We are now in full test mode here–and the number one request for boys in that 6-9 range are Star Wars sets. So here’s some initial feedback. The large and showy LEGO Star Wars Republic Attack Shuttle with 636 pieces got mixed reviews. One of our eight year old testers and his Dad had trouble with getting some pieces to connect. I loved that this tester could show me exactly which step (#25 on page 22 of the 1st model book) posed a problem. We then had a teen builder take a look. He did not have a problem but noted that this was a more advanced build.
Let us know if you’ve tried this one. It is a really neat build once you’re done! I would suggest that if you’re starting with LEGO (in any theme…start with the smaller sets and build up to the larger models). There will be a lot less frustration in your house.