Tennysoul wrote:It took them until recently to change the arm on the battle droids so that they weren't holding the blaster sideways. The designers clearly made these originally as a "cost effective" replacement for minifigs. I'm not saying you have to like my take on it, after all it's only my opinion, but this brings up a larger "Star Wars Lego" issue altogether. The original sets, from Slave 1 to the Millennium Falcon to the AT-ST were all hastily put together and largely inaccurate representations of Star Wars vehicles. Just google image Star Wars Lego 1999 and just look at the set images, they're almost horrible! Not that I didn't buy a MASSIVE amount of them mind you, but look at the evolution of these vehicles as an example: Millennium Falcon, Slave 1, Snow Speeder, AT-ST, Speeder Bikes and the X-Wing. The revision and updating of these sets shows that Lego really wanted to please the real die-hard adult fans of Lego by revising the designs to better match our expectations. Meanwhile Lucasfilm wanted to market their film crap and as a result in 1999 and 2000 the most highly clearanced sets were Gungan Patrol and Droid Fighter (the latter couldn't get sold at the toy store in my town and ended up 3 for 5 dollars). My point is: With all of the work that Lego has done to update the Classic Star Wars sets it amazes me that they have not taken the same approach with Episodes 1-3 sets (unless perhaps they actually KNOW that they don't sell and so why bother).
A lot of the early Lego sets were bad, star wars was no exception. Compare the early Lego space/town/castle/underwater themes (really, any of the lines that Lego remakes every 3-4 years) to the later stuff in those themes, and you'll see the same evolution. An I'd argue that the newer=better equation doesn't always hold true. for example, here's a link to pictures of all 3 snowspeeders:http://brick.jamescook.nu/?p=164
I'm kinda split between the original and 2003 versions as to which looks better, but the '07 one looks like crap (at least to me).
If you're interested, here's a forum with some more side-by-side shots.http://www.fbtb.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2610
Also, lego has
been updating the episode 2 and 3 sets, in the clone wars line (which isn't technically the same as 2 and 3, but the same vehicles are being produced. I do wish they'd do something about the ugly faces on most of the minifigs). And frankly, I can live without new episode 1 sets.