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LEGO Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (part 1)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the season 5 premiere of Brickology, LegoLee continues his series breaking down all of LEGO Star Wars, this time highlighting the first decade of sets based off the iconic The Empire Strikes Back. 

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, whenever wherever you're listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Party might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three to night. From facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick algy podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. I hope you're feeling a little bit better than me. I'm currently in the midst of my typical annual it's April, there's pollen everywhere and my entire face just feels like it's going to explode. My allergies have been flipping out this last week and when you have mucus straining into your throat, it's not super ideal for just like talking in general, which is unfortunate because I'm a podcaster and that's like the main thing we do, is we talk. So hopefully I sound okay, hopefully it's not too choppy, but there might be just some awkward cuts here and there where I had to edit out me coughing. I'm giving a guy's way too much information. You don't care, but if I sound terrible this week, in particular just now, it's because of my freaking allergies. But welcome back to brick ology and welcome to the first episode of Season Five. Five seasons, man, seriously, that is so many. I am absolutely stoked to bring you the newest season of brick ology. It's going to be awesome. It's going to be bigger and better than ever. I hope you enjoyed season four. I thought season four was great and we are really on a roll with this show and I am stoked to jump straight into season five this week. And if you want to see the rest of the topics for this season of brick oology, literally every episode and the dates they will be premiering, you can find that post on my instagram account at Lego Lee, three, two, nine. I'm really excited about all the topics I'll be discussing this season on brick ology. That's also a very easy transition for me to shamelessly plug. Go follow me on Instagram, like my facebook page, follow me on twitter. That begets to their becoming a patreon supporter. Also subscribed by Youtube Channel and check out my other podcast. I have entertainment and pop culture podcast called are you not? That is also streaming on spotify and apple podcast. Check that out as well, and if you're listening on spotify, follow me on spotify or subscribe to me on apple if you're listening on that platform. So all of those things out of the way, let's kind of start talking about what this season five premiere topic is going to be. Now, if you're a long time listener of the show, you probably know what's happening. If you're not, if you new to the show, a kind of explain it. I have begun every single season of brick ology with a star wars episode and we're going through all all the star wars movies, Lego sets in chronological order...

...and we're seriously plying through. I think actually making really great time. So the first ever episode of Brick Ology is about star wars. Episode One, the Phantom menaced ended, episode two, three, some of the spin off TV shows and we have worked our way thoroughly into talking about the original trilogy of Star Wars and last season I started covering the original trilogy, of course, with episode for a new hope. Now there are so many sets from episode four that I couldn't just make one episode. I mean it would have been like a twohour long episode and I don't think anybody really wants to sit through that long of a single episode of Brick Ology. So I decide to divide those episodes into multiple different parts, and the empire strikes back has a few less sets than a new hope, but it's still has enough that I'm going to do the exact same thing here. So the empire strikes back will be divided into two episodes in the same thing will happen for return of the Jedi, which will happen later on in season five of the podcast. So this week for the empire strikes back, we will be covering the empire strekes back sets all the way from one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine, the first year of Lego Star Wars, through the end of the two thousands, which is two thousand and nine. Next week will be the next decades, or two thousand and ten, two thousand nineteen, and then we'll add the two couple years from the Twenti s as well, so they'll further ado. Let's jump in and start talking about Lego Star Wars. The empire strikes back. So what is the empire strikes back, you may ask? Just kidding, I really hope none of you are asking that. I think you know what this movie is. Do I really need to explain the context of this film? I hope not. If you don't know the empress strikes back is, I hope you're enjoying life underneath the rock. Not sure how brick oology found you underneath that rock. I'm glad you're streaming my podcast, but go watch the freaking empire strikes back before listening to anything else in this episode. Now, if you want more context for Lego Star Wars and the history of Lego Star Wars and star wars toys, I explain that and pretty much all my other star wars episode, specifically the first ever episode of brick ecology that I already mentioned about Lego Star Wars sets based off episode one, the Phantom Menace. Go check that out. I don't want to reiterate that. I don't want to waste time explain the same thing over and over again, so no more dilly dowling. And there's so many sets. So let's just get started with the empire strikes back sets. Some very quick little tidbits of the empire strikes back. Of course it's a second star wars movie to ever come out. It was released in one thousand nine hundred and eighty. The movie was much darker than the original star wars and it probably has the most iconic twist and film history with the whole no I am y'all father twist. Obviously very iconic film, which of course yields lots of iconic Lego sets and there's tons of vehicles that you're going to hear out there today's episode that are some of the most iconic and all of Star Wars Lore. So the further. Let's get started with the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine. So of course one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine is the first ever year of Lego Star Wars. They made a fair number of sets based off episode one.

They made its number SIS based on episode four and six. The empire strikes back, though. It got one set, kind of surprising to me, but only one set for the empire strikes back in ninety nine, and that set was the twenty dollar, two hundred and fifteen piece snow speeder. The original, first ever version of a snow speeder in Lego form, and I hope you get used to hearing the name Snow speeder because I will talk about it a lot throughout these two episodes about Lego star wars the empire strikes back. As for this set in particular, included a few minifigures. The first one, of course, is Luke skywalker in his jump suit. You also got his CO pilot, his gunner, Dec Ralter, who also is in a jumpsuit, and you got a generic rebel hot trooper. Now the builds of this set, where you get a small side build of a rebel laser cannon uses a radar dish piece, and that has kind of become a staple side build of hoth based sets. And like Snow Speeders, hath is also going to be a recurring word throughout these empire strikes back episode because the opening of the empire strikes back, of course, iconically takes place on hoth and there's lots of great moments from Hath and Lego has truly capitalized on that over the years making a lot of hot sets. Honestly, there's enough sets based off the opening scenes of the empress strikes back. We could literally do an entire episode of brickcology just about half. That would be very specific and weird, but it's true. There is that much material. There's gonna be a lot of it throughout today's episode, especially now. As for the snow speeder, like I said, it's the first ever appearance of the iconic snow speeder and the build here was gray. Now, look, I normally have judged older lego things, you hear me do it today's episode, for being inaccurate colors. However, this is an odd instance where this is the one and only representation of the snow speeder in Lego form that's gray, and I believe gray is actually the accurate color of the snow speeder. They've made all of the snow speeders after this point in White, and snow speeders are not white. You can clearly see in the film that they are gray. The reason they're gray is so they sick out on the white snow. If they were white they would just blend in with the snow, but in the movies you can clearly see the snow speeders and clearly see that they are gray. So I'm not really sure why Lego has been so married to the idea of snow speeders being white over the years. I kind of get why x swings and maybe imperial shuttles have been white, because those ones a little bit more upward debate, but in my opinion, definitively the snow speeder is a gray ship and this is the only time we've ever gotten in a gray snow speeder in Lego form. Now the shapes here look dated, but they aren't too bad for one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine. It uses the same cockpit piece that the xwing does, and the most recent snow speeder from two thousand...

...and nineteen still use that same cockpit piece. I personally don't think the xwing cockpit piece is super accurate for the snow speeder. It doesn't quite have the right shape. That angles in a little bit too much and I kind of wish they need to make a new cockpite piece of trained to design something a little bit more accurate for the vehicle. Now the cockpit here can't open up but only has one seat on the inside and then there is like a divider and then there's a back seat. That used a car cockpit piece where you can put your gunner. Now that's not entirely accurate to the film. In the movie they just sit back to back inside the same cockpit, but here it's kind of two separate cockpits. But it's still cool that you can fit both figures inside of this vehicle. and honestly, this was a really solid set for nineteen ninety nine, the only set from that year based off the empire strikes back and we're off to a pretty good start here today. Now, jumping forward a year, we have the year two thousand and the one set we got from this year was the first ever version of slave one. This set was twenty dollars with one hundred and sixty six pieces, which is wild to me because the most recent version of slave one from two thousand and nineteen is a hundred and twenty dollars, so literally one hundred dollars more and has over one thousand pieces. So slave one has gone through some drastic changes throughout the years and you will hear about that throughout today's episode and next week episode of brick ecology as well. Now, the figures included here of course, the first ever appearance of the iconic Boba Fett now, the original bubba Fett had a really interesting mold for his helmet and his jet pack. Actually mold the two together, so his helmet piece you would put over a black minifigure head and the Jack Pack will kind of go over the back of the figure. Now I think the mull of jet pack looks really good on this one. The helmet wasn't quite the right shape. That was very circular. Didn't have quite, you know, the right angles to be Boba fette's helmet, but it's iconic. But it also was kind of in the wrong color. They just use, when I call it, their normal green shade, like a grassy color green, where Bubba Fett is obviously more of like a sandy green in the Star Wars universe. They do eventually make Bubba fette and more accurate colors later on through Lego Star Wars, but this point in time he didn't quite look accurate enough. The one other quote unquote figure include with this set is not really a figure. That is Hans Solo in Carbonite, which is just a printed to by I don't know, like six tall piece with a print of Hanu carbonite. Very simple but I think pretty effective for this set. As for the build of this set, like I said, it's our first ever slave one and it's a very small representation of the ship and the colors are all wrong. It's made again in that grassy green color when it should be kind of a sandy green color, and then the accents here are just in Brown, which they should be more so, and dark red, and then we have all sorts of grays. So definitely not accurate on colors, but I also don't think Lego had quite as many colors and their expansive Palette at the time. As for the rest of it, it's...

...a very blocky, dated looking design. The cockpits not super sleek, but it can open up and fit a mini figure on the inside. And you still had the iconic slave one gravity based play feature. When you pick it up, the wings will fly and Fall Riv you want them to, based on the position you are holding the ship. And so not an amazing design. Definitely doesn't hold up and is very small, but it's not terrible for the year two thousand and that's it. For Two thousand, two thousand and one we got nothing, literally zero sets based off the empire strikes back that year. Jump forward one more year two thousand and two and we get another year with literally just one set based off the empire strikes back, and that set is the twin pod cloud car, which is a ten dollar set with one hundred and eighteen pieces. They don't make sets like this anymore, ten dollar vehicle sets like this. I wish they would, but they just honestly don't make really small sets this good anymore. Now the figures included here. One you get a Lowbot, the first ever appearance of low by and minifigure form, and he had a fantastic print on the back of his head. And double sided face printing was a relatively new thing at the time. If you've listened to my episode about Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone, I talked about how in two thousand and one we got our first ever double sided head with the professor curl mini figures. This is just a one year after that gap. So double side of face printing was very new for Lego at the time. As for the build of this set, of course you get the twin pod cloud car, which was in red and brown and yet again an inaccurate color scheme. This definitely should have been orange and oddly enough, and the two thousand and eighteen cloud city set. That that we'll talk about next week. They made the exact same mistake. They made the cloud car yet again in red, even though they have way more orange piece of their disposal this time as compared to two thousand and two I just genuinely don't understand what they're looking at like. The cloud car, to me is clearly orange. It is not read in the universe. And even when they made a mini model a few years ago and like two thousand and twelve with all those weird planet sets, it was orange. So they got a mini model design rights, but they didn't get this right. It's very complicated and weird and honestly just downreck confusing at some points. But I just really wish they would make a full scale cloud car in orange. As for the rest of this build, it's pretty self expanatory. It's got two cockpits. You can fit one figure in each. Even though they get what minifigure? You don't even get a cloud car pilot in this said, they didn't make one of those figures until two thousand and eighteen. It's a pretty solid set and really good for ten dollars. Despite that inaccurate dollar ski. Jumping forward a year to two thousand and three, and because those on threehs three in it, we finally give a year with more than one Lego Star Wars set. Based off episode five. This year saw three sets and they're all really, really solid sets. The first one is the thirty, two hundred and thirty piece set of...

...the tie bomber. This is the only time we've ever gotten a tie bomber in full minifigure scale, Lego form, Lego, what the heck are you doing? Please remake this ship. I would love to have an updated version of this in my star wars collection. As for this set, the figure included is a tie fighter pilot and nothing else. That's accurate, but it's also kind of lane and not getting additional minifigures, but whatever. They didn't really weren't, you know, forcing mini figures and sets at this time. Now, as for the build of this set, like I said, the only ever appearance of the tie bomber. If you're not familiar with the tie bomber, it looks pretty similar in to Darth vader's tie, advanced from a new hope, but instead of having just one kind of like cockpit has two kind of pill shaped cockpits. One is an actual cockpit where a minifigure will fly it, the other one as where it drops bombs or, in this case, it actually launches in one of those big spring loaded missiles, a kind of come of these little doors at the front. It was very, very cool and makes for a fun set and I just really hope Lego remakes this at some point in time. Now, the next I'm going to talk about here is an iconic set and probably the most iconic vehicle from episode five, and that is the first ever appearance of an eight eighteen all terrain attack transport in Lego form. Now, if you say at at, don't at me. I hate people who say at it drives me nuts. It's a freaking a tat. Saying at at makes you sound so stupid. Just please don't say at and if you do, check yourself please, because you need to stop saying such ridiculous things. I'm joking, it really doesn't matter, but seriously, you shouldn't say it is an Atat. This set was one hundred bucks. Had One thousand and sixty eight pieces, just one piece away from being a really nice piece count and it does have the figures of an etat driver to snow troopers, the first ever appearance of a snow tripper at that, and we also got, of course, Luke Skywalker. Now the build of this set. Well, it has actually a side build of a white speeder bike, which is fun. You could actually put the white speeder bike inside the Atat itself, and then, of course the Walker here is the first ever appearance. It looks amazing for being an eighteen year old set or their chunky design, but I think that works really well for this particular vehicle. Has Nice girth to it and I think kind of just to this design standard for at eight S to come. Pretty much all of them have emulated this style and some way, shape or form, and it has some really nice printed dish pieces for the joints on its legs and it was fairly well balanced as site being, you know, kind of a afamously unbalanced vehicle in universe, and this was kind of voted the best empire strikes back set, sort of. I got a lot of responses and a lot of them said just Ata t but there's like five versions of the Atat, so truthfully, I'm not sure which one people were referring to. A lot of people were talking about the two thousand and twenty one, which we're talking about on next week's episode of the show. So not entirely sure people talking about this one in particular, but I'm going to put this on the thumbnail and claim...

...this as the best Lego Star Wars set for this week's episode of Precology, and our other one hundred dollar set with a really nice piece cannot six hundred ninety eight from two thousand and three is cloud city. Now, this set had an incredible lineup of mini figures. Get Lando, the first ever appearance of Lando, and black mini figures were very rare at the time, so it's a really big deal to get a lando figure. Also got Luke skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Boba Fett, who had arm printing, a very valuable mini figure these days, Darth vader and a storm trooper, Leah, was also very exclusive to this said, all those figures have skyrocket in and price since this sets release. As for the build of this set, and of course is a layout of cloud city and features a few different rooms recreating some iconic scenes from cloud city in the empire strikes back, so you obviously get the best. Been Duel Between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, which looked awesome, had some great playability features and you could re enact the no, I am your father seen, which is amazing. You also have a inner table scene with an opening door play feature to re enact that. We would be honored if you would join US scene as well, which is great. And of course, no cloud city to be incomplete without the cartman freezing chamber, which had a fun play feature to transform Han Solo into that aforementioned Han Solo and carbon night piece that they have established really, really good stuff. There also was a door that led to a big landing pad. I mean seriously, like a really large landing pad that could fit an entire Millennium Falcon on it, which is pretty wild to think about that they are so mad a landing pad that big. Oddly enough, though, there wasn't really a falcon out at this time. I should talk about the Falcon that was released a year later in two thousand and four, so you can't had to wait for that to come out now. This, said, was pretty nice. It was really cool, very iconic set. I don't think it looks great from a design standpoint. Some of the old Lego Star Wars play sets look a little bit wonky to me, but it's a very valuable set. At shot up in value and I'm really glad they eventually remade it in two thousand and eighteen. We'll talk about that set next week, but this is a really solid cloud city set from back in the day. The year is now two thousand and four. This is the year that Lego Star Wars switched from doing yellow faces to flesh colored faces for their mini figures. Were talked about that recently in their prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter episode as well. And the first empire shrekes backs that we're going to talk about today from two thousand and four is the twenty two hundred and fourteen piece set of the rebels snow speeder. So our first remain make of the snow speeder from the empire strikes back and the figures are slightly updated versions, but the exact same three characters we got with the ninety ninety nine versions. That's luke, skywalker, DEC and and Eric, rebel trooper. Now the build of this set is very similar to the nine ninety nine version, but it has some updates. Most importantly, I think some of the angles look a little bit more modern and of course it's now white. It's no longer gray, it's now an...

...inaccurate white color, and they also fixed the issue of having the cockpit and the gunner seat not being part of the same cockpit and not all part of the same in this one, so that is very cool. You also got a kind of downgraded version of the rebel laser cannon with the dish piece and honestly looks a clear and this set than it did in nine ninety nine, which is kind of interesting to me. So an interesting snow speeder set, some good updates, but I also think, some bad ones with an inaccurate color choice. The next set here is kind of a remake, but not a remake of an empire strikes back set, but it's the first time I got a remake of the x wing fighter in Lego form. So the first one was made after a new hope that was released in nine and ninety nine. This one is from the empire strikes back and has some specifics, things from ESB. The same was fifty dollars, had five hundred and sixty three pieces and include the figures of Luke Skywalker are to d to any Yoda. We love the Yoda minifigure. Now, Yoda actually appeared in a two thousand and two set based off attack of the clowns, but this was our first version based off the empire strikes back, although they were the exact same mini figure. Now this is the first remake of the xwing and they changed up things a good bit. It's now in white instead of gray. Not quite as controversial as a snowspeeder, but I do think gray might be a slightly more accurate color. But overall, to more detailed design, little bit bigger and it has just, I think, a better esthetic overall. And this one in particular feature some special swamp details to represent the fact that the extra of course, crash lands on Day Guba in the swamp. So it has some of those kind of like seaweed pieces hanging from it, which looks pretty cool. Now there actually is a side built in this set. That really is the thing that puts this over the top for being an empire strikes back specific set, and that is the first ever version of Yoda's hut in Lego form and it's a really cool looking design. It's very circular design, really short, made in Green, Brown and Tan and features a printed dish piece on the top with some nice root details that I do really like, and it could kind of fold open to rule the interior and a half circle s design kind of reminds me of haggard's huts designs from the Harry Potter sets in the way that it kind of folds open. It works out really, really well and it didn't remake this set all the way up until two thousand and eighteen, so took them a long time to make a more updated version of this hut. I think this one holds up really, really nicely in the obviously the hut here explains the inflated Piece Count And the inflated price of this set, because the original actually just five years prior, was a thirty dollar set. This one has nearly double amount of pieces and it includes the Hut as well and cost twenty dollars more. So that kind of explains the increase in price for this set in particular. Now there's one more set from two thousand and forty to talk about, and that is a pretty important one. It's the one hundred dollar, nine hundred and eighty five piece set, the first ever remake of the Millennium Falcon in Lego Star Wars. Now, if...

...you listen to my episode about Star Wars, episode for you would know that I was not a huge supporter of the first monium Falcon from two Tho Lego Star Wars. I think that is an absolutely horrible set. This one is based off the empire strikes back and includes the figures of Han Solo, princess lay at, Chewbacca, sea three Po and a snow trooper, and the search reper gets our first build here with an eweb cannon which kind of sets up being the whole escape thing from Haf which is it the the empire strikes back setting for the set in particular? And then, of course you get the build of the winnium Falcon. Now, wasn't a big fan that first Falcon. This one and just four years improved in it like ten times. This Falcon actually holds up very, very nicely and it introduced us to the staple lego Falcon design. They used at least like three or four more times with future Falcon sets, and that is what I called the pizza slice roof. Essentially the roof was made from a bunch of t triangular panels that would fold and to give it that circular shape, and it ends up looking pretty good. It does have lots of gaps, which was to the Chagrin of many Lego Star Wars fans over the years to eventually they kind of bully Lego and are redesigning that with the two thousand and Nineteen Falcon from the rise of Skywalker. It also had brand new elements for the cockpit that of still being used to this day for new Falcon sets. So really cool Falcon and also made for an ample amount of interior detail. Oddly enough, this is also the only Millennium Falcon like play normal cell set that is based off the empire strikes back. Now, technically the UCS fal kind of piousand and seventeen is based on the empire strikes back because it includes my Knox and es be specific minifigures. But this one, as a play set, is the only version based off esp the other ones in they're based off the sequel trilogy Solo or Episode Four. So that's kind of interesting and it's awesome. Chizn't for was a really great year. So thousand and three and a four, or definitely big years for the empire, strikes back. And what does two thousand and five have in store for us? Nothing, literally zero sets from the Empire strikes back in two thousand and five, but two thousand and six for us has one set in particular that's actually really cool and then one that's not so great and then really cool set. Here is the first remake of slave one, well, the first remake of Bubba Fett slave one. If you've listened to the episode I made about episode two attack at the clones, and that episode I talked about Jingo fets slave one what, which was a remake of Bubba fette slave one but obviously has different color scheme. This is the first specific remake of Boba Fett slave one since the two thousand version, but it uses all the design techniques they implemented. What the two thousand two Jingo fetts slave one? This was a fifty dollar set with five hundred thirty seven pieces and it include the figures of Boba Fette Dangar, the first appearance of that character. Ig Eighty eight also the first appearance of that character. We got Hans luncarnate at again, the exact same piece and the first ever appearance of a best been garden their kind of iconic blue uniforms in this set as well.

Now, like I said, this one implements the design techniques they use for the Otwo slave one, most notably the big custom cockpit piece that's much circular and better looking than the one that used in two thousand. That looks really great here, but it also improved on the O two version. The otwo version was kind of infamously a little bit too short in its tail section. This one fixed that problem at Ots of fun play features of the guns and gadgets that slave one may have in a nice storage space for Hans alone carbonate as well. It looks really good in the shaping here. Is Great for a two thousand and six Lego said, I mean it's set is fifteen years old and it holds up fairly well, I would say, with two thousand and twenty one standards. So this is a really impressive design. Now the colors are still off. They have sand green, so they added Sandgreen, which is great, but they're still using brown now. Will have to wait another four years we're going to get the color scheme correct with the two thousand and ten version of slave one. That one we'll talk about on next week's part two episode of brick ecology about the empire strikes back. So this one the color scheme is still off, but a much, much better design than the two thousand version. Now moving on to the one other two thousand and six set from the empire strikes back, and that is an x wing fighter. So just two years after the last one, getting new remake of the xwing fighter. This one is the exact same price. However, has a lot less pieces, only four hundred and thirty seven, but it didn't include a lot of mini figures. You Guy, loose skywalker or to D to Han Solo, Princess Leia, see three Po and then wedge an Tillis very weird figure line up for this set. It was nice to get wedge in this set, but he didn't really seem to fit in with the rest the figures here and honestly, they can just threw in a bunch of random figures in this set just to boost the piece count and the price and my opinion, because none of these characters really needed to be in this set. Besides Luke and R dtwo. So a little bit odd with the figure line up here, as with the build here. It's their xwing and it looks very similar to the two thousand four version. Doesn't have the swamp details, of course, but it's honestly almost the same design. Nothing really to talk about with this one in particular, beside the fact that it's the exact same price but has a hundred less pieces and a not include Yodo's hut. So definitely a downgraded set and my opinion here. Moving on to the year two thousand and seven, we have of a brand new idea for an empire strikes backset, and that is our first ever hot rebel base. This was a fifty dollar set that had five hundred and forty eight pieces. It included the figures of Luke, skywalker, DAC yet again, k three Po, an exclusive white protocol droid. To this set a hoth rebel trooper, a snow trooper and a brick built version of a probe droid, our first appearance of the empire strikes back probe droid. Now the builds here in a snow speeder. Yes, there's no speeder. Just three years after the last one in very, very similar in design to the two thousand and forty one. Now...

...much to talk about here. Didn't really update it in a major ways. Also get the turret, or a design. First appearance of this particular Turret, not the laser cannon. This one's on the Turret that people actually go inside of. The kind of tall have cool coverings. Really like this turret design. Those are kind of become a staple since for hot sets and you get an Eweb or your snowstroopers, and this one is kind of ugly. It's a little bit chunky looking and use a sextant piece, which I don't really understand, but whatever, who cares? And then you get the hoth quote unquote, base and this base. The reason I threw up those are quotes is because it's pretty much just a facade. It's a big gate with a cool opening feature of the gate both, like in the movie, can like slide with some gears, really great playability feature, and it had some awesome dual molded burt pieces, so big ugly rock pieces that are dual molded in blue and white to give a kind of that icy esthetic. Those just look really cool. And then the inside had some small details like a control station, and that's it. There's Bombos, nothing else. In the inside. There's a space I believed to hold the snow speeder, but whatever. It was a really underwhelming interior. So this are just a facade. It's just the gate of the hostthrill base, which is definitely a little bit of a letdown if you ask me. However, I have a great little story about this set. So I saved up big time in two thousand and seven to buy this. Said like I was stoked to get this set and particular, and then I ordered from like Acom. It came the mail and while I was building it I noticed one of the big bass plate pieces was missing. It just trade up was not included with my set. So of course I contented LEGO customer support and they're like, oh, we're so sorry, we'll send you the bass plate piece and then mail for free. And because you know we messed up, here's a free stormtrooper keychain, which was really sweet of them. However, for some reason they sent it to the wrong address. They sent it to like our old apartment house, was like two houses. We live them before. We have no idea how they even mess of that address. Because at that point I hadn't lived there for at least like five years. It was really bizarre, but they sent it to the wrong address and we're like Yo, what the heck, Lego, and they're like, oh my gosh, we're so sorry again, we're going to send you another gift in the meantime to make up for it. And that other gift was the Nabo Star fighter set from Zo sound that I talked about in the first episode of Brick Alogy, which was a great set, a literally a three dollar set. They sent me for free. So yeah, it was kind of Sucky it didn't have that piece with my hot set and then of course they messed up. But it was so word that it literally get a thirty dollar set for free from Lego, just with then making some kind of odd mistakes. Now there's one more set from two thousand and seven. This set is truly one of a kind, and I don't mean that hyperbolically, the literally this is a one of a kind lego so that Lego has never really attempted again with Lego Star Wars, and that is the one hundred thirty one thousand, one hundred and thirty seven. So close Lego, you could have thrown in one more piece would have been one three eight, reference George Lucas original film Ta Ticks one three eight. But they completely dropped the...

...ball on the piece count there. But this set is the motorized walking at eighty. The figures included here where Antt drive all journal Veers the first appearance of that character. We have to get loose skywalker and anoetrooper and the build another eight eight similar is to the two thousand three version, but a little bit more chunky because they need to make room for the motor. Yes, this thing literally walks. You could hook it up to the motor and the legs would walk like a remote control thing. This is so weird and bizarre. Looks kind of awkward doing it, but it's also a cool play feature and obviously made it a lot more expensive than in our more version. I think also kind of sacrifice some of the esthetic of the design as well. But very cool play feature. But the set seriously is one of a kind. They've never done anything like this at ever since. So it's kind of odd little thing in the history of Lego Star Wars that we got this motorized walking at at this one time and they made plenty of atats since then, but none of them had been quite like this one. I kind of wish I had this set just so I could mess it out the play Billie feature, and I do know that apparently it wasn't super well balanced sometimes and it could fall over and just explode, which is definitely not a great thing, but a very interesting set for sure. Two Thousand and eight, no sets besides on miniature snow speeder poly back, but no one really gives a crap about that. Let's jump forward to two thousand and nine. So the last year, for to day two thousand and nine, we got one set and that same was referred to as echo base. Now Echo bases, the hot base and star wars and it's big, and the last I was fifty bucks. We've got a twitter fifty dollar echo base set in two thousand and sixteen. This one was twenty five, with a hundred and fifty five pieces. The name of it is echo base. We're going to talk about that and just a second. But first the figures. Get Hans Solo and is hot outphit, which is always nice to get, and you got our first ever appearance of a tont on a brand new molded creature of a tont on. That was great. The tont on looked great here. Also got cerebel hot troopers time sue they had smiley faces. was kind of weird, but they're nice figures and you guts to snow troopers. So five mini figures pretty solid for eight hundred and twenty five dollar set. kind of like a battle pack. The build, though, as not bad. It's a bunker, you get a snow bunker, you get one of those turrets hit again and you get a small eweb for this snow troopers and that's it. Makes very fun little battle scene. Right. Why was this called Echo Base? It should have been called like Hof battle. If it was called Hof battle, no one would have cared, no one would have betten an. I'm and like yeah, it's sure, it's a hot battle, but for some reason they insisted on calling echo base, which gives you an idea of a bigger set, and then you get this tiny little battle. Senior, like, what the heck is this Lego? This is not a freaking bass, this is a tiny little section of a battle scene. Now, this set was part of the tent anniversary of Lego Star Wars. Collection, which was fun had a really cool box art, but I definitely think they kind of drop the ball with the name of this set in particular. And that is the last...

...set for today. So that is the first ten years of Lego sets based off the empire strikes back. Honestly, it wasn't a great selection. Today. There's some really good one of the original at eight, but it's going to get much, much better because I believe Lego really expanded on the empire strikes back in the decade to follow. So stay tuned for that next week. Also, whyre add it? Go follow me on all those pages online like facebook, instagram, twitter, patre on Youtube and on spotify or apple podcast for if you're listening. Thank you so much for listening to this week's episode of brickcology. I hope you have a blessed rest of your week. Piece out of God bless but by.

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