If there’s one thing we love about as much as a new Star Wars movie, it’s new Star Wars Lego sets to play with. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting cinemas already, we figured we’d take a look at the first few Lego sets featuring vehicles and characters from the new movie.
Imperial Assault Hovertank
Right, let’s be honest: this vehicle looks kind of blocky. “But they’re Legos,” you say, “they’re all blocky.” Wrong answer, Hans! “Bricky” is the word you’re looking for. Well, you get the idea. The hovertank is not exactly an eye-catching design, but it does have some neat features: four transparent, semi-hidden wheels to simulate a “hover” effect (why couldn’t Rey’s Speeder from last year’s Force Awakens line have had this?), storage container, crew compartment, elevating side-mounted turret guns and spring-loaded shooters, and ... a freakin’ Donnie Yen minifigure!
Yep, nowhere else can you find a Chirrut Imwe minifigure than in this here hovertank set. The blind Force-sensitive warrior-monk comes complete with bowcaster-like weapon and that staff which he wielded to lethal effect in the trailers. Plus, two Imperial hovertank crew jabronis for Chirrut to lay the smackdown on. Maybe Lego should’ve called this product the “Chirrut Imwe Playset (with hovertank)” instead!
Imperial AT-ST Walker
From the massive AT-ATs to the smaller two-legged AT-STs, there are few things more iconic in the Star Wars world than the Empire’s walkers. While this is a vehicle that has been released before (the first version came out in 2001), a quick look at comparison photos with past models shows that this is arguably the best (and biggest) one yet.
The build seems fairly easy at first: after all, there are only three bags of 449 pieces. But the main body of the AT-ST is a little tricky, and includes some interesting use of Lego Technic parts to give the sides a more screen-accurate look, as well a cool swivel function controlled by a little gear wheel at the back.
If you’ve already got Chirrut Imwe, you definitely need a Baze Malbus minifigure to go with it. With a backpack and his impressively big blaster, Baze is my favourite of the three minifigures included in this set, the others being a generic Rebel trooper and an AT-ST driver, of course.
While it’s one of the new ships featured in Rogue One, you’ll hardly notice the TIE Striker in the movie unless you were really looking out for it. The Lego version, however, demands attention.
The impressively long, pointy wings make it look like something Batman would fly, and two levers at the back make the wings go up and down (though we’d recommend keeping the wings down, as it looks a bit weird when the wings are up, like a legless bat trying to fly.
Supposedly designed for in-atmosphere (meaning, not in deep space) combat, it has a stockier cockpit than the usual TIE fighters, with three hatches that open up, room for one mini-figure (the TIE pilot, obviously) and a back compartment for tools.
Building this was relatively simple, as it isn’t exactly a complicated design. It sure looks cooler than the usual square TIE fighters though, and kids should have lots of fun “flying” it around. Just make sure they don’t poke their eyes out on the wings, ok?
While this is the only vehicle set without one of the main cast in it, you still get four minifigures here: TIE Pilot, Imperial ground crew, Imperial Shoretrooper and a Rebel Trooper.
Rebel U-wing Fighter
This is one of the largest sets in the first wave of Rogue One products, and appropriately, it also comes with minifigures of the two lead characters – Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, as well as two Rebels (one a very cool-looking Bistan), and a U-Wing pilot.
Don’t let the bright colours fool you, this is a really cool ship. Its primary function in Rogue One was to move the heroes from planet to planet, but it was also used to some extent in the movie to ferry troops for ground battles. The ship itself is pretty big – measuring around 45cm when its wings are closed. Did we say when the wings are closed? Yes, the wings actually swing open to form a massive wingspan of around 65cm, which makes it look even more impressive.
Our favourite part of the vehicle, however, is that a little cargo hold at bottom which is big enough to fit all the mini-figures AND has two little turret guns equipped inside.
Probably the only thing we didn’t like about this set were the four cylindrical engines at the back, which seem a bit too flimsy for our liking (but don’t worry, they won’t fall off THAT easily either). Otherwise, this is definitely our favourite set of the lot.
Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle
This is a ship that features prominently in Rogue One, as it’s the dastardly Director Krennic’s preferred mode of transport. At first glance, it looks a little strange, as the large pyramid-like main compartment is rather blocky (there’s that word again) and quite unlike the sleek designs of the usual Imperial Shuttles or even last year’s Kylo Ren shuttle.
But this ship is impressive, most impressive when the wings are fully opened. The wingspan on this is MASSIVE, and matches the angles of the cockpit perfectly, though with them pointing downwards so much, you’ll need a way to elevate the ship if you’re thinking of putting it on display.
The cockpit itself is actually quite an interesting design – the front and side walls fold down and allow you to put three minifigures in it – Director Krennic in the pilot’s cockpit (shouldn’t it be an Imperial pilot though?) and two Death Troopers. One thing that bothered us, however, was that we could not open the cockpit’s side walls without first putting down the two side wings.
If you’re trying to collect the entire Rogue One gang, you’ve got mini-figures of Bodhi Rook and K-2SO, and Pao to go with the Director Krennic and two Imperial Death Troopers.
Build-A-Figure – Jyn Erso, Imperial Death Trooper, K-2S0
The buildable figures in the Rogue One line are pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the range since Lego came out with these big, cool models. Jyn Erso comes with an awesome blaster and cool truncheons that you can mount on hip “holsters” or stick them in her arms and twirl around with the handy thumbwheel on the figure’s back. Set up some Stormtrooper figures and bowl ’em over like ninepins! Jyn’s spring-loaded blaster rifle packs a pretty big punch so parents, do observe the safety warnings that come with the product.
The Imperial Death Trooper is a mean-looking variation on the standard Imperial Stormtrooper that comes with a die-cut plastic sheet that folds around the head and shoulder pins to form the figure’s cool pauldrons and ammo pouch mounts. A total bad-a$$ from top to toe, this all-black figure is also equipped with a spring-loaded blaster rifle (a second “laser bolt” is included in case you lose one) and a blaster pistol which kids can leave in its hip holster or have it drawn for some two-gun poses that will leave Rebel scum cowering in fear.
The best one of the lot, however, has to be the K-2SO figure. Just like how the format was perfect for the General Grievous figure a couple years back, it also works well for Rogue One’s cynical but lethal former Imperial droid. The limbs are extra long, but no less sturdy, and there is a little knob at the back that you can use to swivel the figure’s hips to replicate a punching action.
Building it was slightly annoying though, due to the fact that all the parts are small, black and you need pay close attention while assembling it less you accidentally use the wrong piece and have to take everything apart again to replace it (which happened to us more than once). Still, the best Star Wars Build-A-Figure products have been the helmeted or non-human ones so far, and K-2SO is no exception.
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