LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Set Thoughts (LEGO Blog)

Yesterday, LEGO released 5 new LEGO sets for LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary. When I first saw these sets I was in love with them, but at a closer look, I am no longer as excited. In this blog post, I will review the new sets and share my thoughts.

Hoth Snowspeeder

The Hoth Snowspeeder is a fantastic build and LEGO seemed to perfect the design. But even as I first looked at the set, I wondered why are we getting another snowspeeder. We have gotten 4-5 Hoth Snowspeeders in just the last 6 years. It doesn’t make sense why they would make another one, as the previous versions of the speeder were perfect. If you don’t have one this one already, this is a fantastic opportunity to purchase one now. However, if you already have one, there is no need to update at this time. As for the 3 rebel figures, they are cool. There is nothing to really say about them since there’s nothing new.

Imperial Dropship

The Imperial Dropship is a remake from 2007. The sole purpose of the ship is to transport figures, which this set looks to do very well. In my opinion it looks pretty ugly, but lots of people seem to like it. As for why LEGO decided to choose this ship for the 20th Anniversary baffles me as the ship wasn’t in any Star Wars movies. It makes zero sense that it is in this collection. Also, while the majority of the LEGO community does not like the new Stormtrooper helmets, I like them a lot because it represents the helmets shown in the movie more accurately. We also get a Shadow Trooper which is nice.

Slave One

Slave One is one of two of the sets that make sense to be in the anniversary collection. (The other one being the Podracer) It is an iconic ship from the original trilogy and it deserved more screen time. The set itself looks really awesome. It appears to look bulky, but personally I don’t mind. All of the figures look great. The only thing I would have added was a Bossk minifgure.

AT-RT

The AT-RT walker looks awesome. It is extremely similar to the 2013 AT-RT Clone Wars walker. The small spider droid looks really cool from the image. The Wookie’s Turret also looks amazing. The Wookie appears to look like Chewbacca but you can’t really tell from this picture. The set also comes with a Kashyyyk Trooper and Battle Droid.

Podracer

The Podracer is so cool! It has been a really long time since we have gotten one. A lot of fans didn’t really like the Podracing scene, but personally I liked it a lot. The Podracer looks perfect. From the engines to the drivers seat it looks very cool. As for the figures, I am not a fan of young Anakin’s face. It does not represent any facial expressions from the movie. Padmé looks nice though. They used medium sized legs which I have never seen before, so that is different. Personally I didn’t mind the regular sized legs but I like it.

Anniversary Figures

I am a little disappointed in the Anniversary figures. On the back printing of the figures it says “20 Years LEGO Star Wars”. In my opinion, that was completely unnecessary as there is already printing on the figure stand and there was no need to add it a second time. Also, it decreases the value of the figures. I would have rather had the original back printing.

Back Printing

Overall the sets themselves are great, but the choices of the sets they choose to put in this collection were awful. They should have had 6 iconic sets, one from each original movie. The could have also traded Lando Calrissian with the original R2-D2 and C-3PO. I would have liked LEGO to somehow figure out how to incorporate an original Chewbacca in the collection. Let me know your thought on the sets below. Do you love them? Hate Them? Which one are you most excited for?

LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing 75172 Set Review

Set Name: LEGO Star Wars Rebel Y-Wing Star Fighter
Set Number: 75172
Pieces: 691
Minifigures: 5
Release Date: January 1, 2017

Hello Everyone! Today we will be looking at the 2017 Rebel Y-Wing which is based off of the Star Wars Rogue One Movie. I must say this set is really nice. It comes with 5 solid minifigures, a crane, and a super detailed Y-Wing.

Lets begin with the minifigures. Admiral Raddus is in a blue jump suit and has the perfect amount of front and back printing. His face is really cool as the facial features do a great job showing his age. Overall he is an amazing figure. The Stormtrooper is just a generic Stormtrooper. Personally it’s my favorite version LEGO has done. It looks extremely similar to the ones in the movies which is nice.

Moroff is a unique figure. He was briefly seen on the Holy City of Jedha for a few seconds but it’s cool we got him as a figure. On a flat surface, it’s a bit difficult to have him stand up due to the weight of his backpack. He has lots of detailed printing. Although I love the Moroff figure, I would have liked LEGO to add a long overdue Mon Montha. It has been a while since we have seen her and she had much more screen time then Moroff. The Astromech Droid is just a droid, there is nothing really special about the Droid. The Pilot is also the generic LEGO Pilot. Since the set comes with all male figures, I would have liked the pilot to have been female. Overall the figures are solid, detailed and a great addition to a LEGO minifigure collection.

The set comes with a yellow crane that loads missiles and bombs. It’s a pretty cool play feature, although the crane part is a bit hard to maneuver, but it serves its purpose.

Building the Y-Wing was a blast! The ship has a ton detail. It has two spring-loaded missile launchers and an area to drop bombs using a black gear. I would have liked to have seen a bit more yellow throughout the ship. Using the Battle Droid body piece on the sides of the ship shows a great use of pieces. I appreciate how the engines are symmetrical and easily detachable. I am also thankful that LEGO did not add stud shooters because I always accidentally press the flicker.

I wish LEGO would have added a way to attach the figures weapons within the ship, then they won’t get lost or have to carry them when playing. The ship has landing gear that can be put up when flying which is always nice to see on large ships like this one. The bombing feature is really cool and one of my favorite parts. Just by twisting the gear you can drop up to three missiles at once. It’s super easy to function and reload you missiles.

Overall this is an amazing set. I would highly recommend. It is definitely an improvement from the previous Y-Wings LEGO has release. I would give the set a 10/10

LEGO City Mobile Command Center 60139

Hey everyone, this is my first LEGO City review. This is an awesome set. It’s mainly for playability but looks great displayed. The last time LEGO created a mobile police command was in 2007, (set 7743) and this is a huge improvement. Everything is updated, the minifigures, vehicles and features.

Set Name: LEGO City Mobile Command Center
Set Number: 60139

Pieces: 374
Minifigures: 4 plus 1 dog
Price: $39.99
Release Date: January 1, 2017

One cool thing that LEGO started doing the past couple years is creating female characters. In this set we have 2 male and 2 female characters. The first male officer is just the new generic figure, the only thing I would add to him is a few more tools on his belt. He has a walkie talkie, but it would be cool if he had a flashlight or handcuffs printed on. The female motorcycle rider is super cool. Her jacket has lots of detail. One thing I would add is a police logo on her helmet.

The male crook is pretty unique. He has a nice curved mustache which we haven’t really seen before. The female crook is okay, her torso looks off, the red tie does not look like a tie and I’m not a fan of the gray jumpsuit. The dog is the same style dog LEGO has used for years. By now I would have expected some different color and style dogs.

The red 4-wheeler is pretty basic, not much to say about it besides the fact that I wish the dark gray chain could wrap around something so you could drive the vehicle around without it dragging. Without the chain attached, it’s a nice strong vehicle to have fun driving around. The motorcycle is definitely an improvement from the past versions. You can put some police equipment on the sides so the figure can be prepared wherever they drive. When a figure is placed on the motorcycle they are perfectly slanted so they are not too far down or too far up.

Now for the main mobile command truck. The tailor can unhook from the front of the truck. The truck has a jail cell, computer area and an area to hold a motorcycle. I love the front part of the truck with the detailed black grate in the front and the black side mirrors. However, I do wish LEGO made a custom piece making the the side mirrors look more realistic and not look super bulky and big. Between the front and trailer of the truck is some extra space where they added traffic cones. I think this is a great use of extra space and makes it especially easy to detach the trailer from the front.

Moving on to the trailer part of the truck. The jail cell is very spacious, it can fit up to 3 minifigures. The satellite on top could have been a little more complex. The middle part of the trailer folds up which is neat. Inside is a computer with a baby screen and some detailed police notes on the two white walls. The end has a spot for the motorcycle and it has a ramp to swiftly leave the truck. The motorcycle can detach by a 2×2 flat plate with a stud in the center. On the truck, I would have liked to have seen some more police stickers, specifically on the back and sides towards the end. I also would have liked to seen a license plate sticker since it is a vehicle.

Great set. Lots of play features and you can be creative with the storyline. Given this set is over 10 years old, it was due for a major upgrade from the 2007 model and I think LEGO delivered. I rate this set a 9/10. I created a LEGO stop motion with this set, please check out my YouTube channel https://youtu.be/5lPy–A6A-M and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear what your favorite minifigure is in the comment section.

LEGO Star Wars Inferno Squad Battle Pack 75226 Review

Hey Everyone, this is my first review of the new wave of the LEGO Star Wars 2019 winter set wave. And I must say this is one of my favorite sets from this wave. It’s also one of my favorite battle packs LEGO has ever created. This LEGO set is based off of the Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) video game. As I’m not familiar with the videogame, this review is based purely on the set.

Set Name: Inferno Squad Battle Pack
Set Number: 75226
Pieces: 118
Minifigures: 4
Price: $14.99
Release Date: January 1, 2019

As usual, we get 4 minifigures in this battle pack. The first thing I notice when I look at them is the amount of detail they have on their armor. Both the back and front of the body have printing, as well as the legs and helmet. This set also has a wide variety of weapons; 3 different weapons for 4 minifigures, which is really cool. This is also the second female Stormtrooper LEGO has created since Captain Phasma was introduced, so that’s neat. Her name is Iden Versio, she does not come with a helmet and her face is two-sided which is rare for a battle pack set.

The other 3 troopers are male and they all have different faces. The Troopers have Imperial pilot helmets. The helmets don’t cover the entire head, so the back of their heads are unprotected. I wish LEGO covered the entire head so it would look better. One of my favorite parts of the minifigures is that they come with 2 gear belts that are able to go between the legs and body giving it an authentic look. The best part is the gear belts don’t affect the figures ability to sit down, so you can keep the belt on when they are flying the Speeder.

The Speeder is one of my favorite LEGO has ever created. It comes with 4 canons and two flick-fire studs. It looks fast and sleek with the color choice and wing placement. Behind the seat there are two open gray studs, I would have liked to have seen a 1 x 1 slanted triangle piece to cover it up.

Overall this set is amazing. I highly recommend picking this one up. It’s definitely a 10/10 Battle Pack and in my top 5 favorite Battle Packs of all times.

Inferno Squad Battle Pack
Speeder
Inferno Squad With Weapons and Helmets
Inferno Squad Without Weapons and Helmets


LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Hut 75208 Review

Amazing display!! It looks great on my display shelf. But the play functionality does not measure up to its looks. In this blog post I will be reviewing Yoda’s Hut from Empire Strikes Back. I hope you enjoy!

Set Name: Yoda’s Hut
Set Number: 75208
Pieces: 229
Minifigures: 3
Retail Price: $30.00
Release Date: August 1, 2018

I really like this set. It has lots of details and play features. If you’re getting this set just to display it then it’s absolutely perfect. For play use, the inside of the hut is very cramped. Lets get right into the review so I can give you my detailed opinion in the set.

The Yoda minifigure is just plain amazing. His design is simple which is what I look for. His ropes look old, just like the movie; and they are printed so clearly. It looks a lot like the Yoda we saw in Empire Strikes Back. The rubber head piece has so much detail which shows his age. Luke Skywalker is also done very well. I like how he has two faces, anger and concentration; which are the two emotions he felt during his training with Master Yoda. The only thing I would like to see is some mud printing on his clothing to give it extra detail. I am a little disappointed with the muddy R2-D2. I wish LEGO added mud printing to the legs and back of the body, along with droid printing on the back. It looks incomplete.

The Hut has many play features. Luke can swing from ropes, use the force and leap through the air. However, as stated earlier, the playability just isn’t there. For display, the set is great. It has a small design but has powerful looks. Inside the hut is really busy. If they added a stud or two to the width it would have made a huge difference, the characters would have much more room to maneuver around. I love how Yoda’s bed can be put up against the wall and how under the table in the middle of the hut there is a secret compartment making a great use of space. The fire-pit and pot look great, it is nicely done.

Moving on to outside the Hut. I have really nothing constructive to say about it, besides the fact that I think they should have added some more green pieces to to hut. I love the roof and the smoke.

Overall the set is pretty cool. I have it displayed on a shelf and it looks nice next to my other sets. I would give this set a 6.5/10 due to the lack of strong play features, but besides that it is a cool set to have for your collection.

Yoda’s Hut

Back of Yoda’s Hut

Yoda on Luke’s Back
Luke Skywalker (angry and concentration)
Muddy R2-D2 (Front and Back)
Inside Yoda’s Hut (1)
Inside Yoda’s Hut (2)

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Happy New Year!! New 2019 LEGO Star Wars Winter Sets!!

Happy New Year everyone, hope you all have a great 2019. The new LEGO Star Wars sets hit the stores today. At a first glance I am not sure how I feel about this wave. The new AT-AP and Droid Gunship look very similar to the winter 2014 models. Instead of these sets, I would have rather gotten a long overdue Battle of Endor (8038) or a larger version of the Revenge of the Sith Vulture Droid. In this post I will go through each set and give a short blurb on my opinions of the sets, as well as a rating.

Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack (75225)
Amazing! We get 3 Praetorian Guards. The concept of the training arena is a cool concept which we have not seen in the LEGO Star Wars sets. You also get a black Imperial Droid which is kind of like a bonus figure since we normally get 4 mini figures. I give this a 9/10 and look forward to selling this set on my eBay page. Make sure to follow my socials so you can be the first to get them.

Death Star Escape (75229)
Very cool. I am looking forward to picking up this set. We have seen the 3 minifigures before, but they are still nice. What’s unique about this set is the structure can open and close so Luke and Leia can swing to safety. 8.5/10

Droid Gunship (75223)
This set is great, however we have seen a similar model in the winter 2014 wave. They did some touching up to the design to make it look cleaner, but it’s just to similar to the previous model. The best part about this set is the 2 new Kashyyyk Battle Droids. I am excited to get a new version of them after many years. It terms of the set itself it’s a 7/10, mainly because it’s so similar to the 2014 droid gunship.

Tie Fighter Attack (75237)
This is one of the first Star Wars sets in the LEGO juniors series. I like it, It’s a great way for younger future builders to become confident and explore their creativity. Overall It’s a cool set, the playability looks strong. 9/10

Rebel A-Wing (75247)
This is an okay set. It’s apart of the LEGO Juniors series. The A-Wing looks a bit boxy. The thing that really bothers me is the 3 open gray studs on the front sides of the ship, it looks off. But the minifigures make up for the poor A-Wing design. 5/10

Inferno Squad Battle Pack (75226)
When I look at this set I see a skilled team of elite soldiers. This set is from the Star Wars Battlefront video game. The minifigure printing looks very detailed. In my opinion, the speeder is the best battle pack vehicle we have ever gotten. It looks clean and fast. I will also be selling this set on my eBay page very soon. I give this set a 10/10.

AT-AP Walker (75234)
This set is extremely similar to its winter 2014 model, just like the Droid Gunship. The playability of the set is strong. The top canon can rotate and you can put minifigures in the center body. Chewbacca, Commander Gree and the Kashyyyk Trooper are pretty much the same as the 2014 figures. Besides the fact that it looks just like to 2014 model, the set seems awesome. 6.5/10

X-Wing Starfighter Trench Run (75235)
The turret in this set looks awesome. The X-Wing has a lot of white pieces and not a lot of grey pieces which seems unrealistic based on A New Hope movie. The sides where the pilot sits looks weird because it is exposed. Lots of people are not happy with the new Stormtrooper helmet design because you cannot move the helmet 360 degrees. I do however love the design of the new Stormtrooper helmet. This set retails for $29.99 on lego.com and the set only has 132 pieces. This set seems extremely overpriced, at most, I would expect it to cost $19.99. The piece to price ratio just doesn’t make the set worth it. I give this set a 3/10.

Escape Pod vs. Dewback Microfighter (75228)
This is by far my favorite Microfighter set ever! The Escape Pod and Dewback are designed so well. Normally, in dual micro fighter packs, we get 2 minifigures, but here we get 3, which seems like a bonus for the price. The Sandtrooper is very detailed and has lots of interchangeable equipment. This set is great for playability and display. I think that it is very cool that they designed the escape pod to fit both R2-D2 and C-3PO. This is my favorite set in the new wave and I give this set a 10/10

Naboo Starfighter (75223) and Sith Infiltrator Microfighters (75224)
I’m combining these two sets because in my opinion they are pretty much the same. They are great models and it seems strange to me that we haven’t seen these in previous series’. There’s not much to say about them, they are solid simple models. Both sets are a 6.5/10.

After studying these set from the online photos, there are a few sets I’m excited to add to my collection. Overall, I would give the entire wave a rating of 6/10. Happy New Year everyone! Lets make 2019 a creative year. Let me know what you think about the sets, which ones are you favorites?

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