So it’s that dreaded time of the year again when we eagerly await the release of the second wave of LEGO sets at our local toy shops. This is especially an issue for us poor souls down in Australia and New Zealand (if they ever arrive)!
To tide the blog and my inner LEGO cravings over I have picked up a plucky little number from the Star Wars Theme that comes with a great minifigure line up.
LEGO Star Wars Galactic Empire Battle Pack (75134) is based on the video game “Star Wars Battlefront” and is part of 4 battle pack release (75089, 75131 & 75133). The set includes 109 pieces, 4 x minifigures and retails at AUD $22.99 / USD $12.99 / GBP £11.99.
For some strange reason the box is about twice the size it needs to be, so was harder than normal to open (kept caving in). If you’re a stickler for preserving the boxes just beware. On a positive note there was no stickers in this set and LEGO gave us 5 x unique printed tiles.
The real draw on this set was the cool assortment of minifigures. To start we have 2 x Stormtroopers that come with what I believe is the best Stormtrooper torso and leg printing to date and battle scars to reinforce that these guys mean business. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, but LEGO goes and throws in two jet packs with a cool little printed tile as well!
Moving on we have the dreaded Shocktrooper who has gained notoriety in survival mission in Battlefront. These dudes have caused me havok in the game and are definitely not to be messed with. Not battle scarred like the previous Stormtroopers, but comes with the same detailed torso and leg printing with red shading to reflect his status as a Shocktrooper.
Like Mr unpopular at school you always get one that kinda doesn’t cut the mustard. I do like the Imperial Officer, he has good printing and dons a new hat, but compared to the other minifigures, he is exactly like his body just shades of grey!
On to the build side, this is a fairly standard affair and doesn’t really evoke any sort of excitement. It’s ok as a weapons platform, but compared to the speederbike in the rebels battle pack it’s a bit weak. Playability you get a firing weapon and control deck and could be incorporated into a bigger play scene if that floats your boat.
In Summary great for kids mad for the Star Wars theme, but will prove equally popular with AFOL minifigure collectors due to the uniqueness and low price point of the minifigures.
Final Rating: 7 out of 10
Note – Keep an eye out over the next few weeks, as I will be putting in a big order with the Online LEGO Shop for the LEGO Disney Castle (71040) when it goes on early VIP release along with some new sets to overcome the drought in Oz.