"There are a couple things about this Rogue One set worth mentioning here. First the good stuff. One thing is that the proportions and scale are pretty good! That is always something I look for in smaller, minifigure-scale builds like this. It's big enough for two tank crew, but doesn't tower over the minifigures. Next, the detail is actually on-point, considering that the movie vehicle doesn't have much on it. The use of sideways plates at the corners and the indented 1x2 bricks along the sides mimic the design well.
The minifigures are spot-on also. Chirrut Îmwe is fantastic, and he gets both his weapons! Though I do wish these were somehow smaller, because he will never fit anywhere with either of them, let alone both. The tank drivers have great printing and the helmets are incredible. LEGO is doing such a good job with their Imperial and Clone printing these days. The tank weapons are just like the movie. The spring-loaded shooters are very well hidden, and the firing mechanism is equally well-designed.
Some things are not so good. First off, this is not a hover tank. The official cross-sections for Rogue One show the tank actually has treads like a normal tank. This is not LEGO's fault though, because I am sure they got the images well in advance of the other material, and they had to roll with what they had. And it really doesn't matter, because the treads would not be visible anyways. But the hatches...I like the interior accessibility, but it would have been super easy to design a suitable hatch for the driver to poke his head out of.
Additionally, there is only one crate, and it doesn't have crystals! One reviewer pointed out the movie version has two crates--it actually has three. Another crate would really round out this set. This would also be a perfect place to include one of Saw Gererra's rebels! That bounty-hunter-ish leader of the Jeddha band of rebels, or the short, Ugnaught-like rebel would have been a great inclusion.
While this set has a lot going for it and is worth picking up, LEGO missed a couple things that would enhance the set and make it practically perfect."
"Though this set was released five years ago, my little sister is right now playing with this very set at the dining room table. This is one of those sets that I always have on display in my room. No matter what goes up or what comes down, this on is always on my dresser. It is an impressive display piece, but the playability is through the roof.
Since no one will probably ever read this, I will simply say that this set remains a strong favorite and a reminder of the great days of the LEGO Lord of the Rings theme. If you can pick this up third-party online, I would recommend that you do so. LEGO did so well with this line and I wish to goodness that they had done more."
"I picked up this set yesterday and can't stop admiring it. The detail on the fuselage and engine pods is exquisite, making clever use of standard elements, in addition to the ice skate pieces. The engines are well-designed and sturdy, really giving it that stripped-down Alliance feel. The designers achieved the accurate cockpit shape with the excellent use of hinges hidden inside the build. The sand-blue pieces and cockpit printing are a terrific inclusion.
What sold me on this set was the bomb-dropping mechanism. After trying to design my own bomb-dropping features in airplane MOC's, I can truly appreciate how this one works. A simple set of Technic gears on a single axle rotates within the craft, cradling the projectiles between the nubs. Three projectiles is the max capacity, and the design allows you to fly the ship around in any direction without them falling out (even upside down)! The loading port fits with the design and is not an eyesore. I also appreciate the comparatively inconspicuous spring-loaded shooters beneath the laser cannons. The absence of transparent pieces on the cannons gives it a more realistic look.
The maintenance vehicle is actually a solid build too, and it remains stable when lifting the ordinance rack. The included minifigures are very welcome, the Stormtrooper being the only non-exclusive one among them. The print and molding detail is simply gorgeous. Because this set is so well done, I will not say anything about the 8 decals, especially since they also look good. ;) The folding landing gear (all three legs fold up) is an added bonus.
This is my first Y-Wing set, after having waited ever since the 10th anniversary 2007 edition, and I am very pleased. My Rebel squadron has finally acquired a Y-Wing. It is definitely a step up from all of the other versions, including the (still good) 9495 Gold Leader's Y-Wing, though I do like the white engine lines on that model. LEGO keeps on stepping up their game with their STAR WARS designs, and I am sure they will keep me coming back for more."
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Looks great with 2011 Falcon, 2012 A-Wing, and 2008 X-Wing.
"I had some VIP bucks to burn before they expired, and I thought that I would pick up one of the new Force Awakens sets. Then I remembered this one when I saw it online. The ratings were actually superior, so I bought this set since it will be retired before the new ones.
First thing, let me just say that whoever designed this thing is a real Master Builder, and if he or she has not yet been promoted to that status, LEGO needs to get on that. The dorsal fin is totally solid, built beautifully down into the body of the ship. Unlike the 2007 Imperial Landing Craft, you can literally swing this thing around by the fin. Han Solo will rattle around in the cockpit, but the ship holds together like a brick. Brilliant design.
Even apart from that, the design is still great. There is plenty of room inside, and you could move the crate to the center in order to place another chair there instead. You could probably fit a maximum of 8 minifigs inside if you removed the crate. The fact that there is a specific place for each minifigure and weapon is terrific.
The cockpit seats are staggered so that two minifigs can sit together, and the rear-most fits Chewbacca well. There is an empty space behind Han's chair where his pistol and Chewie's bowcaster can be stashed. The cockpit does not stay up under its own power, but that is of no consequence. A great addition are two of those pieces that will hold their feet in place.
The wings are not connected to a gear mechanism, which saves space in the ship and makes adjusting them much easier, also unlike the 2007 Imperial Landing Craft. These wings have several fixed positions which they can click and lock in to. They are very sturdy when so positioned. The firing missiles are my first of this kind and I am impressed. 4 are included. I love that the landing gear is attached so that each side comes down in synch.
The only design flaw is the boarding ramp, which, like the 2011 Millennium Falcon, is quite useless. The landing gear does not raise the ship high enough for it to be used, and even if it was higher the ramp would be vertical and not angled. However, it works very well as a bomb bay or cargo drop hatch. And the little switch to raise and lower it is wonderful.
The minifigure selection is a good one. My only complaint is where is Luke Skywalker? But since when did LEGO include every minifigure that is in any given scene except the 10188 Death Star? However, the ones included are great, and if you have Luke Skywalker Jedi you can put in an extra chair for him like I mentioned. R2 and 3PO will fit too. The printing for the included figs is on point. Everyone has their appropriate accessories -- Leia even has those things she was eating with Wickett in Return of the Jedi. 3 charges are included.
The instruction booklet is bound like a comic book! Very nice! Also a very courteous gesture on LEGO's part to be including those orange brick seperators with larger sets.
A bonus with this set is that if you have Luke, Vader, and an Officer with some Stormtroopers, you can have them in this set instead. You will certainly want to build a stand for it so you can display it in flight mode. I may resurrect my old 2007 Batwing stand and repurpose it for this ship.
I have no reservations about this set, and would recommend it to everyone."
"WOW, this set is amazing. This is arguably the one of the most iconic ships from the prequel trilogy, and it is just magnificent. The aesthetics and "swoosh factor" are there, the details are there, and the playability is there.
First off, the only thing I have a problem with here is the price. LEGO prices are pretty steep on average these days, and even though this set hits the target of $0.10 per piece (10.2 cents to be precise), there are a lot of other things you can do with this amount of hard-earned cash. I was very fortunate in the circumstances under which I got this set.
Now the mini figures. I love the selection here. Five exclusive characters, plus two droids to build your army. The clones are great, and Padme (despite turning off some of us more conservative folks) is great too. All the minifigure printing is spot-on. Padme's hairpiece is singularly perfect. However, I think Anakin's and Obi-Wan's hair and faces, and maybe Padme's face, could be a lot better. Anakin did not have slicked-back greasy hair! A different piece here would be great, maybe even a new one with a Padawan braid? I think the minifigure heads and hair need to be closer to the movie in this case.
The inclusion of the Super Battle Droids is great, because we can always use more. But looking at it from the playability point of view, it's not really ideal. We see Obi-Wan destroy two Super Battle Droids in exactly five seconds in Episode III, without four compatriots and a well-armed gunship. While these droids are still good, I think that any of these would be just as good: 1. Addition of a Droideka. 2. Two Droidekas, instead of the Super Battle Droids. 3. Addition of a regular Clone Trooper (in the movie we see Padme and a Clone fall from the gunship).
Now on to the build. It took me just over 2.5 hours to complete, building at a moderate yet eager pace. There were 9 numbered bags, each yielding a different section of the gunship for a modular-type build. The bags contained 10 smaller bags. The building was not repetitive (although there is nothing bad about repetitive building), and it was great to see how the designer made the ship so sturdy. Unlike older Star Wars sets, the minifigures were spread out throughout the build. They were built in the 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th bags, as opposed to the first bag.
In the interest of length, I will present my final thoughts systematically.
Fabulous things: -- Space: I fit 14 Clones in the main compartment, plus 4 in the forward area, and five in the extra cockpits. More can be added if you remove the missile holder in the front hatch. LOOOVE the rear hatch for the weapons. -- Pieces: Came with 2 extra lightsaber hilts and 4 staffs. The front cockpits have "P-47 Thunderbolt" written all over them. The holocron/container is a nice LEGO touch. -- Handle: Very helpful for flying this thing around. Very sturdy and supported deep inside the ship. -- Looks: Just looks so tough and imposing, yet sleek and shiny at the same time. -- Possibilities: So much room for customization and addition. Make it a cargo transport, speeder carrier, small artillery transport, or Clone Wars gunship (by removing the side bubbles and adding the second part of the door). There is one long Technic brick above the main compartment, which allows you to hang another door, add more weapons, or even add those little rope wenches for your Clones to rappel or zipline down. -- Also: Speeder, weapons, compartments, EVERYTHING.
Not-so-fabulous things: -- STICKERS!!!!!: There are 14 stickers on here, including the wing detailing. If someone were to mess those up, they would be just devastated. All the control panels and outside markings are decals. EVEN THE REPUBLIC SYMBOLS!!! I have TWO of the EXACT SAME PIECES from 9 YEARS AGO that are not stickers!! Small stickers are okay, because they are easier, and honestly all decals do indeed add a lot of detail, BUT SO DO PRINTED PIECES!! Thankfully the bubble cockpits are not decals. *breathes huge sigh of relief while steaming* -- Main Bay Floor: The floor of the main compartment has those 4x6 plates with the studs only around the edges. While tiles do look better than plates on ships and floors, these here restrict minifigure placement. However, this is easily fixed if you so desire.
A final note on movie-accurateness: The doors leave a large gap open at the front of the ship, as they are supposed to. The side bubbles are thus allowed to always swing inwards. Watch Episode II after Yoda says "If Dooku escapes, rally more systems to his cause he will." You can then see the doors close and leave that gap.
In conclusion, this set is easily the best of the Summer 2013 wave, along with the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid. If you get big gifts, ask for this. If you have a lot of money, get this. If you have lots of VIP money, get this. I would also recommend the aforementioned Corporate Alliance Tank Droid (for its fabulous PPB), and the Clone Troopers vs. Droidekas (to fill up your cockpits). Congratulations to LEGO on such an outstanding vehicle."
"I just received this set over this Christmas holiday, and I must say I am very pleased. The ship is excellent, and the minifigures are exceptional. The new A-wing pilot is exclusive to this set, and I think that some aspects of the other minifies are exclusive as well.
The ship itself is only the third of it's kind made from Lego, and it is probably the best. It has, as I have heard it called, a "swoosh factor", which makes it fun to zoom around the room. It is quite durable, and easy to hold. Great ship for younger fans. The flick-fire missiles are a good addition here, and they do not come off by accident.
The stickers (14 of them!) are nice, and relatively easy to apply (no round or otherwise oddly-shaped applications), and they really enhance the model. BUT SO DO PRINTED PIECES!
Overall, this is a great set for anyone, especially younger fans who do not handle Legos as carefully as others, and has great minifigures. However the PPB (price per brick) is pretty high at $0.14 USD (average is about $0.11 USD). But to a dedicated Star Wars fan or someone with the money this is a fantastic buy.
Below I have recommended one or two other products for their PPB and overall appeal. BTW Lego--love the new things I can put in my review!"
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I have been wanting a Millennium Falcon Lego set since the 2004 version captured my imagination. I first saw this particular version in a summer 2011 issue of Lego Club Magazine, and have been after it ever since.
I was reluctant to spend the Lego retail price though, so I waited until this month with the double VIP points, free Holiday set, and free Clone Trooper Lieutenant deals.
When I received the package, I was excited about the very large box, plus I ended up with two Holiday sets, which means more for my money, and will make good gifts for my younger sisters.
The box contained no less than 23 plastic bags, some small ones within the larger ones. These were nicely numbered for an organized build, which took the better part of 4 hours. The build was very repetitive in the steps for the rounded and flap parts, but elsewhere it had more differentiation.
The finished product is amazing. It looks like it could take off right from the table. And it is huge! It measures about 17 1/2 inches (~48cm) long, 13 inches (~33cm) wide, and 5 1/2 inches (~14cm) tall. It is very repeat very sturdy, and not fragile. Shouldn't break if handled correctly. If you or the planned recipient has built a couple sets, this should be no real problem to build.
Now to the points:
Good: -Aesthetics: This thing looks magnificent. Just like the movies. That is really what makes this a great set. It looks better than the online pictures. -Attention to detail: The designers captured the exterior of the ship extremely well. The movie details are there all over. The stickers do enhance the model a ton. -Size: Huge! Any of the minifigures can stand up inside almost anywhere in the ship. And, contrary to popular belief, two minifigs can fit in the cockpit easily. The interior is very spacious, which allows for you to add detail and customization. -Movie accuracy: Everything is there; the smuggling compartments, Luke's training helmet, training remote, Dejarik holoboard, computers and chairs, etc. Even the sleeping bunks (only seen in the official cross-sections) are there. -Build: Interesting and organized -Features: Make it playable, add value. -Minifigures: The ones included are good and valuable. -Accessories: Three stormtrooper blasters, Chewie's bowcaster, 1 red/2blue lightsabers, wrench, hammer, mug.
Bad: -Price: My biggest complaint about the set. The PPB is not bad in itself (about $0.10 USD), but as a whole the retail tag is too large. The LOTR Helm's Deep set has 3 more minifigures, 114 more pieces, and is cheaper. If I had not had the special deals, I might not have bought it. I actually briefly contemplated returning it. There are a lot of things you can do at this price. -Height: Not made for Wookies! A minifigure can not stand beneath the Falcon, and the boarding ramp is not accessible at all. A serious oversight. -Fixed landing gear: Not only is the gear too short, but it does not fold. For this price, I think we should get better gear. -Minifigure selection: This set is supposed to be from the Death Star Escape scene in A New Hope. That's why Darth Vader is included. But seriously, R2-D2 and C-3PO and/or 2 stormtroopers should be included for the price. And Lego knows this too, because on the cover of the Summer 2011 catalog (introducing this set), it had...guess who else on the cover. -Flick-fire missiles!: Really? Why is Lego so crazy about flick-fire missiles? Come on. They are impossible to flick without dropping the set. We never see little missiles in the movies, but we do see a big concussion missile. What this set needs is a Technic shooter. What happened to those? 14 pieces wasted on flick-fire missiles. -24 stickers: Yes, they enhance the model tremendously...but so do printed pieces! I have never had any significant trouble with stickers, but I know that is not true for other people. This is Lego Star Wars for goodness sakes. They can afford to print some pieces. I have some pieces from 2006, just the same as some of these, which are printed. No reason why these should not be. -Cockpit detachment: Wish it had a hinged cockpit. The detached cockpit spoils the look. -Interior: Could be more detailed on the inside, especially for the price.
"I've made some special modifications myself."--Or at least I will: -A simple 2-brick addition to the bottom of the landing gear raises the ship sufficiently enough to allow a minifigure to stand, and access to the boarding ramp, without making the ship look like it is floating. An addition of a plate to the end of the ramp will decrease the resulting slope. -The landing gear can be modified to fold, as shown by a previous reviewer. -I plan to remove the flick-fire missiles and/or install a spare Technic shooter. -The cockpit can be made to hinge open by the addition and subtraction of a few pieces. -The spacious interior allows for much customization and improvement. I would upload some pictures here, but I'm having some technical difficulties, so you'll just have to trust me.
In conclusion, this ship is fantastic for the aesthetics, detail, and playability--"she's got it where it counts". Plus it is entirely customizable and modifiable. The only real reason to pass up this set is on account of the price. I suggest you find it on sale if at all possible.
Be sure to check me out on the Lego Star Wars Gallery to see the fixed problems."
"I just received this set for my birthday. I had been eyeing it before, because of the great minifigures, the fact that it's an Episode II set, and the OUTSTANDING price per brick (PPB), which is only 7.3 cents per brick in the U.S. That is about as good as it comes with LEGOs! I know this is due to the 60 identical pieces used for the tread, but even if the tread was a single piece, the PPB would only be about 9 cents, which is still fabulous. It took me about 25 minutes to build this set, at your average pace.
The minifigures are the highlight of this set. A Phase I clone trooper with completely new printing, a red-orange battle droid from Geonosis, and (drumroll) JANGO FETT! Jango is actually entirely unnecessary for this set, but he is a welcome and beloved addition. I'll bet Lego has sold thousands of these sets to people who only want Jango. After all, this is only the second set this minifigure has ever appeared in (the first was Jango's Slave I starship in 2002), and until now we have been left to our own devices to make custom Jango Fetts.
The Corporate Alliance tank droid is very well designed and looks very cool. The construction was easy and sturdy. BUILDING TIP: to attach the treads I found it helpful to stretch out the tread inside-up and place the tank on top and towards the rear of it, so that when you bring the ends of the treads together it is easier to snap them in place. Several unique pieces are included here, such as translucent orange 1x2 plates, and the large circles.
In review, this set has great value for the minifigures and construction, as well as the price tag. My only legitimate complaint about the set is that the laser cannons do not elevate, and are fixed forward and stationary. However given the method of construction, I don't see how this could have been accomplished."
"I had the chance to play around with this set over the past week when I saw my cousin, and felt I should write a review.
This set is a lot more impressive when you see it in person rather than in the catalog or online. It is well built and very strudy, especially the main gate. The pillar constructions on the sides of the library area on the wall both detach, so you can make the set bigger.
All the functions work, however the tomb does not have a large "explosion", and the well is kind of hard to set up. I really like how you can "lock" the gate with the included large axe, just like the movie.
The detail is incredible, though it is all added with stickers. This is the sticker-hater's nightmare, but if you "stick with it" :) the detail is really nice.
The minifigures are all exclusive except for Gimli. They are all incredible minifigures, and all of them have double-sided heads with concerned and battle faces. The cave Troll is very accurate, and I love the color. My only problems with the minifigures are that 1) the Cave Troll will not stand up if he has his hammer in his hand, unless you stick him on a baseplate, and 2) there are only two Goblins (Moria Orcs). Hardly the horde of creatures we see in the movie.
Overall, this set is a must-buy if you have the money, and especially if you are collecting the whole Fellowship. The only thing that keeps me from buying the set myself right now is the price tag. The Price Per Brick (PPB) averages out to 10 cents, which is honestly not bad, but for the limited minifigures it is a little high.
I personally will wait until this goes on sale somewhere before I get it."