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December 21, 2009

LEGO Star Wars - A DadCentric Toy Review

Star-wars-lego-y-wing-8037 Not since chocolate fell in peanut-butter has there been a better example of two great tastes coming together than the ultimate toy mash-up between LEGO and Star Wars.  Also, less filling.

As you know, we're big believers in the power of the force and the lure of the brick.  The two together? That's awesome squared.  See, those math classes are paying off.

Needless to say, when the opportunity presented itself for me to review some LEGO Star Wars products I jumped at it.  Insert "in less than 12 parsecs" quote here. 

I was sent Product No. 8016, the Hyena Droid Bomber, and 8037, Anakin's Y-wing Starfighter (pictured).  I'm telling you the number because this appears to be important.  My 6-year-old has a Christmas list four pages long and it consists of nothing but LEGO Star Wars sets logged by number.  I have no idea where he gets that.

The first thing I noticed is that the LEGO pieces are small, but, like Yoda, I don't judge them by their size.  They are labeled with suggested ages on the box, which my 3-year-old ignores - due mainly to his inability to read.  Truly wonderful the mind of a child is and all that.  I'm telling you this, not because I was ignorant of LEGO sizes, but because this is a review and sharing information on matters such as product size is what some people consider thorough. If you think size doesn't matter then skip to the next paragraph and my condolences to your wife.

Hey look, we're all at the next paragraph at the same time and now you probably feel silly for that little outburst, don't you?

Anakin's Y-wing Starfighter is from a little thing called Star Wars: The Clone Wars and in addition to a young Darth Skywalker (SPOILER) the set also includes his Apprentice, Ahsoka, and one feisty little droid known across the galaxy as R2-D2.  Among the cool features of the Y-wing LEGO set is a secret compartment for lightsabers - although LEGO Star Wars Han Solo (sold separately) would probably use the space for smuggling purposes - as would LEGO Cheech and Chong, but now we're messing with a little something called the SPACE/TIME Continuum and frankly that information is restricted on a need-to-know basis.

The Hyena Droid Bomber has pivoting wings that allow you to switch it between flying and walking positions, respectively. The set includes three Rocket Battle Droids. Roger, Roger.  While flying through the living room it tends to make noises like vrrrrooooooom and pshew, pshew. Also, Dad, Zane won't give me my droid back! Your noises may vary.

Here's the thing about LEGO Star Wars toys: it's a win-win.  LEGOS rule.  Star Wars rules.  The video game LEGO Star Wars rules and peanut-butter cups rule. Everyone rules but the Emperor. I'm putting a big, ol' stamp of approval on these two toys and pretty much the whole line.  I don't think you can go wrong here- even if you wind up on the dark side.

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