Review: 75011 Tantive IV and Alderaan
75011 Tantive IV and Alderaan is another Series 4 Star Wars Planet Set that is available in Spain and a few other European countries, but nowhere else much yet.
I had mine shipped over from Amazon.es so I could review it for you early.
The two Series 4 sets I've reviewed so far (B-Wing and Snowspeeder) have been something of a mixed bag: The B-Wing is terrible but the Snowspeeder is one of the best Planet Sets to have been released.
So, how does this one fare. Read on to find out...
Box and contents
The box and contents are just like every other Planet Set. My box was shink-wrapped, like the Snowspeeder, which was either done by Amazon or at Amazon's request, to help protect the planet.
The planet, as you can see, is 'ADU blue' and looks not unlike our own.
The minifig is a rebel scout trooper and one that you've probably got loads of from the 2008 battle pack. It's identical to the 2008 version except that this one is smiling. You can see the difference in these two photos. It's the same as the one in the 2012 Advent calendar.
The Tantive IV
Tantive IV is excellent. It uses a lot of SNOT (studs not on top) techniques and rare pieces to achieve the ship's unique shape.
The nose section is made from two white fez hat pieces which are new to this set, as are the four 1 x 1 round tiles in dark red. The rear engine section is built 'studs forward' and attached to the body with a click-hinge.
It's full of small pieces that give it a great 'greebly' appearance.
The completed model
As usual, a stand is provided to display the minifig and ship, and the planet bauble comes with a 'Round Plate 2 x 2 W/Eye' so that it can be hung from the ceiling (or a Christmas tree :-) )
The Tantive IV is superbly designed with some great pieces and is an interesting build. It's far better than the one in 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer (below, courtesy of DrDaveWatford), that I've just been reminded exists! The minifig is a bit boring, and you probably have it already from last year's Advent calendar.
It's perhaps not the best planet set this year -- that accolade goes to the Snowspeeder -- but due to the quality of the ship, I highly recommend it.