LEGO Star WarsLEGO accessory kits are now available for Star Wars. They’re effectively the same as the boxed Battle Pack sets, but packaged in the minifigure-shaped clamshells that are used on a variety of other themes. The 64-piece accessory pack for the 40557 Hoth Rebels minifigure includes three Rebel soldiers in Hoth uniforms. US $14.99 | $CAN 19.99 | UK £12.99. There are 66 parts in the 40558 Clone Troopers Minifigure Accessory Pack. This is an alarming number. This includes 3 Clone Troopers and a handful of bits and equipment. US $14.99 | $CAN 19.99 | UK £12.99. The sets are available starting January 1.
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Unboxing parts and sets
LEGO uses the packaging that was used in previous LEGO sets. It has both a transparent, miniaturefigure-shaped cardboard backing and a clamshell. It can be hung on a retail hook thanks to the cardboard backing. A word on the names: The packaging doesn’t feature the sets’ names, and at the time of writing, LEGO has not been able to confirm the precise names of these sets. I’ve guessed based on the naming for similar sets, but it’s possible LEGO will call them something slightly different once they’re available.
Each set contains 60 parts. All elements come in a single bag. The stickers do not apply.
They are very small, so assembly is not required. The minifigures are the highlight here, as there aren’t any new elements or particularly unusual ones. Hoth packs are a highlight and will provide a wealth of information for those looking to acquire more Star Wars blasters. Since they’re used as the legs on the portable turrets, you’ll get an extra six medium blasters beyond the three large blasters carried by the troops, for a total of nine. The Clone set contains five. Troops can carry three medium blasters and can store two in a weapon rack.
The final sets
Also included is a pair of small and portable turrets that can be operated remotely. I’ll admit that my Star Wars knowledge is failing here, as I’m not sure the precise model these are meant to represent; they’re vaguely similar to the Imperial E-Web, but given their inclusion here I’m assuming that they’re Rebel weapons. One very tiny version of the PTower is also included. It’s not particularly accurate but I suppose it gets the point across. LEGO ought to have provided a second LEGO minifigure.
This set’s real star is the three miniaturefigures. Two have Alliance Gunners white jackets, while the other one has dark-tan. Both versions sport new designs, though they’re quite similar to previous iterations from past sets. Gunners will notice a difference in the design of their pouches. Instead of one big pouch, they now have two. The female trooper’s head is single-sided, while the others have double-sided heads.
After the debacle that was LEGO’s last big visit to the Battle of Hoth, it seems they’re wanting to do a better job this time around. LEGO has released four sets from this iconic battle so far, the largest being the miniaturefigure-scale 75313UCS AT-AT. The Imperial Forces also have two sets available, an AT-ST Battle Pack (and a Snowtrooper Battle Pack). Watch for the review of those coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s how our poor, outnumbered Rebels feel with the monstrous AT-AT bearing down on them. No wonder it’s called The Empire Strikes Back.
Now let’s turn back time 25 years to the Battle of Geonosis and the Grand Army of the Republic to look at some Phase I Clone Troopers. Clone Trooper Minifigure Accessory Pack contains the troopers, as well as small weapon racks which can hold 2 large blasters and 1 command pod.
Perhaps someone more versed in prequel lore can pinpoint the exact piece of equipment this command pod is meant to be, but I suspect that it may be a design of LEGO’s making rather than a canon piece of lore. The device has four panels and several antennas. You can also fold the doors. The feet made with dark red plates feel very tacked on and I’m left with the same impression as the Hoth pack’s P-Tower gave: LEGO should have included another minifigure instead.
The pack features two standard Clone Troopers, and one bright-light-orange-marked Clone Trooper Commander identical to the formerly exclusive one in the $350 75309 UCS Republic Gunship. The two regular Clone Troopers technically feature a new torso design, though it’s the same as the commander’s just without the highlights. Each clone’s head is identical, and only one-sided.
Conclusion and recommendation
Star Wars provides many ways to create army. These are excellent for building troops. The packs cost $15 and are comparable to Collectible Minifigures. Additional accessories can be added to your order. It’s unclear if this means that these are a better deal than CMFs. As I mentioned before, I’d have preferred that LEGO include fourth minifigure in place of some of the accessories. That said, if you’re looking to bulk out your Grand Army of the Republic, or even just give those Rebels a fighting chance against the new AT-AT, you’re going to want to pick up at least one of these sets, if not multiples.
40557 Hoth Rebels Minifigure & Accessory PackageThis set contains 64 pieces as well as three minifigures. The retail price is $19.95 US $14.99 | $CAN 19.99 | UK £12.99January 1. You may also sell it to third-party sellers AmazonAlso eBay.
40558 Minifigure Accessories for Clone TroopersThe set includes 66 pieces and three miniaturefigures. It will be available for purchase at $19.95 US $14.99 | $CAN 19.99 | UK £12.99January 1. You may also sell it to third-party sellers AmazonAlso eBay.