LEGO Star Wars 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport review

It may have changed name, but there’s no mistaking who 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport belongs to – the Mandalorian and pretty much every LEGO Star Wars fan.

Previously referred to as 75292 The Razor Crest and likely arriving to those who pre-ordered with that name on the box, 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport has proven to be a long-awaited, highly-anticipated set.

That is saying something, considering that the Razor Crest only debuted on screens roughly 12 months ago, but, it is reflective of the positive reception of the Disney+ show The Mandalorian and the fact that this set – based on the titular character’s ship – was unveiled way back in February and put on pre-order for a massive six months. LEGO Star Wars fans have had a long time to savour building 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, and, it has been a wait well worth it.

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— Set details —

Theme: LEGO Star Wars Set name: 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport Release: September 1

Price: £119.99 / $129.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1,023 Minifigures: 4

LEGO: Available now

— Build —

Beyond value, points of interest and functionality, the most striking aspect of 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport is its novelty, both for what you build and indeed for how you build it. Based on the heavily featured Razor Crest that the Mandalorian pilots as he and The Child (Baby Yoda) travel from planet to planet evading bounty hunters, this is a genuinely fresh ship from a new storyline within the Star Wars galaxy.

Everything about the vehicle is brand new to see and put together in LEGO form, and it truly makes for a delight. Every Millennium Falcon that the LEGO Group releases comes with updated pieces, a change of minifigures and upgrades to the build technique, but these remain revisions of the same ship, one that a lot of us have already put together before. At the start of the third decade of LEGO Star Wars, the originality around 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport cannot be overstated.

Importantly, that originality is backed up by an intuitive and fun build that puts together a model that is both compact and solid, yet also capable of almost completely opening up for play inside. The frame that keeps the ship together feels like it shouldn’t be strong enough, but most of the bodywork that covers it – and that accurately captures the subtle changes in angle and direction of the source material – is made of panels that fold down.

Very little of the uniquely-shaped Razor Crest has been wasted in LEGO form, thanks to the design team’s decision to go beyond which parts of it should open, to instead work into its design what parts of it could open. The back-end folds down as it does in the television show, as does a small side door, but so too do much larger side panels that allow for full access inside, which maximise the play potential and really give the ship a second identity beyond just looking cool to swoosh around. Additionally, there are front panels at the very front under the cockpit that open up, on the one side for storage of the flick-fire missiles and on the other side for sleeping quarters, pretty much in the position they should be in as per the ship’s appearance in The Mandalorian.

The roof to the vehicle breaks away to allow minifigures to drop down, again reflective of something from the Disney+ show, and, what breaks away doubles up as a makeshift escape pod.

The cockpit opens up in two halves, with the back half a hiding place to store weaponry, and the front half providing space and seating for the Mandalorian and one other. If there is one niggle to point out in this set, it is perhaps that the cockpit doesn’t have a smaller seat just to the side of Mando for The Child to sit in.

All folded up, 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport comes in at a perfect size, striking a fine balance between accuracy to the source material and practicality for those of us wanting to fly it around from planet to planet. It’s not the lightest LEGO Star Wars vehicle you’ll have built, but it is sturdy enough to be handled as any eight-year-old (and some Brick Fanatics writers) may do so.

— Characters —

There are five characters included within 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, as well as two 1×2 columns with stickered bounties frozen in carbonite. You will have most likely seen the memes around this set, though, that replace the image of the set on the box with the image of the LEGO version of The Child/Baby Yoda that is included.

That character’s popularity has rather overtaken everything else to have come from The Mandalorian, but even the most cynical Star Wars fan building 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport will struggle not to pause to admire the little guy as you pop his tiny sand green head on to a tan baby minifigure body. The incredibly high standards of LEGO minifigure design in 2020 have pleasing been applied in miniature here, particularly with regard to the perfect expression caught within the mould of the head. Move it in the light and it can even reflect the subtle changes in expression Baby Yoda has in the show (super-cute to angry-cute and back again).

He stands yay high to a minifigure – bigger than in true scale, but small enough to work perfectly within the LEGO world.

Also included are a Scout Trooper, Greef Karga, IG-11 and the Mandalorian himself. The Scout Trooper may cause a slight pang of regret for the lack of a white speeder bike within the set, but, it’s not possible to have everything in every LEGO set, and, Brick Fanatics has you covered with our own version of that vehicle for you to build. Greef Karga is a faithful design, though the lack of leg printing is a slight disappointment, whilst IG-11 is – as expected – identical to IG-88’s design, bar the print for the face.

Mando’s appearance is where there feels like a missed opportunity. It’s very early into the first season that he upgrades his armour to the shinier Beskar appearance and so having the pre-Beskar armour version included in 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, the same as it was in 75254 AT-ST Raider, leaves the character looking slightly out of place here. The amazing design for the LEGO Baby Yoda/The Child and an always welcome Scout Trooper aren’t enough to raise the rest of the line-up, meaning what is a brilliant LEGO set isn’t quite matched by its minifigures – something highly unusual within the LEGO Star Wars theme.

— Price —

LEGO Star Wars has gotten costlier and costlier since 2015’s opening range of sets for The Force Awakens, but, recent sets have begun to claw back the sense of value that had completely gone out the window. 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport still comes in at a hefty-sounding £119.99, but, thanks to the novelty of the vehicle and the skilful design of the LEGO model, it’s a set that won’t cause you to regret the outlay. Like everyone else, Brick Fanatics agonised for the half-year wait for this set and rushed out to buy a copy on day of release. The minifigures may not be up to scratch, but there’s little else to fault this set for, and it sits proudly in our Top 20 LEGO Sets List as a result. 

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— Summary —

75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport is a fun LEGO Star Wars set. It’s a genuinely new experience across the board, for what you build and how you build it, with a good selection of minifigures (that could be better) and plenty of play potential across a 1000+ piece count. This is a LEGO Star Wars set packed with detail and function both true to the source material and enjoyable to build and play with.

For many reasons this is unmissable set, and particularly so for anyone who is a fan of the Disney+ show. The Razor Crest serves as one constant during the first season of The Mandalorian and looks set to remain centre stage as the title character and The Child continue their adventure across a galaxy far, far away. Now we’ve said that, it’ll get permanently dismantled by off-world Jawas in season two… Until then, be sure to not miss out on 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, one of the most enjoyable LEGO Star Wars sets released for a good time.

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