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#1 jansued


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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:25 PM

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Ok, I was crazy enough to drive 100 Miles to a special TRU where they didn't pay attention to the release date.  So I bought the Hoth Set and the Droid Tank. Sorry, no review of the droid tank - the kids couldn't wait.  (Yes, yu are right,  I couldn't wait...)

Here comes my review - please take it with some humor...

Set Name: Echo Base
Set Number: 7749
Theme: Star Wars
Year: 2009
Price: EUR 26.95
Pieces: 155
Minifigures: 5

There are enough pictures of the  outside, so here some from the inside and the building instructions

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There is a little poster named 2009 Mini-figure Gallery. Who finds all the mistakes? I count three...

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Oh, and there is a picture of the Home One Box - for those who didn't see it yet:

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The thing that really irritates me and makes me some kind of angry (remember, I drove 200 Miles to get these sets), is the emptiness of the box:

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Beeing an engineer, I tried to find out how much of the box is really needed -with some help from an old Rebel Trooper:

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Amazing, isn't it? Ok, I guess TLC would have problems to sell this little box for 26,95.-€ ....

Allright, this is the contents:

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Let start with the minifigs:

2 Imperial Snow troopers
2 Rebel Snow troopers
Han Solo
A big grey squirrel with a saddle:

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After staying for some weeks on Hoth and beeing rejected bei Leia, Han Solo showed a strange interest in the big grey squirrel...

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but he still got the problem with getting on it....

The Imperials got a new E-WEB (who ever named this weapon E-WEB? I suggest Kill-o-Zap  - D.Adams ;-) -   ). The rebels show their respect to this new system.

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Ok, guys, its a nice weapon - but the name is really sh**.

Their must be a strange sympathy for the Imperium at TLC - they sabotaged the defense post with some kind of Ejection Device...:

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Looks like they expected a really good stuntshow..

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I hope this link works:


The only good thing TLC done for the Rebels is the little hideout in the turret:

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Ok, lets wait until those At-AT are gone...

The rocket system inside the turret:

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Here the new set on its first mission:

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Where the hell are we? Its f***** cold, totally dark for the most times and there is strange smell all around.

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Get the squirrel out of the butter!

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Too late....


Design: 8/10 The turret is a little bit too small. The E-Web could be more detailed.

Build: 6/10 There's nothing new or unique in the way the set is built.

Playability: 9/10 The rockets are cool and the ejection also.

Minifigures: 10/10 Couldn't be better ...

Price: 5/10 155 Pieces for 26,95.-€  No way.

Total: 38/50


A nice set - but far too expensive. The Minifigs and the Taun-Taun are very good, but a bigger tower and some more details would made it better, if not perfect.

Comments and constructive criticism are welcome!

Oh, I nearly forgot the leftovers:

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Thank you for reading my review!

Edited by KimT, 25 May 2009 - 12:30 PM.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:31 PM

A good review of a good set. I have a Hasbro mini-version of this, and its just as good. Thanks for this :wink:

Though perhaps tone down a wee bit on the language, I know you censored it, but, well, I'll leave it to the rest :classic:

Good job  :thumbup:


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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:53 PM

Cool set! Like it very much especially the minifigs.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 03:05 PM

DoubleT has also done a review see it Here.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 03:28 PM

Definate must have set though I agree the price is a little high. Thought the review was great! - no harm in chucking in a bit of humour with a review... now how many years before the set reaches the distant shores of the UK?

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 05:57 PM

One word: Awesome!
Love your different approach, it totally brings out the fun in Lego. And thanks for sharing this  :thumbup:

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:38 PM

are you going to review the Snail tank too? :grin:
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:47 PM

Thanks for the review. What's wrong with the E-WEB turret name? Do I feel an attack of the giant grey squirrel MOC?  :grin: . Nice work :thumbup:.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:32 PM

View Postjansued, on May 21 2009, 01:25 PM, said:

Minifigures: 10/10 Couldn't be better ...
Another Endor Han, no Luke. But don't get me wrong, this looks like a cool set. Very funny revieuw  :thumbup:

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:48 PM

Good Review. This is a set that I intend to pick up this summer.  Mostly for the Rebel Troopers.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:52 PM

Sweet set! I really love it.

They should really check their fig name spelling before printing the poster. 'Jet Tropper'. :tongue:

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:11 PM

Nice vreview, but why cut the box  :cry_sad:

Actually, the box cutting was really cool!  I enjoyed seeing what it really took.  Doesn't look like a great set, but those figures are awesome, so I may still get it... if it ever goes on sale.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:32 PM

Hey Jan, thanx for driving 100 miles and share your hilarious review with us. Thanx again for all the effort and I had a good laugh!

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:47 PM

Great review! I'm sure KimT would be willing to add this to the index when he gets back if you resize your images.
This set doesn't include enough, IMO. 155 pieces for $25, that's too much, even if the minifigs are amazing.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 02:11 AM

Thanks for the review!  :classic:
Even though this set is pretty overpriced, I want it even more now after reading your review.  :tongue:
The only thing you might want to do is resize the pictures. They're way too huge.
And why did you have to kill the box of a new, not-yet-released set?  :tongue:

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:20 AM

wow it looks awesome!
I cant wait to get this set.
I liek all the features in this set like the flick fire system and the rebel flippy thing. The Taun Taun looks really well done with the eyes
Great review too!

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 09:54 AM

Hmm. I resized the pictures at Brickshelf and renewed the picture links - why they don't resize in here?

Ah, just fixed it....

Greetings, Jan

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:38 AM

A lovely review of a nice set. )  :classic:  :thumbup:
I must admitt, first I found the set pretty useless and boring. But after this review I've somehow changed my mind a bit. I may even get a couple of those. )
Thanks for the review, Jan. )

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 02:32 PM

Fun review, thanks! The tauntaun looks great. Too bad it doesn't come with a slice-open belly feature.

I found your box-cutting experiment to be very interesting. Looks like about 10-20% of the box is really all Lego needs, meaning they're generating 80-90% waste. And weren't they just bragging up the fact in the past year or two that they've reduced their box sizes??? Seems like they could stand to do that again.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 04:27 PM

This looks like a good set to build up the Hoth Base.  The rebels' goggles look different from the goggles in Hoth Base (#7666).

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 01:03 AM

You got an extra Hoth goggle!  :oh:  You're so LUCKY!   Great review!  :thumbup:  I love that taun taun. And the Hoth Troopers.  And the Snowtroopers.

You said that you also bought the Tank Droid, please review it soon.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:36 PM

Great review. And a good set too, too bad my local TRU doesn`t pre-release any sets, they just reduce prices one week after I buy a big set.  :angry:

PS: E-WEB stands for Emplacement WEapon, heavy Blaster if I remember that correctly. :blush:
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:40 PM

No way... 27 euros?  :oh3:
Special Starwars price?
Compensating for failed PAB repricing?

Nice rodent, nice review, so-so set, extremely overpriced.
For me: it's a 'no' mainly because of the price.

BTW good oversized box demo. TLC pls take note!

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:12 PM

Thanks for the nice review.  :thumbup:

I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but I'm seriously disapointed with the Tauntaun. Mainly because... well, there's a huge line running down the middle! Seriously, that just looks bad from the front, and you know it's a problem when it looks even WORSE on the box. I'm sorry, but for 30 dollars I'd at least hope that the exclusive figure would be high quality.  :thumbdown:

Ah well, at least I don't have to worry about it that much, since I've sworn off buying starwars kits altogether.  :tongue:

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 11:52 PM

Great review and a great set!  :thumbup:

I love the tauntaun. And to anyone who thinks this set is too expensive, try getting 2 snowtroopers, 2 rebeltroopers and a tauntaun via Bricklink  :tongue:

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Ah well, at least I don't have to worry about it that much, since I've sworn off buying starwars kits altogether.
Wonder how long you're gonna keep that promise :laugh:
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