At NYTF, official box images of the Summer Star Wars sets were revealed! Some look good, some not so much… here are the images and my thoughts on the sets.
Pictures are from this Brickset article.
75166 First Order Transport Speeder: Now THIS is what 2016’s First Order Battle Pack should’ve been. The speeder looks good and I love the transparent pieces at the front. Great to get two Riot Control First Order stormtroopers, a flametrooper, and a blue First Order officer all in a battle pack! The officer seems a little devoid of detail, but hopefully he will be updated when the set is released.
75167: Bounty Hunter Speeder Battle Pack: Absolutely lovely. Even though it’s a preliminary image, it has been revealed that it will come with Bossk, Dengar, IG-88, and the long-awaited 4-LOM. The speeder looks good as well! Hopefully we will see finalized images soon, and hopefully LEGO makes more “character packs” like these in future!
75183 Darth Vader Transformation: For $30, you get Palpatine, Darth Vader, and Burnt Anakin, plus two medical droids! The minifigures are definitely the highlight of the set and are the reason I like this set. The build, however, is pretty poor if you ask me.
75182 Republic Fighter Tank: The set comes with a never-seen-before Phase II Clone Trooper gunner, plus a non-Clone Wars Aayla Secura! It also has two Battle Droids for cannon fodder. The tank itself has an opening hatch and firing stud shooter cannons. Both the figures and the builds are good in this set, so I prefer it to the Vader’s Transformation set.
75178 Jakku Quadjumper: Definitely not the most iconic Star Wars ship. The in-universe ship appeared on-screen for several seconds before getting blown up. The set itself has Rey, Finn, BB-8, Unkar’s Brute, and a First Order Stormtrooper, none of which are truly new minifigures, which is disappointing. Also, the reuse of the Unkar’s Brute minifigure is lazy and particularly disappointing to me. At least the build is quite good, and it even has an exploding function (two of the engines drop off), but I probably will not be picking up this set.
75185 Tracker I: Based on the Freemaker Adventures TV series, the Tracker I comes with Rowan, Palpatine, a Probe Droid, and a M-OC Hunter Droid. The ship itself looks interesting to me but isn’t all that impressive, and neither is the minifigure selection, so this is probably a pass for me.
75186 The Arrowhead: One Freemaker Adventures set is welcome variation, but TWO? I’m honestly rather disappointed by the fact that these Freemaker Adventures sets, which will likely have little importance several years down the road, are taking up high price point set slots, when they could have been used for more interesting builds like an AT-ACT or the Rogue One Cargo Shuttle. [/rant] It comes with Zander, Kordi, RO-GR, a Stormtrooper, and Quarrie. It looks decent I guess, but not that great.
75180 Rathtar Escape: Here is the biggest set of the 2017 Star Wars summer wave. I am, honestly, underwhelmed by this. This scene would make a nice playset, but I feel that what comes in the box is pretty much “bare bones”, with exposed Technic pieces everywhere. The exposed Technic pins hint at a potential supplementary set (like Jabba’s Palace + Rancor Pit), but for what the set is by itself, I’m not too convinced. In addition, the Rathtars themselves don’t look too good either. Compounding the problem is that four out of the five minifigures included use stud shooters! Yes, you read that right. Chewbacca’s bowcaster is alright because it still looks like Chewie’s bow, but the use of the fat, chunky stud shooters for Bala-Tik and the Guavian Death Gang members is very, very disappointing.
75184 Advent Calendar: The set comes with “Sabine Wren, Major Brance, First Order Stormtrooper, Unkar’s Thug, First Order Snowtrooper, Imperial Officer, Imperial Ground Crew, BB-8” — copied and pasted from Brickset. Apart from Major Brance, practically all the minifigures in the set are used elsewhere or have very slight variations. BB-8, who is supposed to be special Santa Christmas edition, just has a Santa hat stuck on him. How uncreative.
Still, as I don’t have a BB-8, Sabine, Brance FO Snowtrooper, or an Imperial Ground Crew, I might pick this calendar up.
In conclusion, those were my thoughts on the 2017 Star Wars summer sets! But what do YOU think? Let me know in a comment below! I’ll see you in the next post! 🙂