Imperial Reinforcements: Flame Troopers

Had to build these after seeing them in Jedi Fallen Order. All purist, largely a snow trooper with a different setup for the head. This uses an Imperial combat driver head (the white version) with a white Imperial officer helmet. The kama could be optional, as could the white ninja bandana, but I think they add nice layers to the build.

The Doctor is In: Doctor Aphra, Purist Lego Custom

This archeologist runs into places remembered only in myths and rumors with nothing more than her wits and a blaster to get her through. Bounty hunters and murder droids help sometimes, too. The only sure thing is that there are no sure things, and the rogue treasure hunter Doctor Aphra breaks all the rules. Read on to see her immortalized Lego minifigure form!

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Thrawn Has Arrived – Lego 75170 The Phantom (Review)

Back in canon and now immortalized in Lego, Grand Admiral Thrawn finally gets a minifigure! From Rebels Season 3 comes the Phantom (technically the Phantom II) along with an updated Kanan figure and Chopper. Check it out!

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Custom Lego Minifigures: Starkiller (Light Side) and EVO Trooper

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was a polarizing idea. In the same year that gave us Ahsoka Tano on The Clone Wars, we also got another apprentice to Anakin Skywalker (Vader, at the time) in the form of Galen Marek, aka Starkiller. The game also gave us a bunch of great Stormtrooper variants. Keep reading to see some custom figures based on the game series! Continue reading “Custom Lego Minifigures: Starkiller (Light Side) and EVO Trooper”

Lego TIE Striker – A TIE for a New Occasion (Review)

Lego’s representation of Rogue One’s new TIE variant does not disappoint – check out the Empire’s Elite review of this mighty fighter! Continue reading “Lego TIE Striker – A TIE for a New Occasion (Review)”

The Big Guns (Mini-MOCs)

I’ve been so busy Christmas shopping (read: hunting down Black Series figures) lately that I haven’t had much time for Lego! So tonight I tried putting together some heavy-weapons stormtroopers for my growing Empire.

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If you saw the Clone Wars Micro Series from 2003 then this guy might look familiar. Or if you’re playing Star Wars Commander on your phone, it was updated with Rogue One content and there’s a heavy Scariff Stormtrooper who also wields this. . .well, rather unwieldy weapon. Seriously, this guy is a one-man artillery unit. I really like how the ‘droid arm’ pieces overlap the shoulders, but the helmet definitely doesn’t fit with those in place. So yes, he’s a little taller than he should be. I put a 1×1 round stud in the helmet just to make sure it would actually attach to the head. You can see the almost perfect angle a bit better down below.

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Another throwback of sorts, I armed two other troopers with matching Z-6 rotary blaster-style weapons. The technic piece on the end of the blaster gives the effect of having multiple spinning barrels, and the gas pump handles replicate the hand grips needed to handle such a weapon.20161203_193224.jpg

And what would all this firepower be without someone to tell you what to point it at? This artillery spotter directs the big guns straight at the waves of the Emperor’s enemies. He’s made using all the pieces of a heavy combat driver minus the face, which I swapped out to make another custom figure.

Leave me a comment if you like these weapons, or if you have any feedback at all! I’ll be trying to do more Lego posts and I’ll undoubtedly be picking up some more Rogue One sets once the movie comes out and I want everything I saw (even more so because I want them all already!) Thanks for reading!

-David

 

 

Lego Star Wars 2017 – AKA Why My Wallet Cries

The official set pictures and box art are out, so it’s time to talk about them! For the sake of brevity, I’m just going to post the images of the sets themselves and not the boxes. In no particular order, here they are!

The Phantom (75170)

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First and foremost, we’re finally getting a Grand Admiral Thrawn minifigure! I’m going to ignore the fact that in this picture, his eyes don’t appear to be red – it has to be something with the lighting or angle of this shot, because I seriously doubt Lego would mess up the most crucial detail of his face aside from it being blue. The uniform looks great and the actual blue hair, not black, is a great touch. We also get Kanan in his season 3 appearance with the visor/mask he wears after being blinded by Maul. Chopper is here as well, but it doesn’t appear that there is an astromech slot on this ship (much like the original Phantom.) That doesn’t bother me terribly but I believe there is one on the show, though I could be wrong. The colors of this ship look great, and the fact that it’s a Neimoidian (think Trade Federation) design shows how rough and tumble the Rebels are. They don’t have the advantages of the Empire and can’t make all their ships uniform. Looks like the set also includes some thermal detonators and a small storage crate, which probably uses a sticker for that tiny Imperial insignia on the lid.

Dual of the Fates (75169)

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I don’t have very many Episode I sets, so I’m happy to see this set instead of another Naboo starfighter right now. It’s a location, which Lego is trying to pepper in between the usual ships and vehicles, which does a decent job of recreating the fight scene from the movie. Do I love it? Not really. The figures look good and I will probably part this one out honestly. However, the figures this time around look better with the updated printing and ditching the capes. The laser barrier looks a little off but I don’t hate this set. It just won’t be the first one I buy.

Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter (75168)

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I loved the arc of the Clone Wars (part of the Lost Missions) where Yoda goes on a journey on his own, delving into the mysteries of the Force and his own Dark Side. I would have appreciated the set maybe coming with one of those spirit guides of the Force, or maybe a Darth Bane specter-ghost-thing, but this set still looks good to me. In canon, I don’t understand why Yoda needs this chubby, weird little starfighter just because he’s shorter than everyone. But as a collector, especially one who likes Jedi starfighters? I like this a lot. It’s chubby and weird and oddly cute. You get the excellent recently-revised Yoda figure (accurate to the movies, not the cartoony Clone Wars style) and R2-D2.

Battle on Scarif (75171)

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Now this is a good location set. It looks to me like a bunker entrance or small landing pad on the tropical planet Scarif, which is a totally new planet from Rogue One. In addition to what looks like a blast door, there’s some details such as palm trees, sandy walkways, some kind of antenna or generator, and a drawer-like section that reveals storage for weapons and accessories. Figures included are Cassian Andor in his normal brown jacket (not the bulky blue parka he wears on Eadu,) Jyn Erso disguised in Imperial ground crew attire, and two new Scarif stormtroopers/shoretroopers. It’s worth noting that they do not have the blue rank printing like the one included with the TIE striker, meaning these guy are army-building grunts. It looks like you get plenty of gear, too – another orange (Kyber crystal storage?) crate, blasters, thermal detonators, and the Death Star plans to name a few. I’m definitely going to build this one and maybe even find a spot for it in the Star Wars corner of my apartment.

Y-Wing Starfighter (75172)

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Here’s one where my wallet and  I will have words. I already have the last Y-Wing from a couple years back, but this one comes with so much more! It includes a pilot, a blue-complected Mon Calamari named Admiral Raddus, a Y-Wing pilot in navy blue, a stormtrooper, a rebel astromech droid, and the Gigoran mercenary Moroff. I want that Moroff figure bad. As I’ve said before, I love weird mercenary characters, and a towering white Wookiee looking guy with a backpack full of blasters is as weird as they get! There’s also a grounds crew vehicle included to truck around all the extra ammo for the Y-Wing. I don’t know where I’m going to put it, but I’ll be buying this one too.

Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (75164) and Imperial Trooper Battle Pack (75165)

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Another good-looking battle pack I will probably buy five of. Here we get two regular stormtroopers and a pair of Death Troopers. These Death Troopers differ from the specialist variant included with Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle – they have different printing and lack the black pauldrons. Actually a nice touch to differentiate the two, since it is rumored there are only about five or six Death Troopers in the movie – probably an elite squad with a handful of unique troopers. As usual, I can kind of take or leave the actual build in this pack. It’s a weird little walker, like a small open-cockpit AT-ST with big guns and stud launchers.

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This is another great rebel battle pack. I thought the Battlefront one was good (and it is) but this is also great. Like the Battlefront pack, you get a good variety of troops. No aliens, but there appear to be four different face prints here – black beard, brown beard, no beard, and no beard with a dark skin tone. The bodies are also totally different and you get two unique helmets. The build itself isn’t bad either. A speeder bike and a nice little piece of scenery with the gun emplacement? Sold!

Buildable Figures

Scarif Shoretrooper

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Chirut Imwe

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Baze Malbus

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The big figs. I kinda want the shoretrooper, but I could take or leave a lot of the buildable figure line. Like everyone says, the helmeted characters look pretty good, especially as shelf pieces. But the actual human faces look a little weird.

And the Microfighters

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The microfighters are cute but I don’t buy a lot of them, usually just for the good figures. The most exciting ones here are the rebel pilots in their new blue flight suits, which is a striking visual change from the usual bright orange. Also, the Y-Wing is getting an official release! A similar kit was released as part of a book but it is now officially part of the microfighter line.

So is everyone ready to be broke in 2017? Let me know what you think of these kits in the comments! And as always, thanks for reading!

-David