The forest moon of Endor: the site of the turning point in the war between the Rebellion and the Empire. The bunker which housed the shield generator for the second Death Star was destroyed, and the Rebellion triumphed. So how does that battle translate into LEGO? Is it an accurate reproduction, or a shoddy copy? That's up to you.
Name: The Battle of Endor
Set Number: 8038
Theme: Star Wars
Year: 2009 (summer)
Price: USD 99.99, GBP 73.39, EUR 99.99
I'm quite happy with this set: 12 figures, 6 of whom are exclusive, two speederbikes, an AT-ST, an Ewok glider, and a partially-exploding bunker? Sounds fun. But is it? That, of course, is your decision.
This box is huge. At 38x58x9 cm, it dwarfs the other boxes on the shelves and can only be fit 4 deep on standard LEGO store shelves, which makes it quite an attention-grabber- it was the first thing I saw when I walked in.
The back of the box showcases the same features that are to be found in the back of the second instruction booklet: the AT-ST, the catapult, and the various bunker details.
The old LEGO Star Wars logo makes a comeback here, in rather impressive size and detail.
The instructions harbor the same image as the box. There are two equal-sized booklets to be found.
Random Instruction Page
Colors are easy to tell apart and piece callouts are present throughout both books. The only oddity (that I found) is that a plant moves position between one step to the next.
The Parts Manifest
An impressive array of parts is contained within this set, in quite a few colors.
The Minifigure List
A list of minifigures is present in the back of the instruction booklet, along with...
...some sort of peculiar Clone Wars sets' ad.
The Sticker Sheet
There is no sticker sheet, actually. Let the dancing in the streets begin!
There are three different distributions of parts in this set: bags one (the catapult, minifigures, glider, and speederbikes), bags two (the AT-ST), and bags three (the bunker). I doubt you really want to look at a bunch of polybags, so let's just proceed to the parts, shall we?
Interesting and fun bits are the new minifig torsos, the new Ewok head, the dark green plates, the rebel commando helmets, and of course the clear things. These are actually my first long clear pieces. I am filled with shame at my own shortcomings as an AFOL.
The AT-ST parts; not many interesting bits here except for the plates without studs on the outer edges.
The bunker parts, where it gets fun. Lots of dark green and dark gray, a hint of orange, and just the sheer variety of pieces make this a delightful set. Those three pieces down at the bottom of the picture were actually outside any bags, loose in the box. There weren't any holes in the bags, either, but the parts were used. Perhaps some sort of sorting defect?
The build actually took me quite a while, perhaps four hours. I must be getting slower in my old age. It was quite fun, though, and certainly taught me a few things. A most entertaining experience.
Twelve minifigures are present in this set, with six exclusive: the three Ewoks (Chief Chirpa, Paploo, and Wicket), the Endor Leia, and the two Rebel Commandos.
As one may see, each Ewok's hood has a different something printed on it: Wicket's (orange) has some sort of string, Paploo's (tan) has some leaves and a string, and Chief Chirpa's (gray) has a tooth and a drawstring.
And all of the Ewoks are (of course) back-detailed.
The Hero Group, Front
Han is the same as always, and Chewbacca as well; however, the last three Chewbaccas I received had no eye-printing- that's the results of a marker, there. Leia is entirely new, with the Castle Queen hair and a new torso.
The Hero Group, Back
Leia is back-printed, as well.
Rebel Commandos, Front
I believe that the torsos are exclusive to this set, and I haven't seen the head of the guy on the left anywhere, so I assume that it's new. The head on the right is apparently from the Rogue Shadow.
Rebel Commandos, Back
Both should have the 'backpacks', but I removed one to show that nice back printing.
Rebel Commando Helmet
A closeup of the helmet, in all of its glory. I'd like to see an Endor Luke with one of those..
The Imperial Forces
Two scout troopers and an Imperial trooper. No back printing on any of them. This brings me to my major problem with this set; the Imperials are outnumbered three to one, whereas in the film they had a vast advantage over the small band of Rebels. Couldn't LEGO have included two stormtroopers to even it out a little? I took some off of my legions to see how it looked, and the effect was quite nice.
Everyone's favorite astromech, now in gray and white!
I guess you could call that 'back printing'...
A few extra pieces, nothing really stunning here, except perhaps those four clips.
And now onto the main part of the review: the actual set.
Vehicles/Odds and Ends
The catapult is surprisingly effective- I made it fire a meter with ease.
The Catapult, Side
A bow (more commonly seen in Castle sets) and a spear adorn two clips on the sides of the catapult.
The bikes are identical, and are based off a brown three-wheeler frame; they also have a megaphone blaster on one side, presumably as a nod to the Endor chase scene.
The Speederbikes, Front and Back
The bikes are really quite long- longer than I expected, at least. Unfortunately, I don't have any previous bikes to compare them to.
With a Minifigure
And here one may see how the scout trooper fits on.
The Ewok Glider
The glider actually requires a minifigure to be connecting it to the stand- it seems like they could have found a way to go around that.
The Glider Side
Here one may see how the glider connects to both the minifigure and the stand. those two 1x1 cylinders are extra ammunition for the rock-dropping feature...
...which is detailed above. The droid arm lifts up, which allows (if the glider is at a steep enough angle) the rock to fall out.
The stand is two pieces, a long pole-like piece stuck into an upside-down bowl-thing.
The AT-ST Body WIP
A Work In Progress shot of the body. One may glean some of its structure from here.
The AT-ST is fairly well-built and can hold a minifigure...
...but its main attraction is the 'walking' feature which is done by turning a knob on the back back and forth. Please see the video for a better explanation than my feeble words. One problem with this feature is that the AT-ST is a little unstable because of this, but it's not too bad.
AT-ST Walking Mechanism
And of course, the regulation flick-fire missile can be found here.
The tan gear controls the walking mechanism.
Both the hatch...
...and the top open.
Inside, there's a seat for one, and a handle so that one may pose minifigs with their heads sticking out of the hatch.
And so finally onto what you probably bought the set for- the Endor shield generator bunker.
The Bunker, WIP
The nearly-finished bunker.
The Bunker, Front
The doors open and close independently, unlike the Seperatist Shuttle doors- however, they could be modified to move simultaneously, and I expect to shortly.
The Bunker, Side
Those panels that make up the side are actually just sitting there, but even after transport up and down two flights of stairs twice and to various rooms, they haven't budged. The front-corner ones, however, have the feature of 'blowing off' when the dish on top is pressed. See the video below for how it works:
The Exploding Bunker
The Exploding Bunker Mechanism
As one may see, depressing the dish on top forces out the shock absorber, which pushes out the panels.
The Back of the Bunker (Folded In)
The back of the bunker. When folded it's 32x25 studs....
The Back of the Bunker (Folded Out)
...and when folded out, it's about 52x25 studs. The 'wings' of the bunker attach using a hinge and a clip/bar system.
The Inner Side of the Bunker (Unfolded)
The generator mechanism (the orange cone apparatus) isn't too well-designed- if it's built by following the instructions precisely, the clips at the top of he cones are loose: one must leave a gap in between the saucers for everything to fit properly. The computer is part of the main console, and is in place when the bunker is clipped together. Both sides of the bunker are identical.
The Bunker Console
The whole console, with the sides of the bunker in. I've never seen those particular pieces on the sides of the console before- they're printed.
The Inside of the Bunker
The entire inside of the bunker. The two knobs run the two sides of the sliding bunker doors. Apparently those four guns inside the bunker didn't help the Imperials too much...
The Bunker- Folded In, Top View
One may see the full dimensions of the folded-in bunker here...
The Bunker- Folded Out, Top View
...and folded-out from the top.
Please view my next post for the rest of the review.
Edited by Dark Wanderer, 28 November 2009 - 06:28 PM.