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My first Star Wars Lego purchase in years....,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: LEGO Star Wars 9516 Jabba's Palace (Toy)
I love Star Wars. I love Lego. Unfortunately, my love of the two properties have not collided since the around 1999 when the Episode 1 Legos were first coming out. Since my resurgence back into Lego the majority of my purchases have either been the nicely designed Modular Buildings or any sets which I can work into my massive Lego haunted town display. Typically, Star Wars Lego's are futuristic ships and don't lend themselves well to my collecting habits; Jabba's palace, however, is a bit different as it is a standalone structure and has an "older" feel to it. I was intrigued by the set and decided I would work to fit it into my display. I imagine that Star Wars fans will "geek out" over all of the little details and kids will probably love the abundance of good minifigures and play features. Here's a brief look at the set:
# of pieces: 717
Minifigures included: Jabba the Hutt, Bib Fortuna, Oola, Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise, Chewbacca, Han Solo with Carbonite, Gamorrean Guard, B'omarr Monk, and Salacious Crumb.
*As I mentioned above, the minifigures that come with this set are all really nice. I think the redesigned Gamorrean Guard and Leia in her Boushh disguide are two of my favorite minis ever. Lots of detail, back printing, reversible faces, and some cool accessories like the Thermal Detonator.
*Jabba's palace contains a wealth of play features, all of which either work just fine or are unobtrusive. The trapdoor in Jabba's throne room is easy to slide open and closed, dropping figures down into the Rancor pit (not included, but being released seperately next year). Afterwards, you can push Jabba's throne forward so that he can observe the chaos through the grates in the floor.
*The watchtower/ palace entrance is a neat structure with a really cool opening door and a neat closing mechanism. The security eye that confronts R2-D2 and C-3PO can pop out from the door and the tower is littered with stray bottles, bincoulars, and blasters.
*Fun little details like Jabba's water pipe, bowl of froglike creatures, hidden stache of money and guns, Chewie's binders, and random drink glasses lying around bring the set to life.
*The set feels rather incomplete without the Rancor pit. I know its coming out next year, but I almost wish this had been a more expensive set and had been designed with the pit included from the start. The trapdoor isn't too much fun when its only an inch or so off the ground.
*The main draw of this set is definitely the minifigures because for a set this price the build is quite small. Seeing as how this set often retails from $120-$150, it is nearly the same price as the much larger and more detailed modular buildings.
Overall: I've always had a fondness for the Jabba's palace scenes from Return of the Jedi, so I really enjoy the look and dsign of the set. If you're looking for great minifigures or a nice display piece, you should be pretty happy. If you're looking for a solid build, you may not be as happy with this set as the build isn't too complex. I do think younger Lego fans would have an easy time building this set, which is never a bad thing if you're thinking about giving this as a gift.