Review: 75170 The Phantom

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75170 The Phantom is the only set based on Star Wars Rebels in the Winter 2017 wave but it seems to have satisfied the majority of fans based solely on the inclusion of one character.

Grand Admiral Thrawn's arrival in Star Wars Rebels was announced at Star Wars Celebration during the summer and I was lucky enough to be in the audience for the panel so experienced the extraordinary reaction firsthand. It seems remarkable that LEGO has been able to produce a minifigure so quickly but it looks tremendous and will undoubtedly justify the purchase of this set for many fans, regardless of the other figures and models included. Nevertheless, the entirety of 75170 The Phantom looks quite impressive to me and I am delighted to be able to bring you a review today!

Minifigures

Kanan Jarrus was blinded during a lightsaber duel with Darth Maul at the end of the second season and now wears a decorated visor which is represented by a new piece here. I love the printed Jaig eyes and the dark green goes perfectly with the olive green colour of Kanan's new torso. This simple design is faithful to the character's updated appearance in the show and I like the printed belt which continues onto the hips and the legs, where Kanan also wears some armour to protect his knees.

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The head features some new printing too as Kanan's beard is significantly thicker than that of earlier minifigures and his eyes are white to represent blindness which is quite effective in my opinion. He is armed with a blue lightsaber but no blaster, thereby reflecting his growing reliance upon the Force.

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C1-10P, better known as Chopper, discovers this shuttle in a Separatist hangar bay and it is therefore only right that he is included in the set. The design remains unchanged since it first appeared in 75048 The Phantom from 2014 and it looks splendid, as ever, with mechanical details printed on the front of the cylindrical body as well as some indicators on the head.

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These squat legs are only used for Chopper and they adequately represent his short statue, as does the unique body element which differs from those on other Astromech droids. Unfortunately there is no printing on the back of the body but dark yellow and black stripes run all the way around the circumference of the head so the figure is not left entirely blank when viewed from behind.

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This set has garnered a great deal of attention based on the inclusion of Grand Admiral Thrawn who is making his first appearance as a minifigure! This exceptionally popular character has already crossed paths with our heroes on several occasions during season three of Star Wars Rebels and has often demonstrated his extraordinary tactical ability, endearing the cunning admiral to existing fans as well as new ones. The design of this minifigure is almost perfect as his torso is accurately printed with a white uniform on the front and back as well as golden shoulder buckles and a black belt.

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Unfortunately the design of this figure is based on concept artwork for the character and his rank indicator is therefore showing the wrong colours. This is very frustrating but it seems unfair to blame LEGO for this as the graphic designer was not to know that his rank indicator would be updated. Perhaps a corrected version will be produced for another set at some point in the future.

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I like Grand Admiral Thrawn's double-sided head and the two expressions look equally menacing, as do his piercing red eyes. Dual-moulded legs to represent boots would have been welcome but a plain white design is satisfactory in my opinion and I am quite pleased with the figure overall.

The Completed Model

The original Phantom was destroyed during the mission to Reklam Station and was soon replaced by a modified Sheathipede-class shuttle which is brightly decorated to match its predecessor. I like the design of the Phantom II and this model is impressively accurate on the whole, with a curved aft section and a smooth cockpit module which makes good use of a trans-black windscreen introduced in the Speed Champions range last year.

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The landing legs can be folded up and sit fairly flush with the hull of the model, although there is quite a lot of unoccupied space and I am sure they could have been designed to fold away altogether. The more bothersome issue is that the landing gear does not extend to the same level as the forward pair are mounted a plate higher than those at the rear so the entire vessel tilts forward a little. Minor problems like these seem to plague Star Wars sets and I hope the designers will make a greater effort to resolve them in future.

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Removing the canopy reveals the interior of the cockpit. There is little furnishing but you can seat a minifigure at the printed control panel and there is plenty of room for even Hera Syndulla's lekku to fit beneath the cockpit canopy. Chopper slots into a droid socket just behind the cockpit and this is accurately offset to the starboard side among some dark bluish grey greebling.

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The entire cockpit section can be disconnected from the cargo section and is attached using two Technic pins as well as an axle. It is securely held in place when joined and this feature provides a little extra play value but seems unnecessary to me as we have yet to see the Phantom II use any such function in the animated series. Furthermore, missiles can be launched on either side of the hull and these are activated using a hidden switch at the back of the model.

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I think the view from the rear is quite appealing but for the tan bricks on either side of the loading ramp. These could easily have been replaced by white pieces and that would look much better. However, the dorsal fin is nicely constructed using SNOT building techniques and each side is decorated with a sticker, as is the door at the back. The yellow switch for the missiles is visible just above the loading door in the images below.

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The door hinges down to reveal a large space inside but this is entirely devoted to an Imperial crate which contains a printed thermal detonator. The Imperial insignia on the lid is represented by a tiny sticker which is quite difficult to align properly so I recommend using the tip of a brick separator to ensure accurate placement. It would have been nice to find some seating for additional minifigures inside but you could easily modify the model to include them if you wish.

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The ability to connect with the Ghost is an integral feature of the Phantom in Star Wars Rebels and there has been considerable debate regarding whether or not this model will fit with 75053 The Ghost on the Brickset Forum. The unusual placement of some 2x2 round plates on the underside of the hull indicates that the model is designed to connect with something, but I was still eager to make absolutely sure...

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Success! The narrow lower half of the Phantom II slides neatly into place between the Ghost's engine nacelles just as 75048 The Phantom did. This craft is far larger than the original and therefore occupies a much greater area but I applaud the designer's effort as it must have been very difficult to create a shuttle which would fit comfortably into an existing model.

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The older set did not interfere with the shape of 75053 The Ghost to this extent but this was unavoidable given the larger size of 75170 The Phantom. I like the consistent colour scheme and it is also pleasing to note that the hinged flap behind the Ghost's dorsal turret slots into the new set just as it did for the original! While this design is not ideal for display it is excellent for play and I am delighted to be able to combine the two sets.

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Overall

The extraordinary popularity of Grand Admiral Thrawn will draw many people to this set and it does not disappoint, despite a smattering of minor issues. The minifigures are excellent and the Phantom II is also quite impressive on the whole as the curved hull panels and dorsal fin are formed using some interesting building techniques. Moreover, the number of functions packed into the craft is very satisfying and I am glad that you can fit some extra minifigures in the cargo bay if you wish, although it is really designed to hold a munitions crate.

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However, there is one disappointing aspect of the set which I have yet to discuss. 75170 The Phantom contains just 269 pieces but is priced at £39.99 in the UK and $39.99 in the US, far exceeding the cost one might have anticipated for such a small set. I was expecting a price of £29.99 or $29.99 and I think that would have been quite reasonable but the actual cost is significantly higher and I would be reluctant to recommend it unless the set is discounted. At that point it will be an absolute necessity for fans of Star Wars Rebels.

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49 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic review. This set has been 1 of 2 at the top of my list. The designer has done a fantastic job to make this set fit with the ghost and the minifigures included are excellent. I have to agree on the price but that will not stop me from buying it. Also the fact that chopper can fit into the top is brilliant. Love everything about this. I too was fortunate enough to be present at Star Wars Celebration, and the Rebels season 3 panel was perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend. The reveal of Grand Admiral Thrawn will stay with me forever.

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By in United States,

Looks great! That price...not so much.

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By in United States,

Grand Admiral Thrawn, maybe he is the reason why there are no Jedi other than Ben Kenobi alive (to the knowledge of the Rebellion).
This season/series finale of Rebels scares me as they are getting dangerously close to the Episode IV timeline more or less.

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By in United States,

Just wish it would be coming out in January instead of March in the US. =(

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review and nice photos. I'll have to search for Thrawn online separately as I'm just interested in him.

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By in United States,

Hold up, if Kanan's blind, is he still supposed to pilot this thing? I know he's force-sensitive but it still seems pretty dangerous!

The fact that the designer took care to ensure that it could still join up with the Ghost is laudable. Not only because it's a good play feature, but because The Ghost came out three years ago and was retired one year ago. Making this new set compatible with it was therefore largely unnecessary, but the designer did it anyhow for the benefit of people who had the older Rebels sets.

Of course, the old Phantom was a little oversized compared to the Ghost and I imagine the same is true here. I haven't been able to verify that since I don't watch Rebels and haven't been able to find any concept art or screenshots that show what the new Phantom looks like when docked with the Ghost.

While I'm mostly a casual Star Wars fan and never got too invested in the Expanded Universe, I can definitely appreciate the popularity of Thrawn as a character, and it's great that he's now available as a minifigure!

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a really nice looking set, but yeah, the price is... steep... even by Star Wars set standards... :/

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By in United States,

Great review! I've been dying to see some better images of this sets, so this is fantastic.

I'm excited to get Thrawn, and I think Lego did the character justice for the most part. I'm interested to see him with gold epulettes on though. New Kanan is awesome too, although I miss the lack of his eye scars and that SW Rebels habit of only printing half legs still drives me insane. At this price I wish there was another figure too. Zeb has still been only in one set and that was what, three years ago now?!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir In answer to you're question about Kanan flying whilst blind - alot of the time the job of pilot often fall to Chopper, the rebels helpful yet grumpy astromech droid.

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By in United Kingdom,

Superb review I am glad we finally now if it fits the ghost. I have ordered with free pilot mini fig but do agree price is bad

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By in United States,

$40???? Well, hopefully amazon puts it on a discount pretty soon after the release date

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By in United States,

Like others, disappointed at the price, but will wait to get it at a discount because as a Rebels fan this set is a MUST HAVE. Looks fantastic and love the new Kanan and Thrawn. Great review thank you.

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By in Netherlands,

how do you fire those springloaded shooters?

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By in United States,

Luke was able to dodge blaster bolts blind when he was only a padawan, surely Kanan can fly a starship.

Anyway, great review! I don't watch the Rebels TV show, so the main highlight of this set going in was the Thrawn minifigure, but the rest of the set looks very good. Maybe the ship will sit parallel to the ground if the front and rear landing gear are positioned at different angles?

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By in United States,

Seriously, $40!? I love Thrawn, (well, the EU version, I haven't watched Rebels in a long time) but I can't justify $40 on a $25-30 set. Also, does any one know if his full name is still canon?

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By in Ireland,

Were people giving out about the Thrawn minifigure originally because he looked like he didn't have his characteristic red eyes? Maybe it looked like he had a different colour in his eyes in the original set pictures. Sorry for the pretty insignificant remark. :P

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By in Japan,

Would love Thrawn but for the price I think I will hunting for a discount at some point. Probably a year from now when EPVIII hype kills the demand for these sets. Still I love the colors and the blinded Kanan is awesome in LEGO form.

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By in United Kingdom,

The 'canon-ness' of Thrawn obviously offers up some great debate so I'll have to catch up with the latest series of Rebels to find out what the fuss is about (sounds like it's already finished based on someone else's comment). He certainly sounds like a great character from the small amount of reading I've done on him, but still not amazing enough to add £10 onto what is essentially an (admittedly very slick) £30 set.

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By in United States,

I like the Separatist Shuttle much better in the Phantom's colors. And it looks like some really nice figures. Still $40 is steep!

@Lordmoral yes they are getting close to Episode IV, but the one nice thing is Rebel's can theoretically run in tandem between the OT movies. There is a lot of unexplored territory between Ep IV and V that was largely untouched outside of the old Marvel comics. I don't think Rebels has quite as hard of a cut off point as The Clone Wars did. After all the Rebellion didn't end until Endor.

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By in United States,

Not real in to EU stuff anymore. But I'll be picking this up purely for Grand Admiral Thrawn. Shouldn't his hair be black?

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By in Australia,

Lol...$60 in Australia for 269 pieces of LEGO. No wonder more and more companies are ripping off LEGO and making their own generic brandings. You buy two tiny genuine sets that take under an hour to build and you're looking at over $100.

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By in United Kingdom,

Who said specialised pieces are useless? That's not only race cars, but also a tram, a helicopter and a star wars space ship!

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By in United Kingdom,

Also, am I the only person who wants this set for the new kanan minifigure rather than the thrawn minifigure?

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By in United Kingdom,

Dude! Spoiler alert!!!! You've just revealed far too much plot of rebels for my liking. Good review but put some warnings. Kanan losing his eye sight is kind of a big deal, but to darth maul!!!! Not cool dude... Not cool

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By in France,

"I hope you have found this review informative." Always. :-)

Brickset reviews have a very high standard. Great pictures, thoughtful text.

Admiral Thrawn is very nice to get. :-)

About the infamous 40 GBP, maybe it is already including the rising price TLG announced for the UK for the 2017 sets...

(http://news.sky.com/story/lego-to-raise-retail-prices-by-average-5-from-1-january-10695730)

'cause 5 % is an average, some sets get even more expensive (probably like this one) and others actually not at all (microfighters, battle packs...).

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By in United Kingdom,

@LusiferSam - Thrawn's hair is a very dark shade of blue in Star Wars Rebels so I think dark blue is an appropriate colour selection for the hair piece.

@MrHoops - Sorry about that. I was working on the basis that the fact that the Kanan minifigure is blind would give away the events of season two. I will make sure to avoid any potential spoilers in the other Star Wars reviews.

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By in United Kingdom,

oH DEAR, OH DEAR. tHIS IS NOT WORTH IT JUST FOR tHRAWN.

Oops. Caps.

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By in Norway,

It looks overly large when connected to The Ghost. Do maybe we will see an updated Ghost later in 2017, especially since The Ghost features at least twice in Rogue One.

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By in Australia,

I was really looking forward to this but at $60 AUD, I really can't swallow the price, maybe on sale but certainly not for that much. It seems all Star Wars sets seem to be much more expensive than they should be. I mean mean the Desert Skiff being $70 is ridiculous enough, seeing as the 2012 set was $50, but the A-wing for $80 is just outrageous! I mean nearly all the non rogue one sets look like they should be in the 40-50 dollar price range and all are more expensive than that.

There is no way inflation can solely be to blamed for these prices, and it's a real shame as I like most of these sets :/ At these prices I think I'll just spend all my money on the Lego Batman Movie sets.

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By in United States,

I've read pretty much all of Timothy Zahn's books and I am thrilled that Thrawn has made it into minifigure form!! This set looks worth getting.

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By in Hungary,

@magpie9: Twice? I've counted three times appearing the Ghost in Rogue One. There's one shot of it when the main heros leave Yavin 4 base and travel to Jedha, and two maybe three shots battling with the imperials in the final space battle. And I think it managed to escape too.

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By in Hungary,

@ CapnRex101: I'm glad that you came out with a 2017 Star Wars review, but where are the missing 2016 Rogue One set reviews? When will we get it?

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By in United States,

What are the odds? A star wars set that is grossly overpriced? I wonder how much the license costs to keep in business with them, or is it LEGO greed?

Either way, I am unfamiliar with Rebels, but the ship looks okay. I tend to buy SW sets for the figures, and these do not disappoint. But at that price, there is no way I could ever justify it. After all of the sales this year on Amazon, I can only imagine it is never worth it to pay full price on any LEGO set.

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By in United Kingdom,

My biggest issue is it is double to cost of Yoda's Jedi Starfighter which has also just been released and only contains 7 more pieces

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By in United States,

Maybe the rear legs are supposed to open up to one click wider, to allow the ship to land level?

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By in United States,

FORTY!?!?

I can think of another word that starts with F... :P

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By in United States,

As someone mentioned before, a spoiler warning would've been handy with this. I don't follow the show but spoilers for it seem unavoidable. Glad I did read the article though, when I first saw this set's title I was honestly a little worried. We've only gotten 12 other proper sets for Rebels, and seeing a repeat this soon in the line would be awful, especially considering how much LEGO loves to shove new X-Wings and Millennium Falcons down our throats every other year. Nice to see it is in fact a new ship, and is expanding the LEGO universe as the show expands the Star Wars one.

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By in Australia,

Did you miss the pieces of gold included in the set ?

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By in United Kingdom,

For this much I would've liked a new Ezra minifigure too

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By in United States,

I'm speechless.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not a set for me, but is anyone *really* surprised at the prices?
All you have to do is look at the € to £ exchange rate or the € to $ exchange rate over the past 12 months.
One of many price 'shocks' to come I think...

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By in United States,

Amazing minifigs! I can finally do an authentic Nuru Kungurama minifig! Pin the tail on the donkey anyone?

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By in United States,

I've had my eyes on this set for some time, but I'm just not sure I can justify 40 bucks. I could get fifteen droids on a 550-piece carrier with a gungan at that retail price... I really want Thrawn, but does he single-handedly outweigh what else I can get at that price? And do I want to buy in to Lego's Star Wars price inflation trend? I don't know...

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By in United Kingdom,

I just got this set and I think they made thrawn too dark blue, also pretty sure the astromech socket is on the wrong side, but other than those minor glitches its a pretty cool set :)

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By in United States,

This one is going in my cubicle FOR SURE.

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By in Australia,

Will get it on sale. Only for Thrawn though. The rest will go into my bin.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love everything about this set bar the price, though I was lucky enough to pick it up for £30 using my VIP points. The shuttle looks absolutely fantastic connected up to the Ghost. Delighted and surprised that the designer put in this extra effort. A great set for me to end 2016 on!

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By in United States,

I might brick link 50 of those printed black Minifig plates just to display my Star Wars Minifigures on.

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By in United States,

@VaderFan2187 That's what I get for not reading the review.
Now that I have read the review, great review.

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