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# Monday, 04 January 2010

The long awaited lego 2010 sets finally becomes available today (Jan 3, 2010) through the ToysRUS store in TST here in Hong Kong, I am not passionate enough to queue in line much early to be the first 100 buyers in order to have a chance to get a HKD 400 gift pack (for purchases above HKD 800), I only got a poster and a small gift item, but that's ok, and I was lucky to get the assistance of a kind staff in ToysRUS, who got me a 8091 (Republic Swamp Speeder) which were all "seized" by people who bought in large quantities (like a full cart of the same item).

I built this Swamp Speeder tonight, the HKD 299 pricing is quite high for a set of this size (it is quite small), it is not bad, but not superb either, I guess the "limited" edition thing makes this set a hot item, in fact, along with 8092 they were the first sets to be out of stock in this morning's first sales.

The Jedi Commander Barriss Offee minifigure is kind of cool although I am not sure who this Jedi Commander is, the other figures are not that special (sorry, I am not a clone collector). The speeder itself is quite unique, a side-by-side two seater, with a knob at behind that allows turning and manuvering of this speeder like a car, there are wheels below although the movement is not really that smooth. The bar-thing at the middle seems to be decoration item only, I can't see any practical use or playability in it. There are missiles which look nice, but I don't like to play with that anyway.

But the propeller type of thing reminds me of the swamp vehicle in Miami, after all, either on earth or some where in another galaxy, it makes sense to have a vehicle design like this for moving in a swamp.

For me, this set is hot not totally for its qualtiy but for the perceived rareness and unique design, locally it is a ToysRUS exclusive.


The box size is very inproportionate to the content


The main body


The movement mechanism


The wheels

Lego 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder is unique and special, so even if I may not rate it high, it is still a must-get.