Imperial Assault Hovertank

Suggested Age: 7-12
Pieces: 385
Casual Build Time: 1 hour
Dimensions: over 3″ x 7″ x 5″
Brand: Star Wars

It’s been a while since I last looked at one of my beloved Star Wars kits, so let’s take a look at one of the sets that came out last Christmas to coincide with the release of Rogue One. To give it’s full name, this kit’s design is based around the TX-225 GAVw “Occupier” combat assault tank. Unlike my previous Star Wars build – the Y-Wing – this set was first introduced in Rogue One and so this also the first time it’s been made available in LEGO form.

The set is pretty straightforward, providing all of the necessary pieces to build the tank and a small weapon chest. It also comes with three minifigures – Chirrut Îmwe and two Imperial Hovertank Pilots. It also comes with a variety of weapons, including a selection of blasters, a crossbow and a staff.

Here are some more photos of what came in the box:

The set was a pretty easy build, with clear instructions and a good selection of spare pieces. It also benefited from the fact that it did not include any stickers, meaning that there was no hidden fiddliness. The only real issue with it was it wasn’t a very interesting kit. There was a fair bit of repetition as both sides of the kit were almost identical, and most of the pieces were just shades of grey which made it quite samey.

The finished tank is a nice and study toy, but again suffers from the fact that its not a very iconic vehicle. Even as a fan of the series, I had to look up where this tank actually appeared in the move as I couldn’t remember it at all. On a shelf, it kind of fades away alongside the larger and more impressive Star Wars sets like the Y-Wing, TIE Fighter and Tydirium.

Yet, for the price, it does make a pretty good toy. The Hovertank boasts two missiles which fire independently when you turn a dial on either side. Yet it also has a number of “hidden” features that make it even more fun to play around with.

The cockpit has two flaps which open out to allow for easy access, putting it miles ahead of some of the other Star Wars sets in terms of playability. However, it should be noted that there isn’t a lot of room for the minifigure pilot to sit. Despite having two pilots, only one really fits in the cockpit and he needs to lean back further than pictured in the manual, otherwise the front hatch will not shut.

The weapons chest is a nice addition too. Not only does it add a splash of colour to the set, but it contains enough space to hide two blasters, giving the set a bit more scope for imaginative play. Yet the thing I liked the most was how this set does indeed hover. The effect is achieved by four transparent wheels on its underside, allowing it to easily glide over smooth surfaces.

The minifigures provided were all well chosen for the set, providing both a hero and two villains for him to fight. The Pilots are both dressed in the uniforms from Rogue One, making them stand out amongst the countless old style Stormtroopers that I’ve massed over the years, but it’s Chirrut that’s really the star of this set.

Chirrut was probably my favourite character in Rogue One, and looks perfect. The blank eyes get across his blindness and I love the little detail of his skirt and back-strap. The weight of the crossbow and staff nicely counter-balance each other, allowing him to stand upright better than the likes of Baze in the AT-ST set.

All in all, this set makes a nice toy but there are better Star Wars sets out there if you’re only looking to display. It is, as far as I’m aware, the only way to get the Chirrut figure at present and so this is also something to bear in mind if you’re trying to complete a Rogue One collection.

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