9516 Jabba's Palace review part 2: the minifigs

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In this second of three parts to our review of 9516 Jabba'a Palace we take a look at the minifigs. Words by CapnRex101, pictures by me...

There are ten fantastic minifigs, almost all of which are brand new! I will start with heroes.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe least interesting minifig of the entire set in my opinion is Chewbacca, he has been seen plenty of times before but is nevertheless a great addition to the set. His sandwich board style head and torso piece is exactly the same as previous versions, it is cast in reddish brown and has a bit of printing on it, his nose is printed in black and the bandoleer he has slung across his chest is printed in silver on both the front and back which is accurate to the film. His torso is plain reddish brown as are his arms and hands. His legs too are just plain brown with no printing at all. In this set Chewbacca comes with light grey handcuffs as he has been captured and is being ransomed to Jabba at this point.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe next minifig is Han Solo. The figure is very nicely detailed indeed. He is quite similar to the Han Solo minifig included in set 8097, Slave I, but on this occasion his head printing is totally different. The hair is just the standard male minifig hair in brown, it suits the figure and I am very satisfied with this hair piece overall. His head is printed on both sides and I think it is great. On one side he has a concerned expression with brown eyebrows and a chin dimple. The other side has the same eyebrows and dimple, but his eyes are closed as he is in a state of hibernation trapped inside the Carbonite and, following his release, for a while he is blind due to hibernation sickness which is demonstrated very well by this lovely expression. His mouth is slightly open on this face which looks excellent.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsHis torso is printed with the creased shirt which Han was wearing when he was encased in Carbonite. It has a lot of detail including plenty of creases in the fabric and his open collar which leaves a bit of flesh visible. There is sadly no back printing, but this is forgivable. His arms are plain white and his hands are the standard flesh colour. Finally, his legs are plain reddish brown just like they are in this scene during Return of the Jedi.

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe Han Solo in Carbonite piece is excellent, it is identical to the one in set 8097, Slave I, since I got the piece in that set it has been one of my favourite components of all time due to the incredible detail and very realistic appearance. At either end of the piece there are handles which can be held by minifigs so they can move the Carbonite around and the same patterns are printed on the block as are seen on the Han Solo minifig. I love the four tiny control panels which are found on each side of the piece and there is a lot of black printing where there are lumps and bumps in the Carbonite. Han's arms are in the same position as in the film, held up above his head which looks amazing. My favourite feature of this piece however is the fact that the Han Solo minifig can be placed inside the Carbonite block where there are two bars for him to hold.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsNext up is the highly anticipated Boushh minifig. For a long time I for one have been hoping to see a Boushh figure and finally we have one, and it does not disappoint! There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most detailed and accurate minifigs in the history of Lego and is already a personal favourite of mine (as are many of the amazing figures from this summer wave of sets).

The helmet is a brand new mould and one of the most detailed pieces I have ever seen in any set. The cast is fantastic with all of the parts seen on the actual helmet in the film. It is mainly the nougat colour first seen in the Prince of Persia line which is perfect and has lots of brown printing as well. The small torch like appendage on the right of the helmet next to the visor is moulded in and printed in silver which is a nice detail as is the silver and black mouthpiece which is both moulded and printed onto the helmet. There are areas of dark grey on the sides and front of the helmet, as well as the black visor which is accurate. The whole piece looks like it has come from an action figure, which some people consider a problem, but I think is fantastic.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe head is printed on both sides. It is of course Leia's head as she is disguised as Boushh in this scene. It has previously been seen in set 7965, Millennium Falcon, set 7879, Hoth Echo Base for Leia and for Princess Tamina in the Prince of Persia theme. It is printed with black eyebrows, eyelashes, and red lips on both sides. On one side she has a cheerful expression and on the other, and angry expression. She also comes with a dark brown hairpiece which is nice and has in fact only appeared in this colour twice previously. She wears a nice backpack which is made of three pieces, a dark grey bracket which fits around the neck, a black one by one plate and some dark grey binoculars. It is quite accurate and I am very pleased that they included the backpack with the minifig of Boushh as without it, the figure does not look quite right somehow.

The torso is printed with a huge amount of detail. It features some pearl dark grey armour, brown padding and a reddish brown shirt beneath the armour which has some creasing printed on it.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsOver the top of all this detail is a fantastic bandoleer which has various buckles and tiny patterns on it as well as what appears to be some ammunition at the top of the strap, it probably carries several more detonators like the one held by the minifig. The very top of Boushh's belt is also printed on here; this belt is continued on the hips of the minifig. There is a lot of back printing with a continuation of the bandoleer, armour and brown padded area as well as an orange section at the bottom of the torso which is nice. The arms are tan and her hands are brown as she has gloves on.

The tan hips are printed with the rest of her belt and a bit of creased fabric, which is also on her legs. The dark orange padding printed on her knees is similar to that seen on the torso and she has a lot of folded fabric printed on here as well which is just like what Boushh wears in the film. She carries two accessories, a black force pike which is nice and a fantastic Thermal Detonator which is printed on a pearl grey one by one round tile. The red button used to detonate the grenade and a jagged black stripe is printed on the piece as well as some of the separate plates which are on the grenade in the film.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsNow on to the neutral characters, the first of which is the B'omarr Monk. This figure has been seen once before in the previous Jabba's Palace set and is made up of twelve pieces, including a translucent crystal ball piece and four black swords which have been seen a lot in the Ninjago line. The minifig is quite accurate to the appearance of these mysterious inhabitants of the ancient monastery with four legs and the disembodied Monk brain in the jar held beneath the droid. The brain is in fact a simple one by one round plate which is perfectly suitable for the minifig and looks great.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe most famous of Jabba's numerous dancers is the Twi'lek slave Oola. She meets an unfortunate end just prior to the arrival of Luke and the other Rebel heroes when she is dropped into the lair of the terrifying Rancor. The Lego minifig of her is excellent. This is only the second female Twi'lek we have seen, the previous one being Aayla Secura in the Clone Wars line so this is the second time we have seen the unique Lekku piece which is superb. On this occasion it is bright green which is lovely. It is printed with a black headdress which is laden with silver studs and a large silver insignia on the top of it which is accurate to her appearance in the film. Her head is printed on both sides with two different expressions. One of them is a happy face with her eyelashes and lipstick similar to that of Leia, on the other side lipstick and eyelashes are printed as well, but she is screaming, presumably due to the arrival of the carnivorous Rancor!

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsHer torso is printed with her black net like outfit which she wears in Return of the Jedi and a silver collar and chain loop. She also has a thin brown belt and traditional female curves on the torso. This outfit is also printed on the back of her torso as is the collar, belt, and a metallic ring which holds together her outfit from the back. Her arms and hands are bright green like most of the rest of the minifig. Oola's hips are plain black and her legs have more of the net outfit which she wears printed on them. The entire dress is very accurate to the film and is nicely detailed too making this an excellent minifig and a great character to have in Lego at last.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsNow onto the more dubious characters in the set. We looked at Jabba in part one, so let's now take a look at his entourage.

Bib Fortuna is Jabba's majordomo who handles many of his affairs inside the palace. This character has been seen once before in set 4475, Jabba's Message but this one is a slight improvement over the older one. The Lekku headpiece is similar to the older one but has a few updates, firstly, both of his Lekku, on both the front and back, are thinner. Also the huge raised area on the back of his head has been enlarged so it is more accurate to the actual Bib Fortuna character. The five lumps on his head are also present which, although it looks a bit odd, is great. The entire component is cast in a hard plastic and is flesh coloured, it slides nicely over his head and cape. Bib Fortuna's head is also very nice with some good detailing on one side. His pointed teeth are printed on, as are his sunken yellow eyes which look suitably evil. There are a few little wrinkles around his mouth and the head piece is the same colour as the Lekku.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsHe wears a simple black cape just like he does in the movie over his dark blue clothing.

His torso is printed with these clothes and there is some nice detail here as well. There are plenty of folds in the cloth, his pearl grey chest plate which has some bolts in it, and his dark blue belt which contrasts nicely with the armour plate. There is no back printing, but it would only be obscured by the cape anyway and his arms are dark blue. His hands are flesh coloured which is a strange choice as he wears black fingerless gloves in Return of the Jedi, so black may have been a more suitable colour for his hands. Finally, his legs are plain dark blue with no printing at all. I would have liked to see a bit of printing on his legs, but the minifig is perfectly satisfactory without it.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsNext up is Salacious B. Crumb, Jabba's cackling court jester. This figure is cast in one piece, so perhaps should not be classed as a minifig, but I am going to class him as one anyway! The piece is made of a slightly rubbery plastic and looks just like his movie appearance. There is some printing on his head of his eyes and beaked mouth, but apart from that he is dark nougat all over which is a good colour choice for him. He can sit on the edge of the dais or be held by Jabba the Hutt as he has a hole which can fit onto a stud beneath him.

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsHis curled tail can be unravelled and does not obstruct him sitting down at all. Nor do his legs as they are cast to allow him to sit comfortably without them getting in the way at all. I was very pleased to see this bizarre character be included in the set as Jabba's court really is not complete without him!

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsThe last figure in the set is the brand new Gamorrean Guard. This is an excellent minifig which is hugely updated from the previous version. Just like the older edition, the figure uses a combined head and torso sandwich board style piece which is made of a hard plastic (which I was not expecting at all).
This one is cast in brown and printed unlike the other one. The cast is more accurate as well with much more texture. His head is printed in olive green mostly but he has some dark grey armour on the top and sides of his head, his teeth, his eyes, his white horns and his pig like snout, which is all printed on with lots of detail. The front and back of the torso section is mostly brown but on there is some very dark brown strapping and on the front is a nice metallic silver buckle. Beneath the straps is some kind of motif on his chest which looks great and appears on the guards in the film. Towards the bottom of the torso area is some textured fur which is quite similar to what we see on Chewbacca and looks quite realistic. Finally for this piece, his shoulder armour is printed in dark grey. All in all a very nice component indeed!

 

9516 Jabba's Palace minifigsHis torso is brown with no printing as it is completely covered by the sandwich board piece and both his arms and hands are olive green. His hips and legs too are olive green, but his hips are printed brown on the front and at the top of the legs there is some printing of the rest of the fur which was started on his chest and a dark tan piece of fabric. Both look suitably torn and weathered for this character. He carries the signature vibro-axe wielded by all Gamorrean Guards which is made up of a brown bar of standard length and a dark grey axe head.

 

That concludes our look at the minifigs. Part three will cover the palace itself.

44 comments on this article

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By in Czech Republic,

Minifigs looks awesome...
Thanks Huw.

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By in United Kingdom,

Another great review but just a thought - can you not see any negatives to this set other than bib fortuna's hands? You seem to be so overwhelmed by this set that you skip the fact that oola's other head is visible from the back, chewbacca is by now on dire need of an update which isn't unreasonable to expect in a £120 set and you say that Han Solo's lack of back printing is forgivable - why? also, how is his hair piece very satisfying? - it lacks the detail of newer moulds and doesn't resemble his actual hair in the film. you're paying £120! the figure's should be absolutely perfect which some are not! and you don't even comment on the set's rediculous price! the positive's that you've outlined are great points but I just think the review should be a little more balanced...
And thanks for the excellent photography Huw!

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By in Ireland,

Brilliant minifigure review @Huw, thanks a million! :) They look amazing. I love how Han Solo has alternative faces, makes a change from his typical cheeky grin. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

@brix - Well you have to accept that not everything will be totally perfect in a set, even if you are paying a lot for it.

Oola's face for instance is not really an issue in my opinion as I would rather see a double sided head on a figure than not if you are only going to see a tiny bit of her face from the back. It actually is less noticeable in person as Huw's photos (which are fantastic by the way) are of course much brighter than real life.

Han Solo's back would only be printed with more creases which would be a nice touch, but are far from a priority, I would much rather we have an incredible Boushh or Jabba the Hutt figure for instance than back printing on Han. His hair is fairly accurate I think to his film appearance and I quite like it when Lego use these older moulds sometimes.

As for Chewbacca, if a figure is already good, there is no real need to change it. He could perhaps do with a little more printing, but he is still a nice figure, just one which is somewhat overshadowed by the others in this set.

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By in Netherlands,

Great set and fantastic figs. Got this and the Skiff and now have 12 excellent new SW minifigs in my collection. The Skiff and Palace are really very nice. Great sets from this Summer !

Great reviews and it must take you quite a while to write and I find them excellent. Especially if you haven't seen any of these (or future sets) as it allows you to see the true detail :)

More reviews please ... :D

p.s. I missed the sleeping face of Han Solo so thanks for that :)

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By in United Kingdom,

These are great figures and I really want this set. It's a shame it's £119.99 as it should rightfully be £99.99.

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By in United Kingdom,

Chewbacca aside, which I agree with others is in need of an update, these minifgs look absolutely fantastic!

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By in United Kingdom,

@ CapnRex101 - Fair points - it would have been great to see these in the review.

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By in United Kingdom,

@brix, thanks for your comments. We'll be adding a conclusion to the next part which may well address some of these points.

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By in United States,

I think some people have to remember that 85% or so of the buyers for this are children. Given that, I think they've done an amazing job. This might be the best set of minifigs for a single set ever because so many of them are unique and detailed. This set might get me back into Star Wars...

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By in Germany,

Yowch! :P So much text for 10 minifigs?! :P I had to skim through much of this review! :P

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Huw - that's ok, I look forward to it... :)

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By in Belgium,

Though these figs per se look magnificent, I cant help but to have some double feeling about this super detailed printing, specialy when it is done on updated figures.
While for the stand alone ones, or new caracters, I can only applaud it, for the more "army building" types, like in this case Gamorrean guard, it creates a problem. They are hard to combine with the ones one already has. (I have some Gamorrean from e.g. the sailbarge). And Jabbas court could use a couple of them.

This "problem" already did rise with the new Ewoks and Gungans (though being mainly OT fan not that interested in them), but eventually you can "hide" the monochrome Ewoks somewhere in the shades of a tree, and you can/could have some of the new ones in relatively cheap sets. Which is not the case with the Gammorean. Additional old style Gammoreans were available in a semi impulse set, I believe.
So we can only hope something similar will happen to this fig too.
In fact, since some years ago I came back to Lego and discovered the battlepacks, I am hoping that one they they will come up with race packs. (different variations of one SW race, e.g. different colored Twileks, or a mixture of races to populate eg a cantina or Jabbas court..). Well one can only hope..

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By in Australia,

Am i the only one that is extremely pissed at lego for han solo / luke figures. When you see pirates of the Caribbean figures like will and jack sparrow, you straight away know that is them. But luke (using pilot rebel torso) i dont know who that is. Why wont they actually make it look like them. And leia is too pretty in the figures, just kidding she's ok

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By in United Kingdom,

@ iannn29 - but with captain jack and will, its much easier to make them look like them because of their distinctive hair, costumes, strong cheek bones and facial hair. With han solo and luke, there's only the costumes to go on as they don't have defining facial features/hair nor is their hair anything special. Its much harder to get it right although I do think lego could have tried much harder with Han solo's hair.

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By in Sweden,

I do think it's odd that LEGO didn't make Oola's headpiece go a bit further down in the back to cover the alternate face. It's understandable that they can't always completely cover every alternate face with every (existing) headpiece, but considering this is a headpiece made especially for this character there's really no excuse for not making it perfect.

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By in Netherlands,

I have Jabba's Palace, and the minifigs really are the highlights of this set.
First of all I have to agree that Han Solo's hair is in need of an update; or at least the use of another hair-part. I'm not too fussed about Chewbacca; in actual fact, back in 2001 it was due this very mold (in the 7127 AT-ST) that brought me back from my Dark Age.

However, my biggest 'problem' with the figures is actually Oola: in my opinion, she should have been made in olive-green instead of the lime-green which she is now. Her current color just looks too bright compared to Oola in the RotJ movie. Even sand-green would have been a more accurate color than the color she is now.

I wonder if (and can imagine that) this is a conscious decision by Lego to differentatie her color from the Gamorrean guard and from Jabba, who both are already olive green...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Graysmith - The piece was previously used for Aayla Secura so it is not a brand new mould.

@dixondog - In this scene Leia is disguised as Boushh, but he was a bounty hunter in his own right a while before any of the events in Jabba's Palace occurred.

@Alemas - Well you know me, I try never to leave anything out!

@Huw - I just noticed a mistake (in my own review, how embarrassing!) In the paragraph about Chewbacca I put "...as are his arms and legs. His legs too..." I think I meant "...as are his arms and hands. His legs too..." Thanks.

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By in United Kingdom,

What amazing figures! These altogether will cost more than the set alone on eBay so I will probably get it anyway! I'm wondering whether the palace is just as good as the figures because this is a certain must-buy if it does! In the future, I hope TLG add fur leg printing to Chewbacca, and maybe on the arms too, as this would make the figure more modernised like newer figures.

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By in United Kingdom,

@alldarker In the film she is much darker so I agree to your point.

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By in United Kingdom,

these reviews are great, as are the detailed pics. Some fabulous new minifigs. Good point whoever made it on the Chewbacca though, that particularly figure is now ready for an overhaul.

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By in United States,

Salacious Crumb looks like he is siting on a toilet. and Salacious "B." Crumb? When did he get a middle name?

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By in United Kingdom,

@voypro - I think he has always had a middle name, that is how he is labelled on the box anyway.

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By in United Kingdom,

Although I like the printing of the Han in Carbonite piece, I don't like the position of the arms. It looks like they have been broken off and put in next to him. Lego arms do not bend that way to get them in that position. I would prefer them to keep to the Lego style, and have the hands higher up.

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By in United States,

Thanks CapnRex101! The detail on the minifigs is extraordinary! I have been anticipating this set and as soon as it comes to the states, I will be getting it. I was reading somewhere that Australia will be getting these sets on the 20th of June. Is that true for the U.S. as well?

I think that the old combed hairpiece was the best choice for Han Solo. It has the same style and sideburns that Han has. I really would like to see a new mold of Chewbacca. It's been around since he first appeared in the 7190 Millennium Falcon set. We need a Chewy with eyes, a mouth, and some better fur detail.

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By in Germany,

@CapnRex: *Looks at your reviews* Yeah, seems like it. :P It looks you made a review in your style (describing EVERYTHING), forgetting that there are pictures to accompany it... :P

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By in United States,

The new Gamorrean Guard is fantastic. Between this and the new 3-3/4" figure, the green piggy has really gotten some love this year. I understand the concern about the newer figures not matching the old, but toy progress marches on. If anyone's unhappy about getting a re-issued Chewie and an old Han hairpiece for this price, imagine the outrage if Lego re-packed those old 2003 monochrome minifigs.

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By in United Kingdom,

These figures are awsome. The new leia is incredible as well as the gamorrean guard who's detail puts the old one to shame. I agree chewbacca could be improved however I think he is awsome and still a great character. Han solos hair could become new however it is a common Lego piece so it is unlikely we will see a new one. I think we should get 1 or 2 more however a great review on great figures. Looking forward to the main palace review. Keep up the good work!

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By in Canada,

That Gamorrean is going to be expensive on Bricklink. As I would prefer at least two of the piggies, I am going to hope for a Rancor Pit or rebuilt Sail Barge for next year.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I would also prefer a couple of those hogs.

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By in Ireland,

I missed the disclaimer at the start in italics - thanks @CaptRex101 for such a detailed account of the minifigures! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the figs, the Gamorrean Guard and the Boushh figs r gr8

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By in United States,

Actually, Lego would've been wise to sell a Jabba's Court Denizens battle pack. A couple Gamorreans, one or two other aliens, and some scenery. I hadn't even thought of how expensive it will be to add more Gamorreans when they're only found in a $120 set.

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By in United States,

I agree, a Jabba's Court Denizens battle pack would be awesome. Have it with a Gamorrean, another Nikto guard(like the one in the Desert Skiff set), a Weequay, and maybe another dancer? How about a Max Rebo band set? How cool would that be?

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By in United States,

^ ^Seeing as we have 10 more years of Star Wars to look forward to, maybe we'll be treated to another set with them in it soon...like a Rancor pit!

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By in United Kingdom,

My view on figs:

Chewie- Meh
Han- Meh
Boushh- Love!
B'omarr Monk- Cool!
Oola- Love!
Bib- OK
Salacious B. Crumb- Nice.
Gamorrean Guard- Cool!

Really can't wait to buy this during the 'Summer' (Ha! What summer?)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd quite like to see a slight variation to chewbacca. My thoughts would be to use the longer legs as used for woody from toy story to try and emulate the correct scale for him. Would be a decent starting point

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By in United States,

I like all the figs except the guard. He doesn't look Lego, or like the guards in the movies. His head is way too tall. He looks like one of the pigs in Shaun the Sheep...which suffice to say isn't a good thing. Besides that I think the rest are awesome!

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By in United States,

these are superb.

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By in United States,

@DarthLuke824: What about Jabba?

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By in Taiwan,

I saw this set on the shelf when visiting the Chungyou Department store in Taichung City. My jaw nearly hit the floor because:

1) The set really looks that fantastic,
2) It's unheard of for Taiwan to get Lego sets released early (still no LOTR), and
3) The price was equivalent to £138 or $217 - OUCH!

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By in Ireland,

I love how Han Solo's hibernating face matches the exact same expression as his carbonite counterpart, nicely done! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Another great review so far, CapnRex101.
And fabulous pictures once again Huw.
I am looking forward to building this set, despite the hefty price.
Very nicely done :-)

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By in United States,

Great Review! Great looking set! But that dancing girl has an extra set of lips...

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