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# Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I have been scratching my head on which set to blog about at the launch of my blog, I have quite a few interesting sets, but probably all of them are not interesting at all to others, so I need something that few would have blogged about, or even have played with, and this is what I got for my first set review:

8036 Separatist Shuttle has been mentioned extensively along with other Lego Starwars 2009 Summer sets such as 7749, 8038 and 8039, these are all interesting new additions but 8036 offers 2 new minifigs that caught a lot of attentions. To be honest I am not a minifigs freak (or geek), so even if I buy a set for the minifigs, I would complain loudly if the vehicle stinks, such in the case of 7752.

So how do I rate 8036? Well, I won't complain even slightly, except for the price I paid for in order to get this set at this moment (it is my fault and has nothing to do with Lego), it is truly expensive and I hate to mention it to make me appear like a fool, but because of this, I would complain more than loudly if somehow I am disappointed with the set.

The set is composed of a few relatively small Bags:


The shuttle is quite small, but a shuttle is a shuttle, especially in the world of Lego, if emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader together can only ride on such a small shuttle in 7264 (Imperial Inspection), how can Nute Gunray and Senator Farr expect to have a big shuttle? Here is a picture of the shuttle beside an X-BOX controller so you can feel accurately how small it is.

Actually I can feel how small it is by the size of the box, and when pulling out the bags from the box, but it is ok, coz this shuttle IMHO has been designed well, I am not sure how all the other much experienced builders would say, I am quite impressed by the sleak design.

The knob controlled doors is quite impressive over the common hinged doors, it is not easy to design a container space inside such a small vehicle. Besides, the building process is very smooth, the rear tail wing is very solid and nicely layered, and unlike many of the Star Wars vehicles, the shuttle is extremely solid! It is so solidly designed that it can be solidly separated and packed in chunks inside the original box, which if attempted on other vehicles, such as 7752, would instantly result in a vehicle break down.

There isn't any special parts in this set, but I don't think anyone would buy this set for reusing the parts really, the minifigs are what people mainly look for in this set I think, and the 2 minfigs are truly valuable, you get Nute Gunray and Senator Farr for the first time, and the 2 minifigs are quite good looking (in minifigs standards, which focus on color and pattern instead of being handsome), despite being the villains.

Overall this is must get set for Star War fans, "must get" are truly overused nowadays but I do mean must-get because it does not cost unreasonably if you buy it at regular price, you get 2 rare minifigs in addition to a nice shuttle, even if pay a foolish price I do not regret paying extra to have a first hand experience on it.

By the way, I do not remember exactly where this shuttle appears in the movie or TV series, is there really a cockroach like vehicle in Starwars?


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:31:12 PM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
Where did you buy this set? I haven't seen it yet!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:20:43 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
Nice review.

As for where the vehicle pops up, it's seen in the Utapau scenes of Episode III, where General Grevious lands next to Nute Gunray. As for that Senator Farr bloke, I can only think that the vehicle pops up again in the Clone Wars and Farr has something to do with it.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 11:18:45 AM (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
I am based in Hong Kong actually. Some local stores imported this from somewhere and I bought it at a very high price, only to find out 2 days later that they are now available also at local ToysRUS.

It was a surprise move by Lego Hong Kong/ToysRUS as usually the new sets can be available in Hong Kong only after they are available in US.

The price in US is much lower (USD 30 I believe), the regular price in Hong Kong (even at ToysRUS) is at around USD 47! Just imagine how much I pay for getting this set.
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