Beedo’s Star Wars Lego Reviews - Rancor?! I killed ’er!

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2013-02-11, 19:39:37

Of all the wildlife we see in Star Wars – and there’s a surprising amount – my favourite creature is probably the rancor. I don’t know why. It’s a huge, drooling, asymmetrically-faced beast that looks like a melding of gorilla, crocodile, piranha, and potato genes. But I think it’s awesome. (I’m the same way with dinosaurs.) I’ve got a minor, rancor-focused subcollection going on, and when I saw Lego produced a Rancor Pit set with a sweet new rancor, that was that . . . . Image Image

  • Box contents: 4 large parts bags with a few smaller bags therein, a few loose larger parts, 4 mini-figures with accessories, separately bagged rancor parts, instruction book
  • Features: Secret storage compartment in floor, dropping portcullis on a swing-out section of floor, opening service door, clips for tools and keys, hiding spot in wall, able to link up with Jabba’s Palace set
  • Figures: Jedi Luke with longbone, Gamorrean Guard, Malakili with beast-prod and drumstick, skeleton, rancor with manacle-chain. Image

A prey’s-eye view. Image

The galaxy’s weirdest police line-up. The rancor doesn’t have movable legs, but it has moving shoulder, wrist, and jaw joints, as well as two moving fingers on each hand. The new Gamorrean Guard is largely detailed by a slip-on head / armour / fat torso piece that covers the standard Lego mini-figure torso. As such, he’s got no head articulation and limited arm movement. Image

They detailed the folds in Malakili’s back-fat. I don’t know whether to be impressed or disturbed. This shot also shows the portcullis wall on its swing-out section of floor. It is geek law that any playset like this must have several movie scenes recreated with it for the review photoshoot. Okay, maybe not law, but it is expected. Here goes, then . . . . Image Image Image

This shot shows the secret “rock” door in one of the support pillars that serves as Luke’s hidey-hole. Image Image

Didn’t occur to me until after I’d packed away all the Lego and started photo-doctoring that the extra skull in this set can be used to re-enact Luke’s “Ah-HA!” moment. Sorry ’bout that. A locking bar in the top of the archway can be pushed in to hold the portcullis open. Pull the bar out, and you recreate the scene where Malakili gets sad. Image

Another secret hiding spot for keys, bones, or whatever. Image

Malakili’s corner office. He probably shouldn’t be eating his lunch so close to the mucking-out equipment.

And if you think cleaning up after a Labrador is nasty . . . . Image Image

The rancor has a couple of attachment studs on top of each shoulder, so Malakili can ride or groom his pet, or you can build a weapons harness and recreate the PlayStation video game Star Wars: Demolition in Lego! I’m the only one who thinks that might be cool, aren’t I? Yeah. Thought so. Image Image

A couple of shots showing the nifty face-display options on Luke and Malakili. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get it to come out in the photos, but there is actually a tiny little tear rolling down Malakili’s cheek on his sad face. Poor guy. Image

The final shot shows the Rancor Pit set combined with the Jabba’s Palace set to portray La Morte d’Oola. The trap door in front of Jabba’s throne (in this picture, it’s covered by the sliding throne) drops figures straight into the middle of the pit. Note the portcullis has been removed to allow the rancor to get through the archway. This can also be achieved by swinging that wall out on its hinge, but it changes the layout of the pit.

What could’ve made this set even better? Well, it would’ve been nice if it were laid out so that when Jabba’s Palace were stacked on top of it, you could still slide up the portcullis without having to move a section of floor first. A solid wall (removable or on a swing-arm, perhaps) with a built-in ramp / chute that would catch any mini-figures falling from the trap door and deposit them in the pit just like in the film would be cool. Maybe mini-figures of the two assistant rancor keepers. So in other words, I would’ve liked this set to have been bigger. Apart from those minor gripes, this is a darned cool and fun set, and I’m very happy to add it to my rancor collection!

In my next Lego review (most likely Friday), I’ll look at the final set I snagged in my recent spree, the Jabba’s Palace set shown briefly above. is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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