I just completed the Death Star this afternoon while watching through all 6 Star Wars movies (I pace my building efforts) over the last week, and if I had to choose a word to describe the experience it would be along the lines of "masterpiece" or simply "epic".
The moment I laid eyes upon the box and picked it up off the shelf my jaw dropped. I built Tower Bridge a month or so prior which contains a lot more pieces but the Death Star box dwarfs it in comparison and weighs a good amount as well. This immediately removed any doubt in my mind that the price to piece count ratio might not be the best. There are quite a few larger plates in this set so don't be (quite) alarmed at it's expensive price tag.
Upon opening the box my jaw dropped again as the instruction booklet for the DS is massive. 260 pages and larger then a regular piece of paper, I've never seen anything quite like it. My only complaint and this seems to be something common with many sets is that the dark grey and black can sometimes be hard to differentiate between. As long as you pay close attention and have a lot of light in your building space you'll be fine.
The minifigures are starting to look somewhat dated in terms of printing when compared to some more recent sets but that makes sense with the age of the DS (5+ years). I am more then satisfied with the 20 minifigures present as it allows something to be happening in every room.
I didn't find the build repetitive at all as Lego has you build platforms and then fill each room on that level each of which has different features. I didn't find myself thinking "really another 10 of these etc." like I have with some other sets recently.
As a finished model it is a nice display piece but the true feature of the DS is its playability. I found myself wishing I could be a kid again so it would be appropriate to re-enact Luke screaming at C3PO to "shut down all trash compactors on the detention level" or make "whoooosh" noises as doors opened and closed. This set is the perfect "Lego dollhouse" as I heard someone put it before. There is a near endless amount of playability to be found and my many nephews aged 5-11 were in awe when they discovered I had bought this.
With the release of Ewok Village I don't know how much longer the Death Star can stick around, and if like me you know how much you'll regret missing it then pull the trigger now. Trust me you won't regret it.
I have wanted to own this set for a long time and I finally got around to buying it. This set did not disappoint. This set took a long time to build; four days to be exact. The thing is, I think I could have completed the set in half the time if it wasn't for the set's one fault: the bag numbers. What I mean by that is that the bags are numbered 1-7 but there are at least 35 bags. I don't know if Lego will get in trouble for having more than 7 bags or what but it makes it very frustrating to sort through 5 bags at a time. I should also mention that I was missing a few pieces but most were replaceable with some extra pieces and the rest were replaced with pick-a-brick for free thanks to my VIP points. I also wish there were more trooper figures and maybe some officers to put in the meeting room.
-Great Mini Figs
-A Great Challenge
-Movie Accurate Rooms
-Needs More Troopers
-Throne Room Should Go Where the Droid Room is
The Death Star is a huge set. It is quite heavy, but still sturdy. The minifigures are chosen well and done well also. The set is incredibly movie accurate and I think the designers did very well this time. The minifigures are one of my favorite things along with the ease of access to the entire model. If anything, it could have used more stormtroopers, but this is easily remedied by converting Han and Luke in the stormtrooper outfits into soldiers. The potential for reenacting the events of Episodes IV and VI is enormous. The elevator works well and the many functions hidden in the floors mark this as a true UCS set.
Darth Vader's mini TIE Advanced
Not enough Imperials
Overall this is an excellent set. The only other problem is that Darth Vader's TIE is too small. However, it fits inside the Death Star and that is why it is too small. I think it works and is pretty cool besides.
love this toy - has been playing with this probably a year now - he loves making the water go through the holes - keeps him entertained & encourages imagination - great toy, highly recommend it!!
I have been into Legos for years, and this set by far is the best, with the exception of the Republic Star Destroyer and the Death Star. Definitely worth the money. The set is really big for the price, and the ion cannons on the side have the best flick-missile system ever. I also love that it comes with Count Dooku and Padme, finally!! Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
These little guys are so cute I couldn't resist. I hate to admit it, but I don't even have kids. I just thought they'd be funny to have in my shower, as I have rather whimsical decor in my bathroom. Their goofy little faces cheer me up. I'm sure this would be a fun toy for a kid taking a bath too, since you can squirt water out of their mouths.
I also disagree with the person who thought this toy to be unsanitary. Both of my boys love the flutes and play with them constantly - in and out of the water. This is a fabulous idea and provides hours and hours of fun and musical education. The Alex tub flutes were a present but I would re-buy them any day!
I disagree with the other reviewer who doesn't even have this toy and yet rated it one star because they found the idea of it "unsanitary". I can't get my my son to stop scooping up bath water and drinking it! Gross, I know, but he'll have a strong immune system when he's older. Anyway, I'd rather he play with this toy! I think it's a fantastic idea ...educational and fun.
My three year old daughter plays these flutes all of the time - in and out of the bath. She loves adding more water and the pouring it out to make the sound change. She got them for a present over a year ago and she's played with them ever since. Fortunately, they make a nice tone and aren't too loud.
I bought this for my two year old daughter who loves it. She plays in the tub for about an hour with it. She really enjoys the salt shaker, she squirts the water all over in the tub. The veggies are foam so they allow for her to stick them against the tub walls, then use her salt shaker to squirt water all over them. I would reccommend this for any family.
This is a fantastic toy that has lasted years. Keep the music cards dry, they will stick together & peel if left stacked wet, & they are a wonderful learning tool. The water whistles are a little tricky but VERY cool sounding. We never used the drum for anything but a storage bucket.
I got this set back in 2012, and it immediately caught my eye; all of the accessories and play features embedded into this model!
Nice figs, both pretty much the same and come with dirt bike helmets that can be interchanged with their normal hat. Nothing too special though.
I really like the design of this. The colour scheme has been chosen well, grey and red, and the stickers are worth the hassle. It really resembles a real 4X4 because of the chunky tyres, and the rugged styling of the vehicle including it's lights on top. There's also a trunk that opens up, and can just about squeeze the other minifig in there.
It hitches up to the car well, or you can have them separate. The storage units work well, although I find the oil can can't fit in, and has to be placed in the trunk of the car. You get the usual spanner, screwdriver etc which are nice. The dirt bikes themselves are very vibrant to the eye in those neon green and orange colours. They include number stickers, but you don't really need them. The minifigures can be put on the bikes easily. The other accessories on this trailer include two dirt bike helmets and some flags/checkpoints so you can 'race'.
Overall I would recommend this set to anyone really for the parts assortment or the playability, this set comes out trumps for me.
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