"For some reason people keep complaining about this set and its price and that it not come with a mini figure. To get things straight from the start this set isn't meant to be played with its a collectors series. secondly as with all the other collectors series ships (x-wing, y-wing, Darth vaders tie-fighter, etc) they don't come with mini figures as they are not to mini figure scale (like the millennium falcon and the new shuttle) that is why the astromech droids head is over-sized. as for the price if you don't like the price you don't have to buy it.
Now onto the review...This set is extremely detailed and makes for a great display model. in particular the astromech head is beautifully detailed and is a first in any set. I wouldn't suggest a parent buying this for there child as play wise this ship isn't very good for the same price there are a lot better set for the same relative price that are better for younger children. However for an adult collector this set is a must have i have it displayed in my office and people always comment on it when they see it. I highly recommend this set to adults but for children i suggest you spent the money on sets that are more playable like the new slave 1."
"Since the Hoth-edition of Millenium Falcon I've been collecting Hoth sets, I've bought every Hoth set since then.
The 2003 edition of the AT-AT is, as far as I can tell, the most accurate to date, it's a bit larger than this one and a bit more detailed. From the box-art I did'nt think this looked too good, but it was like that new Boba Fett minifigure, once I saw it in real life, I loved it! Even though this IS smaller than the 2003 edition, it's still very big, it reaches the top floor of the Death Star and I don't think I have any other vehicle that can match it in height. So, exterior-wise it's great, but, the interior is lousy. There's a lot of empty space inside, there's only a small control platform, which is made to look like the cockpit from the movies. Luckily there's lots of potential for making your own interior! The cockpit seats only one driver, but I guess that's allright, it's not excactly to scale anyway. The head moves nicely from side to side, with a sturdy neck. The legs work fine too, they're sturdy, nicely detailed and they bend like they should.
That takes care of the main vehicle, now, in this set we get an interesting selection of minifigures. Let's start with the long awaited Han Solo with flight jacket, we've been waiting for this minifigure for ages and I can think of at least three sets it should have been included in earlier, but now it's finally here, even though it's an odd set to include it in. The same goes for the C-3PO figure, why C-3PO and Han have been tossed right into the battlefield, I guess we'll never know. The enemies included in this set are excactly the same minifigures you get in the Snowtrooper Battle Pack, but they fit better in here. Personally, I think General Veer's face and light grey helmet look a bit weird, but it's just to put on the head and helmet from the last AT-AT or AT-ST. The new AT-AT pilot's helmet still looks really good, a great improvement over the old "stormtrooper" one. Luke's got a new helmet, which looks really good, but he has a plain face, I was hoping for a face with the orange glasses. Finally there's the "rebel trooper" I don't understand why they use this torso for ordinary troopers, this is an officer's jacket! Luckily his hat can replace yet another white "pilot helmet", so it's okay.
PRO's: Nice exterior. Sturdy neck. Han Solo with flight jacket. More detailed version of Luke's pilot helmet. AT-AT Pilot CON's: Lack of interior. Ordinary face for Luke. (This is really a fault for the Snowspeeders)Snowspeeders cable doesn't reach all the way around. Smaller than earlier version, it's not that big a problem, but it is a bit unfair... Not a proper rebel trooper."
"The Hoth Wampa Cave is a wondeful playset and a great addition to Echo Base (7749), Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (8083) and Snowtrooper Battle Pack (8084). Your kid (7 yrs. on up) will have loads of fun and little trouble building the Wampa Cave with Luke dangling above in the rafters awaiting his fate from the Wampa himself...right after he finishes his turkey leg of course...while Zev swooshes around in his nicely designed Snowspeeder desparately looking for Luke.
Well designed Snowspeeder. It's quite similar to previous Snowspeeder models but if you've never gotten one it's a must get set. Nice shape and fairly sturdy. Top view looks great (note: I believe the rear gun is different than previous sets). Cockpit Opens closes in two parts. Front, longer end opens for pilot, then back section (attached to front canopy) tilts open for rear gunner/navigator. Rear grappling hook on a wench. 2 front cannons and one rear laser/grappling gun. Cockpit interior has a sticker panel showing a silohette of an AT-AT. Left and right rear wing flaps open to reveal electronic/interior engine details (stickered). Wampa Cave is nicely designed with front large cave opening(simply designed) to fit the Wampa itself. Also to the left of the front we have a small, dark gray rock formation (small BURP) Interior of cave has stalactites (where you'd attach Luke too, or any unlucky tresspasser). Taun Taun skeletal remains. A launcher for Luke's lightsaber mimicing his telekinetic force powers from the movie. Neat feature where you put in the lightsaber (blade first) into a technique 2x1 brick and tilt up, then snap down (quickly but not too hard) and it'll shoot out the saber towards Luke up above (make sure saber is put in ALL the way to the hilt and tilt the mechanism up before snapping down to work properly. Also hold the Cave firmly when doing this).
The Wampa is the star fig. for this set. Nicely designed all around with movable horns (which look like the Taun Taun tusks), movable arms and nice, sharp graphic detail for the fur. Left hand can hold a mini-fig and right hand can hold the turkey leg and the Skeleton figure. Hoth Luke Skywalker is a new mini-fig. New head and new Hoth torso print (front/back) but goggles and hat are the same as the Rebel Troopers from set 8083. Zev Senesca is the same X-Wing pilot w/helmet from set 8083. The Skeleton is the familiar fantasy era skeleton (happy faced).
Sparse interior cockpit details for Snowspeeder. Cockpit canopy can come off from time to time when opening/closing. Stickered details. Wish it was printed tiles. Wampa Cave details a bit too simple but effective though. Wampe figure's legs not poseable. Also wished head would tilt/turn. Snowspeeder needed to be a bit bigger model. Nicely designed but a bit small. Rear gun of Snowspeeder is only a horn piece. Needed a better design. Taun Taun should've been added to this set while the Snowspeeder should've been with the Echo Base set. No hand held blaster weapons.
Overall a really fun playset. I highly recommend this for your child or for a collector, it has 2 unique figures, a cool lightsaber play function and a nice Snowspeeder along with the Cave make it high on playability."
I would recommend this to a friend!
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LEGO Creator: Emerald Night(10194)
With piston-powered wheels, this train is an all-new LEGO classic!
"I initially bought this set just so i could improve the new Hogwarts express which i found to be extremely disappointing. However once built i decided to kept it as it is, as it is a beautifully detailed model and by far the best train set lego has released
Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed that the set only comes with three figures - and they're not all that unique to boot. Only one of the three features printing on the torso. However, the Engineer looks like my father in law when he's grumpy (which isn't often) which is funny, because he LOVES trains.
Engineer - With the most unique head of the three figures, this one is very cool. Though the torso is plain, it doesn't really bother me as much because of the red bandana accessory, but I'm getting ahead of myself. His black hat (akin to those worn during the American Civil War) is a rather unique piece as well. Passenger - The tan ponytail hairpiece is the most notable of her features. Other than that, she's pretty standard fare. Conductor - The only figure to feature torso printing (with the LEGO Train logo emblazoned upon a smart blue jacket), the Conductor is ready to punch your ticket. A note: While he may be intended for your airport, your 7567 Traveller will look right at home on board. I'm sure you can find even more appropriate figures, or build your own. It's LEGO, after all.
There are a few accessories to mention, although once again - in relation to the 1085 pieces, the four accessories seem a pittance.
Shovel - no Engineer is complete without his shovel... unless, I guess, the train he's driving doesn't run on coal. Bandana - the Engineer needs something to keep that coal exhaust out of his lungs. Here he wears a bandana in order to avoid black lung (or at least delay it). Suitcase (brown) - our passenger has enough luggage for a month's stay, even though she's just out of town for the weekend! (I'm married - I know how these things go.) Suitcase (black) - although I'm amazed to see her luggage doesn't match!
Wow. I mean WOW! The dark green pieces (of which there are a great many) are beautiful to behold - especially the 2x4x2/3 slope bricks decorated with a gold stripe at either end. (18 in all!) The only complaint I might have is the variation in the saturation of the green pieces - some are very dark and others lighter. I don't know if this is normal for the dark green color, but overall it doesn't effect the look of the set unless you inspect thoroughly. Add a heaping helping of other pieces in rare/sought-after colors like reddish-brown, tan and dark brown, as well as a bunch of pearl gold 1x1 round plates and a set of two metallic silver 1x1 round plates (you even get an extra of each one!) and this box overflows with awesomeness. The parts are rounded out by a lot of black, dark bluish gray and light bluish gray pieces.
Specialty train pieces like the bogie plates, wheels, wheel housings, and magnetic bumpers also add to the value. All in all, 9 bags house the parts. Yes, nine. Eight of them are separated into the modularity of the build, and one houses all the specialty train parts.
Wow again! I mean double WOW! This build is INTRICATE! Of the bags in the box, most of them are used to build the engine (five in all, each marked with the number 1, to be exact) - and a delightful build it is! A lot of nice parts usage, SNOT techniques (especially around the boiler housing) and cool even/odd stud offsets really inspire the builder. The engine is built to be modular, able to easily accommodate the addition of a power source. I was surprised at first that it didn't include power functions, but realize it would have increased the cost dramatically. It could use the addition of some track, though, otherwise it just looks odd sitting there on a table.
The tender, the car behind the engine that houses the coal used to fuel the boiler, is a quick breath of fresh air in the middle of the build. Comprised of only one bag (marked with a 2), it goes together in a snap, comparatively, and compliments the engine nicely.
The passenger carriage, comprised of two bags marked with the number 3, is somewhere in between the two other builds - not as simplistic as the tender, but not nearly as complicated as the engine. Designed with the passenger walkway on one side and two tables with two chairs each on the other side, it looks to be a bar car. Woo! Party on the Emerald Night! There are stickers available with the words 'First', 'Second' and 'Third' to affix to the doors of the car. I guess the idea here is that you can buy/scrounge the parts to build more passenger cars, though I would assume such an endeavor would be costly. It's too bad there aren't service packs available for purchase to allow you to add more cars - especially if they provided enough parts to determine what kind of car you wanted to add, akin to the Santa Fe Car sets. I'm a little confused by the use of dark blue 2x2 round bricks as support for the tables and standard blue for the minifigure seats - it would have added another rare color if the seats were also dark blue.
The engine is set up with gearing to make the wheels turn by merely dropping a PF motor into the boiler compartment (with some structural modifications, detailed at the end of the first instruction booklet). The piston movement of the actuator arms attached to the main wheels is cool, although the technic bars used blend in to the rest of the black pieces that surround them, so it's not very noticeable.
The engine also features an intricately detailed backhead/firebox (into which the engineer shovels the coal) featuring an opening door and even a plume of flame. This can be removed relatively easily (as it's only held in by a technic rod and a clever hinge plate "lock") to be admired. It also needs to be removed completely in order to allow room for a Power Functions motor.
The passenger car features a removable roof for easy access as well as four hinged doors, one at each corner of the car.
As someone who is not generally a train enthusiast - LEGO or otherwise - I hadn't given this set much thought in the past. Now that I own and have built it, however, I never want to part with it."
"I have been a fan of Harry Potter for a long time, but I (unfortunately) haven't really been interested in HP Lego until now. I pre-ordered Freeing Dobby and The Burrow, and they came pretty quickly (today)!
Minifigures (6) Pros: -Four never-portrayed-before figures (all but Harry and Ginny). -Four have double-sided heads (all but Mr. and Mrs. Weasley). Bellatrix has scared and, well, evil looks, Fenrir has bared teeth and a closed mouth. Harry has a happy and angry face, as does Ginny. -Great hairpieces and torso designs for all characters! Bellatrix's hair has to be the best, followed by Ginny's or Mrs. Weasley's. Also, for the most part, the faces fit pretty well. -Accessories: 5 wands (2 black, 1 brown, 1 gray, 1 tan). I suppose Mrs. Weasley doesn't need one if she's in the kitchen preparing the next meal, but how is she going to duel Bellatrix without one? There also is a black broomstick, which is a nice inclusion. -The animals (though not truly minifigures): There is one frog, and a pig with printed eyes, who gets to sit between two stickered doors in a grassy area outside the kitchen. Also, don't forget the owls! They are both printed with great designs. One is white (Hedwig) and one is gray (Errol or Hermes?)
Cons: Only one Weasley child. I'd say 6 figures is a fair in relation to the price of the set. However, it wouldn't have hurt to include a Weasley brother, especially Ron, in this set. There isn't even a Ron in the new Hogwarts Castle, either!
Parts Pros: Fire, flowerpots, 2 red cups, 4 goblets, many gold studs, socks, dishes, knives (in the drawers in the kitchen), a croissant (in the oven), a barrel for wand storage, a front door (have to have that), a trunk, a kitchen table good for six, two swiveling chairs, a swamp with water and reeds, nine openable windows, the fireplace, three beds with orange and blue covers, and two catapults. Finally, I want to mention that there are two printed newspapers, a copy of the Quibbler featuring Harry's interview, and a copy of the Daily Prophet informing of a mass breakout from Azkaban. Cons: Stickers! You have to use stickers to make the clock, stove, "floo" flame, quidditch posters, and many wooden boards. There is a quidditch sticker in the top bedroom, and a Chudley Cannons sticker in the middle bedroom.
Building The build isn't too difficult. There are two instruction booklets, a page of stickers, and four labeled bags. The first bag covers the figures, fireplace, and swamp. The second; the bottom level. The third covers the gap between the first and second floors. Here, there is a chandelier for the kitchen, and a small window (above the front door) that allows light into the kitchen below it. There is a 4x2 area there, but only really big enough for extra pieces. Finally, the fourth covers the bedrooms. The build gets more interesting the longer you work. The Burrow has a great, asymmetrical exterior. The tip of the tallest chimney reaches just above 11 inches.
Playability The playability is not bad. Sending people through the fireplace is fun. Also, the catapults work surprisingly well. It's fun having Bellatrix and Fenrir try to send fire through open windows! The Burrow does lose playability the farther up you go. The top bedroom only has a bed, goblet, and a copy of the Quibbler, while the middle bedroom has bunk beds, and a trunk with socks and galleons (gold studs) in it. The bottom level, being much larger than the bedrooms, has a good playability, with the pig pen, kitchen, dining table, front door, clock, etc.
The value for money is fair. As usual, it is 10 pence a piece, rounded up.
Overall, it's a great set. The only big complaint I have is that it is based off a "made-up" scene from Half-Blood Prince (this isn't actually a flaw in the Lego set itself, though). However, since it gives us Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback, I can't complain much.
Sorry for the long review. Hope it was helpful, though! I'd suggest this set to any collector or big HP Lego fan, since the Burrow is a very important place in the Harry Potter world and this set has four new, important characters."
"OK the main reason for buying this set is the minifigs. You get five, which is great for a set of this size. Supplied are two Griffindor player, Harry (of course) and Oliver Wood; two Slytherins, Draco Malfoy and Marcus Flint. Also comes with Madam Hooch to supervise.
All the minifigs have plain legs, and well printed torsos. 3 (Hooch, Potter and Malfoy) have double sided heads with different expressions. All figs come with brooms and there are clubs for the two beaters. Also included are flying helmets as an alternative to the hair-pieces, although oddly only enough for half the players.
The main assembly is a grandstand from which Madam Hooch can oversee the match, along with three goals set at different heights. you get a small stand with an impressively large trophy. Two small catapults for flinging the balls around and a chest full of balls (spare balls are included too)
Lots of figures, enough for a proper game Double sided faces adds flexibility. Spare helmets and balls increases playability Lots of accessories: a broom each plus clubs Faces, uniforms and colour schemes well matched to the film characters
Trophy is too big! It looks great on the stand, but ridiculous next to a figure. It's impossible to pose the figures holding their brooms to make them look like they're flying. I challenge you to score a goal with one of those catapults!
These negatives are just nitpicking i would recommend this set to anybody especially younger lego fans as this set is extremely playable set."
"What can I say? After nine years of sub-par Hogwarts renderings, Lego have finally created a set that I would be proud to display without modifications.
The details and design put into this set are fantastic, and this is by far the best castle (Harry Potter or otherwise) Lego have created. They have gone to painstaking lengths to create a minifig / play friendly cut out of Hogwarts.
The minifigs speak for themselves - very detailed, and very exclusive. Although new versions, McGonagall was only available in Dumbledore's Office from CoS; Voldemort in the Graveyard Duel (GoF), while Flitwick and Filch have never made a lego appearance before. The updated Dementors (while annoying if you have multiples from PoA) are a good update - though much the same. Dumbledore is new - I love the added touch of 2 faces; one with glasses and the other without. The new Snape fig is just about the only other fig that the new Dastan (from Prince of Persia) hairpiece suits; other than Dastan himself.
The castle is very "cute" - from left to right:- An updated Dumbledore's office, complete with Wizard portrait stickers, trophy room and Sorting Hat.
Then the Great Hall, a vast improvement on the old version. The details and accessories in the Hall almost make up for the price alone. The pieces used for the walls and windows are great.
Then there's the Grand Staircase tower (although missing an actual staircase), which instead has the Slytherin Common Room on the lower floor, the Knight in the middle, and the Gryffindor Common Room on the top floor, complete with fireplace (and Sirius' face in the fire). While not the best size or shape, this tower looks brilliant from the outside.
Lastly there is a small version of the West Tower (which sadly was removed from the actual castle layout in the 6th film). This has the Vanishing Cabinet on the ground floor, restricted section of the Library in the middle, and the exterior top floor has a Telescope.
When combined together, they form a very basic silhouette of the actual Hogwarts Castle.
While this set doesn't answer my prayers for a "UCS Hogwarts" it certainly outdoes the rest of the Harry Potter lego by far.
It's Hogwarts Minifigs Accessories Assortment of Pieces New pieces - printed Owls & sorting Hat
Cons: (and I'm stretching here)
Grand Staircase tower is missing a staircase I know they're expected - but the stickers :-( Over-all size If you are a fan of Harry Potter, Castles, or Lego in general this is a must."
"I bought this over a year ago and i still love it. I agree its not the biggest lunchbox in the world, but it is by far the best ever time i get it out of my bag people always smile at it. I have since bought the 2-4 lunch box also in black and i must say that i loved it so much i bought another to use as a pencil case."
"Minifigures: First we have the new Harry Potter - he is awesome! His hairpiece is the same as always, but his face is new. Of course he has his scar and his glasses. On one side of his face he is smiling, and on the other side he is frowning - very nice. His torso is new and dark-grey, and is kind of a mix between the old light-grey Hogwarts robes from 2001-2003, and the newer ones from 2004-2007. He has a Gryffindor badge, a tie and a white shirt. He also has back printing, where you can see the red and gold stripe going across. He has black legs, and a brown wand - as many people have mentioned, the wands a a little too long. I agree - I think they could have used the new ones that came in the Collectable Minifigures series. But to me, the basic wands are completely fine to include in these sets.
Next is Lucius Malfoy. He will also be available in the new 2011 Diagon Alley set. He has the Dumbledore hairpiece in blond, and a black cape. His torso is new, and has nice designs on it. The torso makes him look really wealthy (which he is, of course). He has a black wand. On his face he has a frown, and on the other side he has his Death Eater mask. The mask looks pretty accurate, although it's a little small. It could have been bigger. But all in all he is a very good figure.
Lastly is Dobby. He is exclusive to this set, and is by far alot better than the old one. This time he is flesh coloured (his rags are still tan though). He has short legs, and his torso has printing on the front and back. The back resembles the front alot - it has smudges and rips and everything. The torso is pretty accurate. His head is the same mold as the 2002 one, although this time it has printed eyes - big green eyes. It's also flesh coloured, like I mentioned before. He has a long nose and long ears, looks very sad, and is very accurate. He comes with Tom Riddle's dairy, which is just a black book. You can open the book, and inside you have the sock - a tan 2x1 flat tile with a grey sock printed on it. Dobby is my favorite figure from this set. Overall, all 3 figures are awesome - good job LEGO.
The set/Part of Hogwarts: The set is nicely done, but is nothing special. It has a brick to put Lucius Malfoy on, and a thing in the back to push, so you can knock Malfoy off, and pretend that Dobby is blasting him with magic - a nice feature. The set has two torches, and is build mainly by regular bricks. On the side it has a brown broom, and a spider. On the other side, there's a golden stud for some reason. It has a couple of arch pieces too, and it has five 'Harry Potter-coloured bricks' - you know the green ones on the top. I love the fact that they are still using this classic Harry Potter-colour for these new sets. The set itself is build on a 6x8 dark-grey baseplate, and is supposed to resemble a part of the Hogwarts Castle - probably part of a hallway."
"Cad Bane's Speeder is a truly well designed/beautiful speeder with great details and sleek lines throughout. The photo's don't due it justice. Once built you have a sturdy, well designed, swooshable model that has some nice heft and weight to it plus the kit includes 5 great mini-figures (2 are New issues).
Great designs and line throughout the ship. Well detailed and looks good in any angle. Nice looking yet simple rear engines. 2 front 'tap' fire missiles, left and right disguised as front headlights (note middle headlight not a missile). Works well. 6 seating areas that'll 'actually' fit 6 mini-figs comfortably (2 in cockpit, 4 in passenger area). Front cockpit has printed tile control panel. 2 clips in passenger area to hold guns/tools/etc. Rear large open/close trunk. Again for weapons, tools, etc. Good weight and a sturdy model.
Great Cad Bane mini-fig with large brimed brown hat and cool looking breathing apparatus. Also comes with 2 blasters. NEW Shahan Alama mini-fig w/blaster. Hat is same mold as Hondo Ohnaka's hat but this one is dark red. Head is same as Turk Falso but Shahan's is a dark grey with different forehead graphic. Torso is completely a new design (front/back graphics) and the right arm is a pearl gold (arm and hand) while the left arm is dark blue w/dark grey hand. Dark blue legs, no graphics. Senate Commando mini-fig with rifle blaster. NEW Senate Commando Captain mini-fig w/rifle blaster. Same design as Senate Commando but with added white graphics to helmet and front torso chest armor. Assassin Droid, black mini-fig. with rifle blaster (same Assassin Droid from 8015 Assassin's Droid Battle Pack).
Stickers. These stickers don't seem to enhance the model. Looks just as good, if not better without them. Rear tail fin falls off if you hold it wrong when opening trunk. This is one great looking speeder.
On it's playability, it's great for kids. Not a difficult build yet sastifying. Sturdy model for the youngs ones to play and swoosh...and fun mini-figs will keep your little ones engaged for hours."