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# Sunday, 20 June 2010

It is not a very attractive product based on packaging, the blue and white starfighter looks dull, although I kind of like Plo Koon, I got the minifig a long time ago from 7676 Republic Gunship already, the brown droid R7-D4 is important, but is it worth the high price that I have to pay for getting this at this time? Well, I did get this 8093 set, for one very simple reason, I have to collect every Starfighters, and I won't miss any of them.

After building the set, I think the real thing looks better than how it appears on the box, but there are things which are truly disappointing, one big issue is, it is annoying to see that the wedges of a starfigher is now a sticker thing!


Inventory of Lego 8093

Actually when you put Ahsoka's Starfighter beside it, you'll see that the design is not being improved, but even simplified, the eject mechanism is nice but there are obviously no big effort to make the Starfighter looks better, as the designer does not seem to be willing to add a few more stickers to decorate it. And note that there is no missiles available.

I think at the end it is not a matter of whether this set should be recommended or not, but it is a bad sign on how Lego manage the product design, I don't think it is good thing that they think people will buy a set simply because they throw in a new astromech droid. In a way I think the same design philosophy is behind 8089, although I am easily happy to have the snowspeeder there, but the real new stuff there is only Wampa.

I like to see how other people would review this set, I am sorry that I do sound negative in mine, although after all this is a Starfighter.

Sunday, 20 June 2010 22:15:36 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 19 June 2010

I was actually looking forward to get this when I travel to US next month, but since it is available here in Hong Kong, I would not hesitate to get it even the pricing is extremely high at around USD 80! Hey, it is Hoth!

The highlight of the set needless to say is Wampa, although it is still a little comical, but I would say it is better designed than TaunTaun, the big claw that can hold a minifig is quite interesting.


The Wampa is separately packaged, you would still need two blue pins from the bags to connect the arms though

Talking about packaging, here are the content of each bag, the items on the right side are from small bag within each bag

But the coolest thing from the set would still be the snowspeeder, yes, there are already Nth versions of it and this one may not be any much different than the rest, but it is always exciting to see a Snowspeeder coming, the Hoth battle is just too fascinating for many of us.

But one disappointing observation is the sticker, the alignment seems to be not right for this part:

And the structure that seems to be simulating an icy environment does not look good to me either, there are many great examples out there created by Lego experts which I hope Lego would learn from.

The fake bone thing is quite interesting but the laser sword holder is a strange idea

And see, they found a way to add a Castle Skeleton to Starwars

And how can we forget Luke, I think this is a new Luke minifig, please correct me if I am wrong

Overall it is a must get set, but I hope it would not suffer the same fate as 7749 Echo Base where a lot of idle stocks are around.

Saturday, 19 June 2010 15:36:36 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

My kid actually has little exposure to the Toy Story characters yet so far (she is more a fan of Japanese Cartoon Character), so I think a Duplo Toy Story Set probably would be a good start for her, and it is good that she actually like Buzz.

Lego 5691 Alien Space Crane is way too expensive in my opinion, but as a ToysRUS limited, I have decided to get it to have these two "limited" sets (along with the 7599 Garbage Truck) in my possession, the set is kind of ok, not bad except the price tag really.


Disappointing to see the manual in such bad shape, Lego needs to think of ways to improve their packaging.


Putting the Duplo and regular Lego Buzz together

The set has some playabilities and comes with nice minifigs, but for such price it would be better to have more bricks and structures included.
Saturday, 19 June 2010 14:12:14 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

There was a question from a reader on how many standing minifigs can the truck carry, since I have the set "packed" already, I guess I would share a picture of the interior for reference instead.

Hope this helps, I am sorry for the late reply too, I guess my response is not timely enough.

Saturday, 19 June 2010 13:51:54 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 07 June 2010

After months of no lego life, finally I am able to build lego again! And it is good that Toy Story 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway is not disappointing!

One of the negative thing I felt about the Toy Story sets are the wierd vehicles that comes with the cool minifigs, I am not saying that they are bad, may be they are just not my cup of tea, but in 7599, you get a very realistic garbage truck which is nicely designed, many mentioned about this truck's City theme feel, I don't think I agree completely, coz City Theme may not necessarily produce a garbage truck as sophisticated as this one!

The minifigs are nice, when I saw the packaging of the minifigs at first glance, I wanted to applause Lego for isolating the minifigs, but later I found out that it was partly just an illusion, Buzz and Twitch's body and feet were still in another bag. However, overall these are good minifigs, and we have Jessie, who is probably the tallest minifigs in Lego.

Actually for the Toy Story line, Buzz is the only character that I really wants to collect, this seems to be good set to get the "dirty feet" version.

The truck can work mechanically, and that's an ingenious design, you can turn the knobs to move the arms and actually dump things into the container (the cover will open automatically), except for big "items" like Lotso that may get stuck!

The container is quite spacious, it can accomodate a standing Jessie and the blue trash bin!

The printed license plate is a big plus, I am surprise that there are people who prefer stickers.


My workload is still very tough, ironically I am able to play lego again not because of better work-life balance, I got time because of a very simple reason: I am on sick leave today.

Wonder when can I build a lego set again....

Monday, 07 June 2010 20:13:07 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)