LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana 75139
- Five minifigures, including three rare minifigures: Kylo Ren, Finn, and Maz Kanata
- One of the cheapest ways to acquire a genuine Kylo Ren minifigure
- Set includes some rarer color bricks
- Buildings are just facades
- Interactive features are underwhelming.
- Poor design for TR-8R’s weapon
- Significant departure from the movie in terms of design
- Poor value on cost-per-piece basis
In theory, LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana is supposed to recreate the Battle of Takodana from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with LEGO bricks. In actuality, you should think of this set as a way to acquire five minifigures, including three rare ones.
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|LEGO Star Wars Battle on Takodana 75139|
|Release Date||January 2016|
|Official MSRP (USD)||$59.99|
|Price Per Piece (MSRP)||$0.147|
|Estimated Build Time||1 hour, 15 minutes|
You get five minifigures with this set: Kylo Ren and his trademark red crossguard lightsaber, Finn with a blaster and blue lightsaber, Maz Kanata (no accessories), and two First Order troopers who both have blasters…one of whom you can pretend is TR-8R (if you don’t get it, say it aloud), who has a LEGO version of the retractable two-bladed weapon from the movie.
Kylo Ren has a printed torso (both front and back), printed legs, and a smaller and more raggedly-cut cape (versus the typical larger LEGO cloaks). He also comes with both a black hairpiece and his signature mask which fully encloses his head; he can only wear one at a time. Kylo can also express two emotions with his two faces…an angry emo one and a smirking one. Finally, as expected, Kylo also has his red crossguard lightsaber; the blade part of the lightsaber is all one special LEGO piece that fits into the hilt.
The Finn minifigure comes with a printed torso (front and back), one head with a serious face and an open-mouth dubious face, and a black hairpiece. For his accessories, he gets a blaster and a blue lightsaber, which represents Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber…the one Luke lost, along with his right hand, in Episode V when dueling Darth Vader on Bespin’s Cloud City.
Maz Kanata, who runs the cantina on Takodana, comes with short red non-bending children’s legs, a printed torso (front and back), and specially-molded head with different colors. All of the details on her head, such as the goggles and shell cap, are part of the head piece. It is worth pointing out that this is the only official LEGO set to date to feature Maz.
Finally, to round out the minifigures, you get two regular First Order Troopers. They are identical, with the exception of the two-bladed weapon wielded by TR-8R, and come with printed torsos (front and back) and legs. They each have one standard angry trooper face and get one blaster apiece. While I understand that LEGO pieces cannot perfectly resemble film props, the retractable weapon in this set for TR-8R is rather sad; it’s only made up for four pieces and only bears a broad abstract resemblance to the weapon wielded by TR-8R in the movie.
The downside is that the rest of the set is pretty weak. All of the structures are just facades with no interior features and it’s a very poor facsimile of the fight scene on Takodana, especially given the quality work that the LEGO Group is often able to produce for their Star Wars sets. There are some interactive elements, but most of them appeared to be added for the sake of just adding them. The set does come with two stickers, a control panel sticker for the panel on the left side of the cantina door and an architectural detail sticker for the wall above the door (partially covered by the flag).
When I finished building this set, I was disappointed that 400+ pieces led to just an underwhelming outcome. They could have used fewer pieces that were bigger, and I don’t think much would have been lost in terms of the build or visuals.
The best interactive feature in this set is the sliding doors that lead of the cantina. The doors are simple, but they work and slide well. Unfortunately, there is no actual cantina, or, for that matter, any interior at all, so you will need to call on your imagination (or spare supply of LEGO bricks) to envision what lies behind the doors.
There is some sort of grenade-launching or debris-launching apparatus in front of the sliding doors; the launcher is triggered by a pushdown bar behind the doors. I distinctly do not remember this launcher from the movie. You also have to be pretty careful, because it is very easy to lose the small black circular one-stud pieces that presumably represent grenades.
There is also a hidden niche in the side wall which can be triggered by pushing down on a small piece behind the wall. The niche houses a box in which you can store a lightsaber hilt. While an okay feature, this definitely departs from the movie in which the hidden niche is instead the eerie basement level of the cantina. Of course, since there is no cantina in this set, I suppose having this feature is better than not having it at all, and hey…an extra lightsaber hilt.
The tree can also be lowered by flipping up a small lever behind the wall and tree. Honestly, this sounds more exciting than it actually is, since the tree stays together completely and can only fall forward in one direction. The side wall also comes apart, simulating an explosion, with the twist of a knob located behind the wall. Again, this sounds more exciting that it is in actuality. Only the top parts of the wall can come off, and the force with which they break apart from the bottom of the wall is so weak that it seems more like the wall finally deteriorated from age rather than sustaining the force of a an explosive attack.
Going by the cost-per-piece of $0.147, this set offers very poor value. You do get some rarer-colored bricks with this set and one seemingly-random flag (there were at least 20 flags hanging outside the cantina in the movie). But really, without the minifigures, this set would not even come close to being worthwhile.
Kylo Ren, as a standalone genuine LEGO minifigure, currently sells for about $35 on Amazon.com. Finn sells for about $14. Maz Kanata sells for about $12. And you can get four First Order troopers for about $12 (about $3 each) from the First Order Battle Pack. This adds up to $67 worth of LEGO minifigures in this set.
So if you’re really going after Star Wars minifigures, this set provides you with three rare and expensive minifigures (Kylo Ren being especially rare and especially expensive) plus two more common minifigures (First Order troopers) at a reasonable cost. But don’t buy this set for the structures…you will likely be disappointed.