Sheng Yuan's take on Lego's Star Wars Senate Commando Troopers.
Box is almost identical as Lego's. Shows the four minifigs with same equipment and the vehicle included, or turret if you want to be more specific.
The back part of the box showing the features of the set. Great gatling stud shooter, more on that later on. The Senate Commando Troopers have their own stud shooters as well.
Group photo! Great quality and colors for both the turret and the minifigs. The color combination works well in my opinion. Not really sure where in the show this turret was, but the Senate Commando Troopers were for sure in the Star Wars The Clone Wars TV series from Cartoon Network.
Comes with instruction manual, pretty much complete instructions inside.
The four minifigures, namely: 1 Senate Commando Captain and 3 Senate Commando (Troopers). Formally, I think they're only known as Senate Commandos, but let's just add the "trooper" because that's the name of the box set anyway.
Beyond the additional painting and signs on the front part ONLY of Senate Commando Captain (on the left), they're pretty much identical (with the other Commandos as well). Save the Captain's gun which has an extension or a buttstock thing. Nice addition in my opinion!
They have the angry Clone Trooper faces, except for the Captain's not-angry face. From the show, I remember seeing these Senate Commando Troopers as non-clone, well the main guy in the show at least, not sure about his other comrades. So it's a bit strange having them equipped with Clone Trooper faces, but hey, does it really matter especially since you're probably gonna keep the helmets on when displaying or even playing with them?
Note: The Senate Commando Troopers' helmets have the same mold as Phase 1 Clone Troopers' helmets. In the show, they're more resembling Greek/Roman helmets, imagine the Spartans' helmets in 300 but colored all blue as seen below. Despite that, Lego was able to work with the Clone Trooper helmets looking like those Greek/Roman helmets. Good job, Lego! (And SY!)
The Captain's stud-shooter with the additional buttstock. I really think it looks great even though it's one simple attachment to the stud-shooter. Anyway, about the stud-shooters, I think I'd rather call them stud-droppers as they don't really shoot the studs, and just drop them, like most of SY's stud-shooters. I think this isn't the case for Lego's but hey, I wasn't really a fan of the stud-shooter design as you/kids may easily lose the studs when shot too far + choking hazards haha. The turret's stud-shooters though is a different story.
Group photo! Only one pilot for the turret, sadly. Though very logical since hey, what do you need another pilot for? Okay, maybe for reloading and other technical stuff, but one pilot is good enough, I guess. The turret rotates, it's attached to a rotating lego piece on four legs that also adjust. You can increase the height or lower the height of the turret to your liking as seen below. Easy to pose + you can save up on space with the legs being able to move!
Did I mention that the turret can rotate in a circular motion? Yes? Then did I mention that it can also aim up and down? No? Well, it can. Great for displays and playing. Just like real life turrets and not like other toys where a turret is stuck in a stationary position. What, you gonna hope your opponent steps into the line of fire for you? Haha.
On to the amazing gatling stud-shooter. This thing can shoot as fast as you can turn the gear and pretty far. Not really recommended for children, especially toddlers, so be careful. Anyway, the things shoots well just like the one in the Geonosis Clone Troopers set. This one has a better mechanism in my opinion though, largely due to that black gear piece that makes rotating/triggering the shooter easier.
As you can see, you can rotate the turret 360 degrees. Really great for creating diorama displays, and even for playing. + Additional photos below. Gear pieces for the legs and the parts that show how great you can pose your turret.
Overall happy with this set. Just as good as the other 3 Star Wars Army Builder sets. Note, the army builder tag isn't official, I just call them so because of the four minifigs included in the set. But yeah, this set adds variety to the three other sets. Hoping SY makes more copies of Lego's "Army Builders" so that army building for both children and collectors can be cheaper! Haha.
Check out the other two sets. Last one to come soon, so stay tuned!
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