"I love Lego Star Wars, but every often a set comes along which completely blows my expectations and delivers something really special. This is one of those sets. Like the Republic Gunship or Imperial Shuttle Tydirium this set combines great playability with excellent display quality and fantastic minifigures.
To start with the quality, as always with Lego, is excellent and provides an enjoyable building experience. Perhaps not quite as much fun as the Imperial Shuttle or the Rogue Shadow, owing to the slightly repetitive build process, but still fun. The finished model itself is breathtaking, combining all the best traits of the AT-TE walker with a very unique look which makes it stand out when on diplay. the addition of the landing pad at the rear and the various platforms and gantry's make for an interesting design just as this vehicle had in the show, but also provides a fun way of displaying multiple minifigures in on place. The design of this thing is just mad, with random pieces hodge-podged together but the overall look works great. If I had one gripe it would be the many stickers but it is only a small gripe as they really do help enhance the set. As with the previous AT-TE the interior is cramped and nothing special, but the outer hull more than makes up for that.
For the price of the set I would have liked to see a couple more minfigures, but for what we get I am very happy. Another stormtrooper is always welcome and the Fifth Brother's armour is pretty cool, reminiscent of Darth Malgus's armour. But the main reason most people will buy this set is for Rex, Wolffe and Gregor. Seeing these three together in the show was amazing for so many fans so it makes perfect sense to have them all here. The designs are detailed and represent the characters perfectly, it is really cool to see them in their battle-scarred armour. However, this brings me to the only disappointing aspect of this set: NO HELMETS! Come on Lego, what were you thinking? Why didn't we get a battle-scarred version of the clones helmets. Ugh, I was so annoyed that these weren't included, as I'm sure many other fans will be.
That aside, this is still a brilliant set with many cool features to interest both adult fans and kids looking for a cool play set. My recommendation: buy this if you haven't already!"
"Your first glance at the box for this set gives your pretty much everything you need to know: nothing speical. A pretty basic build with three awesome minifigures.
I am so glad to see Lego producing more of these £20 sets which makes collecting so much more accessible. These smaller sets represent excellent value for money and a great play experience.
The set itself is a quick and straightforward build but has some nice features such as a clever technic system for opening and closing the energy barrier which blocks Obi-Wan from helping his master. There are some cool uses of bright and transparent pieces which actually help the set pop when on display. If I had one criticism it would be that this represents the bare bones of the location and does have a slightly unfinished feel to it. You really need twice as many bricks to do this iconic Star Wars location justice, however for a £20 set I think that the designers have done a great job of creating the look and feel of the set.
The minifigures are honestly nothing special. We have seen all of them before and they don't appear to have any significant updates. However if you are a kid just getting into Star Wars Lego sets or, like me, you are relatively new to collecting then this is a fantastic opportunity to pick up three classic characters from the Star Wars universe. All three are detailed and represent their characters well. I'm not the first to point out that Darth Maul's expression is a little goofy (seriously, I don't think he smiles once in the movie - or even in the Clone Wars!) but he's still pretty cool and I didn't have him before. The main reason for buying this set was to get my hands on a Qui-Gon minifigure. This version was previously only available in the wildly overpriced Sith Infiltrator set and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to add it to my collection now.
Overall this is a great wee set. Not perfect but for the price and the fact that you get three fantastic minifigures this is a must-have!"
"I really don't get this set. It has some great elements, is a pretty fun build and is cool to display because it is highly adaptable, but who is it aimed at?
Adult fans who purchase a UCS set (of which I have many) expect something special, something unique with attention to detail, cool minifigures and something that has the WOW factor. This set feels unfinished and is decidedly lacking in WOW factor, looking more like a combination of £20 and £30 sets cobbled together. The only thing which stands out are the minifigures, it is great to have more hoth-specific characters and we finally have a new Wedge, although as others have pointed out no princess Leia is a pretty shocking error.
On the other hand, if you are a young Lego fan this set is great! It has masses of playability and can be endlessly altered and adapted to suit your playing space and you can add your other Hoth sets to it to create a proper battle. Great fun, but most kids don't have the cash to burn that adult fans do, so this set feels like a betrayal from Lego of both it's fan groups. Too unfinished and basic for adults and too pricey for kids. In other words a total failure.
Don't misunderstand. If you like this set that's great, there are some really nice elements in there apart from the minifigures. The main door is cool (from the front anyway) and could have been released as a set on it's own. If you like this set there is nothing wrong at all with that, but I'm baffled why we are getting this horrible mish-mash when there are still many unexplored avenues for a new UCS. Why not finally give is a new Cloud-City themed set (especially since we have got the Carbon-Freezing Chamber this year), or a Force Awakens-themed model like the new Star Destroyer?
I can only give this set one star. That's not reflective of the set, but I hope that more people speak up and Lego take heed that they have made a mistake. I am normally happy to pay the ridiculous price for Lego Star Wars sets because I love SW and because I know that Lego always deliver a quality product. Not this time though. A hap-hazard mess of a set that doesn't know if it's for kids or adults and ultimately doesn't work for either. Truly shocking."
The Darth Vader Tie Advanced vs Rebel A-Wing is a nice wee set that combines a fun build experience with two iconic vehicles and some excellent minifigures. The Tie Advanced is smaller than previous versions but is in keeping with the Rebels TV show style and although compact it features all of the components needed to bring this classic design to life. Also features a well-thought out fire button for the missile system. The A-Wing is a great improvement on the previous model, now featuring movable rear wing foils that make it a bit more dynamic. Also the green colour scheme sets it apart from other Alliance ships and makes it stand out on the shelf. Very sticker heavy but I think they do make the whole model come together. I feel the missile fire system on the A-Wing is a bit awkward, but I do like the new landing struts, they are simple yet effective. Both ships are compact and feel durable enough for play but are detailed enough to be worthy additions to a display collection too.
The minifigures are all spot on. Sabine features updated hair which, even with subtle changes, is much better than her first hair, but seriously Lego can we have her with the correct skin-colour please???. The new version of Vader is great as it was in the Emperor's Throne Room set. We also have a completely new A-Wing pilot from Rebels (great to have a female pilot!) and a Rebels-style Moff Tarkin which is also great as he hasn't had many outings in minifigure form and yet is one of the most iconic villains of the saga.
Overall I reckon this is a great set for display and for play and I hope Lego brings in more of these combination sets which allows us to have proper battles. My one gripe would be the price. At £80 I (and I think everyone else) expect at least a couple more minifigures in a set this size, especially when you consider that the First Order Transport which retails for the sameprice featured 7 minifigures (as well as more pieces!). Perhaps a Commander Sato minifigure or a Rebels-specific Ahsoka - both of whom were present during this battle!
Despite this admittedly small gripe I would highly recommend this set. Great ships, great minifigures, great fun!"
"This is a great wee set and I think it's fantastic that there have been a few £20 sets come out with this wave.
That said I was a little disappointed. While this new set feels more robust than the Anakin starfighter I don't think it's a very good representation of the original ship. The Anakin version is much more sleek and overall better designed. Plenty of people have pointed out that the R2 unit sits far too high in it's cradle. I suppose this is a concession to easier access but it does look ridiculous when compared to other sets with droid figures. The cockpit also sits higher than the previous version and the whole thing just doesn't look great. I was really looking forward to this set but now I reckon you are still better off modding your own based on the previous version. However, this is still a pretty solid set. The minifigures are both gems and well worth having and as I said the low price makes this a great set for both adult collectors and children alike. The stickers, while irritating to get "just right" add great detail. Overall I would recommend this set but I don't think it is the best version of the interceptor we've had. I've added a side by side comparison below far you to decide for yourself which version you prefer :)"