It’s been on backorder since basically the day it went on sale. I wasn’t fast enough to get my hands on the first round so it was backordered until 16 January. I was nervous when it didn’t ship until about the 20th. And of course I had to wait for FedEx Smartpost (which is when FedEx delivers it to your local Post Office, then your regular mail carrier delivers it to you – so you’re screwed twice: once because FedEx sucks, and twice because who knows when the USPS will send it out.) ANYWAY, it arrived today so of course I had to put it together.
It was a pretty simple build, as expected, but I will say there are a lot of tiny pieces that all look the same, so the constructing the struts for the wheels and the probe arm was a bit tedious. In the end, here’s what we get!
Overall, the Mars Curiosity Rover model is pretty cool. As a science nerd obviously this is right up my alley. As a space science nerd, this is awesome. However, as I’ve said in previous posts, in my opinion it’s too small. I think they should have made it a much larger model; part of the collector’s series of models. The body should be about 12″-14″ long, and the mast about 6-7″ high. It would have made for a great display model, like the Red 5 X-Wing, or the large Death Star, or the modular buildings. Instead, we have a little model that’s only slightly larger than some of the regular City theme cars or trucks.
Am I happy I got it? Absolutely.
Could it have been better? Absolutely.
Either way, congrats to the builder for getting your model officially created!