Set Name: Droid Escape
Set Number: 9490
Price: 26,99 € / $19.99 (USD) / £19.99
Theme: Star Wars / OT
Yesterday I stumbled upon a few of the new 2012 sets and bought 9490 and the new battle packs. I don't think there is a review for Droid Escape yet, so here is mine! This is my first review, so bear with me. If you have requests for more and specific pictures, please ask. I don't seem to be able to add polls yet, so it would be nice if a mod could add one, if one is needed.
The Box, complete with the new Darth Maul artwork.
The back of the box shows the functions of the set (not much to see here apart from the escape pod opening) and artwork of the pod approaching Tatooine and landing in the dunes.
The contents of the box (the 2 big grey cone-shaped pieces were loose inside the box):
The sticker sheet. I do not apply stickers on my sets, so this one wandered straight into the sticker box.
Random page from the booklet.
Now to the (in my opinion) most interesting part: the new minifigs! First, all of them lined up:
The new sandtroopers, with printed dirty armor. Aren't the pretty?
The backpacks are identical to the one from 8092, both troopers have printed heads like the regular stormtrooper from the new Endor battle pack.
Printed cloth pauldrons in orange and white:
Here is a comparison with the slightly older sandtrooper from 8092, look at the difference in detail. Added leg printing, dirty armor and detailed pauldrons. Those new troopers are indeed stunning!
C-3PO got an update as well: Printed eyes and more details on the torso.
R2-D2 seems to be the same as the version from 8092, the printing is slightly crisper (new version on the right).
Now to the other contents of the box. There aren't that many pieces included, but here are all of them sorted by color:
Pieces of interest (to me, at least): 1x2 plates with integrated cheese slope and a printed 1x2 tile. Apart from that, nothing really special, as far as I can tell. But see for yourselves:
First I built the little speeder bike. I think the set could have done without it, I already have a ton of those little bikes from various polybags, battle packs and other sets...
Building the escape pod.
The steering thruster array.
The finished pod with its cover plate.
Escape pod with droid passengers.
The closed pod.
The complete set with escape pod, speeder bike and minifigs:
Conclusion: This is a great set, no doubt. I would have bought it for the new sandtroopers alone. I don't know if the escape pod will stay assembled or if I will dismantle it in the near future, displaying space is pretty scarce in my room and I'd rather display some nice starships. I already bought the two new battle packs from this wave and after building all three sets, I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest! Especially the OT-sets look amazing and the minifigs get better and better.
"These aren't the droids you're looking for. Look behind you!"
Design: 8/10, a nice little set, the pod looks pretty well designed with its opening cover plate. The bike is of a pretty standard design.
Parts: 7/10, nothing really special or new here.
Build: 8/10, a simple and fast build, sadly with big stickers (as was to expected, I guess...)
Minifigs: 10/10, gorgeous new minifigs! I love the new sandtroopers and the new 3PO, the printing is very crisp and detailed.
Playability:7/10, there's definitely some swoopability to be found here, but when the pod hits the desert, there's nothing much going on anymore.
Price: 6/10, Star Wars LEGO is pricy, we all know that. But I have to pay 26,99 € for this set here in Germany. To me, this is a slighty bigger battle pack, but costs 10 € more than the new battle packs...
Overall: 46/60, I would have bought the set for the new troopers alone, I cannot wait to open the other OT-sets from this wave! The price is pretty high though, depending on where you live...
Edited by KielDaMan, 05 February 2012 - 12:36 PM.