Thomas still being a massive Star Wars and Lego fan was ecstatic when this Lego General Grievous StarFighter was brought by the postman for me to review (see Mummy does have some good uses sometimes..)
The most important thing for Thomas to find out was whether General Grievous came with 4 Lightsabers, he was delighted when he saw from the front of the box that he does. This is the main reason that he is one of Thomas’ favourite Star Wars characters, is just because he has 4 Lightsabers!
So this set is obviously right up Thomas’ street. Lightsabers, Flying Projectiles, Evil villain complete with Goodie to battle, it has all the hallmarks of a triple-T – a Thomas Top Toy!
I opened the box with trepidation as to what it would hold inside, this set is 454 pieces which is the by far the biggest I’ve attempted so far. The manual didn’t help calm my nerves, it was more like a novel than an instruction guide. I dread to think what the some of the bigger sets manuals look like.
I did however find it surprisingly easy to put together, it only took me around 2 hours to put it all together. You’ll probably be much quicker if your an expert builder, but I do feel that i’m getting better with every build.
The 8095 set comes with 3 Minifigs, A4-d droid, Jedi Knight Nehdar Vebb and of course the man himself General Grievous.
If your familiar with the Clone Wars Cartoon series you’ll know that Vebb and Grievous have previous history, Vebb was lured into a trap and had to have a lightsaber duel with Grievous. Thomas was happy that he’d seen the two previously battle in the show as it gave him some ideas for his own games. Even though he is quite imaginative with his games, he does enjoy re-enacting things he’s seen in the movies and TV show.
A4-d is a medical droid, and General Grievious’ personal doctor. He’s a very odd looking droid, and quite an odd looking Minifig too. The main problem I have with him is that he has so much medical equipment strapped to his back that he doesn’t stand very easily on his very thin legs. Thomas finds It very tricky to balance him so he stands up independently without a baseplate or brick, but it can be done.
All the Minifigs from this set are exclusives, and the General Grievous figure is much improved over the previous 2007 version. This time round Grievous has larger feet and redesigned legs to enable him to still stand independently even when holding onto his 4 Lightsabers. You can see from the two pictures above how much better the newer version looks.
His top two arms are attached onto his forearms, and are meant to be easily removable. You will need to remove them each time you want to fit Grievious into his Starfighter cockpit as it wont accommodate all of his arms. This isn’t as much of a hassle as it sounds as the arms come off really easily, I just have to keep drumming it into Thomas to look after them and not to lose the arms.
As well as the Minifigs and actual Starfighter, you also get General Grievious’ Lair complete with his swivelling command chair and Lightsaber Rack (well he’s got to keep all of those Lightsabers organised somewhere)
The chair is very cool, all the parts move and fold down and up and it swivels around. It reminded me of a dentists chair, and that’s when I realised this must be where Grievous lies down and gets all of his repairs done.
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The ship itself is very sturdy when all put together, and apart from the tail fin at the back they’re are no pieces which will fall off easily. The fin at the back sticks out and bends up and down, this is the only part which has consistently fallen off whilst being played with.
The Starfighter is heavier than I imagined it would be, not heavy as in bulky but more as in well built and sturdy. Thomas can easily lift and zoom it around to pretend it’s flying, and amazingly it all stays in one piece. That I’m really pleased about.
I really like the way that Lego have designed the new cockpit for Grievous. Instead of the whole front of the plane sliding forwards, just the cockpit windshield slides open. It looks more realistic than the whole front coming off. As mentioned before though you will need to remove two of his arms to fit him in the seat.
As you’d expect from a dastardly villain like Grievous, he has plenty of weapons stowed away on his ship loaded and ready for even the slightest sign of trouble.
Apart from the lines of visible guns which line the outer sides of his ship is a hidden compartment where his keeps the big guns!
Open up the secret doors (one on each side of the ship) and you’ll find 2 missiles primed and ready for launch. Flick them out of their holsters and they will really fire out across the room. Well maybe not that far, but they do fly out.
On the underside of the starfighter you will find one massive missile which doesn’t fire but does make the ship look extra evil.
My son absolutely adores this set and it’s just perfect for him.
Even though the age range on the box is 8 – 14 and he’s only 5, it’s not so intricate that it falls apart all the time when he plays. Of course he wouldn’t have been able to build it himself, but that’s what mums here for. I do think that an 8 year old could manage it with a little help.
If you have a mini Star Wars fan in your home then this set will be the perfect gift.
The new General Grievous Minifig is so much improved over the last version. It really looks like the Grievous we know from the Clone Wars movies.
In my opinion this is one of those must have sets for your Lego Star Wars collection -a double-thumbs up from Thomas and mum this time!