The 2010 sets keep coming up around the world and I managed to pick up this one yesterday here in Sweden. When I came back from the store and logged in to Eurobricks I found out that DarkFader already had posted a review of this set. But I had then already started working on my review so I thought I could finish it. I hope I can add some more perspectives and thoughts about this set and not drawing attention away from DarkFader's great review. It's my first Star Wars set in 3 years and my knowledge about the Star Wars universe isn't as great as many others here so don't expect to much from me regarding nerdy SW facts. But I'll do my best to please all of you LEGO fans who wants to read about the:
Set number: 8083
Name: Rebel Trooper Battle Pack
Theme: Star Wars / Classic
Price: $14.99, €14.99, (149 SEK)
Finally I have some box pictures of the set I'm reviewing:
The front of the box shows the set in action with a lot of visual effects.
Here we can see the two new battle packs together. The 8084 wasn't available at the store, so I guess I'll have to wait a little longer before I can pick up that one (I really want that officer helmet). The back also shows the 4 minifigs that come in this set, a Hoth Officer, two Hoth Rebel Troopers and a Rebel Pilot named Zev Senesca.
Side of the box:
On the side of the box there is some advertisement for starwars.com and LEGO Club + a picture of Yoda to inform about the 30 year anniversary of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back, the movie that this set is based from.
Lets see what's inside:
An instruction manual and two plastic bags filled with those vital for life little bricks.
Close up on the manual:
The same picture as on the box, but much harder to photograph because of the crease on the manual.
Random manual picture:
The colours are very easy to tell apart from each other and the building process is very short. Remember to not shoot the Flick-fire missiles on big yellow faces.
More from the manual:
At the end of the manual we can see the same pictures as on the back of the box.
Here is a picture of the part list of the set - click on it for a bigger version.
Here we have the real stuff:
White, dark and light grey is the main colours of this set. Some interesting parts are the new headlight bricks (Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on 1 Side) and the macaroni pieces (in white and light grey). One pair of goggles, a 1x1 trans-red round plate and a white cheese slope was the extra pieces.
Helmets and weapons for everybody! But only backpacks for the officer and troopers. The pilot helmet features a new type of printing that is different from the earlier versions.
The rebel headgear is a brand new piece and much more movie accurate than the aviator helmets used in earlier sets. The snow goggles can be put in two different positions but you need to take them off of the helmet when you change the position because of the bill.
The reason why people buy Battle Packs.
The two rebel troopers are exactly the same with dark tan legs, new torso print, new head piece and new headgear. The new face is very similar to this one but with white reflection points in the eyes and a little red mark under the mouth. I don't know if it's supposed to be a scar or just a marking of the chin? I watched the movie last night actually and I think it's a little weird that TLG choose tan and dark tan as colours for the troopers. In the movie they are dressed in almost only white which gives a much better camouflage in the remote ice world of Hoth.
The Hoth Officer has the same torso as was used in 7749 Echo Base. His head is somewhat special, it was centre of a big discussion when the Indiana Jones set 7683 Fight on the Flying Wing came out earlier this year. This guy was supposed to have the brown moustache head but came in many sets with a grey moustache version instead. The mix-up must have been pretty big because when I got my 7622 Race for the Stolen Treasure it came with the brown moustache head instead of the grey as it should . Therefore I now have 2 brown moustache heads and no grey one (if anyone wants to trade a grey for a brown you can PM me ).
Finally we have the Rebel Pilot Zev Senesca. The first named minifig in a battle pack which has caused a little stir amongst fans. Personally I don't care that much but I am not a big SW fan after all. I didn't know who this Zev was until I looked it up on Wookieepedia, apparently he is the pilot that finds Luke and Han on the morning after their adventure on Hoth. But since he has a pretty generic face (also being used as a clone pilot in 8088 - ARC-170 Starfighter) I guess he could do well even in a battle pack. His torso is the second version of the Rebel Pilot torso that has ever been made. The older one was used from '99 to '07 with no changes. This one features a more detailed control panel on the chest with silver printings and back printing which we can see in the next picture.
Only the pilot got back printing on the torso but since the other minifigs got backpacks it's not a surprise.
As I wrote earlier the build is very easy and quick, nothing challenging but I don't want to call it boring either.
The complete set
Here we have the whole set with all the minifigs:
Looks just like a normal battle pack with a small vehicle and 4 minifigs. It seems the vehicle is supposed to be a Laser ice-cutter. It's only seen very briefly in the movie so it's hard to tell if it's accurate but it seems to be of a fitting size.
Here are some pictures of the Laser ice-cutter from different angles:
Front view - not the best view if you happen to be a snowtrooper.
Side view - the blaster is held by one of the new headlight pieces.
Back view - without minifig for better vision.
This part of the Laser ice-cutter confuses me a bit. Is this supposed to a storage room of some kind, or is it something else? The grey crate fits nicely in the hole.
Here is my little idea of what the space could be used for. Problem is that the cannons on top aren't able to shoot forward when the passenger is in
There is a lot of winter sets coming out this season and I like it. Here is a little bonus picture of one of the Rebel Troopers when he's taking a break from war fighting
Build: 5/10 Simple and quick build. Nothing special so I give it an average score.
Playability: 6/10 This set almost demands the 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Pack if you want a good play factor. If you have both the play features like flick-fire missiles and spinning cannons can be fun and useful.
Minifigures: 9/10 The minifigs are the main attractions in this set. All of them look very good to me, the troopers might not be very movie accurate but they are still nice I think. I like the goggles and the new headgear (but it sits quite high up on the minifigs heads) and the best thing about this set is the new heads in my opinion. I really like that Star Wars is starting with pupil-eyed faces too, now they fit with the rest of the licensed themes.
Pieces: 5/10 There isn't many pieces in this set and it's hard to build any good alternative models. But the pieces aren't totally useless because the colours are still good and there aren't any stickers.
Price: 5/10 Quite expensive for just 79 pieces but that's licensed themes I guess
Design: 6/10 Not too bad, the torso designs of the minifigs are very detailed and nice and the Laser ice-cutter is acceptable. A little strange back section on it though
Total: 6/10 An average set with focus on minifigs. A lot of Hoth sets are coming out this year and next so I guess this is a must buy if you are aiming for a recreation of a battle scene. I'm a little tempted myself actually to get all the Hoth sets but I'm not sure if I want to step deeper into the Star Wars world, there are many other themes that demands my attention
Thanks for reading my review!
EDIT: I forgot to add the set number in the title Would a member of the staff be kind to fix that, please? (number 8083) Thanks!
Edited by KimT, 17 December 2009 - 10:26 PM.