"Here's the deal, the movie was awful but this is a fun update to the original/real GB Echo.
The first build was perfect, this is pretty good. it's not quite as cool of a build as the original, a lot of the detail aren't as neat, but overall it's very cool. And while the movie may have been the worst thing since Batman and Robin and the batnipple, this set is darn good and worthy of a place among your other GB sets."
"This set is so strange. I'll keep this short, it feels like a bunch of random $10-20 sets tossed together to justify a crazy price. Last year we got Endor's Ewok village which is what you should get for $250.
This set isn't even one full set. There's not a single part of it that is complete. If you spend another $400 on white bricks maybe you can make a set worth having out of this, but as it is, nothing is complete. It's lazy design work by Lego, and frustrating for a collector. Hoth is a chance for the set to end all sets, and this isn't what we deserve. There's few of the main figures, in fact if this had been a more figure strong kit we might just ignore the insane lack of actual value here.
Nothing is complete. Nothing. It's a random collection of fractions of scenes from Hoth most of which don't even include the heroes that were in that scene. If you really want a Hoth set track down via Amazon and eBay the past vastly better and complete sets. You can get most if not all of them for just a little more and all of them are better then this mess.
Value: The Sandcrawler is $300. The Deathstar is what, $350? The Ewok tree village $250. Any of these are more worth your time and money and won't leave you feeling cheated and sad. There's not even enough here to fill a small part of your table, let alone display. If you have every other Hoth set they've ever put out you can put a few of these parts to use, but not $250 worth.
I can't get over the lack of... Anything. I don't even know how to wrap this up other than to say, There's no excuse for this set."
At long last more Empire... But it's not perfect..
"First let me say, I'm afraid Lego isn't trying as hard as they were. The new TFA sets, this one... They're half a set. The Battle on Takodana set is just a gate, no ruins, no army, nothing to show us the epic battle that was one of the main scenes in the new film. This was also the case with the Hobbit set of Dale, it's the case with many of the new sets, a small set the almost gives us what we want... This set is sadly no exception.
Now, I love this set, it's the first Cloud city set in a very long time & it's the first Empire set in a good while as well. Empire is my favorite of the SW films, and I'm stoked to see a new set from the film, BUT this set has some HUGE flaws, it also has a few great wins.
The Good: The set look great on a shelf. It's colors really pop and even though it's wildly movie inaccurate, it looks good for the very small set that it is, it also gives us three new MFs none of which you can get in other sets & you get Han frozen. Which is fantastic!
The Bad: The stairs go up, not down like in the movie, it's so small there really isn't any playability, also taking away from the playability - they don't even include a blaster for Han. There's also only one Ugnaught so that limit's your playability there as well as we're unlikely to see more of these little guys anytime soon. The freeze also dips back rather than down, it's doesn't lower all the way either. You also can't get Frozen on off the stand without other pieces coming apart as well. This also leads to another issue... This isn't a stable build. I couldn't give this set to my godson, it would be in pieces.
For one of the most iconic scenes in the films... This set is very underwhelming. Huge missed opportunity here. This should have been on the scale of the Death Star battle we got last year, Darth Vader, Luke, Ugnaught's, Leia... Where are they? This is a great set for a older kid, or a less picky collector that wants it on their shelf, BUT it's another set I've built left feeling like Lego didn't want to commit. It isn't big enough to play with, it isn't stable enough either.
Minifigs: All look great, still no printing on the arms of Fett, but each time we get him he's better than the last. Han looks great but has no blaster (what up Lego??) the Ugnaught is great but comes with nothing and is the only one.
Frozen Han looks great.
Set: It's missing a lot, it's differs a great deal from what see in the movie and isn't as good as I was hoping. It does NOT live up to my excitement when I saw and bought the set, but it's better then never getting the Cloud City sets we've been begging for for years. Hopefully this is just a smaller set to pave the way for the bigger one later, but looking at the Hoth set coming out, I'd say Lego isn't as interested in giving us more fuller sets so much as more smaller sets the show "scenes" from the film.
I suppose we'll just have to see how this plays out. I've collected the SW lego sets for a very long time, I hope they continue to get better and we see more like the Sandcrawler and Death Star, or the X-Wing and Tie, and less little scenes leaving us wanting more. But for now... I'm just happy to have some Cloud City action!"
"Here's the deal, this is the only new army builder with everything to scale and that gives you the bang for your buck that the army builders are known for... BUT we're stuck with these new blasters, the ones that don't match the awesome blaster we get in the regular sets. I'm not against the new blaster, but we should get the scale molded ones as well. These blaster don't work in models, and look funky. Instead we have to buy the real blaster online (and the prices are going up since lego isn't putting them in these kits anymore).
Now for the set themselves, it's disappointing they don't have Battlefront packaging, since we all know these are from the game, but the MFs look great, the bike is the right scale, the value is on par with the other army sets from the last gen. We just need Lego to care about the blaster issue before we loose the goods ones in the bigger sets because they don't hear us collectors complain about these ones.
Bottom Line: Great set, just stupid blasters! Best of the new army blasters."
These packs are all about army building. So ask yourself, can you build an army with this pack? Sure. If you want a ton of two figures you'll have plenty of with the other TFA sets. We don't need the First Order Technician and a First Order Crew member 3-4 times over, which if you're building an army is what happens. So you're paying $13 for less then half what you really want in an army builder set.
The FA Stormtroopers all already in short supply with the TFA sets (You're other army builder , the transport comes with 2 STs with flamethrowers, some we see only briefly in the film, and not something we need 5-6 of, which is what we end up with if we buy 3-4 of these, which we would of course do if it would build the army we see in the film). So Here we get our chance to build the FA army we so very much want.... And Lego gave us two army mini figures & two guys we don't need a few dozens of. I was all set to buy 12 or more of this set, and even if it was only the Technician or Crew MF I probably still would. But as it stands, the Stormtroopers are really the only win here. There's a turbo laser turret, but unlike the Death Star gunner set, this gun isn't even close to scale with the Minifigures & build it isn't only not fun, it's over in less time then it takes you to sort out & put together the Minifigures.
The set isn't the worst, because it's all we have. But compared to the other army builders, it's hardly up to par with what we want & normally get from Lego. Much like a few of the other TFA sets, it shows a real lack of effort to give collectors a great set.
It's still your best option for building a army though, each FA trooper cost around $10 each on eBay. So paying $13 for two isn't as bad as that.
Bottom line: If you want a FA army, you don't have a choice. Just be prepared to either have a ton of two figures you don't need & can't sell or trade because no one else wants them either."
"The set isn't hard to build, it isn't very large, and much like the Hobbit Barrel Escape it'll require a lot of extra building if you want the full Cantina, BUT it's pretty awesome and it's a great update that was much needed.
My largest issue is.... The Mini figures and the land speeder. Whats here is wonderful. and great, but this is the cantina, a place full of aliens and a great opportunity for wild new minifies we've never had.... But instead it feels like it should have been two or even three sets cut down to one. The Landspeeder isn't as cool as other past versions, with stickers (which seems to be the new norm) rather then special bricks, and the Dew Back and Sandtrooper is really awesome but feels like it should be its own set with maybe a scene outside the cantina.
The whole thing just doesn't make a lot of sense, they have the bar - but no bartender, the band - but no stage, the hang out where some of the more odd aliens are drinking when we first see the cantina - but none of those aliens. We get Kenobi but not Ponda or the good Dr he fought with, this feels like a set that had a lot of compromises.
I would have rather seen a land speeder set update with Luke, Kenobi and the gang and the sand trooper with dewback and then a more complete cantina with some of the aliens this set is missing. All in all whats here is fine, if not a little high in price ( the finished set looks a lot smaller when built, I would have been happier if it were priced around $50 or even 60)
Hopefully there a cantina add on set like with Jabbas hangout, otherwise this is only half a set. The Bith are awesome, but with the other figures included it would've made more sense to have some of the aliens they interacted with, rather then just these guys. Ben cape is missing, and the Landspeeder redesign isn't nearly as nice as the old Walmart exclusive.
The Good: Redesigns of Luke (you can get him in the Sandcrawler as well), Kenobi (the face is a little to haggard looking to me, but it looks alright), the Bith look amazing, Han isn't new, he's in a couple other sets with this design, but he looks good and I think this is a redesign of Greedo which apart from the sleeves being completely screwed up and the color being way to bright is pretty good. The design of the updated Dewback is great, and hopefully we get an army builder with these new Sandtrooper designs because it's the best thing in the set when partnered with the dewback ( which is why they sell for $40 on ebay), the tower is nice as it gives you something to display with the redesigned LS outside the Cantina.
The Cantina itself isn't bad, its much smaller then I thought when completed, but if they ever put out extra minifies that are missing this will look great on a shelf. the ability to have the whole thing on a hinge is alright, makes it nice to display by itself.
Basically...... This set is just short of wonderful. It's fresh and a good redesign but missing all the things that made the cantina great. Hopefully we'll get aliens soon to fix this.
I would buy this again (and am doing so), and it's the best version of the set that's been released I think. These redesigns are pretty good and if you want the new Luke you have to go with either this or the $300 Sandcrawler. I'd give it 3.5/5 personally."
"All of the army builders are awesome. I love them, a few mini figures and a transport, gun or machine build, most of which seem like real sets you'd want and that add to your collection with being just some add on.
This is one of the best build wise, I love the walker, I'm pretty sure the troops aren't quite right, but they look good, and are a nice change from the regular troopers we get all the time. The biggest issue? These new blasters! They don't look good, they're fine for a kid that want a spring loaded whatever for shooting (till they loose it in 10 min) but for collectors they just don't look good. Line up your collection on a shelf, look at how awesome the blasters on all your stormtroopers, rebels, and hero look, then look at these. I've had to hit ebay to buy star wars weps to replace them. I'd much rather have had a new blaster then these things OR give us both. Then kids have these things, and us collectors have the ones that look good and go with our armies without having to go outside lego to get them."
"What others have said is true, it's not sound, it's easy to break and isn't the best for "playing"..... But once it's built it looks amazing. It's a frustrating build since you have to be very careful, and it's not ike Lego to build something so flimsy, esp not on a set like this off a kids show. But if you're an adult and can find it, this set is really worth your time. It looks great, has great figures, and is a necessary part of any TMNT fan collection. . . . Kids will love it, just don't think it's going to stay together. The first time it hits the carpet, they'll have a blown up Shellraiser."