Once again, on request from “Darthsal” here’s my review of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” that I posted over at the “From Bricks to Bothans” website the 6th of November 2001 and just like the review of the “Darth Maul Bust” it’s a complete copy of the original post.
Okay, here goes people:
Tim and all, I shout out loud: “WOW!” As I’ve said in my earlier post “Great News III!” my sample of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” was delivered to me by mail straight to my doorstep Monday the 5th of November 2001 and I was just as thrilled as I guess you guys are.
So here’s my review of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” I’ve got earlier then I said yesterday:
The “Rebel Blockade Runner” box is in “Ultimate Collector Series” style but with black and white artwork and is “NOT” labeled as an “Ultimate Collector Series” model but belongs to the “Sculptures” series that The LEGO Group has made. The box itself is “HUGE” and measures around 65 centimeters (25,5 inches) wide, 48 centimeters (19 inches) high and 11 centimeters (4.5 inches) thick looking at it from the front and also worth to mention is that there’s “NO” additional pictures of the spaceship on the backside of the box. This box is with other words a bit low budget styled but it’s rather classy anyway and makes a great display along with the “Rebel Blockade Runner” itself which will impress anyone seeing it. Another thing to mention to all the “LEGO” fan-atics out there is that the box is of “US” style with piece count and notification that it’s a building toy on the lid just like all “US” boxes.
The instruction booklet:
Is of course in full color and takes you through the building of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” step by step but unlike the “Darth Maul Bust” “I” felt that the construction of the spaceship was much clearer in all cases so no extra caution is needed at all. The building of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” is divided into first building the “fore/cockpit (hammerhead) section,” second building the “midsection” and third building the “engine section” for easier construction of the spaceship before finally putting them together in the end. The very best thing about the instruction booklet is that “ALL” of the “January 2002 System, Technic and Ultimate Collector Series” sets are shown off in some rather great pictures on pages 126 to 127 in the 128 pages long and thick booklet.
The “Rebel Blockade Runner” itself and building it:
I started building the “fore/cockpit (hammerhead) section” as per the instruction booklet at 9.00 PM on Monday the 5th and then I went onto the “midsection” and last the “engine section” and at 5.40 AM on Tuesday (today) the 6th I was done building it. It took me 8 hours and 40 minutes to build the “Rebel Blockade Runner” and except for a few breaks for a few minutes I built the entire spaceship in one sitting because I were “SO” very excited about it. Unlike when I was building the “Darth Maul Bust” I got it all right this time around and I didn’t have to re-build the “Rebel Blockade Runner” except for having to leave one flat “hinge” part out since it was of the wrong kind. Since the part isn’t a vital one and is easily replaced I’ll order a new “spare” part from “LEGO” later on and except for that there’s not much else to complain about at all and I’m very pleased with the end result. I had great fun building the “Rebel Blockade Runner” and seeing how piece by piece “sculpted” this very beautiful spaceship was truly amazing and seeing how the “LEGO” design team solved all the complex shapes was just as amazing as well. I’ll tell you guys that the “Rebel Blockade Runner” is one “HUGE” LEGO sculpture/spaceship being 71 centimeters (28 inches) long at around 1:211 scale and it’s definitely something that will catch peoples attention when they see it on display in your home and collection.
So, is it worth the investment you guys ask?
Yes, the “Rebel Blockade Runner” is most definitely worth the 1829.00 Swedish crooner (around $173.00) I paid for it because it was great fun to build and is a “TOTALLY AWESOME” piece in my Star Wars LEGO collection indeed. I calculated that the price per piece were around 1.00 Swedish crooner (around 9 cents) so one gets a whole lot of pieces for a very good price I believe so to me it was worth the $$$ I paid for it. I built the entire spaceship at my girlfriend “Eva’s” place where it now is on display and she’s just as impressed as I am with the “Rebel Blockade Runner” so double thumbs up LEGO!
I know that all of you guys out there has some questions about the “Rebel Blockade Runner” so I’ll answer the ones that I can remember at the moment and here goes:
Is it an “Ultimate Collector Series” model?
No. At least it’s not “officially” labeled as such but it’s most definitely of “Ultimate Collector Series” style and caliber so I guess you can call it that but personally I’d call it an “Sculpture Series” model since it’s basically sculpted out of bricks because of the way it’s done.
Does it have a descriptive label in “Ultimate Collector Series” style?
No. But it has an descriptive label that’s around ľ of an inch high and around 2 inches wide that you put on a sign made of bricks but that’s a “stand-alone-piece” sort of say.
Is it in mini figure scale?
No. It isn’t but it’s a 1:211 scale sculpture/model of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” spaceship.
Is it possible to customize an interior in it?
No. Even if it’s a “VERY” large sculpture/model in 1:211 scale there’s simply no room at all for an interior in it because it’d have to be at least 2 or 3 times as big for that and then again the inside mostly contains an “armature” for added strength.
Is it rubber bands that’s on the ends of the “fore/cockpit (hammerhead) section” and are they needed to keep the plates in place?
Yes there are but they’re not really needed to keep the plates in place but it’s better to use them in my very own humble opinion.
Does it include “brand new” parts?
Honestly, I’ve got no idea what so ever so you guys better ask “someone” with better knowledge about all the different parts that “LEGO” has made over the years.
Does it have the stand that we saw in those pictures a while ago?
Yes. Unfortunately the “Rebel Blockade Runner” does have the stand we saw in those pictures a while ago so see my personal comments about that bellow.
My very own personal comments:
Being a former model kit builder very much into wanting large studio scale models of spaceships and vehicles used in movies and television I’m very impressed with what “The LEGO Group and the design team” has done with the “Rebel Blockade runner” but…
The sculpture/model is very heavy and is “NOT” suitable to play with but just to have on display to look at and for showing off since some smaller sections of the spaceship way too easily falls off if caution is not taken.
The stand… This is simply the absolutely worst thing I can say about the “Rebel Blockade Runner” sculpture/model and I can’t understand why “LEGO” didn’t design a much better stand for this otherwise very excellent model while at it. If it wasn’t for those (in lack for correct name of the parts) “feet” parts directly under the “engine section” the stand is a “VERY” wobbly thing and can’t really support the weight of the spaceship for secure display. So if anyone wants a better display stand you better design one on your own because the one that’s included in the sculpture/model of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” has a whole lot to wish for I can tell you people out there. Another little thing on the minus kind of side… Where those “feet” parts are there’s a gaping hole in front of the two lower engines in the middle but I guess that’s because “LEGO” wanted the “feet” parts to have a solid foundation to attach to but it looks kind of weird without any plates there… Easy to solve though with parts I guess.
The stickers… Details could easily have been printed on the “cylinder” parts but it’s not much big of a deal but I haven’t put the stickers on my “Rebel Blockade Runner” yet but I’ll do it in the coming days since I won’t take this very excellent sculpture/model apart ever.
Lars Olsson in Sundsvall, Sweden.
Btw… I’ve found my old camera and I’ve taken some test shots of my “Ultimate Collector Series” X-Wing Fighter and they turned out pretty decent so tonight I’ll take a bunch of pictures of the “Rebel Blockade Runner” at my girlfriend “Eva’s” place. I’ll get them developed tomorrow and if they turn out real good I’ll try and do my very best to get those pictures scanned and sent to “Tim” but I can’t make any promises yet. Stay tuned.
End of the review dated Tuesday the 6th of November 2001.
Lars Olsson in Sundsvall, Sweden.