9499 Gungan Sub, part 1
This morning's Desert Skiff review was a bit brief, for which I apologise. It had slipped my mind that the summer SW sets are not yet out in the US, so many of you are eager to know more about them before their release so you can make informed purchasing decisions. So I'll take my time with them\ reviews from now on...
Next up then, is 9499-1 Gungan Sub. This is one of the more iconic vehicles in Episode 1, and this has obviously been released to coincide with the 3D version of the movie hitting the theatres this year.
The set also contains one of the most iconic characters from Episode 1: Queen Amidala. A minifig version of her in full ceremonial regalia has been anticipated since the original release of the Episode 1 sets in 1999.
It's likely then, that you'll want to buy this set...
This is the second Gungan Sub to be made, the first one being 7161 from 1999. It looks very crude in comparison to the new version. One definite improvement you can see straight away, is that the three minfigs all fit in the cockpit, which wasn't the case for the old one.
Here's the back of the box showing the craft and the minifigures.
Inside the box you'll find five numbered bags, two instruction books, and four lengths of blue flex. The instructions are regular-quality and not printed on the thick glossy paper found in the Desert Skiff.
The sticker sheet is not shown in the picture. Unfortunately it's printed on white backing plastic so the stickers are likely to peel over time. I won't therefore be applying them.
This is the same as the one that appeared in 7929 Battle of Naboo, from last year.
In the next installment I'll open bag 2, which contains Queen Amidala, so stay tuned...