LEGO Star Wars Jabba's Sail Barge (Set 6210)
By Lando Da Pimp
While a majority of the Star Wars LEGO sets over the past few years have focused on the prequels, LEGO, has consistently released sets based on the Original Trilogy as well. In the last year alone we have seen the Death Star, Star Destroyer, Slave-1 and Jawa Sandcrawler. All of these sets were highly requested by fans and now we have another fan request, Jabba's Sail Barge.
Like the previous mentioned sets, LEGO has gone all out to make these sets extra special. Last year MPB awarded the Sandcrawler Best Construction Set of 2005. I only mention this because the Jabba Sail Barge is on its way for the 2006 award.
All 781 pieces put together three different parts. The Sail Barge, The Skiff, and the Sarlacc's Pit, allowing you to recreate the scene from Return of the Jedi. The Sail Barge has a really unique construction. Both sides of the ship open up revealing the inner workings of the barge. On the sides are also numerous windows that open and shut with stickers enhancing the look. Under the barge is a jail cell area with prison bars. The middle contains a collection of animals such as snakes and frogs. The back of the barge is Jabba's area. Here he watches over the execution of Luke with a scantily clad gold bikini Leia chained down and forced to watch. The top of the barge contains two large sails with the cannon and a device to flip mini-figures off the barge.
Constructing the barge is really unique. On the back of the barge, a series of plates with wings wrap around the back of the ship and lean against the body by hinges to make up the back. The front of the barge is made up of compound brick levels built upside down and connected by pins to the rest of the barge.
The Sand Skiff is a very simple design. On the right side of the ship is a retractable plank where prisoners are fed to the pit. Covered by flat tiles, with the exception of a small area where a mini-figure can stand, to be fed to the Sarlacc Pit. In the back of the ship is the control panel where the Gamorrean Guard sits and works the skiff. The back of the skiff has rudders on either side to allow the ship to move. A unique way to make the ship look like its floating above the ground is that it utilizes clear cylinders.
The Sarlacc's Pit is the final part of the set. The pit is based on the graphically enhanced Special Edition. By removing the center of the pit you can easily make a pre-special edition.
The Sail Barge is packaged with a nice collection of mini-figures included with the set. Boba Fett, Gammorian Guard, Jabba, and Luke have all been released before. The newest figures are Han and Lando in Bounty Hunter disguise. The bonus figure is Slave Girl Leia (flesh colored version). It's no different from the yellow version from Jabba's Palace. The set also is packaged with an R2-D2 figure. While normally I wouldn't be excited about this (I own about 10 of them by now) this R2 comes with attachments so he can serve drinks to the Sail Barge crew.
I really enjoyed this set and can easily say it is the set of the year (so far). I do have a few complaints. I find the sails on the barge a bit low. It's very difficult to place mini-figures on the barge as well as work the cannon. I also would have liked to see a dessert base plate with a sunken middle for the pit. The last thing is that it would have been nice to see more figures that haven't been made before. A couple of skiff guards and even a Bib Fortuna would have been a nice addition. The Sail Barge is a fun build and a worthy inclusion into anybody's Star Wars LEGO collection.
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