Review: 75020 Jabba's Sail Barge

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75020 - Jabba's Sail Barge

In recent years, LEGO seems to have produced far more Prequel Trilogy sets than Original Trilogy models, and this wave is an excellent example of this continuing trend. 75020 Jabba's Sail Barge is the only set from the Summer 2013 selection which is from the Original Trilogy, and I am quite pleased with it overall.

Initial images of the set were not at all encouraging. The nose looked awful and the Minifigure selection seemed quite small for a set which costs £99.99 or $119.99 for 850-pieces. While this set is far from perfect, the Sail Barge is, in my opinion, far better in person than the artwork would suggest, much like the recent LEGO Cuusoo offering of 21003 The Delorean Time Machine. The Minifigures are excellent, and the actual vehicle is a nice representation of the Sail Barge in the film.

Box and Contents

As I have already mentioned, the box artwork does this model no favours whatsoever. The angle at which the ship has been photographed is not very complimentary at all and due to the rather dull colours of the Sail Barge and the Tatooine background, the image does not look quite as vibrant as many other boxes do, particularly in the Star Wars theme. The usual green border runs along the top of the box and at the bottom we see the Minifigure gallery and an advertisement for the poster which is included inside. The back of the box displays the set opened up and includes some images demonstrating the features, along with a couple of rather cinematic shots.

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There are two instruction booklets included along with the aforementioned poster, the plastic sails and a sticker sheet, all of which are packaged with a cardboard backing to prevent warping. There are six numbered bags inside, as well as a small bag containing the components used for making up Jabba the Hutt.

The poster is designed with a rather interesting style, which looks rather like an watercolour painting. The shot is action packed with explosions and laser bolts as the Rebels skirmish with Jabba and his entourage over the Pit of Carkoon.

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Minifigs

Six Minifigures are included in this set, four of which are brand new. I will begin with one of the characters we have seen before, the infamous crime lord Jabba the Hutt, who is central to this set of course. An identical figure appeared in 9516 Jabba's Palace last year which is perfect as far as I am concerned. Jabba is made up of three parts, his printed head, a blue Technic pin and the body and tail section, thus allowing him to twist at this joint. His arms too are poseable, and can hold items in just the same manner as any other Minifigure would.

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The head is printed with some tan markings and bright orange eyes. On the back are some wrinkles and the same small tattoo appears on his arm as first appeared on Jabba the Hutt last year. I think this detail is a delight, as are all of the little textured touches on the whole of the figure representing his nostrils and lascivious mouth. The bottom half is printed with some simple wrinkles in dark tan and there are twenty studs underneath for Jabba to be attached to a LEGO surface. I cannot find fault with this version of Jabba the Hutt and I hope that this figure is used for some more years to come.

Continuing with the members of Jabba's entourage, the next Minifigure is a simple Weequay Skiff Guard. Despite this Minifigure's fairly basic nature, it should prove to be very useful. In any Tatooine MOC, a few unnamed pirates are a necessity and this figure fills that role perfectly. The head is printed with the leathery skin which is just about unique to the Weequay species and the detail here is quite incredible, right down to the vacant black eyes which are notable in the film. Black mesh was used to hide the actors' eyes inside, leaving Weequay with a rather creepy appearance. The back of the head is printed with the top section of his ponytail and this is continued down onto the torso.

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The front of the torso is detailed with reddish brown padding and a simple belt. The back is mostly occupied by the ponytail which looks fairly realistic. Some may complain that this design is printed rather than having a separate mould, although I think it looks great as it is. His legs are plain tan and he carries a Vibro-axe, which consists of an axe head attached to a pearl dark grey spear piece.

Next we have the first ever Gran Minifigure produced by LEGO, the criminal Ree-Yees. This is an obscure character, notable only for having a hand deformity. Getting a head piece for the three-eyed Gran is a treat, as these aliens are commonly seen throughout the Star Wars galaxy, and therefore they will fit into just about any Star Wars MOC much like the Weequay Skiff Guard. The head mould is highly detailed and looks fantastic. It is cast in a rubbery tan plastic, with printed eyes and lots of moulded details, including ears, nostrils and even the tiny antennae which are just about visible on the top of the head.

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The torso is a fairly standard design, featuring a striped brown tunic and a very simple belt, both of which are continued onto the back. His legs are plain dark brown and Ree-Yees is equipped with a standard blaster.

Max Rebo could be considered the most memorable character from the whole of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He is renowned as looking like a blue elephant and despite only appearing for a few seconds in the film, he has acquired quite a backstory. The LEGO Minifigure is uncomplicated but outstanding. The head mould is of course the most important component of the figure, and it it does not disappoint. It is cast in a slightly rubbery plastic just like Ree-Yees, and the only printing on the piece is for his eyes. All of the key features of this character are captured including the 'trunk,' the large and rather flabby ears, and even the dimples which are just about visible on the character in the film.

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The torso and short legs are both plain blue with no printing, although this is perfectly reasonable as there is not much of Max Rebo visible in the films anyway beyond his head and he looks fine in plain blue. I am very impressed with this Minifigure, far more than I had expected, as while he retains a perfect level of simplicity, the character is still captured very nicely indeed and he looks fantastic when playing his Nalargon.

Now we can get on to the heroes of the set, the first of which is Princess Leia in her slave attire. This is perhaps the Minifigure which was most anticipated from this set, as without this particular character, the scenes involving Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi are not complete. Princess Leia has appeared twice before in this outfit, firstly in the traditional yellow in 4480 Jabba's Palace and then later in 6210 Jabba's Sail Barge where the only major change was the colour of her skin from yellow to flesh. This is the first time therefore that this character has received a major overhaul, and this newest edition is simply outstanding.

Her hair is a brand new piece, which is cast in a rubbery plastic and printed with a huge amount of detail. The mould takes account of the fact that a chain is attached to her back using a bracket, and the ponytail curves as such. There are some golden details in her hair just as in the film and even a pearl gold hair clip at the bottom of her ponytail. Her head is the same as all the recent Leia Minifigures, with one smiling expression, and the other frustrated. She has some red lipstick and brown eyebrows, which match up nicely with Carrie Fisher in the film.

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Around her neck, Leia wears a bracket to which one can attach the chain which is included, so Jabba can reel her in as he wishes. Her torso is printed with the famous golden bikini and the design is continued onto her back, although this is mostly obscured by the bracket around her neck. Her hips and legs are printed with the dark red and gold sash which she wears during this scene in Return of the Jedi. Overall, this is an excellent Minifigure and by far the best version of the character we have seen.

The final Minifigure included is R2-D2, who includes a serving tray with some glasses and bottles on it. The figure is the same as always with a light bluish grey dome piece, printed with various displays and gadgets and the same cylindrical body which is detailed with flaps and compartments in which R2-D2 stores various tools. Between the domed head and body is a dark tan 2 x 4 plate which is what forms the drinks tray, in just the same manner as the R2-D2 Minifigure in 6210 Jabba's Sail Barge from 2006. A translucent clear mug and goblet is included, as well as a translucent black bottle.

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The Build

I found construction of this set very entertaining indeed. It takes about two hours at a leisurely pace and features some interesting building techniques, including a combination of slopes and plates to form the nose as well as plenty of SNOT construction used to form the armour plating for the entire vehicle. I also noted that the flooring towards the rear of the Sail Barge is created using tessellating 3 x 6 wedge plates which might be new to some people. Lastly, the use of skeleton legs to support the railing around the front of the barge is ingenious, despite not being a new technique. It will be new to some people, and it achieves a very pleasing appearance in my opinion so is a technique well worth noting.

The Completed Model

Perhaps the most notable factor involved in this set is the size, which is actually rather smaller than the 2006 edition of the Sail Barge. This set is a full £40 more expensive than the original, and that model also came with a Desert Skiff. I fully understand that it is not entirely fair to compare sets nowadays to sets from more than three or four years ago, although there is little doubt that this set is lacking in terms of value for money. In the photos below one can see the length of the two Sail Barges and the noses of each compared. In both photos, the model at the bottom is 75020, whereas the one at the top is 6210.

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Putting that to one side for the moment however, this is actually a great set. Starting at the front, it is the nose which has received a great deal of criticism, despite this though, I rather like this nose design as it is undoubtedly more accurate to the film than the previous edition of the Sail Barge, capturing the gradient of this area of the vehicle perfectly. Inside is perhaps the oddest feature I have encountered in a Star Wars set, a hidden cannon. This cannon can be fired by pulling back on the knob at the rear, so to launch one of the orange cylinders which are stored inside the barge, one must take the entire assembly out of the vehicle. This might be a fun feature, but I would much rather have seen a cockpit area.

75020 - Jabba's Sail Barge

Behind this, a gaol cell is included, which can be accessed via a door which leads into the kitchen. On the wall, a frying pan, a fish and a leg of chicken are hung. There is also a box with a printed lid and a saucepan in this area, which is placed on a small hob, and has some kind of blue concoction cooking inside (which is in fact a blue ice cream piece). The printed lid of the box has also appeared in 7930 Bounty Hunter Gunship and 9525 Pre Vizsla's Mandalorian Starfighter and has some Aurebesh writing printed on it, which reads 'LOCK.' There are four shutters which open here on each side and they work much better than the shutters on the old model, which I found were quite difficult to line up properly.

75020 - Jabba's Sail Barge

The next area is Jabba's lounge, where one finds a dark green and red rug for Jabba the Hutt to sit on. There is just about space for Leia to stand in front of him as she does in the film, and they can peek out of the opening shutters to view the planned execution of Luke Skywalker and his friends, just as they do in the film. In the very back of the vehicle is an area for Max Rebo's nicely constructed Nalargon instrument which can swivel on its base.

75020 - Jabba's Sail Barge

On the top deck of the Sail Barge are two sails, which are made from a soft plastic. I do not mind this in the least as the printing and colour is far more vibrant the older set, thereby avoiding a model which is entirely brown and boring. There is also the adjustable deck gun which is used to destroy the barge in the film, and this features two flick-fire missiles. On the rear deck, which is raised a little, is a railing mounted gun, this can be controlled by a Minifigure using a pair of handlebars. This entire section is removable and with the sides down, this leaves plenty of room for placing Minifigures inside. Underneath are several wheels which allow the model to roll along with ease, a feature absent from the older barge and a welcome addition on this occasion.

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Overall

While the actual model is excellent in my opinion, it could be a little bigger, and the price is too high for what is included. The Minifigure selection is superb, and although they may not be universally popular as some are fairly obscure, they all look fantastic and are suitably accurate to the movie.

75020 - Jabba's Sail Barge

Beside 9496 Desert Skiff this model is too small, although I do not think the scaling is too bad personally, as to create models which are perfectly to scale the Sail Barge would have to be at least double the price. I am throwing down the gauntlet to anybody out there who might construct a full Minifigure scale model.

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As the only Original Trilogy set released this Summer, and most likely the final in the selection of Jabba the Hutt related sets, this is a wonderful model, and if you can purchase it on sale then I would not hesitate to buy it. For Original Trilogy fans therefore 75020 Jabba's Sail Barge is highly recommended, although if you are a fan of the Prequel Trilogy too, then I might choose 75021 Republic Gunship over this set, despite the slightly higher price point of that model.

Parts: 4.5 - There is a nice selection of brown and tan parts, as well as the rare blue ice cream and some superb new Minifigure components, so there should be enough to keep one interested in this set for its part-out value.

Playability: 5 - The easy access to the interior and numerous play features give this set a high play value in my opinion.

Building Experience: 4.5 - There are plenty of interesting techniques used here and I enjoyed how the set is constructed in modular sections.

Value for Money: 3.5 - £99.99 or $119.99 seems only slightly high for 850-pieces, however the size of the model one is left with is a little disappointing and I think there are better sets at this price point than this one.

Overall: 4 - The only major issue here is the price, at perhaps £79.99 or $99.99, this set would be awarded with full marks, as it is, this is a serious flaw and it badly damages the set as a whole in my opinion.

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By in Canada,

Wow! First comment!
"Ahem"
This set looks great Your review makes me really want to buy it!
I just find a couple things wrong. i think the price of $150 in canada is a little bit outrageous.
The figures look magnifecent and so does the model!
However I have a couple questions, Does it go well with the Jabbas palace that came out last year?
And would you recommend this set or the AT-TE?

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By in United States,

$119.99... seems a bit too much for only 850 pieces...

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By in United States,

How does the current Desert Skiff model look next to it? It seems like it would be way too large in scale compared to the films.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks, a good and really interesting review. However, as I already have the first edition this confirms for me that the only real attraction in this is for the minifigures.

I'd be interested to see a pic as Bumblepants suggests. Also, what are the sails like compared to the original cloth ones - they look lower quality from your side by side pic and it seems like another area of cost cutting (that isn't passed through to the price!)

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By in United Kingdom,

cool review, would have been nice to see a photo of the back of leia considering she has a new hair piece...

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By in Ireland,

Two much € for 1 set, love jabba minifig.

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By in United Kingdom,

The front looks bad in my opinion, but the interior is cool. I own 6210 and it looks much better on the outside.

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By in Germany,

Any opinion about the plastic sails? I can't help but especially in comparison to 6210' ones they look terrible.

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By in United States,

Looks way better in pics than on the box

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By in Canada,

I missed out on the 2006 version and picked this up @ 25% off thanks to someone on Brickset mentioning a coupon at Chapters; plus I redeemed all my points so I got this at basically half cost. I still think the 2006 version looks better but of course the minifigs in the new version are much better. I guess if you lucky enough to own both you can merge the two.

I agree with others that the cost of this set was too high for what you get. As well one of my plastic sails was bent in half so I to flaten it be keeping it pressed flat under heavy weights for a while.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I like that Lego releases more Prequel sets as the original Trilogy tends to have the same sets over and over again (X-Wing version 5), there are still moments that have yet to appear such as the Battle of Mygeeto.

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By in United States,

^True, but on the other hand I like that the LEGO Group has gotten to a more reasonable re-release schedule lately. In the first half of the lifespan of LEGO Star Wars, it seemed like a new version of an Original Trilogy set might come out every two years, sometimes with no significant improvements on the last. Lately, the LEGO Group has been giving each set five to seven years before a re-release at the same scale, which I think is plenty of time for them to make improvements as they have done with the most recent X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Fighter, Jabba's Palace, etc.

Still, the prequel sets we've been getting lately do make me very excited since that's the era of Star Wars I lived through, and I have particular nostalgia for Episode I, which I still feel gets a bad rap in spite of telling a pretty good story. I'm very happy that the LEGO Group is continuing the trend from the past couple years and making some new Episode III sets, despite the 3-D re-release of that film being cancelled.

Anyway, regarding this set, I mostly agree with the review. This is definitely a great re-imagining of the old Sail Barge, and as an owner of the old one I can definitely say this one surpasses it in a lot of key ways. I even somewhat like the plastic sails, which in these photos at least feel vibrant and "LEGO-ish" compared to fabric sails.

The Ree-Yees minifigure is excellent but it also makes me a bit sad knowing we'll probably never see Mawhonic's Podracer in a set. As I said, I have a particular nostalgia for Episode I, and I'm extremely fond of podracers in general. Mawhonic's Podracer [i]has[/i] been released in sets before, in both the Podrace Bucket and the Watto's Junkyard set, but I guess TLG doesn't have a whole lot of incentive to release other podracers that are less important in the films than Anakin's and Sebulba's.

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By in United Kingdom,

To answer the questions about how this set fits with the other recent Jabba the Hutt sets, I think it goes quite well.
The skiff does look quite big, but then as Lego representations I think they fit well enough. And as much as everyone's enraged that the sailbarge is smaller than the last one, it looks huge next to the palace. I've mounted mine on clear pieces to raise it up a little, maybe 8 bricks high (the skiff too, so it sits above the sarlacc), and it looks just fine next to the palace with the Rancor pit underneath it and the entry tower to its side. All together I think they look really great, it's just a shame that the skiff was the only one of the four that was even close to a reasonable price!!

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By in United States,

Excellent review as always! Though I think they could've included another 'Weequay Skiff guard' to even out the price a bit. Also what set are you going to review next?

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By in United Kingdom,

I liked the old one better.

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By in United States,

yeah, definitely like the old one better...my main gripe being the nose. the original set used the pieces in a much more clever way, (upside down) and it just looked a lot more streamlined. A 45$ price jump doesn't help either. Here's hoping we get our OT wish list ( Cantina!) before all the Episode VII sets come out...

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By in United Kingdom,

A bit generous this time Captain. It's not as good as the last one, and the front in my opinion is awful, frankly. 3/5.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ A little too generous I'd say Goldie. 2/5.

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By in United States,

45 dollars more for a smaller sail barge just doesn't work for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you for your comments everyone. I will be uploading a couple more photos as requested in the next hour or two.

@goldfish - I am satisfied with the nose personally. It is far more accurate than the older version, but it does not look nearly as streamlined. I stand by my rating :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@goldfish and @flump, do you own it? If not I'd be pretty sure it's a much better set to own and build than you'd expect. Go on, give it a try! If you've got £100 hanging around... ah, maybe not then! ;)
And as awful as the front is (that's one bit that's definitely better in person!) I always thought the old one looked pig-ugly and lazy at the front. Clever maybe, but it's just 6 huge pieces; is there another set that has 6 of those pieces on top of each other like that?

Though as much as we could argue about which one is good I guess there will be plenty of people who love both or think that they're both awful. Seems it's just one of those Marmite-like matters of personal taste. Personally, I'm backing the Cap'n on this one. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@zipsforbananas - I do own it as it happens. I bought to support the other recent Jabba related sets. It's god damn awful and am very disappointed with it - especially the nose.

The detail in the nose is far better in the new version than the first (since the detail doesn't exist at all in the first), but the squared shape of the new just sort of kills it for me. I think the curved nose on the original is far more important than the detail in rehash.

Sails in the rehash are too small and the plastic material they are made of is inferior to the fabric of the original.

Original wins hands down. The only thing the rehash is good for is the minifigures, but even they are pretty scarce!

A real disappointment for a set that could have been made so much better. I'm right, you're wrong! ;o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@flump - I do not agree about the sails, even the new ones are actually a little too big for the size if the model. If one takes a look at the Sail Barge in the film, the sails are only very slightly wider than the upper deck. Also, the sails on the old one were far too high from a perspective of accuracy, although for playability this is beneficial as it gives easier access to the deck area.

I like the vivid colour of the plastic sails too actually. The ribbing beneath each sail is much clearer on the new one and the dark orange colour is closer to the film than the light brown sails in set 6210.

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101

Having just studied film frames, I couldn't disagree more re the sails - both colour and size.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Khetanna?file=Sailbarge-chron2.jpg

-The faded colour of the sails in the frame is reproduced better in the 6210 than the 75020. There's nothing vivid about those in the film.

-The front/rear positioning of the 6210 sails are also more accurately positioned than the 75020

-The slightly less acute angle of the 6210 sails is more accurate than that of the 75020's

-The sails are equally too high in both sets.

Based on the photo I have linked to, I think the 6210 is by far a better reproduction than the 75020. I would consider the 75020 is what a 9493 is to a 10240. They don't compare. :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@flump - I think we will have to agree to disagree. In these schematics the size of the sails are shown and 75020 seems far better to me: http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints-depot/sciencefiction/star-wars-other/jabba-sail-barge.GIF. I also think that the sails are fairly orange in colour in the film, closer to the new version it seems to me. You have got me on the positioning of the sails though, I had not taken that into account and comparing the new set to the old one, the old one has the sails (and deck gun) in precisely the right place.

I must make it clear that the old set is better as a whole in my opinion, both have positives and negatives, although the defining factor for me is the price. The old one was a fantastic deal, the new one is too expensive by about 30%. 6210 would get a 5/5 from me, it is not quite perfect, but as close as makes no difference.

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101

Neither model is perfect. My views of the two sets are merely based on the products' finished looks, not value or money etc. I honestly believe the 6210 is a closer representation of the film model than the 75020.

All good. :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

@flump - I agree that the front is too square on the new one too, though the angle of the slope is far better and the fact it's brick built from more than 6 bricks tips it for me.
It's the infinite superiority of the figures, the fact that even if 6210 was less expensive if they'd released it now it wouldn't be (I kinda think it's silly to cite the prices, as CapnRex said, it's just not fair to compare them on that basis), and the overall improvements in the shutters, side 'rudder' bits, colours etc, that make me think this one could be better but it's still the clear winner. Though I should come clean - I don't own the original, so all I'm judging that by is the pictures!!
But hey, I don't mind that I'm wrong, I'm happy enough! :P

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By in United States,

I own the original but not the new one. However, even just from pictures I vastly prefer the new one. For me, streamlining and roundness are not that important. It's a set of blocks, after all, and I'd rather that the overall shape be right than that it be smooth. The texture on the new one also does add detail, which I think helps it a slight bit, since the texture of the ship from the film was characterized by vertical metal plating and the old one's texture suggests horizontal plating. Neither is perfect, but I think the new one looks much more authentic and just nicer in general.

The plastic sails look nice to me in these pictures, but then again it's hard to tell in pictures what a difference a little more reflectiveness would add. Perhaps if I were to turn it around in my hand I'd find them to have a distracting glare; I can't say for sure. But in general, it's LEGO. The whole thing is plastic; I don't think it should hurt it much if the sails are as well.

By the way, I have a book with that schematic that was linked above!

Also, thanks, CapnRex, for adding pics comparing this with the skiff! The proportions don't look so bad in photos. I know the skiff is supposed to be much smaller, but you're right, LEGO scaling is never a perfect science. If it were, there probably wouldn't be nearly as many LEGO train fans... a train with as much seating as a real passenger train would probably have to be at least twice as wide as the six-module standard we have now!

The price of the new one is a bit problematic, though I have to wonder if it's really as unfair as some people seem to feel. I remember someone tallied the price of the most recent Jabba's Palace set by weight instead of by piece count one time and it came out looking a whole lot more reasonable. Perhaps the same is true here.

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By in United Kingdom,

^Good point about the weight. It is a hefty set so it might not be so bad judged that way.
I think I've said already but it's worth repeating, as much as the new one may be smaller it is still huge. It looks big next to the palace on top of the Rancor pit, and it dwarfs other large sets like the Endor bunker, AT-AT and Slave I, and it still looks pretty big next to the a ship like the Tantive IV (all the most recent version btw). The only set I've got that it doesn't look small next to it is the UCS Lambda Shuttle, so I actually think it being smaller is an improvement!
(I think I used to have that book too!)

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 Could you add a picture comparing the Republic Gunship with the new Sail Barge please, so that the sizes vs price of the models can be compared easily?

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By in Canada,

^ that isn't necessarily an accurate way to compare sizes and prices as TLG prices the sets based on weight I believe.

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By in United States,

Oh ok, if so then nvm that comment. I thought TLG priced sets based on the price of each piece used (thus a set with new molds would be more expensive), but what you say sounds much simpler, and perhaps I have been mistaken, as weighing to price sets would be much easier for TLG.

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By in United States,

How is it that the newer one having about 100 more pieces, with all of them going into the sail barge, ends up being smaller than the older one, which had about 150 pieces go into the desert skiff and sarlacc pit.

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By in United States,

I'm glad I picked up a 6210 on ebay 3 years ago for less than $200.

I see no reason to buy this one.

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By in United States,

^^ Same. This might be one of the worst SW sets Lego has released in a long time. The old one is superior in every way- and I understand that people are saying this model is good on its own, so yes, it's adequate, but the original was fantastic. The fact that Lego decided to take a step BACK on everything (size, minifigs, price, no skiff, etc) is why this is a resounding failure.

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By in Netherlands,

I bought the 6210 Sailbarge back when it first came out, built it once, and haven't taken it apart since. It's still definitely in my top 5 of Star Wars sets. However, I still really don't understand the hate for this newer version much. I'd say it looks pretty nice, it contains a couple of interesting new figures and it looks very playable, even if accuracy isn't great, but both the old version and this version have that same problem and both are horribly underscaled.

It is true that the Skiff and the Sarlacc pit gave the 6210 quite a bit more value for less money (back then). Then again, all across the board, it looks like Lego is channeling more 'set budget' towards the characters in the sets. Minifigs are getting more printing and more unique head/hat/mask molds, which all seem to have decreased the budget for actual parts, but which do add a lot of interesting and sometimes obscure new figures to the line up, which I certainly appreciate as a Star Wars fan. This version of the Sail Barge is hardly the worst culprit of this either: in my opinion, the retail price for 9516 Jabba's Palace was too high for what it was, although I realize that set too contained a lot of character-based, heavily decorated 'single use' molds (Salacious B. Crumb, Bounty Hunter mask, Gamorrean Guard, Jabba) which must be pretty expensive to make (mostly because they lack multiple-use versatility across more non-SW-themed sets).

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By in United Kingdom,

Most comparisons between the old and new set are at least arguable with not all that much between them. I fall on one side, others will fall on the other, so I'm baffled by the ferocity of the opinions on this too.

Could nostalgia be a large factor in this, giving some people rose-tinted specs for their favourite old sets?
All things being equal it just looks old and tired next to the new one, but if that look is what embodies SW Lego to you then my old-and-tired is what you think gives it its charm. You're not wrong, but neither am I!

I can see that some would prefer 6210 even if I can't quite see it myself, but to say 6210 is superior in every way seems crazy to me. I thought the FBTB review suffered the same way, and the proof to my mind was where Slave I was cited as an example of another set where the older version was better.
Seriously?
6209, with its mint green, puny looking stabiliser surrounds, yellow stabilisers, 'hidden' gun doors that are clearly visible, lazy, one-piece guns, printed Han-in-Carbonite and bright green, squashed looking Boba, beats 8097 where all those things have been improved?
Only if 6209 was the set that brought you out of your dark ages and embodies adult Star Wars Lego in your mind, surely. And in that case no other version of Slave I could ever be better anyway.

Does the same go for 6210?
If 6210 is your prized set you won't like this set; you can't!
But if you are unbiased (and I should add that being biased is no bad thing here; it's a brilliant part of your AFOL story!) then you'll judge each one on its merits and most likely marginally side with the new one.

If you are wearing rose-tinted spectacle, enjoy them! But please don't force me to pretend I wear them too - I have my own pair on already and mine are 2009 vintage! ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Am I wearing rose tinted glasses?, err no, the old set is just better. I honestly can't get on with the front of this new one. And also, what a disappointment the Max Rebo figure is. The scale appears all wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

^I didn't think you were, you gave it 3/5 which is fair enough and you had a specific issue with the new one. (And I was genuinely interested to know if you'd built the new one too.)
It was the OTT old-one-is-superior-in-every-way and worst-set-ever sort of comments that just wrote it off that were baffling me.

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By in United States,

SLAVE LEIA IS INNAPROPRIATE... according to some guy on the lego.com messageboards

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By in United Kingdom,

@zipsforbananas - I don't have the 6210 so nothing to do with nostalgia. Wish it was.

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By in United Kingdom,

@flump - lol! It wouldn't be such a bad problem to have, would it! ;)

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By in Canada,

Great review - you took a much different perspective on the set than FBTB did. I do want the set, as I have all the other current Jabba the Hutt-themed offerings. However, myself in Canada has to pay $150 CAD for the set. Pretty dumb price point.

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