Review: Tantive IV, 10198
Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:26 PM
Hello, and welcome to my review of the Tantive IV, the final Star Wars set of 2009.
Let's start with some photos. To begin, the front of the box:
And the back:
Slightly better than the one the old Tantive IV box, from Rufus's review. Actual pictures this time.
A close up of some of the fun play features, such as Princess Leia in a meeting, and the rebels pretending to be postmen:
Next the instructions. No real surprises here; two standard booklets with good black/dark bley differentiation. Only problem is that sand coloured vents look yellow.
Just the usual junk on the back, same as it’s been for some years now.
Random instruction page, showing attaching the engine block onto the main superstructure, made mainly of technic beams:
The pieces. Just a few too many to fit on one photo, but gives you an idea of how big the set seems, but also how small it is compared to the Death Star. Something to note and be happy about though: no stickers! Everything is printed!
On to the mini-figs next. Here we see the rebel we got in the Rebel Speeder battlepack, new dome R2-D2, and the gold C-3PO:
Next we have Princess Leia sporting the chocolate fondant hairstyle, thanks to a miss-mould. With her is the only new fig in this set: Captain Antilles:
Antilles also comes with a second face, for being strangled by Darth Vader. I feel really sorry for him, the poor little guy:
Next, the only interesting, new parts are the cockpit parts, which are printed. They look so lovely, and are much better than if they'd be stickers as was once feared:
And so, the build. These photos show how it builds up from near the start, to half way the first book with through with the engine block attached, and Leia for scale:
With the engine "pods" attached:
And now the whole engines, and the yellow disks. Shame they're the wrong colour (I think), but still a good effect.
The escape pod:
Little cramped in there. Looks more like a hot tub.
The second escape pod, with a dark bley smooth tile in place of a white one:
Escape pods attached:
The underneath of the Tantive IV, showing the lower laser cannons, and my favourite part: the set of four wheels near the back to allow for easy rotation:
The little rebel transport. Not entirely sure why it's there, but it's something I suppose:
The finished cockpit and how it can tilt back:
Well, the red triangles aren't, but I only realised after I'd put them away. Managed to find them, but not the rest.
And finally, the complete model:
Storage space for the transport:
Some comparison picks with chocolate fondant Leia again:
Told her not to stand too close to the engines...
The only place left to put plans in R2:
Design: Very well designed, and externally similar to the movies. Inside though, the lack of any corridors for the opening scene is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise good.
Build: Rather quick, only 4 hours. Not too repetitive, even with the engines, as most are slightly different
Pieces: Mostly common ones, only real stand-out ones are the cockpit pieces.
Swooshability: Just, if you can find a place to hold it from with it falling apart. Quite heavy though.
Playability: With Leia's office you can enjoy many fine hours of politics, or pretend to be a postman with the rebel transport. No flick fire missiles (which is always good), so despite the look of it, it is more of an adult's model.
Price: In the UK, it's £100, which isn't too bad. Would rather slightly less, but with the way prices are going, we're lucky it's not £150+Minifigs:
Minifigs: Only one new one, but with the extra face, it is a good new fig.
Overall, this is a must buy set for anyone who likes the OT, or just generally good models. For a score, I'd say maybe 8.5/10
Thank you, and goodnight!
Sorry, about some of the photos, but I seem to have lost my nice camera somewhere...
Link to the original photos (when moderated): http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=400979
KimT: can you please add a poll as well, as I have no idea how to do that. Thanks!
Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:42 PM
Wow. Lego going on for ever .....
Thanks for the great review, Ben506! Great to see this set in the flesh, as it were. Can't wait to get this myself.
I think you're right about the engines, they should have a red glow. They look a bit small, but overall, this looks a fantastic set.
Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:04 PM
Also, it really stinks that your hair got messed up.
Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:32 PM
Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:44 PM
That set looks more and more fantastic... and it looks huge compared to Leia... Do you happen to have the republic cruiser? Could you make a comparison pic with the two together?
shame about the wig, though. Hopefully you'll get a replacement from their customer service...
And on for my Brickshelf gallery...
Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:10 PM
The size is great, and sure we could've used a hallway...but I think that's the only downside. That little speeder is awesome in my opinion! And Captain Antilles...
Thanks for the review!
Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:12 PM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:05 AM
100% agree This looks fairly nice as a display model. It's not USC, but it'll do fine.
Thanks for the review Ben
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:25 AM
For those interested here is my brickshelf gallery.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 02:05 AM
Hooray for the Rebel Postman!
Posted 10 September 2009 - 02:08 AM
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 02:10 AM
Does anyone know the extent of the chocolate leia menace?
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 02:37 AM
Nice review, I was glad to get a full look at this set. It's definitely better than what I originally thought, and much more finished looking that the Republic Cruiser. My favorite part would have to be the little office. I like the medium blue carpet and how sleek the desk/ controls are. I also like the booster lights (I think they're supposed to be blue or orange) and how the two escape pods make up part of the ship's body.
I also agree that this is overpriced, but I think the set is potentially worth it.
Oh, and does it look like Leia has misprinted face as well as the smooth hair? Her lips seem thinner and lower compared to the head from the 6212 X-Wing.
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:34 AM
I don't know why some of you guys are saying that this set is overpriced. Compared to the other sets (*cough* Republic Dropship *cough*), the price point for this is perfect. After all, it fits with the golden rule (10 US cents per part).
I'm really happy that LEGO decided to do a complete, full color print on those trans-clear half cones. This means that LEGO is actually listening to our feedback!
Sure, the interior and the minfigure selection may not be extremely good, but if you don't like it, just don't buy it (for your information, I'm not going to buy it because I don't have enough money). It's that simple...
I for one like it, since it resembles the shape of the actual ship pretty well by LEGO standards, and has a huge amount of greebles. The interior details also look good to me, too. The dark green transport ship seems like a last minute addition to either raise the piece count or to add a small amount of extra play (carrying the crate with the transport), but keep in mind that these sets are designed mostly for little children, even if the age says "14+".
Wow, that must have been one of my longest posts on EB so far.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:49 AM
Edited by Optimus, 10 September 2009 - 03:49 AM.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:49 AM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:53 AM
I've seen the Leias from 4 different sets now (3 online, one at a LEGO Store), and she was having a "bad hair day" in all of them.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:10 AM
I cant wait for christmas now
Great review and great start to EB!
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