This review will be on the 7869 Battle for Geonosis
From Lego.com said:
- Includes 5 minifigures: Captain Rex, Luminari Unduli, 2 battle droids and 1 super battle droid
- Features BARC speeder
- Fire missiles at the opposition!
- BARC speeder measures 6” (15cm) long, 3” (7cm) wide
- Separatist proton cannon measures 9” (22cm) long, 7” (17cm) wide
Set Name: 7869 Battle for Geonosis
Theme: Star Wars
Released: 2010 for 2011
Price: $39.99/$30.19 EUR/25.92 GBP I ordered mine from Lego.com.
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Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Box art front
I do like the new style for the box art. The blue on the edges matches well.
Box art back
Same here, looks pretty. And they show the moving parts on the canon. And the way they display the other new sets is designed better than just using square boxes.
Many unusual parts in this box. You'll see in another picture.
Three bags. 1 is figures and speeder. 2 is the canon legs, and 3 is the Proton Canon.
Fake hydrolic parts, but looks neat. They move in and out and have enough friction to make it seem like it's doing something.
Not seen very often, but you get a SNOT piece.
Minifigs front 1
2 Battle Droids, a Super Battle Droid, Captian Rex and Luminari Unduli (With face mask)
Minifigs front 2
2 Battle Droids, a Super Battle Droid, Captian Rex (helmet removed) and Luminari Unduli (With normal face)
2 Battle Droids, a Super Battle Droid, Captian Rex and Luminari Unduli. I wish the Super Battle Droid's back was filled in. As it is, it looks so.. like a playing piece from a board game.
BARC Speeder build
Finished shot of the BARC Speeder. Interesting use of skis. Not sure about the harpoon guns. It'll shoot her in the hands. See finished photo with Luminari Unduli sitting in it
Proton Canon build
The clear piece in the middle is used to hold a worm gear to help make the canon move up or down.
Here is where they used the hydrolic shocks. The legs can move in and out and left and right. I wish it move up and down at the base so you could make it walk.
And here is where they used the SNOT piece. Hmm I think TLG used a piece like that on the Slave-1.
Who would have guessed a barrel could be used as a canon front? Nice idea.
Finished Proton Canon. Good view of the gunner's chair.
Front Side view
Rear side view
Proton Canon front view
Proton Canon rear view
Finished group shot.
Comments: I like this set. The only thing that bothers me a lot is the Canon looks too much like a face. For all the new 2011 sets that came out, I think this one was one of the best sets to get. 5 minifigures a speeder and a Proton Canon. The hydrolics on the legs are neat. It adds to the realism. The BARC Speeder is pretty awesome too. I wouldn't mind riding that more so than one of those speeders they used on Endor. I guess you could say the BARC Speeder is the Harley, while the ones used on Endor is the Honda Autocross bikes.
Playability: 4/5 This is playable. The Speeder is great, the Proton Canon can move up/down and the legs move too. Oh! And it shoots a projectile. While the real canon doesn't, at least it helps when playing in a battle. Luminari Unduli looks just like her. The driving googles look funny, but the regular face looks like her. Not sure why they included Captain Rex. I wish they would've given Barriss Offee, her Padawan so Ashoka would have someone her age.
Build experience: 3/5 Easy build. Nothing really breaks easy once put together. NO stickers.
Overall: 4/5 Very good set. I like all the unusual parts and for the price you get two main pieces, the Proton Canon and BARC Speeder.
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: 7869 Battle for Geonosis