With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it's a timely moment to see what excitements the most recent batch of LEGO® Star Wars range has brought us in terms of new parts. We've challenged Kevin Levell to free-build using only parts from sets 75206 - 75212 inclusive and you'll see the results in the coming weeks; but before he built anything, we asked that he review the new parts from every set for you.
Seven sets. 3062 parts. 29 minifigures. 56 new parts.
For many, the main attraction of new LEGO® Star Wars sets are the minifigures, and across these sets there are a total of 29. This includes three weird looking dog things, Corellian Hounds I'm informed, and three droids.
These sets do represent pretty good parts packs, with many repeated elements and a nice selection of parts that have been introduced over the last couple of years. For those of us who are "parts monkeys" though, any new set holds the potential to contain interesting or useful new parts. Sadly, given the volume of LEGO elements here, there are only a handful of new parts. I hoped there would have been a greater number and a good few recolours but these are limited, perhaps owing to all the moulds being given over to new minifigures.
So, let's have a look at what you'll really be spending your money on if you buy any of these sets.
75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack
The sole new piece in this set is the new minifigure skirt piece, which is available in three of these new sets, but here presented in Black (Element ID 6219463 | Design ID 36036). If used in multiples I could see how this piece might make a nice awning, window canopy or door roof feature.
The key thing here is the height: 1 2/3 bricks high, to match the height of a standard pair of legs, instead of the previously used slope 2x2x2 (Design ID 3678) which as you can see makes the formally dressed lady taller!
75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack is available now with RRP of £12.99 / $14.99 / 16.99€. Buy from Amazon USA | Amazon UK and New Elementary receives a few pennies!
75207 Imperial Patrol Battle PackThere are no new "building" elements in this set at all. I highlight the following two perhaps only from a nerdy need to have something to show for the full sequence of set numbers.
75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack is available now with RRP of £12.99 / $14.99 / 16.99€ – Amazon USA | Amazon UK
75208 Yoda's HutThere are quite a few new elements in this set and while they're all recolours, they're ones that I am sure will be welcomed by many.
- Perfect for ornamental garden MOCs, here in Olive Green is the 6x6 plate with one rounded corner (Element ID 6218088 | Design ID 6003).
- The 2x2 Macaroni tiles are making appearances in lots of colours now and here they're included in Olive Green (Element ID 6218089 | Design ID 27925). The thing I would really like to see make it into production would be the 3x3 macaroni tile, for obvious usage in conjunction with the 2x2 and 4x4 tiles.
- I can't believe this piece is appearing in Reddish Brown for the first time but the 4x4 Macaroni brick (Element ID 6211774 | Design ID 48092) is indeed making its debut in Yoda's hut.
- Also in Reddish Brown is the 1x3x2 inverted arch (Element ID 6133833 | Design ID 18653), and while it's not strictly speaking new or exclusive, it was only available in Ninjago 9446 Destiny's Bounty previously.
- The inverted arch makes a second appearance in this set in Brick Yellow [TLG]/ Tan [BL](Element ID 6212038 | Design ID 18653) and is new but not unique; it will also be available in 31081 Modular Skate House, which is also available now (Amazon USA | Amazon UK).
- Also new to Brick Yellow is the curved 3x6 windscreen (Element ID 6218090 | Design ID 62360). This could be one to watch, as some solid colour versions of this part tend towards the more expensive on BrickLink, and where the Black variant is concerned, downright crazy prices!
75209 Han Solo's LandspeederWith the overall colour of Han's speeder being Earth Blue [TLG]/ Dark Blue [BL], there are a good set of useful parts in this colour (making it a fairly good parts pack if you are looking for this colour) including the following new ones:
- 1x2x2 2/3 window with rounded top (Element ID 6219783 | Design ID 30044) which appears just once.
- two of Plate, Modified 1x2 with Pin Hole on Top – which I always think of as 'the P-shaped piece' (Element ID 6223838 | Design ID 11458).
- Slope 30 1x2x2/3 – the double cheese slope (Element ID 6216905 | Design ID 85984) is present five times.
- Black 2x2 plate with rounded ends and hollow studs (Element ID 6210270 | Design ID 35480) which, although not exclusive to this set, is new for 2018 and reviewed here on New Elementary. This is a nice new piece and one I'm very happy to have in a multiple of four to experiment with.
- The last is slightly surprising to me as I thought I already had these in Brick Yellow, but apparently not – 2x2 minifigure seats (Element ID 6219785 | Design ID 4079) have not officially appeared in Brick Yellow before, in either of its two variants. I have both fond and frustrating memories of this part from my childhood, specifically its inclusion in the fantastic 6927 Mobile Tracking Station, one of my favourite sets. The lab is open to the vacuum of space, but in order to sit down, my spaceman must take off his air tanks... arrgh! They can of course be worn on the front, but surely asphyxiation is a risk, right?
75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder is available now with RRP of £25.99 / $29.99 / 29.99€ – Amazon USA | Amazon UK
75210 Moloch's LandspeederSlim pickings again. For many I suspect the Corellian hound will be the major attraction here, as you get two of them in this set.
75210 Moloch's Landspeeder is available now with RRP of £44.99 / $39.99 / 49.99€ – Amazon USA | Amazon UK
75211 Imperial TIE FighterBy emptying all the bags of this bad boy out (an act I've recently heard referred to as "LEGO on hard mode") you are faced with a wild sea of grey and black parts but this set contains the pieces I'm most looking forward to using in my upcoming building challenge by far.
- The Minecraft railway track piece, Plate 2X2 w/ Design (Element ID 6217790 | Design ID 27928). It’s referred to as some-pentagonal-thing-or-other-esoteric-and-long-winded-name on Bricklink, perhaps this needs a nickname? New Elementary readers have suggested things such as "the birdhouse" in the past... any more suggestions? Irrespective of that though, you get four of them in this set.
- Slope 45 1 x 2 with Cutout without Stud (Element ID 6213378 | Design ID 28192); there is six of them to be had here.
- Slope, Curved 2 x 2 Inverted (Element ID 6185676 | Design ID 32803); two of this very useful piece appear here.
- The minifigure rollerskate (Element ID 6217791 | Design ID 11253). This is the greebly part I’m most pleased to see in Medium Stone Grey and again we get four of them. I love these little pieces, they work really nicely with the binoculars (Design ID 30162) which in turn work so nicely with the mini spacegun with rib/double barrel pistol piece (Design ID 95199).
Finally, for those wanting to build various iterations of Tie Fighter we have a new printed radar dish (Element ID 6224386 | Design ID 3960).
This is a nice update, as previously the 4x4 cockpit canopy appeared in Dark Stone Grey.
75211 Imperial TIE Fighter is available now with RRP of £64.99 / $69.99 / 69.99€ – Amazon USA | Amazon UK
75212 Kessel Run Millennium FalconAs reported in a few other places, the build for this iteration of the Falcon is very similar to the 75105 from The Force Awakens, which in turn owed a lot to the structure and build method from 7965.
- Obviously the Transparent cockpit canopy is “new” because of its printing (Element ID 6223416 | Design ID 47543)...
- ...as is the 4x4 radar dish (Element ID 6223409 | Design ID 3960).
- The new 1x2 plate with hollow studs and rounded ends comes here in White (Design ID 35480 Element ID 6210272).
- 2x2 modified plate with two studs in Bright Yellow [TLG]/ Yellow [BL] (Element ID 6224666 | Design ID 33909). We get just one of these – one! – which the instructions show is intended to have a sticker applied to it.
- Inverted 2x2 curved slopes in Medium Stone Grey (Element ID 6185676 | Design ID 32803) makes it's second appearance within these sets, and there are four this time.
Quay Tolsite has an interesting hexagonal cowl/hood too, in Titanium Metallic (Element ID 6223502 | Design ID 38225). Like Moloch's headpiece, I can see this might work in a micro build ship. She also sports a stylishly printed Black minifigure skirt (Element ID 6225022 | Design ID 36036).
|"Where'd'ya get that sweet space cape, brother?"|
Lando's hair (Element ID 6213798 | Design ID 36060) is really great and is only available in one other set, 76100 Royal Talon Fighter (Amazon USA | Amazon UK) from the Black Panther movie sets. I can't help feeling it's not close enough to the hair style we see Moss sporting in the film.
Finally, there is the subject of Chewbacca (Element ID 6223303). I can't decide if this is supposed to be a younger Chewie or just a new mould.
This is the third incarnation for Chewbacca, and if this is going to be a replacement, I'm honestly not sure I like it any more than the last sculpt. Even without printed eyes, the original has a charm to it that I like so much more than either of the newer versions. Is that nostalgia? I don't know.
75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon is available now with RRP of £149.99 / $169.99 / 169.99€ – Amazon USA | Amazon UK
In closing, all I can say is that there are a lot of parts here! I have partially sorted them and I am in equal parts daunted and excited by the building challenge ahead.
READ MORE: Remind yourself of the awesome Space creations Kevin Levell made out of Nexogons for us last year
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