Star Wars: The Force Awakens: How do the sets compare to the film?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken the box office by storm in recent weeks and the quality of the film has exceeded the expectations of many fans and critics. The LEGO sets associated with the movie have been similarly well received overall.

It is rather tricky to give a full assessment of their design without being able to compare the models with the source material. Obviously this was not possible when the first wave became available in September, but now that the film has been released we can discuss the accuracy of each set in depth just as we did back in July for the LEGO Jurassic World range.

This article will contain spoilers after the break, so if you wish to avoid them I recommend not reading any further.

Before we begin our appraisal of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets we must first establish that the set designers probably had limited access to the source material, particularly in this case given the secrecy surrounding the plot. Sometimes you can see where the designer took inspiration from even when a set scarcely resembles what we see in the movie. A perfect example of this is 76006 Iron Man: Extremis Sea Port Battle from the Iron Man 3 line. Having seen the film it is clear that the set is woefully inaccurate, but based on the information that the designer might have had access to you can see how a battle at a sea port might be misconstrued in this way.

Furthermore the designers must, of course, take piece count and prices into account. Prices are almost always applied to sets prior to design, so designers are limited in how much of a scene or vehicle they can reproduce and must instead select certain details which they feel will best represent the information they have been given. The target market is important too. The vast majority of LEGO sets are primarily aimed at children so the appearance of stud shooters or functions in models where none exist in the source material is to be expected.

75099 Rey's Speeder

The smallest of the first wave of sets is one of the most prominent vehicles in the entire movie, appearing several times during the early scenes set on Jakku. The most immediately obvious issue with the set is its colour scheme. Dark red is not the correct colour for the panelling in my view and I think dark orange should have been used instead, although that would have required a number of pieces to be created in a new colour. The model is also substantially too big but I think that is fine given the increased level of detail which is included as a result.

On the whole the shape of the model is fairly accurate. The hull should be a little more rounded around the safety grille but there are no pieces which are better suited than the 1x3 arches as far as I am aware. The crate storage feature does not exist on the vehicle in the movie as any scavenged material is packed in a net on the side of the speeder. It is a shame that the net is not included on the model but I think the tools clipped to the side are a reasonable replacement.

I think the back is the best area of the model. The stacked engines look superb and the stabiliser vanes are represented perfectly. Rey can sit behind the controls just like in the film and the shape of the seat is exactly right.

75100 First Order Snowspeeder

Toys representing the First Order Snowspeeder have been produced in their droves but the vehicle scarcely appears in the film, occupying only a few seconds of screen time. I suspect the scene(s) in which the vehicle features was cut and its role was reduced as a result. It is therefore almost impossible to comment on its accuracy based on the movie and for that reason I must turn to the Star Wars The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross Sections book. Unfortunately I cannot show you the page spread as it is not available as a sample spread on Amazon, unlike those which are included in this article.

I actually like the LEGO model a great deal but it must be acknowledged that it is far too big in relation to the minifigures. However, I think the increased size is worth it as the level of detail captured is fantastic, particularly the velocity sensors mounted on the port side. The six stud-shooters mounted on the engine pods are absent in the film but they too are worthy of their place in my opinion as they increase the play value significantly.

75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

This is one of my favourite Star Wars sets of 2015, due in no small part to its incredible accuracy. The model looks fantastic from almost every angle and compares very well with the movie. Not only is the shaping of the cockpit absolutely perfect but the wings also include a high level of detail which seems to resemble the actual starfighter very closely.

The only major difference between the model and the film is the absence of the bracing spars on the inside of the wing panels. I also think the heavy laser turret slung beneath the cockpit sphere could be better represented too and it should be able to rotate. The fact that I can overlook these minor issues so readily is testament to the excellence of the design and I congratulate the designer on a job well done.

I should also confirm that the black bars mounted on top of the model are communication antennas, not laser cannons as was suggested in some reviews when the set was released. It is an easy mistake to make as they are mounted on a hinge on the model, presumably simply as a method of fitting them rather than as a play feature.

75102 Poe's X-wing Fighter

75102 Poe's X-wing Fighter seems to have been one of the most popular of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets and it is certainly an excellent toy with lots of play features and a great selection of minifigures. Conversely, it does not fair quite as well when compared with the source material.

The artwork below is from a Revell model kit but I think it is an accurate representation of the vehicle in the film. As you can see the shape of the nose is one of the most striking disparities as the nose of the LEGO model is completely wrong. The cockpit canopy is also too small in relation to the rest of the craft and the wing structure is nowhere near that of the vehicle in the film as they should divide down the centre of the wing rather than stacking on top of each other. Furthermore, the engine housings are far too bulky and the strut which divides the intakes is not present on the LEGO model which is unfortunate.

The only explanation I can think of for the many innaccuracies is that the designer was influenced by models of the T-65 X-wing which have come out in previous years. There are features of this set which remain unchanged from 9493 X-wing Starfighter when they really needed to be updated. Other toy manuafacturers were able to capture the appearance of the T-70 accurately, so I see no reason why LEGO could not. Nevertheless, this is a decent set as the minifigures are excellent and the play value is impressive even though the model leaves something to be desired.

75103 First Order Transporter

I have made no secret of my liking for this set. It is probably my favourite of the first wave as a result of the outstanding minifigure selection, enormous play value and high level of detail. The model is not perfectly accurate to the craft in the film but I think it strikes an appropriate balance between faithfulness to the source material and alterations made to create an excellent toy.

Despite the brilliance of this set as a whole, there are a few comments to be made regarding the accuracy of its design. Firstly, it is obviously substantially smaller than it ought to be and the scaling between the command tower and the rest of the vessel is therefore quite a long way from the image below. Clearly this is a result of the price point and it would need to be raised if we wanted a perfectly scaled model, although I think it is already the right size for a toy. There should also be some interior detailing towards the rear of the transporter which is not present in the model and the missile launchers stick out too much.

If you have not already purchased this set I strongly recommend that you do so. The model is excellent and the minifigure selection is equally impressive, even though Captain Phasma was demoted to a level akin to that of Hawkeye in the first Avengers movie!

75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle

I think it is fair to say that 75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle is the weak link in the first wave of sets based on The Force Awakens. There are numerous innaccuracies scattered throughout the model and I do not think the price or minifigure selection do the set any favours either. The significant price reductions on this set which have been made in the UK suggest that it has not been selling particularly well, perhaps as a result of the unpopularity of the craft and the distinctly average model.

I think the most prominent issue is the choice of colour. Black would have been more appropriate than dark bluish grey in my opinion and the areas of light bluish grey should be darker. The flaps beneath the main wings do not appear in the film at all and the interior surface of each wing looks awful, with a jarring splattering of red elements.

However, there are also plenty of positives. The crew compartment is precisely the right shape and I love the design of the interior, even though it is not as large as it should be. I must also praise the design of the wing mechanism which is very reminiscent of what is seen in the film. I originally assumed that the upper wings would slide down into the lower section but that is not the case at all and the parallel movement of the wings in this set is absolutely perfect. Clearly, my thoughts on this set are mixed.

75105 Millennium Falcon

75105 Millennium Falcon has received some criticism for its similarity to previous models of the famous freighter but I think it is excellent. The battered exterior of the Falcon is represented nicely using a variety of dark and light bluish grey parts as well as a few areas of tan and dark red. The combination of studded and smooth surfaces also suggests that the craft is battered, just as it should do.

The Kanjiklub gang do not appear on Jakku at any point as the box art indicates, instead attempting to collect payment from Han on the Eravana. On the other hand, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo and Chewbacca all have substantial roles in early scenes featuring the Millennium Falcon. My most significant criticism of this set based on its accuracy to the film is the absence of a maintenance hatche inside the crew lounge, which is integral to the scene in which Finn and Rey plot to release toxic gas in order to halt any Stormtroopers boarding the ship. Alternate faces where each one is wearing a breathing mask would have been superb too, as would the inclusion of the anti-infantry turret seen in The Empire Strikes Back as well as a deleted scene from The Force Awakens.

All of the other significant issues with the faithfulness of the set to the film are related to scale, although a much larger and more expensive UCS set would be required to fully match the vehicle in the film. Time will tell whether any such set is released in future but I would not be at all surprised. After all, the Millennium Falcon looks set to feature throughout the Sequel Trilogy with a brand new captain at the helm!

75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack

Battle Pack vehicles rarely resemble anything from the source material but this set bucks that trend by including a modified Gian-211 patrol craft. This speeder appears very briefly in the film but does not have the enormous turret mounted behind the cockpit. Instead it is used to ferry troops around and is not intended for combat, although you can see why the laser cannon was added to the LEGO model to increase the play value. It is easily removed if you prefer.

It is difficult to give thoughts on the accuracy of the model as we only see the vehicle for a moment during the movie, but based on a small image from Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary this seems to resemble the actual vehicle. The scale is just about perfect and the colour scheme is quite faithful to the movie as well, right down to the yellow highlights which are shown in the Visual Dictionary as well as on the model.

75132 First Order Battle Pack

The laser cannon turret included in this set is not directly based on any seen in the film, it is simply intended as a generic weapon which might be seen on Starkiller Base. The turret is reminscent of the XX-9 heavy turbolasers from the Death Star but with a single barrel rather than the dual laser cannons seen in the Original Trilogy.

We know that laser batteries do exist on Starkiller Base but the reduced scale of this model has forced the designer to create an entirely new turret which resembles the full size ones but fits in a small set. I think it serves it purpose nicely and I am sure a more authentic model could be constructed using the pieces from multiple Battle Packs.

75139 Battle on Takodana

Maz Kanata's castle is the setting for some of the film's most exciting scenes and I think this is a decent representation of the building given the limitations imposed by the price point. The angular architecture of the fortress is captured effectively using 1x2x3 slopes and the dark tan, dark bluish grey and medium dark flesh bricks are ideal colours in my opinion. The steps leading to the door look splendid as well and are incredibly faithful to the movie.

The numerous play functions are also quite faithful to the movie, representing the total destruction of the castle which takes place during the battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The inclusion of a crate holding Luke's lightsaber is also an authentic detail which I rather like, as is the banner hanging above the entranceway.

I think the minifigure selection is equally impressive. Many of the major characters from the scene are included which is impressive and Maz Kanata is one of my favourite figures from the entire range! Location based Star Wars sets are hit and miss but this is one of the best.

75140 Resistance Troop Transporter

Unfortunately I cannot find any images of the Resistance Troop Transporter online, perhaps in part due to its relatively brief appearance. However, the craft does appear in Star Wars The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross Sections and based on those images, this is a fantastically accurate model. The scale seems to be about right and the interior looks as good as the exterior, although there are not as many seats for troops as there should be.

Much of this detail relies on stickers which is disappointing. Even the cockpit decoration is formed using three separate stickers, although it is difficult to argue with the results! The complicated shapes of the vehicle are represented accurately using some interesting building techniques, which will be discussed in full when our set review is published.

Overall

I think the Star Wars: The Force Awakens range is superb on the whole. No single set is absolutely perfect but I think some of them come impressively close, especially 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter and 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter.

These will not be the final sets released based on The Force Awakens and I look forward to finding out which other scenes and craft will appear in LEGO. I think the Quadjumper might be among the sets, hopefully with Unkar Plutt, Constable Zuvio and Sarko Plank minifigures included.

If you are interested in the design of the vehicles from the film then I absolutely recommend Star Wars The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross Sections. The book is available now from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

44 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a shame that the resistance troop transport got so little screen time. Nice article, thanks for posting it!

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By in United Kingdom,

According to the designer interviewed in the latest Channel 4 doumentary: Inside Lego at Christmas the reason for the inaccuracies regarding Poe's wing fighter probably stem from the fact that he was working from a drawing made on a post it! On that basis I think he did ok!

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By in Netherlands,

Great meta-review!

I've been to the film twice now :D and I agree on everything! The second time I focussed more on the visuals and I must say everything is as you say. Only, I don't recall if the resistance transporter was seen fully. The first time I didn't even recognise it because I was expecting something looking like a B-wing. The shots were heavily focussed on the door.

I also love the battle of Takodana! They even included that one stormtrooper with the riot batton :D

One thing though, what did you mean about Phasma? Has it been revealed she got demoted in army rank? Did you mean her popularity went a similar path for pre-ultron Hawkeye? Or do you mean she also got little screentime and focus?

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By in United Kingdom,

I really liked JANGBRICKS' latest modified Kylo Rens command shuttle. It would make an excellent replacement for the official one even though I do really like the set itself!

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By in United Kingdom,

75104 - Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle
Had this set been designed similar to JANGBricks' model with the black colour scheme and the foldable wings I would've totally paid close to the original RRP. The original set design looks very dull and boring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikk-egNrnXw

75139 - Battle on Takodana
The absence of the interior is a shame, it contained so many delights and awesome scenarios. One day I would hope this set will be part one of an extension of the building like Jabba's Palace and Rancor Pit.

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By in United Kingdom,

A little off-topic but since the review of that Special Forces Tie-Fighter 75101 I've had major stability issues with the side panels so I can't say I'm a fan of the design of how those panels connect to the cockpit no matter how accurate the model is to the movie version. A single 'swoosh' and they fall off and it 'wobbles' when standing straight. There appears to be insufficient clutch power or the connecting pieces might be steadily weakening.

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By in Singapore,

First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter: Personally, I would've liked it better if the officer and crewman were replaced with Finn and Poe (Finn in stormtrooper outfit, Poe in brown jacket and handcuffs). The lack of a tractor or maintenance gear kind of makes the First Order crewman superfluous. Simply put the helmet back on Finn and you easily have a generic stormtrooper. I know there's a Finn polybag but I hate rarity.

Of all the Force Awakens sets, I'm most definitely keen on the First Order Battle Pack. If money and space were not an issue I'd buy the TIE fighter as well. But if I can be patient long enough, I should wait for the Resistance X-wing. I like the blue/white one better than Poe's X-wing, having seen the full-scale replica at Changi Airport.

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By in {Unknown country},

By the way I hope LEGO will release a Finalizer set as well, with an ability to destroy a room's wall with Kylo's saber...

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By in United States,

So when do we get a UCS Starkiller Base?

Just kidding. I don't need to shell out $1000 for a set.

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By in United States,

I really, really want to like the 75103 troop carrier so badly, but I just can't. It's just a big grey blob of bricks. Or, more accurately, it's a $100+ box that contains Captain Phasma and two stormtroopers (one if which should be Finn), as well as a pile of grey bricks.

I'm so not including the other mini figures here. The flametroopers look terrible, and they should've included Lor San Tekka as one of the generic Jakku peeps, he's got a speaking part at least.

So yeah, it really doesn't get me excited at all outside three of the seven minifigs. I hope Phasma makes another appearance in a cheaper set in 2016, she's proven to be popular despite her very brief and ineffectual role.

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By in {Unknown country},

Does the TIE Fighter fit two minifigures?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Nikolaevna - Having bought one First Order Battle pack I'm not rushing to get another. The turret is OK, but the stud shooter on top makes it look very puny. Stick a lightsaber hilt in it instead of a stud and it looks a bit more menacing. Where's it supposed to be from anyway, the Star Killer Base?

The minifigs are the biggest let-down however. Just one stormtrooper and one artillery(?) trooper, plus two men-in-black who I don't think will be going toe-to-toe with the Resistance soldiers somehow. Two or three stormtroopers plus an officer (just like the Resistance pack) would have been perfect. This set is a wasted opportunity and an expensive way of army building the First Order.

All IMHO of course!

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By in United States,

^Binnekamp Phasma really didn't get much screentime. I will say the rest in one word: Spoilers!

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By in United States,

Meh. None of these sets are all that exciting. I'm sorely disappointed with TFA sets so far. I feel like the stormtrooper transport is just a grey box. Not sure where all the positive reviews are coming from. I love Jang's modification to Kylo Ren's shuttle. The official product is terrible terrible terrible. No way I'd pay $120 for it, and I really wouldn't want to display it with all the inconsistencies.

I think Rey's Speeder and the Tie Fighter are pretty cool. Otherwise, meh.

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By in United States,

@dfenz Same issue here. I just needed to make sure every piece was 100% locked in place around the hinge clips.

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By in United States,

Another great article Cap'n!

Poe's X-wing and Rey's Speeder are the two I currently own (hopefully more soon!). I do agree that the X-wing is not perfect but one main reason I like the set is that I is solid. I clumsily dropped it after building it and none of the pieces came off. Not even the wing blasters!

Rey's Speeder is a good set. Not much to say about it.

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By in United Kingdom,

The only TFA set that has tempted me so far is Rey's speeder and that was only because it was down to £15.99 in Sainsbury's.

I do quite like Poe's X-wing fighter which given the medium of Lego is a perfectly acceptable version, so might get that if I see it reduced.

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By in United States,

Funny thing, even having seen the film, I didn't realize that Rey's speeder color was off on the Lego model.

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By in United States,

This sets are great(minus Battle on Takodana) but because of being in a recent film they have this "license tax" that heavily detracts from its charm (Tie Fighter, X-Wing could have been more reasonable at $10 less, Rey's Speeder at $5 less). The BP are in a great price point but I am sad that the Battlefront ones do not come up on January.

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By in United States,

I think they're all very good representations, with the exception of Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle. Being too light colored and the lack of outward foldability on the wings are a bummer, IMO.

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By in United States,

I really don't know where all the hate for the First Order Transporter comes from. The First Order vehicles were made to get the job done, not look pretty.

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By in United States,

I wish 75139 included a statue of Maz, that would be incredible. Would also love to see an interior set in the future. After seeing the movie my impression was they did a great job on all these sets.

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By in United States,

@Dalek135: an Imperial Shuttle looks pretty. The FO Transporter has no defining features, and does not look pretty. Put legs on it and it's an AT-AT, and those are cool. Put wings on it and it becomes something unique.

If the film's designers were trying to invoke something like a Higgins Boat they did a really good job, but that's an unexciting rectangular grey box as well. It's a sci-fi movie and I'd have loved to have seen some artistic license beyond utilitarian grey box.

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By in United States,

Not really understanding all the hate for Kylo's Shuttle... modifying the wings is extremely easy and requires very few parts. I used 4 technic ratcheting joints and a few pins, and boom. Instant sturdy V shape. Even without the modifications, the set is great and the play features are genius. I personally think it looks great on display; and it's the most visually striking Force Awakens set. The dark grey works well; it doesn't need to be black. Some other toy companies were much more unfortunate, even going so far as to produce the ship in white. It's pretty clear that the secrecy surrounding the film was a determent to the merchandise, and that's really nobody's fault. The best thing about LEGO is that it can be changed, and in the case of these sets, that's very easy to do. Even Poe's X-Wing can be modified to look far more accurate, using ONLY the parts included in the set.

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By in United States,

After seeing the movie three times now, I also noticed that the front view port on Kylo Ren's shuttle appears to either be red or have red lights inside the cockpit. I think the implementation of some teams-red windows would have given this set that little extra pop.

It would also be nice to eventually see a full size blue/grey variation on the new x-wing since even Poe had one at the beginning of the film...and maybe include the pink astromech droid R2-KT for that little bit extra.

It will also be interesting to see if TLG can figure out a set that incorporates Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and Rey in her dark bluish grey outfit (with blue lightsaber, of course).

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By in Poland,

I'm glad that Lego did Kylo ship in Dark gray - All black Lego models are ugly lumps of coal. But red windscreens would look a lot better!

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By in Denmark,

Its a rare feeling that the ONE set I desire... is the cheaper one! :-) Ray's speeder is way too cool :-) Miss the net and PRINTED RUST on the plates would have perfected it.

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By in United Kingdom,

I finally have all of this TFA wave after getting Kylo Ren's shuttle for Christmas (it looks much better with the windscreen area redone in trans red btw).

My favourite set by far is the troop transport - great build, great minifigures, great for dioramas. I extended mine by 4 studs and now it looks even better as the cockpit is more to scale. I have made more changes snow the Visusl dictionary came out too. https://www.flickr.com/gp/richpepperell101/k314Zv

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By in Canada,

I really wanted to like Kylo RENs shuttle, but it looks too different for me. Maybe next time it will be better!

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By in United States,

Thanks for a super article, although I think LEGO got Rey's Speeder color about as right as they could:

http://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5547834decad047707baa38f-1200-632/daisy-ridley-jj-abrams-the-force-awakens.png
http://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Screenshot_2015-05-04-04-16-42-e1434801897651.png
http://i0.wp.com/bitcast-a-sm.bitgravity.com/slashfilm/wp/wp-content/images/rey-speeder-BTS-700x324.jpg?resize=700%2C324

I believe it's supposed to be a replica of the darker color used on the landspeeder from ANH. It's of course always tough to abstract actual prop colors from camera/medium white balance settings, ambient light color, and post-production tinting (e.g., white on grey AT-AT drivers who were actually grey on blue!).

Now if only they had done the same for that shuttle.

Also, my mistake for being one of the folks to assume early on that the TIE's upper extensions were supposed to be a turret -- I mostly got that description from Hasbro's design lead when he was in the midst of describing some canon elements on their model. Another of his references was since proven incorrect as well.

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By in United States,

@jaitheartist - Yeah, a statue of Maz would've been fantastic, like that 'white astronaut statue' with the Space Police ship several years back. Have to say, Takodona seems kind of bare-bones as far as the building goes, but it is nice to get something that isn't a ship.

As others have mentioned, the first difference that I really noticed was the lack of red lights/viewscreens on Kylo Ren's shuttle. I'm guessing that it can be chalked up to lack of information available, when the set was designed, because that is such a simple, easy detail, and would look so great.

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By in France,


I was really disappointed with Kylo Ren's shuttle. Actually I saw the Lego set first and until seeing the film I didn't really like it based on the Lego set. It looks way cooler in the film. Which is why I'm skipping it this time. I'm sure we'll get a 2nd generation of it, much like we've got other generations of the Sith Infiltrator from Episode I.

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By in United States,

I'll happily wait for your theorized UCS Falcon!

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By in United States,


I could've sworn that the Snowspeeder appears very briefly in scene where Finn and Rey walk into the power station looking for Han Solo and Chewie. It is parked in the background when they open doors to get in. I noticed it the second time I watched the movie. The two mini guns on rear of lego model are actually turbine intakes on the actual vehicle and I didn't notice a laser canon mounted because the speeder appears very briefly in the scene.

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By in Germany,

Yeah, the Snowspeeder is visible outside in that one shot. Judging by the silhouette, the Lego model is really accurate!

But anyway, the sets are doing pretty good overall. Some are off by a little (FO Transporter) or a little more (X-Wing) but taken on their own, they still look pretty cool.
It's just a shame they still haven't managed to fix the Falcon.

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By in United States,

@dfenz and @Brick Builder Hero I had trouble connecting them while building the TIE as well. The way I fixed it was to remove the black octagon section at the center of each panel while attaching them to the cockpit, so I could visibly ensure all 4 hinges on each side connected. Once that was done I just put the octagons back and you're all set to swoosh.

Gotta say once the wings are properly attached, the TIE feels incredibly sturdy. Can be easily swooshed to your heart's content! (And I'm swooshing it right now actually :P)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Tyrell - I left out the Microfighters as they are obviously not designed with accuracy in mind and accuracy is the subject of this article.

I will be publishing a full review of 75126 at some point in the next few weeks.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the comparison I spent half a hour looking for the resistance transport online for a moc.

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By in United States,

As always, beautiful article, Capn! Clearly you invested quite a lot of thought and time into this piece - much respect to you as a fellow enthusiast of reviews and the process involved.

Frankly though, I may end up changing my mind, but I'm not terribly enthused about purchasing any of the new sets, except perhaps the January release(s). I feel this way due to the film being a huge disappointment for me (and many of my friends who also care deeply for the Star Wars saga). Some have suggested to me that TFA does not even deserve the title of Episode VII. While I'm not sure I'd go that far, I found the film to be a far inferior addition to the 'new' or old SW canon in story, dialogue, and thematic elements, as well as visual continuity. Of course the graphics and acting were largely brilliant, a fervor and beauty that TLG certainly expressed in the first wave and a half... but as a fan of Star Wars and cinema, neither were enough to overcome the numerous issues with the film. That said, I respect immensely the appeal of TFA to newer fans, future generations, and more generally the globalized mass audiences.

Thoughts, anyone?

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By in United States,

Can anyone explain to me the reason Lego insists on using red missiles for the TIE fighters, instead of green ones? It is so obviously inaccurate, seems like there must be an explanation. They use green missiles elsewhere (e.g., 75103 First Order Transporter, etc), so is not like they are not available. They did this on the TIE advanced prototype 75082 as well... There even depict green lasers from the TIE on the box for 75102 Poe's X-wing Fighter!

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By in United States,

Great article...THANKS! I really agree on your analysis. I was thinking that something was off with Poe's X-Wing...the nose...the canopy...something. I think you nailed it. Also....I LOVE the First Order Troop Transporter and the Tie Fighter. Great models! I only hope they release a UCS version of the new Star Destroyer! I WANT IT!

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By in United States,

they should really make a UCS kylo ren shuttle and do it justice

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