I finally got round to opening the planet sets yesterday so here is the the review for all you guys that have been waiting for one.
I am not quite sure where Lego came up with the idea for the planet sets but I think as ideas for new products go it is not a bad one.
The new Box looks very nice and shows of the planet well but this is also a major design flaw. If you pick one of these up in a normal shelf display then the planet is going to have been handled by every kid with sticky, snotty hands. I might have been dropped, have scratches and god knows what else on it. Order them direct if you can I would say.
They do look very nice though.
Getting the planet out of the box can be a bit tricky if you don't want to damage it. The bags come almost vacuum packed inside the planet.
The planet Naboo parts are both printed exactly the same.
The Pilot fig is the same as last summers System scale set.
The plaque is printed which is nice the 1x1 round plates are the only metallic looking parts.
The Starfighter build is good but would have been so much better if all the light blay was metallic coloured.
The finished N1 Starfighter looks very good for a mini! Almost no studs in this scale is a very good achievement.
The set and fig with stand look good for display.
The planet looks good on the stand but it also has the part for it to be hung on string. The Nabbo planet parts as I said earlier are both the same part printed the exactly the same. Now this should be fine but the land masses don't really line up correctly and you can see light blue shallow water prints where there is no land. This is a bit of a shame but it is also noticeable on the Super high res pics we got last year. I will add that the other 2 planets don't have this problem.
The leftover parts include the planet hanging part.
The whole set.
I do like these Planet sets and think they could sell well. The mini Nabbo fighter is great and you get the fig and the planet looks very good too. The printing issue should have been sorted out though and might get adressed in future poduction runs. The packaging is still my main concern with these sets. Yes it looks good and shows of the planet well but never before has a lego part been open to the elements so much as these are. Time will tell on this one.
Still it is a nice set for £10.
Edited by KielDaMan, 05 February 2012 - 12:51 PM.