"This set was desperately needed in the Star Wars UCS line, and it turned out well overall. Here are my thoughts:
1) As has been stated by other reviewers, the build is repetitive, but if you did not realize that it would be, that's on you. One look at this ship would tell you the wings are identical. Its not a let down, its just the design of the actual model makes this repetitiveness happen.
2) If pictures you see on the internet have not convinced you that this is a good looking set, I cannot blame you. Many of them make the cockpit ball look "flat" or even "squarish". They also make the set proportions look off. If you have a Lego Store near you, go check this out in person. The model looks a lot better than the pictures will lead you to believe.
3) Great design to attach the wings to the cockpit ball.
4) While I appreciate the use of the rail road track type pieces to help divide the solar wings into panels on the outside of the wing (they look great for this application when compared to the actual movie models), they are not used as dividers on the inside of the wing and on the horizontals on the outside wings. This gives the model a bit of a disjointed look. The use of 1x* plates on the inside especially seems like a shortcut. I'm not sure there is a better solution, though, and overall its a minor annoyance.
5) The overall appearance of this model is great. As has been mentioned by others, it looks fantastic from a few feet away. I also appreciate the swiveling stand. This thing looks great paired with the Red 5 X-Wing and I bet would look good paired with the UCS Millennium Falcon (for those lucky enough to have that set!).
6) The use of stickers on the model is a disappointment. This is UCS, surely worthy of printed pieces no?
7) Look carefully, the TIE Pilot minifig is an exclusive. Extra printing compared to regular TIE Pilot minifgs. A nice and much appreciated detail, which makes the use of stickers elsewhere even more baffling.
8) The cockpit ball is very nicely done. I enjoyed building it, and it looks much better in person than in pictures. The shape of the engine exhaust is slightly off to my eye as compared to the movie model, but its close and good attempt.
Overall, this is a good set and I truly like it. I debated between four and five stars for awhile. Its so close to being a five, but a few little things just added up enough to take one star away. There just isn't that magic that makes it a 5 star set: the build is repetitive (that can't be helped), the stickers, a little sloppiness in the design details. However, it looks fabulous on display, particularly when its being "chased" by the Red 5 X-Wing."
"This is a very nice set, and one of the best TIE-based Star Wars vehicles Lego has made (9492 is still my favorite TIE).
You get three Imperial minifigs. A standard TIE pilot, which is nicely detailed and is an easy choice to include in this set. An Imperial officer, fairly standard, although the change from the standard grey uniform to this brown/tan uniform helps the minifig stand out more. And the star of the set, the Inquisitor! This is an excellent minifig, one of the best Star Wars minifgs I've seen in awhile. Great detail and accessories!
The TIE Advanced prototype is also great. It has a nice look. The build is not that challenging and is repetitive, but it is a TIE fighter so I'm not sure why anyone would expect otherwise. The great thing about this TIE is how sturdy it is. It is very swooshable, a great ship for your kids to fly around the house. The design of the cockpit ball is also outstanding, I love the new TIE window piece. The function for firing the spring-loaded missiles is also clever and adds tremendous play value.
Overall, this is a great set, even if you are not a fan of the Star Wars Rebels cartoon."
"As a whole, we (my sons and I) are very excited about the Speed Champions theme. Its great to see some real sports and race cars in minfig scale. Even the boxes are nice.
While I'm reviewing the McLaren here, most of my thoughts can apply to the other cars.
Parents, be warned, there are a lot of stickers that need to be applied. They greatly enhance the look and I understand the need for many of them, but some of the pieces should have been printed.
These sets offer nice build challenge. Not too difficult, but not too easy, either. The completed models are quite sturdy (we have the McLaren, Ferrari 458 and Porsche 918). Kids can roll these around and they stay together well. There are some nice build techniques and several new pieces that could prove very help to those who like to build their own cars.
Now, about that rolling around... There is a surprising amount of resistance when rolling the cars, as compared to most City theme cars. Not enough resistance to frustrate my kids, but it is noticeable.
As models, these cars don't quite succeed, either. They are a little too "tall" or "bulky", for lack of better terms. I do not fault Lego here, as low, lean sports cars are very hard to produce at this scale with Lego elements. (I will say the F1 cars and the Porsche 911's appear to be better looking in terms of models).
Overall, we are quite happy with the Speed Champions, but there are a few minor things that could be better to get earn five stars from this reviewer."
"Overall this is a good set. Its very good looking, and most of the play features work well. My seven year old son did ask for build help on a couple of parts, so the build challenge is there for younger builders. We only have two complaints: the set needs one more Clone Trooper minifig, and the fold-down side panels tend to fall off when you try to open them to insert/remove minfigs. Other than that, a good solid set! Star Wars Clone Wars fans will enjoy this set quite a bit."
"Ok, after burning through alkaline AAA batteries like crazy for the first PF train set we purchased, we upgraded to rechargeable AAA batteries which we still use. However, as our train collection has grown, the need for more battery boxes has increased.
While expensive, we decided this rechargeable battery box was worth a try. We are glad we got it! Charging time is less than than our rechargeable AAA batteries, and run time is very good.
My best example: We have an expanded Hogwarts Express 4841. We built an extra coach, an observation car, a flat car to carry the Weasly flying car, and a baggage car. We house the the PF parts in the baggage car. Even powering two PF train motors mounted to the baggage car, the rechargeable box runs for a solid 2.5 hours. Powering the standard Yellow Cargo Train, it runs for a little over 3 hours.
I think the box is worth the price, but the power cord you need to charge it is over-priced. There are less expensive options out there.
Overall, a good investment if you are running Lego PF trains on a regular basis."
"We bought this set for our four year old son. The things that caught his eye were Emmett dangling from the train track with the crocodiles waiting down below. The build was a little hard for him, so his older brother helped.
The function on the train track works very well. Simply push/pull a lever to raise and lower the "broken" section of track. Great play feature. The Police vehicle is also very nice, looks sleeker in person than pictures on the box show. Both kids are flying it around the house quite a bit.
As an AFOL, I appreciate there being two crocodiles in the set. Any Lego animals are always welcome in our collection.
I suspect once we see the Lego Movie, this set will get a lot more use... :-)"
"My seven year old son got this for his birthday. He loves it. I could probably end the review with that! He likes the firing cannon, the four-armed bad guy (sorry, I don't follow Ninjago that close so I don't know names very well), and the general playability of this set.
He built it himself, said it was a little harder than mosts sets he's built that are similar in size/piece count. I noticed there are some Technic construction assemblies.
It seems like it is a lot fun for him, so my recommendation would be if your child likes the Ninjago theme, you should get this set if you haven't already."
"Great starter or add-on set for the Lone Ranger line, or change the Lone Ranger's head and its good for a generic Western theme. The soldiers could also fill in as U.S. Civil War soldiers from the North.
The set is nice, loaded with details and accessories for a small set. Weapons, flag, horse, four minifigs, hats, back packs, chicken dinner, cannon, etc. Flesh-colored skin and good printing on the figs.
Really impressed with the Lone Ranger line. The detailing and value for money is superb. Even the extra pieces that have been included in the sets have been excellent (for example, with the Stage Coach we got an extra hat and weapons). Not the usual 1x1 round plate or cheese wedge you usually get as extra."
"I've seen other reviews that keep mentioning the previous Sail Barge. I understand comparisons will be made and understand some of the points (the nose of the barge, price, etc). Keep in mind this is 2013, so the price is higher compared to the old barge due to inflation and probably the general increased overall interest in Lego across the world. All pieces in this set are for the barge, not a simple skiff and poor Sarlaac like the old one. Also, the Ree-Yees and Max Rebo figures are brand new, and have some incredible and intricate head piece designs. It costs more for that level of detail. That said, I still think the price is about $10 too high for me to give a better value for money rating. Either lower the price, or include two more minifigs (Han seems obvious, as does another henchman, say Klaatu).
My six year old loves the playability of this set. It pairs up well with the Desert Skiff/Sarlaac set that came out in 2012. The wheels on the bottom are a nice touch, the Barge can "float" over to the Sarlaac pit. The cannon at the front seems cool (love how it rolls out/in when you lift/lower the nose), but its difficult to fire because of limited space. Perhaps one of those technic style cannons with the top-mounted firing button would have been better.
I kind of wish the sails were cloth instead of plastic, but I understand the reasoning there and its not a big deal. Otherwise, the rest of the Barge is great. All the fold-down doors and lift-off roof add great access to the kitchen, jail, Max Rebo's piano, etc.
The minifigs are awesome. The new version of Jabba is much better than the old green one, the Slave Leia looks great. Max Rebo and especially Ree-Yees are amazing. Weequay is a bit of letdown, but only in comparison to the others (he's still a decent fig). The big disappointment is that there is no Han Solo, especially since he did not come with the Desert Skiff set. The whole point of the Barge/Skiff/Sarlaac scene in the movie is that Jabba is mad at Han and wants to dump in the Sarlaac!
This set was close to being amazing, but is missing a few things to justify its price tag. Still, its an iconic Star Wars set, and if you missed out on the last one and want a Barge, this is a good set."
"We have yet to see the Lone Ranger movie. It may have bombed, but as a Lego theme, it is fantastic. We got the Constitution Train (we love Lego trains) and really enjoyed that, so we thought we would try some more Lone Ranger sets. We are happy we did!
This Stagecoach Escape is a real bargain. You get 5 nicely detailed minifigures (flesh skin, printing on legs, lots of weapons and accessories), three horses (including a rarer brown horse) and a nice looking stagecoach. I personally appreciate the trunk with silver bar.
The play factor is very good. The bandits can "hold up" the stagecoach and attempt to steal the silver. The Lone Ranger and Tonto, or even Miss Red Harringtion, can save the day. My older son, who usually only likes City and Star Wars sets, loves the play factor with this set. This set should easily fit in with the rest of the Lone Ranger lineup or a generic Western theme.
The build was a little tougher than we anticipated, which is good in my opinion.
Overall, we love this set, and we are pleased with the Lone Ranger theme in general. Its a must-have set if you are at all interested in the Lone Ranger or Western themes."