May the Fourth has become a rather important occasion for many LEGO Star Wars fans, usually yielding an entirely new promotional minifigure or miniature model. 40333 Battle of Hoth - 20th Anniversary Edition is an interesting example as this model represents a notable departure from previous May the Fourth sets.
Exclusive minifigures seem especially popular and would certainly have been welcome here. Nevertheless, this set elicited a reasonably positive reaction and I am pleased that LEGO has chosen to release something distinctive during the twentieth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars.
Box and Contents
Official images suggest that this set is packaged in a standard box, corresponding with 40289 Diagon Alley and 40334 Avengers Tower. In fact, the box includes a flap so it may be opened without causing any damage which is excellent for a collectable item. I like the LEGO Star Wars twentieth anniversary branding on the exterior but the instructions inside lack information about previous Hoth sets.
The Completed Model
LEGO frequently returns to the popular Battle of Hoth when creating new sets but this model is unique, depicting numerous integral aspects of the conflict. The base is constructed on its side and the resultant texture certainly captures the drifting snow which defines this location during the film. Furthermore, the set includes some exposed studs so you can attach vehicles, introducing a fantastic splash of colour.
An attractive printed tile is mounted on the front, alongside the power generator which includes a full complement of four segments. This is designed around a Technic axle and looks quite accurate when compared with the movie, although the generator should be situated deeper in the snow. However, the tiny Imperial probe droid is a lovely detail and is recognisable, despite only consisting of two pieces!
Two miniature Snowspeeders are included as well. They feature different accent colours so reflect the varied appearance of the vehicles onscreen and their shape has been replicated effectively. In addition, the designer has made ingenious use of black 1x1 plates with clips that represent tow cable harpoons while the layered cooling fins are simply depicted using 1x2 grille tiles.
Several different versions of the Imperial AT-AT have been produced and this miniature rendition looks marvellous. Its design is reminiscent of 20018 AT-AT Walker from 2010 but this example appears more faithful to the source material than its predecessors, featuring a printed viewport beside the appropriate weaponry. Furthermore, the legs are individually articulated while the head can move laterally, although its range of motion is very limited.
May the Fourth invites an enormous range of possibilities and 40333 Battle of Hoth - 20th Anniversary Edition is an enjoyable promotional set. The vehicles look great when compared with the movie and stand out against the white base. I am particularly pleased with the Imperial probe droid and the AT-AT which exhibit the potential of microscale building.
Unfortunately, the model is not accompanied by an exclusive minifigure. That is slightly disappointing as similar promotional sets have contained minifigures previously and there was an opportunity to do the same here, perhaps including a classic AT-AT driver that could be inspired by the minifigure from 4483 AT-AT. Even so, I am satisfied with this set so would recommend adding it to your collection.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
Thanks to MeganL for the photos in this review.