Hey guys! Today I have a LEGO Star Wars 2018 set review — 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina! This 378-piece set retails for $39.99 in the U.S., £44.99 in the UK, $69.99 in Australia, and $89.99 in New Zealand. It comes with four minifigures. It’s smaller and cheaper than 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina, and has a similar set name, which makes me intrigued. Let us check it out!
Our first two minifigures are Han Solo and Greedo.
- Han Solo is the exact same minifigure included in 75159 UCS Death Star. However, that is not a bad thing, as not many can afford or are willing to spend so much money on a set like that. It’s therefore good that people can get a normal LEGO Han minifigure in a smaller set, with new hairpiece and all. I like this figure, and I’d imagine he’d actually be a big draw of this set for newer LEGO fans.
- Greedo makes an appearance here, and while it he may not look new, he’s updated from 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina. His belt is now no longer printed on his hip piece, and has been moved onto the torso piece. Other designs, like his gun holster, have also been altered. To tell you the truth, I prefer the 2014 minifigure as I don’t like this almost unprinted hip piece, but he’s still a good minifigure.
The other two minifigures in the set are Wuher and a Sandtrooper.
- Wuher is a minifigure that fans have long wanted to complete their Mos Eisley Cantina displays. He’s quite a nice minifigure, with a tan torso (showing a brown belt and a hairy chest) and some brown pants. I also like his double-sided head, with an angry expression for him to say “We don’t serve droids here!”
- The sandtrooper has been updated from his previous 2014 appearance in the old Cantina. He has a nice dirty armor design, and now has a white pauldron. You can see the back of his backpack here. He’s armed with a standard blaster. While he’s a good minifigure for sure, I’ll question his relevance to the set – sandtroopers in Mos Eisley were important more because they were chasing Luke and Obi-Wan, and with neither of them in this set, the trooper feels a bit superfluous.
Anyways, on to the builds! The first build in the set is a Ubrikkian 9000. You can click on the link to see the ship in-universe. It was seen briefly outside the Cantina in one or two scenes so I suppose in terms of location it’s accurate, but it’s really a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it item. I myself did not know such a ship existed until this set.
The ship has quite a few stickers, used to add decoration along the sides. The four viewports are represented by 3×3 clear radar dishes, which isn’t really very convincing if you ask me – heck, black would be more accurate really.
The hatch of the ship can be opened to put a minifigure inside – the box art suggests that you put Greedo in. This is inaccurate as the Ubrikkian is not Greedo’s ship – it’s actually the “Manka Hunter”.
There’s also a gun at the back which is represented by the stud shooter – if you ask me, this is kind of awkward-looking, but you can leave it off easily. The other build in the set is the Cantina itself. It’s basically a combination of three little Cantina vignettes.
The three rooms are joined by clips so you can detach them, or hinge them around. The first build is Wuher’s bar counter. It is one quarter of a circle, and uses white pieces to form the wall of the counter. There’s the complex golden piping off to the left side (of this picture), and there’s a cash register and even a clip for a blaster on the far side. Wuher can serve drinks from here, though I don’t really like how the grey counter top awkwardly cuts off in the middle of the counter. It just looks odd.
The middle section is an entranceway. There’s not much inside, with only a stickered 1×2 slope representing a droid scanner. You can put a minifigure here to represent them walking in – I usually put the sandtrooper. The other side has an opening sliding door, a stickered 1×4 tile as a sign, and a printed 1×1 tile. The final room is the place where Han and Greedo have their showdown. It has a couple of nice brown seats, with a 2×2 table in between. The chairs look nice but one thing I don’t like is how the table is too small for Han to conceal his weapon. There’s a lamp on the table just like in the movie, and it is glow-in-the-dark.
You may also have noticed the gears on either side of the wall. Turning them makes the minifigures flip/jump out of their seats, to replicate the shooting scene. This is a little weird, but I appreciate the effort I guess. One thing I don’t like is that the gears can obstruct the hinging so the Cantina can’t be perfectly flat. Oh well, as John Boyega said in this hilarious Fear Box video, “It is what it is, it is what it is”.
Sooo… that’s the set, then! Well, time for the conclusion – what do I think? Well, let’s dissect it part by part: the minifigures are not bad – the four figures are quite good and make a good addition to a LEGO fan’s minifigure collection. The builds though, aren’t very good if you ask me. They do look complete, but they’re very small and aren’t very convincing. Playability is limited because of the cramped rooms, and the price is pretty high – $39.99 USD is overpriced enough, while £44.99 (UK), $69.99 (Aus), and $89.99 (NZ) is frankly, unacceptable. It should have been about $29.99 USD, £29.99 GBP, $49.99 AUD, and $69.99 NZD, or less.
- Builds: 3/5
- Minifigures: 4/5
- Playability: 2.5/5
- Price: 2.5/5
- Personal Rating: 3/5
- TOTAL: 3.0/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀