As many of you may be aware, the british newspaper The Sun are giving away free LEGO sets each day this week. I intend to review all 7 sets beginning with this one....
Click below for other reviews from the Sun's free LEGO week.
Saturday - Republic Attack Cruiser
Monday - Harry Potter Lab
Tuesday - City Truck COMING SOON
Wednesday - Alien Conquest Jet Pack COMING SOON
Thursday - Cars 2 Gremlin COMING SOON
Friday - Ninjago Ninja Training COMING SOON
Saturday - Harry Potter Trolley COMING SOON
Set Name: Republic Attack Cruiser
Set Number: 30053
Number of Pieces: 41
Price: FREE with The Sun (60p)
Theme: Star Wars
Year Released: 2011
Like most 'free' sets. The model comes in a small sealed bag. No expense spared on the graphics however. All the necessary details are here and a great image of the ship in action.
All the small print plus a small to scale image of the Binocular piece.
The instructions are printed on both sides of a small sheet. Also including another neat image of the final model.
As far as Pieces go, this set is great. No less than 10 light grey jumper plates and 4 gorgeous dark red pieces.
You can never have too many of those dinky slopes.
For such a small model the build is quite straightforward and if you can read the instructions above if you need to. I've taken this one mid-build shot to give an idea of how it all fits together.
Here it is. The final model. Very simple but as usual with these mini-scale models, it is very well thought out. The binoculars cleverly represent the two bridges the real ship has.
And here's a image for comparison...
Design: 10/10 Considering the scale I think it would be very difficult to beat this model. IT captures the shape and style of the vessel perfectly.
Parts: 10/10 Another 10 as you get a lot of nice parts form such a small set. MY favourite being the dark red pieces!
Build: 9/10 The build was simple. Simple Enough to fit into less steps on smaller paper. Save a bit of tree.
Playability: 8/10 Small enough for children to hold in their hand and fly about without dropping it. You could also easily afford to buy a small fleet of these at just 60p for each newspaper.
TOTAL: 37/40 I loved this set, I bought 5 of them. Great colours and really beautifully designed.
HQ Photos on my Flickr