"Now we finally have an army builder for stormtroopers! It's been so long that I've looked at my rebels and Imperials and seen how the bad guys were outnumbered ten to one just with Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the Ewoks. Now, I think the numbers have evened out somewhat. IMPERIAL TROOP TRANSPORT: I wasn't sure at first, but the LEGO Dictionary confirms that this was once a set. Back in 2008, it went well with a dropship of Rebel troopers. It was also about 2x as bigger and still a lower price, which just shows you where LEGO has gone these days, even with sets as innocent as the beloved army-building battle packs. That said, its no real blessing. It's not like Darth Vader won't be able to live without this thing in his army, but it's still all right to have. It's no secret the minifigs are ALWAYS the highlight to battle packs. It's what there for. The set bit itself is just there to make it a set and give the figs something to do. So don't anyone beat themselves up. It's all good. MINIFIGURES: -Stormtroopers: I guess they go with the Rebel show (again) but its not like they don't fit right in to sets of Episodes 4, 5, and 6. I love what LEGO did to advance the helmets and printing to these guys. The best part about it is to have an army for the Imperials now. They come with the new stud-firing blasters. OVERALL: The dropship isn't anything special, but that's all right. It's still of some use. It's great to have more stormtroopers as well. The playability isn't great unless you've got good guys, but if you don't, then this isn't going to be your first Star Wars set. That should be Mos Eisley or something Ewok-related. The price is bad just because, even now, I can still remember the days when I first began collecting LEGOs, back in 2006, when the battle packs were merely ten bucks AT THE MOST."
"I always am glad when LEGO releases a new TIE Fighter, especially an Advanced, because it is usually better than its predecessor. Case in point here (a minor note: it goes with the TV show Rebels, which I don't watch, so you're reading it from a perhaps different review than otherwise). I like the minifigures to this set, and I like the fighter, but I have to say that $40 instead of maybe $20-30 makes this one of the most overpriced Star Wars sets I've seen in forever. TIE Advanced Prototype: It goes great with any of your other TIE Fighters as well as what rebel ships you might have. It's cockpit and main body build are similar to the last regular TIE that came out, but the curved wings are different altogether. It features not much, but then, a TIE really shouldn't have a ton of extra junk on it. A humble spring missiles, bending wings and opening cockpit will do. Great ship, recommend the B-wing to go with it! MINIFIGURES: -The Inquisitor: Don't know the show so I don't know the guy, but he is a pretty cool Sith. He has a special just about everything, from torso printing to hood mold to lightsaber handle (more cool than anything else). I won't have a lot of use for him, but who knows, he may come in handy next December when Star Wars 7 arrives? -TIE Pilot: He's the same as the old one. His printing and helmet IS however, much more advanced than anything, say, pre-2013. Always good to have one or two lying around. -TIE Officer: I LOVE his hat! This guy is much more advanced than anyone you see in the Death Star or something. He's a great dude to have around, whether to report to Lord Vader (who I think would have been nice instead of the Inquisitor, by the way, but hey, I'm just naturally an OT guy) or to capture Han and Leia at the Endor bunker. OVERALL: I really like this set, but I think its WAY overpriced. The playability is just a teensy-bit lower than usual, but that's just cause there's no good guys INCLUDED. I assume everyone has rebels in their collection, and if not, you really ought to get some :)"
"I feel really weird saying it, but I'm pretty sure this is my favorite LEGO Star Wars set ever. I keep it right up there with the DeLorean, Ecto-1 and Lone Ranger train desk. It's a simple set, by all means. Two minifigures, one ship, $25. What's the big deal? I don't really know. It's the T-16 Skyhopper: a vehicle only mentioned in A New Hope and only seen as Luke's handheld model that he zooms around for a few seconds while 3P0 gets an oil bath. But I like it. I still can't say why, but I like it. T-16 SKYHOPPER: I really liked building this ship. It was like finally bringing into reality a concept that had only barely been grasped by the original Star Wars film. I felt just like Luke when I finished it and toyed around with it. The build is quite nice, and I really like the way the cockpit was done. It also has a detachable cargo box for the gun and adjustable wings with spring laser missiles (I LOVE the new way to NOT have flick-fire, LEGO!). I consider this the desert, kid version of the X-wing and a must-have for at least every die hard fan. MINIFIGURES: -Skyhopper Pilot: In every LEGO set, action figure, etc. this has ever been made, he has been called this exact title. Let's be honest folks, we all know its Luke Skywalker. Who else would it be but our young hero zooming through the canyons on his adventure-before-the-adventure? Sure looks to me like his minifigure when you look at that face. That said, he also has a helmet that is the standard Rebel mold but printed differently, and exclusive red jumpsuit torso printing. He comes with a small blaster pistol. Note he has no use beyond the Skyhopper, but that's what the other versions of Luke is for. -Tusken Raider: OH MY GOSH ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Not since 2002 has one of these guys been seen! This is like the return of the Geonosian soldier that came in 2011, but a hundred times more recognizable and noteworthy. Every landspeeder, every cantina, everything Tatooine related has begged a Tusken minifig for years, and only now has it been made a reality. And what a fantastic comeback it has made! An all-new head mold and printing that is exclusive and advanced compared to its old style, and armed with a brick-built gaffi stick. The Tusken is back! OVERALL: Usually I have to say its a rarity for me to say that price and worth were so close, but I think its once again true here. I'm beginning to say it too much, but I honestly can think of myself resisting the T-16 Skyhopper. I recommend it to all Star Wars fans!"
"I can't say I haven't waited a long, long time for all of my old Geonosis sets, especially the fighter with Ki-Adi-Mundi, to be completed by giving us Ki-Adi-Mundi's troops in LEGO. AT-RT: Another brand new build for this that is similar in size and proportion to the one that came in the 2010 Turbo Tank. The infamous walker is now in sandy colors and is armed with a new kind of gun that fires studs rapidly. Epic! MINIFIGURES: -Geonosis Clone Troopers: Their style is the same as the Utapau. troopers, two of them regular Phase 2 and 2 of them jetpack style. They are printed with tan camouflage and come with the new fireable blasters. OVERALL: This set is a great little battle pack, but please note that you really MUST have Geonosis-related sets and preferably Ki-Adi-Mundi to use these guys properly, or you can just keep adding to your clone trooper variety collection. But while it is a year or two late, its good to own!"
"So me writing this review might be a little weird, because I don't actually watch the show or know anything about these characters. I got this set for the speeder bikes, because, let's face it, they're AWESOME! SPEEDER BIKES: Both the same build, just different colored pieces. One is white and one is green and orange. They are very nice builds that just have something about them that makes them a level up from the BARC speeders. A nice note is the new stud-launching blaster pistols placed on them so that they can actually fire at each other, which is great for playability. They are great for clones or rebels or Jedi or anything. MINIFIGURES: -Ezra: Again, I don't know much about him or Sabine, but he's not a bad looking minifig. He looks like the Anakin of the show with black hair and a grin, and wears an outfit of orange. His blue lightsaber is interestingly enough placed in a handle that is normally a binocular piece. Ain't that cool? -Sabine Wren: This evident lover of birds has quite the exclusive hair piece. She has special torso printing and all that, but I have to go so far as to mention what a jump it gave me to see her weapons: these were first used in the 2006-08 Batman sets and also in Indiana Jones and were my favorite of LEGO guns. I haven't seen them in years! Thanks a ton for letting me know that's still a piece you are producing, LEGO! Anyway, she's a good minifigure who looks like she'll be the Black Widow of killing stormtroopers. -Stormtrooper: I absolutely LOVE what LEGO has done to stormtroopers to bring itself into 2015, most notably with the complete re-styling of stormtroopers. Not just because of this show, the stormtroopers now have much more advanced printing and helmets on them to make them look like prime soldiers of the Empire and not as bumbling or bad of shot as they usually are (I just watched Episode IV again, and noticed a stormtrooper bumping his head into the blast door in the background in one scene for the first time. Cracked up). OVERALL: I'm sure its a great little set for all those kids who watch the TV show, and I know its a good set for me because I like the speeders and the guns and the stormtrooper. I recommend it to those who like that or the show."
"Like the three Dol Guldur sets, we now have a completion to the LEGO Lake-town, and in my personal opinion its even better than its predecessor. LAKE-TOWN: The portion of the town included in this set is the bell tower with the Black Arrow. It is a nice sturdy build that strongly resembles the Master of Lake-town's building in the first set. Features include an exploding wall on the left side and a bomb-dropping mechanism activated when the door on the right side is opened. The best part is the Black Arrow and its giant crossbow, of course. Its no flick missile, but a nice spring-loaded weapon that goes far enough to catch any Smaug flying above your town. There is also a legitimate swinging bell on the roof, which is nice. It also includes a small boat that somehow seven people will escape from Bard's house in :). This is a great building. MINIFIGURES: -Tauriel: What a great version of her! When they didn't make Legolas' figure different in the Battle of Five Armies, I was worried she would not get her other outfit either (they're really only armored up in the first Mirkwood scene). But here we have her in bright emerald robes as should be. Otherwise, she is the same. She has a normal or angry face with freckles and a red Elvish hair piece. She comes with a bow instead of daggers this time, which is also good. -Bard the Bowman: An exclusive version of this minifigure, making every set he appears in a different form. He wears his same brown Lake-town robes, but his face is now either worried or angry and covered in ash and exhaust from dragon fumes. He comes with his bow and ready to shoot down Smaug should you have/get the very expensive Lonely Mountain. Bain son of Bard: Actually a fun minifigure to get! We unfortunately don't have Bard's house, but Bain plays a much more important part in the movie than just being the little tiny child of a hero. I mean, he hands his dad the Black Arrow! So, I was thrilled to have him. He has special green robe printings and short brown legs. He has a smiling face with freckles or a scared face that also has ash. He has Point Break surfer style red hair. It might not look exactly like Movie Bain, but its a fine minifig. -Hunter Orcs: These guys are different from your standard Gundabad, which is why I keep them in a different squad, so to speak. They are the same as the ones in Attack of the Wargs (even have the same weapons) save for their heads, which have new face paint printing, and black mohawks. Interesting mold that I'm sure is exclusive. Keep stocking up on those villains! OVERALL: I would not say this price is perfect, but I would say it was fair. The first Lake-town set was $50 at the LEGO store and it had two buildings and a big boat, so I see one building and a (really) small boat as a step down from that, and twenty bucks is probably the closest we would have gotten to perfect. I love this set and I highly recommend it, but note that once Tauriel has killed all the Orcs you are going to need a dragon for playability to continue any further."
"I never thought we'd see another X-Men set after they made Deadpool's helicopter, but they have surprised me, and with all new minifigures! X-JET: It has features much the same as the Quinjet, just a different build. Its got room inside for four minifigures and features flick missiles and a few accessories inside. A very fine build. SENTINEL: Its a nice structure, but so much of it seems not built as much as just special molds. Its no biggie, but I just think his head could have been better. He's got the same ability as Lex Luthor's Power Mech, to where he can grab a minifigure or fire his missiles. Certain to be a difficult villain to defeat. MINIFIGURES: -Wolverine: Even he is an exclusive minifigure, as he comes in an all-new version. His suit has more yellow and brown printing instead of the old yellow and blue, and he comes with the option of hair and no mask or a slide-on mask (I can't tell LEGO how nice it would have been to do this with Captain America). He is armed with his handheld claw pieces. -Magneto: The other guy who has been made before, but still has at least been remodeled. He's colored mostly the same but with a different cape, and his head is the same as before. A great villain. -Cyclops: AWESOME! NEW X-MEN! I honestly didn't expect them to go beyond Wolverine and villains in X-Men sets, but here we are! Cyclops is printed in his classic blue outfit with laser goggles over his eyes. Fantastic superhero to own. -Storm: ANOTHER NEW X-MEN! I certainly didn't expect them to go beyond and more so than Wolverine and villains in X-Men sets, but here we are! Another new hero. Storm has black outfit printing and a cape, and white hair. She can have a normal face or a Storm electrocuting face. She has two lightning bolts in her hands just like old Emperor Palpatine. Another awesome superhero. OVERALL: Its a really good set that wouldn't be worth $50 without the minifigures. If you're a fan of the X-Men, I'd get it, because who knows when another might come out? And the Sentinel gets me thinking...can't wait for Age of Ultron sets next year!"
"Yet another Spidey set has arrived! This one with some all-new minifigure remakes from the past. SPIDER-COPTER: I'll say again, I think vehicles make Spider-man look bad. I mean, is swinging on webs not cool anymore? But its not LEGO's fault. They just make what they see. Now, that said, its not a terrible vehicle. The cockpit is basically like the Quinjet, as there's two opening screens for room inside. There is four flick missiles on one side, but hey, they actually work okay because its the new mechanism. Well done on that LEGO! Overall, its not a terrible vehicle. GLIDER: Not much to say about it. I think its a bit large, but then, so is the Green Goblin. It has two flick missiles on it as well (NOT the new kind) and has room for one guy if you're Giant Goblin or two or three if you're regular minifigs. Well done as well. MINIFIGURES: -Spider-Man: I hope we all know him by now. He's a great superhero to add to your collection, though I recommend a few cheaper and cooler sets to get him if its your first time around (a big way to decide which Spidey set you want is to find your favorite villain mixed in there). -Power Man: One of my new personal favorites. He's got some wicked cool shades and since his name doesn't exactly declare what it is he does (I don't know the cartoons or comics THAT well) I have him do just about whatever I want. Really cool guy. -Mary-Jane: Hasn't been seen since 2004. She's been totally remodeled to become an outspoken Spidey lover than just a secret admirer. She's got a shirt with a Spidey heart on it and a smiling or scared face with her trademark red hair. To be honest, Gwen Stacy is a lot less annoying in the movies, but they have yet to make her... -Green Goblin: Did he put in Norman Osborne's juice or gamma radiation? Maybe a little bit of both, because this remake (who also hasn't been seen since '04) is big enough to take on not just Spider-Man but Bruce Banner's alter ego as well. He's big and muscular and inside some sort of steel-colored suit, so he's not what any movie-viewers expect, but hey, he's still a great villain. My problem is he just doesn't have that laugh capability at his size that Willem Dafoe graced us with. He's a bit more like the Lizard now. OVERALL: This set is a little overpriced, but I'm sure LEGO did it because they anticipated everyone heading out to stores to get Mary-Jane, Power Man and Green Goblin. I like the first two, but I really would have preferred a more movie-accurate Goblin and a less anti-Hulk one. Overall a fine set for those who enjoy Spidey with vehicles."
"This is without question my favorite Middle-earth set to date. Before I even got it, I was already thinking about the review, and I was fairly certain that $60 bucks would just not match what was in the set. I'm afraid it is just the opposite. Like LEGO so rarely does anymore, I think that there could not be a much better price hung on this set, even if you (like me) still like to reminisce about those old days of price-to-piece count. RUIN OF DALE: Its a lot bigger than it looks. There is a bridge and a tower, both of which have exploding functions and have a nice build which gives it detail related to chunks missing in the battlements and snow on the ground. It gives room for quite a showdown. The bridge can connect to the tower, but I like to keep them separate so that there's more space for adequate play. Very nicely done. BALLISTIC CATAPULT: LEGO seems to like to give these to our friends (not) the Orcs. I will go so far to say that nowhere in the Hobbit did Azog's armies ever use these things, and the only time these should have been used was back in the Uruk-hai army against Helm's Deep. However, this is certainly the best one that they have made so far except for one thing: the launching of the missiles themselves. Its really kind of a weak mechanism. I hate to say it, but most flick-fires are better than this. However, I never really fire the catapults all that often anyway, so I like it mostly for the sturdy build. MINIFIGURES: -Thorin Oakenshield: The leader of the dwarf company has come in an exclusive form in every set he has appeared in, and this time is no different. This time, he wears his gold armor and crown (attached to the hair piece) of the 'king under the mountain' look. He has the same head as before, one serious and one angry. He is armed with the standard dwarf sword that now comes in gold. I still say it would have been great to have an Orcrist mold right alongside the Sting mold, but you can't win 'em all. A very satisfying minfigure. -Dain Ironfoot: Besides giving us the first cuss word ever spoken in Middle-earth and a CGI version of Billy Connolly, Thorin's Scottish cousin didn't do much for us in the film. That changes here. He has exclusive printing and helmet, and his beard is a red version of Dwalin's. His head is actually the same as Gloin's, but since both are hidden behind thick dwarvish beards, it's not like it matters. He is armed with a ruby-bladed axe that is similar enough to his battle hammer in the movie. Well done! -Legolas: Here we have the essential and awesomest elf of all time. He is in his same Hobbit printing as in how he came in Mirkwood Spiders, and is armed with his bow. I can't imagine anyone not having Legolas by now, but if you do or don't, its still nice to get him here. Love this guy! -Bard the Bowman: The Aragorn of the Hobbit movies is at his best here, in my opinion. I very much like the blue Lake-town robes printed on him and Bilbo (in the Lonely Mountain). He has the same face as in Lake-town Chase, one serious and one angry. He's got that black Qui-Gon hair piece and his own bow and arrow. -Azog the Defiler: LEGO surprised me double by making him in two sets instead of one. This one is actually exclusive, as his head piece is printed with a shouting mouth instead of a closed one. Other than that, he is the same as in Dol Guldur. On a minor note, I would have honestly loved to see Bolg, since LEGO went so far as to make a second version of Azog, but I suppose its forgivable. I guess this means I can let Kili survive when I play with this stuff. -Gundabad Orcs: The standard thing, except for new face printing. More army building. OVERALL: I love this set and I totally recommend it. I have no cons. Its a very rare thing to have a set like this that so well matches the price and any minifigure from the other Hobbit sets. I urge you to buy it."
"So its been a while since I wrote a review but now that Christmas has come I've stocked up on the Hobbit 3 sets to complete my Middle-earth collection, and here we have the Dol Guldur set trilogy completed. DOL GULDUR FORTRESS PIECE: It's a small set which is really only valued for the minifigures, but here we have a little rock and tree piece anyway. It's little more than just that, but it features a rotating platform for the Witch-king as well as a catapult with fire bombs activated by a skeleton, which is at least a very original way to launch some missiles. Overall, its got a little playability, but the set is at its best worth joined with the other two Dol Guldur sets. MINIFIGURES: -Elrond: A different version than the one in the LOTR set. He has golden armor printed on his torso, and a smiling or serious face. He is armed with one of those gold Elven spear-swords. -Galadriel: The best part of this set. LEGO has really surprised me with these Dol Guldur sets, as its given us all of the White Council and Beorn, which I never would have imagined would be made. Galadriel is printed with her white robes and a blond elvish hair piece. She has a smiling face or a crazy powerful magic face. She comes with the Light of Earendil, which is basically a clear diamond piece and Samwise also has it in the LOTR Shelob set. A great minifigure. -The Witch-king of Angmar: The head Nazgul has revealed himself from under his more commonly recognized black robes in LEGO. He is the reason this set also goes well with Weathertop. He is printed with robes and a cape but is all white so that it gives the appearance he is ghostly. His head also glows green in the dark like some of the figs from those old Monster sets. He comes with an exclusive black crown piece and a black battle sword. OVERALL: Here is the final installment in Dol Guldur, and any and all of those sets are well worth it, especially for the minifigures. I would advise not to get just this one without having the other two, but its definitely a great set."