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 experience
The 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.
|Front side of the box|
|Back of the box|
|Why does bag no. 4 have to look different than the others?!|
|20 of them, to be precise.|
Minifigures and accessoriesWith this set you get 3 minifigures. One of them is Chirrut Îmwe, the other 2 are Imperial Hovertank Pilots. All minifigures are exclusive to this set, although Lego used the same helmet molds and similar prints to those of the tank pilots to create the Scarif Shore Troopers from set 75171: Battle on Scarif.
Chirrut is a welcome inclusion in one of the cheaper Rogue One sets. The details of this minifigure are stunning. He wears this unusual fabric element around his waist (which is a pain to mount, by the way), which is printed with a crimson and black pattern. His eyes are white to depict his blindness. He does have a double-sided face: On the one side he has this daring smile and on the other he looks rather serious (like when he is repeating the line "I am one with the Force, the Force is with me").
The new helmets of the Imperial Hovertank Pilots look amazing with the narrow visor and the silver air filters. Underneath those helmets are the standard Clone Trooper heads, which is a bit disappointing, even if most people will leave those helmets on at all times.
You do get quite a few accessories with this set. Chirrut is armed with a long staff and a very nice-looking bowcaster (built around one of the longer Star Wars rifles). Any of those weapons can be clipped to his back, but they are a bit too bulky for that, in my opinion. Nevertheless, I appreciate the effort of the designer to remain accurate to the film. The imperials get all 3 types of blaster rifles: the heavy blaster-pistol, a standard-issue stormtrooper gun and a long barreled rifle, which is supposed to remain attached to the tank and act as a light anti-air or anti-infantry defence. A pair of macrobinoculars is also included.
The completed model
The Imperial Assault Hovertank feels quite substantial, measuring just over 20cm in length and being pretty heavy when lifting it. Most of the parts used to build this tank are either light or dark bluish grey, giving it the very generic and streamlined look of any imperial vehicle, making a bulk purchase of hovertanks for a diorama a good idea. The use of many 1x2 bricks with groove and other textured elements gives the impression of mechanical details and avoids the need for stickers altogether.
Twin guns are packed underneath the driving compartment. That's where you will find 2 spring-loaded launchers as well (you get 3 missiles for those).
75171: Battle on Scarif). You therefore have an area to stand some extra troops if you wish. The cargo bed is not lacking in detail as some 1x2 grilles and jumper plates are used to create some texture.
Speaking of cargo crates, this one only contains the pistol and the macrobinoculars, which is unexpected give its size. However, the accurate shape and detailed exterior more than makes up for the lack of actual storage space, in my opinion.
Four trans-clear wheels are hidden underneath and these allow the tank to roll around as though it was floating. They can hardly be seen so do not impact upon the appearance of the model.
I am very satisfied with this set. All three minifigures are marvellous and the Imperial Assault Hovertank is also very impressive, with some lovely details and lots of play features packed into a relatively small model. Moreover, the price seems very reasonable, particularly since the prices for the new Star Wars sets have gone up in the last couple of years.
My only minor suggestion relates to the minifigure selection. I think this set is ideal for multiple purchases and it may therefore have been nice to see a generic Stormtrooper or a Rebel Alliance trooper included in place of Chirrut Îmwe. Perhaps he could instead have appeared in 75154 TIE Striker which lacks any of the major characters even if the main characters met Chirrut and witnessed his impressive fighting skills on Jedha, where we see this tank for the first (and final) time. Nevertheless, this is a truly fantastic set and I highly recommend it.
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