75198 Tatooine Battle Pack
There’s a lot to love about 75198 Tatooine Battle Pack, and not just the Jawas and Tusken Raider
Price: £12.99 / $14.99 / €16.99 Pieces: 97 Available: Now
A quick glance at 75198 Tatooine Battle Pack may induce a cynical reaction. Great minifigures, not-so-great build. However, whilst the first half to that initial impression holds true, the latter half is pleasingly inaccurate. But even if the build is great or not, with a battle pack, it’s usually the case that the minifigures have already convinced you to pick it up, and in fact, once more, writing this review is a fairly redundant exercise…
Indeed, for £12.99, it’s nigh-on impossible to resist the opportunity to pick up a set with two Jawas and one Tusken Raider. This is particularly so given that the Jawas both have new torso designs – one more obviously so than the other – and that this is the cheapest opportunity to get the new design Tusken Raider. The fourth minifigure is an astromech, which by this stage you can love ‘em or leave ‘em. Even so, the rarity, exclusivity and complexity combined in the design for the Jawas and Tusken Raider give great value to 75198.
Meanwhile, the build is, as mentioned, surprisingly better than at first glance. Yes, it is flat, and it is brown, and it is quite blocky, but, with consideration to the huge brown and blocky cuboid of a Sandcrawler that the Jawas drive around all day in the Tatooine desert, it fits its wider universe aesthetic perfectly. Indeed, this mini-build is an ideal tie-in, as a subsidiary tracked vehicle that you can just imagine wheeling around for smaller teams of Jawas to collect junk with.
In all, 75198 Tatooine Battle Pack represents the best that Star Wars LEGO can offer, thanks to three expertly-designed minifigures, an astromech for those that collect them, and a charming little build that feels more legitimate than it should. With everything that is strong about 75198 Tatooine Battle Pack, all we need in 2018 is a Sandcrawler to go with it, cough cough…