Name: 7748 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Theme: Star Wars
Subtheme: The Clone Wars
Minifigs: 4 (two Battledroids)
Price: 26.99Euro, 24.99US Dollars, 29.99 Canada Dollars
Resources: Brickset, Brickshelf, Peeron
For my third Academy review I chose another new Star Wars set of the new TCW line which seems to be very popular. The Corporate Alliance droid shows that the Confederacy knows what tanks they need, or should they spend more money on AATs? Let s find out!
The box shows the NR-N99 Persuader-class tank droid driving on a street in the crystal city of Christophsis with two of his bst friends, while two Jet Troopers of the republic are trying to stop him.
The back shows us a friendlier scene, where the droids and clones just stand there without fighting, while red squares show us the few functions of the set.
Something that I found strange is that the box of the tank droid with 216 pieces is thinner than the one from 7749 Echo Base with only 155 pieces.
The instruction booklet is the same size as from the 7670 Hailfire Droid and 8016 Hyena Bomber.
Random instruction page showing a tiny hand using the CC (Clone Catapult)
FIGURES / WEAPONS
The set includes four figures: Two republic Clone Jet Troopers and two generic Battledroids. Weapons are only four normal blasters and two jetpacks.
The jetpack is one of the best accessories in any Star Wars sets this year. With a little hope we might get a new Boba and/or Jango Fett with separate helmet and jetpack.
It can be put on every standard figure. Here a modded Captain Rex and Clone trooper with pirate epaulet.
The CC is one of the most ridiculoust things I ever saw in a LEGO set. It s just seven pieces, but they could have put something better than that stupid pieces. Like backpacks for the BDs or some transparent pieces as stand for the Clones. The catapult doesn�t really work. The clones get into the air but they only do a somersault and land on their face.
NR-N99 Persuader-class tank droid
The feature of the set is the infamous NR-N99 tank droid. The tank droid was first deployed by the Corporate Alliance, which used it against worlds that weren�t pleased with their buisness. When the Alliance allied with the Confederacy, they were also used against the republic clone army on several worlds including Geonosis, Christophsis and Kashyyyk. The tank appeared in both, the movies and the Clone Wars TV series but the design differs between the show and the movies. The tank seems to be more like in The Clone Wars, but I am more a fan of the design from Revenge of the Sith because it looks more like a Confederacy vehicle in the movie, with its more blue looking colors. TCW tank droid and ROTS tank droid.
The little feet are napless. The droids have to cling to the lasers if you want to rebuild the battle of Kashyyyk from Revenge of the Sith. Many people like to cover their MOCs with tiles like this, but I prefer studs, especially when the studs could have helped the playability.
You can also adjust the feet for cragged ground. This reminds me strong on the cut scene from Attack of the Clones, where the tank droids rode about a small hill.
The lasers (one per side is flick-fire). They look fine and the flick-fire has a point of being there, quite contrary to sets like 8014 Clone Walker BP or some Space Police sets, where they just seem to be shown to the "Function-Editor" who was to lazy and only stack them there for adding more play-ability and destroying the realistic design.
The eyes have an ingenious building technique. They are 1x2 SNOT bricks. The eyes and antennas are attached with minifig neck pieces and the whole eye is hold up with droid arms. Like The Penguin raved for the technic in the Star Wars 09 Discussion topic, I also prefer this eyes much more over the poles with satellite dish which seemed very cartoony and tended to fall of every time you only viewed them.
The chain is flabby and seem to long for the small chassis, but if you make the chain smaller, the chassis gets compressed. This may helps the ability of the chains to better roll on the ground, than the last tank droid did, but it makes the set look less well designed.
The big dishes are printed. I don t know if it s me, but the tubes look out of place and unnecessary.
YEJ! Another grey droid arm for my MOC Droidekas!
Sarge: Okay, I am standing here and you jump when I count to three. One, two...
Clone: Sir? *pointing to the jetpack*
The Final Verdict
Design: 7/10 I don�t like the TCW version as much as the ROTS version, but I think they could have made the back a little more detailed.
Build: 8/10 The build was very quick and had a noteworthy amount of technic. Luckily not as much technic than in the Twilight. Sticking together the chain was also very boring, but you may reckon that.
Playability: 9/10 A nice tank that rolls on every ground and a few figures are fair, but you can play better with a few other sets.
Minifigures: 8/10 The set doesn�t offer any special thing figure-wise except for the jetpacks, which I can see comming in other future sets. The clones could have used another printing with blue stripes, like in the show instead of being just plain-white. I already have around 30 white clones and I think that this is enough.
Price: 10/10 The european price is ordinary but it seems unusual for the US where prices were always like X9.99. This seems a little bit to much in a too short time, to me. In Europe the prices were only adjusted with one buck each year, but with one hit 5 bucks? Oh no, I am going to much into price ranting...
Overall: 42/50 or 8,4/10
I recommend this set to diorama builders only. Confederacy fans maybe have enough NR-N99s from 7258 Wookie Attack and minifig collectors can wait until we know what is coming next spring. I have a feeling that the jetpack will return in a few other sets.
Edited by Navy Trooper Fenson, 26 May 2009 - 12:00 PM.