Review: 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers

From now on, I will be reviewing the Lego sets I get. This is the first.

Theme: Star Wars.
MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price): 12.99 USD.
Minifigs: 4.
Pieces: 99.
You can find it on Amazon here.


It comes with a small swamp speeder, four clone troopers, four of the new shooting blasters, and some spare parts.

The swamp speeder is very simple and unimpressive. The only notable pieces it has are the dark red ones and two of these. The design is simplistic, and the build uninteresting. In fact, I was able to put the model together without using the instructions. The speeder seats two minifigs, and can hold two blasters in the clips.

But now for the whole point of this set: the minifigs.IMG_0343
There are two clone scout troopers and two standard 2013-14 Episode III clones, in camouflage. The scout troopers have olive green helmets, torsos and arms and dark brown legs with olive hips. The camo troopers have olive green helmets and torsos, and dark tan arms and legs with olive hips.IMG_0344
I have to say, I’m impressed. The printing (front and back) is extremely detailed and high-quality. The helmet molds look very good (aside from the fact that they are too large for the fig’s body, but that’s normal for Lego). And aside from the picky technical details, they just look cool. I can definitely picture myself using these torsos for future military minifigs.

This set comes with four of the 2014 shooting blasters. Essentially, you put a 1×1 round in the front and press the lever, and it shoots a few feet. The farthest I was able to shoot it was about 5 feet. From point-blank range, the guns can actually knock a minifig over. However, they look completely and absolutely ludicrous. The guns are bigger (and thicker) than a fig’s leg. I don’t think that’s quite realistic. Also, they have no aesthetic value whatsoever. I can think of no other ways to use them.

Pros: the clones, the clones, the clones!
Cons: The speeder is rather lame, the guns are ridiculous, and the price-to-part ratio is high.

Final rating: 2 out of 5.


Operation Frostbite

A M posted this funny (and somewhat creepy) snowman.

Click the image for the link to the gallery.

A M built this for Mike Doyle’s Beautiful Lego 2: Dark contest. Essentially, the best builds from the contest will be included in Mike’s next Lego book. His first book, Beautiful LEGO (Amazon), is a collection of some of the best MOCs in the Lego community. Now, he’s publishing a second one with the theme “Dark”. All the MOCs in there will have some sort of dark connotation, from dark chocolate to ancient monsters.

You can read more about the contest on Mike’s blog or MOCpages.

Lego Helmet

This is the first of many Lego creations I will post on this blog. Before I begin, however, I should explain a few Lego-related things that I will be using often. In the Lego community, a creation is called a MOC (My Own Creation, pronounced “mock”). The two main websites on which builders share MOCs are MOCpages and Flickr. Many of the MOCs I will be posting are not mine. If this is the case, I will link to the builder’s homepage on either (or both) MOCpages and Flickr. And now, without further ado, here is one of my builds.

Click the above image to view the entire gallery.

I built this for a contest on MOCpages. The contest, called the MocAthalon, consisted of over 20 teams with five builders each. Each team had to attempt to complete as many of thirty categories as they could during the month of March. The category for which I built this helmet was “future technology.” I simply had to build a piece of technology I thought people might use at some point in the future. Now, of course, it did not need to be life-sized. But I wanted to build a wearable helmet. And I did. In three days, no less.

What Will Follow

This blog is a chronicle of my adventures as a teenage geek. What will it entail? Whims and flights of fancy. LEGO. Lord of the Rings. Action movies. Adrenaline. Perhaps even several forays into math and science. I will not balk at, nor will I be ashamed of, randomness and unexpected subjects. I plan to blog about anything and everything that interests me.

What will follow? I invite you to join me and find out.

Ramblings of a teenage geek.