This review will be on the 7879 Hoth Echo Base
Prepare for attack! Imperial forces have discovered the Rebel base hidden on the ice planet of Hoth and are preparing to crush the Rebel Alliance. Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and protocol droid R-3PO get ready to fend off the attack as 2 snowtroopers approach. Luke Skywalker is in the bacta tank being treated by medical droid 2-1B. Expanding base features tauntaun stable with tauntaun, working cargo crane, 2 rotating radar dishes, icicle trap and speeder bike.
Set Name: 7879 Hoth Echo Base
Theme: Star Wars
Price: $89.99/$63.17 EUR/55.56 GBP It was $95.99 here in Hawaii.
Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset, Bricklink
Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Yes it does say "limited Edition". That really means only selected stores will carry it. Like The Lego Store and Toys R Us.
Nice back pictures. It shows you what each moving part does. Some make sense. Others I think they added just to give more detail. Like the moving crane for the boxes. It goes nowhere and where you stack the boxes isn't even close to where the crane is.
Nothing special here. The only bag that was separate was the Tauntaun.
One sticker sheet
Came cover on both manuals.
More shots of what was on the back of the box.
Yes, they really gave the princess a Popsicle. Han Solo gets "Kenny" hood and a toupee. Luke and the princess get two faced.
Ah! Two of my favorite pieces. The new 2-1B (Far left), and the red protocol droid R-3PO.
And the Tauntaun. Oh, now that you see it in this picture, the grey brick is to fill in the Tauntaun's empty socket when nobody is riding him.
Snowtrooper's heavy canon
I like the design. The cabled battery/ammo box is a nice touch.
Imperial speeder bike
It looks good in white.
The Build Process
Top right is the finished right side. It joins to the left half on a hinge. In my build, I don't join them till the end. But in the manual, you build them joined. I did it this way mostly to keep the photos clean.
I'm guessing, it's some sort of power generator.
And the yellow thing is to help hold the Tauntaun's rein and saddle when not in use. Bottom right is the finished left side.
Left side finished with Tauntaun resting. Here you can see his saddle and rein. The turrets on the top rotate and move up/down. Also, each set has a pair of blue flick-fire missiles on them.
Here is the whole base. Some things to consider when playing with the set is you can keep it fully opened or closed or even partial like this photo. All works for some fine play time action!
Base closed- From different sides
Here is the base closed. You can see some warning signs. I'm Earth, so I can't read them.
Back side. You can see the communication dishes that rotate and the crates on the right. How the crane gets them there is beyond me. The white icicles in front of the two entrances fall if you pull the stick holding them.
This view shows the Tauntaun's gate which holds his food. Rotate the two levers and you can pull open the door. There is a rebel canon that is attached to base here on this side as well. Presumably to protect the entrance that has no blast doors.
Final side. Here you have the top platform. You can raise in lower it, but it's hard to do that while it's on the base. The gun case can swivel down to give access to the guns from the outside.
Finished photo of the base opened wide.
Same photo but from the other side. Now you can see the gun case opened.
Han returning to base.
Luke in the Bacta tank.
Luke now out of the Bacta tank and Han and Leia waiting to see him.
Other random photos
Han and Chewie guarding the base from the Snowtooper attack.
And the princess on the portable canon. Ready to give them heck!
Comments: Ok, lets get this out of the way. This is was $90+. That's a heck of a lot of money for a small set. you're paying for the rare minifigs and that some stores won't get it. With that a side, this set does remind me of the Hoth base. Cave entrance, the "snow" pieces on the grey rocks. Part of me feels like they put this set together as a last minute thought. As I mentioned elsewhere, the crate crane seems out of place, even where they have you storing the crates when not in use. Overall size is big for the amount of Lego. They had to do that to give you lots of playing area. There's the hospital area, the war room, Tauntaun holding area, and even the exterior gives you playing area. The canon leads to outside where they gave you some Snowtoopers to attack. Even how the gun case flips open to give the troops access to it. Overall it does convey a feeling of being in the Hoth Base.
Playability: 4/5 Either to be setup as a diorama, or to be played with. I like it! Many moving parts. My son loves the set. But it does break easily. Which depending how you look at it, can be a good thing if you're shooting up the base.
Build experience: 2/5 Easy build. Nothing is too hard to put together. Except the stickers. The one used for the tactical screen was a bit hard. It's something you have to get right on the first try because you're placing a clear sticker on a clear piece. If you peel it back, the sticker will leave a murky color on the clear areas.
Overall: 3/5 If I don't factor in the cost, then this set is ok. A lot all the minifigs special. The R-3PO, medical driod, another Tauntaun and even Han Solo are all done in good taste. I can see it fitting well with the other ice sets. But... If I factor in the cost, then I would rate it a 2/5. At $90+ for a set that only 773 pieces, that is expensive. For a clearance price of $74.99 it would be more worth it.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are viewable in full size on my flickr site. Here is a direct like to my: 7879 Hoth Echo Base