Like most self-respecting little boys, my son is crazy about Star Wars. This may have something to do with his Dad, but I don’t know for sure. Despite his very young age – he isn’t 4 yet – he knows all about Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and Luke and the Force and all that stuff. So imagine his glee when he found out that you could have both Star Wars *and* Lego in the same toy! I was also very happy, since I get to put together the stuff, at least the first time, since he’s still little.
Since I wasn’t working yesterday, I kept him from daycare, and we went on an adventure downtown, visiting bookstores, shopping malls, the University and a lot of other places. Since he was so good, on the way back I offered him a small Lego set at Toys R Us, and he chose it all by himself: the Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers , which I’ll review today. Here’s what the set looks like once completed:
This is not a huge set; it only has 99 pieces, and a lot of these are the little blue pieces you can see on the gunship’s guns, which act as ammunition. More on that later. I believe my son chose this one in great part because it comes with no less that 4 Stormtroopers, 2 traditionally-clad ones and two ‘Scout’ troopers with the different visors, which are the little ship’s pilot and gunner. Adding four little guys greatly enhances my son’s Lego collection, which is just starting out.
This little Lego set, which costs $15.99 (Canadian dollars) at Toys R Us comes with much-vaunted (by the packaging) ‘NEW BLASTERS‘, which is a new and imaginative way to lose Lego pieces. The little guy’s blasters are fitted with a tiny lever-like piece that creates pressure, and causes the little blue pieces to go flying – quite far – thereby reproducing with high accuracy a blaster shot, especially if you get the little blue dot in the eyeball.
Fortunately, my son is already aware of the grief of losing Lego pieces, and doesn’t ‘load’ his Stormtroopers’ blasters when he plays. Good kid.
The assembly of the ship, and the little characters was a breeze, and my son should be able to assemble it by himself quickly, provided he doesn’t lose any pieces. I do have an issue with the fact that many of the pieces seem to be specialized, so I’m not sure how easily they can be integrated and used in a large bag of random Lego pieces, which I still have from my youth and am planning on giving to my son.
He’s a really smart kid, I’m sure he’ll figure it out, even if his Dad doesn’t.
Being an old-school Lego enthusiast, I am fascinated with all these new Lego collections coming out, the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic World and all the others. It’s really fun to see new pieces and to discover new uses for old ones. Just look at this mean-looking Lego dude!
In conclusion, both my son and I are really happy with the Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers. It was fun, if easy to assemble, provides a little ‘star ship’ for my son, and increases his little Lego dudes count to 5. All in all, a great purchase, which I know he’ll enjoy, one way or the other, for many years to come. As with all Legos.