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Episode 77 · 2 months ago

LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the season 7 premiere of Brickolgy, LegoLee continues his journey through a galaxy far, far away, this time venturing into the controversial depths of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. 

Lee breaks down the online discourse of the film, and the LEGO sets based on it, including some strange oddities only this particular subtheme possesses. 

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 Palmer. My know me as Lego Lee or Lego leath three to nine. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, pitchering, name it, I'm all over the Internet. In 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. It is hot. Summer has started a little bit early here and North Carolina it's like ninety eight degrees right now, although it's about to storm. I hate the hot weather. That's a little fun fact about Lego Lee. I much prefer the weather to be cold than hot. So I am not doing great with the weather. And of course I need to address the very large elephant in the room yet again. Brick ology went on a fairly extended hiatus. I have not uploaded an episode since the first of April and we're getting close to the end of May, so a little bit less than a twomonth hiatus now. The reason April. It just didn't happen. I even mentioned this when I was, you know, in the midst of this, during April, I moved. I moved from my apartment to a town house and I'm super excited and I love it here, but moving is incredibly busy and incredibly stressful and I had to continue working while moving and frankly, if I'm being honest with you, I'm not done unpacking. My Room is an absolute mess. I'm actually recording this episode at my kitchen table, which is probably why you can hear my cat walking around in the background running into my metal chairs, and it might be a little bit more echo weit than you're used to, because my room is not set up and I just can't record and they're at this moment in time. So, basically, here is why I am not, you know, doing these brick ologies as consistently in here are my excuses. One, I just moved, have an unpacked you already knew that. To work has been great but super busy. Basically, what happens is I work nine hundred and twenty five. I have my dog, who's crazy. She drains me out. We walk like five miles a day. I had to cook dinner for myself sometimes and I hang out with friends. Then all of a sudden it's ten eleven PM and I'm dead tired and I go to bed. That is my rents and repeat cycle. I'm basically like an adult at this point, which is crazy to think about, but it is true. So, unfortunately, because of that, brick ology has been put on the back burner. Now it is a Saturday, the day I'm recording this episode, and I was like, you know what, screw it, I'm going to put the dog in the crate for a couple of hours. She'll be fine and don't worry and I can just sit down right a script recorded episode and actually put out some content for the first time in nearly two months. I was likely you're being lazy. You have the weekends to do this stuff. I know it's still kind of like work to do it, but you know what, I need to do brick ology. So finally, after a long break, brick ology is back. But of course, because I've been these long breaks, I wouldn't expect this podcast to be weekly again. I'm going to shoot for a couple of episodes a month. We'll see how that goes. And this is also the official start of brick ology season seven. I'm kind of losing count of the seasons. Really I don't even know why I do seasons for brick ology anymore, besides just kind of like sorting the episodes that I do simply because, well, if I'm being completely honest with you, the seasons have been incredibly disorganized. At first it was like ten episodes of season plus a QA. Then no one listen to the QA, so I cut that and I did like seventeen episodes in the last season. It's a whole thing. I think brick I'll just going to be a little more flexible, not as structured as it used to be, because being so structured just means it takes up way more of my time. So I think that's how I'm going to handle things from now on. But nevertheless, this is the official start of brick ology season seven, and if you are a long time listener of the podcast, you would know what the start of a new season means. For the topic of today's episode, One more thing. I definitely promised this at one point. I do want to do an episode about Lego doctor strange. However, there aren't that many doctors strange sets, but they are releasing a big sanctum sanctorum set coming out, I believe, in August. So I'm going to hold off on doctor strange until I can get that set, so that episode should come at some point within the next few months once that...

...set is actually released. I will, however, do an episode four thor love and Thunder after I see that movie, in what a month and a couple of weeks from now. So that is very exciting thing that should be on your radar. For Brick Ology, it just started pouring rain. Hopefully, I mean like I'll do it in post, so edit in post make it sound a little bit better than normal, but there might be a little bit more extra background noise and you guys are used to for this podcast. All right, announcements out of the way, let's quit beating around the Bush and talk about this week's topic here on Brick Ology, which, of course, is another Lego Star Wars topic, and this one's a doozy, y'all, because it's Lego Star Wars episode eight, the last Jedi. Now, of course, if you're a longtime listener of the PODCAST, I love Star Wars. It's my favorite movie series, my favorite lego theme. I have way more star wars sets than any other Lego theme and I've been working my way through star wars chronologically. I started with episode one, the Phantom minutes, for the first ever episode of Brick Ology, and we are now here. We're now in the thick event of the sequel trilogy of Star Wars. So the canonical movies the running out. I only have a couple of left, which is crazy. I've made it this far about a two you and a half years since I started this podcast, which is very exciting. So this is episode eight, the last Jedi, the Middle Chapter of the sequel trilogy, and a little bit of background info on the last Jedi. Always like to give some context to the LEGO theme I'm about to break down. I think to say that this movie is controversial is the understatement of the century. The discourse on this film online for the last four and a half years, pretty much ever since it was released, has caused outrage. There really is no in between with the last Jedi. I don't think I've met somebody who was like, yeah, last Jedi is a decent movie. It's either like, I love the last Jedi, it's such a unique star wars film, or the last Jedi freaking sucks. It's the worst star wars movie ever. It is a very polarizing movie. I would debate it's the most polarizing movie of this century. Honestly, I can't think of another movie that has divided fans more than this film. So I'm going to give you my quick experienced with the film before I talk about my experiences with the Lego sets based off the film. So if you listen to my last Star Wars episode about the Force Awakens, you would know, especially at the time in two thousand and fifteen. Moving into two thousand and sixteen, I loved the Force Awakens. I ate that crap up. When it came out, I saw episode seven in Theaters Fourteen Times. I was obsessed. I absolutely loved it and I was stoked for the future of Star Wars. I Thought Force Awakens introduced some really interesting characters. Are brought back some interesting characters. Sure it was a bit, you know, derivative of the original star wars, but I was like, you know what, we're reintroducing star wars of the world. This is a great starting off point and now we're in a hand over the series to this Ryan Johnson Guy who did a movie called looper that actually watched a couple of days ago for some reason, which is kind of one of the reasons that this was fresh on my mind, but Ryan Johnson did this movie looper, that is very good. He do did some episodes of breaking bad, one of the greatest television series of all time. Ryan Johnson in my book. I was like, this guy's perfect, this guy is going to absolutely kill it. He's a great director. He's going to be great for Star Wars and the last Jedi for some reason seemed like the star wars film with the smoothest production ever lucas film, especially with their the head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, in recent years has struggled, to say the least, of kind of maintaining control over her projects. It's honestly kind of embarrassing when you stop and think about it, but she has fired so many writers directors over the year. Like rogue one. Apparently they kind of fired the director midway through productions Solo. The exact same thing. They fired the writer of the Force Awakens before it even started production. They completely fire the director of episode nine. I mean literally of the five movies they have made, they had fired somebody from every movie besides last Jedi. The last Jedi, Ryan Johnson wrote and directed this movie and it seemed like the most smooth production, like nobody questioned anything that was going on, and maybe they should have, because this movie, I think, honestly, the first word that comes to mind, I think with the last Jedi, is it's so weird. Is it such a weird movie? And I remember first seeing moving the theater.

Obviously I was stoked out of my mind to see it first possible, showing very, very emotional and I remember being there and just coming out of that theater and being like that was a weird movie. I didn't really even know what I thought of the movie. My first reaction was that was very strange, very bizarre, and I kind of appreciated that they swung for the fences. They made something different and unique, but I also was like, man, I don't know, was some of the creative choices they did with the characters, with the script, with the story, really worked all that well for me? And then I saw the movie again and liked it better the second time. Then I saw it a third time I thought it was the worst thing I've ever seen in my life. Then I saw it a fourth time and it got better all of a sudden. Then I saw the fifth time and I was like yeah, I don't like this movie, and that's the last time I saw it in theater. So I only saw it five times in theaters, which might seem like so much to a lot of people, but coming off seeing, you know, the Force Awakens Fourteen Times. I even saw rogue one seven times in theaters. Five honestly seemed like kind of a disappointing amount of re watches in theaters for a star wars film, at least to me. So yeah, I did not really end up licking this movie by the end of its theatrical run and ever since then, and about five years now since it came out, I have just had a growing disdain for this film. In my opinion, it is bottom tear star wars. The story of this movie is awful. I literally think this is just a terribly written story. It's not compelling, it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. The characters are not handled very well. It is not a good story, in my opinion. There are some good action scenes, there are some cool shots and visuals, but overall I think this movie just took the sequel trilogy into a grinding halt and it kind of ruined the future of the Star Wars Franchise. And then Lucasfilm overreact acted to this movie and they made the rise of Skywalker, which I'll talk about my next star wars episode, hopefully later this year, and then made another move that's also just complete trash in that film. So in my opinion, the last Jedi is bottom two star wars movies. It's not good at all. I have seen the movie probably like a dozen times because I'm so obsessed this franchise and I own like every set I'm about to talk about here. But still I do not think the last Jedi is a good movie and I think it's a horrible star wars movie and kind of derailed this franchise. So, Long Story Short, I hate this movie. I just don't like this movie. But of course when there's star wars there are star wars toys and like the Force Awakens, they did a humongous push of toys for the last Jedi and part of that big push, and we actually didn't really even know this at the time, was the last ever forced Friday. They kind of canceled force Friday. They did pretty much nothing for Solo and nothing really all that special for the rise of skywalker room, but they last time they really did a nice you know midnight opening force Friday. I remember I went to Toys r US resting in pieces. was like the you know, the second to last year that toys R us was open. That's pretty much what happened with the last Jedi. Big, big push and of course, poorgs. I think porgs were the biggest point of marketing from this film, the Weird Cute Little Bird things that were clearly just designed to sell plushies, and I definitely bought a plushy of a pork. I have way more pork toys than I would like to admit. Basically, there was a giant marketing push for this film. And one more random thing is the box are this movie was very strange if you ask me. It was kind of red and white and it had artwork of Ray Fin and po in the corner and I can't think of any other live action star wars box hard that had three characters in the corner like that. I know Lego to that kind of thing. For some like marvel sets, but for star wars very, very bizarre if you ask me. And Lego also did a big push for this movie, not quite as massive as their push for the force awakens. The waves are just a little bit smaller and there aren't quite as mini waves for this movie and one set in particular doesn't really fit with the last Jedi and I'll talk about that later on. But there was a very large Lego push for this film. So that further ado. Let's jump in and talk about the Lego sets based off star wars episode eight, the last Jedi. So our first way, the forced Friday way for the last Jedi, was again released in the fall of two thousand and seventeen. I think it was September thirty, if I think that was the release date for these sets, so actually about a month later than the September fourth release date that we had for the first force Friday in two thousand and fifteen. I definitely did not buy every set at once on force Friday.

I didn't save up that whole summer to buy the entire collection of sets from the last Jedi. That did not happen. I ended up buying these sets kind of periodically throughout the months and I think I even got the biggest set for Christmas that year. So I got all the sets over like a three month period, but I didn't rush out and buy every single set day one. I think about four sets the first day and then kind of work my way to get the rest of the set throughout that year. So there were seven sets and the first wave, which is the same number that we got for the force awakens, not counting the random sets like brickheads and the buildable figures. There will be episodes about those once I finish my main star wars series here on brick ology. One of these sets, though, is what I call a pseudo you see S set. Will talk about that here in just a few minutes, and it's not really a last Jedi specific set, but it was included with this wave, so we'll talk about it. But the smallest set from this line, somehow, the smallest set of this wave is even bigger than the smallest set of the Force Awakens. Way, which force awakens being the small set was a twenty dollar set. The smallest set in the last Jedi in the first wave thirty bucks. This was a very expensive wave. This set is the resistance transport pod. Was Twenty nine ninety nine and had two hundred ninety four pieces, so actually a very good price apart ratio, and it included three mini figures. You got thin with a new torso print and new leg print and a new facial expression for him. He looked very cool. You also got rose tico, the first appearance of her in a Lego set, and I believe this is the only set ever to come with this version of rose, and kind of that Tan Jumpsuit. She had a brand new hair piece. That looked very cool. Now, look, I think rose gets a bad rap. I don't think she deserves all the hate in the world that she gets. She just a very poorly written character. I feel really bad for Kelly Marie Trn, the actress that portrayed rose. She really just got kind of like blacklisted from Hollywood because of this, which was very unfortunate. But over all the rose figure look good. You also got bb eight, who bebate, went from being a very unique figure to just coming and, like half of the sequel sets, ever, very very common figure. As for this vehicle, this is a weird vehicle because clearly this vehicle is just basically the head cockpit area of the resistance troop transport set we got in two thousand and sixteen and the second way of sets based off the force awakens. But it is much bigger than that version. So it's big enough to actually hold both minifigures in the interior. And the cockpit piece here is yellow. It's kind of a smaller version of the slave one cockpit piece. It's in yellow, has a ton of stickers on a super annoying to apply for. You can fit both figures inside and bb eight and there is storage on the side for some extra weapons and their storage to the Front for some extra shots for your stud shooter. And the Stud shooter has a cool feature with a geared mechanism where you can twist kind of an engine on the back and it makes it rotated all around. When I'm saying that this set was jam packed full of playability features, I am not lying. This is a great set. It's not my favorite vehicle in the world, but in terms of play value and, honestly, accuracy to the movie. It's not in the movie very often, but it is accurate to the movie and it comes with the accurate figures. This set really killed it just in terms of all of that. It's a great set for play. It looks pretty good on display. The figures were exclusive and accurate. This was, in my opinion, a very good set, even if I don't really care for the characters or the scene it's representing. But in my opinion that was honestly a great set all around. The next smallest set here is a fifty dollar set, and this is a very, very interesting set. This is the first order heavy Scout Walker fifty set, five hundred fifty four pieces, so another great priced apart ratio. The figures included here were general hucks, this time without a hat and a hairpiece, which technically made him an exclusive figure. You also got a first order grounds crew member, which we got plenty of in the way before so awaken sets. You also got a flame trooper, and flame troopers also came, and plenty of the force awaken sets, and you got a resistance trooper, which they also came, and a lot of other sets. So really the figure line up here was a complete l however, the vehicle here is not in the movie. This is a really, really weird occurrence and I can't really think of too many other things like this for Lego Star Wars, where this thing is just...

...straight up not in the film. It's literally nowhere to be seen. That being said, there is concept art of this vehicle and honestly, if you compare the Lego set to the concept art, Leggo did a pretty good job, like they re accurately recreated the vehicle from the concept art. That being said, this vehicle is fuggly. It is one of the Ugliest Star Wars Walkers I've ever seen. It has these weird like spider crab legs which have a weird feature in the set where you can basically roll on the ground and the kind of crawl around. It's weird looking at. Has a strange looking head that doesn't have really any mobility. There is room inside if it a couple of figures. You have to get some springliter launchers, which is nice, and the mechanism to make the legs move is like an interesting thing that a designer action to come up with. But the fact is this is an ugly vehicle and it's an ugly vehicle that was cut from a movie, probably because it was so ugly and there really aren't that many other toys of this vehicles. I'm not really sure why lego decide to choose this one as one of the main things they focused on for this wave. So this set just kind of sucks all around. It is not a cool looking vehicle, it does not have cool figures. Really the only big redeeming factor of this set is that it is accurate to the movie and it was a good value. But I still don't think you should buy this set, or should have bought this set, because it wasn't in the movie. Now, obviously, hindsight is two thousand and twenty. I bought this set before the movie came out, hoping it would be like the coolest vehicle ever in the movie, and it just wasn't even in the movie. So that tream did not come true. So this set, in my opinion, is just a complete and utter waste. Moving up to a eighty dollar set, seventy nine ninety nine with six hundred thirty pieces, so back to more normal Lego star wars price. Is definitely not a good value. There is Kilo wrens tie fighter, also known as the tie silencer. This set came with Kylo wren. This was a new version of Kylo man at the time that came with the scar on his face. You also got be be nine E, which is the Black Beb unit's pretty cool figure that did come, and one other set you also got a generic first order storm trooper. No complaints with those figures. There, however, they actually did change the printing on the face a little bit to make it look a little bit better, but still nothing crazy there. And finally, you got a first order thie fighter pilot that actually had the accurate red lines printed on the helmet for the specialist pilots we saw in force awakens. Should have come with the force wikins tie fighter set, but didn't let go. Actually made up for that here, which I think is very cool. And there's No side built in this set. The only build here is the thie silencer itself, and I think this is a really cool looking thie fighter. I love the striking red cockpit. The rest of the shape is very similar. Tell me like a tie interceptor, but that's a cool tie fighter nevertheless. It's a kind of beefier version of a tie interceptor and I think Lego did a spectacular job designing this set. The really marked too many interesting features. The cockpit opened, there was no controls in the inside, which was a big letdown. I'm sorry, my cat is making tons of noise right now. Yo, she please be quiet. Trying to record a podcast here. But there was a nice printed cockpit piece at the top and you could open it up put color when inside. Couple of launchers as well, and that really was it for features. But this thing also was pretty big. It was not a good value price to part ratio. Why the actor I built this set, I didn't feel like I got ripped off for eighty bucks. So my opinion, this is a very cool ship in the movie and a very good radition and Lego form. That set is a win all around. Moving along to the one hundred dollar set of this way, for ninety nine, we have b eight which, like I said, this is a pseudo ucs set. The reason I say pseudo is because it's not marketed as a ucs set, but it is ucs. said, it has the UCS level of design and it has the UCS plaque. I mean it's a basically a ucs bb eight and honestly, it looks great. This was a great designed. It looks very, very cool. The way they made it very circular was creative and fun. There were some great playability functions here. The head could move around, which was really cool. You also had the thumbs up lighter feature from force awakens, which was very cool. Again, also came with a Bba figure. I mean, it's not much else to say. This was a fantastic bebate set. Not really a last Jedi specific set because it actually recreates a scene from force awakens with the lighter. So it really isn't a last Jedi set, but it is a very good rendition of bb eight and is a really, really fantastic set. So...

...let's move on from that to one of the most controversial sets from this wave, and that is the resistance bomber. This set was one hundred and ten dollars. It had seven hundred seventy eight pieces, so it really bad priced apart ratio, and then came with the figures here of one page t coo, who is roses sister. You also get po Dammer in here and kind of a Blake Jumpsuit, which is pretty cool. You get a resistance bomba deer, which is cool either, resistance bomber pilot, which looks great, and then you get Hodoh hold oh vice, Admiral Hodel or it's just, yeah, vice animal hold Oh, who was played by Laura Dern, who was great in the Drustick Park movies. She was terrible and star wars, absolutely horrible character. But you get her in this set with her weird purple, Marilyn Monroe looking hair, definitely not a good character. And then you get the vehicle. Now, one thing I've consistently complained about what the sequel trilogy is a lot of the vehicles are either just very derivative of old vehicles like xwings and tie fighters and all that jazz, or they're just going to ugly, like the resistance troop transport, is kind of an ugly vehicle, or that you know heavy Scout Walker, which is kind of an ugly vehicle in my opinion. This bomber is a unique new vehicle that looked very cool, like I didn't say really cool looking vehicle, and Lego did a great job just packing this set with detail. You have two different kind of like bomb turret placements that have some really cool design techniques that can hold figures. The Cock pick and hold a couple of figures. There's an interior back section that can hold more figures, even little a bomb placement and there was a fun bomb dropping mechanism play feature and some screen lit to launchers. I mean, all around this was a great design for playability in a very cool looking vehicle. That's really striking and great. And this vehicle in the movie is so dumb it's so weird. Remember, I was just so excited to see this vehicle in the movie. It's in the thing seen the movie and for some reason the vehicle moves at a snail's pace. It like moves at two miles per hour in space. It makes absolutely no sense. More examples of having the writing of that film is just horribly just write things conveniently to work for the exact scene and don't really even stop to think about how potentially dumb it might come off. As I thought, this vehicle was just so utterly stupid in the movie. Like it's an absolutely ridiculously stupid vehicle. So I went from having this awesome Lego set that I loved to kind of being like, Dang, I don't love that set as much anymore because this vehicle was just so dumb in the movie itself. But somehow that's not the dumbest thing about this set. What about to say is something that I don't know has ever happened before. This is so, so weird. Basically, what happened is they made two versions of this set where one figure, one figure in particular, the resistance bomber pilot, changed. So they actually included a different version of this set with the character finch dallow, a named character who is a black figure and had an exclusive face print, torso print and helmet, and change that from the generic resistance pilot in the other set. That figure is worth a lot and you really sometimes me even know which version you were getting. It was just so dumb. I have no idea how this happened. I don't have that finished all of figure because I didn't want to buy another one of this set and I didn't want to spin like a hundred ten dollars get this set or to get that single figure. That is one of the most ridiculous things I think Legos ever done. I'm still kind of salty and pissed off about that. That is so just incredibly stupid and selfish and utterly ridiculous that they change the figure after the fact. Like what on planet earth? That makes literally zero sense. Lego. That is just a terrible, selfish, dumb move that's going to take me a long time to get over. Never ever even remotely think about doing something that stupid again. Okay, I had to hold myself back there from getting a little bit too heated, but the next set we're going to talk about here is the first order heavy assault Walker. This set was one hundred and fifty bucks, at one thous three hundred and seventy six pieces, and it include the figures here of Ray and her new version based off of this movie, with a bright new hairpiece and the gray robes, which was cool. You also got a new version of Po Damneron with a black jacket. You also got a generic stormtrooper, a generic resistance trooper and finally, at m six driver. So ATM...

...six is kind of the technical name. Obviously lego loves to not actually name the Star Wars sets the accurate name of the vehicle, like a fat starship, for example, ATM six, mega caliber six, because the mega caliber six cannona top is the name of this vehicle, also known as the Gorilla Walker. Oddly enough, I actually got this set before I ever had my own Atat the Atat I have now is the two thousand and twenty forty anniversary empire strikes back. Addition, that was the first Atat like full scale I ever got. So actually had this vehicle about three years before getting an Atat and I don't know, I don't love this Walker. I think the head looks kind of cool. It does have a gorilla shape, but I do like the kind of red eyes and is a very imposing look. I think the front legs look a little stupid. It is kind of chunky towards the back, like I did a pretty good job with the mega caliber six cannon, given that six stud shooter, which did add playability, which I thought was pretty fun. But the interior here was really lacking. There was like a couple places to store things and a couple of seats, like literally just a few seats. They really did not give us a lot of interior to work with. So that wasn't my favorite detail of this set. And all around this is a fine set, but I don't love this set and I feel like when I buy a one hundred and fifty dollar set I want it to be like a Banger of a set. In this one it just wasn't a banger. So that is the first order heavy assault Walker, the biggest set now. The final set for this wave is the first order star destroyer. This set was a one hundred and sixty dollars set, so bigger than the last one, and had fourteen hundred and sixteen pieces. It included the minifigures of a couple generic stormtroopers. One had a pauldron making an officer. You also got a random officer, a random gunner guy and, most importantly, you got a figure finally, of Supreme Leader Snoke. What a great looking figure with this crazy gold hugh hefner looking robe. I honestly love snokes Robe in the movie it's utterly ridiculous, but I've always found it rather funny and kind of cool. I actually thought that was a pretty interesting choice for that character from the movie. So I low key like that. And I also forgot to mention a couple of microfigures included here, including a Hologram figure that's supposed to be Kyla Ren, even though that doesn't really happen in the movie. And you also get the same bb unit that we saw in the tie fighter set. As for this set itself, it is a first order star destroyer. You see these star destroyers in force awakens. You see these star destroyers as well in the last Jed I. This is not snoke specific start destroyer. That like absolutely massive flying ween looking one. Honestly would have preferred to have the that one, but this one here, I still think, looks decent enough and it has all the basic star destroyer features you would expect. It has some stub shooters on the outside, has a handle, lots of good detail and then you can kind of open up the entire interior here, where there is a nicely designed bridge with some cool details. There is an elevator, there's some storage, there's some control panels, there's places for your figures and there's a small kind of throne room for snoke. Not that big, but it got the job done and overall I think this was a pretty successful set. I like these legostar destroyers and they're pretty fun to build in. This one, in my opinion, was a decent win. So that is the first order star destroyer from two thousand and seventeen and that is it for the first wave of sets from the last Jedi. Definitely an interesting wave, to say the least. I think there are some really good sets. There's some really bad sets. There's something, but the sets made me mad, but overall some pretty interesting sets, and it only gets weirder from here. So let's move on to now the winter wave in two thousand and eighteens. This is actually like just a couple of weeks after the movie actually released in December, a two thousand and seventeen. The first sentence winner away. Here is a battle pack, the first order special lists battle pack. This was a fifteen dollar set with one hundred and eight pieces. It included a first order crew member, a first orders shutter pilot and then it came with two first order executioners, really cool looking first order storm trooper figures that had some pretty, you know, interesting kind of like laser axes. They are in the movie for approximately two seconds. They do absolutely nothing in the movie. So this ends up being a horrible battle pack because nobody wants to army build any of these figures. The main build here also just a...

...generic battle pack looking turret that has a spring loaded launcher. So all around, in my opinion, this is one of the worst like a battle packs ever made, because there's literally no reason at all to buy multiple of this set. So in my opinion, it completely fails as a battle pack. Moving on, we have a thirty dollar set that has two hundred forty one pieces and that is up to island training. This is kind of the beginning, I would say, of Lego Star Wars sets increasing tremendously in price. We went from having normally like twenty five sets to this set, which would have been twenty five, being a thirty set, and that has unfortunately become the standard ever since this set, and you those hut from that year as well. I think we're the beginning of kind of that downfall. This set, like I said, it was a thirty dollar set to under forty one pieces and it included three figures. You Got Ray and kind of her training outfit, the same Alpa she wears the end of the force awakens as well, a great variant to get. You also got a poured, which basically the poor rugs use the BB eight head and a brick built body, honestly a pretty decent rendition of the port. I like the Lego pored a good bit. And finally, this set came with old man Luke skywalker wearing the same outfit that he wears the end of force awakens and a little bit in the last Jedi. Now, the main Alpha he wears in the last Jedi, which is more of a dark brown outfit, actually came in an advent calendar at some point in time, which is very, very bizarre if you ask me. But this figure look pretty good. The hairpiece I quite liked, had some good printing and Cape Designs. Over all, a pretty solid luke figure, even though they made Luke just such a despisable character in this movie. For some reason it completely took him in a horrible direction. We won't get into that right now. It was still very cool to get him in this set. As for the build, it's the hut on UC to. It's a really blocky kind of ugly design that has like a cake piece as a door, some very basic details in the interior. There also is a feature of a rock where you can put ray on kind of a swiveling platform and you can make her hit the rock off the platform and yeah, that that. That's basically it. In my opinion. This is not a great place. That doesn't look great on display, but at the time it was an exciting set to get, literally just for the mini figures moving up in price point just about ten dollars. We have a three thousand nine D and ninety nine set with three hundred and seventy pieces. This is the first order at St I have been waiting to talk about this set on brick ology like ever since I started this show, because this set holds a special place in my heart and is simultaneously one of the worst Lego sets of all time. I'll tell you why I kind of love this set in a weird way after I talk about the specifics of the set. So specifically, this set has three hundred seventy pieces and it comes with four figures. You get fin and rows in first order disguises, completely exclusive to this set. Rose actually had a really nice dual molded hat and hair Combo, which was very cool. Also, in this set you get the return of Captain Phasma, only her second appearance in Lego form. This time she has her spear and she had an updated print for her helmet to kind of fit the new style of helmets they made for the first order storm troopers. So it really good looking captain phasma figure. Now Captain Phasma, I want to record saying she was completely wasted in the force. Awakens you somehow even more wasted in the last Jedi. She's an absolutely horrible character who has a really cool costume. And finally you get Beba, who comes in like a billion set, so not a super interesting beba figure. As for the builds of this set, you should get two of them. You get the first order at SC and an elevator to get to to the ATSD. The elevator actually had a pretty fun little play featured that I didn't dislike, but the main thing here was the ATS t. Now the legs look pretty good, the bottom looks pretty good. At has, you know, some spurler to launchers. It has a gear mechanism to rotate around. It's all pretty cool and then you realize that this thing is decapitated. Now, to give like a the benefit of the doubts, obviously they design this set before they were able to see the movie. Maybe Lucasfilm was like hey, Lego, here's concept art of this scene, and Lego had no idea that there's ATSD even had a head. I have no clue. I feel like there also was probably concept art of the ATS t's with heads because of their in like the visual dictionaries and whatnot. And you see them from the movie, but maybe it like I didn't know that. I'm just given them the BIN for the Delt. But here's the thing. Basically, if you haven't seen the movie, for some reason spoiled, this horrible scene is one of the worst things of the movie anyway. So who cares? What happens in this scene is thin is fighting cats and Phasma and things looking dire, and then Bba shows up in a very dsx...

Makin a sort of way and he is piloting an ats T, which one a droid piloting a walker, is very stupid if you ask me. So that strike one. But basically also what happens from that point is, for some reason, to reveal that bebate is the pilot, the entire head of the Walker just mysteriously detaches and falls off. It doesn't really make a hole lot of sense. It seems like that would be, you know, something that was like securely attached on to the ATS t. But just to reveal that, oh it's BB eight, it actually falls off, which is very stupid if you ask me. So that strike two from this scene. Now, look if Lego had made this set, the atst with the head I wouldn't care. This would be a completely normal set, like ATSD's, are overdone and kind of boring to me at this point. But it would have been accurate, it would have been different and I actually would have honestly probably a plot of this set, especially if it retained its forty price point, because other ATSD's now are moving up to around fifty bucks. But the fact of the matter is the head is not included. It could have been a really cool play featured actually had the head detached and have an accurate playability function based off the film. But no, that's not what you get with this set. What you get is just the headless ATS t. You essentially get half of the ATST and the half that no one cares about. It'd be like getting a mini figure with just the leg piece and none of the torso or the head. You know, we're all the best parts of the minifigure are. So it's not good. It is not good. It is technically accurate to the scene, but it's a terrible scene and it's such a lazy and weird thing that Lego did for this set. So this is an objectively horrible set. The set has been roasted to death by the Lego Star Wars community, and deservedly so. But I love this set because I have a personal journey with a set that involves camaraderie, brotherhood, friendship and love. And you're probably like, what on Earth you talking about right now, Lego lie, how on Earth is this absolutely booty cheeks Lego set have that kind of story wrapped around it? So bear with me. This is definitely going to be a bit of an anecdote, but I love to get kind of my personal journey with some Lego sets here. So here is why this set actually kind of means a lot to me. Flashback to two thousand and eighteens. This set came out, obviously in two thousand and eighteen, but this is a few months after this sets release. Around may of two thousand and eighteen, I go on this road trip of the US East Coast, so the North Carolina. I go up the east coast all the way up to Massachusetts, to Boston, and on the way back down I'm going through Washington DC and one of my best friends from college is one of my best friends today, James. He lives in the DC area and when I like hit up James like hey, can I come to your house? They've been night. He's like sure, yeah, actually so I'm having a friend from, you know, high school over as well. Hope that's okay. Now, look, obviously that should be okay. No one should have issues with that. But if you know me, you probably don't actually know this, if you don't know me personally, because I probably come off as fairly extroverted on microphone and on camera, but in real life I am a very introverted person and I don't particularly like meeting New People and talking to strangers. So I was like really, like he's going to have some friend over now I'm not going to be able to hang out with my friend exclusively. There's going to be some Rando, I don't know, and I was low key just dreading it. I was like this is going to be stupid, I don't like this, and I was kind of mad about it, like, honestly, I would just like Dang it, like I don't want to hang out with this random person. Then I meet this person. His name is Austin. You might recognize his name because I definitely mentioned him on this podcast before, and basically Austin is just me, but shorter and has better facial hair. We both have red hair. We both are big fans of the Denver Broncos and movies and sports and all that stuff. But the number one thing that we bonded over pretty much instantaneously was star wars. I remember Austin he said something about Kylo wren that was so specific. I was like, Oh, this guy's a star wars nerd, like he's not a casual star wars fan like James Casual Star Wars Fan. Awesome. I was like, this guy is definitely like a star wars freak and from then the rest his history, I became pretty much instant friends with Austin and went from dreading meeting this guy to becoming like really good friends with him almost overnight. It felt like we went in a beach TRIPP's a couple of days later we really really bonded and basically that summer I could to know Austin and I introduced Austin kind of to Lego Star Wars. I think he had dabbled a bit in the past but not really, and I kind of ruined his life, if we're being completely...

...really honest. I don't know this to a couple of people, but I got him some Lego sets. Are got him into getting Lego sets and then he started buying like a star wars sets and he's still clutter today. So, Austin, I'm sorry for completely ruining your wallet, but basically this is one more thing we bonded over and eventually, even that summer I went up to vis visit Austin alone, James wasn't even there, and we ended up going to Brick Fair Virginia together. I mean Austin pretty much a came one of my best friends that summer and I don't remember the specifics of this, but at some point we were roasting the first order ats he set, as normal Lego Star Wars fans should, and I said something along the lines to Austin like you know, when you get married, that's going to be your wedding president from me is this first order ATSD set. Now keep in mind at this point in Time Austin does not even have a girlfriend, like he's not engaged, he's not even dating somebody, he's not even talking to somebody. He was incredibly single at the time. Fast forward three years, so this is about a year ago. Now is like June two thousand and twenty one, Austin gets married to a lovely lady, amazing wedding and Lo and behold, I'm in his wedding. I'm one of his groomsmen. So again, crazy story if how I went from like I don't really want to meet this person to a few years later, I'm literally in his wedding and he will be in mine whenever that happens and I follow through with the promise, which was kind of a recurring joke, like I'm going to get off in the ATSD for his wedding. I follow through with it. Now, unfortunately, in two thousand and twenty one, this set was completely off shelves and I honestly thought, because the set was just so terrible and so like maligned by everybody in the Lego Star Wars community, that it would have depreciated and value. But that is not the case. This set appreciated value by almost double. Like I remember, I ended up paying like seventy something dollars for this set. I was like what on earth? I got it sealed because would been kind of land to give him an open set for his wedding, but he ended up opening and building this set like a couple of nights before his wedding, during kind of the Bachelor party time. Our friend Ryan was there as well. Shut out to Ryan, who's also a big Lego Star Wars night, and those two are like two of my best friends and we always talked about Lego Star Wars pretty much every day ever now, which is, you know, really fun. So yeah, that is how the first order atst one of the worst Lego sets of all time. Like, legitimately, if I was making a top ten worst sets of all time, this set would be on said list. That is how that set is now a set that I kind of hold near and dear and my heart. It's very, very odd, I know, but I don't hate that set anymore because of that story. So I hope you enjoyed that fun little anecdote about the first order ATSD. I've been really excited to tell that story here on brick ology. So now let's move on and get through the rest of the sets from the last Jedi. There is one more set from this winter wave. This set was the defense of crate. Eighty five dollars. I can't think of another Lego said that was price at eighty five dollars, very strange price point. It had seven hundred and forty six pieces. It's ten dollars over price, but I was actually the first person to get this set. I was the first person to review this set on Youtube, which was really excited for me. Back in I believe it was like, you know, mid December, two thousand and seventeen towards our US rest in piece. put it out early now this it is called defense of crate. It is essentially the ski speeder from the crate scene or a couple of small crate background detail. The background details are a small turret, a small trench and a little small control tower. Pretty good designs, but very downsize versions of those from the set. And I forgot to talk about the figures. Not sure what I'm doing there. The figures included here are Po Dammern with the same outfit from the Walker set from the last way, but he had a brand new hair combo with headphones on it. That looked very cool. You also get general a Matt, who is the guy that has kind of a Santa Claus Beard. Very cool figure to get. You also got a couple of first order snow troopers and a resistance trooper as well. So pretty decent figures in this set and the main build was the ski speeder. Honestly, I think ski speeders are pretty cool vehicle. I liked how dinky it was in the movie. V and Lego did a very solid job building get here. It was very sturdy. It looked pretty good. The Ski Mechanism worked pretty well. The cockpit look good as well, using a printed speed champions cockpit piece. I think that actually translated very well for this set. All around, I think this set was a pretty big win. It was just about ten dollars over priced at the time, but what can you do? It's like a star wars just kind of expected now from the theme. So that is the winter wave. There were four sets released in the winter for the last Jedi.

Moving on, we have a couple more sets now the summer wave onlike force awakenings. We got a couple of sets. There's only one real set in the summer of that year from the last Jedi and that was snokes throne rooms. Was a seventy set with four hundred ninety two pieces. Horrible price of part ratio and this said, it basically was the same sort of design as Papa team's throne room just for snoke. It doesn't look that good though. They did a pretty mediocre job with it. The back has the elevator. The throne itself looks okay. The rest of the build is a little bit sparse. It doesn't have enough detail as I want it to. So not a huge fan of this build. But you did get some cool figures. You Got Kylo win and Ray and cheaper sets, which was cool. Also snoke in a cheaper set, which was cool, and you also got the Praetorian guards, who were fantastic in the movie, diffinitely the Best Action Scene in the movie, one of the few things in the movie that actually lived up to the hype, and they have very cool looking new armor pieces and helmet pieces. So all around the PRAETORIAN guard figures here, which actually had dress pieces, which I kind of wish they had leg pieces, more leg pieces for them in a second. I think the PRAETORIAN guards are very cool figures, but the rest of the said my opinion, was definitely a bit of a let down. But moving on. We have one more set for two thousand and eighteen. This set came out and I believe October of that year's kind of a oneoff little thing. That was the pseudo ucs set of the port. It was a brick built porg which, of course came with a pored figure as well, with a poor ucs plaque, and it honestly pretty cool looking brick built figure. It was very dense. It used really good uses of slope pieces, the eyes were pretty cute and it had a cool feature. We could look at the tail and the wings in the mouth would open and close. Not much else to say. It honestly was a good design, even a poor rogers really weren't all that great in the movie. And moving on to the last set, based off the last Jedi. So, unlike the force awake, if we'd actually got like three sets two years after the movie came out last Jed I got one more set in the winter of two thousand and nineteen and that is the elite Praetorian guard battle pack. This set came with three praetorian guards, now with legs instead of dress pieces. Much, much better. So if you got this set, put's one more of this set and the Throne Room, you could have all eight of the Praetorian guards on that scene, which I think is pretty cool. One of them has the same helmet as the last set and the other two have a different helmet, which is the elite Praetorian guard helmet. That looked very cool and you also got a generic stormtrooper on the side. The build is basically just a weapons rack and like a training station and a probe joid actually holding a Lightsaber, which is kind of weird. Definitely not something that's in the movie. But overall, for a battle pack that was a fifteen dollar say, with a hundred and nine pieces, I think that was much better than the other battle pack we got for the first order specialist a year earlier. That was a terrible set. So that is the last set from Lego Star Wars the last Jedi, and that is the conclusion of today's episode of Brick Ology. Honestly, this is one of the most bizarre waves ever. There are so many sets that have just like weird specific things about them and just kind of fits because the last Jedi was such a bizarre movie. It all just kind of makes sense to me that the Lego sets based off such a weird movie what kind of have a weird vibe about them as well. But what do you guys think of the Lego Star Wars last Jedi set. Definitely let me know and thank you so much for listening today's episode of Brick Ology. I sincerely hope you enjoyed listening to this episode. Hopefully I could be a little bit more consistent with recording these episodes and the future. Please subscribe wherever you're listening on Apple, podcast, spotify, etc. Give me a review. I'd love to hear all of that. Thank you all so much for listening. How a fantastic rest of your day, week, Mup, whatever it is for you. Peace Out, bye, bye, GODE.

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