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2017 LEGO Star Wars sets review

The first wave of 2017 LEGO Star Wars sets were released in North America just a few days ago, so it’s time to take a closer look. Please note that these sets were available in other countries a month earlier, so they may not be as new to you. There are definitely some great and interesting sets in the 2017 LEGO Star Wars line-up, so no matter when you were able to get them, they are worth to talk about. 🙂

2017 LEGO STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS: We got two new battle packs this year; the #75164 LEGO Star Wars Rebel Trooper Battle Pack and the #75165 LEGO Star Wars Imperial Trooper Battle Pack. Both packs come with four minifigures and a couple of small vehicles or other accessories. The Rebel Trooper Battle Pack is particularly noteworthy because each of the minifigures have different helmets, different torso/leg prints, and different facial expressions. We even get different skin-tones, which is rare! Plus, these minifigs could be used for pretty much any modern and sci-fi military scenes, not just for Star Wars. The Imperial Trooper Battle Pack is not as versatile, but it is great for building up your Star Wars troops. The two Stromtroopers and two Imperial Death Troopers are identical. They are $14.99 each. You can watch the video review on both sets below, and the sets are available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

2017 LEGO STAR WARS MICROFIGHTERS: We get four more Microfighters this year; the #75160 LEGO Star Wars U-wing, the #75161 LEGO Star Wars TIE Striker, the #75162 LEGO Star Wars Y-wing, and the #75163 LEGO Star Wars Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle. As usual, each set comes with a mini version of an iconic Star Wars ship, and a minifigure. While some of these tiny vehicles look a bit awkward, others are perfectly sensible one-person spacecrafts. The Y-wing in particular is a real winner, with an excellent color-scheme, lots of greebling, and a pilot that fits in perfectly. Whether you collect all of the LEGO Star Wars Microfighters, or you just get the ones you like, I think you will be happy with the selection. The sets are $9.99 each. You can watch the video review on all four sets below, and the sets are available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

2017 LEGO STAR WARS BUILDABLE FIGURES: Looks like the buildable LEGO Star Wars figures have become a hit with collectors, and the line is continuing this year with three new sets; the #75523 LEGO Star Wars Scarif Stormtrooper, the #75524 LEGO Star Wars Chirrut Îmwe, and the #75525 LEGO Star Wars Baze Malbus. At least to me, the human-headed characters still look too un-LEGO-ish, however I really like the helmeted figures (in this case, the Stormtrooper). The weapons improved significantly, and they come with quite a bit of interesting pieces that could be used in other applications. I also like the textured and printed body-armor pieces for greebling. They can add interesting details to any LEGO creation. All three sets are $24.99 each, and you can find them at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

#75168 LEGO STAR WARS YODA’S JEDI STARFIGHTER: This is a small, but well-designed ship for the Jedi Master from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. It is based on the classic Jedi Interceptor design, while also being quite different. Here is the official description: Add a classic ship to your LEGO Star Wars collection with Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter. The diminutive Jedi Master’s craft of choice features folding wings, front-and-top-opening minifigure cockpit, space for R2-D2 behind, and two laser cannons and spring-loaded shooters. Includes a Yoda minifigure and R2-D2 figure. 262 pieces. Price: $24.99 – BUY HERE

#75169 LEGO STAR WARS DUEL ON NABOO: This set suppose to recreate one of the most iconic duels from the Star Wars saga, however unfortunately it doesn’t work very well. It seems that the play-features weren’t thought out or tested properly. When you watch the video-review below you will see what I mean. In addition, the set doesn’t look very good, although I think it could be incorporated into a large scene. The point is that this set needs some modifications to make it look and behave properly. Here is the official description: Play out exciting Jedi vs. Sith duels as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi go head-to-head against evil Darth Maul at the Naboo power generator. This detailed set features push-activated opening laser doors, a minifigure catapult function in the generator core and an opening purification chamber with removable ‘plasma’ element. Includes three minifigures: Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. 208 pieces. Price: $24.99 – BUY HERE

#75170 LEGO STAR WARS THE PHANTOM: This is the second version of The Phantom LEGO made so far, and it looks quite different from the previous version, with an overall more rounder shape. You can see them side-by-side in the video-review below to decide which one you like better. Here is the official description: Outrun Admiral Thrawn with the Rebel starfighter, The Phantom, featuring retracting landing gear, an opening minifigure cockpit that detaches in an emergency, dual spring-loaded shooters, an opening rear compartment with included storage box containing detonator, and space beside the cockpit for Kanan’s friendly Astromech Droid, Chopper. Includes Kanan and Admiral Thrawn minifigures, plus a Chopper droid. 269 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

#75171 LEGO STAR WARS BATTLE ON SHARIF: This set is includes a well-designed terrain where you can replay some important events from the Star Wars: Rogue One film. The play-features work well, and I really like the addition of a bit of greenery. Here is the official description: Play out epic scenes from the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, on a mission to recover the top-secret Death Star plans from the heavily fortified beach bunker on planet Scarif. This feature-filled set includes a hidden weapons stash, exploding floor panels, sliding bunker doors with locking function, control panel, opening orange crate and the top-secret plans to the Empire’s Death Star. Includes four minifigures: Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and two Scarif Stormtroopers. 419 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE

#75172 LEGO STAR WARS Y-WING STARFIGHTER: This is the most talked about recent LEGO Star Wars set, and for a good reason. Just look at all that greebling! Even if you are not a Star Wars fan, this is an excellent set for interesting parts! It is also a good looking – and in many ways better – version of the Y-wing than previous attempts. The minifigs are also very nice. Here is the official description: Expand your Rebel fleet with the iconic Y-Wing Starfighter. The unmistakable workhorse of the Rebel Alliance has been faithfully reproduced with LEGO bricks and features many play starters, including retractable landing gear, an opening minifigure cockpit, rotating guns, dual spring-loaded shooters, and gearwheel-operated bomb-drop function. This great model also comes with a weapons loader with turning crane and extra ammo for even more immersive play. Includes four minifigures: a Y-Wing Pilot, Admiral Raddus, Moroff and a Stormtrooper, plus a Rebel Astromech droid figure. 691 pieces. Price: $59.99 – BUY HERE

#75173 LEGO STAR WARS LUKE’S LANDSPEEDER: This is another classic Star Wars vehicle that has been released several times by LEGO. Nice upgrade with those dark-red rounded tiles at the front to create smoother lines. Other than that, the Landspeeder is quite similar to the one we got in the #75052 LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina in 2014. Here is the official description: Recreate unforgettable scenes on desert-planet Tatooine, as young Luke and C-3PO go in search of mysterious hermit Ben Kenobi in his landspeeder. This iconic model features a two-minifigure open cockpit, three engines and an opening trunk to store his electrobinoculars. There’s also a Tusken Raider and womp rat to keep the action level high. Includes four minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO and a Tusken Raider, plus a womp rat figure. 149 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE

#75174 LEGO STAR WARS DESERT SKIFF ESCAPE: This is a remake of the previously released #9496 LEGO Star Wars Desert Skiff from 2012, with some very nice upgrades. The vehicle got a more rounded shape, and the opening mechanism for the Sarlacc monster’s mouth is very cleverly done. Here is the official description: Play out exciting duels above the sand dunes with this iconic set featuring Jabba the Hutt’s ‘hovering’ skiff with extendable plank, storage hold and movable rudders at the back. Help Han Solo fend off Boba Fett and the skiff guard before his friend walks the plank and falls into the mighty Sarlacc’s minifigure-devouring mouth. Includes four minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and a Skiff Guard. 277 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

#75175 LEGO STAR WARS A-WING STARFIGHTER: Yet another remake, the A-wing got some nice upgrades from the 2013 version. The new, thinner fins at the back are especially nice. A nice, basic startfighter all around that you could use even outside of the Star Wars universe. Here is the official description: Launch into LEGO Star Wars missions with the high-speed A-Wing Starfighter, featuring an opening minifigure cockpit, retractable landing gear, rotating laser cannons and dual spring-loaded shooters. There’s also a service cart loaded with tools, extra ammo and a detachable access ladder to load the A-Wing Pilot into position. Includes three minifigures: Lando Calrissian, an A-Wing Pilot and a Rebel Ground Crew. 358 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY HERE

Whether you want to get the latest version of classic Star Wars sets, or you want to get something from the new film, the 2017 LEGO Star Wars collection will likely have something for you. Some of the sets are better than others, and of course your choices will also depend on your personal taste and preference. What do you think? Which of the 2017 Star Wars sets do you like the most? Are you planning to get any of them? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 11:36 AM

    I am Tempted to get the Y-wing, but , it’s just cost to much for what is worth. I have an older Version of the Y-wing that I modified and looks almost identical. Honestly , I am looking at the Ninjago ” dawn of the Iron doom” set or the Elves Goblin village set. ( can’t decide).

    • admin February 24, 2017, 11:40 AM

      If you already have an earlier version of the Y-wing, I don’t think it’s worth getting it. Especially if you have the pieces to mod it further. I’m also most interested in the Elves and Ninjago sets this year, and some of the City Exploration sets. It’s sometimes hard to decide. But it is also a good thing to have so many choices. 🙂

  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 1:11 PM

    I believe that if I balance my money a little , I just be able to get little bit of everything . I am also interested in the new Marvel sets ( mostly the guardians of the Galaxy sets). I wish that the summer sets are out now because, the Nexo knight s sets look so cool. Oh , well at least it gives me time to save. Definitely will pick up a couple of this waves Star Wars sets. The cheaper ones .

  • Professor Bunny February 24, 2017, 1:16 PM

    My favorite two are the Y-Wing and the Battle on Scarif, but I like the Rebel Trooper Battle Pack. It’s nice to see a new Lando, but I feel like the Duel on Naboo is a missed opportunity. I probably won’t buy any of them except the Y-Wing, and I’ll probably wait until it goes on sale.

    • admin February 24, 2017, 1:31 PM

      I agree that the Duel on Naboo could (and should) have been much better. Such an important and emotional scene in the movie. Star Wars sets do go on sale from time to time, so it is not a bad idea to wait some.

  • PrashBricks February 24, 2017, 1:56 PM

    if: these set are not as good as normally=true

    {what the heck……..


    { ok, this is what I expected

    • admin February 24, 2017, 4:43 PM

      I don’t follow you there…

      • Håkan February 24, 2017, 6:28 PM

        It’s some programmer joke, although I don’t understand it completely…

        • admin February 24, 2017, 7:59 PM

          Oh… I’m no programmer, so probably that’s why it’s flying over my head. Hopefully we will get an explanation. 🙄

  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 2:52 PM

    How I decide on buying sets , is not just on price but on play ability and what kind of use you can get out of it ( to go well with the sets I already have). Believe me , the temptation is their for the new Star Wars sets but, I just built like six Star Wars sets already . So, I ‘m trying to break up the building experience and build something different . I would hate to have a LEGO burn out.

    • admin February 24, 2017, 4:46 PM

      Those are the things I look for as well; the set itself, playability, the parts selection, and how well the new set fits with what I already have. Occasionally I do buy some sets that don’t fit with my current collection, but I get those for parts, or for trying out a new theme. And yeah, getting burned out is a real thing. I have seen it happen to some LEGO fans. It is usually the result of hoarding and a feeling of guilt. If you restrict yourself to sets that fits your criteria and budget, you shouldn’t get burned out. LEGO is a wonderfully creative hobby that can last a lifetime. 🙂

  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 5:16 PM

    Oh, good. I am doing it right . My problem is I do have a lot sets of various themes ( city, Star Wars , Ninjago , Harry Potter, Ultra Agents, Nexo knights , Chima, and super heroes ). A very large room to store it in. My goal is A.Learn to appreciate what I have . And B. Able to slow down or maybe even stop my collecting. Believe it or not I am almost there. ( I hope.)

    • admin February 24, 2017, 5:32 PM

      “Learn to appreciate what I have.” – that’s something that can applied to all areas of life. Sounds like you are on the right track. 🙂

  • J Hanna February 24, 2017, 5:31 PM

    The problem with the dual set is Lego wanted to make a 24.99 set but it is more of a 50 or 60 dollar set. The area they fight in was so perfect and cinematic. We needed a large set piece…. large hole… 2 of the ray walls… the actual space. Problem is a lot of people wouldn’t want to spend 60 bucks, only get 3 minifigs and mostly just have a set piece.

    • admin February 24, 2017, 5:37 PM

      That’s all very true. However they could have at least made the play-featured of the current set actually work. It would have been a big improvement. With the current setup it is simply not possible to “open” the rays with the two minifigs standing on each side, like they do in the film. And as Jang demonstrates in his review, the pop-up feature from the pit simply doesn’t work. I think with a bit more effort they could have made a respectable small to medium set.

  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 6:34 PM

    It’s funny with all the problems that we see in various LEGO sets ( like over pricing on incomplete sets). It almost makes it easier to walk away save money and Space for a different set less expensive for another time . THANKS LEGO!

    • admin February 24, 2017, 8:01 PM

      Totally agree. Another thing is that when a set is not complete, but you still sort of like it, it gives you something to work on and used your creativity. When a set is too perfect there is nothing to do. It is actually more interesting to get sets that are sort of almost perfect, and you can make it even better. More engaging and more fun for your money. 😀

  • Legostuff71 February 24, 2017, 10:03 PM

    Absolutely! That is exactly what I think every time and I tell shoppers that looks at a LEGO set that looks incomplete ,but, an opportunity to work on it and make it better or use the parts for something else. That’s what I love about LEGO endless possibilities.

  • BLProductions February 24, 2017, 10:26 PM

    I will say that I’m not awed by this wave of sets, although there are fewer rehashes than usual. My favorites are the Y-wing and A-wing, which are both vast improvements over their respective 2012 and 2013 versions. The Desert Skiff looks better than its 2012 version as well. The Landspeeder is an improvement over the Cantina one, but not by much; it’s really due to the new 2×2 curved tiles and the engine design. And although I want to like it, I have to agree that Duel on Naboo is not very well done. They attempted too big a scene for too small a set. I feel that to do that scene justice, there needs to be a UCS model that includes all parts of the battle, from beginning to end. (I actually started designing such a set on LDD a few years ago, but never finished it.) At least they tried, though…. 😕
    Also, look at this: http://brickset.com/sets/853687-1/Accessory-Set Three Elemental Masters, two of which we haven’t gotten before (Shadow and Ash)! It doesn’t appear to be available in the US yet, sadly. I wonder if this means the Masters (or some of them) will return in the Hands of Time.
    Finally, I must add this: on the 17th, LEGO fixed all the inventories for the sets that came out on January 1st (so no more Duplo wash basins 😉 ), but they didn’t upload the inventories for the sets just released, which I find odd and annoying. Hopefully they’ll be published on March 1st.

    • admin February 24, 2017, 10:30 PM

      I really like that Ninjago accessory set. Very useful minifig parts and accessories. I hope it will be available in the USA soon. I think the inventories should be updated sometime in March, as technically that’s the release date of the new sets.

      • Håkan February 25, 2017, 3:55 AM

        “Lego Exclusive”, maybe you’d need to check at the web shop, or a Lego Store.

        • admin February 25, 2017, 12:11 PM

          It’s not listed at the online shop yet, but perhaps it will be added in March. LEGO stores are few and far between in the US, (except in California), so that’s not an option for most people. But hopefully it will be listed online soon, or at least becomes available on BrickLink/eBay/Amazon.

          • BLProductions February 25, 2017, 12:46 PM

            For once, I actually like the set more for the exclusive minifigs than the parts. I expect it to be added in March as well, with the BrickHeadz and such, and probably the new set inventories will be published then, as you said.
            LEGO Stores are few and far between in the US? I must live in a hotspot then, as I have three LEGO Stores all within an hour-and-a-half drive of my house (in good traffic, that is.) Admittedly, two of them are really just little closets with a meager selection, but they’re there. I wonder why there are so many in my vicinity, but not in more populous regions. 😕

            • admin February 25, 2017, 12:54 PM

              California, the Chicago area, the New York/New Jersey area, and Texas have a really good number of LEGO stores. The rest of the country is starving for LEGO. Here is a list of all the stores in the USA. It is pretty interesting: https://www.lego.com/en-us/stores/stores. For me, it would take a two and a half hour drive to get to the closest LEGO store (five hours round trip), so I only go maybe once a year. You are spoiled! 😀

              • Håkan February 26, 2017, 1:02 AM

                California is pretty densely populated, I think, at least compared to the states up north.

                • Håkan February 26, 2017, 1:06 AM

                  About half of the NY stores are located in NYC city, though…

  • ilariel February 27, 2017, 2:56 AM

    Was it really needed to launch another Landspeeder? The original one in 1999, some kind of microfighter in SDCC12 (I would love to have this one), a new revision in 2010 and the 2 diferent included in the Cantina sets in 2004 and 2014…

    About the Panthom, was quite expected but has a wrong name: The origianl “Phantom” starship was destroyed in SW: Rebels and they got a new one (A Sheathipede-class transport shuttle) named “Phantom II”

    • admin February 27, 2017, 11:02 AM

      I’m not sure why they decided to go with another Landspeeder. Perhaps they just wanted to showcase those curved tiles? Otherwise it is pretty much the same as in the earlier sets you mentioned. Good point about the Phantom.

      • ilariel February 27, 2017, 11:25 AM

        I don’t know but time to time I think they need those kind of new versions to get rid of stock minifigs or specific colour pieces. In this case I am thinking specifically about the Tusken raider which was included in the T-16 set which was not too much popular.

        • admin February 27, 2017, 11:27 AM

          Hm… I never thought of that, but that’s actually a very reasonable explanation.

          • ilariel February 27, 2017, 11:36 AM

            I dont really blame them for doing that, is usual in many markets, but is a pain in the …. for collectors.

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