Star Wars: Force Unleashed: Rogue Shadow
Approx. 12" from stern to engine, 12" from Wingtip to wingtip
Armaments: pissed off Dark Jedi wannabe, 2x red lightsaber, 2x laser rifle, 2x red missile, spring loaded missile
The Rogue Shadow is largely technic beam construction, and as such is quite sturdy. It contains a well concealed and easily fired spring missile, several lifting panels that also conceal weaponry, and a rotating engine/wings. Unfortunately, this set does earn itself a few negative points for not ensuring there is room for the apprentice to sit and not including the apprentice's robotic assistant, PROXY. Most $50 sets have more than 3 figures in them.
3 minifigs: Juno Eclipse, Battle Damaged Darth Vader, Vader's Apprentice. Here is another area that I have issues with. They give us a ponytail for Juno, A helmet for Vader, but Vader is cape-less (and apperently half naked). Seems a bit of an oversight to me. Of special note to anyone who cares: Vader's damaged helmet is a black Aquazone visor. Creative.
Sadly, the set falls short here. While the canopy bubble has new printing on it (yay for not making round stickers yet!) and all three minifig chest printings are new, I cannot find a single part I didn't already have.
Piece Count- 482, 480 I find useful.
This is a good set, and the scale on it is decent too. However, this is a set based on a video game that hasn't been released yet. It'd be nice if lego went ahead and did the Outrider, or a Tie Defender, or any number of Shadows of the Empire ships. Nevertheless, it's good to have more than 4 Tie variants and an ISD on call to fight the rebels. I rank it about where I rank the Slave 1: great minifigs, weird ship. It retails for $50.
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This set contains the same 3 stickers as the Imperial Dropship does. Given my scant knowledge of Lego Company operating procedures, I would venture that this is to cut costs. It wastes 2 stickers, but no new printing is needed. It is in this light that I would like to point out that the Rebel Speeder came with 2x as many stickers as needed and I would not be entirely shocked to see another rebel set this year that uses all of them.