GALEN MAREK

LEGO Star Wars (1999-) is a licensed theme based on characters, settings and stories from George Lucas’ fictional Star Wars universe. It was one of the LEGO Group’s first licensed themes and remains one of its most critically and commercially successful franchises. Check out reviewssetsicon, and more about the story.

LEGO Star Wars Galen Marek [Darth Vader's Apprentice][Front]Galen Marek

If you’ve played Force Unleashed I or II you would be familiar with the ill-fated Galen Marek. Marek aka Starkiller was Darth Vader’s secret apprentice during the Galactic Era and part of Vader’s grand-plan to overthrow Darth Sidious by instigating a rebellion against the Empire.

Marek is a somewhat rare minifigure having appeared in only one set, Rogue Shadow 7672, alongside a battle-damaged Darth Vader and imperial officer, Juno Eclipse. His design is also quite unique, being one of only several minifigures that depict blood (something not usually seen in family-friendly toys and media).

This figure comes with a Sith-standard red lightsaber, basic black hairpiece and black legs. Interesting details include the black and chrome damaged flight suit and black and rounded belt. The blood-stained bandages and missing sleeve were the result of a battle with Darth Vader and are pretty awesome. Unsurprisingly, given his release date (2008), the back is unprinted and the face is a fairly simple.

As with his counterpart, Battle Damaged Darth Vader, Marek’s design is a little darker than the usual LEGO fare and this lends him a certain uniqueness which I think is pretty cool.

Whilst he is a little tricky to come by on the used market, you can still pick Galen Marek up in the Rogue Shadow set on Amazon, albeit for a hefty premium!

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DARTH MALGUS

LEGO Star Wars (1999-) is a licensed theme based on characters, settings and stories from George Lucas’ fictional Star Wars universe. It was one of the LEGO Group’s first licensed themes and remains one of its most critically and commercially successful franchises. Check out reviewssetsicon, and more about the story.

Darth MalgusDarth Malgus

Darth Malgus (formerly Veradun), was a force-sensitive human male and Sith Lord active during the latter years of the Old Republic era, several thousand years before Star Wars: Episode 1. He is known for his exploits during the Great Galactic War, his time on the Dark Council and later, as a self-declared Sith emperor.

Malgus wields a red lightsaber and requires breathing apparatus due to battle damage inflicted by Jedi Master, Satele Shan. The character first appeared in BioWare’s MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

This figure has all the trimmings of a fearsome foe, not least the battle armour from head to toe. The silver and black plating and rubberised armour extends down the torso and legs and is similar on the back, which means he still looks good even without the cape.

The one-piece neck / breastplate / breathing apparatus / shoulder element is a new mould and the coolest part of this figure, lending him a warrior look befitting a Sith Lord. The silver intake vents and red lights on the respirator add a subtle realism and overall, the design is pretty close to the virtual and non-LEGO models.

Other interesting details include the single-holed cape which is unique to this figure, and of course that unmistakable head print with piercing yellow eyes, wrinkled brow and battle-scarred face.

This is a must have figure for any fan of LEGO Star Wars and is well worth the set’s price-tag. He comes with the Sith Fury-class Interceptor set.

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BOBA FETT

LEGO Star Wars (1999-) is a licensed theme based on characters, settings and stories from George Lucas’ fictional Star Wars universe. It was one of the LEGO Group’s first licensed themes and remains one of its most critically and commercially successful franchises. Check out reviewssetsicon, and more about the story.

Nine variants of the Boba Fett minifigure have been released since 2000. You can grab this latest variant in the 2012 Desert Skiff (9496) set which is based on a scene from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Notable Fett variants include the rare variant from Cloud City (10123) which sells for USD$250+ on the secondary market. LEGO also gave away a prized, cast bronze variant in a 2010 competition.

LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Minifigure (Front - Posed)BOBA FETT

Mysterious and deadly,  Boba Fett was the bounty hunter par excellence in the Star Wars universe, circa Rise of the Empire and New Republic eras.

Trained as a bounty hunter by his ‘father’ Jengo Fett and fellow hunter, Aurra Sing, the identity and exploits of this ‘faceless enforcer’ quickly passed into legend and myth. Following the death of his father at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu, Boba harboured a deep hatred for the Jedi and their allies.

In the Star Wars films, Boba is best known for his role in delivering the smuggler Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, the subsequent battle at the Pit of Carkoon, and his apparent death via the resident Sarlacc.

This variant comes with sand green Mandalorian helmet with range-finder and visor attachments, sand-green jetpack and tattered pauldron cape, light grey torso, sand blue arms and legs, dark green hips, dark grey hands and a suitably awesome, modified black blaster.

The helmet is incredibly detailed and very accurate to the films. It includes some cool printed battle damage, various coloured markings and some moulded marks at the back. The rangefinder attachment fits snugly into the helmet and looks pretty nice. The jetpack is well moulded and designed. The tattered sand-green pauldron cape is a great addition to the figure and matches the films well.

Under his helmet Boba has a confident but battle-scarred face with a five o’clock shadow for good measure. The face print is detailed although not unique to this figure. On my figure the stubble traces an oddly tapered line up the sides of the face.

The torso design is nothing short of amazing, carefully printed with worn, dark green armour plates, silver Mandalorian insignia, clothing folds, dark brown utility belt with ammo pouches, and the requisite Wookie scalp. The hips are printed with a dark brown belt and almost imperceptible black stripes. The super-cool legs incorporate sand blue pockets, dark green cod-piece, orange battle-damaged knee pads and silver capped boots.

This is the nicest Star Wars minifigure I have come across and shows just how much detail those clever LEGO designers can fit on a 1.5″ figure.

Pure bounty-hunting awesomeness!

You can pick up Boba in the Desert Skiff set. Check out other sets on LEGO Shop at Home: The World’s Biggest LEGO Shop.

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TIE FIGHTER PILOT

LEGO Star Wars (1999-) is a licensed theme based on characters, settings and stories from George Lucas’ fictional Star Wars universe. It was one of the LEGO Group’s first licensed themes and remains one of its most critically and commercially successful franchises. Check out reviewssetsicon, and more about the story.

TIE FIGHTER PILOT

In the Star Wars universe these men in black are the elite pilots of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Navy, somewhat expendable and always willing to die for the old wrinkly dude Emperor.

This figure comes with black custom-moulded helmet (used on one other Star Wars figure), black torso, legs, hands and hips. The black head represents a balaclava with full face opening. The face print is light-greyish-yellow complete with dot stubble, open mouth smile, black eyebrows and eyes with dark-grey pupils.

The helmet has ridged top and sides, breathing apparatus, vents and solid black eye pieces. The vents and breather tube sockets are are printed in dark grey whilst the circular markings on either side of the top ridge are printed in silver. The torso print displays two dark-grey breather tubes, zipper seal and belt. The rectangular life-support system on the centre-torso is printed in silver, blue, light grey, and red.

The key feature of this figure is the helmet which very detailed and quite accurate to the films. The torso print is simple and this reflects a fairly simple 1970’s space suit design as seen in the IV/V/VI trilogy.

Whilst this figure is quite accurate to the film representations, sans-helmet he is a little average (but don’t tell him that).

Five variants of the TIE Pilot minifigure have been released since 2001. This guy is the most recent version, released in 2012 and available in TIE Fightericon and TIE Interceptor and Death Staricon.

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R2D2 + UCS NEWS

LEGO Star Wars R2D2 Minifigure

R2D2 (Beep Beep Mrrooom)

LEGO Star Wars Logo

Woohoo! Just a small review to celebrate the impending release of LEGO Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 set, out this May! Check out Brothers Brick for the story and flickr for the pics. But now…on to the review of a slightly

smaller R2-D2. This particular R2-D2 is the 2008 redesign (and I accidentally put his head on backwards in photo!).

R2D2 has had five variations since 1999 and has appeared in 19+ sets. R2-D2 is available in loads of LEGO Star Wars sets; if you are just after the figures, Droid Escape (9490) is a nicely priced set.

Artoo is an ‘astromech’ droid that accompanies several characters throughout the films including Obi-Wan Kenobe, Leia, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. He appears throughout all six Star Wars films.

Ultimate Collector Series R2D2

R2-D2 (SW217)

This figure has a white base body and legs with light-bluish-grey head. This figure inherits the original parts first developed for the 1999 R2 minifigure. The main body design is printed in four colours including a small amount of reflective silver detailing. The head has blue, red and black printing on a grey base. The details on this version have been closely matched to that of  the film model.

Good

This is a very nice, non-standard minifigure. The level of detail the designers have managed to print on such a small body is very cool and matches the original trilogy version incredibly well.

Bad

The legs are a bit oversized for the figure but this is probably a structural necessity. No middle leg (must be tucked away!) which is a shame but overall this figure still manages to capture the feel and personality of the character.

Rating

 

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