"I wasn't planning to buy any new sets from the LSW theme until the movie came out, but this I could not resist. It does not disappoint.
The set looks excellent on display and has a great range of play features. The minifigures too are excellent, though an extra crew member would have been nice to fully kit out the craft, as nature intended. There are six seats but only five dudes!
This set isn't too hard to build and could be and good one to give to the budding Master Builder in your home to let them try out some different things they might not have before. The range of parts is also fairly unique, with some excellent printed pieces. I'm not a fan of stickers but the high quality designs are worth the pain!
The price is a little on the high side but you get your money's worth.
One awesome-looking ship bristling with weapons and crew compartments, five awesome minifigures and a handful of neat accessories. The minifugures really are a strong set; the bomber crew and Poe have some neat suits and head prints, and the helmets are UNBELIEVABLE. Holdo is unfortunately the weak link and could really have done with some leg printing to go with her good torso, head and hair, but this is a very minor complaint and I'm glad to have her on board.
I hope you found this extremely tired review helpful! If in doubt, take the plunge and buy this set!!"
"I picked up this set secondhand for £35 ($45 equivalent) and I was very pleased with that price, as I feel the Lego Shop price is quite steep.
I must open by remarking on how beautiful this set looks, and that it's nicer in person! It's a bit bigger and the colouration is gorgeous. There are plenty of the interesting brick wall-style pieces included which give this set a great 'ancient' feeling.
With that being said, I feel like there is a lot more potential to this set. The scenes in TFA introducing us to Maz' castle show us a brilliant flurry of gorgeous banners and a statue of the landlady herself. Here we have but one banner! Truly a crime, especially as it seems like it would have been quite easy to incorporate more into the design using the studs on top of the wall. A brick-coloured statue figure of Maz would have been a nice touch too.
With all that said these additions would probably have been quite expensive and there is more to this set than just the castle. We are given fan favourite 'TR-8R' (who I feel could really have used a shield!) and one of his comrades-in arms, Finn, Kylo Ren and Maz Kanata.
The First Order troopers look brilliant as standard (my other reviews will attest to this...)
Finn has great printing and looks smashing with a lightsaber in hand.
Kylo looks just as angsty as you can hope for and his helmet is great. His crossguard lightsaber is pretty cool and he cuts a (misleadingly) intimidating figure. #BestWorstVillainEver
Maz has received rave reviews and it's easy to see why. Her unique head mould pays off along with unique torso printing in some excellent colours and details.
I do feel like this set is missing a few things, especially for the price. However, it comes with some great figures and makes for a beautiful backdrop. Obviously an essential basis for any Takodana MOC (unless for some reason you don't want to include the castle...) and a wonderful backdrop."
Let me start by saying whichever genius or group of geniuses who gave us this set deserve a pay rise.
This is definitely one of my favourite sets, if not my absolute favourite of all time.
I don't even know where to begin.
The value for money is perfect. The figures are perfect. The play features are irresistible even to me, a (sort of) mature 'adult'. The set looks incredible. There is so much thought put into this set, I just have no words that can do it justice.
The workings of this set are so beautifully simple yet ingenious. I've never had so much fun putting a helmet on a Darth Vader figure. Even Darth Vader himself would enjoy playing with this set, despite the horrible flashbacks it would probably give him. IT'S THAT GOOD.
Speaking of which, the figures are excellent. This was my first new-style Vader figure and he looks incredible. I will always appreciate old-school Vader but this young man is a welcome addition. Darth Sidious too looks brilliant, along with his contingent of medial droids, which are a nice balance of intimidating and sleek.
I can't recommend this set enough. If you are on the fence, BUY IT. If you're disappointed, I'll eat my hat."
"So as the title hopefully suggests I am a big fan of Aayla and Twi'lek in general - I've always thought they were a great alien, from Oola to Bib. Aayla was a big draw for me to this set, but I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't like the tank too.
Luckily I am a big fan of Republic vehicles and this one is no exception. The scale looks just right for a tank (perhaps a teensy bit on the small side, but not enough to bother me) and it's bristling with little design quirks that work very nicely. It is a bit difficult to seat the gunner inside, but perhaps unintentionally there are lots of spots to sit troopers on the outside of the vehicle too, which can look brilliantly dramatic if done correctly!
The white stud shooters blend seamlessly for a great feature bringing both play and aesthetic value to the table. Two fencing foils are used as aerials on the back of the tank, which I've not seen before, and I like what's been done with them!
Now for the minifigures...
Aayla is excellent as expected. Her expressions are characterful and she looks just how she should.
The new Phase II Gunner looks like an excellent progression from his Phase I counterpart. His rifle with the peg on the end echoes of a Panzerfaust anti-tank rifle, which looks great attached to the vehicle - just don't let those clankers get ahold of it...
The clankers themselves we have known for a long time and of course are doing their job (cannon fodder) very well.
I feel as if another minifigure or two, say Commander Bly or some clones, would have been a nice addition to include alongside Aayla, considering her eventual fate... but the figures we do get are great and I don't wish to sound like I'm complaining!
Many thanks to the design team for this great little set. I look forward to seeing what else you bring us in the future; more like this, please!"
I can't recommend this battle pack enough. I love the First Order and I can definitely see myself buying more of these.
The range of minifigures is excellent and compliments the other First Order battle back beautifully. There's nothing more to say about them other than they look fantastic, and the designers should be very proud.
The transport speeder itself is a fantastic little model with some great features. It looks awesome, includes some unique pieces, and makes good use of stud shooters. The shields and batons are great inclusions and I do prefer these batons to the one included in Battle on Takodana.
This pack feels like a good value for money and if it included blasters instead of or as well as stud shooters I'd be over The Moon.
"I bought this beautiful model after watching The Force Awakens for the second time.
TIE fighters are up there with Darth Vader, the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon as one of the instantly recognisable staples of the Star Wars universe. I had never owned one in Lego before and after the magnificent space battle scenes of The Force Awakens I figured I'd waited long enough.
This model is a delight. It is a rare example of almost-minifigure scale which gives it a very imposing feel, and the cockpit holds both pilots (or Finn and Poe...) very comfortably. The intimidation factor is also helped by the striking red bricks and beautiful black-on-grey colour scheme, which I actually prefer over the original grey-on-black Imperial TIEs.
The inclusion of a Technician and Officer are very nice touches, though I do feel that a set of this size deserves a named character to go along with it. Maybe Finn in his Stormtrooper armour and Poe would have been good additions, but with that being said, the boys who do come with this set are excellent.
The new pilots are everything I expected them to be and more. The helmet moulds are great and the breathing tube is flexible enough that I'm not worried about it snapping off by accident.
The set does include three blasters rather than four which is forgivable. There doesn't seem to be anywhere purpose made to store the pilots' weapons, but that is a miniscule gripe.
I have no complaints about this set, but a word of warning - the wings come off a little easily!
My kudos to the designers of the original TIE, the First Order TIE, and of this set. Great work all around."
"This set was a very quick and easy build. The turret looks pretty decent and has a neat space for storing spare studs or whatever you want to stash away (could comfortably hold a blaster or two) and a control panel on the other side.
The figures are excellent as per usual with the First Order. The Stormtroopers are probably some of my favourite minifigures ever. The Crew and Technician are also welcome additions. I especially like the Crew! The Technician has a caucasian face different to that of the Stormtroopers, so if you wanted to double up your forces with another pack but didn't want two identical crew, you have the option to diversify by swapping heads around here and there, which is thoughtful. It's excellent to see the diversity of TFA reflected in the Lego sets.
This set does feel quite small compared to other battle packs, but does the job of army building fairly well. It works especially well with the new addition to the First Order lineup; the transport speeder recommended below.
My one major complaint is the continued inclusion of stud shooters! I'm afraid I am simply not a fan and I doubt I ever will be, in comparison to the 'realistic' blasters included in bigger sets.
4/5 from me."
I would recommend this to a friend!
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First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack
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LEGO Star Wars : Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
LEGO Star Wars : Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
"This book has clearly had a lot of love put into it. The attention to detail is excellent and it's evident that some good research has been undertaken for everyone.
I am a lifelong lego fan and I fondly remember my original Qui-Gon Jinn minifigure, whom I was pleased to see appears on the first page! EVERYONE who has EVER shown their face in a Lego Star Wars set gets a mention and for the most part a page to themselves. This book doesn't miss a trick and precisely recalls every figure's first appearance in their current incarnation (at the time of publishing...)
Which leads me to my biggest irk! A lot has changed since this book came out. Rogue One and The Force Awakens, plus a few new sets here and there for the other films, have changed the LSW landscape dramatically, and this book is a bit left behind in the dust. However, this was of course inevitable, and is not at all a critique of the team behind this great little title.
Despite the pages not exactly being filled with text I couldn't finish this in one sitting - it has a surprising number of entries - and it will no doubt be useful as a reference for my online discussions about LSW (yes those do happen, no I'm not the only one taking part!!!)
This book is easily worth the £15 price tag thanks to the beautiful full colour printing and hardback binding. This is not including the gorgeous concept art Boba figure!!! While he doesn't include a blaster there is a rangefinder to pop on his helmet and he looks great. To paraphrase everyone's favourite Kaleesh warlord, "This will make a fine addition to my collection."
My personal favourite entry in this book comes at the very end, where we get to meet the chief of the LSW minifigure design team in a short interview. He is clearly a true lover of Lego and Star Wars, and it's great to see such a great guy at the helm of bringing our little friends to life with his and his team's amazing designs.
I will probably be buying the updated version which will hopefully drop after The Last Jedi releases! My feedback to improve the next edition would be to consider making the book a bit bigger to include some more information about each figure. The tidbits are great but they leave you wanting to know more!
This would be a great gift for any LSW fan (who can read!!!) If you're on the fence about buying it, you should!"
"Rogue One's most beautiful ship has been captured in an incredible likeness. I'm so happy to own this set.
Krennic's Shuttle really stole the show for me on the design front in the film, and this set has done the same for Rogue One LEGO. Aside from it being minifigure scale, I feel like I'm holding a UCS model here. The minimalist design of the craft helps achieve this effect, but I wish all LEGO models inspired the same sense of awe that this one does.
The shuttle looks smooth and sleek and feels great in your hands. The wings deploy very smoothly and securely, and the whole model is bolted together in such a way that you're not going to accidentally dislodge or knock any pieces off.
The ship opens up to a nice little view of the interior, where Krennic (or the Shuttle Pilot from the Microfighter, which I would recommend) sits on an imposing raised seat above his subordinates. There are also two convenient minifig-sized slots where you can easily seat two more passengers, to the left and right of Krennic's chair - a Death Trooper is shown seated in one in the above gallery. A capacity of five with space for four weapons and some excellent details makes this a fun set for play and display.
Krennic himself has a great design. An officer's cap would have been a nice addition but his hair works just as well. The Death Troopers have some nice synthetic pauldrons and are well-designed figures in their own right. The inclusion of Rook, K2SO and Pao in this set is a bit confusing, but I'm glad to see them. K2SO looks great, and has a lot of attention to detail. Pao is a marvellous little beast with a hilarious battle-cry face that looks oh so endearing on his LEGO head. Rook too is a good figure, with one serious pilot's face and one happy-go-lucky expression that I don't feel suits his nervous disposition, but that's just me. I have one microscopic complaint with this set, to do with Rook's printing; to me, the Imperial crest appearing on his shoulders was a big part of his costume design, and I feel that they're definitely missed here. However, all in all these figures pass my standards with flying colours!
Any LEGO Rogue One fan needs this set. You will not be disappointed. The price is a bit high, but with all the little pieces needed to hold this set so strongly together, I suppose I can see why.
"There was something I liked about the U-Wings in Rogue One. This set I like even more.
A great range of figures are included, padding out a Rebel army very nicely. Cassian AND Jyn is a great pair to have in this set, though I do think it's a bit strange that they're both included in this and the Battle of Scarif set. Rogue One did a great job of including female soldiers and pilots and I would have loved to see a Lauren Joma, but this U-Wing pilot figure we have instead is by no means a badly designed little fella.
The ship itself is a really fun build apart from some tricky stickers. It's a lot sturdier than it looks and has some excellent little features. The troop bay can happily hold four or five loose figures, but it's extremely difficult to stand or sit any in there, and then no more than two can fit in.
This ship is great for both play and collector's value. The impressive wingspan will make any young fan feel like they're looking at the biggest LEGO ship they've ever seen, while collectors will love the attention to detail and aesthetic value of this beautiful model.
If you like this set, you'll love Krennic's Shuttle!"