"Unfortunately, I do not own the previous version that appeared in 2009, but I do own this. I have had this since it first appeared on shelves back in 2013 and enjoy the build to this day. The upcoming homing spider droid set coming this year, 2016, seems to have almost the exact same build, which makes the current set reviewed, a solid build. The figures are great with a brand new jedi and the new Phase I clone trooper. The build's head is more spherical than the past one and is altogether stable. The dwarf spider droid is a great upgrade from the past hailfire droid set from 2008 (I own that one) and the color makes more sense (gray instead of brown).
Pros: -Great Figures (4 Total) -Great upgrade of homing spider droid -Great upgrade of dwarf spider droid -Price is worth piece count
Cons: -Gun on the bottom continuously falls off and is loose -The legs, when on a flat surface, wobble and will not hold form"
"So, this is me in 2016, 5 years after I got this. I have finally come around to write the review, and my opinions on the set haven't changed. The set is great! It has all the features that a collector wants! It has the figures, the size, exclusive stickers/pieces, and the detail. The ship gets 4 legs that you can fold nice and snug and has 2 main compartment flaps. The flaps provide a play feature into both the engine room and the holocron room. The engine room comes with some crates for tools and with 3 bombs. The holocron room comes with the first ever holocron (it's printed). The cockpit has enough room for a pilot, and behind it, there are storage compartments that you can access by simply taking off the hood pieces. The back comes with a gunner post that reveals a place for a gunner. In the center, there is a handle that seems to be not enough for the ship, but surprisingly holds. Out of one of the compartments, there is a lever. You can pull on it and out drops the 3 bombs.
Now the to the pros and the cons.
Pros: -Commander Wolfe figure is great. The head printing is marvelous. -The wolfpack trooper, exclusive to the set, is a perfect addition. -Quinlan Vos and Eeth Koth are another 2 great additions, exclusive to the set. - Yoda, well he is just Yoda. Nothing special here, except on the back. He has a different color hoodie than the rest I have, so that is a bonus. -The set has great details made from bricks alone. -Great for $120
Cons: -The stickers... they make up for most of the detailed bricks. -Rather of a complex build, the instructions do not help at all with the colors present in the build."
"This is a neat set. It has been out since 2014, but only got the chance to get it now because I am collecting all the battle packs and figured might as well since it IS on clearance right now. It has 4 separatists and 1 clone, which completely sells it. The BARC Speeder is a nice addition, although not completely accurate because of the spring-loaded fire missile. It does have stickers, which is kind of a let-down, but otherwise it serves it justice. The STAP Speeder is just an average STAP that you get in any other set, this one in returning to blue, unlike in the past years. The Battle scene is well-detailed and seems to fit well as an add-on to the set. The figures come with stands, which in my opinion, is about time. The droids needed something like this for years, especially on hard surfaces.
Now to the pros, and the cons.
Pros: -Figures (5 total) -New BARC Trooper is great. Well printed. -The whole set has 3 components (bikes and environment)
Cons: -Stickers -I am not a fan of the spring-loaded shooters, but this is meant to entertain, after all."
"Overall, the set is great. It is very well made and the instructions were fairly simple to follow. The transitions from the red to the black bricks are well done and looks accurate to the TIE Fighter we see in the movie. The three newly added tops are well printed and makes the set feel more finished than other TIE predecessors. This is a larger TIE than the ones seen in the past, mainly in the middle. The spring-loaded missiles are hidden and add a bonus in play features. It is easy to store for people who don't have as much space (like me) because of the nice feature they added. You are able to separate the wings and turn the fighter into 3 separate pieces.
The figures are well-made and are a great addition to the set. The TIE fighter pilots are accurate and the flexible air tube is a great feature that will make the pilots a great addition to anyone's collections.
Now to the pros (and the cons):
Pros: -Figures are great -TIE Fighter is sturdy -Well-made -Spring-loaded missiles -Easy to store -Printed Pieces
Cons: -PRICE is ridiculous at $69.99 ($70 is what they are trying to say). -The TIE Pilots, although well-made, are not accurate. A special Forces TIE Pilot has red stripes on the helmets (you can see this in the second trailer and movie)
That is really it. The only true drag is the price. I got this for $56.99 at Costco which helped A LOT. I would have never seen myself spend $70 for this (although I said the same thing for the Death Star...only pricier.)
Still, a great addition to any collector's collection."
"The set first was on shelves back in 2008. Ever since then, I have always wanted it. 7 years later, it managed to pull out this long along with me, and I finally had the opportunity to get it. The set is amazing with great detail on the interior but lack on the exterior. The interior makes it special because each room is accessible by either going through the one prior or by using the elevator. Unlike other sets where you have to imagine that they magically got up there. The set is HUGE and just by opening Box 1, you already have at least 800 pieces dumped in front of you, and you think to yourself that there is still 3 more boxes! The figures, although older, are great with the set (old figures rock!) and enables you to recreate iconic scenes from the film. The set is a great model to be displayed even though it is a model meant to be played with.
As you begin from bottom up, the levels just keep on getting better and better and even more challenging. To add on to the challenge of building 3.8k pieces, the dark grey and black was tough at times to differentiate in the instruction book. After all the hard work the rooms are great and is amazing how the design team was able to fit all the scenes in and have them connect flawlessly. Some rooms are from different films (episode 4 or 6) yet are well incorporated. The set with the new battle packs from a year ago (Death Star Troopers) go hand-in-hand with this, and over the years I was fortunate to have collected several imperial troopers to add-on to the set."
"The set I got back when it came out. It is a great add-on to the newer Jabba Series and has new and detailed minifigures. Boba Fett is brand new with the leg printings and new scarf. Kithaba and Lando Calrissian are new and have new detailed printings. The skiff itself is very sturdy and better looking than the older two. The Sarlacc can hold a figure and although is not to scale, it is great. The set is a great to have and well worth the money!"
"The set I bought back in fall of 2013. The set is great add-on to the palace. The pit in the palace directly opens up to the pit. The pit itself is fairly small in space but has just about enough room to fit the rancor and the prey. The figures in this set are great. We see another Gamorrean Guard and Malakili figure is hysterical because of the tear face on the other side of the face. The Luke figure is the same build as the Skiff, yet this one has a smile. Luke (I don't see it anywhere) never smiles in the pit. The Rancor is beautiful and well built, although not to minifigure scale. This set, like the palace, has figures to make up for the price."
"I have had Jabba's Palace since Christmas 2012 and this set is great. The overall price for the pieces total and the size of the set when built is not worth $120, but the minifgures...they make up for the price. Salacious B. Crumb, Gamorrean Guard and Jabba have brand new minifigure molds and Boussh, Bib Fortuna, and Twi'lek dancer are brand new figures. The set has neat hidden functions like the missle on the roof plate and the throne that slides out to show a fire and storage room. Along with the Rancor Pit, this set is complete. The ultimate minifigure collecting set (besides the Death Star) in a while."
"This set is AMAZING compared to it's price. It well over 10 cents per piece. It is a great set that gets your nostalgia back. The old set was not so good and it was not as detailed as this.
Pros: -Great Minifigures -Tusken Raider is amazing and if they add more features to it, you can't call it LEGO anymore. -Very sturdy build, wings are strong, you have to be trying to destroy it to destroy it. -Great looking gun and front.
Cons: -Womp Rat is just a regular rat. Too bad they couldn't use a new mold for it because womp rats dont look like rats at all. -Could have had a better looking back, it looks so plain.
Overall GET THIS SET. It is great and you will remember this forever. (If you are a Star Wars fan). Even though you only see this ship for a couple of seconds and it isn't even in full size but as a model, it is great."
"The set itself is decent. It is out of proportion to the regular Star Wars Troop Transport but since this is a battle pack, this is great. It features a cool flick fire missile that is once again back, along with those ugly hand guns. The vehicle is good because you can store everything that comes with the set into it. No storage worries. Neat set overall. Great army builder set for stormtoopers in 7 years, despite them being "Rebels" stormtroopers!
Pros: - 4 Stormtoopers! - Detailed despite its size! - Compact - Worth 10 cents per piece!
Cons: - Dumb guns again - Stormtoopers have the episode 2-3 clone heads. Stormtroopers need to get the 2012 new heads!