We just spend a couple evenings building, photographing, and writing up the review — no big deal. It’s about 21 inches wide, 18 inches tall, and 15 inches deep (53 x 46 x 38 cm).
Mere words like “whopping” and “monstrous” don’t really do justice until you’ve seen this box yourself in person. Here’s the box again with a 32×32 baseplate for scale. The back and sides of the box include more line art and photos of the play features, interior details, and minifigs. The instruction booklet is hardly a booklet .The resulting tome is 466 pages long, spanning 1, 379 steps. While some of the questions and answers aren’t especially revealing, the interviews are well worth a read — probably after you’ve skipped over them first to start building right away. Other sites have done multi-person team builds that still took 12 hours over 2 days. Part of the problem with the multi-bag packaging inside interior boxes is that the bags are not arranged sequentially in the boxes. Presumably to balance the weight of the boxed set (or some other arcane production reason), bag groups are distributed seemingly randomly throughout the four boxes. So, you’ll spend the first few minutes of your build experience digging through deep interior boxes looking for, sorting, and rearranging bags.
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We’ll cover the minifigs and creatures in more detail later in this review. The third bag adds the underside of the front mandible, the forward landing gear assembly, and two interior sections. The lounge area includes padded seating, and the dejarik board is printed on a black radar dish. The engineering station has a swiveling seat and a mix of printed and stickered elements. The corridor entrances are particularly ingenious, with tan elements that encircle the doorway. The sticker sheet itself is fairly large, but the actual number of stickers is small for such a large set, with the specification sheet and corridor entrances taking up most of the sticker sheet. Bag group 3 includes the seat for the upper quad cannon emplacement, which won’t get completed until the very final bag group, 17. There are also three arched doorways leading off into curved corridors, with another pair of stickered panels. However, the space is so small that you can’t fit one minifig underneath the 1×4 plate, much less several. The fifth group of bags finishes the rear underside of the hull, along with the iconic sublight engines at the back of the ship. The large hull panel wraps around the underside of the interior sections, and has all the details that the corresponding upper section has, from the vertical fins (fuel drive pressure stabilizers) to various unnamed greebles. The next sub-assemblies build the frame and “greeble sandwich” center for the curved hull sections behind the round airlocks on either side of the vessel. The port and starboard segments are identical, which means that they’re inverted from each other on either side. Unlike the shorter sections behind the airlocks, the mandible frames are neither identical (x2 builds) nor mirrored — the greebles are subtly different on either side, and they look more…purposeful than the alternating jumper plates and 1×2 plates with bars on 10179. We’re now in the seventh set of bags, on step 471, nearly 200 pages into the instruction book. The seventh bags include the parts for the forward mandibles’ lower hulls, including round holes for the four equipment access bays. Each of the exposed sections has different greebles, so you end up building four panels on bricks with greebles on either side, attached sideways above the holes in the lower hull. The ninth bags add a small section of exposed machinery behind the starboard mandible, along with the top covers for the mandibles themselves. The top covers are similar to the lower hull sections, with smoothly curved equipment access bays. Bar pieces and flex-tubing create numerous exposed pipes and tubes across the surface, and several of them drop down into the equipment bays. In what seems like a bit of an odd choice with stickers used elsewhere, a pair of 2 x 4 x 2/3 rounded slopes are printed, and attach from the “greeble sandwich” on the frame up over the upper section of the mandibles, on droid arms. Bags #10 also contain the pieces for the lower quad cannon emplacement — another major upgrade from 10179. The heat exhaust vents are also remarkably different from 10179, where they were built from webbed 6×6 radar dishes surrounded by 4×4 curved “macaroni” pieces. The fuel drive pressure stabilizer fins match the corresponding details on the underside.
The fourteenth set of bags is another hull section, adding the sloped section above the central freight-loading room and concussion missile tubes, as well as “wings” to either side that cover part of the front upper hull. The wings attach to the central sloped section with clips on bars, and angle down over the hull. After finishing the airlocks and a brief, four-step sub-build for the base of the main sensor rectenna, there’s another set of hull panels to cover the forward interior section, with another removable cover to access the inside of the ship. The canopy uses two new trans-clear printed pieces. For the first time, they each have reversible heads with breathing masks to supplement the atmosphere on the insides of an asteroid-adapted space slug. These minifigs add a different angle to the set, but are largely similar to the ones from previous sets released within the past two years. But just for good measure, it measures over 8″ high, 33″ long, and 22″ wide (21 x 84 x 56 cm). Regardless, it’s a remarkable likeness, and the angle and size of the cockpit with its access tunnel is especially spot-on. Forward cargo hold #2 sits behind the right mandible, intersected at an angle by the cockpit access tunnel. But let’s set aside my progressive guilt and self-recrimination and return to the set itself. Thanks for speaking up, i agree with you in saying 800 dollars for any toy is over the top and in a roundabout way, mildly obnoxious.
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I might spend that much in a year but it’s mostly second hand with the additions of a few new sets. There shouldn’t be so many tan studs showing at the “root” of the mandibles. Check out the official pics and you will see. Interesting points raised on the moral aspect, but for me it just boils down to living in a capitalist society.
I believe if someone works hard for their money they should be free to spend it however they please; after all, we’re all part of the corporate machine whether we like it or not!
Basically for the reasons you pointed out. Your final words on the pricetag are spot-on too, it’s great to read a statement like this in the afol-community. There were a lot of great insights here, especially the comparison of the proportions of the different versions. He compared scenes from the movies, and schematics from several different sources. The interior shots he was unable to piece together into an overall interior layout that was physically possible, much less one that actually agreed with any published interior schematic at that point. By my count, the only such interior section that was missing from 10179 is the ventral gun turret. That’s as much as we can reveal for now but based on our past experience , we are confident this piece of news should be spot on.