This review will be on the 8099 Midi-scale Imperial Star Destroyer
So evil that even the command tower looks like a skull head.
- No minifigures included
- Display the model using the convenient stand!
- Imperial Star Destroyer measures more than 10” (25cm) long and stands more than 5” (12cm)
Theme: Star Wars
Price: $39.99/$31.16 EUR/25.96 GBP
Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset, Bricklink
Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Box Art Front
Special Edition. I have no idea why except that only select stores will carry this. It does look very nice. I like the 2010 box colors. They stand out more.
Box Art Rear
Besides filler, I don't know why LEGO choosed to display the parts list on the back. Pretty much there are no special parts, so anybody with a million LEGO pieces could make it now. That's like the pot calling the kettle black... Lol. Lets see how many of you caught on to that joke.
Cheat. They used the same as the box cover.
Wow, actual dimensions. I wish they gave a mini UCS plaque to go with this. Oh that black thing on the bottom is the built-in stand.
I still have no idea why LEGO likes to put weird colored parts in builds that shouldn't have BLUE or RED in them. Oh BTW, this was a very important step. The piece folded in half, and now you have studs facing up and also facing down.
Here is a good shot of the first quarter being put on. You can see how there are some greebles (Small parts used to give detail.) Like the little claws at the nose of the ship.
Here are the unstable dishes you'll here me mentioning in my closing.
Now why did LEGO use those antennas?
Technic to the rescue! LEGO used the antennas to fit into the Technic part to hold the rear thrusters on the back of the Destroyer!
Only one more quarter to put on. The white colored "claws" are used to hold each of the quarters together.
How simple is that? The command tower just clicks right on the top of the blue brick. Wha? Is that a head I see?
The final quarter done. See finished photo below for completed shot.
Top front- While the photo does make it look like an arrow head, slender and long, it's wider than the picture makes it out to be.
Top rear- I'm amazed how LEGO find parts that actually look like parts that belong. Like the small balls to copy the radar domes (whatever they are) on the movie Star Destroyer.
Rear angle- Here is a good shot showing the engines. Amazing how they added the engines to something that is all about SNOT.
Side profile- Look how the LEGO undersides lends to side fold to almost make it look like greebles. Even the side canons. Nice move using Wall-E eye's parts. Inside joke. Move along.
Underside- The black rectangle is actually inside the ship. I wish I had a mini-Blockhead runner to fit in there. The Black horizontal tube is actually upside down "T" stand. Not really meant to be taken off.
Top view- Very symmetrical in shape. At least in this view you can see how wide it really is.
Comments: This is a very good design and it holds itself well together. Know what SNOT is? No, it's not what comes out of your nose. Well, yes. But not in this case. SNOT stands for Studs Not On Top. Which is how I tend to build MOCs. But LEGO in the hands of masters, SNOT can make a very plain looking design, something very realistic and not so much like LEGO. This set has studs on the top, underneath, and even in the rear! Although the design was simple (The Star Destroyer), I could imagine the headache the creator at LEGO had in trying to dream up how to make the unit hold together when it really shouldn't be able to.
Playability: 4/5 This is playable. Very swooshable. The only part that falls off a lot is the thrusters.
Design: 5/5 I don't think they could've made this much better without making the unit cost more than people are willing to pay. Oh the thrusters I mentioned above.. If you look at what piece they used (only choice) it's not a solid part that likes to stay on other parts due to its dish shape.
Build experience: 3/5 It's made for ages 9-14. My son can build this. He's 8. I think they made it into the higher age group because it's more of a "model" than something that plays well with other LEGO sets. I mean, there's the Midi-Millennium Falcon. But it's not to scale for this midi-sized Star Destroyer.
Overall: 4/5 I think this would make a great set if you love collecting Star Wars. It's not expensive, and if you're a AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) it doesn't look like a kids toy. I would be proud to display it on my work desk. Too bad work outlawed having personal items on desks...
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are click able for larger, bigger-than-life picture sizes! BUT. Flickr is now making sure the links for pictures can't be just copied and pasted. It needs to link back to flickr. So now, if you click on a photo, it'll take you to my flickr site of that photo. All you have to do, is right-click on the photo and choose "Original" and you'll see the full size picture. Here is a direct link to my: 8099 Midi-scale Imperial Star Destroyer