This set contains 890 pieces, 12 minifigs, 6 computer screen/control panel prints (no stickers), comes in a tear-at-the-corners-and-flip-up-the-top box with a lot of air
, with two instruction booklets (84/62 pages). The parts-bags are numbered one too three
, which makes sense with this piececount as it is a great playset and I'm sure a lot of kids will be building it.Bag 1: Minifigs and accessories
- Chewbacca, Han Solo, 2 Scouts as in ealier sets.
- Imperial trooper, R2-D2 (silver head) as in 10188.
- 2 Rebel Commandos and princess Leia, all three come with new torso prints. Leia also has a new hairdo (mine came with a hole in the middle, so I bet there will be a new Leia keychain later on, but LEGO is sending a replacement.) plus the rebels have different faces. I think the bearded one is completely new and the other is the same as D.V.'s apprentice from set 7672 Rogue Shadow. The Rebels' helmets have some nice details, really like them, just hope they don't lose any of their clutching power over time. Their backpacks are dark green tooth parts, looks o.k.
- The Ewoks: Palpoo, Wicket, Chief Chirpa. Their heads are molded very well, good details, and the facial colorings (lips, nose, eyes, decorations on the head scarves) really jump out. The eyes, as others have mentioned, are actually a little creepy and make them look a little evil in my opinion, other than that they're great new figures. Plus Chief Chirpa has a neat little staff.
- The catapult is simple but quite sturdy, and it flings those stones right across the room. I'd say LEGO's best mini-catapult to date. It has clips for the spear and bow as well, so if they're not being held they won' get lost.
- The speeder bikes are as in set 7676 CW Gunship, except they added a 2x3 plate where the backpack is attached, so ther's a 2x2 space where you can seat a second figure.
- The glider's body is much sleeker than in the old ewok attack, and holds up very well. A barrel is held in place by a clipped on droid arm, so when flying around you won't lose your ammo. I like the form of the new wings, which are made out of that stiff cloth material. It comes with a clear translucent stand which works fine.Bag 2: AT-ST
I believe this is LEGO's best AT-ST to date. The proportions are close to the real thing, and it looks good from all sides, not at all chunky or blocky. Nice mixture of parts: technic, wings, tiles, clip-hinges (?sorry, don't know a better term?) and parts for detailing. It comes with a flickfire, surprisingly the head didn't fall apart when flicking, but I'm not a fan of them. The head attaches to the rest of the body with a 'round turret swivel plate', which unluckily offers no resistance so the head can swivel around all on its own. Once I got it all together and standing, it was pretty wobbily, but it hasn't fallen over yet...The legs move in opposite directions by turning a cog at the back, I have to say I think it looks quite ridiculous, but also absolutely hilarious (reminds me of Monty Python's 'Ministry of Silly Walks' - check it out on youtube, I think it's very funny), but it's also a nifty technic build. To use this function you have to lift the AT-ST up in the air and hold it by its head and turn the cog, and I was happily surprised as it didn't fall apart while walking it, so the model is sturdier than it first appeared to me. The one thing missing in my opinion is a computer print for inside the cockpit, all you get is a plain sloping 2x2 brick. I like it. But when it ends up in battle, the wobbliness will be it's weak point.Bag 3: The bunker
The build is not too complcated, except for the spring-release function (four shock-absorbers are used) used for blowing out the four corner side panels, which is triggered by pressing down the round plates on the roof. It works very well, good job LEGO! The rest of the side panels are just inserted into the bunker frame, so you can knock those out by hand as well if you want to blow it all up
. The bunker doors are opened by turning two seperate cogs, so you have to open them seperately or use both hands, a shame as I think it would look cooler with both doors sliding open at the same time by using only one cog - minor complaint, buildwise probably difficult to accomplish.
You get a whole bunch of sloping/inverted sloping bricks for the bunker, plus some nice dark green plates, and SIX prints for the command center (so why not for the AT-ST, LEGO?) and the field generator is built with four orange cones, so the interior is a little too sparse for me, but then again the fun is in adding them oneself. The two side walls can be opened out, which I always like because you get to change the scene around. They lock into position by clipping onto the inside front wall, and when I tried to open them out I pulled the wall to pieces. Other than that I'm very pleased with the bunker. It's fun, and looks good.Summary:
This is a really fun playset, so if you don't want your kids blowing it up all the time when you're not blowing it up
, you better put it out of reach. Great minifigs, those ewoks are special, and the rebels look awesome. For playing and/or collecting I really reccomend it, and it was a fun build.