Love the prequels, hate the prequels, whatever. One thing we should all agree on was this: Darth Maul was excellent. There is something cool about him dying off in Episode One, so that he didn't get all played out, but I miss the little guy. I need more of his tattooed badness in my life. Luckily, there's a whole damn planet of his kind, waiting to get LEGO-fied.
Name: Sith Nightspeeder/ Dathomir Speeder (Japanese name)
Theme: Star Wars, The Clone Wars
Minifigs: 3: Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress
MSP: U.S.$24.99, £29.99
Sith Assassin Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress are speeding toward Anakin Skywalker on the stealthy Sith Nightspeeder with flick-missiles. Detach their twin pods and close in on the young Jedi warrior! Will Anakin Skywalker be able to fend them off? You decide!
* Includes 3 minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress
* Features 4 lightsabers and weapon!
* Flick-fire the missile!
* Detach the twin pods from the Sith Nightspeeder for a multi-directional attack!
* Measures over 6” (15cm) wide, 5” (12cm) long and 2” (5cm) tall
* Pods measure over 4” (10cm) long
Your standard Clone Wars box. The background conjures up the rugged landscape of Dathomir well enough, plus there's a silly explosion in the background.
The back shows the single play feature, disconnecting speeders. They are reminiscent of Darth Maul's crescent speeder in Episode 1. I don't remember them disconnecting in the Clone Wars episode it appeared in. Summer 2011 is a good year for sets.
Standard booklet. Nothing special. Guess who's on the back
There are some interesting techniques in this build, so I thought I'd show this
Three bags, stickers, and a booklet.
Here's my curly sticker sheet. Very curly. The stickers really are important to the set.
The pieces are a smattering of dark and light grey, with a pinch of brown. Notice the five printed slopes! What? I'm confused. Are we in 2001?
These were new pieces for me, and pieces that I could see being very common in the future: 2x4 snotties.
Look at these guys, one new minifig, and two classic Clone Wars figs... or are they? The guy on the right is the dread Savage Opress. What a ridiculous name. It's pronounced sa-VAGE His brother's name is Feral (fe-RAL). Seriously. Check the Wookiepedia. It's yet another reason I stopped reviewing Clone Wars episodes. But we can't blame LEGO for that.
And all three have back printing. Hurrah!
A new Ventress? Nice. I wasn't so satisfied by the first Ventress (on the right), and I think the new one is an improvement. She's definitely lankier. I'd like to see her even thinner and taller though, however they could do it.
And of course, the back printing is an improvement from before.
Oh God, another damn Anakin. I've got so many Anakins I've started giving them away to people as souvenirs when they visit my house. Wait, what? This is a new Anakin? Huh? A new body print? Wow. A loose circa-Episode Two Tattooine look. Very nice. (New on the left, old on the right)
And a new back print Oh, the prices are starting to make sense.
So here's Savage as he appeared in his episode. He was pretty awesome. Big, fast and, er, savage It really was one of the high points of the season, and he should be returning in season four. Cool stuff.
I love you Savage Opress. Will you go to prom with me? His head has a mini-hat of sorts, the spikes are a detachable rubber ring.
Oh Savage, you have a tattooed belly. It drives me mad.
Oh, you got muscly shoulder blades too. Maddening. Here's his Facebook page if you want to be his friend: link
The Finished Product
The first half of the build is these two speeders. Sharp, sleek, with nice SNOT side panels.
The second half is building the frame for it. Equally nice SNOT techniques. Note, the front slope is printed, the back ones have stickers.
So, this speeder only appears for 30 seconds in the show, so it's hard to get a good idea of the 'real' shape. But this gives you some sort of idea.
So this is it. It's not too big, but it cuts a nice shape, and is relatively sturdy.
I'm always a fan of the asymmetrical, so I like that the engine is on the left, as nonsensical as that would be in reality.
If you just need to go down to the store for milk or something, this is a lot more convenient than a full tank or something.
The Final Verdict
Design: 9/10 This is a smartly crafted ship. For something so slight, it is holds together, and it cuts a sharp silhouette.
Build: 7/10 This was a grueling eight hour build with lots of mistakes in the details. No, wait, it was a brief, 30 minute build. But no complaints.
Playability: 8/10 For the size of the set, it is playable. It has a good guy and two bad, and a ship that breaks down into smaller ones. Very swooshable.
Minifigures: 10/10 Three new figs, and one has a spiky head and a complex print. All have back prints.
Price: 7/10 No, this is a little small for the price, but compared to the rest of the licensed line, it's pretty average. As a collector, I'm feeling pretty gouged. But, not on this set any more than any other.
Overall: 9/10 Of the 2011 Clone Wars sets, this is the must-have set, in my opinion. Low investment, great characters, and printed pieces. Savage Opress!
I probably won't buy many or any other Clone Wars sets this year, not with the other interesting OT and PT sets out there, but there was no question about buying this set, and no regret upon building it and seeing it up close.