"I made a 2 hour trek to the nearest LEGO store to pick this up, and it was a great experience. The set itself has not been seen since 2007 I believe, and there are many updates that LEGO has done to make this set much better. For the minifigs, the Imperial shuttle pilot is very nice with his all-black outfit, but didn't seem too exclusive at all. The sandtrooper and sandtrooper captain figures were great as well, although it seems LEGO's printing isn't as good as it used to be, as one of their helmets was misprinted. I did like their pauldrons and backpacks, and the inclusion of regular blasters instead of the stud blasters. Obi-Wan was nice, but hadn't changed since a few years ago, and R2-D2 is the same as always.
The shuttle itself is phenomenal, very sturdy and nice looking in most places. The cockpit was extremely fun to build, and LEGO made good use of their SNOT technique pieces. The ramp works well inside, although it has slid out more than once. The wings work well, and the sticker detailing works great. The engines look very nice, although they are not the most sturdy on the side. There is lots of space on the interior, which is great so that you can add stormtroopers or sandtroopers from your collection to ferry them into battle. One issue I did have was the landing gear not retracting, but it is easily removed and still looks great without it. Unfortunately, the firepower capabilities of the shuttle have decreased since its last appearance, and all it has to protect itself are two stud shooters by the cockpit and maybe a couple rocket launchers hidden in the trooper hold that don't actually fire., which is underwhelming compared to all the bombs and rockets that the 2007 one had. Overall though, this set is very good, but the reason it got a 4 star out of 5 rating from me is that for one, it didn't come with enough stormtroopers( and why is Obi-Wan and R2 in there?!), and secondly the incredibly high price-point at $90 USD, more reasonable at $70 in my opinion."
"What do you get when you cross an AT-DP with Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle? An Imperial AT-Hauler!
Although a joke, the wings in landing mode crossed with the cockpit really does appear like an AT-DP with the shuttle's wings. The cockpit itself has little domes on either side with slots printed on, giving it a heavily-armored appearance that I like. The roof opens and shows room for one minifigure or about three crammed in there, with a very detailed screen made up of a 2x2 tile and 2x2 roof slope, each with stickers. The front windscreen folds down as well, but BEWARE - when applying the transparent stickers that are prominent in the set, your fingerprints will show up on the stickers, making it look like there's fog or something on my windscreen - very disappointing. The stud-shooters on the cockpit work fine, as expected. The space underneath fits about two figures (one on each side), either sitting or standing, and is very well constructed. The wings are overly complex inside, although they do look nice when finished, and the plating on the outside was well done. The landing gear is a bit fickle on soft surfaces, and it is a bit of work to unfold each pad and rotate the legs out, but not too bad considering. I've referred to the arms as wings thus far, but technically they would be called arms I believe. They each rotate individually, making it difficult to pick up the cargo crate included without grabbing each arm and the cockpit with each hand - once again, overly complicated. All of that said, the arms look phenomenal when finished, and function adequately. The function to swing the hooks out and down to lift the crate is useless, unless you're lifting the train car from the Conveyex set (check out my review of that!). The crate was honestly disappointing, in that the included weapons rack was three studs wide, but the "slot" for it inside was four studs wide, so it slides around and actually has room to flip over, so when it's being transported it's just floating around inside - very disappointing. As for the minifigures, both Dryden's Guard figures were awesome looking, reminding me of the Zygerrian Slavers from the Clone Wars (they might be the same species?). The amount of detail that LEGO gave to each of them in the form of different face printing was awesome; thank you for that! Val looks pretty good, although her faces are not exactly opposite - the print was off (same with Qi'ra), but her hairpiece was pretty cool to get. Qi'ra was cool, nothing too special; great to finish my Qi'ra variation collection. Rio I believe was a huge draw to this set, with his unique four arm mold that looks and functions great. His character received amazing detail and printing; great job with that too! Overall this set was pretty good, although rough and unfinished looking in the rear in some technic areas, but with some improvement on your part could be much better!"
An Awesome Foreshadowing of the Clone Wars' Return
"This set has so many awesome things going for it, the main things being the price and being from the CW. For $17 at Wal-Mart upon release, that can hardly be beat for the 247 included pieces, as well as a unique rendition of Anakin Skywalker and the ever reappearing R2-D2. Anakin looked great, with excellent back printing and leg printing - except for his face. The inclusion of a gold headset - which only appeared in Ep. III and never the clone wars - kind of ruins this figure for me. LEGO has essentially disabled him from doing anything else besides flying, which bothers me for creativity sake. I wouldn't mind if the headset was on one side of his face, but they did put it on both. I was glad to see the iconic hairpiece hadn't changed. The fighter itself is very sturdy, and despite having a lot of stickers, it was still a very well-designed and good-looking set. The use of technic instead of click-hinges to attach the wings was good, and creates a more stable look and feel to the set, although the gaps between the body and the wings were a bit distracting. The color scheme is excellent, looking very accurate to the clone wars TV series. The cockpit looks great, and I was glad to get a printed control panel for the first time in a while it seems. I wasn't a fan of the gap at the bottom of the cockpit where you can see the engines from the top, and I think that should have been a pretty easy fix, but for the price and amount of pieces I'll let that slide. The landing gear functions well, and the people who like lightsaber storage will be pleased to know that there is a clip on the bottom of the fighter for his lightsaber. Overall, this set is fantastic for the price and just for what it is, so be sure to pick this up, although I do believe it could be improved upon with pieces from your own collection."
"It seems like an eternity since 2012 when the last traditional X-Wing starfighter was released. Now we have a new one! At first glance this ship almost seems like a downgrade, having abandoned the same engine and cockpit pieces that were used for generation after generation of X-wings. However, I believe the change was worth it. The ship is a good size, not oversized but still well scaled to the TIE fighter released earlier this year. The figures are very good, with new helmet molds that look giant but I think will pay off once we get used to them. Biggs Darklighter hasn't appeared in forever, so it's great to get a new version of him, although I do feel like they could have done more with his alternate face printing, being that his story didn't have a happy ending. R2-D2 is the same he's been for the last 4-5 years, which is fine. R2-Q2 was a surprise inclusion, since the last time we saw him in 2011 he was an Imperial droid. Anyway, I do prefer the original version, because this one looks a bit odd with gun-metal-gray legs but not torso...a little odd. Anyway, the ship is fantastic. The cockpit is very cramped, giving just enough room for a pilot and pistol to fit in. The droid is very snug, despite sitting on one 1x2 jumper plate only. The function to move the wings into attack formation works great, although I do think I'll take off the "deactivator" on the bottom, which is a Technic piece that automatically releases the wings back into flight mode. The guns are pretty good, although I wouldn't mind them being a tad longer. The stud shooters as proton torpedoes are a bit disappointing, and I'd rather just have the telescope and cherry pieces again, like the 2012 version. The unique color scheme making it look old and run down is fantastic, really making this look like a Rebellion vehicle. The engines are great, although the engines weren't as pink as they were red in the movies - but I do admit that red cones on the back don't look as good as the pink ones do. The engines are very large, but I think they're justified - maybe they just look that way after seeing the sleeker Resistance X-wings for so long. Overall, I'm super glad I got this set and it is totally worth the $80 price tag - be sure to pick this up for yourself!"
"So I realized that LEGO has this set for $30, whereas I picked it up at Wal-Mart for $25...be sure to do the same. This set was fantastic, and although I knew about its release, it still shocked me in its amazing amount of details and weight. These little speeders are fantastic, and look very realistic. First for the minifigs...Tobias Beckett looks spot-on, with Mr. Incredible's hairpiece doing great justice to his figure. The head is the same as on the TIE fighter from earlier this year, but the tan trenchcoat is unique. The twin pistols are nice to get too. Enfys Nest is a great figure, with the menacing helmet mold with rubber prongs so as to make your feet suffer less if stepped on. The printing on her figure is phenomenal, although the blank black head is a bit of a letdown. The short cape typically used on Jawa's is used here, although I'm not sure why, but it does have nice colors as well as some fur printed on the back. Her weapon is great as well, with a new machete-looking piece as well as a dart/arrow thingy on the bottom. Weazel is a pretty good figure, although I think it's time do design some moving short legs, don't you think? Weazel's head is actually printed, which many people missed. There are little details that show through on the sides of his helmet, so be sure to align that correctly. His gun is fine; nothing special there. The speeders are great, heavy, sturdy builds, although there aren't any play features to speak of besides the stud-shooters. I do like the well-executed color scheme, and the inclusion of the red striping on the speeders. The stickers were a bit excessive, but do improve the look of the set. Overall this is a great set worth buying, both for the figures and the build, which it is pretty rare to find both great selections in the same set!"
"I'm going to skip over the fact that the other half (the bottom) of this thing was left off, because being a practical person myself, I understand there's almost no way to make that work and still be affordable. That being said, I'll begin with the minifigures. The long awaited Rangetroopers are finally here, and are not disappointing at all. Their unique cloth fur pieces and specially molded helmets, as well as unique white blasters, all contribute to make an elite, deadly looking Stormtrooper that might actually hit something! Their print is excellent, and they look like a lethal cold-weather trooper. The Imperial gunner is average, with a gun-metal gray body and the same cloth fur piece for warmth. His helmet is the same mold from the battle pack from 2014 I believe, and overall is not too exceptional. Han solo looks great in his fur overcoat and goggles, as well as Chewbacca with goggles printed on his face - the main reason I bought this set was for the exclusive figs, and they didn't disappoint. The engine half was very well detailed and a very sturdy build, the most monotonous being the assembly of the treads, which roll very well and don't stick at all, although there is potential to get hairs or fuzz stuck in the rubber tires that run the treads if you run it on carpet or something like that. The circular armor panels open to reveal blaster storage, or a crawl space for a stowaway figure, which is very neat. The dual cockpits are really cool and awesomely detailed, making me wish I could crawl into it myself! The sticker panels are very nice, though identical, and the tan seats look very nice compared to the dark-gray vehicle. My only issue is that it didn't come with an extra couple drivers, which would've been appropriate given the high price point to begin with. The train car is pretty cool as well, with a boxcar-ish appearance that still resembles a Star Wars vehicle. The car is open-ended on either side, allowing Han and Chewie to run straight through the cars if they wish, and the detail on the ends is phenomenal. The side panels do raise, revealing four crates of coaxium, as well as a ladder leading to a hatch on the roof. You can open this hatch and have a figure stand on two studs below the roof, so as to appear like he's peering out from on the ladder. The car rolls very well on four rubber wheels underneath the vehicle, and the hitch to connect them is very secure. (I used the spare black technic knob to seal off the top of the train hitch instead of just the bottom, since I don't plan on having my AT-Hauler take off the car anytime soon.) Despite all the pros of this set, it is still very small at 622 pieces for $89 USD being a steep price to pay. Overall it isn't bad, although that price would have been justified by a few more pilots/gunners."
"The title is a bit of an understatement, but don't think I don't like this set. By far the best action scene of the entire first episode, the Duel of the Fates was recreated by children - including me - for years. The classic scene where Obi-Wan steps up to take Anakin as his Padawan and Darth Maul is sliced in half and tumbles down the convenient bottomless pit was too fantastic of a scene to be committed to a $25 set. The minifigures look good though, especially Obi-Wan. His angry face looks spot-on to the part when he's waiting for the laser gate to open after Qui-Gon is stabbed. Qui-Gon's...um...dying face looks a bit cheesy, but not inaccurate. Darth Maul is where I have the issue. He looks either high on an energy drink or super hyped about killing Jedi - either way it's not very accurate. He looked more smug in the movie, instead of bouncy and energetic like his LEGO face portrays. The set itself is fine. I like the catapult function - when it works - and the laser gate works well, although I did reverse the lasers so that they open into the hallway instead of the main room. I understand the limitations on LEGO, but just putting 1/4th of a wall segment with a sticker piece seems pretty lame for this set, I'm sorry to say. The throw-in of the purple generator thing underneath wasn't too good either. All in all I'd have to say this set was very sad, a huge let down to the Duel of the Fates. I'd think a $50-$60 set - sort of like the Rathtar Escape set - would do this more justice, and maybe could be revisited in a few years. But unless you're desperate to pick up Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, or Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, I'd say just wait and pass this up, or wait for a super big sale."
"This scene was one of the most dramatic of the entire movie (with the exception of the few scenes leading up to why he's encased in black body armor...), and it was great to get a revamped version from the 2005 set that doesn't give it justice. The unique shape, first and foremost, is wonderful looking, and the gray/black color scheme accented with white and transparent pieces makes the scene look even more sinister. The table is massive - maybe a little too massive - but still functions very well with the raising and rotating function. The feature to put Vader's helmet on is a little iffy, and has to be used just right to actually get the helmet to stick on. The lever to knock the droids off is decent, but they're not very sturdy and are too easy to knock over without doing anything. The inclusion of the two Dark Lords of the Empire in a $25 set was ridiculously awesome, and I was glad to pick this up even though I didn't plan to. The burned Vader looked amazing, with his charred skin and burned clothes looking very gruesome for a 7-12 year-old's play set. Either way, it looks very nice for a collector's piece as I'm using it. The Darth Vader minifigure is good, with nice printing and the new fabric cape, although I do miss the old helmet mold - it looks less snobby to me. Emperor Palpatine is a cool, slightly yellowed skin toned villain, with very nice printing and detailing as well. The medical assistant droid is...fine, except for the fact that the legs don't move AT ALL and the thing has a tail!?! All and all, this set is great both for a smaller display piece, as well as a play set to reenact the gruesome scenes in Episode III."
"So I picked up this set on eBay for $21.99 which is even more of a steal than the original price, so I got a very nice deal pricewise, but even with the $30 price tag this set is not to be scoffed at. The exclusive minifigures with foot printing and amazing detail are very nice to have, as well as a Corellian hound figure with great detailing as well. Qi'ra, to my surprise, came in a shiny torso instead of a dull-colored gray, which was interesting. The speeder itself is fascinating, and was very fun to build and fit everything together. The amount of detail to show the missing panels or broken engine parts was mind-blowing, and LEGO captured the damaged speeder very well - well done to the designer of this set! The color scheme was very good, and the clever use of transparent pieces to add stability was very nice. The detail inside the speeder was phenomenal, and could easily have been overlooked to make this a $20-$25 set. The spring loaded shooters work well, and the nice tan interior flowed well with the navy blue color scheme. I also like the intense engine detailing, with the printed pieces for the engine fans and the removable engine inside with the glowing green dish pieces. The ONLY issue I have with this set are the wheels. LEGO has slightly abandoned the slider plates that were used heavily around 2009-2013ish, and in their place they are using wheels. They usually work out as in the case of the 75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier or the 75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank, where they use large clear wheels kind of sunken into the body. But this time, LEGO used tiny gray wheels that usually go with rubber tires. These didn't work. Not only do they make a wretched noise when they drive, but they only raise the speeder about 1/8th of an inch off of the ground, so no matter whether it's carpet (which it doesn't work on anyways) or hard floor, it doesn't really hover. That being said, this set is truly amazing and every LEGO collector should enjoy the build of this set."
"This is by far the largest set I've ever purchased, and because of that I had very high expectations, some of which were met and some fell short. I had heard the complaints and praise before, so I knew to some extent what I was getting into. First for the minifigs, I really like the exclusivity of them. Usually I like to see the main characters in cheap sets, but I think LEGO did a good job including the minifigs in this one. The droids look pretty good, Lando Calrissian looks great and I love his different colored cape. Qi'ra looks very different from her other minifig in the Solo's Landspeeder set, and Chewie and Han look about as expected, although the different mold on Chewie I didn't see coming (but still looks very good). Quay Tolsite is fine, but I still don't like the new "skirt" piece for the minifigures. Just give them legs and a cloth skirt, like Chirrut Imwe! The build was stunning, keeping me on my toes up until the 8th or 9th bag when we did the repetitious panels. The build itself looks great, and personally the gaps between the panels don't look nearly as bad as a lot of people made them out to be. I wish the landing gear was retractable and longer, so that the boarding ramp could lower enough for minifigs to actually board! The cockpit works great, and Chewie and Han both fit very well together in the cockpit. A lot of people complained about the different shade of white on the cockpit screen as compared to the rest of the ship, but I don't think it looks too bad. The ball & socket radar dish doesn't look very good in my opinion, but it works. The engines look great, and are very well tapered and the blue pipe element looks great. The interior is fine, but not as spacious as the 2011 version looks ( I don't actually have it, but I've seen pictures). The bed works well, but I think maybe a 2x3 inverted roof slope on the back of the bed would blend it better with the back wall. The drink bar looks good, the control screen looks amazingly detailed, and the cargo area is good too. The seats for the dejarik game are nice...except that the two closest to the ship's exterior walls are useless, because the panels won't close with anybody sitting there! The two arches at the front interior of the ship really take out a large section that might have been used for something else. The detachable escape pod thingy looks fine, definitely looks better in than out (the prongs look puny with it out), but I wish that they had put two of the handle pieces instead of a handle and a click hinge, because now it doesn't secure very well. The spring loaded shooters work very well, and if you are not one to use that play feature, rest assured that they are very well hidden and are not going to interfere very much with the display factor. The gunning hatch works very well as well, and I like the removable seating arrangement and the detailed controls for the gunners - works very nicely. Overall this is a good set, although the price was about 15-20 dollars too high, and I think they could have improved the interior a little bit. Either way I'm glad to finally have the Millennium Falcon - even if it is a weird, white version."