The Lego 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle, being the largest set in the Spring 2011 wave of sets, did not disappoint. The ship itself is simple yet pleasing in design, and at first glance, it’s quite large. It includes a nice assortment of minifigures as well. However, it’s not without a couple of issues – subtle indeed, but they’re there. Read on to find out more!
At $59.99, this set is fairly expensive. What’s more, it contains 389 pieces, the same as the Lego 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship. As I mentioned in that set’s review, I didn’t have a problem with the piece count in that set; I have a problem with the piece count in this set. While the 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle is obviously larger than the 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship, most of its size can be attributed to its wings, which I will explain more in the next section. Typically, more expensive sets are both larger in size and have a significantly higher piece count. This set meets one of those standards, though it cheats a little bit, and does not meet the other.
Design and Build
Before I get into the cons I mentioned earlier in the “Price” section, I’ll get started with the pros. I’m quite fond of the color scheme on the shuttle. It’s very simple, being predominantly red and white; these colors perfectly represent both the Republic and the Jedi, accurate to the show. The cockpit window on the ship is also printed; it is much preferred over the rest of the ship’s decaled pieces, which are nothing more than stickers. The rear of the ship is also very well designed. The large, gray engines break up the red-and-white color scheme a little bit, and the light blue translucent pieces placed in them heavily contrast with the grayness of the engines. This makes for a rather eye-popping effect. Inside the cockpit, the amount of detail is fair and is acceptable. It appears somewhat lacking, but in the end its gets the job done; all gaps are filled and the window fits on perfectly. The play function, the shuttle’s rotating wings, are not really special, but I do like how they’re sturdily attached to the main body of the ship. The wings do not flop around too easily and stay in position fairly nicely. Lastly, the ship sits unexpectedly well. With such a small body and wide wings, you’d think that the ship may tip in either direction. Instead, it sits on flat surfaces very well – just make sure you have the small “Technic” landing gear folded out, because it makes a big difference!
The ship is very large when first seen, but the problem comes in when you consider how it compares to the 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship. Lego cheated a little bit with its size by making the wings extremely wide. I realize this is also due in part to being accurate with the show, which I don’t mind, but once you remove the wings, the main body of the ship is actually quite small, as you can see here. The wings are flat and not much taller than two standard plates put together in most places. Taking all this into consideration, Lego should have listed this at the same price as the bounty hunter gunship, $49.99. Instead, it feels as though they took the shuttle and pushed its price up to $59.99, just to follow the hierarchy of set prices. What I mean by this is, they have sets that are in the $10, $20, $30 and so on ranges, with most only occurring once. Not wanting to sell yet another $50 set, they simply pushed the price up to $60. This is not fact, however, simply my own observation. The issue isn’t really with the set itself, it’s with how they seemed to go about pricing it.
The minifigures included in this set are a great combination. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are fairly common figures to begin with, but so far, this is the only set to include Shaak Ti and Saesee Tiin. They are extremely well-made figures, both with their own unique headpieces which add that much more to them visually. The only qualm I have is with Shaak Ti’s cape, which is more of a paper-like material compared to capes released in earlier sets. When I was putting on her headpiece, the cape’s rigidness pushed back and made it fairly difficult to put on. I feared damaging the headpiece, as it is made of a rubber-like material, as well as ripping the seemingly fragile, paper-like cape.
The only accessories in this set are four lightsabers, one for each minifigure included. Three blue lightsabers for Anakin, Obi-Wan and Shaak Ti and a green one for Saesee Tiin. Like clones and their blasters, no Jedi is complete without his or her own lightsaber. I’m glad to see that Lego included one for each Jedi.
Overall, the 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle is an excellent set. It’s visually appealing, accurate to the show and has some nice features and details as well. The ship’s rotating wings work effectively and do not compromise the ship’s balance. The minifigures are very well chosen, with two of them being brand new figures that are top-notch.
-visually appealing color scheme; simple yet effective
-accurate to the show
-contrasting, eye-popping colors between engine and exhaust
-well designed minifigures; brand new with custom headpieces
-rotating wings function very well
-wings make up majority of set; small main body, overpriced as a result
-only half of the minifigures can fit in the shuttle