By Jim Hrabak (email@example.com)
When the first wave of The Force Awakens Lego sets was released on September 4th, initial opinions were mixed, at best. Many seeing the sets for the first time, commented on their blandness in both color (lots of gray) and design. Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle as well as the First Order Transporter probably drew the heaviest scrutiny.
Whether we like it or not, we should probably expect to see more of this in future episodes. It is consistent with the story that has been unfolding since 1977. The galaxy in which the Star Wars Saga takes place is in decline. Where once there was political and economic independence among systems, there is now chaos and the emergence once again of a centralized authority. Planets are stripped of resources to feed the military machine of the First order. Utility and uniformity has replaced the craftsmanship of the Nubian and Corellians.
So what can be done about this in service to Lego fans (that’s important too, right)? Fortunately, Lego has done a very nice job creating sets that, while not always pleasing to look at, are very enjoyable to build. So far, I have found that even sets such as the First Order Snowspeeder have featured interesting techniques and nice angles. Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle has a lot of very nice details and is a great build, despite the fact that Lego had to bring an incomplete product to market.
And who knows, perhaps there are some interesting designs in the works. One thing is for sure, I am very pleased with the first wave and cannot wait for the next! -JH