Review: 75151 Clone Turbo Tank

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We are now just hours away from the new sets becoming available worldwide and as such we are going to review three of the most anticipated sets of the entire range over the next three days. 75151 Clone Turbo Tank is one of the largest Star Wars sets of the summer, containing 903 pieces and priced at £99.99 or $109.99.

This is the third model of the Turbo Tank to be designed for interaction with minifigures and it has been six years since the last so I think we were due for a new one. Previous versions have been very impressive and I therefore have high expectations for this one, so let's see if they are met...

Minifigures

Only six minifigures are included, two of which are Battle Droids, which is a little disappointing given the price point of the set. However, the standard is impressive, particularly in the case of Luminara Unduli who has undergone a significant update since she last appeared in 7869 Battle for Geonosis. Her headress is now dark brown rather than black which is more accurate to the film and matches the soft fabric cape very well.

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The printing on Luminara's torso and legs is also very faithful to her attire in the movie and I like the metallic gold highlights very much. Her head is printed with two expressions, one smiling and the other angry, as well as some Mirialan facial tattoos and bright blue eyes.

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Quinlan Vos has appeared once before in 7964 Republic Frigate but this minifigure is a vast improvement. The hair piece was originally designed for some of the Dwarves in the Hobbit range but is ideally suited to Vos' messy style and looks as though it was created with him in mind. The head is also impressive, with some stubble and differing expressions on each side.

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The Jedi robes worn by Quinlan Vos are unusual and this is reflected on this figure as a black pauldron is printed over a brown and dark tan tunic. The dark tan cloth is continued onto the hips and legs while Vos' arms are dark flesh in colour to match his head. Both of the Jedi are armed with green lightsabers.

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It is only two and a half years since this version of Commander Gree first appeared in 75043 AT-AP but the standard of the figure is such that I do not mind seeing it again. The camouflage printing on the torso and legs looks absolutely brilliant, as does the bright green visor and dark green stripe on the helmet.

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Some simulated battle damage is found on the front but this is not continued at the back unfortunately. Instead, the pearl silver of the helmet is fully visible along with the detailed design on the back of the torso. My only issue with this figure is that the printing on the legs cuts off rather abruptly but otherwise it looks splendid.

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The 41st Elite Corps Clone Troopers are becoming increasingly common and one is included here to man the Turbo Tank. The helmet design is a near-perfect replica of the source while the printing on the legs and torso is equally impressive, featuring some camouflage patterning and several pouches for storing battlefield equipment.

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I like this minifigure very much but giving us only a single standard trooper is not satisfactory as there are plenty of seats on board the Juggernaut as well as the AT-RT so more troops are required. 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers is no longer available from the majority of stores but one of those would make an excellent addition to this set.

75151 Clone Turbo Tank

Two Battle Droids are included to oppose the Republic which is a rather puny challenge, although I appreciate the inclusion of some Separatist forces as this increases the play value. The droids are the same as ever, with a nicely moulded head and one arm designed to hold a blaster rifle. Two such weapons are included for the Battle Droids and the Clone Troopers are similarly equipped.

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The Completed Model

The tiny size of this model is immediately striking as soon as construction is complete. It measures only a little over 30cm in length so its size has been reduced by a third in relation to 8098 Clone Turbo Tank, the previous version of the A6 Juggernaut which was released in 2010. This is rather disappointing given the extent to which a Turbo Tank is reliant on its size when thundering across a battlefield and I do think it looks quite small when considering the price point.

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However, the level of detail which covers the exterior accounts for the price to some extent and it looks fantastic, if you can ignore the scale. The front is heavily armed and armoured, with dual laser cannons beneath the cab and some floodlights on either side which are smoothly incorporated into the hull plating. I like the dark red pieces which provide some colour and trans-black tiles are suitable to represent the viewports on the front and sides, although I am sure a combination of brackets and trans-black 1x2 panels could have been used so we would actually be able to see through the windows.

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Inside one finds two seats arranged side by side as well as some controls. This is accessed by opening the flaps at the front and on top so there is plenty of space to reach inside and pose a couple of minifigures. I am pleased to see two seats in the cockpit but the colourful Technic pieces which are left exposed towards the back are unsightly and some means of concealing them would have been welcome.

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A dark red stripe continues from the cab onto the side of the Juggernaut and this terminates just below a pair of spring-loaded shooters. These are mounted on both sides and are intended to replicate the grenade launchers which can extent from the hull in the film. It would have been wonderful to see some means of retracting these weapons but the tails of the missiles may have prohibited such a feature. Nevertheless, I quite like them and they are easily removed if you would prefer to display the model with the grenade launchers retracted.

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The entirety of each side panel can be lowered to access the interior, as shown below, although there is not a great deal of detail to be found inside. A jumble of Technic liftarms dominate this area and these provide plenty of stability but spoil the troop bay completely, leaving very little space for minifigures and severely detracting from its aesthetic appeal. As in the cockpit, some plates could easily have been used to cover the exposed Technic elements and this would have improved the interior quite considerably.

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The primary feature which is activated from inside makes use of the prominent yellow gears on each side of the tank. By turning this knob you can raise and lower the observation mast using a gear rack system. I love the idea of this feature and it works quite well but it is a bit tricky to access the gear wheel due to its positioning so close to the roof.

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This feature did not appear on 8098 Clone Turbo Tank as that version was based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it was included on 7261 Clone Turbo Tank from 2005. The spotter's position has been stripped back quite significantly since then and is now more exposed but it also more in scale with the rest of the vehicle and can be rotated to view the entire battle. There is room to stand a minifigure up here alongside a new printed console piece. The same element appears in both cockpits as well as several of the other new Star Wars sets and it looks great. There are no stickers in this set which is a nice bonus.

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Most of the interior is devoted to the storage of an AT-RT. It fits quite comfortably but is not nearly as secure as it was when a similar feature was used on 8098 Clone Turbo Tank and occupies far more space, leaving no room for minifigures. Furthermore, the floor is only partly covered so you cannot place figures inside even when the AT-RT has been deployed. A simple modification will resolve this but I would have liked to see a 4x8 plate included to fill the space and provide a surface with studs.

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The AT-RT itself has exceeded my expectations as it is far more appealing in person than it appears on the box. I like the olive green colour scheme very much and the proportions are also about right. The stud shooter on the front is mounted using a ball joint so has extensive articulation and is a lot of fun to play with, although it is not ideal for display.

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I like the antennas on the back as well but am less satisfied with the legs as the different elements which have been combined look a little odd to me. However, there is plenty of articulation and these click hinges maintain stability which is vitally important, of course.

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Yet more weaponry is fitted to the top of the Turbo Tank and this can be rotated on a small turntable. Handlebars are included for a minifigure to control the turret which is another nice feature but this does not correspond with the movie where this gun emplacement is manned remotely from inside. A handle can be extended from just behind the turret and this is hidden quite well when not in use but is still not necessary in my opinion as the set is sufficiently light and sturdy to be picked up, even by a child.

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Another hull panel can be hinged open on either side to reveal a yellow arms crate. This is filled with some more trans-blue studs for the shooters and a couple of printed thermal detonators.

75151 Clone Turbo Tank

The rear control cabin is a little less detailed than that at the front but looks good nonetheless. I am particularly impressed with the turret on top as this can be rotated all the way around and has two stud shooters which do not detract from the appearance of the vehicle at all. In fact, they compare quite favourably with the movie and are an example of how stud shooters can be used effectively in certain situations.

75151 Clone Turbo Tank

Just as the exterior is a less interesting at the back than it is at the front, so is the interior. A single seat is found in here along with a couple of clips on the wall which hold a cup and a pair of macrobinoculars. Unfortunately there is nowhere to easily store the minifigures' weapons but you can squeeze them into the ammunition crate if they are properly arranged.

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The suspension is an integral feature of the Clone Turbo Tank in the films and it has also been important on each LEGO model. Few changes have been made since 2005 but that is not an issue as it works perfectly and is a fantastic play feature, allowing you to steer the vehicle by adjusting the angle of the hull and traverse obstacles with ease! The central pair of wheels are mounted on shock absorbers which I like while the others are attached using a single pin at the centre of each axle and rock from side to side.

75151 Clone Turbo Tank

These wheels are smaller than ever but they are faithful to the movie and are properly proportioned in relation to the main body of the Juggernaut. The axles look rather spindly and are very exposed from certain angles but it may not be easy to improve this aspect of the design without losing the ability to steer the tank, so I am satisfied with the axles and wheels in their current state.

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Overall

This is a good set on the whole, with plenty of detail on the exterior and lots of fun play features, but I cannot ignore the small size of the model and this reduces its appeal quite significantly in my opinion. If you own the previous models then the reduction in size is really quite surprising and it does leave me slightly underwhelmed given the price point and the relatively mediocre minifigure selection.

75151 Clone Turbo Tank

On the other hand, I think this is the best looking Clone Turbo Tank to date, with a greater level of detail and accuracy to the source material than any of the previous models. It is also the most fun to play with as I really like the new extendable mast but all of the best features of the earlier sets have been maintained.

With a modest reduction in price I would recommend this set but I hope to see a much larger version if LEGO choose to create another model of the A6 Juggernaut in future.

Keep an eye on the homepage tomorrow for a review of a highly anticipated Technic set!

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43 comments on this article

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By in Poland,

By "three of the most anticipated sets of the range" to review you mean summer range or just SW range?

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By in Germany,

The print on the Luminara Unduli minifigure is fantastic.

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By in United States,

I don't mind this being smaller, so this is a really awesome set. But for $110? I don't think so, TLG.

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By in United States,

This set is nice, but I personally think the best A6 Juggernaut to date was 7261 from 2005. This set suffers from the same problem 75058 MTT suffers from. As with the MTT, it's predecessor, 7662 MTT was practically perfect and only needed to be rereleased with some modern adjustments. Sadly TLG decided to scale it down and leave everyone feeling a bit let down. This set, as with the aforementioned MTT are wonderful, nice sets. Just the problem is they don't live up to their predecessors. But I digress....

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By in Canada,

Can't wait for that technic review! Excited!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Not long to wait now! :-)

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By in United States,

Clone Turbo Tank? More like Clone Tiny Tank...

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks decent. As far as Gree and the 2 droids go, the minifigs are fairly standard, but the two Jedi look to be one of the high selling points for this set. They were both present in the Battle of Kashyyyk as well, so the accuracy is always a bonus. The price, while not ideal, doesn't seem too hugely out of proportion. A bit, yes, but I've seen worse.

About the model, though, is it really an A6 Juggernaut? I mean, for the sake of accuracy to the film, maybe, but unless you have it mini-scale like the SHIELD Helicarrier, with the statuettes, it's hardly an A6. At this scale it's much more of an A5 Juggernaut. The A5 is 21.8 meters long compared to the 49.4 meters achieved by the A6. In Lego minifig scale that would be 0.55:1.24 meters long. So, as this one is far closer to 0.55 meters in length, we should really be calling it an A5 rather than an A6, unless you use it at a different scale. Regardless, I am incredibly fun at parties.

Seems like a good set, might pick it up at a discount.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Alonzo Brickovsky - Three of the most anticipated sets from the whole summer wave.

@kazar14 - It is closer to the A5 Juggernaut in size but is definitely based on the A6. The former is no longer a canon vehicle and is also a slightly different shape which is not reflected by this model.

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By in France,

To me only Quinlan Vos and Luminara are worth buying.
The tank's inside is quite poor even if the external aspect is pretty good.
Not to mention the excessive price.

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By in United States,

How did you get this set early, and do you know when it will be officially released?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ It's in some shops already and will be available from [email protected] tomorrow.

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By in Canada,

Huw, I know the review embargo on the 911 is June 1st, but does that mean 12:01 June 1st? What timezone?

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By in United States,

Just curious--is 75157 - Capt Rex's AT-TE part of the SW summer wave?

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By in United States,

I have the first version of the set that was released way back in 2005 so I am not in a hurry to buy another (by the way, there has been three of these bad boys to release one with a light up Mace Windu and another without a light up saber).

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By in United States,

Man, the size of this set is such a letdown. There's so much less interior space than previous versions. I think 8098 is the best iteration based on its size, great looking wheels, and its compatibility with the Dropship from 10195.

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By in Germany,

Nice shaping and details, 20% too small.

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By in United States,

Better wait for 20-30% off on this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Loving those new printed slopes - if they turn up on bricks and pieces I'll be over the moon!

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By in United States,

I noticed all the summer wave SW sets were in stock at ToysRUs yesterday. But I'll skip this set unless I can find it for a big discount. No extra Clone Troopers nor floor space to put them!? Another Gree and Luminara (although her updated fig is spot on fantastic)? I wish TLG could/would do a Quinlan Vos fig in his Legends costume when he went undercover working for Count Dooku (Vos was trying to find and eliminate the second Sith). It would also be cool to see a side by side comparison of the 2005, 2010, and this version of the Juggernaut. I've got the 2010 version, and wouldn't mind another A6 to build up my Clone Army, but unless they were done in the same size/scale it would look silly.

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By in United States,

Since I don't own any of the previous turbo tanks, and have never seen them built in person, I think this set shall satisfy my need for a lego version of this vehicle. I am also very excited to see movie style versions of Luminara and Quinlan, and although I loved the Clone Wars variants, they look a bit dated now.

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By in United States,

I have always wanted to own the Clone Turbo Tank ever since it came out back in 2005, so I'm glad that they continue to release it. However, I am very disappointed that this version is strikingly smaller than the previous versions. That just makes the price less worth it. Also, I feel like this is a weak choice of mini-figures. Sure, we are getting a new Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos, but were we ever really wanting them? Outside of those two we are getting Commander Gree (who has been in one other set), a Kashyyyk trooper (another repeat), and two battle droids. I feel like they could've done better for the Separatists side than just two battle droids. Maybe they could've given us a dwarf spider droid? I don't know what else they could have included but something better than what we have. And perhaps throw in a Wookiee or two. That would've made this set worth the price. I think based on the three released Clone Turbo Tanks, the 2005 version is still the best because you got so much in it and it was larger.

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By in United States,

If I get this it will be heavily modified. It just doesn't look completely how it should.

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By in United States,

I wouldn't call this one of the three most anticipated summer sets. The Technic Porsche and Big Ben are certainly in the three. It is now 20 minutes after midnight UK time on 1st June, will the review be soon?

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By in United States,

Darn......I really want this but there is no way I can get my parents to buy this unless I get lucky and one of my grandparents gives me $150 dollars for birthday presents again.

(Psst. That's how I got my FO transporter)

Well, IF I get this set, I'll have 4 41st Elite Corps Clone Troopers to man it along with the one that comes with this set.

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By in United States,

LEGO Star Wars set evolution: Shrink in scale; expand in price.. bad combo.

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By in United States,

I was really excited about 75151. To be honest, the set itself looks great. Unfortunately, beginning 1-2 years ago, Lego had the genius idea of producing smaller SW sets with higher price tags! Because of this, I won't be interested in 75151 unless a good discount comes around.

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By in United States,

Seems to me SW sets are going through the same process as Modulars--emphasis on tiny details, but overall smaller sizes with considerably higher prices. This actually looks like a fun set to build (and play with!) but I must admit I won't bite unless it goes on sale--if then.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeesh. I'm finding it hard to want any of the Summer sets this year. I notice that quite a few of these sets are already sold out on the Lego site, too.

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By in Brazil,

Any chance of some comparo shots between the 75151 and the 8098?

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By in United Kingdom,

I have been wanting a CTT since getting 75021 republic gunship and 75019 AT-TE but am underwhelmed by this sets size and interior, I don't mind odd colours but not when as a visible component. when this set was announced I expected an £80 price tag but as others have said SW sets are getting smaller, pricier and (not just because of these) they don't have the WOW factor for me at the moment. I think I will look for discounts on this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

After building 7 of the June 1st sets now (thanks to Smyths sticking them on the shelves early), I can honestly say I've really enjoyed myself, I love each and every set ive built. But this set can get in the sea for all I care, its a throwback to an era that just doesnt do it for me and it looks painfully average bordering on amateur.

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By in Canada,

Great review! Will you be reviewing the other Star Wars and Superheroes sets as well?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Ferus Olin - I will certainly be reviewing most of them. A review of the much-anticipated 76057 Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle will be published tomorrow!

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By in Canada,

@CapnRex101- Can't wait! I always enjoy your reviews.

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By in United States,

20% too small, and 30% over priced.

I did see the set on shelves at a Target outside of Chicago yesterday.

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By in Germany,

To small. Definitley to small. I don't have anything against small sets, but considering that the Clone Turbo Tank lives from it's size(Although you would never reach the size of an HAVw-6) while some "play features" like the lookout take away the illusion of being a smaller scale set, like many spaceships.

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By in United States,

I'm happy to see a new clone turbo tank

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By in United Kingdom,

I think this set is good, and I can't wait to get it!

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By in South Korea,

You should be happy with that nice price!! In South Korea, it is US 160$ or KRW 189,900 :)

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By in France,

Interesting review, thank you Captain Rex!

I fully agree that 130€ is too high, 99€ would have looked more fair IMHO considering the smaller size of the tank. Fortunately it's not TRU exclusive so we should have beneficial competition (already 110€ at TRU Germany, hope Amazon will align) and hopefully price will drop in the next 6 months (cf 75105 going from 160€ to 120€ now).

The minifigs choice is OK for me, my son doesn't have 75043 and Commander Gree is nice to have, as well as the 2 Jedis which are not easily found in other sets. The 2 battle droids are rather questionable, as they don't have a chance against a Juggernaut. I would prefer that for big sets (who said 75098?), Lego makes them fully on one side as the opponent counterpart is usually useless.

Anyway, my son doesn't have a previous edition, and he likes Kashyyyk battle a lot, so it's very likely we will end up buying this one once the price has dropped a bit.

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By in United States,

Can't wait to get this set.
Luckily I have the Kashyyyk trooper battle pack and a bunch of battle droids so I'm pretty much set :)

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By in United States,

^^^ same here, 8 Kashyyyk troopers and about 12 battle droids, along with Gree and Tarrful.

I watched a review of this set by Solid Brix Studios, and he had the same issues- the size, the minifig selection, the walker's stud shooter. I'll probably still get this set though.........

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