"This is a pretty decent set. The build is fairly easy and quick although a tad repetitive. The finished product looks great and sleek, as well as being solid and durable. There are only two stickers to apply on the whole set (easy ones too) and the rest are printed pieces. As far as playability goes there is really only one feature, the spring firing missiles, which are hidden well and the launching levers blend seemlessly into the design of the ship. The ship is also on the lighter side in weight so it's easy to "swoosh" around. The minifigures, I would have to say, are a must have for a Star Wars fan. The new Kylo Ren with the scar is great and he has a new torso print as well. The elite tie pilot is a nice variation on the regular one and would go well with the special forces Tie Fighter from The Force Awakens line-up. BB-9E is a nice variation (and break) from BB-8 and this set is the cheaper of the two that he's in.
There are a couple complaints I have about this set. One is that the cockpit interior has no detail to it whatsoever. There are no control panels or even the little antenna pieces and I think there is plenty of room for either of those. Also, while one doesn't usually look at the back of a set, I think the blue technic pegs that show through ruin the overall black and gray finished look. Covering them would be extremely simple and I am not sure why it was not done.
Overall, a very nice set to add to any collection. It looks nice and sleek and is a bit bigger than I thought it was going to be. A good addition to the Tie Fighter family, and let's hope that this time Kylo Ren's ship is still accurate after the movie releases!"
"This set genuinely surprised me. I have been skeptical of it because of all the negative reviews and comments, but I decided to try it out anyways.
To start, there are things in this set that were a little bit of a letdown, which you have probably read about in all of the other reviews. Some of the pieces are incomplete. The ion canon has no back or bottom to it which limits display possibilities. The shield generator dishes just rest on top of the snow platform made for them, which is a little obnoxious seeing as there are several building techniques that could have been used here to hold them in place while also keeping the "exploding" play function. Also, like it has been said many times, there should be four of them, not just three. The name of the set is also misleading. Rather than calling it 'Assault on Hoth', it should have been called 'Echo Base' or 'Hoth Base' because of the lack of imperials. While I have no complaints about the number of minifigures included, I feel like a couple more snow troopers could have been added while still keeping the price where it is. My last complaint is that there is no Leia, Chewbacca, R2, or C-3PO minifures included. Han and Luke were not the only main characters on Hoth, and only Luke was involved directly in the combat, so once again the set is misnamed or more characters need to be added.
Despite all those complaints I have about this set, I have to say that I genuinely love this set. I got a Taun-taun and a Wampa which I never had either of before, and the white protocol droid and the astromech are both great figures. While I do wish there were more imperial minifigures, I do have quite a few already and it was nice to level the playing field so to say and add several Rebel troops to my collection. All the turrets are individual pieces and can easily be removed and placed elsewhere in other spots on the set. The base doors piece looks amazing even if it doesn't have a detailed back side, and the cargo crane piece and the base interior piece can be easily attached or removed from it. The doors open smoothly and simultaneously as well with a clever gear system. Also a snowspeeder is always a positive addition to any Hoth Lego set. Overall it is a fairly simple build with a few more difficult spots in certain areas such as the gear system for the doors, but nothing a kid couldn't easily tackle on their own. Plus there are about twenty stickers, which is not bad at all. Another great thing about this set is that it can easily become a great group or family activity if you print out different sections of the intructions that are provided on the website.
All in all this is a great set. It has so many play features that could keep kids busy, and it looks pretty good on a shelf too for all the older fans out there. Do not let the negative reviews keep you from getting this set, especially if you do not have very many Hoth sets like I did. Yes, it is a bit pricey for just a play set and I would say it's not quite up to par with the rest of the UCS sets, but the positives outweigh the negatives for me in this one and I can't help but still admire it when I look at it on my shelf."
"First of all this is a fantastic set. It's an amazing and fun build that is easy enough for kids to tackle on their own and intriguing enough for older builders to stay interested. It does get repetitive at the end with what I'd call the engines but it's a relatively short section. The little crane scooter thing is a nice little piece as well and adds more playability to the set itself. And there aren't many stickers and they're easy to apply. All the minifigures are new (except the stormtrooper) and will make great additions to collections. The translucent head of the astromech is so unique and cool I would not have been mad if that was the only figure. It only has one little play feature, which is the bombimg mechanism that turns and drops bombs, which is perfect seeing as the Y-wing is a bomber fighter, and I'm glad that the set isn't jammed full of features like that. It's simple and fun. The spring shooters are underneath the cockpit. They aren't super hidden but they are also in a spot that you can't accidentally fire them when you pick it up and fly it around. It also has little landing gear that fold up flat on the bottom which is a nice detail.
Now for the main reason I wanted to write this review. I really love this set and nothing about the set itself gives me something to complain about. But the quality of my pieces was a bit lacking, especially the long, white, wing piece on the cockpit that was bent really out of shape. I've been seeing it in more and more reviews lately that people have been getting Lego sets that contain pieces of poor quality, and it's really disappointing to see.
All in all though, you should definitely get this set, whether for your kid or yourself, it will make a magnificent edition to your collection."
"I was excited to get this set because I have the original clone turbo tank from the 2005 Episode III series. I was looking forward to an upgraded version of a clone turbo tank, but was a little disappointed upon completion. First of all, this set is fairly small, and makes my other tank look massive next to this one. Despite it being a smaller model than I hoped for, it was a great deal more durable than the one I have, or a lot of sets for that matter. The build was also a bit more difficult than I thought it would be, especially for being geared more towards kids. In particular I had trouble attaching the parts that connected the axles and wheels to the main body on the bottom. There are no stickers, however, which is always an upside to any Lego set. The large open middle section is only used for storing the little walker that comes with it, but a couple plates could easily be added if you wanted to take some more clones for a ride. I also really liked the mini figures, which were all new additions to my collection (minus the battle droids). All in all, I would say this is a better play set than a collect/display set. I'm sure any kid would love rolling this around and shooting all the launchers on the tank and on the little walker too, and it even comes with a built in handle for an easy way to carry it. I would avoid this one if you have an older version of this set though."
"Pretty great set overall. I thought $70 was just a bit too much for this one, but not too bad compared to some others. I managed to grab it for 10 less though, which I thought was perfect. I loved Leia in this as well as the Resistance fighters, but Ackbar was a little out of place. Lego really missed a chance to put C-3PO with the red arm in a set here. Despite that minor-ish complaint, it's a good one to add to anyone's display/play collection."