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Lego 9489 Endor Rebel Trooper and Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

How is this set different from the other battle pack? Is it different, or more of the same? Well, it is different… but at the same time, not really. It has its advantages, but still suffers from some of the issues the other battle pack did. Read on to find out why!

Price

The set’s MSRP is $12.99, and it comes with 77 pieces. The other battle pack has 98 pieces, so if I considered that set to have come up short in the piece department, you can imagine that I was quite disappointed with the Lego 9489 Endor Rebel Trooper and Imperial Trooper Battle Pack. That’s nearly 17 cents per piece. I understand that costs are going up, but this is a bit over the top. The price on the other battle pack I came to terms with, but it’s harder to do so for this one.

Design and Build

What the set lacks in pieces, it makes up for in its design and build. It is certainly better thought-out than the odd cannon from the other battle pack, which looks like it was slapped together without much consideration for aesthetics or playability. This battle pack succeeds in doing that, though. Minifigures aside for the moment, the camouflaged turret and speeder bike are the main parts of this set.

The speeder bike is more or less the same as previous versions. Lego is still keeping with the handlebar design introduced back in 2010 in the 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Pack. This version is a bit more streamlined and finally, a piece is put on the “prongs” of the speeder to give them more stability. That was a qualm I had with the snowtrooper speeder bike, since the two prongs on the front would often move up and down when I grabbed hold of the bike. It doesn’t sound all that bad, but if it happens enough times the pieces will pop off, which can be somewhat irritating. I like it when things line up, so once I have them in place I prefer them not to move. Putting them back in when they pop off is an annoyance. The addition of this piece is very helpful in preventing this from happening. Overall, I like the look of the speeder bike, and since the biker scout trooper carries a small pistol and not a larger carbine blaster, it can fit snugly and unobtrusively on either side of the bike under his feet.

The Rebel turret camouflaged in the Endor brush looked a little cheesy to me in the preliminary images and even on the box art the day I purchased the set, but now that it’s built and I’m looking at it, I see some things that I really like – and I realize now that it isn’t all that bad. Lego did a fine job in designing it. At first glance, it looks quite simple, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the more subtle details. The tree has multiple color bricks that make up its structure, which I take as Lego’s attempt to make the tree seem more natural. Then there’s this new piece, a small flower-like piece. The instructions only specify that you put on one, but the set comes with an extra, so putting it somewhere else on the set adds to it, for sure. The turret itself looks a little awkward because they just had to give the set a flick-fire missile. It would’ve been much neater if they built it similarly to the turret in the 7914 Mandalorian Battle Pack, or if they made it a mortar-like weapon instead (if they really wanted to keep the flick-fire feature), but this is just a minor gripe. Behind the turret, there’s this random bar piece. When I looked closer, I realized that it serves as a rack for the turret gunner’s blaster. This is just another one of the smaller details I like about this set. Lastly, the circular base makes it easy to move around, which is most definitely a plus. The satellite/turret base from the snowtrooper battle pack was on a rectangular base, which was small for the things that were on it and awkward to move around. This is an improvement on that, so if Lego keeps this up, I wouldn’t mind seeing battle packs in the future featuring small entrenchments like these, especially if they stay true to where the battle is taking place, whether it’s Endor or Geonosis.

Minifigures

As with all 2011 sets I’ve reviewed, I’ll say once again that Lego did a step-up job with the minifigures in the Lego 9489 Endor Rebel Trooper and Imperial Trooper Battle Pack. It comes with an Endor rebel trooper, an Endor rebel officer, a stormtrooper and a biker scout trooper.

Let’s start off with the rebels. The trooper sports both back and front printing, which depicts an open jacket, bandolier and an accessory belt. His helmet is very well-made – and it has multiple colors. It’s tan, dull green and dark gray. The green accents the helmet as a whole and makes it work with the rest of his outfit. He has a hotshot-type expression and, if you look closely, has stubble, too. The officer is different in just enough ways so that you can easily differentiate the two. He also has front and back printing on his torso, but unlike the trooper, he has a tan vest over his fatigues. The helmet is the same. His face is that of a more experienced and hardened soldier wearing a blank expression.

The stormtrooper and biker scout trooper aren’t much to talk about. For one, the biker scout trooper hasn’t changed since the 1999 version. The stormtrooper is slightly different though, as there are minor changes that have been done to his torso printing. We’re talking about outward appearance here, by the way. Why is that significant? Because when you remove their helmets, they have faces. “At last!” I shouted as I put them together. The new heads for these troopers are quite nice – I prefer them over completely black or yellow heads.  Their faces are somewhat similar to the Endor rebel trooper’s – if you look closely, they have stubble as well as mischievous expressions. It would have been even better if the biker scout trooper had his own head instead of the same one as the stormtrooper. Looking back at some past minifigures, I have some pretty good ideas on where they can go with future ones. The 1999 version of the trooper was a standard yellow head with a visor and mouth printed on. When the helmet is put on, the visor fits perfectly within the helmet. Looking at the 2007 AT-ST driver minifigure, I see something of a combination between the two figures for a new biker scout trooper head – a flesh-colored head with a printed visor and face. But for this set, we’ll just have to settle with turning his head backwards.

1999 Scout Trooper (left), 2007 AT-ST Driver (middle), 2012 Scout Trooper (right)

Accessories

The set comes with a blaster rifle, a blaster carbine, two blaster pistols and binoculars. It’s an average assortment of accessories, so there’s nothing to pick at or to praise, either.

The Verdict

This set may have an off-putting price tag and piece count, but in the end, I believe that it’s worth the purchase. It’s evident that thought was put into the design of the set, and that is something I truly appreciate. I’m satisfied with the two parts to the set and with the minifigures.

Pros:

-creative and subtle design for turret/Endor environment
-detailed, accurate minifigures; great quality
-good improvements made to minifigures and speeder bike

Cons:

-off-putting price tag

BrickWars-Sets Rating: 7.5/10 | Great

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