Review: 40299 Kessel Mine Worker

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Polybags provide an excellent opportunity for the LEGO Star Wars design team to produce a few minifigures which might not suit standard retail sets. The new 40299 Kessel Mine Worker, based upon Solo: A Star wars Story, is one such character.

This polybag is currently available with LEGO purchases exceeding $29.95 at Barnes & Noble stores in the US. It can be also be purchased as an individual item, costing $5.99.

Minifigure

LEGO Star Wars minifigures are often rather monochromatic so the Kessel Mine Worker really stands out. His bright light yellow uniform looks marvellous, featuring a band of organisational sigils across the jacket as well as a white belt with pouches for storing equipment. Unfortunately, the design on the hips does not line up perfectly with that on the torso in this instance but I like the splashes of dark tan mud on both components.

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The minifigure wears an unusual visor but does not include a helmet. This is disappointing as a perfect element already exists and could have been moulded in tan, although not every worker wears a helmet in the film. Nevertheless, I think the minifigure appears incomplete without a helmet or datafeed headset. He does come with a pearl silver blaster pistol though.

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The Completed Model

Technic pins allow you to connect this display base with others in the series and it includes a backdrop showing the Kessel control centre. The printing seems quite dark so little detail is visible, although this does present a lovely contrast with the minifigure. As usual, the stand also includes a sticker which is applied on a 1x4 tile and identifies the Kessel Mine Worker.

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Overall

Exclusive characters are always a welcome addition to the LEGO Star Wars range and I like the bright light yellow attire worn by the Kessel Mine Worker. The organisational sigils look fantastic in relation to the source material but this minifigure should have come with a helmet, matching the majority of Quay Tolsite's staff in the film.

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On that basis, I am slightly disappointed with 40299 Kessel Mine Worker, although the minifigure looks fairly generic so could certainly form part of a large Star Wars display. Hopefully this polybag will soon become more widely available around the world.

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Thanks to Huw for the photos in this review.

 

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41 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool little figure as a standard Sci-fi guy, although I don't remember him in the film. I still like him though :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone know when/where this will be available in the UK? Thanks :)

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By in Canada,

not available on the Barnes and Noble site as far as I can tell.

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By in United States,

I have not seen Solo yet, but even without source material to compare it with, my first thought was that it looked incomplete as well.

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By in United States,

Of note when I tried to get this deal it was for a single item priced at 29.95 or over not a total lego purchase totaling over that amount. I tried buying several smaller lego items and the deal did not go through.

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By in Hungary,

@CapnRex10: Sorry, but this time I simply can't agree with you. This figure should have to appeared in the Kessel Run MF alongside with his boss Quay Tolsite, instead one of those pointless droid figures which are inclueded in that set.
But I agree, his helmet is missing indeed. A bit lazy job from the designer.

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By in United States,

I like it. Very sci-fi looking. A little disappointing without a helmet, but maybe this character is also bald, like me. I would like to add this and that Han Solo Mudtrooper to my collection.

Here is JANGBRiCKS' July video review of both: https://youtu.be/bgchslabRC4

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By in United Kingdom,

Not my favourite of the promotional minifigs but ok.. I like the chrome blaster though, the minifig i really like is the scarif trooper..

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By in United States,

Just to agree with @bnussbaum17 and @Namer18, I've failed to get the minifig to show up in my cart at Barnes and Noble online, even with items over $29.99 showing the "free Star Wars minifigure" blurb. Perhaps they're out of stock online? Hopefully there'll be enough in stores to keep the secondary market supplied at a reasonable price.

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By in United States,

@bnussbaum17 It was but it went out of stock quickly this past Saturday about 10 minutes before I ordered :(

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By in United States,

I bought mine by itself in a B&N store. Try that if you can.

I also want the helmet on the figure, but then I remembered: that helmet is pretty long in the back. Perhaps the issue is that the helmet would hit the stand on the back? Has anyone with that specific helmet piece tried that?

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By in Italy,

wow this is that sloppy O_o

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By in United States,

I like this series of minifigures and have the last three, and honestly the solo figures look the worst. But I will still pick this up:) Needs helmet though. Maybe you could modify one of the Cloud car pilots' helmets.

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By in United Kingdom,

The more minifigs I see on these bases/backings the more I dislike this way of displaying them. A minifig with a 4x3 plate is just fine if a stand is deemed a vital requirement. The sticker nameplate looks nasty, the backplate pointless. The lack of helmet unforgivable in this particular case.

Sorry for negativity, and I purposely refrained from commenting on the Mud-Solo for similar reasons, but these are sub-par offerings.

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By in United Kingdom,

Slightly off-topic addition - I recently saw Solo, thought it was great. My fantasy wish list now includes a Mimban Imperial battlepack and a minifig scale AT-DT with lots of dark tan grubby bits!

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By in United Kingdom,

I have heard from several sources that it rings up at the register as $1.27 and you don't need to make a $30USD purchase either at B&N to buy it for $1.27 and you can buy as many as you want at that price and I have seen a receipt that backs up that up too. Kinda have to laugh that it is available that cheaply in the USA and it is being sold by scalpers in UK for £20+
A Gold Mine for some....

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By in Russian Federation,

Who?

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By in United States,

Not all B&N stores will sell them, at 1.27 or 5.99, reporting them as part of a promotion. I guess it will also depend on if you find them after the promo ends

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By in United States,

Looks good but could have come in a Kessel Mine set with a few slaves and different miners.

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By in United States,

My local Barnes & Noble would not sell it on its own. Only as part of the $30+ promotion. Just FYI.

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By in United States,

Looks Awesome! but I agree that it should come with a helmet. maybe because it won't fit right on the stand. still, I have to get it!

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By in United States,

My local B&N is a total mess right now. They are rearranging and about a third of the store is unstocked as a result. The Lego assortment is currently limited to Harry Potter. If there were Star Wars sets I couldn't find them.

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By in United States,

Bought one today. I actually tried to buy a $29.99 set, but it rang up at $24 because it was on sale apparently, at which point I simply asked if I could just buy the minifigure by itself. The cashier wasn't sure, so she scanned it and it came up at $1.99, so she allowed me to buy it.

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By in New Zealand,

I initially thought the facial expression was him saying ‘Oooooo’

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By in Canada,

I understand that people like helmets on minifigures but this version of the Kessel Mine Worker appears in the film (ie without a helmet). Go to 1:12:45 and there are two of these guys guarding a door with no helmets. So it’s not laziness on the designers part. It’s probably the source material they were given. Or what version they wanted to create.

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By in United States,

At my store they wouldn't let me purchase them separately so it is ymmv

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By in United States,

Can't seem to buy it online, I keep seeing "This item is currently not eligible for coupon offers." on everything I selected! Wonder if it's in store only now!

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the twin pod car pilot figure helmet from the new cloud city would have been a good helmet for this dude.

It looks a bit incomplete due to the fact he's kind of bald.

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By in United States,

I asked, my B and N wouldn’t sell it individually. You HAD to spend over $30. So I ended up buying stuff I had no interest in just to get the threshold since there are no sets I want at the moment. Wasteful. Maybe I’ll try another B and N in town and see if that one will sell it by itself. It’s just out of the way.

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By in United States,

My store had them on sale for $1.25, I lucked out and got the last one, next closest was waiting until the sale ended.

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By in United States,

Yeah, the no helmet thing is a bummer, if it was a new piece I could understand but all they had to do was recolor and it would have been a great fig.

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By in United States,

and we need this guy because?

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By in United States,

Since people asked; I put the requested helmet on the figure (I have the version from the Rogue One sets) and then put it on the stand. Its a pretty tight clearance, with the helmet just millimeter's shy from touching the backdrop if the figure is standing straight. If he leans back a bit the helmet touches the backdrop quickly. I imagine that clearance issue and the fact some of the film characters were seen without the helmet is probably why this figure did not include it.

With that said, I like the way the figure turned out. The pastel yellow is such a rare color for a figure, and it stands out well. I used the trip to B&N to make some early Christmas purchases and netted the figure for myself.

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By in United States,

Don't know if they made a mistake but my Barnes and Noble only charged $1.24 for one without having to buy anything else. So I bought 2.

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By in United States,

I was able to stop by my B&N today, they had only a couple left, and would only give them away with a minimum $30 set. Finally was able to add the one I was missing to my collection!

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By in United States,

I attempted to get this on 10/7. It showed up in the cart along with my $29.99 Lego purchase. Then at check-out it applied a $5 discount (which Lego shouldn't have qualified for) and dropped the minifigure from the order, which I didn't notice until delivery today. B&N phone support confirmed my order didn't qualify for the promo because of the discount, and because they ran out of the Kessel figs on 10/6, although they continue to advertise the promo online. Clearly, they've taken a page from Walmart's book on how to wreck perfectly reasonable-sounding promotions and make Lego exclusives impossible to obtain.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've just seen the link ResIpsaLoquitur posted and it makes me love this guy even more!

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By in United Kingdom,

I recently asked a fellow Brit to go hunting beyond the former colonies on my behalf for the Kessel Mine Worker in B&N stores in Seattle. He charmed the store clerk with his English accent and was rewarded with 4 of the 40299 polybags for FREE. Seriously God bless the United States of America.

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By in United States,

A good minifigure, I expect people to be buying more than 1.

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