Quietly, the new starwars series arrive at local market without much funfare, while there are many attractive sets such as 7965 Millennium Falcon, the one I got immediately was 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers.
I have missed 7171 Mos Espa Podrace and I believe many were longing to own the podracers, in fact, there are many hot podracer building competitions over these years, and we have all seen many excellent creations, the podrace is definitely something special among Starwar fans, so I would say 7962 is a must get, and after building it, I would say this set is truly excellent and not disappointing.
Compared to 7171, here we got only two podracers without Gasgano's, but aside from that, and the use of stickers instead of printed plates, there are improvements in all areas:
1. Larger podracer body with excellent details
For Anakin's pod racer, there are more details at the engine, which makes it more solid, and the cockpit also has a small flipped wing, but the biggest improvement comes in Sebulba's Podracer, the main engine is composed of Arm with Clip, Rods and wheel cone, which not only gives more details and size to the podracer, but also power and contour, the four solid side engines are more sophisticated, the use of more slopes and curves all over the podracer make it look wonderful, although there is no more printed parts, but the stickers mix well into the model.
Chainsaws at all 4 side engines! A real treacherous weapon for a pod race!
The beams connecting the cockpits to the engine is now transparent, while I feel that it may look better with colored beams, I read about some writing saying that the transparent beams would create a sense of electric current, what do you think?
2. The stands
One of the caveat of the old podracers has got to be the way it is made to stand, using a few bricks to elevate it is too plain, now there is a nicely crafted stand, and the use of transparent bent beam makes the display look great, I wish the base stand are all transparent parts as well. This is a sample that perhaps we can use for setting up display for models that cannot stand naturally like the pod racers
Sebulba is now in color and not monochrome, which makes the old minifig not appealing at all, the same happens with Watto, this set includes two of the rarest Lego Starwars minifig, I can still recall people selling Watto at very high price in local market (I think the Bricklink price is still very high), this is a great opportunity to get these figures, the better ones too. But this also raise an interesting topic, with a better and general available new minifig around, would it have any impact on the selling price of the old minifig?
Another goodie would be Wald, although this is not a super character but I think it is his first appearance in Lego. You also get the old good Obi-Wan, it is not something special but it is a bonus too.
Anakin has also great surprises, the head is a two side one, and the helmet has nice pattern, I like this new version a lot!
I think this set is reasonably priced, with two bigger, better and nicely designed pod racers, and all the wonderful minifigs coming with it, I think there should be no complaint on the pricing this time?
5. Packaging of Finished product
The design actually allows you to pack the finished podracers into the box with qiute some free spaces! A nice design for people with limited storage space at home.
No doubt this is a must get set, and I think Lego has done a wonderful job this time.