"Naturally, this set is purchased for the minifigures rather than the minibuilds, however both aspects should be satisfying. With 14 minifigures included, this means that there are many possible combinations of figures that could be assembled. There are several new prints of torsos introduced in this set. This will keep your collection from being redundant if you have townspeople from older sets. Fun in the Park features children, adults, and granparents in the set. You have equal numbers of male and females in the build. In addition to this, there is a baby which makes its debut in this set. There is an assortment of various parts and accessories added meant to boost interest in the set. They include the wheelchair, hot dog bun, baby bottle, cyclist's helmet, bicycle, and picnic basket.
Children will appreciate the set, because it provides several "ordinary" citizens that are harder to find in other City sets. Adults will enjoy this set because it could enhance their own town sets. This could supplement several builds from the Creator line including the modulars. I suspect that many of the parts and torsos will appear in later sets. While a bit expensive, Fun in the Park does provide a lot of desirable minifigures, accessories, and some clever minibuilds for fans of all ages."
"Being an avid fan of the outdoors and anticipating summer trips, I decided to buy this set. There is one minifigure provided to inhabit his cosy lakeside cabin. He has company in the form of a frog and a moose. Once fish is naturally provided as you build a fishing pole for the minifig. The cabin is nice as it can be opened to reveal an interior with some details such as a stove and a bed. When closed, it is enclosed on all four sides. There are several details on the outside such as the dock, the lily pads, the logs for chopping wood, and a small tree.
I built the main model, although there are two other smaller ones to choose if so desired. You are provided a lot of browns for the log cabin effect and red slopes for the roof. A door and several windows are provided to allow for several structural possibilities. It can make a nice stand alone display model or a playset for a kid. I hope Lego continues to produce three in one structures like these as they do help promote creativity and the finished product looks very nice."
"At last, there is a chance to purchase a Cloud City themed original series set. It is small, but it offers some nice minifigs in addition to an important setup from The Empire Strikes Back. Most children should find this fairly easy to assemble. The Carbonite Chamber functions are done with some technic parts that allow the user to simulate lowering and raising someone into the chamber and having them emerging "frozen" in a cast. It does seem somewhat limited as a stand alone set, which makes me hope that some other Cloud City sets could be made to augment this in the same way that Jabba's Palace had an expansion.
The minifigs are good. You have a version of Han Solo based on the moment of his freezing. He can be placed in the back of a molded "cast" of him to simulate him frozen in place. There is a chance to have Boba Fett without paying a huge amount for him in the big Slave 1 set. Also, you have an Ugnaught, which is only seen in this set. My son enjoys the minifigs the most. This is not too bad for a set in the smaller price ranges. It is probably best enjoyed in conjunction with other sets as the play feature and scene being depicted can be limiting."
"I will admit that the main purpose of purchasing this set was for the minifigures, especially the jawas. If you missed the recent advent calendar, and cannot afford the sandcrawler, then this is the only other alternative for getting these guys, and you have two of them with different prints. They both have different weapons, but balancing them just right and posing them can be a little tricky. This is also a great chance to get R2D2 and C3P0 in a cheap set. Since I had neither the droids nor the jawas prior to this, the purchase was a no brainer for me. I would say that most people are buying this set for the minifigures.
The escape pod is an improvement over the previous set featuring it. The pod can now be opened with a hinge assembly rather than having to remove a section. It feels nice and compact. Inside is a small area to hide the Death Star plans, which debut in this set. The build is not really that challenging, so it is ideal for most age groups. The only difficulty faced might be aligning the stickers just right. Overall, this set would seem like a must have for Star Wars Lego fans, especially if you do not have the sandcrawler."
"After seeing the preview photos, I knew this would be an enjoyable modular to build and own, and I was not disappointed. I would not say this is the absolute best modular, however it would rank high on my list.
There are a lot of interesting and useful parts in the build. Of particular interest are the sand green windows and fan arches. The bank features many aspects that I would expect such a building to have. It occupies a corner, is in a neoclassical design, has a clock on the outside, contains an ornate lobby, has a chandelier, a vault, teller stations, and has a bank manager's office with some nice details including a banker's lamp. I appreciate the columns and arches in addition to the effect of stained glass that give it the neoclassical look. The vault can actually be held shut or opened by a latch, which is a nice touch. The skylight on the roof is another key feature. The floors are also well tiled for extra detail.
The minifigs are standard. You have three bank personnel, a manager, admin assistant, and a teller. You also have a little girl and her mom who has questionable intentions with the bank.
Like it or not, there is a storyline. I personally feel it is not necessary, but it is not too bad, and it certainly is not a dealbreaker for me. Part of the property on the first level is a laundromat. It occupies a small space on the ground floor, and has some nice detail in the machinery. I also like the fact there are no stickers and all window pieces are printed for more detail. The storyline is basically a joke on "money laundering" as the instructions even have you place some money in the washer. There is a shaft that leads to the vault that perhaps doubles as a vent for the fireplace and a laundry shaft. Personally, I would prefer the bank be the exclusive function for the building, but the laundromat does not look too bad. It might not be too difficult to modify the building to make it purely a bank and place the laundromat as an adjacent structure rather than attached. Nevertheless, this is an excellent modular with many details due to increased usage of smaller pieces. On the downside, it is more expensive than its predecessors, yet it is not really larger in size. I do not mind the increased attention to detail, but I hope the price does not become too prohibitive in finding that sweet spot between exterior detail, interior details, and overall size."
"My son chose to purchase this with some of his gift money, so we took it home and built it.
The four minifigures are good. You get General Leia, Ackbar, and two Resistance troopers. Ackbar's head is molded, and each of the minifigs gets a weapon.
The build itself uses some interesting techniques, and the ship feels quite compact and heavy for its size on completion. There are not a lot of loose parts on the outside, so it stays together well. The cockpit opens up to seat one pilot, and the main part of the ship opens with two hinge plate assemblies on either side. A ramp also comes down in the middle. On the interior are two areas to seat a minifig. There is some additional space available as well. The only problem I ran into during the build was keeping the largest part on the back of the ship attached. It is held on by plates at either end and is mounted by technic rods, but the tightness of the fit kept pushing the round plates out. We remedied this by removing a round 2x2 tile with the hole in the center off of one side, and that worked well.
Fans of the movie will appreciate this vehicle. Leia and Ackbar are exclusive to this set so far. A Resistance trooper battle pack would augment the set. I am impressed with the finished model. although some of the younger kids would probably want a TIE fighter or X-wing before considering this set as it is a transport in the movie more than it is a warship."
"I do not own a previous Lego release of this ship, therefore this review is not really a comparison to earlier models.
The minifigure assortment is true to the new movie and I think the minifigs are the best match given the plotline of the story.
Han Solo is presented with his blaster. His gray hairpiece is somewhat loose. Chewbacca appears the same as he has in earlier sets, however he now has a crossbow which can launch round 1x1 pieces. BB-8 is small, but he is sure to be a big hit. Tasu Leech and a gangmember are also provided to give you a couple of bad guys for play value. Finn is included with the nice jacket printing. Then you have Rey with a nice silver colored blaster.
The ship itself is full of details, many of which will be familiar to longtime fans. In the interior, you have the holochess table, which is a printed piece. There are some beds, a hyperdrive, assorted "junk" parts, a secret compartment that can fit one minifigure if flat, a ramp, and a command chair. The cockpit is separate from the rest of the interior and can seat two minifigs if placed right. Unfortunately, Chewbacca does not fit. On the outside, you have gun turrets underneath and above. There are two spring loaded launchers and four fixed landing gears on the bottom. I found the cockpit to be a little difficult to access as you have to fit it just right. There are stickers that are for both exterior and interior details.
The ship has lots of play value and makes a good display piece if desired. It would be easy to convert the falcon to the original trilogy version by mainly switching out the radar dish part with some other parts. I recommend this set for fans of the new movie as well as older Lego SW fans who have yet to purchase a Falcon."
"This summer released set recalls the key scenes in the Return of the Jedi where Luke confronts Vader and the Emperor. While the main Death Star set features a throne room, this one is far more detailed and has some play features.
Likely, one would buy this set mainly due to the minifigure selection. You get the two royal guards that are identical to those in the Death Star Troopers battle pack. Then, you have the Jedi Luke minifigure with his lightsaber. Of course, the Emperor appears, and he has force lightning parts for each hand. The Darth Vader minifig is unique to this set since he has been redesigned to have a two piece helmet, which is good for the scene where Vader removes his mask. In fact, the face behind the helmet is actually smiling, presumably the last scene with Vader.
The play features are numerous, including opening doors, a ramp to launch a minifigure, collapsing stairs, the ledge where look jumped to which can collapse, and a shaft to throw someone in. There is also a lightsaber for the emperor, which has a fun little feature to make it pop out of nowhere. Although the scene does not feature this, we know from the prequels that Palpatine had a hidden weapon somewhere, so this is a nice little nod to that. There are some stickers for the shaft and the emperor's throne, but otherwise the details are brick built. The set can be manipulated by hinges and an expanding floor to increase or decrease the size of the play area. The build was fun, and there are lots of nice details here. I also enjoy the three large windows found in the scene. Due to the updated minifigs, this will probably be of interest to fans of the original trilogy even if they own the minifigs involved from other sets. Kids will enjoy the play features and the highly recognizable figures and their weapons of choice. I am also recommending Imperial Shuttle Tyderium. If you buy the ship, the minifigs in this set can be used to make it the Emperor's shuttle. Definitely, this is a worthy set of the franchise."
"I picked up this set in order to complete the gang. The quickest way to doing so requires purchasing this and the Mystery Machine. After building all the components of the set, I was overall pleased with the outcome.
The minifigs are all great. You have Scooby and Shaggy, which come in all sets. Then, you get Daphne, whose hairpiece is quite large, but true to the cartoon. Velma is so far exclusive to this set. All of the members of the gang are true to their cartoon appearance. You get three monsters/bad guys in disguise, all three of which are derived from the classic original Scooby Doo series. The Black Knight is well done with the creepy eyes. The vampire is that of the classic expectation of what one should look like, and the ghost is very nice with its glow in the dark feature. The unmasked villians are on the opposite side of the monster heads. Needless to say, this is a nice assortment.
There is a motorcycle vehicle with sidecar in the Mystery Machine colors. You can detach the sidecar to end up with a turquoise blue motorbike if you wish.
The house itself is well done to give it a cartoony spooky experience true to the theme of the series. If you like purple, there are plenty of assorted parts in that color, including door panels. Be prepared for lots of stickers, most of which are applied to the window pieces to enhance detail. The clock face is also made from the stickers. The mansion itself is made of a greenhouse, entry way, kitchen, room with a safe, and the tower assembly. There is a booby trap in the entryway, a rotating feature which makes the vampire appear to change into a bat, a man eating plant (kind of like Little Shop of Horrors), a treasure map, a key, and maybe some treasure.
If you are looking for a Halloween themed setup, this could be an excellent choice due to the spooky house, monsters, and two of the new jack-o-lantern pieces included. Overall, I would easily recommend this to kids fond of the show, nostalgic seeking adult fans like myself, and those who desire a Halloween themed Lego set."
"For me, this was the most highly anticipated set of the summer. The Mystery Machine will no doubt bring back memories from childhood. Lego did a fantastic job of designing the van and making it appear as it did from the show. There are lots of stickers, but they were necessary in order to bring out the details. The hubcap pieces are printed. The van has a "furnished" interior with a small kitchen and other equipment. It can comfortably seat two minifigs in front. With some modifying, it could be possible to squeeze the whole gang in.
The minifigs have good detail. You get Scooby, Shaggy, and Fred. They come with accessories such as a magnifying glass, a newspaper, and a camera. They do look just like they do in the cartoon. Scooby has a special mold and print to make him unique. He is assembled from two pieces.
There is also a zombie and a haunted tree build, although most will find these secondary to the van and the good guys. The zombie's head has stitching in the back which suggests he is actually a masked villian.
Needless to say, I think this will be popular since the van is widely known in the pop culture world. Sure, I wish it had Daphne and Velma to complete the gang, but that would have increased the price of the set."