LEGO Battle of Endor set 8038

Box for LEGO Battle of Endor set 8038

Opening up a Battle of Endor set 8038 for the first time. Very impressed with the assortment of pieces – lots of gray and black bricks and tiles, very useful for castles and other uses.

Pieces for LEGO Battle of Endor set 8038

An incredible assortment of minifigs from this set, 12 in total, including three Ewoks, an Imperial Officer who is only available in this set and the Death Star ($400 set!), two rebel troopers in their Endor gear (people use these Torso’s for war MOC’s and vietnam soldiers), plus a fine assortment of other key Star Wars characters.

Minifigs for LEGO Battle of Endor set 8038

Large Molded LEGO Pieces

In the past year, one of my favorite LEGO blogs has posted about their hatred for large unnecessary LEGO pieces. Those huge molded pieces of plastic that LEGO sometimes uses. Dr. Dave Watford’s posts can be found here and here. I was recently cleaning up an older set, and came across the same thing.

The set is the 1999 Rock Raiders set #4970 The Chrome Crusher:
LEGO Rock Raiders Chrome Crusher
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For such a small set (168 pieces and retailing for $30), look at these huge pieces it comes with:
LEGO Rock Raiders Chrome Crusher

For such a small set, you wonder how it can even be called LEGO. But…

The set is actually kind of cool. Some neat chrome pieces, some teal accent pieces, and a neat little vehicle overall. The best part is the very steampunk minifig:

LEGO Rock Raiders Chrome Crusher Minifig

This set can still be picked up for less than it’s original retail price from a variety of sellers on BrickLink.

Too Many LEGO Death Stars

Suddenly, I went from having zero LEGO Death Stars to having 3 LEGO Death Stars. Wondering if I can triple the recipe and build them all into a single huge Death Star?

I bought the first one at full retail, thinking it was about to be retired. I was wrong, Amazon got 700 more in stock a few days later. The other two I got an amazing deal on.

When I have the time, and find the space, I will open one up and build it.

LEGO Death Star 10188