OK, folks. This is my first review, and these are the first pictures of Lego I've ever taken, so please be kind. Sorry if the pics are too big. I hope I hit all the usual points.
The Jedi Shuttle. There hasn't been much talk about this set, but from what I've posted so far, there seems to be a fair amount of interest. Lets get started.
Set Number: 7931 Jedi T-6 Shuttle
Price: 59.99 from TRU-US
The set is already built, so regretfully I have no in build pics. And, since I'm new to this, and just hoping to pull SOMETHING off, no box pics. No surprises with the box, or the front of the instructions.
There is one instruction booklet, with a total of 67 pages, and 26 steps. Some random instruction booklet pics:
Blurry, but building the engine block:
This is the wing gear mechanism:
Building up the cockpit:
This is a blurry image, but you can see the "flat" pieces on each wing where the stickers go, as well as the OR emblem, which is also a sticker.
There are four numbered bags. The first is the engine block, the second and third are a wing each, and the cockpit is the fourth. There are five stickers- two white "greeble" stickers for each wing, and the OR emblem on the port wing. There is only one printed part- a 1x2 black control panel for the cockpit.
It took me about 30 minutes to build. Build in some time for reaquiring pieces from a 2 year old, and calculating the trajectory of a piece that falls off of a table onto a tile floor and then blends in with the tile.
There really were no new techniques; the wings are standard shuttle construction with angled plates. The cockpit is very similar to the other cockpits we've seen in shuttles.
A few pics to highlight some aspects:
I actually like the engines. It's not the usual slapping a trans-color piece onto a flat surface.
Here you can see at the base of the engines the white arch pieces that we saw in the space shuttle, only they are the whole 180 degree arch, instead of the 90, which I've always found flimsy.
In this top view, you can see the engines better, as well as those arch pieces. The engine block and the cockpit function as one "unit" with the wings rotating around the large gear in the center.
In this bad view of the undercarriage guts, you can see the L shaped techic piece which serves as the landing gear. Actually, it just balances the ship better, as the weight sits on the engine block. This piece prevents the cockpit from dipping forward. Just above this pieces is a small black gear. This gear is attached to the engine block, and the white gear is attach
ed to the wings. That's all there is to the rotation mechanism. Surprisingly sturdy, especially with how floppy many of the previous shuttle wings are.
This is the inside of the cockpit. Two Jedi only, one in front of and to the right of the other. Clearly we can fit more in here without much modification.
Here is a view of the windscreen with the standard shuttle attachement joint.
Side view of windscreen.
Rear of the cockpit, and you can also see the 1x2 trans clear pieces on the tips of the wings. These are in the front and the back.
Honestly, I couldn't take any better pics than we already have. But here they are.
Sorry for the poor quality.
Both Shaak Ti and Saesee Tiin's headpieces came in seperate bags. Both are made of hard plastic, but Saesee's horns are soft...? Otherwise, they look great.
Pieces: 8/10. There aren't alot for the size, but it ends up being a good sized ship without a really tedious build.
Price: 9/10. For the new minifigs, mostly. Though the more I look at this thing and it grows on me, the more I think it was worth it.
Design: 9/10. Good wing mechanism, solid, and sturdy. DSS knocks it down, and my fingers hurt from removing the cockpit.
Minifigs: 8/10. Should be a 10/10, but how many Anakins do I need?
Playability: 8/10. OK, not much to do with it, but a solid wing mechanism, and very swooshable. The windscreen, however, is a bit hard to get off.
Overall: 8/10. Maybe I'm being generous. The only reason I got this was for Shaak and Saesee, and given that I'm mostly an OT fan, I actually really like this ship. The cockpit could be better, with more room for the Jedi.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your patience.
Edited by KimT, 24 December 2010 - 11:27 AM.