Sunday, 30 May 2010

These Are Not The Droids You Are Looking For...

Luke's Landspeeder 8092
Few Lego models say Star Wars as much as this one - Luke's Landspeeder 8092 (click on image to enlarge). This is a cheap-to-mid price set and to be honest when I saw it in the catalogue I wasn't particularly bowled over by it, preferring the re-issued and updated Arc-170 Fighter from the Clone Wars series. However, 8092 is a classic set and when I had a spare bit of tin floating around and just happened to be taking the boys to Toys R Us anyway... I decided to buy it. More of a purchase to add value to the collection than because I liked the model.

Building it changed my opinion completely. I do find this with Lego - quite often the photography of a model let's it down. No, that's a bit harsh. It undersells it. I couldn't quite grasp the sheer aesthetic beauty of this model until I had built it and had it - 3D and real - in my hands.

Now it has become one of my favourites. The design is simple and clean and remarkably faithful for such a brick light set. And yet it's all there. The entire scene. The landspeeder has smooth plates on its underside so can skim across the terrain of your choice - carpet, tile or concrete - and the boosters at the back just help to make it "real". It's a fabulous set and if I was a kid I'd be absolutely made up to get one of these.

I know, I know, what do I mean "if" I was a kid?!


4 comments:

  1. Your Lego knowledge almost scares me, Steve! I wish I could come and visit your "empire" some time! Must be amazing....A lovely collection and passion...Ciao. A.

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  2. You'd be very welcome - but as I tell my wife; don't turn round suddenly in the room or you're likely to knock something over!

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  3. Read this one when I first stumbled over your pages.

    Then saw the set in Tesco's the other day, and actually stopped to look at it, to see if I could see what you were so enraptured by. So there, you stopped my day, just a few seconds. Made me look at something I would have otherwise passed. And I have to say, the storm trooper figure is very appealing.

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  4. Go on! Indulge yourself! "Every little helps..."

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