9516 Jabba's Palace review part 2: the minifigs
In this second of three parts to our review of 9516 Jabba'a Palace we take a look at the minifigs. Words by CapnRex101, pictures by me...
There are ten fantastic minifigs, almost all of which are brand new! I will start with heroes.
The least interesting minifig of the entire set in my opinion is Chewbacca, he has been seen plenty of times before but is nevertheless a great addition to the set. His sandwich board style head and torso piece is exactly the same as previous versions, it is cast in reddish brown and has a bit of printing on it, his nose is printed in black and the bandoleer he has slung across his chest is printed in silver on both the front and back which is accurate to the film. His torso is plain reddish brown as are his arms and hands. His legs too are just plain brown with no printing at all. In this set Chewbacca comes with light grey handcuffs as he has been captured and is being ransomed to Jabba at this point.
The next minifig is Han Solo. The figure is very nicely detailed indeed. He is quite similar to the Han Solo minifig included in set 8097, Slave I, but on this occasion his head printing is totally different. The hair is just the standard male minifig hair in brown, it suits the figure and I am very satisfied with this hair piece overall. His head is printed on both sides and I think it is great. On one side he has a concerned expression with brown eyebrows and a chin dimple. The other side has the same eyebrows and dimple, but his eyes are closed as he is in a state of hibernation trapped inside the Carbonite and, following his release, for a while he is blind due to hibernation sickness which is demonstrated very well by this lovely expression. His mouth is slightly open on this face which looks excellent.
His torso is printed with the creased shirt which Han was wearing when he was encased in Carbonite. It has a lot of detail including plenty of creases in the fabric and his open collar which leaves a bit of flesh visible. There is sadly no back printing, but this is forgivable. His arms are plain white and his hands are the standard flesh colour. Finally, his legs are plain reddish brown just like they are in this scene during Return of the Jedi.
The Han Solo in Carbonite piece is excellent, it is identical to the one in set 8097, Slave I, since I got the piece in that set it has been one of my favourite components of all time due to the incredible detail and very realistic appearance. At either end of the piece there are handles which can be held by minifigs so they can move the Carbonite around and the same patterns are printed on the block as are seen on the Han Solo minifig. I love the four tiny control panels which are found on each side of the piece and there is a lot of black printing where there are lumps and bumps in the Carbonite. Han's arms are in the same position as in the film, held up above his head which looks amazing. My favourite feature of this piece however is the fact that the Han Solo minifig can be placed inside the Carbonite block where there are two bars for him to hold.
Next up is the highly anticipated Boushh minifig. For a long time I for one have been hoping to see a Boushh figure and finally we have one, and it does not disappoint! There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most detailed and accurate minifigs in the history of Lego and is already a personal favourite of mine (as are many of the amazing figures from this summer wave of sets).
The helmet is a brand new mould and one of the most detailed pieces I have ever seen in any set. The cast is fantastic with all of the parts seen on the actual helmet in the film. It is mainly the nougat colour first seen in the Prince of Persia line which is perfect and has lots of brown printing as well. The small torch like appendage on the right of the helmet next to the visor is moulded in and printed in silver which is a nice detail as is the silver and black mouthpiece which is both moulded and printed onto the helmet. There are areas of dark grey on the sides and front of the helmet, as well as the black visor which is accurate. The whole piece looks like it has come from an action figure, which some people consider a problem, but I think is fantastic.
The head is printed on both sides. It is of course Leia's head as she is disguised as Boushh in this scene. It has previously been seen in set 7965, Millennium Falcon, set 7879, Hoth Echo Base for Leia and for Princess Tamina in the Prince of Persia theme. It is printed with black eyebrows, eyelashes, and red lips on both sides. On one side she has a cheerful expression and on the other, and angry expression. She also comes with a dark brown hairpiece which is nice and has in fact only appeared in this colour twice previously. She wears a nice backpack which is made of three pieces, a dark grey bracket which fits around the neck, a black one by one plate and some dark grey binoculars. It is quite accurate and I am very pleased that they included the backpack with the minifig of Boushh as without it, the figure does not look quite right somehow.
The torso is printed with a huge amount of detail. It features some pearl dark grey armour, brown padding and a reddish brown shirt beneath the armour which has some creasing printed on it.
Over the top of all this detail is a fantastic bandoleer which has various buckles and tiny patterns on it as well as what appears to be some ammunition at the top of the strap, it probably carries several more detonators like the one held by the minifig. The very top of Boushh's belt is also printed on here; this belt is continued on the hips of the minifig. There is a lot of back printing with a continuation of the bandoleer, armour and brown padded area as well as an orange section at the bottom of the torso which is nice. The arms are tan and her hands are brown as she has gloves on.
The tan hips are printed with the rest of her belt and a bit of creased fabric, which is also on her legs. The dark orange padding printed on her knees is similar to that seen on the torso and she has a lot of folded fabric printed on here as well which is just like what Boushh wears in the film. She carries two accessories, a black force pike which is nice and a fantastic Thermal Detonator which is printed on a pearl grey one by one round tile. The red button used to detonate the grenade and a jagged black stripe is printed on the piece as well as some of the separate plates which are on the grenade in the film.
Now on to the neutral characters, the first of which is the B'omarr Monk. This figure has been seen once before in the previous Jabba's Palace set and is made up of twelve pieces, including a translucent crystal ball piece and four black swords which have been seen a lot in the Ninjago line. The minifig is quite accurate to the appearance of these mysterious inhabitants of the ancient monastery with four legs and the disembodied Monk brain in the jar held beneath the droid. The brain is in fact a simple one by one round plate which is perfectly suitable for the minifig and looks great.
The most famous of Jabba's numerous dancers is the Twi'lek slave Oola. She meets an unfortunate end just prior to the arrival of Luke and the other Rebel heroes when she is dropped into the lair of the terrifying Rancor. The Lego minifig of her is excellent. This is only the second female Twi'lek we have seen, the previous one being Aayla Secura in the Clone Wars line so this is the second time we have seen the unique Lekku piece which is superb. On this occasion it is bright green which is lovely. It is printed with a black headdress which is laden with silver studs and a large silver insignia on the top of it which is accurate to her appearance in the film. Her head is printed on both sides with two different expressions. One of them is a happy face with her eyelashes and lipstick similar to that of Leia, on the other side lipstick and eyelashes are printed as well, but she is screaming, presumably due to the arrival of the carnivorous Rancor!
Her torso is printed with her black net like outfit which she wears in Return of the Jedi and a silver collar and chain loop. She also has a thin brown belt and traditional female curves on the torso. This outfit is also printed on the back of her torso as is the collar, belt, and a metallic ring which holds together her outfit from the back. Her arms and hands are bright green like most of the rest of the minifig. Oola's hips are plain black and her legs have more of the net outfit which she wears printed on them. The entire dress is very accurate to the film and is nicely detailed too making this an excellent minifig and a great character to have in Lego at last.
Bib Fortuna is Jabba's majordomo who handles many of his affairs inside the palace. This character has been seen once before in set 4475, Jabba's Message but this one is a slight improvement over the older one. The Lekku headpiece is similar to the older one but has a few updates, firstly, both of his Lekku, on both the front and back, are thinner. Also the huge raised area on the back of his head has been enlarged so it is more accurate to the actual Bib Fortuna character. The five lumps on his head are also present which, although it looks a bit odd, is great. The entire component is cast in a hard plastic and is flesh coloured, it slides nicely over his head and cape. Bib Fortuna's head is also very nice with some good detailing on one side. His pointed teeth are printed on, as are his sunken yellow eyes which look suitably evil. There are a few little wrinkles around his mouth and the head piece is the same colour as the Lekku.
He wears a simple black cape just like he does in the movie over his dark blue clothing.
His torso is printed with these clothes and there is some nice detail here as well. There are plenty of folds in the cloth, his pearl grey chest plate which has some bolts in it, and his dark blue belt which contrasts nicely with the armour plate. There is no back printing, but it would only be obscured by the cape anyway and his arms are dark blue. His hands are flesh coloured which is a strange choice as he wears black fingerless gloves in Return of the Jedi, so black may have been a more suitable colour for his hands. Finally, his legs are plain dark blue with no printing at all. I would have liked to see a bit of printing on his legs, but the minifig is perfectly satisfactory without it.
Next up is Salacious B. Crumb, Jabba's cackling court jester. This figure is cast in one piece, so perhaps should not be classed as a minifig, but I am going to class him as one anyway! The piece is made of a slightly rubbery plastic and looks just like his movie appearance. There is some printing on his head of his eyes and beaked mouth, but apart from that he is dark nougat all over which is a good colour choice for him. He can sit on the edge of the dais or be held by Jabba the Hutt as he has a hole which can fit onto a stud beneath him.
His curled tail can be unravelled and does not obstruct him sitting down at all. Nor do his legs as they are cast to allow him to sit comfortably without them getting in the way at all. I was very pleased to see this bizarre character be included in the set as Jabba's court really is not complete without him!
The last figure in the set is the brand new Gamorrean Guard. This is an excellent minifig which is hugely updated from the previous version. Just like the older edition, the figure uses a combined head and torso sandwich board style piece which is made of a hard plastic (which I was not expecting at all).
This one is cast in brown and printed unlike the other one. The cast is more accurate as well with much more texture. His head is printed in olive green mostly but he has some dark grey armour on the top and sides of his head, his teeth, his eyes, his white horns and his pig like snout, which is all printed on with lots of detail. The front and back of the torso section is mostly brown but on there is some very dark brown strapping and on the front is a nice metallic silver buckle. Beneath the straps is some kind of motif on his chest which looks great and appears on the guards in the film. Towards the bottom of the torso area is some textured fur which is quite similar to what we see on Chewbacca and looks quite realistic. Finally for this piece, his shoulder armour is printed in dark grey. All in all a very nice component indeed!
His torso is brown with no printing as it is completely covered by the sandwich board piece and both his arms and hands are olive green. His hips and legs too are olive green, but his hips are printed brown on the front and at the top of the legs there is some printing of the rest of the fur which was started on his chest and a dark tan piece of fabric. Both look suitably torn and weathered for this character. He carries the signature vibro-axe wielded by all Gamorrean Guards which is made up of a brown bar of standard length and a dark grey axe head.
That concludes our look at the minifigs. Part three will cover the palace itself.