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Luke's Landspeeder 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick
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Summary:

Luke's Landspeeder (starting at $25, Amazon) passes muster with both serious collectors and kids who love Star Wars. The Landspeeder itself isn't aesthetically perfect, according to fastidious collectors, with an asymmetrical layout and a design one consumer posting on the Lego site likens to a bathtub. That said, parents who have posted Luke's Landspeeder reviews on Amazon report that the vehicle's compact size and relatively sturdy build help it hold up to the rigors of playtime. It's designed for children 7 to 12.

Luke's Landspeeder has a lot going for it, as evidenced by high ratings on retailer sites and a few hundred positive reviews. The most attractive aspect of this sleek little kit is the five included minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2D2, C-3PO, and a sandtrooper -- all of which are fairly rare. Reviewers on several sites say purchasing this Lego set is the most economical way to acquire all of these characters, especially for novice collectors. Overall, users appreciate the look and styling of the minifigures, according to reviews, though some point out Luke's hair is a little on the feminine side, and others note that Ben Kenobi is missing a hood and cape.

The Landspeeder itself is lauded in reviews for being more streamlined than previous versions. Set owners like the hidden compartment for lightsaber storage but grumble that the blades must be separated from the hilts in order to fit inside. Purists posting Luke's Landspeeder reviews appreciate the detail and accuracy of the design, down to the vehicle's damaged engine. Another user who posted a review on the Lego site wishes that this accuracy extended to the sandtrooper's pauldron, or armor, which many reviewers note should be orange.

Another minor critique in Luke's Landspeeder reviews is that there isn't enough room for R2D2 and C-3PO to perch in the back, as they did in the movie. On the plus side, however, this 163-piece build includes no stickers -- something Lego collectors consider a huge perk.

All told, the Luke's Landspeeder set gives Star Wars enthusiasts a satisfying build at an affordable price. Some gripe that $25 is still a lot to pay for a little bit of plastic, but that's a running theme in Lego reviews. The set also may not hold as much appeal for consummate collectors who already own most or all of the five minifigures. However, beginning Lego Star Wars hobbyists and kids who gravitate toward pretend play will find a lot to love about Luke's Landspeeder.

by Gina Briles (Google+ Profile) – December 9, 2012
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