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  1. What a piece of junk (6 votes [4.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.41%

  2. Below Average (2 votes [1.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.47%

  3. Average (13 votes [9.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.56%

  4. Above Average (35 votes [25.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.74%

  5. Outstanding! (80 votes [58.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.82%

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#51 Flash78

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:13 PM

super review , and nice set.
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#52 Vindicare

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:38 PM

View Postcar_mp, on 10 May 2012 - 04:50 PM, said:

Fantastic review. I built mine this last weekend and I think it is an outstanding set. It looks much better than in the pictures.
So true. I just got done building mine, and I can't get over how awesome he is! Seriously, if you are a fan of Star Wars you really should NOT pass on this. The pictures definitely do not do this justice. The build was amazing and fun. Just seeing him come together bit by bit was just great. Sure, wheels or a light brick or PF would be nice. Luckily, you can add all those if you want.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:06 AM

View PostLegocrazy81, on 10 May 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

So true. I just got done building mine, and I can't get over how awesome he is! Seriously, if you are a fan of Star Wars you really should NOT pass on this. The pictures definitely do not do this justice. The build was amazing and fun. Just seeing him come together bit by bit was just great. Sure, wheels or a light brick or PF would be nice. Luckily, you can add all those if you want.


I agree with Legocrazy81, a great build and he's very cute when built, :thumbup:

As for the internal colors, I don't mind as you're not going to see them anyway...

Next stage will be to get some motors in.... :tongue:

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#54 Vindicare

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

View PostCamelBoy68, on 11 May 2012 - 11:06 AM, said:

I agree with Legocrazy81, a great build and he's very cute when built, :thumbup:

As for the internal colors, I don't mind as you're not going to see them anyway...

Next stage will be to get some motors in.... :tongue:
Yeah, that's what I'm eager to see, the MODs. See if we get an RC R2?! Much like the VW Van. Maybe a light behind the red 1x1 round, self spinning head? I can't wait to see them.
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#55 Rufus

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:33 PM

View PostLegocrazy81, on 11 May 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

Yeah, that's what I'm eager to see, the MODs. See if we get an RC R2?! Much like the VW Van. Maybe a light behind the red 1x1 round, self spinning head? I can't wait to see them.
The light would be easy, and a spinning head possible.  It also occurs to me that using Mindstorms NXT might be the way to motorise this baby, but I have little experience of NXT.  I'd love to see someone give it a go.  :thumbup:

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:35 PM

or fitting one of those pico projectors, so you could show ESB from R2.... *oh2*

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:24 AM

View PostLegocrazy81, on 11 May 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

Yeah, that's what I'm eager to see, the MODs. See if we get an RC R2?! Much like the VW Van. Maybe a light behind the red 1x1 round, self spinning head? I can't wait to see them.

RC VW? Do you have a link? Tried searching but couldn't find anything.

RC R2 might be difficult. You'd need two motors and even the M motors are pretty big. Is there a blue or white light brick?

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

I'm really impressed by the reviews you do mr. rufus. Orginally I decided to pass on this but then I HAD to read this..  :laugh:

Thank you for sharing.
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#59 gratefulnat

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for an absolutely brilliant review of an equally brilliant set.
I nearly had as much fun reading your review as building the set itself :tongue:

I agree with you that R2 could lean back a little more:

View PostRufus, on 07 May 2012 - 09:58 PM, said:

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If I have one tiny criticism here, it is that the third leg should perhaps extend a little further, so R2 leans back a little more. I think this would be easily achieved by modifiying the 'yellow beast' retraction mechanism deep in R2's innards, but it's such a hassle getting it out again that this will have to wait for another day.
But rather than modifying the 'yellow beast', I just swapped the placement of the 1x2 white tile and 1x2 blue cheese with 1x2 red plate on the top of the technic rack of his third leg:

View PostRufus, on 07 May 2012 - 09:58 PM, said:

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This would be step 82, page 14 of book 2.
This allows the third leg to drop down just a little more(2-3 mm's), making R2 lean back at a slightly sharper angle, without affecting any of the functionality, except for the fact that the middle leg doesn't retract to sit flush with the bottom of R2. But that doesn't bother me as I have R2 on display in 'walking' mode.

Once again, thanks for your review's Rufus, they really are a pleasure to read!

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#60 Masked Builder

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

Excellent review fellow teacher! :thumbup: I would love to get this set, if it weren't so expensive.  So many great details.  :wub_drool:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:09 PM

View PostMasked Builder, on 17 May 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

Excellent review fellow teacher! :thumbup: I would love to get this set, if it weren't so expensive.  So many great details.  :wub_drool:


aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggggggggggg :wacko:

#62 Rufus

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:13 PM

View Postcavegod, on 17 May 2012 - 02:09 PM, said:

aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggggggggggg :wacko:
What's so painful?  :look:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the great review, still waiting on mine to arrive, can't wait, got to be one of the best UCS sets out there  :thumbup:
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:13 PM

View PostRufus, on 17 May 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

What's so painful?  :look:

People moaning it's sooooo expensive!!! lol :tongue:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

View Postcavegod, on 17 May 2012 - 02:09 PM, said:

aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggggggggggg :wacko:
I didn't say it wasn't worth every penny though.  :poke:

#66 Rufus

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:59 PM

View PostMasked Builder, on 17 May 2012 - 03:56 PM, said:

I didn't say it wasn't worth every penny though.  :poke:
It is.  It's easily worth the full price.  Save up for it :wink:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

View Postgratefulnat, on 17 May 2012 - 12:07 PM, said:

I agree with you that R2 could lean back a little more:

But rather than modifying the 'yellow beast', I just swapped the placement of the 1x2 white tile and 1x2 blue cheese with 1x2 red plate on the top of the technic rack of his third leg:
I went back and tried what I had originally suggested.  I moved the upper pair of 8-tooth gears down a hole.  Unfortunately, they the impede the rocker switch, so the leg won't lock in the down position, so that's out.  :sad:

It might still be possible if you were to replace the two upper yellow 1x8 Technic bricks with 1x6s and add two 2-holed 1x2s at the top end, but I've yet to try this.

I neglected to mention in the review that the two red 1x2 axles that are placed into the top of the legs during construction (and are necessary to prevent the legs falling apart in the three-legged position) are a pain in the backside to remove again.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

View PostRufus, on 17 May 2012 - 05:59 PM, said:

It is.  It's easily worth the full price.  Save up for it :wink:
Agreed whole heartedly.

View PostRufus, on 17 May 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

I went back and tried what I had originally suggested.  I moved the upper pair of 8-tooth gears down a hole.  Unfortunately, they the impede the rocker switch, so the leg won't lock in the down position, so that's out.  :sad:

It might still be possible if you were to replace the two upper yellow 1x8 Technic bricks with 1x6s and add two 2-holed 1x2s at the top end, but I've yet to try this.

I neglected to mention in the review that the two red 1x2 axles that are placed into the top of the legs during construction (and are necessary to prevent the legs falling apart in the three-legged position) are a pain in the backside to remove again.
Do you mean that little technic bar that you put on to secture the leg? Either way, I don't plan on taking him apart. It would be a pain to do so, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. :cry_happy: When his head rotates to look at you and he bee-boops, it makes your heart melt.  :cry_happy:
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:12 AM

You know these days alot of the mid-high end Star Wars statues can go up to this price or more, so I can see the merit of this set. Plus, it obviously does more than a statue could even if solely for the aspect that as a Lego set the building possibilities are endless.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:34 PM

View PostRufus, on 17 May 2012 - 05:59 PM, said:

It is.  It's easily worth the full price.  Save up for it :wink:
Well, I think I'm going to attack the Lord of the Rings sets next actually.... :blush:

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

Very usefull and detailed review. Thanks!
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:57 PM

If every LEGO set was reviewed with the thoroughness, insight, and joy that is in this review, I would want them all!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:24 PM

My girlfriend bought be one for my birthday  :wub:

Can't wait to build it!

Still no one motorized this baby yet?




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