10195 Republic Dropship with AT-OT by DunamisSet: 10195Parts: 1,758 PiecesPrice: $249.99 from The LEGO Store, Glendale, CaliforniaBuild time: About 3.5 hours totalStickers: 1 sheet with lots of stickers (I stopped counting after 20 something)
(EDIT: Sorry, I had a bunch of images in the post. I replaced them with links to my brickshelf folder)
Thank goodness LEGO didn’t name this thing LAAT/c with AT-OT. I had a hard enough time calling the LEGO store and asking if they had the Dropship with AT-OT. Oh well, I still managed to communicate what I wanted over the phone and it turns out the set was released to the LEGO stores early so all was good.
Enclosed in perhaps the largest non-UCS set box ever comes not one but TWO nifty Clone Wars sets. The LEGO Group shocking everyone with the surprise announcement earlier this year has brought us both an air and ground vehicle in the same set. Perhaps even more shocking was the $250 USD price tag for 1,758 pieces and only eight minifigs. Will the set deliver $250 worth of LEGO goodness or will fans be asking the government for another bailout to dig us out of this mess? Let’s take a look…The Box:
Typical Clone Wars LEGO set marketing with nothing special other than the gigantic size. Minifigs are listed on the side and there are plenty of photos on vast space on the back of the box.
Here is the front and back of the box:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-01.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-02.jpg
Here are the contents that came inside - 23 bags, three manuals and a sticker sheet:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-03.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-04.jpg
Note that the bags are numbered one for the AT-OT (there are 10) and two for the dropship (there are 12) plus one bag that is not numbered which is designed to confuse you (actually it is used on the dropship).
Yes, the dreaded sticker sheet:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-05.jpgThe Manual:
The three manuals are surprisingly thick. I realized why during the build. Many of the steps take a complete page and sometimes both pages to show the model or image. This leads to an increased number of pages required.
I have not seen the online version yet but I assume one is available (or soon will be).
Color separation was fine this time and the manuals sported all the usual features:
• Piece call outs for each step
• Parts inventory at the end of the manual
• Page numbersThe Pieces:
We’ve got a nice assortment of bricks, plates and a fair assortment of Technic parts. Colors range in the grey (light and dark), white and dark red.
There are a few printed pieces such as the little radar dish piece that goes on the leg of the AT-OT (eight of those), but otherwise be prepared to bust out your sticker applying skills (you will need them)…
How about the minifigs? Well, here comes the rub…
For a set this size and cost most would assume we would either get some unique minifigs or a bunch of minifigs. What we get is two Clone Pilots and six Clone Troopers. This doesn’t exactly blow my skirt up. Basically, we are getting the equivalent number of clones in two $10 battle packs.http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-37.jpg
Overall, a nice assortment of pieces.The Build:
The build is about average. There is significant repetition on both models but especially on the AT-OT. The heavy use of stickers does slow down the pace a bit.
Here are a couple of in-progress photos:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-06.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-19.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-25.jpg
Here is what is left over:
Lots of Technic pins and axles used in this set. There are no real problems with the build, but you do have to pay attention to pin and axle locations on the beams. Otherwise, it is business as usual… The Design:
The design on both models seems to be very faithful to their fictional counterparts. I was pleased to see that LEGO had some insight with the 7675 version of the AT-TE and put in the carrying connector so that the dropship would be compatible with it as well. Nicely played by LEGO.
For the AT-OT, LEGO did a nice job with the design. The cockpit is well done and opens up nicely for easy access:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-13.jpg
Also, the cockpit folds up to make the transport smaller during flight:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-11.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-12.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-14.jpg
I suppose I was a little disappointed with the rear ramp. It is really nothing special and I suppose I was expecting something a little more ingenious:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-09.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-10.jpg
The AT-OT seats 17 comfortably (including driver). There are at least 30 cupholders so you could have a really fun road trip. Unfortunately, the AT-OT only gets about 4 miles per gallon (which is 1.7 kilometers per liter) so expect to fill up often.
The fold up cockpit takes up quite a bit of space otherwise the front section would be ripe for modding by adding extra seats or perhaps a little command center.
Here is the finished version:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-08.jpg
The Dropship or LAAT/c is a big model. Initially, it does not appear that sturdy along the spine. However, during the build, you can see they put in extra support with studless Technic beams:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-26.jpg
There are some nice SNOT techniques on the front:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-24.jpg
Also, the front panel doors lift up like the 7676 version:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-27.jpg
There is significant Technic infrastructure in the core of the carrying mechanism.http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-20.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-22.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-23.jpg
Here is a shot of the finished version:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-43.jpg
Here are some comparison photos of the models against other LEGO models:
AT-OT and AT-TE (7675):http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-15.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-16.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-17.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-18.jpg
Dropship and Gunship (7676):http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-32.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-33.jpg
Dropship and AT-OT:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-34.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-35.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-36.jpg
Just for fun:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-40.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-41.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dunamis/10195/10195-42.jpgOverall Thoughts:
A wonderful surprise set and very unexpected set by LEGO. I love it when LEGO releases sets that are kind of off-the-wall and outside the norm. However, I have some reservations about how it was marketed. I should preface these comments with the fact that I am an engineer by trade and know very little about marketing so proceed with caution as you may get dumber by simply reading my idiotic ramblings.
To me, this set was priced in no man’s land. No kid (well, almost no kid) is going to convince their parents to spend $250 on a LEGO set like this. Especially one that their parent is never going to recognize and had maybe 5 seconds of screen time in the movie. Only the expert male parent observer might remember it was the walker thingy that was shown just before the sexy Jedi chick (Aayla) got axed. It would be different if we were talking about a $250 Millennium Falcon or Star Destroyer (at least they can recognize those ships from their childhood). In addition, very few kids will save up their allowance/paper route/chore money to shell out $250 to buy this set. There are just too many other items (video games, etc.) at lower price points for teenage kids to buy.
Furthermore, you can’t really split this into two different sets because individually they are rather unappealing to all but the most die-hard Star Wars LEGO fans. The draw of this set is how the models work together. Plus, I can’t see many people spending ~ $120 individually on each model. Finally, LEGO should not have marketed this set while the 7675 and 7676 (current AT-TE and Gunship) are still available.
In my opinion (which is just slightly more valuable than worthless) LEGO should have thrown in ten more clone minifigs (total of 16, one for each seat). In addition, they could have added a few Jedi minifigs (like Aayla) or some unique clone minifigs to make the set more desirable. Since this set is obviously targeted at the adult collector, jacking the price up to $269 it would make it feel like you are getting your money’s worth. Frankly, if an adult collector is going to spend $250 on this set as it is today, they’re sure not going to balk at spending $20 more to get 10 more clones and some unique Jedi minifigs.
So, back to the review, I like the concept of this set. I like how it works with the 7675. Each of the models is nice and well done. However, I think we should have received more clones and I think the set is overpriced by about $70. Not sure if LEGO thinks this as well and might be doing a limited run of it just for the collectors and die-hard fans. With the current Gunship and AT-TE still on shelves today and some nice 2nd wave 2009 sets on the way I’m thinking this guy gets forgotten and eventually goes 50% off like the Twilight did last month. Snatch it up then and you will be happy.Final Rating: 60%Build 7/10
(Lot of repetition, but fairly straightforward.)Minifigs 4/10
(Not enough minifigs. No unique minifigs. Nothing special at all.)Design 9/10
(Nice design. Faithful to the Star Wars universe. Compatible with 7675.)Parts 7/10
(Same old Star Wars parts. Lots of Technic. Even more stickers)Price 3/10
(Way overpriced. Will be a steal when it hits 50% off in six months though.)NOTE
: Obviously my final rating is significantly impacted by the lack of minifigs and the high price of the set. The models themselves are nice. If you can overcome the price and you have lots of extra minifigs, then knock yourself out and buy this sucker.
As usual, your comments and feedback is welcome…