It's pretty rare these days for my 30-something brothers to be reduced to quaking masses of over-excited fandom. But this Lego set did the job. I ordered this, expecting it to appeal to my 8 year old nephew - who's slightly younger than the recommended age range but a huge Lego fan, for whom Lego stores are amongst the most exciting things in the world. I did not anticipate my 32 and 38 year-old brothers going absolutely batty over it: 'OMG, that's the Sandcrawler!'. I've had all three boys (one actual child, two who apparently might as well be) sprawled in my dining room building Lego this morning!
This is a revisited edition of Lego's imagining of the Sandcrawler. An earlier Collector's Series Lego model (set number 75059) has a much higher recommended retail price, is a good bit bigger, far more detailed, includes a lot more characters and droids and comes with an age recommendation of 14+. For the most serious Lego/Star Wars fans, this (now retired) version is going to be the set to go for if they can still track it down. There is a significant difference in detail, size and accessories.
For the more budget conscious, and younger fans, this smaller, less complicated and more wallet-friendly imagining is an excellent set. The set includes a Luke Skywalker figure, 2 Jawas, an R5-A2 unit, a medical droid and an RA-7 droid. This is still a significant build. There are 179 pages of instructions and 1239 pieces that go in to building the figures, the Sandcrawler and the separate transport vehicle. The Sandcrawler moves on digger-like caterpillar tracks. The outside, as in A New Hope, is quite boxy and fairly plain in its unassuming camouflage brownness. The real interest lies in the opening panels, and lift off top that open to reveal a cockpit area, droid prison, retractable droid moving crane, and a ramp for the Jawa Speeder.
A generally excellent set, that could perhaps have benefited from a few more figures to really justify the RRP.
If like me, your favourite film in the series is the very first (Episode IV - A New Hope) - then there are an handful of models in the Lego Star Wars collection which are must-haves, and they are the Millennium Falcon, the X-Wing, the Tie Fighter, and the Star Destroyer. If there was a model which came in very close after these, it would be the Sand Crawler. Surely inspired by the gargantuan Saturn V Crawler Transporter used to move the apollo rockets from their hangar to the launch pad, the Sand Crawler, following the awe-inspiring Star Destroyer at the start of the movie, was the next piece of space equipment to wow the audience.
Although not on an equivalent scale and scope to the 75059 Ultimate Collector's Series Sand Crawler (and I should say rather more affordable as a consequence), the 75220 is by no means a second-rate model. It's taxing and entertaining to build (allow several hours to complete the model) in just the right measure. The best part has to be the crawler's track laying system - I wasn't expecting it to be much more than a display piece, but it actually works pretty well rolling across the carpet. The steering really works - both front and read track pairs steer in unison, and the sheer engineering of this feature is very impressive.
There aren't as many droid or Jawa models as I would have liked ideally (and no Uncle Ben), but for the size of the model, there are just about enough to set it up as a set piece convincingly.
The panels open up well to give access, and there are some nice features inside including a pilot's deck, a parking bay, a droid lifting crane, and a small staircase and platform. Plenty of things to give it play value.
Of these, the pilot's deck has to be he best, with levers, controls, a dashboard and even a coffee cup!
This was a really fun project to undertake with my 8 year old Lego fanatic son, and he absolutely loves the model. It has pride of place in his Lego display cabinet when he's not playing with it. I'm sure he would have loved the UCS version even more, but I can't really justify spending the price of a year's car insurance on one B-list celebrity Star Wars Lego model - if I could, it would have to be the Millennium Falcon in any case!
In summary - the scaled-down 75220 Sand Crawler is great value for money when you consider how many parts go into the build, with plenty of play potential, and I think it should prove a very popular, especially with younger fans who want a model they can realistically stretch to by saving their pocket money, rather than the UCS models, which are really aimed at middle-aged men having plenty of disposable income.
This Lego Sandcrawler set has 1239 pieces and is suggested for ages 9-14. My son is fourteen and he loved spending his Saturday making this and I suspect it would appeal to Lego fans of almost any ages, as long as they are above the minimum of 9, as it is quite a complex build for children.
There was a previous Sandcrawler set, but it was twice the price of this, as I recall. This actually compares well in dimensions, although it is a much smaller vehicle, once made. Although smaller, though, it has a lot of detail, six mini-figures for lots of play value (Luke Skywalker, two Jawas and an RA-7 droid, plus an R5-A2 astromech droid and medical droid). This play value is enhanced by the fact that you can open up the vehicle so much – pulling down the ramp at the front, taking off the top of the vehicle, plus being able to take off some of the side panels, flipping others up, so you can really access the vehicle. The inside has a crane, which you can swing out from the Sandcrawler and, as you would expect, there are lots of accessories.
I think this will really appeal to both Lego and Star Wars fans. It is designed to be very detailed, but also to have loads of play value and enable children to reach in and use the figures inside the vehicle.
This Sandcrawler build replaces the 75059 set which is now retired. It was a big old beast (and recommended for ages 14+), so this is a smaller, more affordable offering for ages 9+. The dimensions are: 48 x 8,4 x 37.8cm, so still a decent size and weight. There are 1,239 pieces in total, and a good 179 pages of instructions – so a good test for any youngster.
Mini figures included are Luke Skywalker, two Jawas and an RA-7 droid, plus an R5-A2 astromech droid and medical droid (no C-3PO or R2-D2! What were they thinking?).
Whilst predominantly brown in colour (desert camo), there’s an opening to a 2-minifigure cockpit, steering tracks, lowering ramp and removable top and side panels for easy access to the more colourful interior. The caterpillar tracks work well and will easily steer in the direction you want which is a nice touch and well thought out.
This is a five-star set as it is well priced and designed; although arguably the two most iconic characters are missing from this scene in Episove1V, which I can just about forgive.
My son loved building this set, as he loves Star Wars and this set contains some special droids. It took him two afternoons to complete, and he was keen to demonstrate to me the moving parts. The top and sides come off so that you can play with the inside of the Sandcrawler, and there is also a mechanical arm to move the droids. There is a computer area and the whole thing (which is quite big) moves on the wheels.
My Children and I are huge fans of Lego and we buy and build a lot throughout the year but recently we have tempted my (previously Lego hating) Husband over to the dark side with Technic and now Star Wars has seen him come almost fully into the fold.
Age Suitability:- This set is aimed between 9 and 14 years old and my Son managed to build this with help from my Husband as he is younger than the lower age.
Size:- This is a big set and has 1239 pieces with some small spares although it isn't as big or expensive as its original Sandcrawler 75059 predecessor set.
Figures:- The set comes with 6 figures; Luke Skywalker, a Medical Droid, a RA-7 Droid, 2 Jawas and a R5-A2 Astromech Droid.
Features:- Along with an opening cockpit area the crawler can be fully opened for easier play or alternatively just the front and side hatches can be opened. There is a gear at the back that you can turn to turn the wheels and there is a crane to lift and move the droids along with a droid prison inside. There is also a buildable transport vehicle in addition to the main Sandcrawler unit.
I'm not into Star Wars myself but my Husband and Son were fully immersed in this build which took them several hours and has had lots of play with afterwards along with the other Star Wars and Lego sets that we have. I was surprised Lego re-released a set that had already been effectively done but the previous Sandcrawler was a lot bigger and much more expensive so I can see why they have made an affordable yet still great build.
Star Wars Lego is not the cheapest on the planet, this one or one far, far away. This set has a lot of Lego in it and came as a bit of a surprise alongside some of the other sets. You end up with quite a large vehicle once you have put it together. The figures look tiny in comparison to the overall size of the Sandcrawler.
Overall the important thing is that the scenes with the Sandcrawler were key plot moments in Star Wars. This set is just impressive for its size but even more so because it is a true icon of the whole epic.
I absolutely LOVE these sets of LEGO and it’s been a delight to be offered this for review. Many thanks to Lego for making some sets available. So this set is for the Star Wars fans who also like Lego and it’s a big set. On opening the box there are 8 bags of Lego and a 189 page construction booklet. As always with Lego, Bag 1 creates a whole piece of kit with two or three Lego minifigures. It’s the thing I love most about Lego, they recognise their fan base is of children and young people who could lose interest if the kit is very big and takes a long time to construct. Therefore having Bag 1 create a stand alone piece of kit is brilliant as it means the set can be played with immediately while the rest of the kit (in the case the Sandcrawler) is constructed. Here with Bag 1 we get a small buggy with some oil drums plus Luke Skywalker and one of the Jawas.
The rest of the kit took me just over a week to build and it’s brilliant, it opens up at the back and seems fairly robust. Actually construction was very much like their Technic kits as quite involved. It’s aimed at the 9-14 age group but I suspect many 9 year olds and even some 14 year olds might need some input to help with the construction
I absolutely loved putting it together and found it hugely relaxing. My 15 yr old loved the final product and it’s now in his bedroom where an hope it will remain complete and not turned into a space ship.