Review: 75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack

Posted by ,
View image at flickr

Three different variants of Elite Praetorian Guard appear during Star Wars: The Last Jedi and these lethal characters have proven to be very popular. 75216 Snoke's Throne Room only contained one version, unfortunately, but another one is found in 75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack.

I have therefore been very excited to expand my collection of Praetorian Guards, especially since they are available in a Battle Pack which costs £12.99 or $14.99. Hopefully these minifigures will match the high standard of the guards from 75216 Snoke's Throne Room and the associated model may be entertaining for play.

Minifigures

This set includes three Elite Praetorian Guards, two of whom wear a brand new helmet while the third features the same helmet as the minifigures from 75216 Snoke's Throne Room. I am disappointed that the third variant is not present, although that is not entirely surprising as the alternative design appears similar to the version without a flared panel protecting the top. These two helmets look fantastic though and I love their textured visors.

View image at flickr

Plain red heads are found underneath the helmets and each minifigure sports an enormous pauldron that covers their shoulders. These look magnificent in relation to the source material and I am equally impressed with their armoured torso designs. All three Praetorian Guards wear identical chest armour and I particularly appreciate the segmented panels around their abdomen.

View image at flickr

A new skirt component was introduced during 2018 and appeared on the Praetorian Guard minifigures in 75216 Snoke's Throne Room. However, these guards feature printed legs which are definitely more versatile for display, although I also like the layered robes represented by the skirt. Ideally, both would have been included but the printed legs are adequate and the set comes with a wonderful selection of weapons.

View image at flickr

Praetorian Guards are certainly the focus of this set but one First Order Stormtrooper is included too. This minifigure feels out of place but additional guards would be unnecessary in my opinion as only eight appear in the movie. The helmet features a narrower mouth design than past Stormtroopers, matching later batches of 75166 First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack and the executioners from 75197 First Order Specialists Battle Pack.

75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack

The remainder of the armour has not been updated but looks marvellous. I like the belt compartments and the black body glove beneath the armour compares favourably with the movies. A standard Clone Trooper head is found underneath the helmet and the First Order Stormtrooper is equipped with a stud shooter.

75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack

The Completed Model

Star Wars Battle Packs usually contain a small vehicle but this example features a training platform for the Elite Praetorian Guards instead. This model is somewhat bland and does not take direct inspiration from anything in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but it suits the guards well, due primarily to the red highlights on the floor which correspond with their armour.

A floating training droid is mounted on a trans-clear stand beside the platforms. This droid wields a red lightsaber and twin laser cannons, perhaps indicating that the Praetorian Guards' weapons can deflect incoming laser blasts as well as parrying lightsaber strikes, although that has not been exhibited in the movies.

View image at flickr

Four such weapons are stored on a rack, loosely representing the electro-bisento, vibro-voulge, vibro-arbir blades and Bilari electro-chain whip from The Last Jedi. I think they look superb when compared with the film and the rotating platforms are appropriately distant for the weapons to strike one another during play. Ideally, the platforms would be linked to some gears so you could turn them remotely but this simple function works well.

View image at flickr

Overall

75225 Elite Praetorian Guard Battle Pack contains a brilliant selection of minifigures and is therefore a successful Battle Pack. The three Elite Praetorian Guards are exceptionally detailed and look fantastic in relation to their onscreen counterparts while the First Order Stormtrooper is a wonderful addition for expanding your First Order army, even though its helmet has been updated slightly.

View image at flickr

It is unfortunate that the third variant of Praetorian Guard is not included and the actual model is bland but it does provide reasonable play value. On that basis, I would certainly recommend this set to those who enjoyed Star Wars: The Last Jedi and hope that final helmet will appear in a future set.

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below.

 

Sponsored content

36 comments on this article

Gravatar
By in Canada,

I will probably get this, if only for the minifigures.

Gravatar
By in Singapore,

Great review! Just built this set today. Was happy to finally obtain “The Last Jedi” First Order Trooper design in addtion 3 ‘unique’ variants of the fabled Pretorian Guards. I like the inclusion of the training droid and that the mini-build can enhance Snoke’s Throne Room set. As 2 guards came with 75216 and 3 in this, I’m guessing LEGO is counting on fans buying 2 of this battle pack , to gain a total of 8 guards, to mimic the film. Impressed with the Winter wave, overall.

Gravatar
By in United States,

Interesting how the platforms incorporate a play feature via rotating the two guards on each one to fight each other. I could see kids having fun with that, although I doubt most adult collectors will care much for it.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

I'm actually glad they've included the Stormtrooper, I love the change to the helmets from TLJ. They look more menacing and at the same time more similar to the OT Stormies. I might actually get two of these, which would be the first battle pack I've bought duplicates of since 8014 Clone Walker way back in the day.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

That stormtrooper isn't technically unique as later batches of 75166 were updated to feature the wider mouths once the Executioner was released.

Gravatar
By in Netherlands,

Thank you for this review.
would like to see this in relation with set 75216, do they match? are they 'lockable'?

Gravatar
By in United States,

Nice set, better review

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

@Jacob1998 - I wasn't aware of that and have updated the review. Thanks!

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

I have Snokes Throne Room so this helps me add the right number of guards to that, thank you for the review

Gravatar
By in United States,

I am very happy that LEGO included a first order stormtrooper along with the praetorian Guards As it makes this battle pack a perfect army builder!

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

I really like this one, but possibly the most predictable Lego set of all time!

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

So with Disney at the helm, lightsabers weren't just for Jedi and Sith in the new movies ...now we get droids with them too! Lightsabers have lost their identity. But, it's a toy, so I ain't gonna weep over it :-D

Gravatar
By in United States,

@mr_skinny: General Grievous used quite a few lightsabers, and that wasn’t Disney

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

Great review as always, Cap'n!

I do take slight issue with the first sentence which describes them as "lethal"; they didn't actually manage to kill anyone in the film... ;-)

Gravatar
By in United States,

The best thing from TLJ. Interested in buying this--thanks for the review.

Gravatar
By in United States,

This set is the only good thing about Episode 8.

Damn. I was beaten to it by LuvsLEGO.

Gravatar
By in United States,

This set is obviously just for the mini figures. I believe that it was unnecessary to update the stormtrooper helmet seeing as the older ones look better. Battle packs are better when they have a USEFUL vehicle instead of a boring stand which is only useful if you own Snoke's throne room. Did anybody here notice that in order to have all the guards in the movie you need two of these and snake's throne room set? I won't be getting this set as much as I like those mini figures.

Gravatar
By in France,

Moded it a bit and assembled with Snoke's Throne Room on one side, close to a twin pillar. Now it looks a bit bigger, red color is more prominent, and the whole looks more complete with five Praetorian guards and two kinds of helmets. So it's closer to the movie, and looks good on display on a Wicked Bricks black display dedicated stand. I warmly recommend this little set.

Gravatar
By in Brazil,

The character selection was excellent (so glad it's a regular Stormtrooper instead of a Executioner or Heavy Weapon or some useless officer). Two of these sets would be amazing to get because you could have the guards holding the weapons in pairs. If it's cheap here in Brazil I'll buy one or two, even though I'm not convinced if this is a set I'll like to have in a long term.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

An excellent set. I really prefer the use of legs on the guards as the solid wedge skirt thing always looks too heavy on minifigs. However, maybe a fabric cloak (or fabric skirt) could have been used to give a more robe-like aesthetic to the figures. The rest of the set is a glorified weapons rack, but no dramas, it's useful for the parts bin. At least there's only one stud shooter - thank goodness - but it will still get jetisoned such is my distain for them!!

Gravatar
By in Italy,

Has anyone found this in Australia anywhere? ??

Gravatar
By in United States,

I don't see how a Lego set including a red lightsaber is 'indicative of Disney ruining Star Wars!!!" (?) No this is purely Lego, not anything Lucasfilm made canon (I'd actually dare say lightsaber lore and their uniqueness to the Jedi/Sith is far more solid in Disney's new canon than it ever was prior; just go read Darth Vader's journey to build his lighstaber in the new comic books as an example, but I digress).

Lego has always included goofy, somewhat non-canon aspects in Lego Star Wars sets since the theme launched. Remember Jedi Bob? Smiling face Dengar? Countless goofy speeders in battlepacks never based on anything ever seen on screen? Yoda wearing a "New York I love" T-shirt on an exclusive promo figure? The Christmas themed figures in the Advent Calendars? Not to mention the countless Lego Star Wars animated TV shorts and video games that have always played loose ball with the canon.... especially if it adds a play aspect to the toys.

Gravatar
By in Canada,

Maybe I'm wrong as the comments of at least 2 Brickset members suggest, but I think a majority of people buying this set, aren't buying it for the stormtrooper. I think it cheapens the set to have it included and 4 praetorian's would have been preferable imo.

Gravatar
By in France,

Juulhorst no, it's not designed to be directly "lockable" with Snoke's Throne Room. As told in my first comment, I had to MOD both (mainly 75225) in order to connect them in a decent and quite aesthetic and coherent way. But the result, depending on what you want, can be quite satisfying :)

Gravatar
By in Switzerland,

I am always confused by your superlatives about these sets, "brilliant" is a strong word, which I don't think applies to this BP.
Yes the figures are decent, but they are by no means great, the helmets are good, but the legs are disappointing. In my opinion a leg+cloth skirt combo would've been preferable.
Also, if one wants to collect the 8 guards, the numbers don't add up either - and I'm not even mentioning the lack of the 3rd variant, that's similar enough to the existing one - not from BP-s, or even with the Throne room set.

Gravatar
By in Slovenia,

I will include this set in my collection. Love it! Cool review!

Gravatar
By in Canada,

Thanks for the review. Nothing to do with the set, but I am presently reading a sci fi classic by Gene Wolfe called Book of the New Sun. The main character just encountered praetorian guards who are now guarding him. All I can picture are these Lego Praetorian guards...

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

They're just a rip off of the Royal Guards from ROTJ, and not a very good rip off either. The red plastic on the helmets and shoulders looks very cheap... It's either that or the camera is lying...

Gravatar
By in Canada,

@Grimlock It's the same hard plastic Lego uses on most Lego helmets I've seen. Don't know how it could look any cheaper than normal. Are you sure you're not just a little biased because they aren't the guards from the original trilogy? That's not an accusation, I have a love/hate relationship with the new trilogy and I certainly see how many things are just a carbon copy from the original. That doesn't mean Lego has used cheaper plastic in their Last Jedi molds, lol.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

@Grimlock: Nobody asked. This isn't a review of the Praetorian Guards as they appear in the movie, its a review of a Lego set

Gravatar
By in Canada,

@pagani88 No need to be testy towards Grimlock. He's entitled to his opinion even if it seems dubious. As for nobody asking, this isn't a Q and A forum, it's a comment section, lol.

Gravatar
By in United States,

Well I have to say people are gonna be really mad since many of them bought the throne room for the guards, sooooo............

Gravatar
By in United States,

Picked up 2 sets today to go with the Throne Room. Been excited for this one.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

@ CapnRex101
Are you going to review the Inferno Squad battlepack?,
btw, great review for this set.

Gravatar
By in United Kingdom,

Best BP ever. Guards look really cool. Ok, so they lucked out in the movie bit they sure went down fighting, in what was one of the best SW scenes ever, IMHO. At least they got to flex their muscles as opposed to the OT royal guards. Great review. Love the figs.

View more reviews »
Return to home page »