The battle droids of the Trade Federation have landed and taken over Naboo. Who is going to have the strength and courage stop them but a few Jedi, Royal troopers and the Gungans? Released in 2011, the LEGO 7929 The Battle of Naboo set adds to an existing collection of Trade Federation invaders and Naboo defenders. The set contains a larger troop transport and armed Gungan warriors! With a total of twelve minifigures (Jar Jar Binks, Gungan trooper, eight regular battle droids and two droid pilots), this set has enough firepower to start a small war!
The 9-inch (22.5 cm) droid carrier is essentially a larger version of the 7126 Battle Droid Carrier that was released in 2001. Both sets have the same design, a long sled-like frame, with a place at the front for the driver. Each set also has a rack for the droids to stay on when in stasis, and those racks can be dropped off into the combat zone as needed, especially if the droid pilots don’t want to be shot! The droids fold down from the hip, making it more like how the droids were stored in the movie, while the 7126 Battle Droid Carrier had the droids clip onto a rack, making them harder to get on and off. There’s even a space for their blasters to be placed beside the droids. However, this does take up more space, so the troop transport utilizes two levels to store the droids. The transport glides along on sled runners for ease of play and has a light to help the droids see at night. Let’s face it, droid pilots aren’t the greatest drivers in the universe.
The set has two droid pilots, trimmed with blue, and a full compliment of eight regular battle droids. The straight arms will allow them to get into loads of trouble, and we all know how stupid battle droids can be. These droids can be knocked down, but they’ll just keep coming. What will the Gungans do? Send out Bombad General Jar Jar!
Jar Jar Binks plays the hero in this set, rather than the comic relief. Chosen to lead the Gungan army into battle, a prospect he doesn’t look too happy about, Jar Jar must take down the droid army. The new minifigure is shaped exactly like the old one, except that this figure’s face has been painted to give Jar Jar eyes and a more realistic skin tone. He carries two booma (the blue energy balls), but will he be able to hit any of the droids he’s aiming at, or will he just cause more chaos? The regular Gungan trooper is likewise a unique minifigure. It had the same Gungan head, but the prints make it look like he’s wearing a leather cap and he’s wearing the traditional uniform of the Gungan army, as seen in Episode 1. Carrying an all-new energy shield and a Cesta, essentially a pole with a booma on the end, this warrior is trained and ready for combat. Sadly there is only one such Gungan warrior in this set. You wouldn’t want to be the battle droid fighting him!
Though the set is not terribly large, it is quite complex. Recommended by LEGO for builders are 7 to 12, this 241-piece set is primarily made up of smaller parts. The rack system and the rails that hold the rack in place are fairly complex, but younger builders should be able to handle it without too much help. An amazing set to boast a young builder’s confidence, it is also a great set to add to any Star Wars LEGO collection. Adding sets like 7115 Gungan Patrol, 7184 Trade Federation MTT, 7155 Trade Federation AAT and other Episode 1 battle sets will make play even better. The more Gungans and battle droids involved, the more fun the fight will be.
Will the Gungans be able to hold off the droids while the Jedi retake the city, or will they all be captured? Only you can decide, and the epic 7929 The Battle of Naboo will allow you to recreate the amazing movie battle!
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