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The Malevolence™ is General Grievous' flagship and one of the Separatist military's most feared weapons. Unbeknownst to Grievous and his crew, Anakin and Padmé have entered the giant craft in an attempt to rid the galaxy of this deadly curse. The Malevolence features a cargo bay with transport train, detailed interior with removable/opening sections for easy access and twin quick-fire missile launchers. Includes 6 minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, Count Dooku, Battle Droid Commander and Battle Droid.
• Includes 6 minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, Count Dooku, Battle Droid Commander and Battle Droid
• Features twin quick-fire missile launchers, cargo bay, fold-away handle on top, removable front section for easy access, opening rear section
• Weapons include 2 medium blasters, blaster pistol, 6 Lightsabers
• Accessories include wrench and hammer
• Malevolence™ measures over 23" (60cm) long, 7" (18cm) wide and 5" (13cm) tall
Set Name: 9515 The Malevolence
Theme: Star Wars
Price: $119.99/119.99 EUR/99.99 GBP It was $149.99 here in Hawaii at the Local Toys R Us.
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Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Box Front. Very nice detail. I like how they show you the length and the side view of the ship at 23.6in. That's almost 2 feet long! I didn't think the Battle Droid Commander was new.
Box Rear. You can see how much of the ship can be changed into a play set for the minifigs. And I love the multiple profiles of the ship. This was a nice ship design. It reminds me of a modern ship. Long and skinny. Also, just a hint of Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus.
Seven bags of parts. Not much to say except at least this time, they included the part separator in bag one. Sometimes they put it into last bag of parts, which never did make sense.
Yes! Another set that includes the "instruction/sticker saver" bag. I thank you LEGO for doing this. So many times I get sticker sheets that is stuck on the inside of the box or creased.
I hope Lego continues to do this for more sets. It really does a good job at keeping the stickers and instruction booklets all neat and tidy till you open it.
And just think, each of those little yellow squares are supposed to be windows. This is one huge ship. Three MILES long! More on that later.
Nothing fancy. Just copies of the box art minus the other pictures.
Two pages of parts. I don't think LEGO used any new parts with this set.
Similar to what is found on the back of the box. Going in a clockwise fashion, the first photo on the top left shows how there are little monorail cars that slide back and forth. Very little sliding. Maybe .5 to 1railcar in length. One of the cars hold a storage box of tools. The next picture shows how the top front opens. It is not sealed or held down. So swooshing this upside down is not wise. Next is the Ion Pulse Cannon. I'm a little disappointed by this. I thought it would rotate on its own whenever you shot one of the flick fire missiles. It does not. You have to rotate it yourself after each shot, and it turns only in one direction. If you force it in the opposite direction, you'll break something. Next is the Dooku's chair but when Dooku is away, Grievous likes to sit there. And finally you can see they included a pop-up handle to hold it the ship. Not exactly balanced, but close enough where you can keep it balanced in your hand.
General Grievous Minifig
Front and back of Grievous. His minifig has the most details of all the Star Wars minifigs I think. His face and eyes are perfect. And very creative on how they got his third and fourth arms to attach. While you can't see it in this view, his legs are bent like they usually are in the animated Clone Wars cartoon.
Battle Droid, Battle Droid Commander and Padme Amidala.
So the Droid Commander gets a bit of head and body paint. Besides that, nothing else is different. As for Padme, she gets a new outfit and hair tied up in a pony tail. And at first glance, the photo looks like she has a red string around her neck and sides, it's actually the edge of the minifig shell that didn't get paint.
Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker
Count Dooku and Anakin look the same as some other sets, but look at Dooku's saber. It's chrome plated this time. Much better than the normal grey colored hilts they usually make them in. After all these years of making lightsabers, you would've figured that TLG would've figured a way to make the blade without bubbles in them.
Lots of extra parts. Or did I forget something. Augh! Droids without hands. Just kidding. They have their hands.
On to the build!
Might I suggest using the "view on youtube" button. While lighting may not be perfect, I finally got it so 1080i is really HQ pictures. :)
I hope you like the build process. The table that I have to build my sets on is rather limited and makes it hard to photograph.
Finished Shots of The Malevolence
Tops photo of the finished Malevolence. I like the top view. It looks so sleek. I'm not to happy of the grey canards that jut out of the front sides. For the most part, it is symmetrical in shape. But there are a few greebels that make the left and right sides a bit different.
Top front cover removed
As you can see there is nothing that locks the top to the ship. To keep the cover on, there is a center bar that hold it in place in the back, while the front is held down by resistance of two lego pieces pushing against each other. This is a good view of the Ion Cannons. You would flip the clear cover open, then push on the technic lever on the side that will push out one missile. Then you rotate the wheel, and repeat the firing. Not really how it shoots in the cartoon, but I guess it's better than not firing at all.
Rear hatches open
Here you can see both the left and right sides opened up. The top folds up and the smaller flap folds down. now you have room to slide the railcars a bit. Just a tiny bit. Keep in mind this ship is supposed to be almost 3 miles long. So the railcars was needed to move fast around the ship.
Just a small battle scene with the lead characters. You have to be a Jedi to think you can go up against a cyborg with 4 lightsabers!
This front shot reminds me of old anime ship called the Space Battleship Yamato. At the bow of the ship, it had a huge cannon called a Wave motion gun.. Maybe the Malevolence was built with this ship in mind. But instead of a Wave motion gun, the Malevolence carried a Ion Cannon. Which instead of disintegrating the enemy ships, it disables them so the ships could be recycled for parts and booty.
Just look at all those thrusters. I'm amazed they got all 16 thrusters on this scale of the ship. Another fact. This ship was so huge that a number of capitol ships could be hitting it and not take any major damage. In the cartoon, the ship was almost crippled, but couldn't be shot down. Eventually it was forced to crash into a... Go watch the show. It was great!
Rear side view
Wow. Now if I could've taken this shot on a black background, you would get a better feeling of it's length. I do like how LEGO built the command tower. Which by the way is where the bridge is. Not in the nose of the ship where the minifigs sit.
Here is where you can see those little window stickers. It does give the feeling of what scale it should be. Not something that minifigs should be running around in.
Comments: I really wanted this ship. When I first heard it was going to be released I was so hoping it would be something of a UCS. Instead, they made it a minifigure set. When I first picked up the box and saw it was going to be two feet long, I was excited to see it built. Once I got done, two feet didn't seem that large. It didn't help that the ship is skinny. But I warmed up to it. It does look like the Malevolence. And if I decide not the show the minifigures on the inside, it does look like a good Lego model.
Playability:4/5. The ship itself is swooshable with the handle to hold it. But as I mentioned, you can't tilt it too much or the front cover will come off. Inside, LEGO did a good in making the bridge. Not much room to walk around in, but enough space to set up the minifigs to fly the ship. And the back opens up for the monorail cars to slide.
Build experience: 2/5. Very easy to build. All the bags are numbered so you don't have to sort a lot of pieces. and since the ship is big, there is not too many small parts to pinch or push together. It always amazes me how the heart of a lot of larger sets use technic pieces to help hold together or help in the ability to SNOT (Studs Not On Top) on pieces.
Overall: 4/5. This is a ship worth getting if you like Clone Wars and the ships in the show. It'll make a fine ship for your collection. If I factor in the local price of $135+ for the set, then I would rate it lower to 3/5.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are clickable and also viewable in full size on my flickr site. Here is a direct like to my: 9515 The Malevolence.