Set Name: Imperial Dropship
Set Number: 7667
Theme: Star Wars
Price: EUR 8.99, USD 9.99, CDN 13.99
Lego S@H description:Build your Imperial forces! Send in the Imperial Dropship with its stormtrooper squad! Equipped with laser cannons and a detachable troop platform, this speedy space transport is ready to battle the Rebellion on any planet in the Empire. Includes 3 stormtroopers and shadow stormtrooper pilot! Lift back up to drop the clone troop platform into battle! Imperial Dropship is 4" (10 cm) long!
The box has a very well-done picture, showing the Imperial Dropship setting down some stormtroopers while being pelted by laserfire.
The back of the box shows the four minifigures included with the set, the dropping function as well as the opening cockpit canopy. It also shows the dropship engaged in battle with its counterpart, the Rebel Scout Speeder.
Using the same picture as the box, the instructions are of great quality but are almost unnecessary as this is a very simple set that you can make with just the picture on the box.
The back of the instruction booklet is an advertisement for a contest put on by lego. I would have preferred had they filled up the space with some alternate models instead.
These are really the sets bread and butter, and the reason most people bought it. It includes three ordinary stormtroopers and one imperial pilot. The pilot is the same as the stormtroopers, except that whatever is white on the trooper, is black on the pilot, and whatever is black on the trooper, is gray on the pilot. The minifigures are great, and the only reason I bought the set. These are the first stormtroopers I have ever owned, however I am told that they are slightly different from previous incarnations. I would have prefered if TLC had simply included four stormtroopers, and left out the pilot, but I suppose it is more realistic if there is someone to fly it. On the plus side, the imperial pilot is a fairly rare minifigure, since we haven't seen a TIE in a while.
Here you see that TLC did not skimp on the detailing of the figs, and did some nice printing on the backs of the figures.
Four blasters (two long and two short) have been included. I would once again like to take this oppurtunity to thank the bright spark at TLC who thought of making detailed, molded blasters.
Sadly, the DSS rears its ugly head in this set. Three stickers, all of a gray imperial symbol on a clear backdrop, have been included. I would have much prefered if TLC had just printed them. It boggles my mind as to why there are ever stickers in any set. I would be willing to pay a few dollars more for every set if they simply used prints instead of decals.
The Imperial Dropship
Basically, I think this dropship looks like a pile of random bricks. It includes a nice mix of ordinary and unusual parts, but the end result leaves a lot to be desired. I just think TLC could have done something way better than this. There is a nice function that lets you drop the troops off by flipping up the rear fins, but it doesn't make up for the jumbled and ugly look of the actual vehicle. The cockpit was designed poorly too, it has no controls and there is a large open space on either side of the pilot. I'm glad this set came with some great figs....
This cannon, which can be found on either side of the dropship, looks okay but I think it would have been better if it could rotate side to side.
This is designed well and is very unobtrusive to the design of the ship. It really is one of the vehicles few redeeming qualities.
Heres the dropship just after unloading the troop platform.
And here it is having closed the rear-fin mechanism.
This is semi-transparent, and is a nice and useful mold for MOCs.
The two long blasters can be placed in these holes, providing the ship with some extra armament.
Heres the dropship with the troops loaded!
Design: 6/10 The dropship is really not that great.
Playability: 7/10 The ship is sturdy and fun to swoosh.
Minifigures: 10/10 They are perfect in every way.
Price: 7/10 When you think about all your getting, this is definitey worth the price
Ease of Build: 10/10 The instructions are unnecessary.
This set is sort of a mixed bag. On one hand, you have the poorly designed dropship. But on the other, you have great figs at an okay price and some interesting pieces and great playability. Basically, If your buying this for the minifigures, definitely pick it up. But if you are thinking about buying it for the vehicle, I think you will be disappointed.
Thank you for reading my review of the Imperial Dropship. Questions, comments, and constructive critisisms are welcome.
Could Someone please add a poll?
Edited by WhiteFang, 04 November 2008 - 04:00 PM.