Review - 75255-1 - Yoda
A good review, this may be. To find out, read you must. An impressive 16" height and posable head, set 75255-1 Yoda boasts...Okay, I'll stop that now, I promise. A spiritual remake of a 2002 set from the always popular Star Wars theme, this set is surely a crowd pleaser, right?
Everyone knows Star Wars, everyone knows LEGO. For 20 years they have had a very fruitful partnership. Even though, due to the high license cost, Star Wars sets are usually the most expensive sets they are incredibly popular. Probably driven by the 'grown-ups' who have forced LEGO to offer more complex sets. Star Wars also demands some of the highest prices in secondary markets. Giving Star Wars sets even more longevity with consumers. They are high demand, and each year we get dozens more (with varying degrees of success).
Yoda, a stalwart of the Star Wars francise, has always been a weirdly popular character. It's not clear why, he's actually a bit annoying, but when he lights up Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, boy was that exhilarating! We've had all sorts of Yoda's. From the uninspiring Brickheadz 41627-1-s2, to this unresistable clock. (Nathan edit: and of course the recent Baby Yoda craze)
But the pinnacle (pre 2019) was set 7194-1 Yoda. An early Ultimate Collector Series entry and an absolutely terrifying brick built model. It is a great example of LEGO coming out of it's awkward period in the late 90's. To achieve this blocky masterpiece you have to embrace a truly odd instruction manual too. It may not be the only example of LEGO using this style in manuals, but it's definately the only one I've ever seen. This 2002 set is incredibly valuable, Bricklink prices vary from $300 to $1300, with the most recent selling set going for $900. Unfortunately, I do not own it, so, as much as I'd like to, I can't offer any direct comparison. If you have both let me know in the comments how they compare.
This new set is not officially a remake of Block-Yoda, but is undeniably LEGO's attempt at reparations for it. This time we get a lightsaber, a stark contrast to Block-Yoda's flute necklace and cane. Along with a build that utilizes more SNOT techniques than a preschool in the winter.
Add to any fan’s collection with two Yoda LEGO® Star Wars™ characters in one set! This intricately detailed 75255 display model of powerful Jedi Master Yoda is based on the character from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and includes a posable head and eyebrows, moving fingers and toes, and Yoda's signature green Lightsaber. This characterful LEGO Star Wars figure also includes a fact plaque with details about Yoda and a stand to mount the included Yoda minifigure with Lightsaber, making for an ideal Star Wars collectible for any fan.
The box measures 350 x 375 x 115 mm. Inside are 14 bags, 13 numbered 1 to 13, 1 unnumbered bag, 1 loose part (part 50450), an instruction manual, and a sticker sheet.
The instruction manual measures 195 x 260 mm. With 222 pages and 547 build steps.
The pdf can be downloaded here.
The set contains 1752 parts and 25 spares, in 21 colors, and 27 part categories, with a total of 236 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- Sand Green: 45 unique parts, 467 quantity.
- Tan: 38 unique parts, 634 quantity.
- Black: 37 unique parts, 121 quantity.
Main categories are:
- Plates: 67 unique parts, 916 quantity.
- Bricks: 39 unique parts, 166 quantity.
- Plates Special: 19 unique parts, 106 quantity.
No new parts in this set, but more new colors than you can shake a lightsaber at.
Parts in new colors:
New colors, unique to this set:
Parts in new colors in 2019:
Parts in rare colors:
This set comes with 1 minifigure, Yoda. This exact minifigure has appeared in 3 other sets, 75233-1, 75142-1, and 75168-1. It's really disappointing that we don't get a new one. There's like 18 Luke Skywalkers, they really couldn't give us a different Yoda? Probably should've given him a 3L lightsaber too (instead of the 4L), in the movies it's smaller than a regular lightsaber so it makes sense, and then it wouldn't look so disproportional.
Bag 1: We use all of the white 39794 Technic Frame 7 x 11, along with a bunch of of blue pins. Nothing particularly interesting here. When we get to the feet, things pick up. For some reason, once the feet are attached to the model, I can't bear to look at it. It freaks me out a little. So I hid it out of sight and moved to the next section.
Bags 2 & 3: These bags complete the front of Yoda. Bag 2 is all the reddish brown parts, bag 3 all the tan. Really not much to say about this. It's lots of laying plates on plates. The complex layers for his robes are already visable.
Bags 4 & 5: More layering plates. We finish his left side.
Bags 6 & 7: Guess what? You got it, more plates! This time for his right side. This is moderately more interesting as it incorporates the section to connect his hand into.
Bag 8: Lots to do with this bag. Yes, more plates as we complete his back, but we also build his collar, ready for the head.
Bag 9: Finally we get something different to do. We begin the head and get our hands on some Sand Green. First up, the eyes. Yes they move, allowing you to change Yoda's expression, but the range isn't huge and varies from sad to angry. We finally get to some enjoyable building.
Bag 10: Here we flesh out the face, adding cheeks, mouth, and chin.
Bag 11: The ears maketh the Yoda. Such a small part to completely transform the head.
Bag 12: The top of the head, complete with whispy hair, finishes the head. Once you attach the head to the model you finish off the back, hiding all the boring 'connecting' stuff.
Bag 13: The bit we've all been waiting for! The lightsaber is added. It's actually a really good model of a lightsaber (I added it as a subset so you can build just that if you desire). The hands wrap around the handle and actually look like they're holding the lightsaber.
A big nope from me. I can say with 100% certainty I've never been so bored building a LEGO set. Yes, the final model looks good, the layers of the robe are amazing and the head is perfect, it's just not fun getting here. I'm sick of plates. Writting this review of the set brought back all that boredom. I just can't make the build sound exciting. If you're a Star Wars collector who wants a nice display piece then be prepared to put the work in, otherwise I recommend you steer clear.