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Review: 7929 The Battle of Naboo


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#1 valentin

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 05:21 AM

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Product:
7929 The Battle of Naboo™
Theme: Star Wars EPI: The Phantom Menace
No of pieces: 241
Release Date: January 2011
RRP: SGD60.90/USD24.99
Availability: Lego Shop@Home, Retail Outlets(Worldwide)

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Recreate the epic Battle of Naboo!

The invasion of the planet Naboo has begun! As the Trade Federation deploys its vast battle droid army from the Trade Federation troop carrier, Jar Jar Binks and his fellow Gungans prepare to repel the invasion. Fight off the battle droids as they awaken and unload! Includes 8 battle droids with blasters, two droid pilots, Jar Jar Binks and Gungan soldier minifigures.

• Includes 12 minifigures: Jar Jar Binks, Gungan soldier, 2 droid pilots and 8 battle droids
• Arm the Gungan soldier with an all-new transparent energy shield!
•Deploy 2 racks of realistic, detachable battle droids!
•Move the controls of the Trade Federation troop carrier!
•Trade Federation troop carrier measures 10” (25cm) long, 3” (7cm) wide and 4” (10cm) tall

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The Platoon Attack Craft, another variant of the Trade Federation Troop Carrier, and TLC has definitely done well in this product release. Without further ado, let's continue with the review.

The packaging:
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The packaging contains 3 baggies, and an instructional booklet.
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The building was fast considering that this product has more minifigs than any other lego products at its price point. And the leftovers...
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Before I continue further, here's some references of the troop carrier
http://starwars.wiki...n_troop_carrier
http://starwars.wiki...ansport_carrier -> This was the other version released in 2007.

Another reference photo from the DK's cross-sections book:
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Let's take a look at the minifigs:

Battle Droid & Droid Pilot:
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The droid pilot minifig just has a different coloured torso, and the front of it has been printed partly in tan.

The number of droid minifigs in this set...
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Quite a set to begin troop building. :P

Looking at the Gungans... (Gungan Soldier & Jar Jar Blinks)
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The back print (Pardon, the removal of the heads)
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In full battle order!
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The energy shield:
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Here's the deployment rack:
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And now filled with droids:
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The transport:
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It's 6 views
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The fully loaded troop carrier:
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And the comparison:
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The "catch" to secure the deployment rack:
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While most collectors finds this product being named as "Battle of Naboo" to be misleading, due to only a single droid troop carrier and 2 gungans in the set, Vader probably would say:"I find your lack of faith... disturbing."
I see 8 battle droids and 2 gungans in this set, and already the gungans are out-numbered, thus while "battle of naboo" this is not, it is still part of it. In fact, the potential of this set to troop build a droid army, makes it even more value for money.

And to end off, some scenes for fun...

All units, prepare to advance!
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Brave Jar Jar!?!
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Pilot droid disintegrated!!
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Next one for the racks!
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Thanks for reading.

#2 DarkFader

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 10:13 AM

Very nice review of a solid set; I've been the owner of the set since late December and I am still very satisfied with it, especially since it comes with twelve minifigs and a nicely designed troop carrier speeder; all for a reasonable price.

#3 Professor Trelawney

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 07:06 PM

Awesome review, ValentinI love the way you compare the lego version of the Troop carrier to the film-kind of version which is cool. I also love the way how you review the minifigs each side too. Awesome review, Keep up the good work!  :classic:

- Professor

#4 Stardusty

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 07:46 PM

Great review and nice nickname Valentin.
Maybe you should think about joining to the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy. :wink:

Edited by Stardusty, 14 February 2011 - 07:46 PM.

"To build, or not to build, that is the question."
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