- User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Has both Boba Fett and Princess Leia
Cons:Leia looks more manly than fantasy-worthy; Royal Guard doesn't quite fit in
The Bottom Line: The Lego Star Wars Magnet Set with Boba Fett, Princess Leia and Royal Guard is a relatively inexpensive way to get two uber-popular characters on your refrigerator.
On a recent trip to the Lego Store, my two year old son was strongly tempted by a force from the Dark Side known as 'the sales girl.' The minute she put the Lego Star Wars Magnet Set Boba Fett, Princess Leia and Royal Guard into his stroller, I knew I was toast. No matter how many different building sets (and even some other Star Wars and Toy Story magnet sets) I tried to swap for this, he was dead set on it, so it had to be a winner.
In the Set
The product title is pretty straight forward on this one: this is a set of three Lego minifigures connected to eight-hole Lego bricks that have magnets inside of them. Each piece is a character from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, although one seems out of place here.
Thankfully, the Slave Girl Princess Leia is the flesh colored one, as opposed to the yellow one offered in the Jabba's Palace set. She is a four piece figure, with a ponytail (that comes off a little too easily), flesh colored head, and flesh colored top and bottom body pieces, with the gold bikini and skirt painted on. While it's not pop culture secret that this particular Leia embodies erotic male fantasies, it's kind of hard to imagine that with this Leia. Her face is painted into a scowl and although her cleavage and body curves are painted on, it's hard to ignore her square, manly body.
Fitting in to the same movie scene as Leia is Boba Fett, every Star Wars geek's favorite bounty hunter. Boba has a gray body and leg piece, with a brown waist and green armor painted on. His head is a plain black piece, hidden below a green helmet and jet pack (which are a solid piece). Unlike most Bobas, this one comes with a plain/generic pistol in his hand.
The part that seems out of place here is the Red Royal Guard. Yes, the Royal Guard appears in the movie, but not in the Jabba the Hutt scenes. It seems to me that a Gammorean Guard would fit in a lot better here. In addition to being a more interesting piece, those guys are all over this part of the movie.
As it is, we have the Royal Guard here. His body consists of red legs, a red body with robe wrinkles sketched in to his chest, a black head coverd by a pointy red hood and a red paper cape. In his hands he carries a pointed staff. I do not plan on ever letting my kids take the head piece of the Royal Guard, because putting the cape back on looks like it would be a pain.
Each piece connects to a two-hole loop above the magnet by sticking their back legs on the holes. They can also be positioned with their feet on top of the brick, but then they would be sticking out sideways from your refrigerator (or wherever you stick them). The magnets themselves work fine and can be removed from the bricks with a very thin philips screwdriver.
What do the kids think?
Okay, I fully realize that most people buying this magnet set are doing so as collector's items, but my kids have a lot of fun with them. To be honest, my four year old daughter plays with them a lot more than her two year old brother who picked them out. While the recommended age is for 6+, kids who can handle small parts can do fine with this set.
Overall, this is a nice set to buy if you want a minifigure of sexy Leia or Boba Fett and don't want to hunt down one of the few sets they are in. If there is a Lego store in your area or you can stop by one on vacation, I recommend buying it there, as the $14.99 price is a lot nicer than most of the online prices for the set.
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Amount Paid (US$): 14.99