LEGO Star Wars Slave I 75060 Star Wars Toy Review
Ever since the Lego 7191 X-Wing Fighter made its official debut back in the late 90s, the toy company has since catered to the whims of Star Wars and Lego fans alike thanks to a steady and slow release of highly-detailed and large Star Wars-themed builds, which are collectively known as the Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS). Lego has managed to cover all of the build bases over the past decade. They have released plenty of UCS versions when it comes to plenty of iconic Star Wars settings, machines, and vehicles. Recently, they have revisited the ever-popular X-Wing fighter with the Lego 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter back in 2014. But despite all of that, there were still a handful of gaps left from inside the complete UCS lineup, the most notable being the Slave 1 ship. Well, now Lego fans are in luck – Because of the efforts of the Lego Community, as well as its Engagement and Events team, there is now an official Lego 75060 Slave 1 ship build, released in January 2015.
The Lego 75060’s box is rather heavy, despite not it being a huge box. It’s actually smaller as compared to the one from the Sandcrawler UCS set, which was also released in 2015. The size of the box is the same as the one from the Lego 10225 R2-D2 set, except it’s much deeper. The front side of the box contains a very large image of the completed Slave 1 ship mid-flight. The ship is posing against the backdrop of a gigantic Bespin sunset. Cloud City can be seen in the far distance. At the bottom right corner of the screen is a tinier image of the Slave 1 ship, sitting on top of its display stand. The box also has the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series logo, which could probably help avoid further conflicts in the far future whenever Lego fans end up deciding which Lego Star Wars sets actually do belong to the UCS, and which ones don’t. This set is recommended for teens aged 14 and up. There are 1996 pieces included in the box.
Meanwhile, the backside of the box includes the Slave 1 model on top of a landing pad, placed together its minifigures with the exception of Han Solo, who is still frozen in carbonite, like what happens in the films. Found in the back of the box are also several panels that feature a couple of the models, parts, alongside a picture of a Bespin Guard as he forces the poor Carbonited Han into the Slave 1 ship, beneath the gaze of Boba Fett. This is actually a good scene to act out with the minifigures after you have done completing the build.
The set contains four minifigures which are located on the side of the box, at a 1:1 scale, including Han Solo in Carbonite. The side of the box also shows that the finished build measures over 43 centimeters long, and 19 centimeters high – And this does not include the display stand.
The box has been secured with a couple of taping seals at the end of each corner. Snipping off the seals will give you a nicely packed box that includes 16 numbered bags of bricks and accessories. A couple of the bags have numbers – 1 to 13, to be specific. Also found here is an instruction manual and an accompanying sticker sheet. These two are contained right inside a carbon-backed bag, that has been sealed using a piece of sticky tape. And lastly, there are two elements located inside the box. This includes a black tile measuring 8 x 16, as well as the giant windscreen from the Slave 1 ship. There’s also a sizeable sticker sheet as mentioned, which has 23 stickers. The obligatory Lego Star Wars UCS logo practically occupies at least a third of the entire sheet.
The heavy instruction booklet contains at least 300 pages from start to finish. It’s at least A4 sized. The front cover includes the same kind of striking imagery as located from the front side of the box. Even though a huge portion of the booklet – Around 284 pages, according to some owners – Is filled with building instructions, there’s also some very important content that’s worth taking a closer look. This includes a short summary of the Lego Star Wars Universe, and a short biography of the whole Lego Star Wars team, headed by Jens Kronvold Fredericksen, the official Lego Star Wars Design Director. There’s a three-page portion of the book that gives off figures and facts regarding the Slave 1 ship. This includes technical specifications, as well as a two-page interview with Hans Burkhard Schlomer, the person who designed the series. Also included in the manual is a four-page inventory of several parts of the build. There are two pages that showcase the 75060’s features, as well as advertisements for the Lego 75059 Sandcrawler. Also included here is a request for feedback at the very end of the manual.
This set contains four types of minifigures: The first one is a Bespin Guard who is only found in the 75060. Prior to this, there was only one Bespin Guard minifigure that was also an exclusive character in the Lego 6209 – And this was released nearly a decade ago. That minifigure had a dark skintone, and not much ornate printing located on the front side of his torso, as compared to the new version. The 2015 version with the 75060 comes with a different kind of headgear.
Contrary to the 2006 variant of the Bespin Guard, his torso also includes a back print. However, he does not include an alternative expression.
Next character is Boba Fett, who is seen as more of an anti-hero in the films. There’s already a whole set of different versions of the Boba Fett minifigure, as evidenced in past Lego Star Wars releases. And now, another one has been included in the 75060. Having mentioned this, his torso print looks pretty much the same as the print that is included in some of the more recent iterations of the minifigure, even though his printed arms are slightly unrecognizable from his past versions. There are also suspicions that his darker tan-printed pauldron looks very new. A lot of fans are also certain that the printing on his legs have already shown up in at least one previous version of the minifigure – Same with his helmet.
Unlike some of the past Boba Fett minifigures that came with an unprinted minifigure head, this version has his own printed flesh head. He does not carry an alternate expression, like the Bespin Guard. If you take a look at the back of the figure, you can see that Boba Fett wears a sand-green jet pack with nozzles attached. This has shown up in past builds of the Boba Fett minifigure.
The third minifigure is the Stormtrooper. Contrary to the Boba Fett and Bespin Guard minifigures, he actually shows up pretty often in most Lego Star Wars builds. This particular variant of the figure has appeared in this form in the Lego 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer. He also looks very nice, with plenty of printing detail on the front side of his legs and torso, while donning a very detailed helmet. Sometimes you have to wonder if Lego could possibly fit any more detail right into their Lego Star Wars minifigures, like what they have done at the present.
In comparison to other versions of the Stormtrooper minifigures, which all carry a plain black minifigure head beneath the helmets, the version also has his own flesh minifigure head thanks to a detailed head-print. Like the other two, the Stormtrooper has no alternate expression. The minifigure also has a rather detailed back printing.
The Han Solo minifigure isn’t exactly what you call exclusive to the 75060, but the closest minifigure that resembles the one in the 75060 has showed up in the LEGO 9516 Jabba Palace back in 2012. That version possessed a different sort of head print. This new version carries unprinted legs, and a simple torso print.
Han’s got two expressions on his face: The first one is the ‘I’m frozen in carbonite’ look, and the other is his regular look. He does not have back printing on his torso either.
This model is just superb. Not only is it very large, it also looks amazing, and the general build has been completely enjoyable from beginning to the end. For a good amount of reasons, even the Lego flagship Ultimate Collector Series models have suffered especially if you compare them with the efforts produced by Star Wars MOC specialists. However, on this occasion, so many fans are certain that the 75060 is a gigantic build, and is just as good as the past Slave 1 MOC builds found online, or in toy stores. And not only that, designer Schlomer was also able to make sure that the 75060 is a stable model, and integrate a handful of features in the build, which includes a hidden weapon compartment, rotating wings, and an opening cargo bay door straight inside the model, which is remarkable.