LEGO STAR WARS Jabba's Barge 75020 Review
During the past couple of years, Lego has probably produced more builds connected to the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy sets, as compared to the ones found in the original trilogy of films. This wave is a perfectly good example of the entire trend. The Lego 75020 Jabba Sail Barge set has got to be the only build from the Lego Summer 2013 collection that hails from the original Star Wars trilogy. Even though there’s only one, it’s a rather impressive build overall.
The first couple of photographs from the set weren’t that pleasing to the eye at first glance. For instance, the nose looked rather awful, and the whole set of minifigures seemed quite tiny for a set that only costed $119.99 for over 850 pieces. Even though it’s not exactly Lego’s best Star Wars-themed build, the Sail Barge looks, in certain people’s opinions, so much better in person rather than what the artworks have recommended. This is probably similar to the most recent Lego Cuusoo offering of the Lego 21003 The Delorean Time Machine from Back to the Future. The minifigures look wonderful, and the real build is actually a wonderful representation of the Sail Barge as seen in the films.
As mentioned earlier, the 75020’s artwork completely does this model no favors. The angle that this ship has been pictured with does not complement its overall look, and thanks to the drab color scheme of the Sail Barge itself and the Tatooine background, the image of the completed build doesn’t look too brilliant as the builds found inside other boxes – Especially the ones connected to the Star Wars Lego theme. The usual green border tends to run towards the top portion of the box. Meanwhile, beneath it, is a host of minifigures which were included in the set, as well as an ad for the accompanying poster that is included inside as a freebie.
The backside of the box showcases the set as it is opened up, and does contain a bunch of images that show off the build’s features, together with a set of rather cinematic shots.
The 75020 contains two sets of instructional booklets, which were thrown in together with the free poster mentioned earlier, the sticker sheet and the plastic sails. All of them have been packaged inside with an accompanying cardboard backing to stop the contents from warping. Inside are six variants of numbered bags, together with a tiny bag that includes all of the necessary components utilized to create the Jabba The Hutt figure.
The accompanying poster has been created with a rather interesting style to it. It actually does resemble a basic watercolor painting. This shot is decorated with laser bolts and explosions, making it truly action-packed. You can see the Rebels combat Jabba and his henchmen, over the Pit of Carkoon.
There are six minifigures included in the build, and four of them make their official debut in the 75020. We will start with one of the Star Wars universe’s primary antagonists: Jabba The Hutt. Jabba is a crime lord, and he’s the main star of the build. A similar Jabba figure has actually showed up in the LEGO 9516 Jabba’s Place from the previous year, which was actually another great Star Wars Lego build. Jabba’s minifigure is comprised of three parts: A blue Lego Technic pin, his printed head, the tail and body section, which lets him twist his huge body at this joint. He’s also sporting some poseable arms, allowing him to hold on to certain items in a similar way as any other minifigure would do.
There’s also some tanned markings and prints on his head, with huge orange eyes. At the backside, you can find some wrinkles. There’s also a tiny tattoo on his arm, much like the previous Jabba The Hutt minifigure from last year’s build. This is actually an accurate piece of detail, alongside the tiny textured touches located on the entire figure, which is meant to represent his nose and mouth. The bottom half of the figure also has some wrinkles on them, this time in a darker tan color. There are twenty studs located beneath the figure, allowing you to connect Jabba to any Lego surface or baseplate. It’s safe to say that this iteration of Jabba is so much better than his predecessor, and a lot of fans are hoping that this design would be used in plenty more builds in the future.
The next figure in the list is a member of Jabba’s entourage – A Weequay Skiff Guard. Despite this particular minifigure looking too simple, it’s one of the more useful ones in the set. In any Tatooine MOC, there are a couple of unnamed pirates roaming around the galaxy, and this figure is meant to represent them all. He just fits the role nicely. His head is printed with leathery skin, which is mostly a unique trait for Weequay Species. The detail is actually incredible, even with the vacant black eyes seen in his film counterpart. Lego has used black mesh to hide the same eyes, giving the minifigure a distinctively creepy appearance. Meanwhile, the backside of his head has been printed with a top portion of his ponytail, which runs on downwards to his torso.
The front side of the minifigure’s torso is filled with reddish brown padding. He also wears a simple belt. His backside is currently occupied thanks to the ponytail, which also looks very realistic. Some of the fans have complained that this look has been printed on instead of going with a separate mold – But then again he still looks amazing whether he wears a mold or not. The legs come in a plain tanned color, and he’s even got his own Vibro axe accessory. This is an axe head that is connected to a darkened pearl gray spear piece.
The third minifigure in the 75020 is the Ree-Yees minifigure. He actually hold the distinction of being Lego’s first ever Gran minifigure. In the films though, Ree-Yees is a rather obscure character, and his claim to fame is only having a nasty hand deformity. Acquiring a head piece for this three-eyed monster has been seen as a treat, since these aliens are ever-present in the whole Star Wars universe. This means that they can just fit in nicely into practically every Star Wars MOC – Similar to the Weequay Skiff Guard. Ree-Yees’ head mold also carries some very strong details, and he looks very incredible. His body is cast inside some sort of tanned plastic and rubber combination. He’s also got printed eyes with some fine molded details: Namely his nostrils, the ears, and even a tiny antenna which pokes on top of his head.
Ree-Yees’ torso comes in the average minifigure design. This one has a striped brown tunic, as well as a plain belt. These both continue from his torso all the way to his back. Meanwhile, his legs carry a dark brown hue, and he carries with him a blaster.
The Max Rebo minifigure is probably the most memorable character in the sixth movie (Return of the Jedi). The film has described him as looking like a blue elephant. And even though he only shows up for a couple of seconds, he has since gained a cult following all thanks to his backstory. This is a Lego minifigure that is both outstanding and uncomplicated at the same time. Max’s head mold has got to be the most important aspect of the figure itself, and Lego’s version does not disappoint one bit. The body has been cast inside the same plastic and rubber molding like Ree-Yees’, while the only printing seen here was for Max’s eyes. Lego has managed to capture all of the aspects of the Max Rebo minifigure, including his trunk, his large ears, as well as the dimples – A physical trait of his film counterpart.
Max’s torso and legs come in a simple blue color without any prints – As it should be. He looks fine in plain blue. A lot of Star Wars and Lego fans were both impressed with how the minifigure looked, since it has exceeded their expectations. He has retained a perfect amount of simplicity, while still managing to capture the character. Max Rebo looks fantastic, especially when he plays his favorite instrument, the Nalargon.
Even though the actual model looks amazing, it could use a bit more increase in the sizing. The 75020 is a rather small build, and it’s a tad bit pricey especially when you consider the contents. The assortment of minifigures is just wonderful, and even though a good portion of them don’t comprise of popular characters, and are, in fact, obscure, they all look good and are completely accurate to their film counterparts.
The price of the build is perhaps the only drawback of the Lego 75020. At $99.99, it should be given full marks as it is – However, the set does come with its own amount of flaws. The pricing is what damages the reputation of the set overall.