This review is on the #7754 Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Aboard the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Home One, the Rebel Alliance plans its final assault against the Empire’s second Death Star. Voted for by fans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LEGO® Star Wars, the famous Rebel flagship features a command center and briefing room with Death Star “hologram,” a launch and repair hangar, a Green Squadron A-wing starfighter with removable engine and firing flick-missiles, and the first-ever LEGO minifigures of Admiral Ackbar, Rebel leader Mon Mothma, General Lando Calrissian, General Madine, a Mon Calamari officer and a Green Squadron A-wing pilot. Move the levers and gears to prepare the A-wing for takeoff or to rotate Admiral Ackbar’s command chair!
Set Name: 7754 Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Theme: Star Wars
Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset, Bricklink
Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
I guess for a limited edition, they pull all the stops. Very colorful and full detail of the whole playset.
Back of the box, shows back of the playset. Here you can also see how the moving pieces move.
OK, about 790 pieces. But yet, they needed 11 bags. About 4 bags for each stage of the build. I wonder why they don't use less bags?
Rebel leader Mon Mothma, General Lando Calrissian, Mon Calamari officer, Admiral Ackbar, Green Squadron A-wing pilot and General Madine
Nothing much to see here. The only one with detail is Admiral Ackbar.
Nothing fancy with these stickers. Just enough to make the A-Wing, and the control panels.
Same cover for both manuals. And these manuals was all warped in the box. I hated taking these photos.
Final build page. In it you can see the lever that locks in the bridge and repair bay.
Here you go. A close up of everything that moves and comes apart. Well, just about. I don't think they show you the crane that moves the engine.
Yes, there are 3 pages of parts! While I don't consider 790 pieces a lot, this set uses many different types of Lego parts.
I created a contact sheet for this build. For a set that doesn't have that many pieces, they had many steps. I've broken it up into sections. A-Wing. Repair Bay. And Bridge. The contact sheets can be clicked on to take you to my flickr site where you can click on high-resolution photos of each step.
The engine fits very well in the rear. Once you slide in the red engine in the back, you fold the two white colored flaps over it. It actually does a good job at holding the engine in without too much play. If you notice just in front of the canopy, there is a 2x2 space. I was thinking this is a good place for a R2 unit, but it's really there just so when the canopy opens it has a place for the nose to fit. Green looks nice for the A-Wing. Did you know that the A-wing was released twice as a stand alone set? Both of those were red. All of them used the same general shape, with the same rear thruster design, and same idea for big wing guns. This version in this set is the most detailed.
The best part of the hanger bay is the crane. It moves side to side and the rope can be raised or lowered. The A-Wing can also be rotated. Not sure if it was done to give it the idea of maneuverability or just a way so the crane can get the engine in just right..
The top where the crane is located holds what appears to be two light panels on both sides to light up the bay so the techs can work on the ship.
As I was building the bridge, it reminded me of some Greek structure with all the white pillars, which later just turned into walls.The back is where the hologram globe sites. There 5 places for key figures to stand with a control panel. Somehow this looks more like an afterthought. The Front of the Bridge came out better. The captain's chair moves and swivels just like in the movie. And just like the A-Wing in the bay.. Hey, they used the same idea twice. I see they can't forget to include a cup to drink. But that that seems so out of place.
Front shot. They included just enough of the Bay to make the A-Wing seem at home there. Just enough pieces. They did use a contrast of pieces to show that they aren't supposed to be joind like that. Grey for the bay and white for the bridge area.
Rear shot with the two halves joined. I love the idea how the A-Wing's engine comes out. The long black stick is there to move the A-Wing i and out and also to give you the ability to swivel the ship. Not that you can see it, but even the hologram globe has detail on the inside of it. There are some yellow technic parts and a shaft to simulate the inside of what appears to be the death star.
Close-up of Mr. Ackbar sitting in his chair contemplating how to say "It's a trap to get you to buy more Lego!" I kinda like the chair. It moves forward and back and rotates. Just like the movie. Smart idea to use grey guns as details to the display panels on each of the side chairs.
Just two different focused views of the A-Wing sitting in the bay. I like the shot of where the engine is in focus.
Playability: 4/5. Very playable with all the minifigs. But unless you have it sitting on a flat surface, I can see this set breaking.
Design: 3/5. For a set called "Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser" I was hoping for something like how they made a playable Venator-Class Republic Attack Cruiser. But I guess for what it turned out, they added 3 different play areas. None are "great". But all are average.
Build experience: 2/5. Nothing hard to build. Everything fit just right. And no hard stickers to put on.
Overall: 4/5. For a limited edition I wanted more than just exclusive minifigs. I'm giving it a 4 for the minifigs and the great design of the A-Wing. If it wasn't for that, this set would be about a 3 in my book. I don't think I would've bought it. Ah! I bet you were thinking no comment about the price? Ha! I paid $135+ for this. Now it's being sold just around $100. Way expensive. I sometimes wonder if Lego knows some people would sell the minifigs so they keep the price high so not to do so. :)
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
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