Beedo’s Star Wars Lego Reviews – Khetanna wins. Fatality.

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2013-08-01, 22:01:31

Wa tetu dat uta, gang, and happy belated birthday to me! I ordered this set from Amazon.co.uk a few days before my birthday (23rd of June), and it only just arrived on my doorstep on the morning of 29th of July. After a couple of hours’ construction (which just flew by), I had a surprisingly massive representation of Jabba’s luxury Ubrikkian (U-brick-ian!) sail barge, the Khetanna.

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Seriously, though, the photograph on the front of the box doesn’t do the model justice; the perspective makes it look grossly misshapen. The photos on the back, while handily showing off several of the features, also don’t give you a great look at the completed barge. But enough about the box. It’s what’s inside that counts . . . .

Box contents: 7 large parts bags (each containing a smaller bag of smaller parts), 1 baggie containing Jabba’s cephalothrorax and abdomen, 6 mini-figures with accessories, at least 1 brown flexible tube, 1 baggie containing 2 instruction books, sticker sheet, poster, 2 printed cellophane sheets with punch-out sails, and a sheet of cardboard for rigidity.

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Yes, there are two bags labelled “2”. That phase of construction – the ship’s interior – was a doozy.

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You know you’re in for a long slog when the instructions are broken up into volumes.

(Aside): I’ve been wondering why European Lego boxes don’t state the number of pieces in the set, like American Lego boxes do. I haven’t contacted Lego on the subject, but I theorise thusly: Lego always thoughtfully includes a few extra small bits just in case you drop one on the carpet. And I wouldn’t be surprised if some dickweed actually threatened to sue Lego because they included more pieces than the box promised. (Either that, or the number of spares varies from box to box, and Lego are simply taking steps to avoid any possible attention from hyper-litigious scumwads who just love to ruin a nice day.)

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Side A of the poster shows some new mini-figure variations released with this year’s sets. Sorry I couldn’t get it clearer, but this was actually the best of about 10 shots I took of this bloody thing.

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Side B of the poster shows the Battle of Carkoon re-enacted using a little CGI and the Sail Barge and Desert Skiff sets.

Features: Rolling wheels, pivoting sails, clip-on railing cannon (non-firing), pivoting flick-missile blaster cannon with 2 missiles, opening bow compartment, hidden retractable / removable firing “pirate” cannon with 4 plasma shells, movable shutters, fold-down hull panels, removable deck, movable steering vanes, rotating Red Ball Jett organ, “mat” for Jabba to sit on, jail cell gaol cell brig with opening door, and galley with opening storage crate, utensils, and food.

Figures: Jabba the Hutt, Enslaved Leia with chain, Weequay with force pike, Ree-Yees with blaster, R2-D2 with drinks tray, and Max Rebo (fits inside Red Ball Jett organ)

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The mini-figures, front view. As you can see, Leia looks justifiably pissed off. And Max is nekkid. Max and Ree-Yees both have their heads made of a softer, rubbery material.

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From the back, you can see that Weequay’s braids are part of his paint deco. Also, Leia’s wearing a thong. Artoo still doesn’t have any detail on his back. (I enjoy R2 deco almost as much as Art Deco. Thank you! I’m here all week!) And Max is still buck nekkid. Other than that, the details on these tiny figures are again amazing. Rivets, creases, belts, buckles, straps, and skin textures are all handled very well on such a miniscule scale.

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Leia is the only figure in this set who has the two-faced, changeable-expression head. Here, we see her happy face.

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Comparing Jabbas. The one on the left is from the Sail Barge set. The one on the right is from the Palace set. The Sail Barge Jabba’s paint deco is somewhat duller and greyer, but also a bit more sharply detailed. Compare the definition on the clan tattoos.

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This one’s for Bill.

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Bad management skills, but he gets results.

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A whole sheet full of shutters and vent stickers to apply.

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Max and his organ. (Grow up.) It’s situated in the aft hold, right above the thrusters. (Seriously, stop it.)

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A close up of the strongbox from the galley. Very tiny Aurebesh lettering there. Sweet.

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A shot of the galley and part of the brig (on the left) during construction of the interior. Remember those two large baggies of parts labelled “2” from the third picture? If not, scroll back up for a look. I’ll wait . . . . See? There’s almost half of your build-time, right there. This is what comes of following the instructions exactly. And you know, at this point, the gags pretty much write themselves. Fill the following space with your own “steaming-hot blue balls” jokes:

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Got that out of our systems? Good. Let’s continue.

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Completed ship, port side. Steering vanes folded flush with hull and all shutters closed. Only by flattening them thus can you properly open up the side panels.

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Completed ship, starboard side. Steering vanes folded flush with hull and all shutters closed.

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Completed ship, stern. Steering vanes folded out a bit for appearance. You can see the nifty structure of the masts that allow the sails to take their distinctive shape. At the top of the rear mast, you can make out a ball-and-socket joint (present on both masts) that will allow you to position the sails pretty much however you like. (Example of that a bit later .) Perspective on this model is tricky. It’s hard for me to get a good picture of it, but the sides of the barge aren’t nearly as vertical as they appear in most shots. Even though it’s not an ideal shot either, this image shows that the sides of the hull do slope, if steeply.

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Completed ship, bow. Unlike the first version of the Sail Barge, which had a steep, rounded front, the bow on this version has the correct slope, but is made of very noticeably angular bricks. This is largely because of . . .

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. . . the retractable / removable main “pirate” cannon. Seriously. Straight out of the Pirates line. The only modification is that it fires translucent red “plasma” shells. Anywho, you swing up the prow, and the canon slides forward. Unfortunately, it can’t be fired while it’s still in the ship . . .

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. . . which is why it’s removable. Uses the standard spring-action breech finial to launch the projectile. Nifty and fun (especially if you’ve never had a firing Lego cannon before), but looks a bit out-of-place in a sci-fi set.

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The underside of the barge, showing the eight wheels (the last two are on either side of the red axle-plate at the back . . . er, aft . . . of the ship) that allow it to roll pretty well on any smooth, level surface.

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The clip-on railing gun. Has great range of movement on its pivots, and can be removed and clipped on elsewhere on the barge. Heh. Poop deck.

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Here’s a shot of the movable sails. Also shown is the deck gun, which doesn’t look as big as the original Lego version. Still, it’s got two firing flick-missiles, if you’re into that sort of thing. The deck gun also rotates on its base and tilts up and down.

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With the deck removed and all the hull panels folded down, you can get a better idea of the layout of the barge. And it also makes playing around with it easier. The green-and-russet disco dance-floor is actually meant to be Jabba’s mat of cushions. He pegs in with the aid of the black tile in the middle of the mat. Just under the brig’s barred window, you might be able to make out the four translucent red “plasma” shells that are meant for use with the main cannon.

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Interior loaded up with figures. Of course, for accuracy, you should put the Weequay on your Desert Skiff set, should you have one. (And if not, why not? It’s sweet! Go buy one!)

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A shot from the starboard side with the panels open shows the interior of the brig, with its opening door.

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An example of the opening shutters in a fly-by heckling. These are the shutters by Jabba’s spot. The two outer ones hold the structure in place, while the two inner ones move. The forward hull sections have 7-shutter panels, the two outer ones and the middle one are the structural support, with two pairs of opening shutters.

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A look at the movable steering vanes. They can move in and out on hinges, fold flat against the hull, and simulate “steering,” something this version of the Sail Barge has over its predecessor, which apparently had fixed vanes.

Fully assembled, the Sail Barge comes in at just a shade over 17½” long. Now, I don’t have the original version of the Lego Sail Barge to compare the new version to, but a bit of online research shows that the old version comes in at around the 18” mark, so there’s not much difference in length, but looking at other online pictures and reviews, this new version has less interior space, less deck space, and fewer details (like Jabba’s disgusting munchies) than the old version. I find this strange, because according to the U.S. boxes, this new version of the Sail Barge has about 70 more pieces than the old version, and none of those were used to build an additional skiff and sarlacc.

So, while I’m very glad I ordered this set, I have the usual minor greedy complaint: I would’ve liked it bigger, with more mini-figures. Other than that, this is a pretty nifty representation of the Khetanna, especially if you missed out on the first one. And all the mini-figures look considerably better, too. Very pleased with my purchase.

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Hah! It’s funny ’cause Ree-Yees is a hopeless alcoholic incompetent! Ah, 1950s-style humour, back when life-threatening addictions were hilarious! Great, now I’ve got the image of Ree-Yees talking like Crazy Guggenheim stuck in my head. Yup, a few spares for the parts box. Individual spare parts may vary. Offer void in Utah. Member FDIC.

And again, thanks go to Roubaix International for their Binary Conversion Page

I think I’ve got one more Star Wars Lego review in me. Just gotta shoot the thing.

So, until next time, gang, take it as easy as possible, and may your hunts be rewarding!





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