LEGO 75136 Star Wars Droid Escape Pod Review
Lego has officially released a third iteration of the Droid Escape Pod. In 2001, they released the Lego 7106, and in 2012, they unveiled the Lego 9490 – Both of which carry the same official name: The Lego Droid Escape build. Every time this set has been released, it just gets more and more expensive. And not just that – The number of pieces contained in each build has also increased too. This particular set, the Lego 75136 Droid Escape Pod, has got to be the most comprehensive and detailed one out of the three, released specifically to represent a certain scene in the Star Wars films. Back in 2001, Lego fans were only presented with the droids. Meanwhile, in 2012, the Escape Pod had the same droids, along with a speeder and two types of sand troopers. In the 75136, there will be two Jawas, two droids, and a lack of speeders.
So many people were actually content with the 2012 version. In fact, a lot of Lego collectors would probably prefer something else instead of the 75136. But the release of the 75136 is good too, especially for those who are about to take part in this kind of build for the first time. After taking a closer look, several fans thought it looked good enough for a set that costs $19.99.
The 75136 belongs to the Star Wars theme, in case you haven’t noticed already. It’s got 197 parts to it. There is plenty of discussion regarding this set’s complete value. Instead of just focusing on the price per every piece, you just need to take an overall look at the real item that you have received.
The build comes inside a tiny box, which is a tad bit smaller compared to the other builds that have the same price, and were released during the same year. The 75136 has four minifigures, which is actually tons more as compared to the other sets that were released in the price point and wave. The amount of pieces here might be small, but a couple of them are still large enough.
Some people might end up grabbing a set that belongs to an opened box, or might simply just want to verify its contents before they can start working on a build. In the case of the 75136 there are two numbered brick bags, a sticker sheet, and an instruction manual. The stickers for this build are huge, which could be great for certain builders.
You begin the build with the stickers – Two of them will start to add a bit of depth to the curved panels. The next step is to start off a small platform with its rounded base, which could most likely snap right into the base of the Escape pod. Next up, you will be able to see the platform with all of the attached side studs placed inside – To be specific, near the new top and just above the existing bottom.
The next step is to flip the whole thing over, so you can officially begin to build brand new shapes for the bottom of the build. Make sure that the panel swings from left to right. The build’s hinged and rounded panels are the final touch to the Escape Pod’s cylinder. The two giant stickers from the sticker sheet go on the inside. Stickers are not exactly everyone’s favorite part of a Lego build, so it helps to be patient and focus.
Plenty of slopes go right down to the bottom. There seems to be a glaring mistake during this portion of the build: Where are the thrusters? It’s not exactly visible once you finish up the build, but there’s a platform that you can connect onto the slopes. It’s got tiles that helps you facilitate the opening and closing of the whole build.
The stickers located right on the outside actually do look nice, and tend to go all the way around the build. These stickers are pretty huge ones too. It’s a good thing they were able to build seats for the droids with the aid of a steering column. A lot of people do like how they shaped this part, just so it matches the curves of the whole ship.
There’s a tiny window in the build that you really can’t see through. A lot of people like its shape, as well as the way that the build has managed to include a few small thrusters in there. You can even add in a couple of thrusters right inside its bottom pattern. There’s directional thrusters, and main thrusters. The overall design of this build is completely satisfactory. The Lego 75136 is larger, and more complex craft as compared to its 2001 and 2012 versions. It’s so much satisfying to be able to watch it form in front of your eyes, from beginning to finish.
There’s even a bunch of Death Star plans that slide right into the front side of the Droid Escape Pod. Even though the completed build looks really nice, it doesn’t really have that much of a general appeal as compared to other sets. And not only that, it’s slightly too pricey for the average Lego Star Wars set, which could potentially turn off some people. If you’re not really the biggest fan of placing stickers on builds, or if you have a problem with applying them correctly, then this set is not the right one for you.
There are four figures included inside the build. The most recent out of all of these is the R2D2 minifigure, who lacks a back printing. Meanwhile, the rest of the minifigures have been given a design upgrade. It must be very hard to print on curves if they can’t even have the time to update the whole thing.
The two Jawa minifigures carry the same look as the ones in the Lego UCS Sandcrawler and the Lego 2015 Advent Calendar. Some fans were disappointed at how Lego has managed to devaluate the Jawas on the aftermarket.
Meanwhile, the C3PO minifigure has a unique look – Perhaps he’s the best looking minifigure of the entire bunch. In fact, he looks so much better than the versions found in past builds. However, the one with the 75136 still isn’t as great as the one that came with the Force Awakens C3PO polybag, or even the one in the Sandcrawler build. There’s not a lot of additional pieces and accessories included here. The cone isn’t supposed to be an extra piece.
It seems like online stores such as Amazon, eBay, or even the official Lego store will end up discounting the Lego 75136 throughout most of its run. A lot of fans aren’t too sure that it’ll stay in the same price as it was, when it was first released – They have to change the pricing if they want to make sure that the build sells well. People will eventually want to create a whole army of Jawa minifigures, and this is probably one of the quickest and cheapest ways to do so. The C3PO and R2D2 minifigures aren’t really major draws, despite being popular characters. If you want to purchase a hero set for the investment, then the Lego 75136 isn’t really what you’re looking for. Its past two versions have hovered in the mid to the high $30s, which is understandable since they’re both rare builds. This one would probably end up with the same fate.
Lego has managed to release yet another Lego Star Wars Original Trilogy set – And this includes the Lego 75136, also known as the Droid Escape Pod. The set has close to 200 pieces in total, and is sold for over $20. This isn’t really reasonable, since there’s a ratio of $0.13 per piece. The contents include a sticker sheet, an instruction manual, and two numbered bags.
The 75136 is pretty much the third version of the Star Wars emergency craft. The first iteration came out in 2001, and was called the Lego 7106 Droid Escape. Then in 2012, Lego released another variant with the same name, the Lego 9490. The 75136 is the latest version of this particular build, and is actually much more accurate to the one seen in the film than the past two – All thanks to its cylinder shape, instead of the cone from before.
In general, the Lego 75136 Droid Escape Pod is a much better improvement as compared to its past two versions, since the general look fits the one in the film – As mentioned earlier. Even though you have to face the trouble of attaching stickers to the build, they do deliver the pod’s details pretty nicely. There’s also a wonderful selection of minifigures, which is nice especially when you consider that both R2D2 and C3PO are highly exclusive, even though they both carry new types of prints. The two Jawas are also nice additions as well, and this set is probably the best way to acquire all of them in a set, in case you want to build an army of Jawa figures.