LEGO Star Wars 75040 General Grievous' Wheel Bike
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
An entertaining set from one of the better moments of the prequel trilogy. I haven't revealed the existence of the prequel trilogy to my 4 year old padawan yet (to prevent exposing him to the dark side) but that hasn't stopped us from picking up the best of the "Extended Universe" (EU) of Star Wars Lego sets. I've always told him there are lots of "stories" set in the Star Wars universe and after Disney's recent decision to ignore the EU, I feel validated. I just throw the prequels in with that idea because I would also prefer to think midi-chlorians don't exist. But I digress.

This particular set is different from the typical stationary set with a few moving features as the entire wheel apparatus spins around an axel. The seat and weapon assemblies on opposite sides of the wheel provide a handle to hold the bike to roll the wheel over the carpet, the kitchen table, or your little sister.

Grievous is a fun villain. In truth his double arms are slightly awkward since his secondary arms attach to his primary arms as opposed to the torso. But his non-traditional mini-fig design (in the style of the battle droids but with greater articulation and detail) makes him stand out as truly different from our doomed Lego Jedi heroes. Obi-wan is a typical mini-fig but always welcome, especially since this set reminds me of Ewan McGregor's swashbuckling approach to that character.

This set is difficult for younger, ambitious padawans as my 4 year old required assistance attaching the claws to the wheel. Personally, I feel that it is a good thing when sets present different challenges but it can be frustrating to little ones. Once attached the set is fairly sturdy and fun to roll around the home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2014
I never got the original Grievous wheel bike, although I always wanted it a lot. So this was the perfect opportunity for me to get a version of it. The new version of the bike seems to be markedly better than the last. I like it a lot but it does have two main issues. First, it has a hard time standing on its legs sometimes. And the second issue is that I feel like they could have at least added Boga to the set again. It almost seems emptier without him. However it is a great set and I highly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
I purchased the original General Grievous Chase set with the Boga and really enjoyed the set. This set caught my attention because I enjoyed the first set so much. The set met my expectations, but didn't exceed them. The new General Grievous minifigure looks really great, much more like the film character. Also, the wheel bike looks and functions much better than the original. The legs make it stand a good three inches above the ground. Unfortunately, the directions don't give a way to move them so that the wheel can roll, so you have to be creative. Obi-Wan is a nice minifigure, but nothing really makes him unique.
I love the minifigures that come with this set and the wheel is really an improvement on the last set. However, the set does not really have enough to make it great. The old set had the wheel bike, and boga, and two great minifigures. This one just has an improved wheel bike and improved Grievous. I really like the set, I would definitely buy it again. However, I wish there had been a little more Lego for the money. If you like the characters or the bike, buy it. Just don't expect this set to be extravagant.

Wheel bike: 4.3 stars
Grievous: 4.6 stars
Obi-Wan: 4.0 stars
Overall: 4.3 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2014
Purchased for a very enthusiastic Star Wars/LEGO fan, aged 7.

The kit was fun to put together and the seven year old has had a lot of fun playing with it already. Really, how can you go wrong with LEGO anyway? As expected, the kit was complete.

The seven-year old especially enjoyed the two mini-figs, which make playing with any creation more fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
What a great toy !! This is great !! Took some time like 20 30 mins. But i have built many . This was amazing sits on my gf self !! She doesnt like legos but she loves this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
My grandson was thrilled with his present. "It was just what he wanted!" They sent pictures of him holding it and grinning. A Homerun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
My son received this set as a gift from his wish list. It was a good challenge for him and took a couple hours to build. He explained to me in glowing terms that he enjoyed building the large "wheel" that made up General Grievous' bike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
This is the best of the 2 different General Grievous Lego mini figures. He is a big must-have for any Star Wars lover.

The Lego set is very easy to assemble. Lots of parts and a few extra pieces.

The biggest plus for this set is that it actually works! Fold up the legs and drive it around. Very awesome. Just like the movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
My 11 year old son had been looking for one of these for awhile. He absolutely loves it and I loved the quick shipping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2014
Excellent "second version" of this set. General Grievous figure is a huge improvement over the original. About the only negative is that this set doesn't come with Obiwan's giant lizard steed, which almost caused me to reduce my rating to 4 stars. I ended up buying the lizard separately, which makes the set perfect.
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