Hi everyone; today I picked up one of the new Star Wars sets that has been released in some stores here in Sweden and it is now without further hindrance I present to you my review of set number 7956 - Ewok Attack (which I already knew would be the first set of the new wave of sets I was gonna get):
Set Name: Ewok Attack
Set Number: 7956
Theme: Star Wars
Movie: Return Of The Jedi
Year Released: 2011
Number of Pieces: 166
Price: 29.99 EUR / 24.99 USD
So here is the front of the box which nicely displays the set in action; the size od the box is the same as the 7929 Battle Of Naboo set:
And here is the back which shows the play features and also, three other sets are shown as small pictures on the side: the Dathomir Speeder (7957), the Geonosian Starfighter (7959) and Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator (7961); a small ad for the Lego Star Wars III game is also present:
The top of the box:
And here is the left side:
The contents of the box, which includes four bags and the instruction manual:
And here I have taken the pieces out of their bags and left them in their respective piles:
The two ewok heads in their bags in which they come packaged in (the heads are made of a harder type of plastic like the recent gungan heads from the Battle Of Naboo set):
Two random pages of the instruction book followed by the next-to-last pages where we can see half of the piece inventory list and a page with some of the other sets displayed there:
And now on to the minfigures (with their weapons), of which there are three: The ewok medicine man Logray (a really cool minifig with lovely printing and just look at that wonderful headdress topped with the bird skull), the ewok warrior Tokkat (who is also a very nice detailed minifig and it's good to see a more obscure ewok) and finally, the Scout Trooper (or Biker Scout as he also is called by some) who makes a reapperance in this set. All three are really good minifigs, especially the ewoks but also the Scout, which is a figure I've always liked:
The Scout Trooper's speeder bike is a solid vehicle which has been slightly altered from it's earlier incarnation which came in the 8038 Battle Of Endor set; I don't have that version of the speeder so that I can do an exact comparison, but I can say it's quite similar to the Hoth speeder bike in the 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Pack (comparison shot below):
Ewok Attack Tree
Yeah, I call it the attack tree because that's basically the first thing that comes to mind when I look at it. I'd say it's a little outpost the ewoks have made of a giant tree stump; it's got a ladder, a large stick that can be slid out towards enemies, a small catapult on top and a function that releases two small logs from it and a flick fire missile that is fired from the inside of the tree, which can be opened up a bit to reveal a hidden back compartment of sorts; one of my favorite aspects of the set is the foliage of dark green and light green leaves:
The back of the tree with the back compartment opened up (you can see the flick fire missile loaded into the tree, ready to be fired at unsuspecting Imperial troopers):
And here the compartment is closed shut for any sneaky Imperials:
The left side of the tree:
And the right side:
The front with the back compartment closed:
A top view of the tree:
All in all, it's a sweet little build and the play features are nice as well, I bet kids (and AFOLs as well) can have a fun time with it.
The Entire Set
And here is a view of the entire set, with both the attack tree, the speederbike and the minfigures:
And a bonus picture, in which the ewoks are sorely regretting the choice of having such a small falling log trap, much to the joy of the Scout Trooper:
Design: 7/10 - The speeder bike is a nice vehicle and the feature-filled attack tree looks a bit funky, but it's still cool. I can't really complain about either, though.
Build: 7/10 - It's not too hard but it is a fun build, especially the tree.
Pieces: 8/10 - The several brown and some green pieces, including the foliage and the brown branches, are great additions to anyone's collection of bricks and I am sure there are many MOC-ing possibilites with the parts. As for the set itself, with some imagination it can be rebuilt into something else.
Minifigs: 10/10 - The ewoks are definitely the stars of this set; they are cool molds, have great printing and while the scout is cool, he ends up playing second fiddle to the ewoks. Logray is definitively my favorite of the bunch and might be one of my all-time favorite Star Wars minifigs.
Playability: 8/10 - The play functions quite obviously add a lot to the play factor. The set is definitely fun on it's own but in the company of more Endor sets and/ or related minifigs, it can become an even more fun set.
Price: 7/10 - The price per parts ratio is not all that great, but there's a steady bunch of useful green, brown and some tan parts and the ewoks are a big reason why this set just might be worth it.
Overall: 8/10 - I have to admit that I think this is a neat little playset with some fun play functions, great ewok minifigures (especially Logray), the obligatory bad guy and his nicely re-designed speeder bike; the set would also make a great companion to anyone's Battle Of Endor set. If you are a fan of ewoks and/or anything Endor-related, I would definitely recommend it.
(Finally; thanks for reading my review of this brand new set)
Edited by DarkFader, 01 June 2012 - 10:16 AM.