"In this pack you get 4 figures, 2 Storm troopers and 2 Death troopers (DT's). The storm troopers are well designed with lots of detail but minimizing the frowny face of the previous battle pack. The DT's also look really nice, but they have a different torso than those that come with Krennic's Shuttle. I didn't mind so much, as these have the more standard look to them. I miss the old non firing blasters that looked more realistic; the included stud shooters are OK, but not for a large army.
The single figure walker is ugly; too blocky and simplistic. It seems a little out of place, but due to licensing purposes, they cannot have minifigures only in a pack so you have to have something extra to make it a playset. A speeder that holds 1 or 2 figures might have been better. Maybe something in black and aimed more for the DT's. The walker legs use click hinges so some poses may not work too well; Mixel ball joints would have been preferred. The price of battle packs seems to keep going up and in this case seems too high. $15 is difficult to justify so wait until you can find it on sale.
Pros: Great figures! Some decent scrap parts from the walker
Cons: PRICE! Stud shooter guns Walker is a bit wimpy and ugly looking
My thoughts: If you can get on sale for less than retail price, then I would highly recommend. Even at regular price it is not all that bad since the figures come out to $3.75 each if just factoring in figures alone. If you do get a few of these for an army, use the parts from the walkers to build something else. At the current price, this is an OK set, but not amazing."
"First off, let me tell you that this is by far my favorite set of 2014, and likely for a good 3 or 4 year prior. It is reminiscent of classic space, but with a modern feel. You can make this as a fighter, construction type bot or anything. The set is made of a ton of little parts, but overall is an easy build.
Pros: Space related Green classic space guys Robot Very customizable Very sound design for basic legs/body/arms
Cons: Low stability (some of the ball joints are low on clutch power) Bottoms of feet are small which causes more instability Many of the little parts fall off due to weak connections Cockpit area leaves driver exposed No articulation at the wrists
I still love this set straight out of the box, but very quickly I found myself doing many modifications to it. I made the feet wider, used mixel ball joints to add wrist articulation, added a real cockpit with windshield that lowers over the driver, added various weapons, and changed many of the colors (like adding blue parts and wings for Benny). Many of the little parts tend to fall off easily, so I mostly replaced them with other options that still had a similar look.
Even though I modified all my exosuits, the basic mech design is well done - it is far better and more articulate than any other mech design Lego has come up with. That being said, I feel like this was meant to be modified. I have attached only a few of my many different Exosuits I have made."
"There are 3 aspects to this set - The Royal Guards, Imperial Gunners, and the Cannon. The cannon itself is a nice compliment to the Death Star Set or any other ship/city defense. It is small but instead of the spring fired missiles, you get flick fires. The new blasters shoot better than the cannon does. The cannon itself looks decent, but there are no controls or levers for the lone seat next to it. I would rather have a 5th figure instead, but there are some nice parts to it.
The Guards are almost exactly the same as they have appeared before - pure black head with no face, same printing on the torso. The capes are also coated in a darker red on one side. Makes them look better and feel sturdier. The force pikes or whatever weapon they have is ugly and would have been better if it was a spear, or a true lightsaber handle. No backprinting on the torso or printing on the legs. The arms and hands are now in dark red instead of regular red.
The Gunners are a completely new figure in all respects. The helmet is completely new. There is full printing on both sides of the torso AND on the legs. The two different gunners each have (slightly) different facial expressions from each other. No double faces for each, but considering that these guys are supposed to have their helmets on, you would not normally see their faces anyway. The new guns are not very 'Star Wars' looking, but they at least have a function, and it works pretty well. The new guns almost look more like ion blasters that Jawas would have or something like that so they are not totally beyond the realm of usage.
Pros - 1. New Gunner figure that has full printing and new helmet mold 2. Double sided cape red/dark red 3. Royal guards are usually in more expensive sets
Cons - 1. No faces on Guards/only 1 face printed for gunners 2. The guards force pikes look strange 3. No leg printing for the guards - the guards look too much like older versions 4. Flick Fire cannons instead of spring loaded ones
Side thoughts - I wish that the guard's capes would curve around the figures like real robes. Odd mix of figures; a protocol droid or an officer should replace one of the guards. The new blasters may not be liked by everyone, but they look better than the old loudhailers from earlier sets, and have functionality on top of that.
I bought this purely for the gunners and I am happy with it for those alone. 4.5/5 rating"
"The castle line has official battle packs! The two different ones include 4 minifigures, each with weapons, and a small accessory addon for $15. Simple, but great for army building.
The good: 1. I love the format where each battle pack is all the same faction! Now you can have all 'bad' dragon guys, or all the good guy crown knights without getting a partial mix of both. 2. This particular set has a chest with chrome gold treasure parts 3. Includes the knight with the chestplate armor and leg printing that usually is only found in more expensive sets
The bad: 1. The price is higher than the standard battle pack size (like Star Wars), and even less parts than those kinds. 2. The Forrest Ambush is a better deal overall. It has more parts (90 vs 32), same number of figures (though mixed factions) and is $3 cheaper.
The dragon faction army builder is not as good because the catapult is too gimmicky and small to be worth much, but also because this has chrome treasure. Shiny! The packs have all 4 of the different warriors from the current line plus a good variety of weapons and shields. Compared to the Forrest Ambush set this is not as good of a deal in price or part count but this will make your castle armies much less repetitive. The cost per figure in Forrest ambush is $3 while here is $3.75. A great, solid, army builder set, but should be a dollar or two cheaper. I am waiting for it to go on sale before I buy any more of them."
"At full price of $10 this is a decent deal; at least as long as you like Space minifigs. I love the space theme! If this was city, castle or any other minifig I would not like this nearly as much. At $10 you get 4 basic compartments to store your figures, with one filled up with the space guy. If you do not already have shelves, or some other display case to show off your figures, this is nice. The size of each unit is big enough to fit most minifigures. Only those with very large weapons or strange body parts (like the Alien Invasion leader with the squidlike feet) will not fit. Also, one thing I am very happy for, the window parts actually come with 'glass' so they become very useful for other projects. The 'glass' is also prewrapped and not loose with the other parts so they should not have any scratches.
If you decide to break the set down to the basic pieces, you get a lot of nice white plates and tiles along with 12 very large windows. As a parts pack and space guy, this is a nice deal. Currently there is a sale here for $5 a set, so this is even more of a deal. I bought 2 orders of 5. Too bad the max limit was not 10 or more! At $5 this is an awesome deal.
A side note is that the space figure, as most should expect, includes a standard helmet and not the slimmer old style from the 80's space sets. No visor is included though. The figure only comes in blue; a random color would have been nice but not necessary. Also, while the head is a simple smiley face, there are eyebrows and pupils so if you have any of the older space figures that these are remakes of, they will stand out even more. The moon print is centered nicely, large and crisp; very nice!
My only complaint is a tiny one. After opening 10 of these and using the parts elsewhere I noticed that in each set, a few of the 1x4 tiles were a touch creamy colored than the others. I only noticed it when placed next to the others. Not a big deal, and it was only in a few of the 1x4 tiles, but it occurred in every set I opened. The discoloration was very slight so perhaps I just got a bad run. At any rate this is an incredible deal and I recommend this to everyone."
"First off, I have to say that this is a cool product. Just like other oversized minifig flashlights, this thing is big and the feet, arms and head move. The helmet is removable so you can see the scared head. Just like other flashlights, the button is on the front and the lights are in the feet. The lightsaber is not stuck to the hand and can be removed which is a nice plus.
This is not without flaws, and I found a few. One problem is that the size that is reported on this site is incorrect. It states that this is over 10 inches tall. This is about 7.5 inches tall, like every other minifig 'torch'. The height is only reached when the lightsaber is being held up. Misleading at the very least. Another problem is that the lightsaber does not light up as well as I think it should, at least in normal lighting conditions. In the dark its just 'ok'. Like cheap knockoff sabers, the middle section does not light up very brightly, only at the tip and the base is it bright while the middle is a somewhat dull red glow. Also, the saber is cloudy so some illumination is lost. A brighter LED or a few looping fiber optic cables inside the blade would help greatly. For some reason there are 4 noticeable 2 millimeter holes molded into the blade tip and looks very out of place. Also, the screws to remove the battery in the saber are extremely tiny and you will likely not have a screwdriver small enough; you will need specialty size like the ones jewelers use. The lightsaber also does not have an on/off switch. It only lights up while it is being pressed. No way to display it on without some clear tape.
The saber at the tip is flat like minifig blades so at least that is consistent, however, unlike minifig lightsabers, you cannot remove the blade on this, it is stuck in the hilt. The lightsaber takes 1 AAA battery so at least that is an cheap and readily available replacement.
On a side note, I wish that the minifig clocks and these flashlight 'torches' were the same size. I already had the Stormtrooper clock and this vader light looks noticeably smaller next to it. It feels about the same proportional difference between a minifig with normal legs and those with the hobbit or dwarf legs. I only bought this because the description says 10 inches which is actually higher than the clock and I wanted vader to stand over the trooper or even be the same size.
Overall the minifig part of this 'torch' is nice and works as intended. The light up saber is a great touch and one main reason why I bought this. However,. without a definite on/off switch for the saber and with the flaws mentioned above, on top the misleading (falsely labeled) size I would not have purchased this had I known previously. I do not dislike it enough to send it back. However, for non brick related Lego items I will from now on look elsewhere for better descriptions and will also wait for others to review this before buying. This works, is nice, but not quite as good as I was hoping."
"This set is primarily bought for the figures. You get 6 of them, and 5 are new. Kit Fisto isa repeat. At a price of about 14 cents per part, this is one of the most expensive out there. As others have pointed out, the window wall does not have the best construction. The speeder is kind of cool, and while it was what Anakin used to join up with Mace and the Jedi guys, I feel like the set should have concentrated on making a bigger office room and hallway for better battles. I also felt like alot of smaller parts were thrown in to make the piece count higher. The set and room is so small that it feels like it would be impossible to have a lightsaber battle here. I am not saying this is a bad set, just way overpriced at $90 for 645 parts. Even with 6 minifigures this would be better priced at $75. You buy this set for the minifigures and thats about it. The room, while fairly accurate, is just too small. If you love minifigs then get this, otherwise wait until it goes on clearance"
"So here we get a Kingdoms Chess set which includes a chock full of minifigs. At first glance I wanted to immediately give this a 5 star but then I looked closer. Lego counts this as a 32 minifig set but really it is 28, because the rooks (castles) are not minifigs but bricks and a few corner panels. Also, the 'good guys' have 2 court jesters with crossbows. Really? Chess's outer 3 pieces are Rooks, Bishops and Knights. The Jesters are in the Knights spot? Usually, the knights are on a horse, so it's too bad they could not fit those in with an existing horse (might be too big), or some new part to look similar to a horse, or something along those lines. Instead of putting guys in armor as the Bishops, they should have used wizards. The good guys King and Queen fit the part perfectly but the bad guys king and queen are a wizard and a barmaid type which does not seem right.
It also would have been nice to have special stands for the minifigs to sit on so the feet do not get used as much. Or even instead of special stands, it would have been nice to have the ground plates like the tile-plates you get with the minifig series (but perhaps with only 2 studs in the center) so the playing board looks cleaner. From what I can tell, there are no new or exclusive figures in this set either. From an army building standpoint this set is pretty good, you get 10 'real' army guys for the good side (not counting court jesters, king, queen, or rooks), and 12 guys on the bad side. So for this set, you get 22 guys for an army for $50, which is not bad. Only the back row army guys have different/special armor so there will be alot of replication if you army build off this set.
If you are getting this for army building, then the set is a good deal. The actual 22 minifigs used for an army come to about $2.27 a figure which is not bad at all. I would say from an army building standpoint this is a 4/4.5 of 5.
From a Chess set standpoint I am dissapointed. The minifigs do not have thier own stands and the floor plates should have had the studs minimalized to reduce ground 'clutter'. The 4x4 plates are barely big enough, making gameplay feel cramped. I feel like moving your pieces around in such close quarters would cause weapons and armor to get knocked off easily. Making the plates 6x6 and having the board on a 48x48 baseplate would have looked nicer. Advertising the Rook parts as minifigs is total garbage. No new or exclusive minifigures and only a few of the back row figs have armor so nothing to look forward to if you already have an army from the kingdoms line. From a chess standpoint this is a 3 at best. A few changes, or by dropping this to $40 would make this easily a 5 out of 5.
Since the main purpose of this is supposed to be used as a chess set, then I would not reccomend it. If you are using it as an army builder, then I would."
"This set is great. You have what looks like a revival of the old black falcons but in a jousting match. There are a ton of great parts and techniques used. The overall set looks beautiful and has lots of minifigs. Overall price per part is one of the best in a while, but see below for why it is not as great of a deal as far as that goes. After I built it I noticed it looked like it could connect to another set, and when I looked on the box I saw that this was made for attaching it to another of the same set to look even better.
It would be cool if there was some sort of stand and extra peasants to watch the fight, but not a big deal since the set does include 7 minifigs. The roof on one of the side buildings looked a bit weak also. These are not really complaints but just little nitpicky things. This set is definately meant for the slightly older kids too.
My only real complaint is that I found quite a handfull of instances where it looked like Lego purposely bumped up the piece count; I saw places where there were two 1x3 bricks when one 1x6 could have been used instead, or 2 cheese wedges when 1 long one could have worked. Lots of 1x1 round cylinder bricks and 1x1 plates and other small parts were used so in the end the total 'volume' of the set is not much different from a normal castle. So while the price per piece looks good on paper, the actual value of this set is about the same as any other castle with 300 fewer or so parts. That isn't enough to deduct a full star so I would say that this is a 4.5.
In the end, this makes me want to get back into castle sets and less into space and Star Wars."
"With the recent price reduction, the Anubis Guard keychain is a steal at $1.48. I just bought another 20 of them for my army. hehe. Pulling the chain and bolt out of the head without damaging the head part it is a bit difficult, but is possible with a good pair of needle nose pliers. Then I just fill in the hole with a little white glue or modeling putty and paint or sharpie over it. I may buy even more later. Yes I am that crazy. LEGO rocks!"