Brickmaster Star Wars Battle for the Stolen Crystals

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The tenth Dorling Kindserley Brickmaster book, Star Wars Battle for the Stolen Crystals, has just been published. Like the others, it has a thick front cover which holds a bag containing (in this case) 189 LEGO parts with which to build the projects in the book, which consists of cartoon strips and step-by-step instructions.

The book follows the story of Commander Gree chasing a commando droid, who has stolen some lightsaber crystals, across the galaxy. There are four sets of two models to build: 'Battle in the Canyons' (V-19 Torrent and Separatist cannon); 'Ambush in the Forest' (WT-RT walker and Vespula fighter); 'Desert Attack' (Desert Speeder and Ph-STAP) and 'Ice Mountain Chase' (Ice Speeder and KD81 Cargo Skiff).

It comes with two minifigs, the aforementioned Commander Gree and a commando droid. They have both appeared in sets before, Gree in the Genosian Cannon from 2012 and the droid in a 2012 battle pack and BARC speeder.

Brickmaster Star Wars book

The four sets of models are illustrated on the back cover:

Brickmaster Star Wars book

None of them are particularly exciting and I suspect many of the vehicles have been made up especially for this book and do not exist outside of it.

The 'Desert Attack' pair featured on the cover looked most interesting, so that's what I built first. The speeder, below, is not too bad...

Brickmaster Star Wars book

.. but the STAP is a bit lame, and as you can see the droid does not stand on it particularly well.

Brickmaster Star Wars book

I can't say I was overly impressed with the book or the models and from an AFOL perspective, unless you're a Brickmaster book completist (like me), there's no real reason to buy it. However, the target audience of young boys will love it and will get a lot of enjoyment out of building and rebuilding the models, even if they are a bit contrived.

It's available from Amazon and you'll find it, and all other Brickmaster books, listed on our Amazon books page. (If the page is blank, disable your ad blocker).

16 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review, Huw! Like you, I'm a fan of the Brickmaster books - any set which gives multiple build instructions, or even just suggestions, is all right in my book - and even though this isn't as well-considered as some, I'll still be buying it!

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By in United States,

Nice I did not know about this one.

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By in Australia,

I'm definitely a fan of the Brickmaster books, absolutely. But some of them have been more miss, than hit. I didn't mind the first SW brickmaster book, so if I can get this one cheaply, I might pick it up.

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By in United States,

This years books are all available at Costco right now.

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By in United States,

Saw them this weekend at costco. All for only 14.49.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review, now I know what to pass up.

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By in Canada,

The sets look cool but, the only reason i would get this would the figures. And I have them.

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By in United States,

Seems like Lego threw Gree in there to try and boost sales. I say this last weekend at Barnes and Noble in the US, as well as another book that looks similar to that Lego Idea Book from a year or two ago.

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By in Peru,

wow awesome now I will have 3 commander gree

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By in Australia,

Spotted this in Big W today, not worth AU$25.

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By in Norway,

Can somebody please comment how the story is delivered? If it is a cartoon, how does it look like? I got myself the Pirates Brickmaster http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=DKPIRATES-1, but in that book, there was no story, just a simple scenarios+building instructions. So the story + building is something new to me and would like to know more.

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By in United Kingdom,

Each of the four scenarios is preceded by a 2 page photographic comic strip featuring Gree chasing the droid. The models feature in the stories which end something like 'Now read about the v19 Torrent and build your own!'

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By in Portugal,

My boys love these books. But I think it's more to do with having instructions to build different models like the old days. They tend to stay together much longer than their general pile of LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

How come you can buy the star wars brickmaster from amazon but you can't buy the chima one?

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By in United States,

If your looking for these at a reasonable price, Costco has them and several other Brickmaster Books/Sets for $14.49US.

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