Let’s make no mistake, when it comes to Star Wars right now, all people are talking about is The Force Awakens, whether it be on the big-screen or on the shelves of their local LEGO stockist. But, just for today, I am going to move away from the Disney-fuelled hype that is The Force Awakens and focus on the LEGO version of another popular Star Wars media, Rebels.
Set Number: 75083
Minifigures: Agent Kallus, Stormtrooper, AT-DP Pilots (x2)
Set five years before the original movie trilogy we know and love, Star Wars Rebels has quickly become a firm fans’ favourite. Filling in the gaps between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it has introduced a raft of new characters into an extended universe already teeming with different personalities. But it isn’t just new faces that have been introduced, we have also seen new vehicles. Such as the focus of today’s piece, the All-Terrain Defense Pod. But for us, let’s just call it the AT-DP…
Minifigure exclusivity is always a big plus point for me – and many a collector – and this delivers in Rebel-sized spades. Three of the four included figures are exclusives, with Agent Kallus being the main highlight. A quick word about the Stormtrooper though, as despite it not being exclusive to this set, a Stormtrooper is still a Stormtrooper. The helmet looks wonderful, with the printing on both the torso and the legs looking pretty true to form. Yes, they are commonplace now, however no army is quite complete without one, and when it looks this good…well that’s just a bonus.
Up next are the two AT-DP Pilots, although as I’m sure many will point out, they have been seen riding other vehicles in the Rebels show, so their seemingly-exclusive job roles here aren’t quite right, though that’s more semantics than anything else. Regarding the pieces themselves though, they also bring a lot to the dance. Their helmets look superb, though it does come in two parts rather than one piece. That said, the two parts do look good together and compliment the rest of the figure well. Again, the design on the body is excellent, managing to excel despite looking rather simple. There is much more basic print on the legs, though it doesn’t detract from the overall presentation in any way. The Pilots come equipped with standard blaster pistols.
And then moving on to – in my view – the piece de resistance of the minifigure portion of this set; Agent Kallus. As I’ve said, minifig exclusivity adds value to a LEGO set, and when that exclusive figure looks this good, it makes it all the more special. Viewers of the Rebels TV show will know that the character plays a major role, so his inclusion here will be a very popular one with fans. The first thing you notice is the helmet, which is a brand new piece not seen before in LEGO sets. The torso design features an armoured breastplate, and while it may seem a little lacklustre to have plain legs when there is such a rich design in the torso, the rest of the figure is so good that it really doesn’t matter.
And that isn’t all, as the figure also gives us a choice of expressions that Kallus can display; either a frown or a rather sinister grin. Also noticeable – only when the helmet is removed though – are his distinctive sideburns, common to both sides. Lastly, his weapon; that would be a Lasan Bo-Rifle.
Honestly, this minifigure is just superb, and perfectly rounds off a stellar figure cast for this set. As I said before, an exclusive minifigure or two makes a good LEGO set that little bit more appealing, so having three of them – plus a very good Stormtrooper – makes this collection as good as I have seen in a set for some time.
And now we come to the main event. One of the more recognisable modes of transport in Star Wars lore – and more so to viewers of Rebels – the AT-DP.
I’ll get onto the low point in a bit, but I have to start by saying just how good this looks. Immediately you are drawn to the main part, the head. It is pretty solid and an impressive build, with the shaped plates forming an armoured shell. On either side is a dome with a printed design – no stickers needed here – and they look great and really add to the overall piece. Inside, there is plenty of space to seat the 2 pilots, with each getting their own control panel. It really is amazing just how much space LEGO have managed to give inside, given the design of the set. The inner beauty can easily be accessed with the whole top piece attached to a hinge. A small circular hatch can also be opened up.
It is a joy to build as you see this quite incredible set coming together, and when you finish it and actually attach it to the legs, you can’t help but just sit back and admire it. You always want LEGO to deliver as close to a perfect replica of the TV show and/or movie set that it is based on, and as you view the AT-DP, from virtually any angle, you are looking at a perfect replica. And while viewing from the front and side is indeed a look upon LEGO excellence, when you gaze upon this from behind (while resisting the urge to break out in a Sid James-style guffaw), it is a little less appealing. But I do not want to focus too much on the minor flaws found here (for their is a pretty big one that I’ll come to shortly), so let’s look at the other main focus of a LEGO set; playability.
Most Star Wars sets encourage some sort of intergalactic space battle, with ships of all size and shape coming equipped with their very own unique arsenal of attacking offense. Here is no exception; a turret located at the front is mounted on a ball joint, allowing a good range of motion, while the real charm comes in the ability to move the entire head around from one side to the other. Underneath this moving head are two spring-loaded missile launchers that have an extremely impressive range. Seriously, keep an eye on where you’re firing them, otherwise you are likely to spend some time on your hands and knees hunting around. Also, while I am sure this feature will be fun with the younger ones, the speed and distance range of the missiles is sufficient enough to ensure that no brothers/sisters/cousins or anyone else that would rather keep an eye is in harm’s way.
The big downside of this set, and what prevents it from being one of the great Star War LEGO sets, are the legs. You will find that they are virtually unposeable, and as collectors will immediately realise, this has a massive impact on how you may choose to have the model on display. The joint located near the hip is the only moveable part of the whole leg and that will only move backwards. And when you do have it positioned, in only the one position it can be put in, you can’t help but find yourself double-checking it to make sure it isn’t going to fall over. The legs do not look the strongest when you consider the solid head that it is carrying.
The main annoyance of this is that it could have been easily rectified. Anyone with any kind of experience using LEGO, and Technic, would have been able to substitute a piece or two to allow for more flexibility and motion. In actual fact, that isn’t the main annoyance; that is actually knowing that the one downside of this set could have easily been avoided, and we would be talking about a spectacular LEGO set instead of a very, very good one.
The Set Overall
Make no mistake about it, I loved this set. While many will look at the price tag and wonder if it is worth it, I have to say that it is. In anything these days, value for money is important, and when it comes to LEGO the defining criteria of ‘value for money’ is a great set that takes a suitable time to build, a good selection of minfigures and – depending on the purchaser/recipient of the set – a certain level of playability or design quality. Based on that criteria, this is excellent value for money. When it is on display, it’s impressive duplication of the source material makes it a beautiful addition to any collection. But while it is great value for money, and I cannot stress enough that it really is, it is not the perfect set, as much as it pains me to say. The design of the legs is a big downside, and one that stops me proclaiming this as the perfect LEGO set.
This set was provided for review purposes. However, all reviews reflect the authors own personal views and are not influenced in any way.