7676: Republic Attack Gunship
Number of Pieces: 1034
Number of Minifigs: 5
Price: 119.99 USD
Hey everyone, I just got the RGS yesterday at TRU after I came home from camp. I saw all of the topics that I missed, and noticed a mini-review and a review with one pic, so I thought I'd make a huge, shiny new review that has lots of pictures and all of the requirements of KimT's index. NOTE: I did not apply any stickers to it, as a personal liking.
So, lets start by looking at the box:
A shiny, clean, and futuristic box, quite different from the other Star Wars box designs before this. There was so much Clone Wars merchandise with this font and design in the huge display at the front of my local Toys r Us store, and not just LEGO. It so beautiful, with the white and sky blue... anyways, for some reason, the boxes of the new Clone Wars sets seemed more shiny than usual. Maybe it's because they were just shipped, but once you pick up the boxes, they will feel really good in your hands, despite the fact that only about half of the space in the boxes are used...
The back of the box:
The back shows all of the main features of the set, plus pictures of the three other Clone Wars sets meant to be released alongside this one (although I did spot the Twilight and Homing Spider Droid, which were supposed to be released in September or October).
So, on to the Gunship:
Built straight from the bags. It took me about 4 1/2 hours, with breaks. It has an overall great design, but somewhat fragile, especially when building it. The cockpits always fall apart when opened, as well as the bubbles on the wings (which I will get into more later). The color scheme is very well done. You can always find the piece you're looking for thanks to the color diversity: Red, Dark Red, Lime Green (ooh!), Blue, Black, Tan, Light Bley, Dark Grey, Yellow and White. Also, split down the middle vertically, the ship is almost all symmetrical.
Now, lets start with the many features that this set is hiding.
The front has lots of lime green, a rare color. But more importantly:
...a rotating gun is found on each side. They rotate in a pretty wide range, although fragile.
There are two main cockpits, right next to each other. Not very detailed, and are the same. And for some reason, the whole cockpit element flips up to reveal:
...nothing. Just the skeleton of the ship.
Probe droid storage:
Above the cockpit lies a plate that can be flipped up to reveal a storage area that holds:
Two of these probe droids. At least, that's what I think they are.
In this pic, two features are hidden.
Mobile Command Center:
The first of the two is a Mobile Command Center, but essentially just a hover chair. It is found by flipping up the two panels on either side of the hull.
The second is the bacta tank found by just sliding it out of the storage area behind the MCC. One half of the tank opens:
...so a minifigure can go inside and heal his/her wounds obtained in battle.
Now, this is probably the main feature for this set. The two sliding doors (two on each side) slide open thanks to a clever Technic mechanism. Not much in here, just a gun holder and a place where the passengers wait to be dropped off in battle.
I guess you guys saw it, the speeder bike. It is found by opening the rear flap. The bike is very cleverly designed by using a brown trike body. It's only a few centimeters shorter than the bike found in the Clone Battle Pack.
Just a gun similar to the front ones.
Huge engines (or are they cannons?) that are really fun to build. They really give that cartoon feel to this set.
In between the engines are two sets of four flick-fire missiles.
There is one bubble cockpit on each wing that supposedly control the turrets at the front. Very fragile.
Two storage containers on each side hold the clone accessories. But, I wouldn't recommend putting them in there, because the antennae can fall out, or you might forget about them.
The Dreaded Sticker Sheet (DSS) has all of the stickers you need for this set. Unfortunately, mine was crunched up. I don't like stickers much anyways, but I might still apply some. Note the Republic symbol stickers, why couldn't TLG just use that printed piece from a few years back? Also, you get to choose between a bird-rat thing or a sleeping Twi'elk as your hull decal. What they're for, I don't know, looks like the movie or show will explain it though.
Finally, the five minifigs of this set. They are all great figs, including:
Commander Cody: Amazing, especially with the gear. The orange is nice, but I thought he was yellow.
Clone Trooper: Again, amazing. The gear is great, and the new helmet and torso are great! All of the clones in the Clone Wars line have the same heads. Also, you can see the flesh beneath the helmet.
Asaaj Ventress: Not so happy about this one. The torso and dark blue legs are cool, but the dress is pretty ugly. The head is alright, but could do without the cartoon-y face (yeah I know, its from a cartoon). Also has purple markings on back of head.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Pretty cool, besides the face. Cool hair and torso, though.
Plo Koon: Beautiful! The true gem of this set, in my opinion. The head is the same material as Kit Fisto's. And the tosro is awesome, good for making a custom Ki-Adi Mundi.
Well, that's about it, here is the...
Build: 8/10, very fun and easy, should take the seasoned builder about 4 hours. Somewhat fragile.
Playability: 9.5/10, Lots of fun features, although some can break easily.
Swooshability: 3/10, I wouldn't recommend flying it around much, as you can barely pick it up safely. But with two hands gripping the bottom firmly, it can be moved around, but not spun or swooshed, etc.
Minifigs: 8/10, all very great figs, especially Plo Koon, but could have included more clone troopers.
Design: 7.5/10, some excellent ideas included in here, although some spots are very fragile.
Price: 7/10: Should have been only 100 USD if not for the new molds. Plus, at TRU, it was 130 USD.
Overall score: 8.5/10, a great set to have for your star wars/ clone wars collection, with some flaws. Save up for this one.
So, how did you like my review? Your feedback is much appreciated! JimButcher, out.
Edited by JimButcher, 15 September 2008 - 03:06 AM.