The Lego 7914 Mandalorian Battle Pack is a mediocre set and like the Lego 7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack, the price only makes things worse. Now that it’s 2011, expect to see this set and the other current 2011 sets in stores. Also check out Lego Shop At Home, where the sets have been available for around two weeks now.
Like the 7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack, the price for this set was also raised a dollar to $11.99. In addition to that, the piece count is lower in comparison, at 68 as opposed to 85. To make matters worse, the majority of the pieces are small bricks, such as 1×1 slope tiles and 2×2 curved bricks. If you look at these factors, it’s easy to see that the price is much higher than it should be; it’s even easier if you consider the clone trooper battle pack to be expensive. The piece count and parts quality are lower, and it costs the same as the other battle pack.
Design and Build
Included in this set are four Mandalorian warrior minifigures, which are all exactly the same. The only thing making each one different is what weapon you decide to give them. There is no actual variation in the minifigures like there was for the clones in the other battle pack. It could’ve been better if they had at least given each figure a different face. However, given that all Mandalorians in the Clone Wars series we’ve seen so far look exactly the same with their armor on, at least that’s accurate. They’re quite detailed, and they look great with their jetpacks on.
One might argue that Lego could have included Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, a group of Mandalorians who wanted to return their people to their ancient roots as warriors. I would say no, even if it gives the set some variety, because it wouldn’t make much sense. So far, all of the battle packs Lego has released only feature standard troops or droids, and not main characters. In the Lego 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack, a Rebel pilot by the name of Zev Senesca was included, but there are no facial features or special markings on his body or helmet that differentiates him from any other standard Rebel pilot. I don’t see how they’ll design pilots to be much different than he is, but the point is that it’s possible to just consider him a Rebel pilot.
Now, if Pre Vizsla was included, that wouldn’t work, because he’s the sole leader of the Death Watch. He has very distinct differences from the standard Mandalorian warrior, including his cape, helmet, and armor. He has a light blue cape with the Death Watch emblem painted on it, which no other Mandalorian carries. His helmet is much darker and also features the Death Watch emblem painted above the visor. His armor has light blue markings, which the regular Mandalorian warriors don’t have, and he wields the darksaber, a type of lightsaber that his ancestors stole from the Jedi. See what I mean? The purpose of battle packs is to build your army. Let’s just hope that he is included in a larger set in the future, because he would be a very neat minifgure to have.
The Mandalorian speeder bike is accurate to the series as well, but given its size, it would have been better if Lego had included a second one in the set. It consists of 22 pieces, so if you add a second, the total piece count would come out to be 90. That’s much closer to the 85 pieces in the Clone Trooper Battle Pack. The speeder isn’t really that big, either; the two flaps in the front simply make it look bigger, so a second one would have made up for its size.
The turret included in this set is decent. It’s compact and it’s solid, and it reminds me of the turret that was included in the Lego 7655 Clone Trooper Battle Pack, released in 2007. The only qualm I have with it though is the part where the turret is attached. It spins around too easily and feels loose. I would have preferred it if it was a bit tighter, but maybe that’s just me. Otherwise, it’s a neat addition.
The set includes a pair of blaster pistols, a short blaster rifle, a standard blaster rifle, and, if I had to guess, a sniper blaster rifle. The pistols are the same new sculpts included in the clone trooper battle pack. They look a bit odd with scopes on them, but it’s not really an issue. It’s convenient how each Mandalorian can wield a different weapon at the same time. It’s more aesthetically pleasing to see troops that look the same holding different weapons; that way, they don’t look like clones. Though they are Mandalorian like the famous Jango Fett after whom the clones were based off of, it should be noted that they are not, so this was a good idea. You could pretend that the one wielding the pistols is the group leader; you could pretend that the ones using the short blaster rifle and standard blaster rifle are Mandalorian troops; you could pretend the one using the sniper blaster rifle is an assassin. In short, you can classify your minifigures as a type of soldier to give them some identification, which is fun to do. The jetpacks are also very nice additions since those and the helmets are the trademarks of the Mandalorians.
I think that less thought was put into this set than what was put into the clone trooper battle pack, which is an excellent set. If another speeder bike had been included, the piece-to-price ratio would have been much better. However, it was still nice to be able to get the Mandalorians. The new helmet sculpt has only been seen on Boba Fett in the Lego 8097 Slave I, so being able to get it in such volume in a small set and see what it’s about is a surprise.
-brand new Mandalorian helmet sculpt (x4)
-Mandalorians are accurate to what’s seen on the show
-speeder bike is accurate to what’s seen in the show
-good variety of weapons
-price is too high; very poor piece-to-price ratio
-pieces are mostly small bricks (1x1s, 1x2s, 2x2s, etc)
-no variation in minifigures
-both speeder bike and turret are inferior to the BARC speeder