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Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

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Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Staff » Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:46 pm

75036 - Full Set

Did you realize that battle packs have been around for seven years now?  I'm actually kind of scared to count how many of the things I've bought, because they're just easy. Even when a pack isn't all that great, sometimes it's just fun to crack open a set and build something (like that Assassin Droid battle pack from a few years ago). Of course, one of the biggest problems is that it's just been years since the promise of those original battle packs, with their regular rank-and-file Stormtroopers and Rebel Troopers, were the kind of thing you could buy a bunch of to build an army. 

This has been especially problematic with clone troopers and battle droids. Yes, there are some special colors and commanders, but in the movies, even in Episode III, it was all of the regular troops that were there to blast things and get shot. Sadly, we're still waiting, as both of the Episode III battle packs this year only include special troopers, Utapau 212th Clone Legion and the Kashyyyk Troopers under Gree and Yoda. So, orange and green, but no plain white in anything other than the Microfighters Clone Turbo Tank.

I wouldn't normally get (as) hung up on that fact if there wasn't a brand new Clone Trooper Phase 2 helmet, and suddenly, my colored troopers look different from everything else. I've mixed/matched before, but it'd be nice to have a better source of regular clones. Instead, we get the guys that tried to off one of the few competent Jedis (Obi-Wan), and not even the commander. But hey, it's a $13 set that gives us four troops and a droid, so it can't be all bad... right?



This is the second orange-colored trooper we've gotten (the last ones were in 7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack, which I always called "Ice Cream Clones"). The troops on Utapau actually did have orange marks on their armor. The reason for the markings were never really made clear, so I asusme it's either to prevent getting shot by other hunters or because they needed camouflage for hiding in a Home Depot.

75036 - Minifigs

There are two varieties of troopers, regular Clone troops and a couple of Airborne troopers. I'm  not exactly sure what makes them airborne, given that they don't have jet packs, parachutes, or glider wings, but you hey, why not. All of the troops feature new helmets, the regular clones the new Phase 2 helmet that is all over the early sets, and the Airborne ones with a new design entirely.

They also feature the new blasters, which shoot a 1x1 stud (in blue here), and come with plenty of extras. The action on the blaster is pretty good, but they're so big that they look weird (and not at all like a typical trooper weapons). For now, the blasters seem to be confined to battle packs, but I can see them showing up elsewhere.

75036 - 212th Clone Troopers

 

I actually dig these guys, and like the overall design a lot more than the Ice Cream Clone we had before. The printing of damaged armor adds a slight bit of flavor to it, and the general printing design fits well. I didn't bother to snap a picture of the head under the helmet, because that hasn't really changed, but the rest is all fairly new. The new helmet mold looks better than the original, overall, but I do have one knock on it: the chin reveals the flesh tone for the minifig head, and it tends to look incomplete. Since all of the figures include faces, I'm not sure there was a good solution to it, but it does look weird at first.

75036 - Airborne Troopers

Our airborne buddies feature a nice little skirt (yes, I still know it's called a kama, but skirt is funnier) in grey fabric. The cutout is weird, and it took a lot of practice to get it to align properly. I left the one on the right above off slightly, since that seems to be the natural position it wants to go unless you do a lot of tweaking.

The helmet here is a modified version of the clone helmet above, and looks more like a Mando / Stormtrooper fusion than anything. It's actually kind of cool, and I'd love to see one without the color printing put to great use as a mercenary helmet. One thing to note on all of the new helmets is the lack of peg notches to attach gear. The printing for these guys is likewise different, with shoulder pads and straps, presumably to attach the airborne stuff not included in the set...

75036 - Octuptarra Droid

Because LEGO doesn't make action figures, we also get a big droid, which Lego calls the "Octuptarra Tri-Droid." These were apparently seen in Episode III, but I can't remember it. Based on the screenshot I saw, it looks like they were in the hangers for part of the chase, so we're probably looking at an Imperial landing Ship sort of thing that exists on screen for a few seconds.

75036 - Octuptarra Droid Bottom

Outside of a breathtakingly silly name, it's a fairly simple little droid. It's just hinges for legs with some hinges on the bottom, and perhaps the most unwieldy weapon that's ever graced Star Wars. I mean, putting your missiles on a little stand like that is basically like designing your attack machines on the Ground Blooming Flower firework. I guess light, then get away?

75036 - Octuptarra Droid Dome

We do get some nice dark tan parts in here, notably the 1x4 curved slope and the smooth dome. There aren't a lot of parts to the droid, as the pack only comes in at 83 parts. It's a battle pack though, so it's not all that surprising. The droid itself isn't a bad little build, and it's nice to have utility to it to add to a battle pack.

There's not a whole lot more to add to this thing. We get three battle packs this year, and this one is probably in the middle for value. On sale, this becomes a great little set, but I don't see buying all that many at full price. It hits $10 or so, though, and you can't go wrong at filling in your 212th Battalion to try and execute Obi-Wan for riding a big lizard.

What I liked:

  • New troopers are a good addition to your Clone Army

  • Phase 2 helmets are improved and battle damage printing add some flavor

  • Droid gives some good utility for battlefields, and has some decent parts to it


What I didn't like

  • How can it be an Airborne Trooper if there's no indication of stuff to be in the air

  • Value is okay, but could have been improved with a few more parts

  • New blasters are interesting, but don't look quite right


Verdict: 3 out of 5. On a decent sale, this is a fine battle pack. You can order 75036 Utapau Troopers on Amazon.com. This set, and the rest of the early-2014 Star Wars sets are scheduled for release on March 1st.

75036 Box Art
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Qzak » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:04 pm

Found this set at Wal-Mart & TRU last week, along with some of the other new sets. I agree with you on the bulky new blasters, they just don't look right in the minifig's hand.
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Athos » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:55 pm

The helmets look too tall to me…

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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Fett_131 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:36 pm

I own the set and I love it. I believe the Octuptarra Droid is in a short scene on Mygeeto when Ki-Adi-Mundi is killed. I don't quite know why they put it in the Utapau set, but its sturdy.
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Avenged110 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:36 pm

Technically, those clones were paratroopers of the 2nd Airborne Company and didn't wear any special paraphernalia. Their armor and training was just specialized to allow for "high-altitude" deployment. How a kama is optimized for high-altitude drops, I will never know. Also, I believe those Tri-Droids were present along with the crab droids in the battle of Utapau.

I had to say it haha. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to finding this set at any of my local stores because I've been waiting quite a while for it. I've always wanted to build the 212th.
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Gingerbeard Man » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:03 am

This may seem a silly question - what kind of box did yours come in?

Last week I got 75034 and 75036 from amazon.de, as they happened to be a few Euros down and I was placing an order anyway. When they arrived on Friday I was surprised that 75036 came in the "cereal box" type packaging, with taped-down flaps at both ends. 75034 was the usual "thumb punch" style with plenty of rock solid glue making it difficult to open.

On Saturday I checked the local toy store in town - every single one of the three battle packs was in a regular old box.

Ever since it was introduced some years ago I've only seen the new box style used on large sets. Even most mid-size sets still have the glued boxes.

Has anybody else got one of the new battle pack in a taped box?
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby dWhisper » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:29 am

Pretty sure they were punch-back boxes, but I honestly do not remember and don't have them around anymore. I don't save boxes for most sets (only really big ones like UCS or my modulars).
If the above post didn't offend you, you're probably reading it wrong.
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Re: Review: 75036 Utapau Troopers

Postby Gingerbeard Man » Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:03 am

I wonder if Lego is in the process of changing their packaging for smaller sets and this happens to be one from the new batch. It seems strange to have two different boxes for the same set at the time it is released.

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Also noticed that both 75036 Utapau Troopers and 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers do not have the Star Wars logo on the side flaps, even the regular punch-back boxes.

Edit: I've figured out why there is no Star Wars logo on the side of 75036:
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Utapau Troopers have small balls

The text of the health warning is longer. On most sets, including the Death Star Troopers, it reads "Warning! Choking hazard. Small parts." On the Utapau Troopers box (and the Microfighter X-wing) it reads "Warning! Choking hazard. Small parts and small balls." No idea which particular Lego piece makes this addition necessary.
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