75200 Ahch-To Island Training is, believe it or not, the second cheapest System set from the LEGO Group’s first two waves of Star Wars The Last Jedi releases. Discounting the Microfighters, only the upcoming 75197 First Order Specialists Battle Pack comes in cheaper than 75200. Yes, really. You may be forgetting just how expensive some of the first wave of TLJ sets were, so let me remind you that 75176 Resistance Transport Pod is £39.99. Everything in The Last Jedi LEGO collection has been vastly over priced, with some of the price-per-piece ratios misleadingly boosted by the inclusion of lots of smaller pieces, with very few – if any – new moulds.
With all that in mind, 75200 Ahch-To Island Training is a decent enough surprise, even if a set with just two minifigures in an otherwise minifigure-orientated range feels like one too few. Chewbacca could have been a welcome inclusion, for instance.
The set is a simplistic build, almost frustratingly so when going through page-by-page instructions that sometimes just add the one brick. This is a low-price, low-level LEGO set, but even so, the end result doesn’t suffer. The piece count and the parts provided come together for a convincing end result that is satisfyingly true to the source material. The hut has just the right level of utilities inside to reflect the sparse nature of Luke Skywalker’s living quarters, whilst the exterior is a solid representation of the stone-based structures dotted around the fictional island on Ahch-To (and the real island of Skellig Michael).
Play functions are, as expected with a set based on a desolate island location, rather limited. The back of the box highlights the modular aspect to the build, but, it’s hardly groundbreaking stuff. Likewise, once you have seen The Last Jedi, you’ll know what scene the designers were aiming to replicate between Rey and that large rock, but, it’s not something you’ll go out of your way to action again and again.
On to the minifigures and finally we are given an old man Luke Skywalker. After the disappointment of having no brick Luke in the LEGO Group’s entire range for The Force Awakens and first wave of sets for The Last Jedi, initial reactions towards this design were mixed. Indeed, a look at most of the imagery from the trailers and behind-the-scenes work on The Last Jedi would have you wondering why we have a TFA version of Luke in lighter robes, where a darker-robed Luke looks more appropriate. However, without verging too far into SPOILER territory, this version of the minifigure, with his new hairpiece, is actually on the nose, and just as appropriate for inclusion as any future version of a darker-robed Luke that may come further down the line.
Rey also has a new torso and leg design exclusive to this set, with the same hairpiece as from the TFA sets, whilst the Porg – cheekily described as a figure – is the same as the version seen in the elusive 75192 Millennium Falcon. To be honest, it’s a shame for Falcon owners that there isn’t a second, exclusive design of the Porg’s head with the mouth open. For everyone else, it’s good to have two great minifigures and a previously unattainable ‘figure’ included at one of the lowest price points in the range, albeit if as mentioned earlier a third minifigure such as Chewbacca wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Overall, this is a set best described as accessible. The build won’t challenge you, nor engage younger LEGO fans who want more play, but as a display piece to more challenge the imagination in part thanks to remaining impressively true to the source material, this is strong. The minifigures are appealing and accurate, and, as mentioned at the top, this is one of the cheaper sets to pick up.
Given that it is still £26 and even for that feels ever so slightly overpriced (70629 Piranha Attack, for instance, comes in at a similar piece-count for £11 less), that says something about today’s market. Picking up every Star Wars The Last Jedi LEGO set so far released in these first two waves (including Microfighters and the buildable figures, but not BB-8) will cost a grand total of £778.