It’s time for me to review this set? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Jokes aside, I was actually really looking forward to this set. The inclusion of Palpatine, Darth Vader, and Burnt Anakin Skywalker at the low price of £19.99, $24.99 USD, $44.99 AUD and $49.99 NZD seemed very reasonable, especially for a Star Wars set. Will this set meet my expectations?
Let’s check out for the minifigures first.
The first minifigure is Burnt Anakin. He’s quite nicely detailed all over, and I like how they used grey limbs to show his robotic arms, although transparent limbs might have been nice too. Unfortunately the skin color on his torso and his head don’t match, and this issue needs to be rectified by LEGO sooner or later (preferably sooner).
The second minifigure in the set is Darth Vader. He looks the same as the previous versions of Vader (with the new helmets), however, his head underneath is the same as burnt Anakin’s instead. It’s nice to be able to get Vader in a cheap set and such, I have no complaints. The third minifigure in this set is the Emperor himself, Sheev Palpatine (unless you go by his Episode I name or his Episode III name). He’s come in other sets before but is still a welcome inclusion, as he was in this scene. He is armed with a lightsaber that, interestingly, has a golden hilt.
The minifigures in the set are great for this price point, but how good is the actual model itself? Well personally I find the finished build looks rather messy and a little incomplete, and I’m not a fan of how one section of the floor is so much higher than the others (though that was needed to house the transformation mechanism). However, the play features in this set work pretty well and are quite fun.
You begin by placing Anakin on the operating table. Turning the gear at the base will rotate him around to reveal Vader in his suit.
However, that Vader does not yet have his helmet on! Using a Technic grabber at the rear, you can insert Vader’s helmet onto his head and remove the grabber, in a very satisfying motion.
Pushing the gear at the base in will cause the operating table to stand back up, a function not too dissimilar from 2016’s Carbon Freezing Chamber set.
To recreate the famous “NOOOOO” scene, there is yet another play feature!
Pushing two Technic levers on either side will cause the FX-9 Medical Droid and a weapons rack to fall over, recreating the Ep. III scene. This is a simple feature but it works decently well and it’s nice that the designers managed to fit in yet another play feature in this set.
In summary, this set does not look great, but the figures are fantastic and the play features are good.
Personal Rating: 4/5
Thanks for looking! What do you think of the set? Let me know in a comment below 🙂
VaderFan2187 out! 😀