Hello everyone! Today I have a pre-review of 75176 Resistance Transport Pod! This is a 2017 The Last Jedi set and, while I do not know the piece count, I believe it will retail for $29.99 USD, £29.99 GBP, $59.99, AUD, and $69.99 NZD, based on the box size and the €39.99 price provided by Sir von Lego.
There are three minifigures included in the set: Rose, Finn, and BB-8. Rose, portrayed by Kelly-Marie Tran in the December 2017 film, has many new parts. Her hair is a new mold (though I did initially wonder if they would use the NINJAGO Movie Nya’s hair), and her face, torso, and legs have new prints. Being a Chinese person, I am excited to see another Asian Star Wars character, and am pleased this new character is available in the cheapest TLJ set.
Finn is back, and I believe this is the cheapest way to get his minifigure. He has many updated prints: his head has a happy smile (which suits John Boyega) and his torso depicts a white undershirt, when it was previously black. His legs were previously an unprinted black but now they are grey and have some brown printing. He wields a silver blaster which I believe has only been used in the LEGO world previously by Phasma and Krennic. I feel this figure is a big improvement over the TFA one and am glad to see his appearance in a relatively affordable set.
BB-8 is the final figure, and this is the cheapest set everyone’s favorite astromech (sorry R2) has appeared in. I think he is unchanged from his TFA version, but I don’t mind as I don’t have a LEGO BB-8 yet.
I like the minifigures included in the set, and this is a good set to get for a The Last Jedi minifigure collection.
On to the build!The back of the box indicates there are quite a few play features for a model of this size. First things first, though, this Resistance Transport Pod bears an uncanny resemblance to the 2016 Resistance Troop Transport‘s cockpit. Could this mean that the cockpit of the Troop Transporter can split off, or is the Resistance just reusing ship components?
One complaint I have due to that comparison was that the Troop Transporter cost $130 NZD and was already slightly on the pricey side. This set is about a third (in terms of size) of that set, but costs a whopping $70 NZD. This is blatant daylight robbery by LEGO and is very disappointing, as the set itself, as you will see, is excellently designed. There is a stud shooter on the right side of the ship. It is next to a cannon barrel to imitate the cannon shooting. I don’t mind the stud shooter that much as it is not used as a minifigure accessory and looks reasonable. However, turning the engine on the back will cause the cannon to rotate up and down! I completely did not expect such a play feature and am thus very happy to see LEGO going the extra mile to cram in another play feature. There are two spring-loaded shooters near the stud shooter cannon. These are fired by turning on the Technic disk underneath, a mechanism reminiscent of the technique used to open the Resistance Troop Transporter’s cockpit. Again, LEGO didn’t have to use a firing mechanism, but they went the extra mile and I really, really appreciate that. The printed yellow canopy is removable and the cockpit seats two. LEGO used the bucket handle as a control yoke again 🙂 also next to the cockpit, there’s a place to store extra studs that has a removable lid. Such an efficient use of space by the designers!There’s a space (with detachable lid) to store BB-8 and – presumably – accessories. This section also houses the gear mechanism for the side cannon. If you look at the engine, you can see the use of 4 gunmetal grey macaroni tubes used to form the rounded rectangle shape, as well as 4 translucent blue minifigure heads. These elements are delightful and I am pleased to see them here. This section shows that the curved portion behind the cockpit is a removable lid, and it has storage for two thermal detonators and what I think is a blaster. This is yet another example of space well used.
Overall, the Resistance Transport Pod is an awesome model. Every inch of space is used efficiently (as far as the LEGO medium allows), the projectiles are well incorporated (especially the spring-loaded shooters), the minifigures are delightful, and the ability to store all of them in the model is something I personally love a lot. This is a level of quality designing that I hope to see LEGO continue to uphold, as it definitely fits their motto “Only the Best is Good Enough!”
The deal-breaker, however, is the price. I thought 75170 The Phantom II was very overpriced, but the price of this is complete BS. Despite the model being fantastic, I cannot recommend this set with a clear conscience. The model is miniscule for $30 USD/£30 GBP/$60 AUD/$70 NZD, and would be considered small at $25 USD/£20 GBP/$40 AUD/$50 NZD already. I would have to wait for a 40% off sale before I can honestly say “this is good value”. Sadly, it looks like the lowest price I will be able to pay is 25% off at around $51 NZD, as 25% is usually the best deal one can get in New Zealand 😦 For LEGO to charge such astronomical prices is incredibly disheartening, and I may write to them about it. Nonetheless, I think I will, with a heavy heart, eventually buy this set, because I really love the models and figures.
That concludes my pre-review of this set! Thank you very much for reading, and be sure to comment below as I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂
VaderFan2187 out! 😀