LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank 75151 Star Wars Toy Review
In 2016, Lego released a brand new wave of Lego Star Wars builds, which became available all across the globe. This article aims to review one of these three highly-anticipated builds of the whole range. The first one is the gigantic Lego 75151 Clone Turbo Tank. It is perhaps one of the biggest Lego Star Wars builds released this summer, containing over 903 pieces and costing over $109.99.
This is the third iteration of the Lego Star Wars turbo tank. It has been specifically made for interaction between minifigures. In fact, it has been over six years since the last turbo tank build was released, so it’s about time that Lego released a brand new version. The past versions of the turbo tank have all looked mighty impressive, so we have pretty high expectations for this one as well.
There are six minifigures included in the build. Two of them are battle droids, and this is actually a tad disappointing thanks to the final price point of the build. But the standard is still very impressive, especially in regards to the Luminara Unduli, whose minifigure has gone through a huge upgrade since her last appearance in the Lego 7869 Battle for Genosis build. She now sports a dark brown headdress instead of a black one, which is much more accurate with her film counterpart. It also goes nicely with the soft fabric cape.
Quinlan Vos has shown up in a past build before – To be specific, the Lego 7964 Republic Frigate. However, the version of his minifigure is a huge improvement compared to the last. We first saw his hairpiece in the Dwarves from The Hobbit builds. However, the same hairpiece suits Vos just fine, and looks as though it was created specifically for him. He also has an impressive head, sporting some stubble with opposite expressions on both sides.
It has only been two years since the very first Commander Gree minifigure first showed up in the Lego 75043 AT-AP. However, the character has seemingly met everyone’s standards that fans were okay with seeing another iteration. The camouflage prints on the commander’s torso, as well as his legs look amazing, as well as the green visor that he wears and the dark green stripe found on his helmet.
More and more Lego builds are releasing minifigures of the 41st Elite Corps Clone Troopers – And one of them just happens to be included in the Lego 75151. The trooper’s helmet design is nearly the exact replica of his film character. Meanwhile, the prints on his torso and legs are just as good. It contains a bunch of camouflage printing on several pouches, which is meant to store battlefield tools.
Lego has decided to include two Battle Droids in the 75151, instead of the usual Republic. This is a rather puny challenge form them, even though we gladly appreciate the inclusion of several Separist forces since this just heightens the build’s play value. The droids look very similar to each other, since it’s got a nice molded head, while one of the droids’ arms is designed to hold a blaster rifle. Two weapon accessories have been included for the Clone Troopers and the Battle Droids.
The 75151’s tiny size immediately captures your attention, right after you’re done building it. It only measures over 30 centimeters. The size has been lessened by just a third, in comparison to the Lego 8098 Turbo Tank. This build is the past iteration of the A6 Juggernaut, released in 2010. The whole thing was honestly a bit of a disappointment if you think about the extent to which the whole build solely depends on its size when charging across a battlefield. The build itself looks very tiny compared to its price point.
But the amount of detail that covers up the entire exterior greatly accounts for the price, right up to a certain extent. It honestly looks amazing, if you don’t mind the build’s scale. The front side of the build is heavily armored and armed. You can find two laser cannons underneath the build’s cab, along with a couple of floodlights on both sides of the build. These are nicely incorporated right inside the hull plating.
We like the dark red bricks in particular, which give off a bit of color, alongside the transparent black bricks that truly fit the viewports on the sides and front of the build – Even though we’re pretty certain that a mixture of transparent black 1 x 2 panels and several brackets should have been used instead, so that we will be able to look at the build’s interior through its windows.
If you take a peek inside of the completed build, you can find two seats that are placed together side by side, along with several controls. You can gain access to this when you open up the flaps at the front or back side, as well as on the top side. Opening up the top gives you the opportunity to reach inside, since there’s loads of space.
You can place a couple of minifigures in there. It’s nice to see two seats right in the cockpit instead of the usual one. However, the brilliant Lego Technic plates, which have been left exposed going towards the back are just ugly – Perhaps several means of hiding them would have been a good idea.
There’s a dark red stripe that goes from the cab right towards the side of the Juggernaut. The stripe ends right underneath a pair of spring-loaded shooters. The two of them are mounted on both sides of the build, and are meant to replicate the grenade launchers, which could go right towards the hull (this is seen in the movie).
We also think it would have been nice to see a couple of ways that you could retract the weapons included in the build. but the missile accessories have unfortunately prevented this from happening. That aside, this feature is just excellent and you can easily take them out if you want to show off the completed build with its grenade launchers retracted.
You can actually lower the entire side panel, so you can gain access to the interior of the build. However, there isn’t much detail found on the inside of the build. A whole assortment of Lego Technic liftarms are meant to occupy this area. These give loads of stability but completely spoil the troop bay. As a result, it doesn’t leave too much spacing for the minifigures and gets rid of the build’s general aesthetic appeal. Much like the cockpit, this part of the build could have used a couple of plates to cover up the exposed Lego Technic parts. Doing so would have improved the build’s interior dramatically.
The main feature of the build, which has been activated from the inside, utilizes the big yellow gears found on both sides of the tank. When you turn this knob, you can lower and raise up the observation mast with the aid of a gear rack system. This feature is just brilliant and works very nicely. However, gaining access to the gear is still tricky, since it’s placed closely towards the roof.
This feature did not show up in the Lego 8098 Clone Turbo Tank since this iteration was based after a Star Wars: The Clone Wars build. However, Lego has still managed to include this right inside the Lego 7261 Clone Turbo Tank, which was released in 2005. The spotter’s main position has been significantly removed after that, and is now more exposed than before. But it comes at a bigger scale as compared to the remainder of the vehicle. You can turn it around to see the battle in its entirety.
There’s enough room to place in a minifigure standing up, along with a couple of brand new printed console pieces. The same elements do show up in both of the build’s cockpits, together with a bunch of other Lego Star Wars builds, and it looks great overall. No stickers are included in the build, which is a lovely bonus.
So much of the 75151’s interior is mainly dedicated to storing an AT-RT. It fits in quite nicely, but it’s not as secure as it was when the same exact feature was utilized in the Lego 8098 Clone Turbo Tank. In fact, it takes over even a bigger amount of space, so there’s no room for you to squeeze those minifigures in.
And what’s more, the floor only gets covered up at a certain part, so you still won’t be able to place figures in even when the AT-RT has been deployed. A small modification will help solve this issue, but it would have been great to find a 4 x 8 plating solely for filling in the space, and covering up the build’s surface with studs.
The Lego 75151 is a fantastic set as a whole. It’s got loads of detail in its exterior, and plenty of fun, playable features. But the size of the model reduces its appeal.