Number of Pieces: 1330
Number of Minifigs: 20
Price: 99.99 USD/ /79.99 GBP
Theme: Star Wars: Episode I
Year Released: 2007
Welcome to my review of the awesome new version of the MTT tank! I hope if at first glance, this set looks good to you, by the end of this review, you'll want to go out and buy it right away. The MTT was used as a troop transport by the Trade Federation up until episode III, when they were shut down. These hover-crafts are gigantic in size and powerful in strength, although very slow.
The standard style of box art for Star Wars sets at the time. Note the sticker that says "Includes 20 minifigures!".
Yes, the sticker does not lie, and I think this is the most minifigs we've ever gotten in a SW set besides the new Death Star.
This set is huge! The MTT alone makes for a great set, but the extras make it a super-sweet deal. The extras include 20 minifigures, a small hover transport, and a Droidika. You get quite a lot for only 100 dollars.
This chunky monster is mostly all brown, with a little bit of bley and trans-orange thrown in, as well as some black. It has many doors: a total of eleven, and is shaped like a "P" laying on it's back. With two huge laser cannon emplacements and a clever troop deployment system, this tank is one to be feared.
Out of all of the angles, this one makes for the most imposing view of the MTT. The two flaps (or doors) open up. What do they open up? All to be revealed later, my friend. Also note the rotating ball system that is used for the cannon emplacements.
A view from above. Note how smooth and sleek the top is, as well as all of the greebling.
The rear part of the tank. Can you spot three doors? Again, note all of the greebling that is included all over the exterior, which offers lots of detail.
This is a pic of the inside of the back part. Here you can see the where the small transport is stored, some control panels, and a look at some sort of gear system.
This is the cockpit. Not very detailed, but that's made up for in the amount of space. I know it's hard to see in this pic, but it contains a chair for the pilot, a control panel, and secret to be revealed, all in good time.
Here is a better shot. The top slides open, as well as two side doors. But the only way down is to jump!
In the back of the cockpit lies a small emergency escape hatch, in case the pilot can't get out the other ways. You might be thinking that it's a little ridiculous to put so much safety concern into one little battle droid.But these aren't just any battle droids; they're very valuable pilot droids, which take much more programing and time to make.
The two side doors on the front open up to reveal the large interior. Here, you see a cool weapons storage rack, and some kind of shelf... I wonder what it is?
Ah, it's the droid deployment rack where all of the battle droids are stored! Just turn this knob...
...to activate the gears, which push out the rack...
...an Viola! the shelf slides out. This sytem is very smooth and easy, just turn the knob and the rack will slide out. The doors will be pushed open automatically. Just make sure when you roll it back in, put the bottom door up first. This is the main play function of the set, and it works really well. The two shelf's can come off easily (you'll see how this works in a minute), and can fit eight battle droids on each shelf.
The battle droids fold up and sit on the shelf like this. They fit snugly, and their guns are stored on the weapons rack.
Here is the weapons rack (the jumper pieces are supposed to be all bley, but I'm using some for something else currently). The pistols just fit in the little holes, and then it fits well in proper place within the MTT. The rack can hold a total of sixteen guns; just enough for all of the stored battle droids.
Here is what the underbelly of the craft looks like. Although in the movie, the MTT is portrayed as a hovercraft, TLG gave this wheels. Not that I'm complaining, of course, the wheels work perfectly!
Here is the transport, which carries a platform that holds a communications dish and two blaster rifles. I must say that this is a good design, and the inclusion of two extra blaster rifles was very kind of TLG.
Here is the attachment system that was mentioned before. It is a simple, yet clever way of easily placing and removing the platforms. Four studs or placed on the bottom of the plate, and they make it secure, yet easy to remove. There are several different things that can go onto the transport, which you'll see now.
The transport can also have the pilot seat as cargo, in case the pilot is needed elsewhere.
Or the gun rack, if some troops need a weapons drop off.
Or perhaps some troops need a lift?
Here is another extra of the set. It is way oversized compared to the movie versions, but I can't say that it's inaccurate. It has a very clever design, especially with the feet.
Here you can see how the arms are attached, by an Exo-Force robot arm, two Agents pistols, and a binoculars piece.
Finally, the moment you've all been waiting for: the figs! There is a grand total of 20 figs! That's the most we've gotten in a SW set besides the new DS, which is very impressive. It includes 16 regular battle droids, with the new twisted arms and guns, 2 blue pilot droids (and the works), and two new dark red security droids, with the works. The security ones are especially nice, and the solid dark red is way better than just the markings on the original security droids. You couldn't have really asked for more in this set, and so many figs make this set extra-sweet. Although an additional yellow commander would have been the icing on the cake.
Well, that sums it up, it's time for the...
Build: 7/10, to be honest, I really thought building the MTT itself was quite boring, although the pace picks up later.
Playability: 9/10, This set was basically designed for playability, as you can roll the tank around, change the transport modes, and deploy the figs. Very fun!
Minifigs: 9.5/10, you couldn't ask for more, except maybe a commander. Figs are all great.
Design: 10/10, really clever design on this one, and the variety of smooth and sleekness goes well with the greebling.
Price:10/10, easily a full score on this one. Normally, considering the price-per-part ratio, this would be 130 USD, but it's only 100 .
Overall Score: 9.1, an excellent set. You get a huge tank, a great transport, 20 great figs, and a clever droidika all for only $100. I highly recommend this to any Lego fan, as it is great for parts as well.
That's all for now folks, I hope this review was convincing. Thanks!
Edited by JimButcher, 15 September 2008 - 03:04 AM.