LEGO Star Wars has been around more than 20 year and now LEGO is making Star Wars accessory kits. They’re effectively the same as the boxed Battle Pack sets, but packaged in the minifigure-shaped clamshells that are used on a variety of other themes. This 64-piece 40557 Hoth Rebels Minifigure accessory pack includes three Rebel troops in Hoth uniforms and defenses. US $14.99 | CAN $19.99 | UK £12.99. The 40558 Clone Troopers Minifigure Accessories Pack contains 66 pieces. This is a scary number. It includes three Clone Troopers as well as a few bits and gear.  US $14.99 | CAN $19.99 | UK £12.99. Both sets will become available beginning January 1.

The LEGO Group provided early copies of these sets to The Brothers Brick for review. TBB will not be covered or given positive reviews if they are provided with products to review.

Unboxing the parts and sets

LEGO is using the familiar packaging from previous LEGO sets. The box has a transparent, minifigure-shaped clamshell and a cardboard backing. The cardboard backing allows it to hang on a retail hook. A word on the names: The packaging doesn’t feature the sets’ names, and at the time of writing, LEGO has not been able to confirm the precise names of these sets. I’ve guessed based on the naming for similar sets, but it’s possible LEGO will call them something slightly different once they’re available.



Each set contains 60 parts. The elements are all packed in one bag. There are no stickers.

The sets are only small and require very little assembly. The minifigures are the highlight here, as there aren’t any new elements or particularly unusual ones. One thing that stands out is the Hoth pack, which will prove to be a great resource for anyone looking to purchase more Star Wars blasters. Since they’re used as the legs on the portable turrets, you’ll get an extra six medium blasters beyond the three large blasters carried by the troops, for a total of nine. Five are available in the Clone set. Three medium blasters can be carried by troopers, and two can be stored in a weapons rack.

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The finished sets

The Hoth set also includes two small, portable turrets equipped with remotes. I’ll admit that my Star Wars knowledge is failing here, as I’m not sure the precise model these are meant to represent; they’re vaguely similar to the Imperial E-Web, but given their inclusion here I’m assuming that they’re Rebel weapons. A very small version is included of a PTower. It’s not particularly accurate but I suppose it gets the point across. LEGO should have included a second minifigure.

The three minifigures are the real highlight of this set: two have white jackets by Alliance Gunners and the other has a dark-tan coat. Both versions sport new designs, though they’re quite similar to previous iterations from past sets. The main difference for gunners is the addition of two pouches to their belts, rather than one large pouch as in previous designs. The female trooper’s head is single-sided, while the others have double-sided heads.

After the debacle that was LEGO’s last big visit to the Battle of Hoth, it seems they’re wanting to do a better job this time around. LEGO has released four sets from this iconic battle so far, the largest being the miniaturefigure-scale 75313UCS AT-AT. Two other sets are available to help the Imperial forces, including an AT-ST Battle Pack and a Snowtrooper Battle Pack. Watch for the review of those coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s how our poor, outnumbered Rebels feel with the monstrous AT-AT bearing down on them. No wonder it’s called The Empire Strikes Back.

Now let’s turn back time 25 years to the Battle of Geonosis and the Grand Army of the Republic to look at some Phase I Clone Troopers. The Clone Trooper Minifigure Accessories Pack includes the troopers as well as a small weapon rack that can hold two large blasters and a small command pod.

 

Perhaps someone more versed in prequel lore can pinpoint the exact piece of equipment this command pod is meant to be, but I suspect that it may be a design of LEGO’s making rather than a canon piece of lore. It features four printed screens and a few antennas. There are also folding doors. The feet made with dark red plates feel very tacked on and I’m left with the same impression as the Hoth pack’s P-Tower gave: LEGO should have included another minifigure instead.

 

The pack features two standard Clone Troopers, and one bright-light-orange-marked Clone Trooper Commander identical to the formerly exclusive one in the $350 75309 UCS Republic Gunship. The two regular Clone Troopers technically feature a new torso design, though it’s the same as the commander’s just without the highlights. The heads of all three clones are identical and single-sided.



Conclusion and recommendation

Star Wars has many opportunities to build army, whether you need a legion or Storm Troopers, Mandalorians or Clone Troopers. These packs are great for building troops. These packs are $15 each which is comparable to Collectible Minifigures. You also get some bonus accessories. It’s unclear if this means that these are a better deal than CMFs. As I mentioned before, I’d have preferred that LEGO include fourth minifigure in place of some of the accessories. That said, if you’re looking to bulk out your Grand Army of the Republic, or even just give those Rebels a fighting chance against the new AT-AT, you’re going to want to pick up at least one of these sets, if not multiples.

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40557 Hoth Rebels Minifigure and Accessory PackIt contains 64 pieces, three minifigures, and retails for $19.95 US $14.99 | CAN $19.99 | UK £12.99January 1. It may also be sold by third-party vendors AmazonAnd eBay.

40558 Clone Troopers Minifigure Accessories PackIt contains 66 pieces, three minifigures, and will retail at $19.95 US $14.99 | CAN $19.99 | UK £12.99January 1. It may also be sold by third-party vendors AmazonAnd eBay.

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