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2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 6: Star Wars

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

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In this post we are going to look at the Star Wars range for 2015.

Star Wars

Unfortunately Star Wars Episode VII isn’t scheduled for release until December 2015, so it is too early for sets based on the film. What we do have so far is a collection of sets from the existing parts of the Star Wars universe, including more from the new Rebels cartoon. There is also a second series of Microfighters sets.

75073 Vulture Droid

75073 Vulture Droid
75074 Snowspeeder

75074 Snowspeeder
75075 AT-AT

75075 AT-AT
75076 Republic Gunship

75076 Republic Gunship
75077 Homing Spider Droid

75077 Homing Spider Droid
75078 Imperial Troop Transport

75078 Imperial Troop Transport
75079 Shadow Troopers

75079 Shadow Troopers
75080 AAT

75080 AAT
75081 T-16 Skyhopper

75081 T-16 Skyhopper
75082 TIE Advanced Prototype

75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
75083 AT-DP

75083 AT-DP
75084 Wookiee Gunship

75084 Wookiee Gunship
75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier

75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier
75088 Senate Commando Troopers

75088 Senate Commando Troopers
75089 Geonosis Troopers

75089 Geonosis Troopers
75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

75090 Ezras Speeder Bike

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

On Sale: 20% Off Star Wars & City Sets At Target

Target Logo 2014

It looks like this is the last of our school holiday sales, and unfortunately it’s not quite as good as some of the others.

From Thursday 18th September 2014 until Wednesday October 1st Target are offering 20% off Star Wars and City sets.

There are also two Friends sets listed at a discount in the catalogue, but the 20% does not appear to apply to that theme more broadly.

You can check out the catalogue here, or view a list of the highlighted items below.

Theme
Set #
Set Name
Sale Price
Discount
Discount %
Friends41032Jungle Bike$19.00$5.0021%
Friends41038Jungle Rescue Base$59.00$20.0025%
Star Wars75053The Ghost$103.00$26.0020%
Star Wars75049Snowspeeder$47.00$12.0020%
City60035Arctic Outpost$47.00$12.0020%
City60034Arctic Helicrane$30.00$10.0025%

Review: 75038 Jedi™ Interceptor

  • RRP: $39.99
  • Parts: 223 ($0.18 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure, 1 Droid

75038 Box

As I mentioned in my last Star Wars review, I don’t usually buy sets from this theme. I also said that I was a Star Wars fan, but this set certainly tested my Star Wars knowledge. I mistakenly assumed that it was based on something from the Clone Wars cartoon series, but after looking it up this is actually based on Episode III. I actually quite enjoyed episodes II and III so I am a little disapointed in myself for not recognising it.

First Impressions

Just from looking at the box you can tell that this is going to be a good play set. It’s got things to shoot at bad guys (or your siblings) and the overall design looks like something that is fun to swoosh around. That makes sense, because this set is not a difficult UCS model designed for display.

The Build

On opening up the box you will get three numbered bags and the sticker sheet. As a small set the sticker sheet is not packaged with cardboard, but luckily my sheet was not damaged at all. You will notice in the photos that I have not applied the stickers myself.

This is a sequential build, so let’s kick off with Bag 1. This is where you will find the new spring loaded missile firing parts. These aren’t your regular flick-fire missile; they actually shoot quite a good distance. Follow the rules in the instructions and never aim these things at faces.
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We also get our only minifigure in bag 1 – A new version of Anakin Skywalker. The torso printing is quite detailed, and he comes with two different hand colours to represent Anakin’s robot arm. The head features a double sided face print with an angry expression and a happier one.

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By the end of bag 1 we have the bulk of the central cockpit area completed. There is still a canopy to attach, but that shows up later.

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Bag 2 consists of the parts for the first of the wings. There were a few steps in this section where it can be difficult to distinguish correct placement of a part; there are a lot of overlapping flat plates  of similar colour and upside down assembly. It’s not difficult, but I found myself double checking the instructions more than I usually do for a small build.
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Bag 2 ends with the wing being attached to the main body of the ship.
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Bag 3 contains everybody’s favourite astromech droid – R2-D2. This is actually my first LEGO version of R2, and I was impressed with the printing. If the box is to be believed this is a new version for 2014.
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With the mainly symetrical design of the ship, bag 3 is constructed in much the same way as bag 2. The main difference between the two wings is the cut-out for placing R2-D2.
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The Final Verdict

I didn’t exactly have the highest expectations going in to this set. For me the Jedi Interceptor is not a classic Star Wars vehicle (such as the Millennium Falcon) and doesn’t hold a lot of appeal. Having said that, I actually quite like the finished model.
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If you are looking for a display piece, then this set is probably not going to be at the top of your list. If what you are looking for is a fun set to fly around and shoot stuff with then this hits the mark.

I have the same gripe with this set as a I do with most Star Wars set, that being the higher price per part compared to other themes. As always, if you are interested in this set I would hold out for a sale.

So should you buy this set? This is a more difficult one to answer than our last review. That set was under $20 and was a classic ship recognisible to not only Star Wars fans. 75038 on the other hand is $39.99 set based on the prequal trilogy. If you like the idea of this set, then you will not be disappointed with the final product. If howerever you don’t particularly have any interest in it, then I don’t feel there is anything here that will bring you around.

Check out the full build gallery below

Review: 75030 Millennium Falcon™

  • RRP $15.99
  • 94 Parts ($0.17 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure

75030 Box

I am going to start this review with a confession – I am an AFOL that does not buy Star Wars LEGO. From what I have seen it appears that this is actually quite rare. When I got back in to LEGO I was tempted because I do like Star Wars. There were a few reason why I decided not to buy into the theme; Star Wars sets are generally more expensive per part than other themes and the Star Wars range covers 6 different films, so I knew I’d never have a complete collection.

Hopefully you’ll have a better sense of where I am coming from with this review. I am a Star Wars fan, but not exactly the biggest Star Wars LEGO fan.

First Impressions

As part of the Microfighters range 75030 is certainly one of the smallest versions of the Millennium Falcon that has been produced by LEGO. This Star Wars sub-theme replaced the Planet Series as LEGO’s low-cost Star Wars range. The Microfighters sets are essentially the novelty go-kart version of classic Star Wars vehicles.

When I first received the box I couldn’t help but think that the set was cute. There is something adorable and funny about seeing tough guy Han Solo sitting in a tiny Millennium Falcon.

The Build

This is a small set, so there aren’t really any surprises when cracking open the box. Parts are divided between two bags, with one bag containing all of the smaller pieces.

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The build starts off with the assembly of the Han Solo minifigure. As somebody who doesn’t have a Star Wars LEGO collection I was impressed with the minifigure, but I’m not sure how we compares to previous versions. I always appreciate the added detail of leg printing, which is present on this minifigure. Han also comes with a blaster, which is handy for those times when you have to shoot first.

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Once you have put Han together you start on the Falcon, and I was surprised by how quickly it becomes a recognisable shape. Within just a few steps you are looking at something that is clearly going to become the Millennium Falcon.

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LEGO have done a great job of capturing the lines and curves at such a small scale.

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There are also slide shoes added to the bottom of the set, which helps it glide around. This inclusion is obviously more for the younger fans, or as LEGO calls them “the target market”.

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I appreciate the inclusion of a printed brick to capture the cockpit. It may sound strange but without that little extra bit of detailing I think the set would lose some of it’s overall resemblence.

Speaking of the overall look – I am not a big fan of the two flick-fire missles added to the top of the set.

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The Final Verdict

I was really impressed with this set. The final product is quite a solid little build, something that would handle being played with well. The only complaint that I do have is very minor (the flick-fire missiles) and does not really have that much impact.

I also feel that the RRP is just a little to high for this set. Yes it does have 94 pieces, but all of those pieces are on the small side. It’s definitely a set that I wait to get on sale. At 20% I think this would be better value for money.

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So should you buy this set? This is a small, quick and simple build but the final product has a lot of charm to it. I think whether you buy this set really comes down to what you think of the style. If the pictures of this set have you interested then I do recommended it. If you have a huge Star Wars collection and find this set to be a bit unimpressive then I don’t think there is anything here that would change your mind.

Check out the full build gallery below

Check Out The World’s Largest LEGO Darth Vader

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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the event themselves LEGO has just posted a video of the giant LEGO Darth Vader and Yoda models.

In case you missed the news about the event; these models were built by LEGO Master Model Builder Dan Steininger with help from Ryan McNaught (and a whole heap of Australian LEGO Fans) to celebrate Star Wars Day yesterday.

When we heard they were building a 4 metre Darth Vader we had no idea just how huge that actually was.

For those of our readers in the Penrith area – the models are still on display. You may have missed out on the build but you can still enjoy the finished product.

May The 4th Be With You – Happy Star Wars Day!

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A very happy Star Wars day to all of our readers!

Be sure to check out all of the Star Wars offers currently available at LEGO Online 

 

Those readers in the Penrith area may want to go help build the worlds biggest LEGO Darth Vader

If you see any great LEGO Star Wars offers let us know in the comments!

Interview With Dan Steininger – LEGO Master Builder

This weekend is Star Wars day, and as we previously reported LEGO Australia is going all out with a record breaking Star Wars event in Penrith.

As part of the event Bricking Around was given the chance to chat to LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger. Dan is one of only 7 master builders in the world and is clearly living the dream of any AFOL.

Our chat with Dan covers a heap of topics including Star Wars, new LEGO themes and even other building block brands.

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Check out the interview below.

75059 LEGO Sandcrawler™ Now Available

LEGO Star Wars 75059 Now AvailableTo coincide with May The 4th promo, LEGO has officially released the Ultimate Collector’s Series 75059 Sandcrawler set. The set will cost Australians $449.99.

 

LEGO Star Wars Day Offers Available Now

LEGO always celebrates Star Wars Day (May 4th) with special offers, and this year there are a few. Click on either of the images to view more details of these offers.

LEGO Star Wars May 4th PromoFirst up we have offers available to everybody;

  • Free Darth Revan minifigure
  • Free Exclusive Poster
  • 15% Off selected LEGO Star Wars sets

Unfortunately it looks like the Sandcrawler and Ewok Village sets aren’t included in the sale. The Ewok Village can still be purchased from Amazon.com fairly cheaply though.

May 4th VIP Prize PackageLEGO VIP club members also have the chance to win an awesome collection of Star Wars sets;

To enter, simply make a LEGO Star Wars™ purchase as a registered LEGO VIP in a LEGO Store or via LEGO.com/shop, 28th April to 4th May.
If you are not yet a LEGO VIP, learn more about how you can join, and secure an entry with your first purchase!

 

Help Build World’s Largest Darth Vader Model

LEGO Star Wars

SYDNEY IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR SIDE THIS MAY THE 4TH

LEGO® Master Builder Calls On Sydney-siders To Help Build World’s Largest Darth Vader™ Model from LEGO Bricks

This May the 4th weekend, Jedi and LEGO® fans alike are invited to come together and celebrate the world of LEGO® Star Wars™ with a building event like no other.

US LEGO Master Builder, Dan Steininger, will land in Sydney to join Australia’s own LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught, in an attempt to build the world’s largest model of Darth Vader™ from LEGO bricks.

Taking place at Westfield Penrith from Saturday May 3rd to Sunday May 4th, Dan and Ryan will be calling on members of the public to help them build the huge model of Darth Vader. Set to scale at close to 4m
in height and using more than a quarter of a million LEGO bricks, the model will be one of the biggest ever seen in Australia.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, as fans will be invited to choose their side, like Anakin, as Dan and Ryan also build a giant model of the Jedi Grand Master himself, Yoda, made from LEGO bricks, standing over
2m in height.

In addition, there will be exciting new sets from the extensive LEGO Star Wars range on display. Over the two days, there will also be Star Wars trivia and LEGO speed building challenges offering plenty of
prizes for everyone.

So come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character for the chance to win a LEGO Star Wars goodie bag, or just bring the power of the Force with you to join in on all the fun… and May the 4th be with you!

WHAT: LEGO Star Wars Building Challenge
WHY: To celebrate Star Wars day (May the 4th) and the launch of the 2014 LEGO Star Wars collection, LEGO fans of all ages have the chance to assist in the building of a giant model of the Dark Leader Darth Vader and the Jedi Grand Master himself, Yoda.
WHEN: May 3rd, 10am to 5pm
May 4th, 10am to 4pm
WHERE: Centre Court, Westfield Penrith – 585 High St, Penrith NSW 2750
COST: Free