A Warning: The Lego Star Wars sets that follow are so awesome that a new word must be added to Webster’s dictionary just to describe the level of joy they will bring you. Maybe it could be the word joyluvintastic! Yea, that could work.
I speak of course about the 2010 additions to the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series! These sets are big, have tons of pieces, take well over an hour to build and just owning them will make you the envy of every person you meet. The Lego Company definitely has been listening to it’s huge community of adult collectors and AFOLs. They know what we likey, and we likey these sets. So let’s dive into the review like Boba Fett plunged into the Sarlacc Pit. “burp!”
I’ve always loved the design of this ship and think it’s one of the kewlest of the original series. This Lego rendition is absolutely amazing. The first thing you will notice once you build it is it’s size. This is a big BIG ship. It measures 28″ (71 cm) tall on stand and 22″ (57 cm) wide with wings deployed! It’s minifigure scale so just imagine it compared to the size of an X-wing or other small ship. It’s huge. You’ll want to display this baby right in the living room or as the dining room table’s center piece. Nothing says happy thanksgiving like an Imperial Shuttle!
On first glance you may wonder, how can those wings stay together. A valid thought but relax this thing is very stable. In fact, once you build it you’ll may have to use force taking it apart. This set is best for display though and as with any Lego model some things could crumble off if played with too heartily.
It does come with a big display base or you can put on the ship’s landing gear that are also included.
The wings on the side move up and down by gear crank and can lock into position for display. Each wing can be moved independently of each other.
There are movable laser cannons on each side of the shuttle.
There are 5 minifigures included with the Imperial Shuttle: Darth Vader, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker. The cockpit opens up from the top revealing seats for four minifigs.
I remember having the Kenner toy for this ship back when it was released for Return of the Jedi. Ever since I’ve loved this ship and the Lego version is a must have!
An impressive model of the ship Obi-Wan piloted in Attack of the Clones. Smaller versions have been released by Lego but this one is larger, more detailed and definitely designed as a great collectable show piece.
It’s much larger than minifig scale so none are included. It’s over 18″ (47 cm) long and when placed on the included base it measures 9″ (23 cm) high.
As far as functionality goes, the R4-P17 astromech droid head rotates and the cockpit opens to reveal some nice detailing inside. My only complaint is that they didn’t include the “warp drive” hoop that Obi-Wan attaches this ship too. Even if that increased the cost it would have made this a much sexier set.
Rewind to the year 1977. Imagine you’re in a dark movie theater and a movie called Star Wars has just begun. A scrolling block of golden text on screen just described an evil Empire a Rebellion and some intercepted plans. Then the camera scrolls down to reveal the most awesome scene ever. A spaceship desperately trying to evade it’s much larger pursuer. That valiant smaller spaceship, the first ship ever to appear in a Star Wars movie, is the Tantive IV!
The detailing is amazing. If you are into making space MOCs and designing your own spaceships this is a great set to get in order to study the construction. There are moving laser cannons on the top and bottom of the ship and several storage compartments that house cargo transport vehicles.
The Tantive IV also features a removable roof that reveals Princess Leia’s desk and a control center.
There’s a removable escape pod just like in the movie.
And the cockpit opens up to reveal seating for two minifigs. Speaking of minifigs this set includes 5: Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles and a Rebel Trooper.
Okay this one is awesome. Not only does it look kewl but it’s function and playability make it great for Younglings and Lego Masters alike. The Republic Dropship was first seen in Star Wars Attack of the Clones as the Clone Army descends on Geonosis. Since then it has played an important role in the Clone Wars series as well.
As you can see you this set is really two huge vessels in one. The LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier) Dropship locks on automatically to the AT-OT (All Terrain Open Transport) troop carrier and is detachable by a trigger switch. The dropship has a fold-away grip handle in the back that’s used to pick up the vessels and “fly” them away!
One of the best pros about this set is the minifigs, you get a ton. It’s great for army building because, well, you get a small army here. There are 8 total: 2 Clone Pilots and 6 Clone Troopers. Plus the troop carrier has seating for up to 16 minifigs!
This set offers some nice customizable elements too. I know some adult fans of Lego aren’t really that into the stickers included in some Lego sets. But suspend doubt for a moment and check these out.
This set offers a couple ways to decorate the dropships haul. I like the one with the clone arm decapitating a federation battle droid. But my pick is the awesome Hoth snow beast sticker.
Okay so that’s a look at the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series sets. But wait there’s more! There’s a set out that is so awesome, so big and so jam packed with features that it deserves it’s own mega review post. That set is…10188 Death Star!!!
P.S. – The Lego AT-AT Walker sets are also part of the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series. Read the reviews I did for them here…