Disclaimer note: I have bought this set with my own money from the local store, paying full price. The Lego Group had no entanglements with the way I aquiered this set and is probably unaware of my existence anyhow. The opinions here are therefore my own; they are not reviewed before being posted here by anyone else but myself.
Box, Instructions, Out-of-the-box and building experienceThe box art shows the built set and some details (including set number, title, the number of parts, age rating) on the front side and some play features on the back side. It is basically just a standard Lego box, nothing special about it.
I like it how on the front of the box, you have these lasers coming form one direction (the right), but we can clearly see the Transport firing in a totally different direction (to the left).
|Front side of the box|
|Rear side of the box|
Minifigures and accessoriesFour minifigures are included and I am happy to report that, all four are (almost) identical. Stormtroopers are some of the most popular figures for army building and I am sure that even these versions based on Star Wars Rebels are going to be widespread among army-builders, despite their stylized nature. They closely resemble the ones that appeared in the show which I appreciate, although I am aware that not everyone likes the design as much as I do. Nonetheless, both the helmets and the torsos and legs are very detailed and accurate to the source material.
While it appears that Lego decided to let all Stormtroopers in the newer sets have that "angry" clone Trooper head, it seems that they at least tried to make this set less boring by including 2 types of Stormtrooper heads: a pair of angry-clone and a pair of smiling-clone heads.
All four figures are armed with the stud-firing blasters, a weapon which I am not a fan of in general.
The completed model
The models included in the Star Wars battlepacks can either be very nice or not. This Imperial Troop Transport (commonly referred to as an ITT) belongs to the second category, I deem it to be unimpressive. Its most prominent appearance to date has been in the Star Wars Rebels series, where it appears to be a significant asset to Imperial ground forces on Lothal and other locations. So far we have seen it transporting goods and prisoners around and providing support to the Imperial infantry units on Lothal and Ryoth, which it appears to be pretty adept for (as long as the Rebels are not attacking).
This version is not scaled down properly. It is even a lot smaller that the "real deal", which holds six people on the sides and is crewed by two drivers and an officer in the cockpit. I would love to see a nice scale model of the vehicle appear in future, although this little version captures the main features including twin guns at the front, a rotating laser cannon turret on top and side storage compartments.
It became clear to me only after I bought the set that it is all about the minifigures and I see many people purchasing a number of these to assemble a modest army of Stormtroopers. I, like many others no doubt, would have preferred a battle pack filled with the standard Stormtrooper minifigures, but I think these Rebels Stormtroopers look great as well, particularly in larger groups.
The Imperial Troop Transport itself feels a bit disappointing to me. While it is easily recognisable if you are familiar with the source material, it lacks the scale and... Uhmm... appeal of the normal model. Compared to that one, it is tiny and flimsy.
I still stand by my opinion, that Lego could have easily included some standard (moulded) blaster rifles as well. Studshooters simply don't look well in dioramas and I think many collectors would agree with me.
All in all, I recommend this set even if you are not a fan of Star Wars Rebels and of the ITT. The minifigures may not be to everybody's taste but there are some useful parts included, many of which are light bluish grey slopes (ideal for Imperial bases and other vehicles... who knows... maybe someone buys more of these and builds a ITT at minifigure-scale, designed after the source material).
|I will make my personal goal to swap out any studshooters I get with some real rifles, so here you have a picture of that.|
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