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You Shouldn't judge a 'set' by its cover (7879)
I may be alone on this but if ever the phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ applies to a Lego set then I think it must be Echo Base 7879.
Early last year when news of this set broke, I like many here was very excited only for that excitement to seemingly be crushed when the first images of the set appeared and like many I was happy to express my disappointment, ‘poor layout’, ‘looks a mess’ etc. etc. But despite this I bought the set last summer (mostly because I was in the US and got a deal with the exchange rate) and promptly put the set in the loft and forgot about it. That is until this week.
With not much else to do I decided to crack open a few set, 8129 being the first (great set, nothing bad to say there) but the poor AT-AT looked a little sad without something small and puny to menace so out came 7879. And this is when I experienced the rare sensation of being presently surprised by a set I had low expectations off. First of the min-figs are top notch, plenty of key characters and the Luke is awesome as is the 2-1B, but more than that the build was enjoyable and not repetitive and medical lab looks great and rather than looking like a cobbled together set, it actually works well, the interlocking section at the back brought back memories of older castle sets (the way you could lock them into a square/rectangle and then open them out to a line) and in the flesh the set look so much better than any of the images (I guess Lego photographed its bad side :) ).
Anyway I am always happy to admit when I am wrong and this goes to prove you shouldn’t really judge a set until you have it in your hands, although that might limit a certain amount of forum based fun so maybe not.
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Seeing your AT-AT makes me realize that I am missing something important though . . . curse you EOL items that I saw in the store and passed on because I was "skipping" Star Wars!
I found with other kits too (even Duplo), the photo's don't do it justice and once seeing them built...it changes my perspective.
The one thing that drives me nuts is the change from the "old" to the "new" types of helmets for the Rebel Soldiers. Wish LEGO had figured out the new hat a couple of years earlier . . . .