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These points of weakness often aren't as obvious to the naked eye as more obvious weaknesses like the load-bearing single stud connections in the original version of Pete Reid's Exo-Suit, so the oven test is an important step to ensure that even a model that SEEMS sturdy and stable when you first build it will stay that way in the long term.
I think they're taking about something simple like this:
SNOT is Studs Not On Top.
Unfortunately they have hired a full cast for the voice acting. However, they are also considering including the option to switch to grunting instead from the menu.
Slightly off topic I am loving the entitlement on the front page about the new sets. "I hate that Star Wars rehashes all these sets. Why won't they release this set that I really want?" seems to be the general feeling.
that our middle-aged selves with 5-20+ years of Lego collecting do not represent a typical consumer. Most people have no idea what sets were made in the past or how to acquire them. New kids are born, grow, watch Star Wars and want a Landspeeder or a Falcon. They don't want Willrow Hood Runs Down the Corridor With and Ice Cream Maker for a set. As much as I want to buy that it would probably be a mistake for them to manufacture it. There is a finite amount of ships and scenes in Star Wars worth making into sets and the iconic ships and vehicles are never going to go out of fashion.
I can only assume Rogue One wasn't seen as so interesting for the core child demographic?
I remember having that as a kid it was epic. I am also certain I lost Beru inside the mechanism a well. I did collect the Hasbro micro machines for a while but they are impossible to find in the UK so gave up.
I commented on the front, perhaps rather negatively, but I honestly feel that the Landspeeder set is a weak offering from LEGO. It used to be you could collect sets of this nature and they would go together quite nicely for a much better bang for your buck.
Thematically having Obi-Wan's Hut and Luke's Landspeeder as two separate sets that can be bought separately or together for one big fun building and play experience works.
What does not work is having a stupid little alcove of rocks with a Jawa in it about to jump out and attack instead of a brick built Bantha with Tusken. It may have upped the price of the one set defeating the purpose of making the two cheaper, but it would have made for a far more engaging play time effort.
Buy both sets re-enact that iconic scene, the Tusken Encounter and then heading back to Ben's place to recover. Now it's a weaker offering because one set has more going on for it (Ben's Hut) while the Landspeeder let's you run over a Jawa for no good reason.
The thematic nature of the two sets together is completely lost because the designers were forced to include something with the parts given to them that just doesn't match up.
It doesn't help that we have to pay 40$ for each set in Canada based on raising prices of these supposedly 'cheap to get' sets. I might pick both up, because Luke's poncho is new and I'm a stupid AFOL who buys anything LEGO Star Wars when he's in the mood, even stuff he really has no business buying. But for my money, I think I'd either wait for a sale or use up my VIP points as part of the purchase to get it gratis rather than waste dollars on something like another release of the Landspeeder that doesn't offer a whole lot of play experience.
So I occasionally still play with my toys, so sue me. It beats sticking them in a huge display in the basement and kragling them all to death.
It makes more sense for R2 to be in the Ben's hut set, especially with the Leia hologram part.
Not sure how big the market is for a brick-built Bantha is. Presumably TLG don't think it's that big given they haven't done it before now; It's hardly an iconic creature in the Star Wars universe after all.
^ I was thinking more like building the Bantha similar to the creature from the Jakku set with Unkar Plutt's portions hut. Using unique sculpted elements with regular brick built techniques to make a decent Bantha.
The only reason it hasn't happened yet is because Tuskens in general haven't had a lot of sets dedicated to them, if at all. They have featured prominently only in Battle Packs and a few other sets for the sake of including the Minifigures, but Tusken scenes from the movies haven't been featured at all in any of the sets, for obvious reasons. Having a set where Anakin kills a ton of other characters in angry slaughter isn't exactly the best idea for a LEGO set.
A Bantha wouldn't really add anything to the Landspeeder set in my opinion; it wasn't actually in the scene where Luke got attacked by the Tusken (unless you count the one he was viewing in the distance).