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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?