"First of all, this set is pretty nice. I missed out on the last one, so I was pleased to get another chance at it.
Some people have complained about the minifigures (or lack thereof). I actually think they are better than the last sail barge (6210). Basically, the only major difference between the sets was the inclusion of a skiff in the previous one. There is no skiff in this set; it is available separately. Between the new skiff and new barge, all of the minifigures from the previous set are included except for Han Solo and a Gamorrean guard (which are by no means incredibly rare). Also, the new sets have EXTRA figures like Max Rebo (who is awesome), Ree-Yees, and the Weequay. (Kithaba is included in the new skiff set, 9496.) I think that's a pretty good trade-off.
Another common complaint is the shabbiness of the front of the barge. Yes; it is ugly, but there is a cannon underneath. It looked nicer on the old set, but it had no cannon. Also a good trade-off.
Max Rebo is the best! I'm glad to have him and Ree-Yees now. Max's organ is well-constructed; however, there is no horn like in the movie. It still looks pretty nice.
The sails are cool, as is the dungeon (but there are no prisoners for it). Jabba is always cool. I've had a bit of trouble with the mechanism that pushes the cannon forward (not the firing mechanism; the one that moves when the door is opened). It always gets caught on the railing, so it can't quite open all the way. It doesn't interfere with usage of the cannon, though.
The only really negative thing I can see is the price. With 850 pieces it should cost about $85, but it actually (for me) cost about $35 more.
In conclusion, I'd say get this set WITH the 9496 Desert Skiff for maximum playability. Try to get it on sale, though. I think it's vastly superior to its predecessor, despite others' complaints."
"This is a very nice cheap set. The Pelantir piece is very nice, and both minifigures are cool. I was particularly excited for Saruman, and I like how he has the same head as Count Dooku. Although I don't really use the spinning or pushing features, they do offer playability. Some people have commented that this is a useless set if you are going to buy Orthanc, but I disagree. I fully intend to buy Orthanc, and this only costs $10, so I have no regrets in getting it. The pelantir piece is unique, and it has a few more action features. I think it was very thoughtful of LEGO to make a small, less expensive version of Orthanc and a way to get Saruman."
"Fantastic set. Kithaba is a nice figure. LEGO added some printing to Boba Fett's legs, but otherwise he is just his usual awesome self. Lando is a nice figure with a fantastic helmet design. The only problem I see with the minifigures is that Han Solo is not included. Of course, if he were, then the fight would be uneven, but LEGO could have included a Gamorrean Guard as well. The Sarlacc can actually fit a minifigure in its tongue! The skiff itself has a nice storage area for blasters and just looks pretty cool. I'd say the highlight of this set is the Sarlacc, and I recommend you buy it to compliment Jabba's Sail Barge."
"There isn't much to this set, but it is pretty cool. The commandos are nice except they don't come with the nifty backpacks the commandos in the Battle of Endor set got. The stormtrooper comes with the redesigned armor. The scout trooper and speeder aren't very special. The hideout is OK. I wish this set came with an Ewok or two, but I still recommend buying it because it is cheap and is a good army builder."
"This actually is waterproof. By "splash proof" I thought LEGO meant that as long as you didn't completely submerge it in water it would be fine, but I tested it in my pool and it had no effect on the watch. I am the kind of person that always will accidentally damage my watch, so I am glad I can get a cheap but cool watch. The stormtrooper is a nice minifigure, and good for boosting your army. I think I am on my 3rd stormtrooper watch right now because unfortunately I lost the clasps to my first two."
"This set is great! R2 is not life size, but he is pretty close. He looks very detailed. His head could maybe have had a few smooth bricks to make it look more sleek. The central leg looks great. Some wheels should have been on the bottoms of the legs so he could glide around, but I suppose then when R2 only has 2 legs he would fall. The buzz saw and computer interface arm look nice and screen accurate. Occasionally the middle leg will malfunction, but that is understandable. I don't care for LEGO's policy of making the parts of a LEGO model that are not visible weird colors. The parts on the inside of R2 are green, red, and yellow. Why is that? Does it allow LEGO to save a few cents? It doesn't really matter, though. Since the price is so good, I recommend you buy this."
"Fantastic! It took me 14 hours to build (not nonstop). I built it over the course of 9 days. The sheer size of the model is amazing. It makes my Death Star look small. Since it is so large, I think there should be more rooms. There are lots of spaces where rooms could have been added, but the way the armor it attached they are inaccessible. The bridge is nice, but when you put on the cover Vader has to sit. The city on top is nice, as are the engines. I like the hologram piece. The build was quite difficult, and occasionally repetitive. That is why it took so long for me to build it (I got tired of the repeats, so I built very slowly). The small star destroyer is nice. I also like the plaque. Even though this is awesome, I would still recommend you buy the Death Star if you cannot decide between the two sets."
"I only really got this set because it is cheap. Even though it is a low price, it is a bad one. There are 63 pieces, and according to the 10 cents per brick ratio it should be 6 dollars, maybe 7. I really do not like the color scheme on the red Sith dude, but I have never played the game, so that may be how some Sith Troopers appear in the game. The other one looks pretty awesome. The republic troopers are cool as well. The speeder ought to hold 2 people, but it only holds one. The blaster holder is nice, however. I recommend buying the Clone vs. droideka battle pack rather than this. I don't think LEGO should have started making all these Old Republic sets. The other expanded universe sets fit in with the sets from the movies. The Clone Wars sets fit in with Attack of the Clones sets and other sets from the prequel trilogy. The Imperial Dropship, Rebel Scout Speeder, and Rogue Shadow fit in with Original Trilogy sets. But old republic sets fit in with nothing. I would be fine with the release of just one, but it seems as though LEGO will begin releasing them all the time. If I played the OR video game I might like them more, but I don't, and I assume lots of people don't either. With a clone wars set people only need to know "Droids are bad. Clones are good." and who the major characters are."
"Awesome! I got this for my tenth birthday a few years ago, and I love it! If you're the kind of person that likes to reenact scenes from the movie, than this set is good. If you want a challenging set to build, this is good. If you want a display set, this is good. If you want to have battles with this set, it is good. This set is just good overall.There are 12 rooms (not including the turbolasers or basement).
The droid room is never seen in the movie, but C-3P0 does speak of it. The operating table has controls to swivel the rack for the TIE fighter in the room below. There is also the knob that controls the central elevator. The elevator itself is simple, but gives us a way to transport minifigures from room to room.
I don't consider the turbolasers a room, but they look awesome! They aren't really in the right place, though. They swivel side to side and can be elevated.
The Imperial Council Chamber looks really cool. The table has a cache underneath for blaster storage. The chairs swivel.
The bridge is cool. The viewscreen can show either Alderaan or Yavin IV, and it is very realistic. There are two control-things, and the one on the right has a knob that elevates the superlaser when twisted.
The hanger has another elevator, the pilot lift. I found that it can sometimes twist when going up, but that is a minor problem. There is a small TIE advanced for Vader, and it looks cool. Unfortunately, Vader's cape must be removed in order for him to sit in it. I already have the large Darth Vader's TIE fighter, and I do not need Vader to have another fighter, so I tried putting a TIE fighter pilot inside, but the helmet is too wide. I just put a shadow stormtrooper inside instead.
The throne room has a very sinister look. There is a collapsing catwalk for dueling. The Emperor's cape must be removed in order for him to sit in his chair and not have the cape get bent.
The prison block has an opening cell door, the hatch that leads to the trash compactor, and a computer console. The cell block has a cool sticker that makes it look like the prison block continues on forever.
The superlaser room has the actual superlaser, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, the laser beams can fall off easily. There is also a mini-room included, where the opening blast doors are controlled.
The maintenance room is the only room (besides the basement, which I don't really count) that is never seen or spoken of in the movies. It has a crane to lift boxes with, and it also has the bottom of the pilot lift.
The chasm is just a chasm, but it looks cool.
The tractor beam controls also look cool, and if a button is pulled out then the blue stuff will drop out of sight.
The trash compactor actually closes if a button is pushed. It includes lots of trash. It is shaped like a trapezoid rather than a rectangle, so it won't squish anything in the back, just the very front.
The cannon actually fires. I am glad LEGO included a technic cannon.
The basement (3 rooms, plus part of the chasm) is never seen or spoken of in the movies, and just includes some crates. A minifigure can just barely stand up in there, and it is very hard to stick your hand in. I suppose LEGO just wanted to make the bottom floor as small as possible to make the Death Star look like a sphere, and didn't want to make in important room small.
The minifigures are the only place that needs improvement. Yes, there are more in this set than any other, but there still aren't enough, and they need improvement. The Emperor's guards are cool and menacing. They are good. One more would have been nice, but is not necessary. The stormtroopers are cool, but there are only two, four if you count Han and Luke disguised. Come on! This is the death star. I have 11 stormtroopers and a shadow stormtrooper on my Death Star. The imperial astromech is a nice addition, as are the protocol droid and the torture droid. The mouse droid is my favorite. I built 2 more with pieces from my collection. The white assassin droid is a strange choice for a minifigure. I suppose if it is IG-88, then that would make a bit of sense, since IG-88 uploaded his consciousness into the death star's computer, but I would have rather had a medical droid. Darth Vader is awesome as always. Grand Moff Tarkin is pretty cool, and its good to have an imperial officer like him. Unfortunately, he is the only Imperial officer in this set. I had to bring in 6 more to fill up the council seats. The Emperor is awesome. His sith lightning is great. The death star troopers are pretty cool. I brought in two more, one from the battle of Endor and the other from the TIE fighter. LEGO seems to have mistaken them for death star gunners. Death Star Troopers are only supposed to fire turbolasers and act as infantry soldiers, not control the superlaser of the Death Star! In fact, Stormtroopers are more elite than Death Star Troopers. Death Star Gunners should have been included in the set to operate the superlaser. The rest of the figures are "good" rebel main characters that are for the most part very common. Although I understand how LEGO might want us to be able to recreate scenes from the movie and have a battle and all that jazz, in their effort to fulfill this they created an awful ratio. The rebels to imperials ratio is 10 to 14. This is a battle station for the imperials, and in the movies they outnumbered the rebels by thousands. I drew minifigures from other sets and now there are 36 Imperials on my Death Star. Although other LEGO consumers may disagree with me, I would rather have exclusively Imperial minifigures included in this set and no rebels. You could then purchase rebel themed sets for battle with the death star, such as the Millennium Falcon, the X-Wing, and the Y-Wing.
All in all, this is a great set. I was so happy when I first received it, and even happier once I built it. The build was enjoyable, since you were nearly always building a room. I just built the Executor, which is an amazing set, but it has only one small room, so the building process can be dull. When you are building rooms and places for the minifigures to go, it is so much more exciting. If you are willing to spend the money, buy this set!"
"I was very excited when I saw that Lobot was the minifigure in this set. Lobot only came in one other set, twin-pod cloud car, and that was discontinued. Also, in that set he had yellow skin. Now I have an accurate figure to accompany Lando! The cloud car itself is very detailed, and it definitely reminds me of the vehicle in the movies. The planet Bespin is very plain, and the LEGO planet matches it. I wish you could see cloud city on the planet. After all, cloud city is way up "among the clouds", so probably you'd be able to see it from space."