After hearing that the new SW sets were already available in German TRUs, I thought that the Swiss TRUs might have them as well so I went to the most nearby TRU last Saturday and as expected, there were plenty of them (apart from the Podracers set, which really annoys me as that's the one I wanted the most
). As I have to prepare my semester exams right now, I'm not able to do full reviews, so I do a mini review of all the sets instead
Let's start with 7956 Sith Nightspeeder (aka Dathomir Speeder):
I think it's a pretty weird looking speeder, mainly because of the huge part on the right (the two other parts can be taken off and be used as separate speeders, as can be seen on the following picture)
As you can imagine, the set contains a huge DSS, but fortunately also some printed parts (that is to say the smaller wedges). Three flick-fire missiles are included as well, but that shouldn't come as a surprise
Now the minifigs:
Because this set is obviously based on season 3 of TCW, Anakin has (finally) received a new torso. I like the new one a lot better because of the dark brown arms (which are a nice touch) and the less static looking robe; Asajj Ventress on the other hand still looks ugly. Anyway, the main attraction in the minifig sector isn't either of them, but rather the bad guy with the most subtle name of all time, Savage Oppress
As I've already mentioned in the SW thread, his headpiece is included twice, which is a nice bonus (though I'm not really sure what it could be used for apart from being kept as a replacement part). The body armor mould is the same as the CM hockey player one, except in black and with different printing. Overall, I really like this minifig I have to say, and his head looks a lot more threatening than the one his "brother" has to deal with
Next on our list: 7957 Ewok Attack
Another set with our favourite killer teddy bears and a perfect add-on for 8038 Battle of Endor. The tree is among the best I've seen lately, the colour scheme and parts choice fit perfectly IMO. The speeder bike is a nice inclusion, but I wonder why the'yre making so many different versions of it
By now we're getting a new one every year (at least since 2008)...
And here's the teddy gang:
How could you resist such cuteness? I know I can't
I really dig the new Ewoks, they go so well together with the other ones as you can see on the picture. The details on these figs are just stunning, especially those on Logray.
7959 Geonosian Starfighter
This set is a little pricey but still worth the money because of its cool minifigs and slick design. I also took some comparison pics as I happen to own the old 2003 version too:
I prefer the new version because of its sleek design and better accuracy. The cockpit on the new one is far superior too I have to say
As I've mentioned, the set also doesn't disappoint minifig-wise, Ki-Adi looks cool (the new mould and head are a controversial topic, but I like 'em anyway) and the new Geonosian looks a lot more like its movie/TV series counterpart than the old one did. The lack of wings is my only gripe here...
Let's proceed by taking a look at 7877 Naboo Fighter.
This one is part of a trio of remakes of 2007 sets (I think that's enough "ofs" in one sentence
), the other two being the SI and the Republic Frigate (which technically isn't a remake because it's not based on the same ship, but the similarity is striking). Again, I took some comparison shots, so decide for yourself which version you prefer:
Whereas the 2007 one contained a Vulture Droid (or Droid Fighter), the new one includes a newly-designed droideka and a carrier. The latter also includes flick-fire missiles... Seriously, these things are starting to pop up everywhere, I wonder how long it takes till we see the first minifig with build-in flick-fire missiles
Speaking of minifigs, here are the stars of this set:
All of them look great IMO, especially Ani and the printed BDs. I'm not sure whether I like the old or new droideka better, they both have their strengths, so maybe a mix between those two could be appropriate
7961 Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator
A very nice set I have to say and way better than the two previous versions. For one thing it's a lot bigger than it's predecessor and it also feels more accurate. Like the other versions it includes Maul's speeder and of course Maul himself, even though he doesn't look as menacing as he should. But that doesn's make him a bad minifig IMO
Qui-Gon, Padmé and Panaka are all awesome, and it's great to finally see Padmé again. Isn't it sad that there's been only two versions of her so far? It's 12 years since she's been seen in a Lego set, that gotta be a new record. It's really odd because after all, she's one of the main characters in both the PT and TCW... And it's rather ironic too, because in the show and the films she changes clothes every five seconds and so far we've seen only one outfit for her minifig counterpart
BTW, she's got the same double-sided head as Hermione, but that doesn't bother me since it fits really well
Next set: 7964 Republic Frigate
This one is almost a remake of 7665 Republic Cruiser (with emphasis on "almost"
). Once again, I prefer the new version, in this case I find the colour scheme more appealing as well as the minifig selection. You also get three of the new trans bright green lightsabers, which are in all ways superior to the old neon green ones.
The minifigs are amazing once again, the new clones are among the best we've seen so far (that's at least what I think) and it's good to see our small green friend again
Quinlan Vos finally has decided to show up in a set after he'd stood us up in January
Eeth Koth also looks great and it's nice to have two new Jedi to add to your collection, along with Ki-Adi. Now there aren't many important Jedi left to be released in sets...
And now the final set in this mini review (which turned out to be a little longer than originally planned
), 7965 Millennium Falcon. Again, I happen to own its non-UCS predecessor, and in comparison, I prefer 7965. The interior on the new one is a lot more accurate (e.g. the computer screens and the engine part) and so is the exterior. The front parts are a little longer and the colour scheme with bits of dark tan is also more appealing to me. We also get more figs than we did in 2004 (although C-3PO and R2 are both missing).
Too bad we don't get any new figs, but three redesigns do make up for that IMO. I didn't take pics of DV, Han and Obi because they're the same figs as before just with the new heads that were introduced last year. Luke and Leia on the other hand got new hair pieces and Luke a new double-sided head. Both hair pieces look far better than everything we've seen on their heads before and I'm glad we finally got an angry facial expression for one of the main protagonists
The training helmet also looks accurate and so does the droid (even though it's enormous, but it would be pretty hard to build a smaller one unless you use a printed minifig head). Leia's got Tamina's head, but that seems to be a genetical thing (at least Luke gets spared this time
I only have one complaint with this set: why has there to be flick-fire missiles beneath the ship? Sure they're a little hidden, but when you place the set on a shelf as I do, you can see them pretty easily (especially because they're red)
I now conclude my review by saying that I can highly recommend all of these sets, the new ones are great and the remakes or redesigns are all superior to their predecessors and the minifigs are simply wonderful (as always). If you're a strict OT fan, you only have two sets to get, but they're both worth it and there are still two TESB sets to come. If you like everything about SW (like I do
) there's a lot to choose from, so save up your money