Podracers have been a prominent feature within the LEGO Star Wars theme since it began twenty years ago, despite the peculiar structural design of these nimble racing vehicles. 30461 Podracer is the latest such model.
This craft looks good on its packaging and could therefore prove to be a welcome addition to the twentieth anniversary range.
The Completed Model
30057 Anakin's Podracer was released in 2012 but this miniature vehicle is considerably larger than its predecessor, measuring 15cm in length. That exceeded my expectations and the model looks great on display, featuring a subtle connective structure between the twin engines and the cockpit. Moreover, the proportions are reasonably accurate when compared with the source material.
Both engines include marvellous mechanical detail. I am pleased with the tiny exhaust flaps on either side and the yellow air scoops look great as well. However, each scoop is only attached to the engine using one stud so they feel extremely fragile. The trans-purple energy binders are quite sturdy though and provide a firm mounting point for a trans-clear 12M shaft that links the engines to the cockpit.
Unfortunately, the connection at the other end is less secure and the cockpit frequently rotates around this connection point. That might have been intentional as the engines certainly move in relation to the cockpit onscreen, although I would have preferred a sturdier connection. Moreover, the cockpit itself is lacking in detail, only loosely depicting the enormous air scoops that are integral to its design.
30461 Podracer is slightly disappointing in my opinion. The engines are impressively detailed but that has resulted in certain compromises with regard to its structure. Furthermore, I think the cockpit could be improved as its present design bears little resemblance to the movie, particularly towards the front where the trans-clear 12M shaft is positioned.
On that basis, I would only recommend the polybag to those who intend to complete their LEGO Star Wars twentieth anniversary collection or anybody who collects podracers. I think younger fans may find the structural issues notably frustrating.
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