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My son is a keen Lego fan and has numerous sets in his growing collection. He also loves Star wars and so Lego star wars Lego is an obvious choice for him! Over the past few months he has been saving his pocket money (supplemented with birthday money) and finally had enough to add to his Lego star wars collection. One of the sets he bought was the snowtropper battle pack, numbered 8084. This set is reasonably priced at around £10. There are 74 pieces contained inside the box including 4 minifigures. There is a very easy to follow instruction booklet with diagrams to help make building stress free! The minifigures include- 1 imperial officer with his binoculars, 1 AT-AT driver and 2 snowtroppers. There are also 2 pistols and 1 rifle. All the figures are well detailed both at the back and the front. The figures are jointed so can move and sit, increasing their play value. This set consists of 2 models to build; a battle station and an imperial speeder bike. The battle station has 12 steps to follow and the bike has 8. The battle station. *************** This is quite a small structure but does look impressive once built. It has a missile launcher that can swivel to find its target. Once the target has been found you can flick the missive to attack! There is a seat for the AT-AT driver to operate the station. The structure is about 3 inches long and quite robust, so doesn't break when it is played with. The speeder bike. *************** The white speeder bike measures about 5 inches in length and has a foot pedal and sky tires to enable it to race through the snow. There is a space to store the pistols and the there is a seat for the imperial officer to sit and drive the bike. The bike is quite sturdy once built, so like the battle station can be played with. Overall this is a really good set. It is recommended for children from 6-12. My 9 year old son had no problems building both the models without help, giving him a sense of achievement. The set is widely available for around £10. It can be played with alongside of other star wars kits or alone. My son likes the inclusion of the 4 mini figures and sometimes plays with these without the models. Unlike some of his larger Lego models, this one is quick to build and so can be taken apart for storage. I think many 12 year olds would find this kit a little too simple to build, especially if they enjoy a challenge!
==Lego Star Wars Battle Trooper 8084== Jack is only 3 ½ but he really is Lego obsessed! This Christmas all he wanted from Santa was tons and tons of the Star Wars Lego as this, at the moment, seems to be his favourite type. Of course from about September he was telling everyone and anyone who would listen that this was what he wanted and therefore we ended up with a house full of stuff on Christmas Day. This Lego Star Wars Battle Trooper was one of the smaller items from the Star Wars range and usually retails for around the 8 to £10 mark. The age range of this piece is from 6 years to 12 years of age. This basically means that a 6 year old could follow the instructions and put the item together by themselves. So seeing as Jack isn't nearly 6 it meant that I had to put it together (Himself being at work I had to do ALL the Lego items!). Jack is cleaver though and can assemble the small Lego figures that come with the set. This Battle Trooper set contains 4 different figures (An Imperial Officer, an AT-AT Driver and two Snowtroopers - I am getting used to all the names now having bought Jack the entire Star Wars film set on VHS (£2 from the charity shop!) we have been watching nothing else!). The Battle station and Imperial Speeder Bike come in 74 pieces and were relatively easy to put together. The instructions that come with any Lego set are very clear and easy to follow making the whole task rather therapeutic (even after a few too many Sherry's!). Jack did help with passing and putting on a few of the bricks which did of course slow the whole building process down which meant it took around 30 fun minutes rather than me rushing through the whole thing myself. The set is a good one and even one its own would represent a really good little item to have and one that can simulate a great Star Wars game. The fact that there are 4 figures with it makes it far better than a lot of the other smaller sets and seeing as these little men come with accessories such as helmets and guns makes it all the more interesting. The way they have made these Star Wars figures is really good and they are easily recognisable from the characters from the film itself. As with all Lego items I feel the set is made to a high quality and the pieces will last well (if I don't suck them up the Dyson too many times!) The Battle Station is equipt with a rotating flick missile firing gun and this is great fun even if it is not the sturdiest of items when Jacks chubby fingers are firing it. Again this extra detail make the item have great playability. In my opinion, this little piece of Lego not only represents good value for money but also good playability too. It is an affordable item which would make a great small gift for any fan of either Lego or Star Wars. It is easy to assemble and has a lot to offer considering its size and price. I really cannot fault this item of Lego Star Wars and for that reason I am awarding a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and giving it an exceptionally high recommendation. Many thanks for taking the time to read. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.