[Review] 9496 Desert Skiff
Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:48 PM
Name: Desert Skiff
Theme: Star Wars
Today I bought the new Desert Skiff set and decided to do a review. At first I thought the price is a bit high, but more on this later. Let's begin with the review. Enjoy.
The box. Lengthy and shiny with a nice picture of the set.
Back of the box, showing of the features. I really like this kind of pictures. They give away a good feel about the set.
The contents. Three bags, instruction booklet and three plates.
Instructions, random page and comic at the end. The booklet feels very thick and sturdy.
Minifigs of bag 1. Luke and Boba are both newly designed. Both are single faced and only Luke got backprinting.
Bricks of bag 1. Nice tan selection.
In-build and finished Sarlacc. Looks better in person than on pictures. A minifig fits easily into the mouth but that's it. If you can get a poor fella in it, there is no more danger coming from old Sandmouth. You know the digestion can last thousand years
Minifigs bag 2. Lando is just awesome. Great print and the helmet is a beauty My favorite fig of this set. Kithaba is also great, nice face. Both got backprinting but no second face.
Bricks of bag 2.
These new pieces are very useful. Nice creation LEGO .
In-build and finished bag 2.
Up to the third and last bag. No Minifigs in this and to a great surprise not one spare part in it.
In-build and finished Skiff. Some really simple but nice techniques.
Besides the plank there are three more features at the skiff. Moveable wings, a weapons compartment and one flick fire missle at the left side under the skiff (not pictured, sorry).
As a bonus a little comparision with the first LEGO Skiff. Pretty impressive size on the new one.
Fun fact: This picture shows my very first and latest Star Wars set I bought. I realized it while building. Very emotional
I hope you enjoyed my little review. Now the final verdict.
The new skiff is great and very swooshable. Nice features round this up. The sarlacc is a welcomed addition and nicely executed.
4 figs. Two really nice ones (Luke/Kithaba) and two awesome ones (Boba/Lando). The latter ones alone make this set a must have.
Nice selection in useful colors. The new snot pieces a nice.
I was lucky and used a 10% coupon, so I only paid €26,99. I think this is a good price for the set. The original one seems a bit to high but at the end you get nice figures and a pretty entertaining build. It is way more satisfying than 7956 Ewok Attack or 7749 Ecjo Base with similar pricepoints.
Total: 35/40 Highly recommended.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:53 PM
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:32 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:55 PM
But the skiff is very slovenly, IMO.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:03 PM
This is a definite purchase for me; it looks like a really good set & at a reasonable cost. The only thing I'm not too sure about is the 'boot' printing on Boba Fett....
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:05 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:53 PM
I only recently got into SW Lego, so I will definitely be getting this set. The minifigures are brilliant. Lando is superb, and Fett is beautiful as well. I can't wait to have this in hand. There are too many great sets coming out this year. I thought I spent a lot last year...
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:19 PM
My problem will be I'll have to buy two sets....one for me and one for my son !
My daughter has been getting into Lego lately. She always wants to build or play with my pieces/figures instead of her own Duplo. She loves the Friends sets too. But with getting her into Lego, I never considered the time when there would be a set both of us may want and we would have to get two! Now I'm worried!
The Skiff will be amazing for sure. I can't wait.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:43 AM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:59 AM
The figs clearly make this set, hands down. I worried, whether or not this might be useful for me, but given the nice selection of parts in colours I want, there's a big chance I will get rather one or two of these skiffs for parting out. Luke's torso and Lando in his entirety could really be useful for my needs. Not so sure about BF and the grunt*, but even they could provide some useful material by leg- and arm-swapping them.
*(Yeah! As if its "name" was really relevant for anyone besides die-hard collectors! Way to sell out on even the last background character by obsessively inventing nomenclature for any and all of them, GL... *facepalm*)
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