There is something about these ‘Duel on…’ sets that I just love. The ‘Starkiller Base’ one was so well done that as soon as I heard about one based on the Anakin/Obi-Wan duel I knew it was a sure-thing for the collection.
Luckily, in this early part of the year I generally don’t have to worry about getting some of these smaller sets as I can normally request them for Valentines Day/Wedding Anniversary in February. But it’s taken me quite some time to get around to building it as the Death Star set took quite a while.
And what was even better, we got Disney+ and as I built it I watched ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and finished as the duel was going on.
The box contains two bags and the instructions. There are understandably a lot of red, yellow and orange pieces which is a stark difference to most Star Wars sets.
The first bag builds the base of the set with a lot of the red and yellow bricks making this part of the set up, to look like the lava river the two former allies fight on during the last part of their duel.
The whole base can fold together and is held together by handles/clips that latch together in both the long and folded forms of the set.
Each side has a rail system which will form the basis of the main play feature of the set.
Bag 1 also gives us a ‘Revenge of the Sith’ Obi-Wan Kenobi, his tunic is beautifully printed to depict the wear and tear of the fight, including burn marks from lava showers. He has a double printed head, one side is grim concentration whilst the other looks to be akin to his face as he shouts “You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.”.
Bag Two builds the two moveable platforms on which Anakin and Obi-Wan duel before Obi-Wan takes the high ground. Both are really well designed and incredibly accurate. Obi-Wan’s platform, whilst looking rather sparse actually looks spot on with the lone control stand, whilst the other platform looks just like the Droid that Anakin lands on, including its eyes and arms.
This bag also build the large structure that they fight on that falls into the lava river and subsequently down the lava-fall. It’s scaled down here and can flip to face the opposite direction. Having one half use a transparent orange piece to look like it’s covered in lava is pretty cool.
The Anakin mini-fig again looks spot-on. The burn details on his… tunic (this isn’t the immolation scene folks) looks great and his face designs really ring true to the character at this point of the film. One side angry, the other has his full-on Sith eyes and very angry-shouty face (probably from the immolation scene) when he shouts “I hate you!” to Obi-Wan.
Overall, a really great little set, fun to build, brilliant detail and once finished, a great set for kids to play with. With an added play feature of transparent orange studs that can be flicked out of a crevasse and of course, the moveable platforms to allow the two figures to fight.
And honestly, I’m looking forward to more ‘Duel on…’ sets.
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