The Dark Troopers made their debut during the second season of The Mandalorian. But they truly cemented their place in Star Wars history during the closing moments of the season finale. With Mando, Grogu and their chums trapped on the bridge of Moff Gideon’s Imperial Light Cruiser. A group of Dark Troopers bear down upon them. That’s until X-wing flies into view and an iconic Jedi Master makes his long-awaited return. This epic face-off is the inspiration for this upcoming new LEGO® Star Wars set. Dark Trooper’s debuted in the Imperial Light Cruiser set and I said in my review of that set, the Minifigure would make a great basis for a Battle Pack set. Although this isn’t a traditional Battle Pack it does feature three Dark Troopers. So here’s a closer look at this interesting new set.
Celebrate the return of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 with this buildable Dark Trooper Attack playset (75324) for fans aged 8+. It features an authentically detailed recreation of the scene inside the Imperial Light Cruiser where Luke reappeared, with a revolving elevator, rotating battle platform and a sliding ‘Force’ platform to fend off Dark Troopers. There are 4 LEGO® minifigures in the set: a new-for-March-2022 Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber, and 3 Dark Troopers, each with blaster rifles, to inspire fun, creative role play.
- Set Name: Dark Trooper Attack
- Set Number: 75324
- Pieces: 166
- Minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Dark Troopers x 3
- RRP: £24.99/$29.99/29.99€
- Number of Bags: Bags x 2
- Stickers: Sheet x 1
- Instructions: Booklet x 1
- Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO Online & General Retail from March 1st
Despite being a fairly small set with only two bags of elements, it has a lot of stickers as you can see from the single sheet of stickers. On the subject of the stickers, some are a little misaligned which is fairly visible on strips placed on the wall columns. But I do like the iconic Imperial ‘dash’ pattern in the rotating lift door, even if they are tricky to apply.
The build is split across two bags, with the first focused on the base of the set. This is slightly raised in order to incorporate a couple of play features or I’d really describe them as interactive functions. These include a rotating plate and a movable section of the floor. These are nicely blended into the base, although the means to activate them are very visible. I did find the rotating plate a little tricky to turn as it can catch a little on the surrounding plates, so make sure they are all fully pushed in place. I also think a splat gear would have been better than just a round plate as it would give you a much better surface to turn.
Bag two adds the walls to the base as well as a rotating cylinder which replicates the lift and Luke Skywalker’s iconic entrance. This entire part of the build has surprisingly few parts, but they do add some great detail. I particularly like the way the open back of one of the sloped columns has been covered up with three 1×1 plates. These also line the corridor area of build, dividing the wall sections. It’s here you’ll also add all of the various stickers. These range from architectural flourishes and control panels. As mentioned above some of them are a little wonky, which is more noticeable in the straight elements.
The set is inhabited by four Minifigures including three Dark Troopers. These are all the same and feature a section of shoulder armour, which helps to bulk it out. The unique elements combine nicely with the headpiece, to capture the combat droid’s red eyes. Each Dark Trooper also has a blaster with uses the short gun piece and a pair of binoculars to extend it, I much prefer this style of blaster compared to the longer single piece weapons often featured in Star Wars sets.
They are joined by iconic Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker. With The Mandalorian set after the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke’s appearance in the show is very similar to the conclusion of the original trilogy. This has been partly featured in previous sets, but I’d say this is the ultimate version as it also uses the new softer material cape and newish hood piece., plus different coloured hands to show Luke’s gloved cybernetic hand.
It’s a nice little set and a way to compile numerous Dark Troopers although it could become quite costly. As I alluded to in my review of some of the Star Wars sets released in January. The accessories packs would make a better way to offer multiple generic Minifigures with the old Battlepacks formula shifting to include characters who wouldn’t normally fit into other sets and you wouldn’t need to have multiples of them. But the set also feels like it could follow a similar path as the Darth Vader Meditation Chamber or Bespin Duel and be a pure display piece minus the play features.
As with most Star Wars released recently, I can see certain ‘fans’ maoning about the set. I can partly see what as there will be those you want multiple Dark Troopers, but as this isn’t a classic style ‘Battle Pack’ or the new Accessory Pack, it’s a costly way to build a battlion of ‘samey’ characters. However, if the new “Battle Packs’ are beign adjusted to include named characters, it’s a great set for that, but I’ll certinaly pair these sort of releases with smaller, cheaper Accessory Packs, only feature generic characters such as Dark Troopers etc. Mainly yo offer fans a choice and to pre-empt any possible negative opinions.
+ Great new version of Luke Skywalker
+ Nice way to get multiple Dark Troopers
+ Play features match on-screen action
– Misaligned stickers
– Not sure if it’s a play set or display piece
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