see some pieces peeking out through the clear stripe.

Polybag:: Thoughts: I still find these gigantic polybags a little pointless. Then again, who buys a set for it's box or bag?

Contents:
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Whee! Out come the contents! Maybe the reason why the bag was so big- to mask the fact that it's a small set!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Front:
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Yet another case of the infamous "Booklet Fold" syndrome.  :hmpf_bad:  I hate folds in the instructions for any set, but especially when the instructions could easily fit into the gigantic bag non-folded. The art is the same as the front of the polybag, with the blaster fire and background.

Random Page:
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A random page that shows build up here. I've seen more impressive instructions booklets; this one is rather plain. No movie clips, no fancy borders, no burnt parchment. But it's simple and gets its job done.

Parts Inventory and Last Step:
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And it's done! That was fast. Note the parts inventory is so small it fits on one tiny page!

Back:
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Next comes the back of the booklet. Yep, no ads for other sets, just right to the inventory and back.

Instructions:: Thoughts: Very basically designed, but nothing fancy is really needed. I still dislike the fold in the middle.

PIECES:

Pieces (sorted):
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All 94 pieces meticulously spread out for your viewing pleasure. It's still looking quite small.

Pieces of interest:
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Here are the pieces found interesting. I really like the white clip pieces and wedge-type pieces which both go on the wings. I also like the dark red, but there is actually a very limited amount in this set.

Pieces:: Thoughts: Fine variety but in terms of colors, it could have had more red.

THE BUILD:

Build:
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Lovely in-build shots, approximately every 3 steps. It's just a small set, so in-build pictures don't reveal any fancy complex machinery that was concealed inside. Although part of me really wanted opening and closing doors. :wub:

Build:: Thoughts: Done in a fast 19 steps. It felt about right for a set this size.

COMPLETED PRODUCT:

Completed:
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Since you already saw the left side in the last shot, here's the right. It's exactly identical to the other, so not much to see here.

Front View:
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I guess is the last thing some droids might see. I really like the mini cockpit design, which I think is very realistic and effective.

Back View:
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The back is one of the worst parts of the set. The turret is way to low and the doors stick out the back.

Back:
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I would rather have had the doors closed. I hate the jutting out the back. If you wanted to swoosh this around, it would be very unrealistic.

Front Detailing:
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You can see some lovely little details on the front. The SNOT right below the cockpit may be unrealistic, but it looks cool. (Sorry for the blurry pic)

Side View:
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This, on the other hand, is a great part. The interior itself is really smooth and sleek. I think some mini clones would be great here.

Extras:
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A nice little sample platter of extras. Some cheese slopes, studs, and a joystick.

COMPARISON WITH 4490:

Side:
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Many people may wonder whether this set is better than the old one. Take a look for yourself. The old one is rough and unrefined, but the doors are better. The new one is in general sleeker, despite being smaller.

Front:
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Here, you get a sense of how much bigger 4490 is. The wings are huge! The wings on the new one stay in place much better.

Verdict: I'd say this new one is better. Each have their good aspects- the new one is sleek and the old one is more accurately sized and shaped. I think which ever is more important to you should determine which is better.

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Totals:

Design: 8/10 It's very realistic and sleek, but the horrible back doors and turret take away so much. They can be modded, but the doors wouldn't be as stable.

Parts: 7/10 For a red and white ship, it could have used more red. I think it's a great selection of white, but could've used more of other colors.

Build: 8/10 A nice length for a little set, and no repetition (the wings are mirrored).

Swooshability: 9/10 It's really swooshable for a mini model. If you want to have a terrific crash, it's probably better to use the mini and not the full size.

Playability: 4/10 Erm.. what would you actually do with it? Nothing moves, and swooshing is about it.

Price: 9/10 For 94 pieces, $6 is actually a pretty good deal.

Total: 45/60 Definitely an average set. I honestly thought this would be a terrifically good mini, with high hopes left from the mini AT-TE. I was quite disappointed with this one. Sure it's sleek, but it's small, fairly unrealistic, and just ugly. I really hope future Star Wars mini-models are better. I wouldn't go out of your way to pick this up unless you're a collector.

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#2 ILikePi

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:46 AM

Thanks for the review Inconsipcuous!

When compared to the old mini Republic gunship, this one wins by a landslide, even though this is much smaller.

I would much rather have some minifigure-scale Brickmaster sets instead of mini sets like the Indiana Jones car (that's the reason why I'm not going to get Brickmaster), but this is just fine. If it was released as an official mini set, I'll probably purchase it, since it's worth $6 and has 94 pieces.

That reminds me, I need to finish my review! Hopefully I'll be able to do so over Thanksgiving break. No more procrastinating!  :tongue:

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#3 Inconspicuous

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:05 AM

 ILikePi, on Nov 18 2009, 10:46 PM, said:

Thanks for the review Inconsipcuous!

When compared to the old mini Republic gunship, this one wins by a landslide, even though this is much smaller.

I would much rather have some minifigure-scale Brickmaster sets instead of mini sets like the Indiana Jones car (that's the reason why I'm not going to get Brickmaster), but this is just fine. If it was released as an official mini set, I'll probably purchase it, since it's worth $6 and has 94 pieces.

That reminds me, I need to finish my review! Hopefully I'll be able to do so over Thanksgiving break. No more procrastinating!  :tongue:

You're welcome Pi. And it's Inconspicuous not Inconsipcuous.  :tongue:  (you could take the easy way out and just copy my username)

Are you saying you liked the Indiana Jones one? I definitely did. The January Brickmaster is supposed to be a secret, but I highly suspect it's from Atlantis. Perhaps it would be an actual minifig scale one then?  :wink:

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:39 AM

Great review Inky! I definitely prefer this one to the previous one simply because it just seems to fit into the mini sets better than the previous one because it doesn't have as much detail. I like the little lime green strip by the front turrets cause it contrasts the red really well.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:33 AM

Great Review Inconspicuous! :thumbup:
I wish I could get these sweet BM sets :wub:
The pics are Great and very detailed :thumbup:
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:11 PM

Review looks great, this is a fun little set that I wish got delivered to me as well.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:23 PM

Great review, the in-build pictures are nicely done.
I like this set too, too bad it´s an exclusive. Ah well, one day I might try to make one from parts I have on hand, there does`t seem to be anything too special in there.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:41 PM

 ILikePi, on Nov 18 2009, 10:46 PM, said:

Thanks for the review Inconsipcuous!

When compared to the old mini Republic gunship, this one wins by a landslide, even though this is much smaller.

I would much rather have some minifigure-scale Brickmaster sets instead of mini sets like the Indiana Jones car (that's the reason why I'm not going to get Brickmaster), but this is just fine. If it was released as an official mini set, I'll probably purchase it, since it's worth $6 and has 94 pieces.

That reminds me, I need to finish my review! Hopefully I'll be able to do so over Thanksgiving break. No more procrastinating!  :tongue:

I'm going to have to disagree. I prefer the old one. Sometimes newer isn't always better.  :classic:


Thanks for the review Inconspicuous! The prices some of these brickmaster sets sell for on ebay is outrageous.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:54 PM

I have this set and personally I think it's awesome. Comparing it to the actual thing, which I have as well, it is very accurate, and I love how the guns, just s the one on the ship, can be angled in any way.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 10:14 PM

I like this set better than the AT-TE. I like the sleek interior :tongue:

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:15 PM

I got this set about a week ago and really love it.  Very swooshable (as my wife stared at me oddly).  Also really sturdy which I like and the cockpits were well conceived.  Inky, very good review.  The pictures were good so whatever lamp you used worked well.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:46 PM

 Inconspicuous, on Nov 18 2009, 10:05 PM, said:

You're welcome Pi. And it's Inconspicuous not Inconsipcuous.  :tongue:  (you could take the easy way out and just copy my username)

Are you saying you liked the Indiana Jones one? I definitely did. The January Brickmaster is supposed to be a secret, but I highly suspect it's from Atlantis. Perhaps it would be an actual minifig scale one then?  :wink:
Dang it, that's the second time I've misspelled your name! :grin:

Yes, I'm saying that I liked the Indiana Jones one. :wink:
I agree that the January set is from Atlantis. Hopefully it will minifig-scale and will lead to many more minifig-scale sets in the future! :sweet:

Oh and by the way, do you like being called Inconspicuous or Inky more?

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:16 AM

Thanks for a great review Inconspicuous :thumbup:
this review just makes me want to get one of these BM minis, whatever it takes :tongue:
anyways, it's a nice set, and much more sleeker than the old one, the cockpit especially.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:49 AM

Interesting. Actually, I like it- especially the doors. Maybe you don't like it, but that's how the doors work, by sticking out the back, and I think that's one of the things that give it it's iconic look.
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 04:10 AM

 ILikePi, on Nov 19 2009, 03:46 PM, said:

Oh and by the way, do you like being called Inconspicuous or Inky more?

I'll take either. Inky is a nickname and is much easier to type (and spell!). I usually only sign reviews with Inconspicuous. Anything else I'll finish with Inky.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 04:22 AM

Nice little stocking stuffer for the kids, alas not available in Canada.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:31 AM

I'm personally against the release of SW sets via Brickmaster - there are a lot of Lego SW collectors out there, and since Brickmaster membership isn't available to folks in Europe and elsewhere we have to resort to being scalped by US Brickmaster members in order to keep our collections up to date. Anyone fancy a Brickmaster 84 piece mini Venator for 30 bucks, or a mini clone turbo tank for $50 ?! Thought not.

I was therefore delighted when this nice little set went on sale at UK S@H and quickly snapped it up. Definitely sleeker than 4490 in my opinion and easily worth the cost. Nice clear review Inky - thanks.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:44 AM

 drdavewatford, on Nov 20 2009, 11:31 AM, said:

I'm personally against the release of SW sets via Brickmaster - there are a lot of Lego SW collectors out there, and since Brickmaster membership isn't available to folks in Europe and elsewhere we have to resort to being scalped by US Brickmaster members in order to keep our collections up to date. Anyone fancy a Brickmaster 84 piece mini Venator for 30 bucks, or a mini clone turbo tank for $50 ?! Thought not.

I was therefore delighted when this nice little set went on sale at UK S@H and quickly snapped it up. Definitely sleeker than 4490 in my opinion and easily worth the cost. Nice clear review Inky - thanks.

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But when there was only mini-sets so I decided not to renew it. I also decided not to collect the minis even if I do like them.

Back on topic however, I find your review to be very good. I also voted for that this version is the better one.
As mentioned before it is more sleek in design, and even better details.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:28 AM

I'm not a big star wars fan, but I do like the sets of it. I think this set is a very nice one to have in your collection.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 04:53 AM

Looks like there ain't too many uniqe pieces, but the final product looks good. And its nice to see they give the instructions not just a piece of paper like the mini v-19 torrent. Too bad they don't offer brickmaster here in Canada or available for purchase like the uK and europe.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 05:08 PM

Nice review! Although that I like the old gunship better.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 06:14 AM

I love the minis in the BM sets.  I just hate the bionicles. I have to trade them or sell those.  I am on the fence for which is better. I think the first one is more detailed but this new one just seems better proportioned.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 03:22 PM

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:18 PM

I think the new one looks sharper than the old one.  Damn those localized releases, it seems this is another mini I'll never get my mitts on.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:14 PM

looks good and small :sad: but nice review :grin:
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