Ahsoka Tano Appreciation Post – Part II
HAPPY STAR WARS DAY FRIENDS!! Our May the 4th celebration continues with Part II of the Ahsoka Tano Appreciation Post. She’s such an awesome character that she warrants two articles. Thankfully her appearances in LEGO®️ form are manageable and two parts will do. For this post, I will be looking at and casually reviewing three current sets with Ahsoka as depicted in Season 7 of The Clone Wars. Well, 2 current sets and a keychain to be exact. A fourth set (and the first with her new minifig) has already been reviewed by Tom. Thanks for reading. And for Part I, please click here.
Ahsoka Tano – Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7
Season 7 is broken into essentially 3 arcs. The Bad Batch storyline started the season in big, action-heavy style. The remaining two arcs essentially flesh out what happened to Ahsoka just before and immediately after Order 66. Thanks to Rebels we know she was fine, but we definitely needed more. I didn’t love her first storyline in the lower levels. But her second storyline is….how do I put this….the greatest piece of Star Wars that ever Star Wars’d!!!!! From her bitterseet reunion with Anakin, to her INCREDIBLE fight with Darth Maul on Mandalore and finally to the tragic escape from Order 66, it was perfection. Let’s see what’s available as of now 🙂
The latest and still most current minifigure of Ahsoka shows her outfit and appearance from Season 7 of The Clone Wars animated series. For the final season, she sports a full body suit with exposed arms, vambraces and a skirt piece. Overall this is my favourite of her looks as it’s an older look but easily calls back to her earliest appearances. And it flows nicely into her later outfit in Rebels. She sports the same solid blue eyes as her Rebels minifig but gets fantastic new torso, face and leg printing. The headpiece also gets a proper update with accurate blue and white patterns. Overall it’s a fabulous update and a great minifigure.
Armored Assault Tank (75283)
The first set to feature this new season 7 look was the Armored Assault Tank (75283) from August 2020. That set also gave us a new 332nd Clone Trooper – the squad that painted their helmets orange in respect to their new commander. The set itself is alright, but aside from the two new minifigures, it has a very low piece count and higher cost. Like many a Star Wars set, it’s saving grace is the minifigures.
Tom has already written about the set so please click here for his detailed review. Below you will find the set details for reference.
- NAME: ARMORED ASSAULT TANK (AAT)
- SET #: 75283
- THEME: Star Wars
- RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2020
- COST: $49.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 286
- COST-PER-BRICK: $0.16 (OK value)
- BUILD TIME: 46 minutes
- COST-PER-MIN: $1.06 (low value)
- MINIFIGURES: 4
- 332nd Clone exclusive to this set
- Battle droids in 2 other sets
- BRICKS-PER-FIG: 72 (excellent value)
Fast-forwarding a year to August 2021, we get the next set with the same minifigure. For this offering we’re going a ways smaller and happily cheaper. Duel on Mandalore (75310) retails for $24.99 CAD. I snagged mine on sale for $19.84 CAD which happily bought the cost-per-brick down to a very comfortable $0.13. At full price, the set will average $0.17 per piece, which puts into a more expensive bracket. Concurrently that improves the build time score. At 12 minutes for building, and on sale, the set has a cost-per-minute of $1.65 for a score of 86%.
- NAME: DUEL ON MANDALORE
- SET #: 75310
- THEME: Star Wars
- RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2021
- COST: $19.84 (on sale from $24.99 CAD)
- BRICK COUNT: 147
- COST-PER-BRICK: $0.13 (good value)
- BUILD TIME: ~12 minutes
- COST-PER-MIN: $1.65 (poor value)
- VALUE: 84% (sale)
- BUILD: 50%
- MINIFIGS: 100%
- PLAY/FUN: 55%
- OVERALL: 70%
The build for Duel on Mandalore (75310) is literally nothing to write home about. It’s as basic as it gets. I would almost categorize this as a battle pack given the very low piece count. The only real build is the throne, which is alright. The trans elements behind are nicely done, even if they are mostly sticker detailing. The throne has a hidden drawer to store a wepon – a throwback to different episodes if I remember right.
The other ‘build’ is the prison cell designed by the Mandalorians to keep Jedi captive. It’s another sticker element, but it’s a fantastic graphic – so great job by the art department. It’s a very simple playset, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Let’s face it, we all bought this set for the minfigures. And speaking of….
Saved by Minifigures
Here’s the stars of the show. Ahsoka’s minifigure is the same as the one in the AAT. It already has perfect marks. Darth Maul receives an all-new print here and it’s another perfect entry. The torso and leg printing are fantastic! I love the use of metallic elements for detailing. It’s a really spot-on design, matching his TV appearance really well. Maul lacks a second expression but that’s a given since he has no hair piece. Each fig comes with the requisite lightsaber of course. The brick-to-fig value is comes in at a stellar 73, for an almost perfect score of 98%. Perfect marks for the minfigs.
Play wise, it’s decent if not limiting. The one interactive element is the throne windows can fall down, recreating the scene where Maul is flung out of the room. It’s a fun touch, but that’s literally it. There’s no lever or mechanism to send Maul flying which would have helped sell the feature a bit more. It can make an alright display piece, but only just. Hopefully more sets come out that tie in with this storyline in the future.
Overall the set is a vehicle for minifigure collecting. Both are wonderful and no doubt in many an AFOL’s collection. At a sale price, this set is a better value for sure. And even at the MSRP it’s not a wallet buster, but you don’t get much extra. In the end, it’s saved by the minifigures for a total score of 70%.
In late 2020, The LEGO Group asked for the public’s input on what theme they would like to showcase the 150th Brickheadz release. From four choices – Jaws, Star Wars, Minecracft, Lilo & Stitch – Star Wars easily won the vote. Fast forward to January 2021 and we get Ahsoka Tano as the 150th Brickheadz set.
- NAME: AHSOKA TANO
- SET #: 40539
- THEME: Star Wars / Brickheadz (#150)
- COST: $12.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 164
- COST-PER-BRICK: $0.08 (excellent value)
- BUILD TIME: ~10 minutes
- COST-PER-MIN: $1.33 (poor value)
- RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2022
- VALUE: 77%
- BUILD: 90%
- PLAY/FUN: 55%
- OVERALL: 75%
Brickheadz are a tough theme to really give a score or value too. You collect em or you don’t, you like em or you don’t. This should be an easy buy for any Brickheadz collector, if for nothing other than the anniversary number. I also think most Star Wars fans would enjoy this as a great little display that won’t take up too much room or hurt the wallet. The cost-per-brick value is as good as it gets (100%) for any set! Taken with the less enticing cost-per-minute score (55%), we still get a solid value of 77%.
The build is exactly what you expect, but it’s the new parts, printed elements and build techniques that always deliver. The shapes and colours are really great, the designer did a wonderful job of getting everything in that Brickheadz motif. Brickheadz can only get so big or have so many pieces of course. A small display tile commemorating the 150th would have been a nice addition, instead it’s the usual plain base. Play wise….well, this is it. Ahsoka Tano will basically just stand there, but she looks good doing so. In the end, I give it a score of 75%.
The last entry in the Ahsoka Tano Appreciation Post is a simple accessory. Our favourite Togruta got her first keychain in January 2022. Once again we get season 7 Ahsoka with all that great detail, but no lightsabers. It retails for $6.99 CAD which isn’t exactly cheap, but not awful either.
I always have a LEGO®️ keychain on hand. My set of keys is currently guarded by Director Krennic. My gym bag is watched over by The Joker, and now Ahsoka gets to help out too. These always make a fun gift. Darth Maul is available too. So feel free to hang them both together locked in eternal battle! Or not….😉
more to come?
Ahsoka has many more memorable moments from her animated appearances to make into sets. I hope we get to see The Clone Wars revisited a LOT more moving forward. The logical next minifigure is older Ahsoka from The Mandalorian live action series. Her episodes were AMAZING and I can’t wait to see her spin-off series. And if that doesn’t get us some awesome new sets, well then I relinquish my AFOL card. 😋 Below are some key looks/moments that would be amazing! L-R (Ahsoka defending the Younglings, Ahsoka novel, Rebels epilogue, The Mandalorian)
And that’s all she wrote (for now) folks. I hope you enjoyed a look back at past sets and figs. The current minifig is pretty great even if her sets have been more on the mediocre side. I’m sure there’s more fun stuff on the way from The LEGO®️ Group. What do you think of the current minifigure? What other scenes would you like to see made into sets? Have I converted you into an Ahsoka stan? Comment below and let me know. And until next time, keep on brickin’. 🧱
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