Tuesday, January 03, 2012

That's no moon

LEGO has come up with another interesting series for micro builders, the Star Wars Planets sets. The first series consists of 9674-1: Naboo Starfighter & Naboo, 9675-1: Sebulba's Podracer & Tatooine and 9676-1: TIE Interceptor & Death Star. Each of these sets has a minifig, a microscale vehicle, and, at probably the smallest scale ever in a LEGO set, and 11-wide planet (or space station). This is the most scale mixing we've seen in an official set since, I believe, 7468, Saturn V Moon Mission. The ships are nice - I particularly like the TIE Interceptor, but those planets will be interesting elements. I'm sure we'll see builders put these to use in forced perspective scenes in space battles. Probably the most obvious application I see, given that I just packed away my Christmas decorations, is to make a Star Wars themed Christmas tree next year, with micro ships and these planets as ornaments. There's apparently another series coming out this summer, so I look forward to seeing what those are like.

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