Review: 75015 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
While Huw is doing an excellent job providing some reviews of the second wave of Galaxy Squad sets, I have been charged with reviewing some Star Wars sets this summer. Apologies for my photography; I am not nearly as experienced with the actual taking of photos with the correct lighting and such as Huw or DrDaveWatford, nor am I particularly savvy when it comes to Photoshop. Hopefully I will improve with time.
The LEGO Star Wars summer wave met with some criticism when set names and images were first revealed as the vast majority of these sets are remakes, as well as being almost exclusively from the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, which is not necessarily as universally popular as the Original Trilogy.
The smallest set of this summer’s selection is 75015, Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, consisting of 271-pieces and priced at a very reasonable £19.99 or $19.99. While the set itself inspired little interest initially, thanks both to the relative obscurity of the vehicle and the fact that we last saw a Corporate Alliance Tank Droid only four years ago in set 7748, one Minifigure in particular has created some excitement surrounding this set, that being the notorious Jango Fett, in his first outing in LEGO since 2002.
Box and Contents
Just like most other sets released recently, the box size is distinctly smaller than one might expect for a £19.99 set, although significantly deeper. On the front we can see a rather attractive shot of the vehicle in action, along with the lovely green border and image of Yoda along the top. The standard Minifigure gallery is also included, with Jango Fett and the Geonosis Battle Droid both being labelled as ‘new.’
The back of the box shows off the features of the set and has a few more images of the vehicle at the Battle of Geonosis being supported by Jango Fett and the Battle Droid. The single Clone Trooper seems somewhat overwhelmed to me.
The instructions are nice and flat in the box, along with two numbered bags. The two large dish pieces which form much of the Tank Droid from the sides are loose inside the box but there is very little risk of damage to them.
Three Minifigures are included, each of which I like very much (although Jango Fett is of course the star attraction). Perhaps the least interesting for me is the Clone Trooper, who is identical to the one which appeared in set 75000 earlier in 2013. He is based on the Phase I Clone troopers who appear in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones with a very accurate helmet design, complete with vents and holes on either side of the helmet to add some of the Clone Trooper equipment introduced in 2008 if you wish. His head beneath the helmet is also very nice, featuring eyebrows and a rather aggressive expression. His torso is printed front and back with all the details we see on the Clone Troopers in the film, including ammunition pouches, the segmented armour plating and a grenade. The arms and legs are plain white with no printing and he carries a DC-15A blaster rifle which is made up of a standard large blaster and a Technic pin.
Next, we have a Geonosis Battle Droid, who is identical to any other Battle Droid but for the addition of a 1 x 2 plate acting as a backpack and the colouration of the Minifigure, which is dark orange as opposed to the usual tan. This colour looks excellent and he comes equipped with a small blaster. The backpack is a nice touch as well, which surprised me as the Battle Droid is without it in any of the images on the box. I look forward to purchasing a few more of these on Bricklink as a small army of them would look excellent coming up against some Clone Troopers.
Lastly, and without a doubt the best Minifigure of all in my opinion, we have the Mandalorian Jango Fett, who has inexplicably not been updated since 2002, which is extraordinary for such a popular character. His helmet looks brilliant in pearl silver, with accurate blue highlights around his visor. A hole is left for a range-finder to be attached and the two tiny arrows which are on the actual film prop are also included on the forehead section of the helmet. His face is equally perfect with a little bit of stubble and some scarring. It is in fact identical to that of the recent Boba Fett Minifigures as one would expect as Boba is a clone of Jango.
His jet-pack is cast in pearl silver, and matches up very nicely with the silver armour printed on the front and back of his torso, which is rather shiny against his dark bluish grey tunic and brown utility belt. His arms, hips and legs are sand blue, which I think is the perfect colour and his hips and legs are even printed with some extra details including kneepads and holsters; much like Boba Fett is in set 9496, Desert Skiff. He is armed with a pair of light bluish grey guns, which I believe were originally fire hose nozzles, to represent his Westar-34 blaster pistols, and they do a decent job, certainly better than the revolvers which he included in 2002.
Placed beside his son Boba Fett, Jango certainly matches his counterpart’s level of detail, lacking only the printing on his feet which would make them nigh on identical. They look brilliant side by side, although they never appeared together like this in the films of course.
As this is only a small set, the build is fairly brief, taking about twenty minutes. There are few particularly noteworthy building techniques, although the attachment of the bars towards the back of the vehicle is very pleasing, accurately recreating the ribbed design we see in the films. Nevertheless, the construction is enjoyable until one reaches the inevitable attachment of sixty chain link pieces, which while dull, is unavoidable and only takes a few minutes.
The Completed Model
The model is very attractive when completed, and perfectly represents the ‘real’ vehicle. As one would expect, the vehicle can roll on its central tread (and crush anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves in its way), which is not so tight that it cannot move, but is not so loose that it will come off. The outriggers have a pleasing mix of smooth and studded surfaces, which allows for the attachment of a Battle Droid or two as we see in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The model also features some rather large cannons slung on either side of the tank, and of course the obligatory flick-fire missiles are included, which should provide some extra play value to the set. The ‘eyes’ look superb in orange and are much more durable than they were on the 2009 set. Finally, the rear of the vehicles features the back wheel and the aforementioned ribbing, along with some trans-orange pieces which create the appearance of lights on the model.
When compared with the 2009 edition, which was sold at the same price point as this set, but included an extra Minifigure, this model is actually far better. It is longer, taller and simply feels heavier and more substantial than the older model.
I have yet to mention the glaring fact which is that this vehicle never actually appeared on Geonosis at the end of Episode II. This is a strange choice of model on the part of LEGO for this reason, although it was intended to appear, and you can see it in a couple of sequences which never made it into the final film during a documentary which accompany the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the movie.
Anyway, ignoring this fact, this is certainly a set I would recommend as it is not only a huge step up from previous editions of this vehicle, but the Minifigure selection is excellent. Needless to say, Jango Fett is the star attraction and he alone is a pretty strong reason for purchasing this set, and if the Prequel Trilogy interests you at all, this is going to be a ‘must have’ set for play or display.
- Parts: 4 - Nothing too special here, although a nice mix of Technic and System pieces is welcome.
- Playability: 4 – Although lacking in features, this model is very durable and rolls around nicely.
- Building Experience: 3 – Brief, and not too interesting, particularly the construction of the tank treads.
- Value For Money: 5 – Three superb Minifigures and a nice chunky model to boot, no complaints here.
- Overall: 4.5 – Jango Fett alone earns this set a high mark, and I have no serious complaints.