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Episode 74 · 7 months ago

LEGO Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In the latest episode of Brickology, LegoLee continues his quest to work through all the LEGO Star Wars sets, with the most recent subtheme being the start of the new era of Star Wars in Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Lee articulates how this toy launch reinvigorated the franchise and how LEGO paid very close attention to detail with this film. Find out all about this and more in the latest episode of Brickology! 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Palm. I know me as Legolie or Lego lie. Three, two, nine, from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day and if you are a brick ology fan, you're probably like Lee, what on Earth is going on, my guy? Where have you been? I have been on, at this point, a patented Lego Lee Hiatus. I feel like I get in a good rhythm for a few months and then I just kind of disappear. It's very mysterious, I know, and I want to loop you in real quick on the main reason. I haven't recorded episode of brick oology since the last one I uploaded, which was on January ten, and actually, in fact, I've done nothing legolye related at all in the past few weeks. I've just been so, so freaking busy that I hadn't even built a Lego set in about a month until I found the new BUBBA FETT's throne room set of Costco this past week, but I have kind of a backlog of Lego sets that I have purchased. I'm going to build them this weekend because I have a threeday weekend because of President's Day. So that is very exciting and hopefully I can make some good podcast content this weekend and I think I have an episode that a lot of hardcore brick algy fans are going to be stoked about here today. But the main reason that I have been absent for the past five or six weeks has I got a poppy? Yes, that's literally it. It's basically one thing. Now I will say this. My entire life has been in weird shambles here recently. I've had a very busy time at work and I absolutely love my job, but it has been very busy. And then just a bunch of random things happen to me, like getting sick multiple times and getting a boot on my car for no reason. A lot of things happened like that where I was very frustrated. And then I also have this infant dog that I've been looking after. She is a Sheiba NU. She's so beautiful. I love this little Doggo, but she's also a puppy and she's less than four months old at the time, being of had her for a little bit over a month now. I think, and you know what, as amazing and adorable and beautiful and great that puppies are, there are also little demons who buy everything and pee and poop on your floor for no reason, no matter how much you practice getting them to do it outside. It's very frustrating and it takes up a lot of your time. So that's where a lot of my time has been dedicated here recently. The puppy has taken a priority over Lego. But I had this three day weekend. I've got a bit of a break, I have a bit of downtime and I'm going to get back into the flow of podcasting here, hopefully with this episode of brick oology. You know what, Enough Day dowling, enough apologizing for not having uploaded anything here recently. Let's just die of in to this week's episode of Brick Ology, which, of course, you probably already know because it's in the title the episode, but it is about Lego. Star Wars, episode seven. The Force Awakens. Now brick oology began around this time two years ago. I cannot believe it's been two years since this...

...podcast began. At seventy two episodes later, I'm super grateful where I'm at right now. And honestly, even though I've been absent, I still been getting about five hundred streams a week, which is amazing, and I'm think I'm at almost forty five thou streams and total on spotify plus and they're ten thousand or so on apple and the about five thousand views on Youtube. So I think about until Little Sixtyzero people have listened to brick oology, which is incredible. I can't believe that many people are listening to me rambling on about Lego, essentially giving you guys history lessons and lectures about a plastic toy. So that is absolutely amazing and thank you so much for that. And if you are a longtime listener of Brick Ology, you've known that I do a lot of star wars episodes. I think more than like ten percent, maybe fifteen and round twenty percent of my entire catalog of episodes have been about Lego Star Wars. I began brick ology with an episode about Lego Star Wars and every star wars episode. I talked about this. I am chronicling through all of Lego Star Wars and chronological order that they appear in universe, so not the release order, chronological order. So, for example, I started off with episode one, the PHANSOM Menace, and I've been working my way through there and the last one, I believe I did was on the Mandalorian. And technically I could do a book a Boba Fett episode, because we have a couple of sets from that now. But I'm just going to wait to see because one I don't have the new in one city doesn't come out until June, and wait and see if they make more Boba Fett stuff by the end of the year. But eventually I will get to that. And technically speaking, there is one star wars show that happens before the force awakens and that show is resistance, which actually got two Lego sets a few years ago and I almost did that but I decided not to because, one, I don't own those sets, so I would feel like a fraud giving a whole history lesson about an entire subthing that I own nothing from into no one cares. I don't think a single person here is demanding an episode about that horrible cartoon resistant show, and I only watched a few episodes that showd to give up because it was just that bad. So I'm not going to do resistance, which means we're jumping into this sequel trilogy baby. I'm sure this won't trigger or upset anybody. Everybody loves the sequel's right. Yeah. Well, thankfully we're talking about the one sequel that I personally actually have good nostalgia for and I think most people probably hold in some fairly high regard. Definitely not unanimously loved. There's a lot of issues with this film that people have knitpicked and video essayed for the past six or seven years, but I do think the force awakens has stood the test of time a little bit better than the last Jedi and especially the rise of skywalker. And of course I will talk about episodes eight and nine in eventual episodes of brick ology later this season and into next season, so look forward to that. But today we're talking about episode seven the Force Awakens and of course before I talked about the Lego sets, let's give us some context to what exactly is going on with this movie and with everything going on around the release of this film, because this is one of the biggest releases in the history of film. Literally, this movie is one of the most popular movies ever to be released. So there's a lot going on here. So obviously this goes without saying, but just in...

...case you don't know, for some reason this was the first star wars movie to get released in theaters, not counting the animated clone wars movie that came out in two thousand and eight, but live action star wars property in general, because obviously clone wars and rebels and all that stuff was animated. The First Live Action Star Wars thing to come out in a decade. We had revenge of the five and may two thousand and five, and then this movie came out and December of two thousand and fifteen. So a little bit over ten years since our last star wars thing. And if you're like me and you were, you know, a conscious, not an adult, I was like fifteen, sixteen years old in this happened. But if you're like me, you were Star Wars Fan that was conscious, you probably remembered the day. I believe it was like October thirty or thirty. First two thousand and twelve, when Lucas film was purchased by Disney for for billion dollars. That was a fateful day because honestly, the future of Star Wars on film pretty much seemed non existent at this point. Like George Lucas clearly wasn't interested in doing any more star wars movies, but he owned the exclusive rights to all this stuff. So it was like, yeah, we're probably never going to get a new star wars film so long as George Lucas is in charge. But then Disney gave him four billion dollars for Lucas Film and of course he went on to sell his company, giving all the rights of star wars and it's characters over to Disney, and Disney, obviously they're big cash cow. They're going to milk this property as much as humanly possible. They immediately announced the sequel trilogy and Eventual Spin Off TV shows and all that jazz would happen at the mouse house. So that was all just these huge events building up to to the force awakens, and I have very conscious memory about like every step of the way for this movie. I remember when they announced Jj Abrams as the director in two thousand and thirteen and that got me so excited for this film. And hindsight it's kind of funny because I think Jaj kind of screwed up some things about this movie and then really screwed up some things with the rise of skywalker. But at the time in two thousand and thirteen I was stoked because really the only thing I had watched of Jj Abrams was his two thousand and nine Star Trek movie and I adore that two thousand and nine Star Trek movie. The only star wars movies, and my opinion, that are better than the o nine Star Trek film are the original trilogy. Every other star wars movie, I would say, is worse than that Star Trek Film. I think that' Star Trek movie is absolutely brilliant. It's one of my top ten all time favorite movies. I'm not even kidding. I love that movie and that movie kind of gave me the vibe I was hoping to see from Modern Day Star Wars. At the prequels and some of the animate stuff wasn't quite delivering, even though I obviously love the prequels in their own way. I thought, you know, maybe a Modern Day star wars movie could be like that Star Trek movie. And then they announced the dude who did that Star Trek movie was going to make a new star wars film and I was like, oh my gosh, that is brilliant, that is perfect. So I was super excited about that. Then, of course they confirmed the cast. Lots of unknowns, but old actors were returning like Harrison Ford, Mark Camel, Carrie Fisher, and then some exciting New People like Oscar Isaac John Boyega, Andy Circus was part of the cast. I mean it was really, really exciting. I remember when the marketing began with the title reveal and then the first teaser trailer November two thousand and fourteen. That teaser trailer was kind of a collection of some footage, but that shot of the...

Millennium Falcon flying over the desert with the music, I mean I got chills. So I was hyped for this movie for quite some time and obviously when a movie is being marketed like this by Disney and it's the return of a franchise, there's going to be a lot of merchandise tie ends, which of course means toys, lots and lots of toys. Now. The Toy launch for this movie was huge, which again, in hindsight, is interesting because I kind of feel like they have dropped the ball on star wars toy launches since then and not really dedicated that much effort to them. and honestly, if you go to like target now, their star wars toy section is horrible. It's very sparse. It's like just a couple of square feet and it looks terrible and it honestly makes me sad. But the force awakens had a massive toy drop and look, I was like two years old when the phantom menace came out, so obviously I don't really remember the toy drop and the height for the toys back then. So this is the closest thing I'll ever get to that star wars toy craze. There was all these new star wars toys coming out and they did an amazing marketing thing with the release of these toys called force Friday. It did force Friday for rogue one and the other movies besides Solo, but those force Fridays are never quite as exciting. This forced Friday, though, was a big deal. I think it was September fourth two thousand and fifteen. Correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm just pulling that out of my butt, but that's literally like the date that I think this force Friday was, which was super exciting, and they were released all the toys at midnight, so technically it was still Thursday and then that kind of goat went into force Friday and that was an awesome time and it was also a weird time for me because I had just started college, like I legitimately began college in late August two thousand and fifteen. I believe this was like my second week of classes and I had class at like eight hundred and forty am or something on Friday. But I still went out to force Friday the night before and I remember I went to Walmart of all places, which I don't really like Walmart. I hate going to Walmart now it's not my preferred place of shopping and going to target or back in the day always went to toys arrest, but there wasn't a toys r ust super close to me, so I went to Walmart. They still gave me some free stuff and they still dropped everything at midnight, which was super exciting, and this is one of my biggest single lego halls ever. I think I broke this record when I graduated college in two thousand and nineteen, because I remember when I graduated college, when to Lego store, I bought the best spend set. I bought the at tantive for and the stranger things set all at once. That was like eight hundred something dollars. But I think this was number two, where I spent a little bit over six hundred seven hundred dollars all at once, and I had saved up my money all summer. Like I didn't buy that many Lego sets that summer and I just remember saving up money for months and months because I'm like, you know what, I'm buying everything, I'm not holding back. I am buying all of these Lego Star Wars Sets Day one, which I did, which was super, super exciting. So I spent a ton of money a college kid. I remember my room mate looking at me like I was an absolute freak bringing these like giant bags from Walmart full of Lego sets back into the dorm room and then I went home for the weekend. Luckily my college was like an hour or so away from my parents house. Remember going home for the weekend and all days Saturday just building these sets, grinding out and building all of these sets, and then on Sunday I recorded reviews for all seven sets and upload into my Youtube...

Channel over the next couple of weeks or so. So that was an absolute grind. It absolutely crazy time and I have really fond memories of that. That was really awesome, which, of course, that's all eventually led to the release of the Force Awakens itself, which was also something I have a ton of nostalgia for, because I remember getting to the movie theater at like seven am and sitting outside in like tween degree weather in a lawn chair outside the movie theater for our seven PM showing. Now they have a signed seats these days. Like when I went to go see spider man, no way home, I didn't get to the movie theater super early because they have a sign seats, but into of fifteen they did not have a signed seats at my movie theater. So to ensure that I got great seats for the film, I had to wait outside the theater for such a long time, which was crazy. And also I sold this movie in Theaters Fourteen Times. This is a record of mine. That I cannot picture ever being broken. I have no idea what on earth could possibly break this record. I had a lot of free time because I was on winter break and just kept going and going and going to see this movie. Man, I saw this film fourteen times in theaters, which is just crazy to think about and look and hindsight again, I keep saying hindsight, but I love this movie. When it came out I thought it was very satisfying for our reintroduction to the world of Star Wars. Sure it was derivative of some other star wars plot points, and they're definitely wasn't as much creativity as I had hoped for, but I thought it was a good stepping stone for what could be a great new star wars truelangy. Obviously that did not happen and, like I said, I will talk more about the last Jedi and the rise of Skywalker when it comes kind to do podcast about the Lego sets for those films, but at the time I loved the Force Awakens. So that is your long introduction to the Lego sets for this movie, and there's actually quite a few lego sets based off this film. But before we get started, I'm going to shamelessly plug myself here real quick. Hopefully I've got your attention and if you're not already, go follow me on Facebook, on Instagram, twitter, subscribe to on Youtube Channel, consider supporting me on Patreon and check out my other podcasts. Go Find Lego Lee, Lego three, three, two nine. I'm all over the Internet. Go check all about out. All right, without further ado, let's dive in and talk about the Lego Star Wars Episode Seven, the Force Awakens sets. So of course we're going to begin with the first wave of force awaken sets. That initial wave released on force Friday in two thousand and fifteen. They released seven sets, so a pretty substantial wave and in terms of price it was very substantial. There weren't hardly any small sets that there was a twenty set, of course, be the first one I talked about. There was a forty set, but then from there it's like seventy, eighty, ninety, one hundred and twenty and one hundred and fifty dollars. It was a wave of very, very large sets, which in some ways is annoying, especially to me back then, because I wanted to get all these sets and it was hard to afford the heavy prices for them. But let's talk about the sets themselves, starting off with the aforementioned actual small set we got from this wave, and that is raised speeder. This was a twenty dollar set with one hundred and ninety three pieces, so a pretty solid priced apart ratio. And this to include the figures here of Ray...

...and UN cars thug. I think the thug might have come in like a book or something at some point. Kind of a generic figure, no new pieces, but a pretty good face print but a fairly forgettable kind of henchman character. And then we also got Rey. Now, obviously we got a lot of ray figures start the years, but this was the first ray figure. She had a brand new hairpiece for her, kind of three bond hair, which looked very cool. She had her staff, she had the Indiana Jones Satchel piece that looked really good and the thing that remains exclusive to this set to this day is raised kind of headdress, goggles sort of looking thing that we saw her in those trailers. I Love the look of that headdress. It's a really cool piece and then makes this figure still exclusive to this day. So that is very cool. As for the build, of this set. Of course it is raised speeder and this speeder bike we saw in that first teaser trailer for the Force Awakens in two thousand and fourteen. So we already had a pretty good frame of reference for this vehicle from the movie and I think Lego did a very good job with this design. Lots of detail, good shaping. It has that popsicle shape. I think it really looks very good. Good playability. You can open it up and store things inside. There's a stud shooter as well and, of course, a seat for ray and it's not, to you know, comically large like some lego vehicles tend to be at this scale. But really there is one just major issue with this set and that's that the speeder is not even close to being the right color. Lego built this speeder and dark red and clearly to me does not a dark red vehicle in the film. It's very clearly some shade of orange. Now it's not just orange orange like I understand my lego didn't make this thing like the normal orange color. It should have been built in the burnt orange color, which, oddly enough, there are a couple of pieces of burnt orange on this set and another set will talk about from twousan seventeen. The Quad Jumper is built primarily out of burnt orange for its main color scheme. So it seems very odd to me lego skimped out and to not make this burnt armed, especially considering that we saw this vehicle like well a year in advance to the movie coming out. So I don't think the color of this is accurate. But other than that it's a very good design and was a really good introduction to the Force Awakens Lego sets. It could have used a net on the side, though. It really led to have seen a net on the side. But besides that very solid small set, our next set, the other kind of small set from this line before we get into the big boys, is the forty dollar set with four hundred and forty four pieces. Lots of for that is a great priced apart ratio. This is the first order snow speeder. This came with two first order snow troopers. They had brand new pieces for their helmets, they had nice little printed backpacks on their backs and they also had some cloth pieces for their legs. And you also got a first order snow trooper officer who had a Pauldron as well, but some very similar details beyond that. As for the build of this set, it is the first order snow speeder and this vehicle is in the film. You see it in the movie for approximately half a second. It's like in the background and that's about it. It's not hard to find in the movie and I think the weird thing here is that this was actually a vehicle that was featured heavily and prominently in a deleted scene of a...

...chase. So lego probably saw the concept art for that scene it was like this is going to be a good popular action set piece from the movie. Let's make this into a set. And then that was cut from the movie. So we're stuck with this vehicle that's hardly in the film getting its own Lego set. And Look, I think Lego did a pretty good job. It looks like the thing from the movie. It has great play value, Stud shooters Galore, wheels on the bottom. I think they did a good job with the play value of this set. I just think this vehicle is so, so dirty. It looks like a boat for some reason. Why on Earth would a snow speeder look like a boat? It seems like it would make sense to have a snow speeder have like a covering on a snowy planet maybe, but Nope, that doesn't happen here. It's not a cool looking vehicle which is ugly and gray. Does Not look practical to me and frankly I'm not that sad that it was mostly cut from the movie. And besides some decent army buildable, you know, kind of massable characters with the snow troopers, this was not a great set and definitely probably the worst set from this first wave of force awakens Lego sets. So not a huge fan of this one. Moving on to our third smallest set, which is a seventy set, it is the first order special forces tie fighter. Now a lot of the sets from this wave are new versions of old vehicles, and this was before Lego had become absolutely obsessed with making x wings and thie fighters like every year. Honestly, this might be like the inception of that, because we're going to talk more about some, especially not any thie fighters. But there's more xwings and just one in these force awakens sets. So this kind of started a bad trend of Lego just just retaking the same vehicles over and over again. But this special forces tie fighter does look pretty good. It's a seventy dollar set with five hundred seventeen pieces. So the press depart ratio here. He's kind of horrible, so that's definitely a huge l however, the figures, you get two of this thie fighter pilot in these figures look awesome. I love their head mold with the tube. That is very cool. However, the special forces tie fighter pilots have red lines on their helmets and that was also seen in the trailer, so not really any good excuse for Lego not including that here. They eventually did and make that figure in the last Jedi wave of sets, but I wish we'd gone a siling more accurate version of the taie fighter pilots. However, they still look very cool. You also get a brand new first order officer and a first order grounds crew member, I believe, who has kind of one of like a those bucket shaped Hummets, similar to like a death star crew member. All very cool massable figures for a first order army and this build. This build looks day in good man. It uses the thie fighter cockpit pieces that were introduced with rebels earlier in two thousand and fifteen. That look very cool. I do like the color scheme of the first order thie fighters. They are mostly black with gray accents, and then this one has some red on there, which makes it stand out a lot more. The shaping was well done. You can fit two figures inside, which is kind of different. In there is kind of like a gun placement on top, which is pretty cool. I mean all around, I think this was a very solid and very accurate set, besides that one issue I had with the figures themselves, but it definitely was over priced at seventy dollars. Slightly less over price but still pretty pricy. For Eighty dollars was pose xwing fighter. Not sure what this...

...wasn't called post xwing starfighter, but whatever, that doesn't really matter. This had included, of course, the figure of Poe Damn or inn in his x wing flight see with a brand new helmet mold, which looks brilliant. This helmet mold with the visored all the detail, all the printing, an amazing looking po figure. You also get in a resistance x wing pilot on the side with a different color for the helmet. That looks great. You also get a character called Goss tours who has an exclusive face print and exclusive helmet and alien that looks very cool, and then our first appearance of bb eight, who is now come and like a dozen Lego sets probably, but it was great to get Bba for the first time and this set, and he is an adorable figure that I think like a nailed on the first try. As for the xwing itself, I remember when this leaked. Initially I was like, what on Earth is happening? Why is this x wing look like a jackolantern? And remember showing my friend Nathan this xwing and he's like Disney's already ruined star wars. He like literally hated the color scheme so much before seeing any footage of it. It was kind of funny. Now look, honestly, the color scheme grew on me in the movie and I have no issue with it now. And I kind of love this xwing and I think Lego did a brilliant job with this design. This is where they first introduced a new cockpit piece for the xwing that they have since used from this point on, and it looks great. All the details are great. Bebate fits in there very well. All of it looks really fantastic if you ask me. Great Shaping, minimal studs exposed, really good mechanism to open up the wings Springlett of launchers. The back engines did tend to fall off a little too easy, but besides that it was all very well done and, of course, and typical Lego Star Wars fashion, we got some side builds of little things on the ground, including a ladder and some storage and a small little like speeder buggy thing as well, which is always nice to see. And with seven hundred seventeen pieces, it wasn't an awful deal. Ford and eighty bucks would have loved for it to been seventy, but alas, it's still a very solid xwing and one of the better sets from this initial force awakens wave. Moving up ten dollars in price yet again, we have the first order transporter. This set was eighty nine, hundred and ninety nine, with seven hundred and ninety two pieces, so again about ten dollars too expensive. But this set actually came with a very good figure selection. Seven figures were included here, including to first order storm troopers, who were kind of hard to find it first, so that was really nice to see. We also got these first order flame troopers, so I think we're exclusive to this set initially and they are very, very cool. We also got to generic resistance troopers, who are nice, and then, of course, Captain Asthma. I remember being so stoked for Captain Phasma in this film. Her costume just looks so cool. Awesome Cape, awesome colors, awesome looking lego figure and one of the dumbest characters in Star Wars history. Absolutely wasted this character. Sheep sucks in the sequel trilogy, so complete waste of a very cool looking character. As for the build of this set, I remember this thing the kind of looking like a shoebox and it's honestly not a super attractive vehicle. However, it definitely is modeled a lot after a landing craft from like World War II, and Lego has some great functions here where you can pull on a mechanism and the ramp comes down, which is great. It also slides on the ground, has little gun placement as well, lots of openings with a storage for figures and overall I think the build looks very good.

I think it could have been maybe a few studs longer to have slightly better proportions, but besides that, I think it all works out pretty well and the engine details look good at the back and I think this vehicle, it does have a pretty substantial role in the movie does reappear in the later sequels as well. So honestly I don't dislike this vehicle whatsoever and I think this sets pretty cool. Actually bought two of this set back in the day which I was trying to build a first order army, so that was pretty interesting. So overall I think this first order transporter was a very, very solid set back in the day, just about ten dollars over priced, like a lot of these sets are, frankly moving on. We now have the big boy sets. This is a one hundred and twenty dollar set with one thousand and five pieces Kilo Wrin's command shuttle, and I have a lot to say about this one. But of course this was the first ever appearance of Kilo Wrin in Lego form and to this day, or my is actually remains the only version of color red we've ever had with a hood piece. He had a face print with a hood, but then you also got his helmet as a separate piece that could go over that. The helmet looks kind of silly to me. I think it's comically oversized, but I do think the hood version of Kylo wrin looks pretty solid. You also get a couple more of those first order grounds crew members, a different first order officer. You also got general hucks in this set, who had a very great looking face print and a nice hat piece, and finally you got a first order stormtrooper officer with a Pauldron. And the one build of this set is Kylo Rens Command shuttle. Now I want to say about this vehicle, because this is one of the least accurate Lego Star Wars sets ever made. First off, similar to raise eater, it's just the wrong color and the movie this thing is very, very, very clearly black and the Lego version is dark gray. So that is wrong right off the beat. The lego version also has small wings on the bottom of this vehicle, which does not have in the movie. Okay, they do get the wing landing feature correct and when this thing is landed it has very accurate shaping and mostly the most wrong thing they did here was the color, all right, but then the wings themselves. In the movie this thing takes flight the wings fold, but the Lego ones are completely stagnant, which is a humongous issue. It completely ruins this ship and it's very unfortunate because I think they got their shaping here right and I'm guessing there's lots of just kind of bad concept art they got. So it's probably not all legos fault that this set is so, so horribly inaccurate, but it definitely is a little bit disappointing how inaccurate this set is. And they actually remade this set in two thousand and nineteen when the rise of Skywalker came out, and they made it accurate then, which was very cool. But at the time, for four years we were stuck with this extremely inaccurate, disappointing version of what is definitely the coolest new vehicle we get to see and the movie. So I don't love this set for are a number of reasons. But the mini figures still remain very cool to this day. And there's one more set from this first wave, the biggest set that has one thous three hundred and twenty nine. There's actually a three two nine and the piece count of this set one hundred and fifty bucks. And then, of course, is the Millennium Falcon. Now lego since then has become obsessed with making more and more and more Millennium Falcons. At the UCS version two thousand...

...and seventeen, the Solo version in two thousand and eighteen, another version remake into thousand and nineteen for the rise of skywalker. Lego just needs to calm down with all their day Millennium Falcons. But this set was the first version we got of the Falcon since two thousand and eleven. Very very similar in designed to the two thousand and eleven version, just kind of a little more tightered up and has the different radar dish piece, of course, to be accurate to the film. And it came with a great selection of figures. Ray came in this set little bit different, less accessories in the last version, but still a great figure. Finn, the first character we ever saw in the marketing for this movie, comes in this set with his iconic jacket and a brand new hairpiece for black people, which I think is an awesome hairpiece. Great figure Beba was here as well. You also get a couple of people from Knja Club, very obscure characters to get in this set. Those one was called as a country club gang member, and then we also got the leader of Country Club, Tassu Leach, great obscure characters to get with this set. You get your Bacca, of course, who's pretty much the exact same and then finally old man Hans Solo, and I believe this is the only time old man Han Solo has ever appeared in a set. So that's pretty freaking crazy that this is the only set ever to include this version of Hans Solo, and that is a great figure. So all around, a really, really good lineup of figures in this set. So that is very, very, very cool. But moving on to the build itself, honestly, if you've listened to my episodes, you know how these falcons work. It's the same style. It's got the pizza slice folding up interior. Very cool. It works pretty well, but it also means there's a lot of gaps on the top, which they kind of fixed with the two thousand and Nineteen Falcon, but not entirely. But all around, I mean the like a million Falcons are fun to play with for sure, and I quite liked this set as well in then, though now I have so millennium found so many Millennium Falcons. I have no idea what to do with them. But that is the initial first wave of Lego Star Wars set from the force awakens. Now a lot of the sequel trilogy has kind of been neglected since their first way. They have a pretty big first wave and then just complete trash waves after that, like a couple of sets after that and they kind of just forget about the movie. The Force Awakens is the only sequel trilogy movie that I think Lego actually respected after its initial wave of sets. There were six sets the next year in two thousand and sixteen. So let's talk about those sets here now. Now, as is tradition with Lego Star Wars, pretty much everything gets a battle pack at some point. So we had a couple of battle packs from the Force Awakens and I've been completely honest, these battle packs are not very good. The first one is the resistance trooper battle pack, which was thirteen band throwback when battle packs are actually reasonably priced. It had one hundred and twelve pieces and it came with a few different versions of the resistance trooper with a cool new helmet mold and actually the speeder on the side was a halfway decent build that you can see in the background. So not a bad set all around. I just don't think resistance troopers are that massable because we don't see too many of them in these movies and they kind of have a weird costume. So definitely not a super desirable battle pack that I only think I got one of back in the day. The other battle pack was the first order battle pack, which had so much potential to be awesome. And you get a first order storm trooper, you get another storm trooper that has kind of like this you know, heavy duty...

...thing over him, but then you get an officer with the random hat and you get one of those grounds true members, which just aren't very desirable characters. And the build is like a small little gun placement turret that is like laughably tiny. This was not a very good set. It only had eighty eight pieces and it shows. I mean the build here is pathetic and it's not very massible. Characters like Lego just include three or four stormtroopers, not these other side characters. Definitely a big let down of a battle pack. So in terms of battle packs, these two were not all that great, but in the winter of two thousand and sixteen. We got A COUPLE OF OTHER FORCE AWAKENS SETS. One here was sixty, with four hundred and nine pieces, and that set is battle on Taco Donna, our first place set from the Force Awakens. Every set in the initial first wave was a vehicle or speeder of some sort, but this is finally a place set from that scene in the movie. Fin is included in this set, which is great because he was only in one hundred and fifty dollar set and now he's in a sixty set, and he also had the lightsaber here, which was cool to see. You also get Kilo Ren in this set who at the time this is the first appearance of Kyle Ran, with a face print and a hairpiece, and you also got that crazy over sized helmet. Also included with this set. You get a couple of first order storm troopers, one with the riot baton, which is very cool, so that was great to see. And finally, a completely exclusive character to this set. They brand new head mold is Mas Connada, weird character that I think was kind of wasted in the sequel trilogy, but the Lego figure here look pretty good, although I think the color for her torso was a little bit too vibrant if you ask me. As for the build here, it is a facade of Taco Donna. It has the right color scheme, it has the right shaping, it has a door and one flag and a small Wall that can blow up in a tree that can fall down and no interior besides like a crate on the inside. This missed opportunity to make a bigger version of mass castle. I think her castle is pretty cool in the movie and I think this definitely could have been a slightly bigger set, but they just kind of made a fairly underwhelming little place set here. So the build of this set is definitely not my favorite, but it did come with some cool figures. However, this was a very overprice set about, you know, just four hundred pieces for sixty bucks is really, really bad. The other set that came out in this winter wave in two thouzen and sixteen was the resistance troop transporter. This was a seventy set with six hundred and forty six pieces the and included some very interesting figures. You had a couple of resistance troopers here, very similar to the ones that came with the battle pack, but then we also got general Leia or Ghana, her new version from the film old Leah, which was a great figure to get, and you also got an old version of Admiral Actbar. It was great to see him in this set as well. For the vehicle of this set, it's not my favorite looking vehicle. It kind of looks like a Chubby be wing with a weird ramp in the middle. Now, leg it did a pretty good job recreating it from the movie. It has a nice cockpit that can fit a figure. The interiors pretty spacious. Not some of the colors are quite accurate, but besides that, I think leg it did a good job designing this ship. I just don't like the design of the ship in the movie. That's not legos fault. So overall, if you love this ship, you probably love this set, but it's not my personal favorite set in the world. Now a couple more for Soliken sets were actually released in the summer of two thousand and sixteen...

...as well. We got another sixty play set. This one had five hundred and thirty pieces. It was called encounter on jackup. It came with Ray Again, nice to see her in more sets. Also, Beba was included as well, but obviously those characters are not completely exclusive to this set, but you do get completely exclusive characters. One in t doubt. That's just t dough great figure with an awesome mold for his head. And you get Tito's Lug a beast, which is a brick built design which kind of similar to Moss Canada. The blue here is way too vibrant if you ask me, but the look of it is perfect. I think like it had a great job designing this thing and it was nice to see a brick built lugged beast here. That was very cool. So I love getting that. But then the main figure that I love from this set is you get on God product. What you brought me, a diety is worth Simon Pegg's character from the movie UN car plot, amazing blobfish looking alien with a crazy head mold that Lego had to make here. I love the look of this figure. Now you get on car shop and this really weird looking build that just has strange angles and it's hard to even tell exactly what it's supposed to be. I think the build for on car shop here is horrible, like it just does not look really like it does in the movie, but the fact that you get te dought on card in this set and the fact the Lug and beast looks so good made this set worth it to me. So all around, I think this was a slightly better place set than the TACO down on one but neither of them had super compelling main builds. The other set included in the summer of two thousand and six teen, was kind of what I was alluding to earlier the beginnings of Lego Star Ward becoming obsessed with x wings, and that is the resistance x wing fighter. This set came with Poe Dammeron with his jacket on, that eventually becomes fins jacket, of course, and a different helmet piece, great looking exclusive figure at the time. Also, Bba was included. You also got a flame trooper included with this set, which was nice to see, and you also got Lor San Teca, a character that has never appeared in a Lego Star Wars set since then. He's only really in this scene in the movie anyways. So a nice character to get here. The xwing was pretty much the exact same thing at the last version, just now, colored in light gray and blue. I found it so interesting that this xwing gets to be light gray, but the versions from the original trilogy are always made in white when they're clearly kind of gray in the movies anyways. Very, very odd. But look, I like the x wing from two thousand and fifteen, so the excelling from thus in sixteen still looks pretty good. The side build here was also just a little bit of the village from Jack Coop with kind of like a moisture evaporator that is on fire that can be knocked over, which makes for an interesting side build with the flame trooper. Is Actually pretty accurate to the movie. So I think the side built here actually works out pretty well too. So good set. Eighty Bucks, seven hundred forty pieces. Same issue with the price as the last one, but some cool exclusive figures, and it was nice to get this variant because you see a lot of this variant in the movie. However, I just feel like they could have done something a little bit different and maybe waited to make their xwing. And they made their one of these xwing Student Two thousand and twenty for the rise of skywalker. But I'm not going to complain too much about legos crazy obsession with x wings here today. Overall, this set was very good. Now, understandably, in two...

...thousand and seventeen, rogue one has now been out and we're getting closer to the release of the last Jedi. So lego wasn't going to dedicate six sets a year to episode seven. But we still got three sets four episode seven, the Fours Al Awakens in two thousand and seventeen. The first one was a new battle pack. Now, also, side note, I'm not mentioning micro fighters, polybags or buildabold constraction figures or anything of that sort in this episode. That's going to be four different kind of spinoff episodes of brick I'Llogy in the future. Just so you know. Battle packs do make it in here because their listed on brick set as like under the sub theme of the Force Awakens, but stuff like micro fighters, which their word microfighters from the force awakens, do not make the cut on brick sets. I'm using brick set as kind of my official sorting hat of sorts for how I categorize the sets. So that's why I'm talking about battle packs and not micro fighters, etc. So this next battle pack here was fifteen dollars, so you can actually see the live jump in price from being thirteen to fifteen dollars. The next year they said a hundred seventeen pieces. It was called the first order transport speeder bike battle pack. That is a mouthful of a set name. The speeder bike thing here is not in the movie, but honestly it's a pretty cool design and the figures here were much better than the last battle path. You Get to first order storm troopers. They also come with riot patrol gear with a watch, was a brand new piece for the riot shield at the time, and the batons, which is very cool. You also got a flame trooper, who previously had only come in like gigantic eighty ninety dollar sets, now coming in a fifteen dollar set, which was cool. Again, they included an officer. Once again, they're upset with including officers and these sets. What the Heck can you do? That is annoying, but this one was slightly different, with a blue detail for the uniform, making an exclusive figure at the time. So that was pretty cool and overall this battle pack had a better build and a better figure selection then the last one. The only thing worse is that of course it was now two dollars more expensive, but fifteen I could live with. The twenty dollar price when we have now. That is absolutely ridiculous. But moving on to a couple of other sets released in the summer of two thousand and seventeen from the force awakens, we have the Juck Wu Quad Jumper, which I actually alluded to earlier when talking about race speeder, because this build the main primary color here is the burnt orange color. I believe the race speeder set would have been better if it were built in. As for the figures included here, Ray Fin bbate where the exact same first order storm trooper and then an UNCAR brute figure. That's actually the same figure that came with the book, and the Storm Trooper came in the battle pack until the sixteen. None of the figures were exclusive in this set. I don't know what happened here. It seems so odd because I feel like let a star wars always includes like some sort of desirable exclusive character in their set and I feel that they could have had some other aliens from Jack who in this set or something. They're just not here. None of that is included here, which is just very, very odd if you ask me. So really you have to like the quad jumper if you want to get this set because the figures were not cutting it. Now it was actually a pretty good value. It was a fifty dollar set with four hundred and fifty seven pieces, so a decent price to part ratio and honestly, I think this vehicle is super unique looking. It's one of the cooler vehicles from the sequel trilogy. You hardly see it in the movie. Literally raised like let's go to that quad jumper and then it gets blown up...

...by a tie fighter. And they actually have a feature in this set. There's a giant ball on the top of the vehicle. You push them that and the engines plow off of the Lego set, which is a very well designed mechanism. But also I think the Lego vehicle looks pretty cool. It's got good storage for figures on the inside, goodlooking build, good cockpit, very tight and compact, but cool storage of the back, good color scheme, very unique. I really like this set. I think it's a very cool vehicle and a very cool set. If this set had come with some different figures, a couple of exclusive characters, I think it would be a fantastic set. But basically, judging it based off its figures, terrible, but the build very, very good, and ultimately the build is the best thing from a Lego set. As much as I love mini figures, I think the build is a little bit more important than the figures in the end. So that is the quad jumper set. And finally, for two thousand and seventeen we had an eight dollar set with eight hundred and thirty six pieces called Raftar escape, another place set from the force awakens. Now, technically this is the interior of a giant ship like it was never going to make that ship in the movie, which, honestly, they shouldn't make that ship in the movie is not that interesting, but the figures included here were. Oh wait, I'm an idiot. I'm so stupid. I remember I literally said the only time we got old man Han Solo was in the money in Falcon, but he actually comes in this rat are skate set as well. I am dumb. Okay, completely disregard everything I said earlier about old man Han Solo Beingus was to them beneath Falcon. He also comes in this wrath tar escape set, which was nearly half the price of the Falcon. So that is good. You also get Chewbacca in this set with that Bocastar piece, and then included here you got Balatique, a great looking character, really cool looking figure, and he was part of the Guabby and death gang, and you get to Guavi and security soldiers who had awesome mold for their heads. I love the look of those figures. Now the raft ours are obviously these creatures had escape in the movie and they're like these weird ball squid creatures that roll around. was never a huge fan of the raft ares. I thought they looked pretty silly in the movie. Didn't feel like a star wars creature to me in the CGI was a little bit cess at the time. Lego made them from bricks and they look okay. They're a little small, they're not super round and they didn't roll around great, but I think they look decent. They definitely could have made a new mold for the raft are and I probably would have worked better. But that also probably would have made this set at least ten to twenty dollars more expensive, and I don't think anybody was died to pay for a big, wrath tre set like this. And honestly, why was this set eighty dollars? Not that the set we got was a bad deal. The price apart ratio in the size for the price were fine. I just don't feel like this scene was great enough to warrant getting this big of a set. I think they could could have cut out like two thirds of this had maybe just one rath tar and like three figures old man Han Bollatique in those globbing death gang people, and made it like a three thousand and four dollars set. Eighty dollars was way too big for this set. But you do get a build for kind of the containment cell for the rath targe to course, as a feature to open up the door from just escape, and you get the hallway and you get a little turn the hallway and on their door in the hallway and space underneath the hallway people to kind of crawl around it. I mean they really went all out with the detail in this said actually it was kind of modular. So if for some reason you love this set so much, you could have definitely bought another one and made a bigger version. And actually, looking on brick sead it says the value of this set new is sixty six dollars, which is less than its original retail price that's actually valued around the same amount as the...

...quad jumper. So clearly this wasn't a very popular set when it came out and I definitely believe I remember seeing this set on clearance a good bit of the time. So raft are escape not one of the more popular Lego Star Wars episode of the sets from the force away Kens and we're getting towards the end of the sets here. We got our random set in two thousand and nineteen from this movie, the duel on starkular basis, was a twenty dollar set that came with one hundred and ninety one pieces and two figures ray and Kylo Rin, which we have gotten and many sets before, but a good cheap way to get them. And this, of course, represents the duel on star killer baits. It's kind of a small little vignette of the forest with some snow and some rocks and it also cracks open because obviously the whole planet gets destroyed, and it has some fiery lava details inside there and honestly good play value. It has some you know features to have the lightsaber duel and all these things can fall over and of course, like I said, I can crack open. It looks like the scene. It was very cheap. I actually think that this is a better duel set than the Moosifar duel we got from episode three and then the Throne Room duel we got from the clone wars last year. This is definitely the best build of those three and a kind of started that little like mini line that they've been doing like once a year since then. Overall, I think this set is pretty successful for what it does. Why they made it in two thousand and nineteen I really could not tell you, but for what it does this set was pretty good. And finally we got a set last year the resistance excelling star fight year. This was a four plus set. Really the only good thing to come out of this set is that it was one a cheap way to get Bba and that podammer and figure that came in the two thousand and sixteen version into there were some nice printed pieces for kind of the nose of the xwing. Other than that, I think the juniors xwing build is laughably horrible and I don't even want to talk about it. Is Not a good build whatsoever. So that is that for Lego sets based off the force awakens. In terms of actual sets that are not in other sub themes or poly bands, are brickheads or mycifiners whatever, we get eighteen sets and then if you add on all the other sets like construction figures and all those things I mentioned, there are quite a few sets from the force awakens. They really actually went pretty all out for stuff from the force awakens and there isn't really that much stuff from the movie that I think they are missing. So overall this is a pretty satisfying wave of sets from a movie that I have a lot of nostalgia for, even though I think it's kind of retroactively been ruined in some regard thanks to some rather terrible sequels. I think Lego did a good job respecting this movie with their number of sets. I think most of these sets are pretty good. The figures are good and all around it's a pretty solid lineup of for Sol they can sets. Now when I do my episodes about the last Jedi and there eyes a Skywalker, that is not going to stay consistent whatsoever. But for Force Awakens all at all, it's pretty well done and thank you so much for listening today's episode of Brick Ology. It feels really, really good to be back. This was a hefty episode with a lot of talk about and I'm very excited about this. Look out for, hopefully, of episode coming out here soon about the Batman. Once I see that movie I will talk about the Lego sets based off that film, so that should be very exciting. I think they'll probably be the next episode of Brick Ology here in a couple of weeks and hopefully as my puppy gets older she comes out a little bit and I have more time to sit down and record...

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