7 January 2015

Six for the proud walkers


Our first Star Wars review for 2015 comes from the multi-talented Jeremy Williams (Bricking It), who examines one of the smallest new sets of the range.

The Star Wars films (including the Clone Wars animated series) continue to provide The LEGO® Group (TLG) with plenty of source material for small ‘battle pack’ sets. These typically include four minifigs (often with at least two duplicates) and some additional hardware. Today I’m reviewing a 2015 set in this series: 75089 Geonosis Troopers.

Let’s start with the minifigs: two pairs of clone troopers (a regular pair and an airborne ‘paratrooper’ pair) all clad in camouflage (or are they just dusty?) dark orange armour.

The printing on the minifigs is up to scratch (no arm printing, sadly, but otherwise nice and detailed) and the paratrooper torso and helmet are particularly nicely done (all four share the same printed legs). They (naturally) share the same face but with a nice variety of expressions which would no doubt be a boon to anyone planning stop-motion animation.

The other thing that all four troopers share is, as is now typical in such sets, that each has one of the new stud blasters. The ammunition is Tr. Blue [TLG]/ Trans Dark Blue [BL] 1x1 studs and 20 such studs are included in the set, twice as many as are needed (which is a good thing, as they vanish almost immediately in use). The stud blasters polarise opinion: some bemoan the lack of authenticity that the blasters introduce into Star Wars sets, while others applaud the enhanced playability they bring. I’m generally in favour - the engineering is still a marvel to me, and the blasters are great fun. Four of them in a set almost demands a staged, rather elaborate Mexican standoff, and I couldn’t help but oblige.


Now if you’re paying attention (which you are, aren’t you?) then you’ll have noticed that 20 studs is a lot more than twice the required number for four stud blasters. That brings us to the walker, and its standout feature - the new rapid-fire stud blaster.

This was covered by Scott Barnick (Aanchir) in his latest Bionicle review and consists of two elements: the outer ring in Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/Dark Bluish Gray [BL] (Design ID 18588 | Element ID 6100488) and the centre pin in Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/Light Bluish Grey [BL] Element ID 6097090). These snap together and, when loaded with six studs, the centre pin (which has a reduced axle hole) can be rotated to fire each pin in turn.

The rapid-fire shooter is great fun. I’d have preferred the centre pin to remain still while the outer ring rotates for a more accurate Gatling-gun effect, but I can see this would involve a more complex mounting. The studs fly in all directions when fired but it’s still very satisfying and (like the single-shooter) a lovely bit of engineering. It also makes a good base for a cannon (or a spaceship engine) in a MOC.

The rest of the walker is pretty straightforward, but the front canopy is a tidily-executed bit of SNOT using clips and handles to provide some pleasing angles. In particular, it illustrates nicely how to achieve right-angles with this particular connection.

The antenna gives some nice visual balance. Speaking of balance, the two poseable feet are easy to place in a variety of positions while keeping the walker stable (albeit often with a forward droop). There’s space for all four troopers to cadge a ride (two seated, two standing on footplates).

Aside from the rapid-fire blaster and the minifigs, the only notable new elements are recolours in Dark Orange. First, there are two 1x1 ‘cheese’ slopes (Design ID 54200 | Element ID 6104342), although my set had a spare third slope too. Then there is the rather prominent 2x2 half-bow (Design ID 15068 | Element ID 6104344) on the front of the walker. Other than that, this isn’t really a set to buy for the elements alone. For collectors of Star Wars minifigs, and for kids who enjoy a good shootout (and have the patience to find all of the ammunition afterward), this is a great value set with plenty of interest.



Our thanks to LEGO's Community & Events Engagement Team for providing this set.

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8 comments:

  1. (PicnicBasketSam)

    20 spare studs?! I thought this set looked small...
    I'm not really a fan of this set. The dark orange clones are OK, but I'm not sure where they've actually appeared. The walker itself has poseable legs at least (cough AT-DP cough) but the cockpit is a joke and the front is far too chunky. Seems like an excuse to use the new rapid-fire shooters, frankly.

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    1. I'm actually curious how many of the spare studs are included in the piece count. The Bionicle sets which use the new rapid-fire blaster curiously had six more studs than the listed piece count on the box (even though the Lego shop website includes the actual piece count, with all twelve studs accounted for). So I wonder if this set is a similar case—both the box and shop page list 105 parts, but could that actually be 115? In any case, 20 studs seems to be a good count for a set like this, with twice as many studs as would be technically necessary to load every character's weapons.

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  2. What color are the troopers? Flesh, or Medium Dark Flesh, or...?

    They're not Dark Orange, or they'd match the parts on the walker.

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    1. They are Medium Dark Flesh (BL), a color used on minifigs such as the Gingerbread Man as well as Tonto. The hips are the only part that differ. They're reddish brown

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  3. I like the new blasters and LOVE the stud six-shooter, but I have noticed a huge drop in number of parts going into a build for a set this price. Consider: Each figure plus loaded blaster is 7 parts, the stud shooter is 8 parts when loaded, and 10 spare 1x1 round plates as ammo means before you even build anything else there are 46 parts used up before anything is built to use them with, leaving only 59 parts for the walker. BUUUUT..... having gotten it for $0.30 US after 12 bucks of free bonus points at K-Mart showed up in my email Friday, and 2 days of I LUG NY events to attack all my LUGmates with it, it's the best set of all time (at that price point ;-) I think it works well, even if i'd gladly settle for 1 blaster and 5 studs total.... I had the same thought at Jeremy, I need to get this thing spinning around the center, not the other way around....

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  4. Oh no... I thought I was done with a moc of mine... I had substituted some cheese slopes that really needed to be dark orange with another colour since it didn't exist. And now it does, so I kinda have to buy two of this set just for that...

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    1. Or you could check Bricklink to see if someone listed enough for your immediate needs.

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  5. The rapid-fire stud blaster would work as a wheel

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