The Lego 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship is undoubtedly an odd-looking set. From its two large engines to the strange placement of the cockpit, this gunship is well-built. For the most part, it’s accurate to what’s shown in The Clone Wars, except with one very apparent flaw, when one looks closely enough. Regardless of this though, the set comes with some nifty features and unique minifigures, as well as a variety of accessories.
Like all of the 2011 Lego Star Wars sets thus far, this set was no exception to overpricing. At $49.99, this set is expensive. Based on the other sets’ prices, though, the pricing is consistent with the other overpriced sets of the line. The only thing that bugs me about the pricing, however, is the number of pieces included in this set – 389. It’s not so much the actual piece count as it is the fact that the 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle also has 389 pieces, and it’s priced at $59.99. So the problem isn’t with this set, it’s just some apprehensions I have of the 7931, now that I have this set to compare it with. When I do get a chance to review the 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle, I’ll elaborate more.
Design and Build
In this set, Lego decided to include bounty hunters Aurra Sing, Sugi and Embo, as well as a black assassin droid. The minifigures themselves are excellent. They are all very detailed – Lego has been doing a spectacular job in regards to the minifigures they’ve included in sets this year.
They even designed a hairpiece for Aurra and printed a design on Embo’s large hat. I wish that they would have included a different minifigure though, and not some assassin droid – which many of us have from those battle packs released a few years ago and from the more recent 8128 Cad Bane’s Speeder.
It would have been preferable if they had included a Rumi Paramita or a Seripas minifigure, both bounty hunters that are a part of Sugi’s band. From a story standpoint, it doesn’t make much sense why they included Aurra. It’s not that I have a problem with the figure, because I think it’s very well done. They may all be bounty hunters, but Aurra works more with the likes of Cad Bane – unlike Sugi and her band, she has no sense of honor. But that’s probably just me.
Now, onto the ship. The bounty hunter assault gunship, or the Halo, as Sugi dubbed it, is a dark-green gunship with a unique design. It sports two massive turbine engines, but has practically no main body. The engines are attached to a long, relatively thin fuselage which extends from the cockpit, which in itself is odd as well.
In comparison to the rest of the ship, it’s a large and bulky section. The top half is the pilot’s cockpit, and the lower section is a loading bay of sorts. Lego did a fantastic job with the bay doors, which smoothly open and close. Unlike the 7676 Republic Gunship, the outside of the doors are completely stud-free, which makes the ship as a whole look that much sleeker. If you open the bay doors and peer inside, you’ll see a little window in the back with bars on it. Outside, there’s a hatch that opens up and makes it so that you can see out of that “window.” I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s little functional details like these that make me more appreciative of a set. On the top, there’s an opening hatch that’s a tad looser than I’d like it to be, but it’s not a problem. Underneath is a spot where you can place the gun rack. The window used in the cockpit is a perfect fit. It’s a short, clear, curved window piece. If I remember correctly, they were first used in the Lego Speed Racer sets.
In regards to the head of the ship, I think there’s one major flaw, and that’s length. I would venture to say that the height is to scale, but the length does the ship no justice. It’s much too short and hardly anything can fit in the cargo hold as a result. If you look at this screenshot of the ship, you can see that the cargo hold is much longer. If Lego had followed through completely with making this ship accurate, it would have been even better – then, the figures would probably all fit inside the ship. As it is now, only the assassin droid (plus a couple of accessories) can fit in the cargo hold, with Sugi on top in the cockpit. Embo and Aurra are always left out.
The fuselage features a neat play function. If pushed forward, the turbine engines are turned on its side, shifting the ship to “flight” mode. If pulled back, the engines face the ground perpendicularly, allowing the ship to stand upright. If left in flight mode, the weight of the engines makes the ship fall backwards. I tested this by attaching a 2×2 plate underneath the fuselage, where the moving piece and the stationary piece meet, to hold it in place. This left the ship in flight mode, which, unfortunately, as I have already mentioned, makes it impossible to stand upright. The top of the fuselage is plain, but in a good way – it’s in keeping with the sleek design of the ship. Nearer to the cockpit is a rear-facing turret, which is a nice touch.
Knives, blasters, blaster pistols, a bowcaster, a Jedi holocron and a high-tech safe to contain it – what’s not to like about this?
In the show, Sugi wielded daggers and Embo used a bowcaster, a unique crossbow-blaster rifle hybrid. Aurra has her own pair of pistols, and the assassin droid its own blaster or blaster rifle. The extra can be stored on a piece that attaches to the hatch of the cockpit, which is quite convenient.
Overall, the 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship is one of those sets that surprised me. I initially believed that it was a boring, badly designed set, which no one wanted, seeing that many are left over on shelves in Toys R’ Us, Target, Wal-Mart, and other stores. After building it, exploring its features and critiquing its design and detail, I must say that I am impressed with this set. I most certainly recommend it, whether you’re a collector or a casual Lego fan.
-superb features on gunship (turret, opening barred hatch in cargo hold, etc)
-functional play features (bay doors, rotating turbine engines)
-highly detailed minifigures
-excellent variety of accessories
-minifigures and accessories accurate to the show
-unique structural design and color scheme
-the head of the gunship is much too short in length
-cargo hold cannot contain any minifigures (except assassin droid)
-loose cockpit hatch