Lego Star Wars 2013 Preview

Part two of my 2013 Lego preview. Many of you know that I bashed the previous line of Star Wars Lego sets because of how very, very unoriginal it was, as well as the fact that many of the sets were weak and not at all loyal to the source material. However, this time around, it seems Lego read my blog post. From what I’ve seen, there is only one remake in the entire line and everything looks pretty good design wise. Minifigures look great as well, but I’ll allow you to be the judge of that.

1. Clone Troopers Vs. Droidekas

Price: $11.99

Structures?

This is the first battle pack of the new line. And those rarely have structures, and this one is no exception. But Battle Packs aren’t really for structures, are they. So I’m not really that disappointed about the lack of structures.

Vehicles?

The set kind of falls short here. Usually I expect a pretty cool vehicle in these sets, like a walker or speeder, not a miniaturized version of another set. In this case, we get a miniature version of the swamp speeder. It’s cool, but it could have been something a little cooler.

Minifigures?

This what the battle packs are for, is it not? Of course the minifigures are awesome. This set comes with two Droidekas (Destroyer Droids to those who aren’t Star Wars nerds) and two Clone troopers. The clone troopers have a new helmet design, and look more like those in Attack of Clones, and one has the Clone Pilot design from Attack of the Clones.

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Will I buy it?

Probably. The minifigures are enough, with all four being old minifigures returning with new designs. And while I would have preferred the vehicle to be something else, the mini swamp speeder is alright. And at the relatively low price, it’s definitely looking like a set that I’ll but.

2. Republic Troopers vs. Sith Troopers

Price: $11.99

Structures?

Again, this is a battle pack. I don’t expect any structures, and there aren’t any. Which is really no surprise.

Vehicles?

The vehicle in this battle pack is a lot cooler than the mini swamp speeder. It has what appears to be a Sith trooper gun platform/speeder thing. The detail on it is great and I like the color scheme a lot. It looks great, and contributes to the set.

Minifigures?

The minifigures for this set are awesome. It includes two Sith troopers, one driving the gun platform, and one foot soldier. The design of the foot soldier looks a little different that of the pilot. He has a red, gray, and black color scheme, as opposed to the black and grey of other Sith troopers. Regardless, it looks pretty cool. It also comes with two Republic troopers. We haven’t seen an actual Republic trooper minifigure before, so I guess these count as new minifigures. The torso and helmet designs are awesome. And how about that weapon wielded by the one trooper? That’s awesome.

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Will I buy it?

Definitely. This is the better of the two battle packs by far. It packs an awesome vehicle as well as four minifigures that have been seen in very few other Lego sets, and look awesome. Also, it’s good to see that Lego took my advice and decided to make another SWTOR set, even if it’s just a battle pack. I can’t wait to get this one.

3. AT-RT

Price (Estimate): $19.99-24.99

Structures?

Nope.

Vehicles?

Ok, I guess I lied. There’s actually two remakes. But honestly, I’m not really counting this as a remake. The last AT-RT was a lot smaller and came out seven years ago. Also, it was Kashyyyk themed, and this is more in line with the ones we saw in the Umbaran story arc in season 4 of the Clone Wars, with the blue designs. And that design looks pretty awesome.

Minifigures?

This comes with two minifigures, another droideka and a clone trooper. Honestly, I’m glad that they have more sets with Droidekas, because the new design looks pretty awesome. It also comes with a phase III ARC trooper, with the blue markings. And let me tell you, that minifigure looks pretty awesome. It also comes with Yoda and an assassin droid, both of which look great but are nothing new.

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Will I buy it?

There’s a strong possibility. The updated AT-RT definitely looks great, and I love the blue markings. I’m also loving the droidekas and the Phase III ARC trooper minifigure. And since it looks to have a price tage that will be relatively low, this is a definite possibility.

4. A-Wing Starfighter

 Price (Estimate): 24.99

Structures?

Nothing.

Vehicles?

It comes with an A-Wing Starfigher. Who would’ve guessed, right? Anyways, it’s pretty weak. I have two of the 2006 A-Wing Starfighters, and it looks exactly the same as those two. For those who don’t have it, I guess it’s worth checking out, but it doesn’t even look as good as the previous version.

Minifigures?

This set comes with three minifigures: A Mon Calamari pilot, a human pilot, and Han Solo. None of these are anything we haven’t seen before, and therefore aren’t anything to get excited over. Especially since the designs are the same as previous versions of those minifigures.

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Will I buy it?

Definitely not. The minifigures are nothing new, and considering I have two of the set already, there’s no point in the buying the remake.

5. Z-95 Headhunter

Price (Estimate): 29.99

Structures?

None.

Vehicles?

In place of the usual Jedi Starfighter, we’re getting a Z-95 Headhunter, something Lego’s never tried to tackle before. And from the images I’ve seen, it looks great. These are the spiritual predecessors to the X-Wing fighters, and Lego’s done a great job creating it with Republic colors.

Minifigures?

If I had to sum up this set’s minifigures in one word, it would have to be awesome. It has two ARC troopers, and both are Phase III and have excellent designs. But the icing on the cake here is the first ever General Krell minifigure. And that looks awesome. The dual double bladed lightsaber wielding Besalisk Jedi master will make a great addition to my collection.

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Will I buy it?

Oh yeah. This set had me at the General Krell minifigure. But that AND two ARC troopers? That is awesome. Oh and there’s the set itself. The Z-95 Headhunter looks great and justifies the price tag. This is one set I’ll be getting for sure.

6. Rancor Pit

Price (Estimate): $59.99 – $69.99

Structures?

The Rancor Pit, obviously. And it looks awesome. It’s obviously meant to be an add on to the disappointing (not to mention overpriced) remake of Jabaa’s Palace in the last line. But this set will be awesome as a standalone set as well. The Rancor pit looks pretty accurate, and loyal to the source material, with the gate and everything.

Vehicles?

N/A

Minifigures?

Obviously Luke Skywalker. What would this set be without Luke? It’s not exactly a new minifigure, but it’s still an essential component to this set, as those of you who have seen Return of the Jedi surely know. It also has the remodeled Gamorrean Guard, which is a pretty cool minifigure. Furthermore, there’s the Rancor tamer I guess you would call him, who we’ve never seen in Lego from before and looks pretty cool. Oh, and there’s a Rancor. Which is awesome.

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Will I buy it?

This one’s a maybe. I really, really want the Rancor monster. The set itself looks pretty good, and the other minifigures are cool. For me, it all depends on the price. If I find it to be overpriced, there’s no way I’l be buying it. But if the price is right, this is one set I’ll be buying.

7. BARC Speeder

Price: 19.99

Structures?

This is something of an over sized battle pack, so there are no structures.

Vehicles?

The vehicles are the major selling point for this set. As the title suggests, it comes with a BARC speeder bike. It has the standard Republic red and gray color scheme, and looks pretty cool, especially with the little side car. The assassin droid speeder looks pretty good as well, with the standard blue and gray CIS color scheme.

Minifigures? 

As I said above, this is an over sized battle pack. And the minifigures are pretty cool, but nothing we haven’t seen before. As always, the assassin droids look great. Obi-Wan’s standard Clone Wars minifigure appears here as well, and I like it, though it’s nothing new. Finally, it comes with another clone trooper that appears to be Captain Rex.

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Will I buy it?

This set is sort of meh. The vehicles are awesome, yes, but the minifigures aren’t great or new, which is disappointing to be honest.

8. Umbarran MHC

Price (Estimate): 39.99

Vehicles/Structures?

I’m not sure if the MHC is a vehicle or a structure. It’s mobile, but can be stationary as well. And it looks pretty cool. The gray an blue color scheme is faithful to what we saw in season 4 of the Clone Wars, and looks pretty good.

Minifigures?

This set comes with four minifigures: A clone trooper with yellow markings, Ahsoka, and two Umbaran troopers. The yellow marked clone trooper is pretty cool, and is exclusive to this set. The new Ahsoka design is also pretty awesome, and, again, is exclusive to this set. The Umbaran troopers are something of a turn off though. Umbarans are a completely different species, but Lego uses standard human faces for them. I have to admit the armor is pretty cool though.

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Will I buy it?

Probably. I really like the cannon itself, and the Republic minifigures are cool. The only major issue I have with it is the Umbaran minifigures. Other than that, it looks like a great set.

So there they are. The eight sets that make up the new Lego Star Wars line. They’re mostly original sets, and there’s definitely something of an Umbaran theme. The sets look pretty awesome for the most part, and are faithful to the source material. Also, the minifigures are pretty awesome. Some are older figures, but there’s actually a good number of new additions, and they are awesome. I also love the new box art.

As always, I’m interested to hear your opinions, so let me know what they are in the comments section below!

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About jeanluc1997

Fan fiction writer, Youtube video maker. Hardcore Star Wars fan. Progressive Liberal.
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2 Responses to Lego Star Wars 2013 Preview

  1. aziz says:

    They’re commando droids first of all, second is that the Obi wan and Captain Rex minifigs look like redesigns, and third the yellow clone trooper you spoke of in the last set looks like Commander Cody.

    • jeanluc1997 says:

      Redesigns aren’t entirely new minifigures. And they don’t even look that different. Plus Cody’s markings are orange not yellow, so unless the coloring is wrong in the picture, it’s not Cody.

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